Differing approaches to tagging vending machines for motor fuel dispensing have caused confusion

We’re specifically discussing standalone vending machines typically found in rural areas on side of the road with higher prices and limited fuel capacity, although cars can still use them.

Two tagging scenarios are outlined on the OpenStreetMap wiki:

A. amenity=vending_machine + vending=fuel

  • According to amenity=fuel, these tags are intended for micro-mapping individual fuel pumps.
  • These tags align with the iD editor preset “Gas Pump,” as confirmed by developers.

B. amenity=fuel + vending_machine=yes + vending=fuel

  • The origin of vending_machine=yes is unclear, as it lacks standalone documentation.

In our Thailand community, we’ve struggled to reach a consensus in the past. Some new mappers have recently been switching between these schemes in an attempt to make them render in OsmAnd.

I’m concerned that these changes might lead to edit conflicts. Reaching an agreement has been on my to-do list for too long, and I think it’s time to revisit this topic.

What’s your take on this?


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