[Talk-GB] RFC Mechanical edit: shop=betting to shop=bookmaker for selected names

Will Phillips wp4587 at gmail.com
Fri Oct 24 10:42:28 UTC 2014


I'm confused by your actions. Yesterday you started the formal process 
for making an uncontroversial change to the tagging of bookmakers, but 
since then you have made a series of considerably more controversial 
edits with no discussion at all. I wish to register my objection to 
these changes.

You are standardising the tagging for particular brands, removing the 
original judgements made by mappers who looked at them on the ground. I 
find it particularly de-motivating when these mass changes strip meaning 
from my tagging, changing a specific tag to a more general one. I'm not 
against my tagging being changed through discussion, but distinctions 
should be kept, even if moved to a sub-tag (e.g. shop=bed versus 
shop=furniture furniture=bed).

I have other concerns about these sorts of edits:

Are you sure all the shops belonging to a chain sell the same thing and 
offer the same services? In my experience this isn't always the case. 
For example, WH Smith at train stations and airports sell a much 
narrower range than their larger high street stores.

Where you are 'correcting' tagging based just on the name tag, how can 
you be sure its not an administrative office, distribution depot or 
something else other than a shop?


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