[OSM-talk] amenity=doctor or amenity=doctors ? [tagging]

David Earl david at frankieandshadow.com
Fri Feb 20 10:51:21 GMT 2009

If you're going to change it, JOSM should really be updated at the same 
time, otherwise the tag will reappear. But updating JOSM isn't enough 
because peoople don't necessarily update it regularly. However, JOSM can 
display "message of the day", so you could let people know.

It would also discourage the old tag coming back if tailes at home were 
changed at the same time. What's the incentive not to use tone when if 
you use the other you get to see results?


On 20/02/2009 10:27, Gregory Williams wrote:
> I think:
> - Document it in the singular form (the other amenities are singular
> (except toilets, where there are facilities per gender), so it matches
> reality).
> - Send another mail to the list to give notice that you intend to update
> amenity=doctors to amenity=doctor via a bot in say a fortnight's time.
> That gives people time to update rendering rules to match the new tag if
> they're using it on some private map.
> - Open for voting if you like, but with over 1700 uses in the two forms
> combined I think it's safe to say that it's considered a useful tag
> already.
> Gregory
>> -----Original Message-----
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>> bounces at openstreetmap.org] On Behalf Of Andrew Chadwick (email lists)
>> Sent: 20 February 2009 10:04
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>> Subject: [OSM-talk] amenity=doctor or amenity=doctors ? [tagging]
>> amenity=doctors was proposed, but died due to lack of love.
>> Nevertheless, JOSM has chosen to implement it, as has t at h (I think).
>>   * http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Proposed_features/GP_Surgery
>>   * amenity=doctors
>>   * tag usage: 1528 nodes or ways as of 2009-02-20
>> amenity=doctor has since been proposed, and is dying due to lack of
>> love. It was apparently RFCed on 2008-09-06, but I haven't been able
> to
>> find any evidence in the archives.
>>   * http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Proposed_features/Doctor
>>   * amenity=doctor
>>   * tag usage: 265 nodes or ways as of 2009-02-20
>> I think this is a notable, relevant, and verifiable thing to have on
>> Tag_features. Shall I merge the two, spit out a proper proposal and
>> description and get it all voted on properly, or just get on with it
>> and
>> add it and update the osmdb accordingly with a bot?
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