[Tagging] Appropriate tagging for Redbox vending machines

EthnicFood IsGreat ethnicfoodisgreat at gmail.com
Fri Jan 25 17:13:47 UTC 2019

> Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2019 23:27:04 +0000
> From: Silent Spike <silentspike100 at gmail.com>
> To: "Tag discussion, strategy and related tools"
> 	<tagging at openstreetmap.org>
> Subject: [Tagging] Appropriate tagging for Redbox vending machines
> While looking to add appropriate "vending" tags into the name suggestion
> index project <https://github.com/osmlab/name-suggestion-index> I came
> across a US based Redbox vending machine brand.
> I'm across the globe so not familiar with it personally, but reading the
> wikipedia page <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Redbox> it seems to dispense
> DVD and Blu-ray rentals. Unfortunately there's no clear "vending" tag for
> this (the OSM wiki page
> <https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:amenity%3Dvending_machine>) so I
> wanted to gather thoughts here as to what would be most appropriate (and
> perhaps formalise this on the wiki).
> Using overpass turbo I queried all the Redbox vending machines tagged with
> "vending" and the most common value (57 occurrences) is "vending=dvd".
> While this seems pretty appropriate, it's also not entirely accurate as it
> sounds like they also provide blu-ray rentals (plus they can be movies or
> games). All other values are variations of "movies", "media", "video_games"
> or lists combining these.
> However, there's also the question as to whether "vending" is even the
> correct tag to use. An OSM help question from November 2012
> <https://help.openstreetmap.org/questions/17987/how-should-i-tag-a-redbox-dvd-blu-ray-and-video-game-rental-vending-machine>
> on
> this very subject receives a suggestion to use the "rental" tag instead (0
> results using overpass turbo for Redbox machines with this tag).
> Any thoughts are appreciated!

I think "rental" is more accurate.


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