I’m new to OSM but have enjoyed having a go at adding some attribution to buildings near where I live, as well as adding PoIs for shops and so on.
Not sure where the best place to suggest this is; however, I have some suggestions regarding features and their metadata attribution.
These shops have cropped up a lot but they don’t appear to have an entry on http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Map_Features The shop name examples here are from the UK so sorry if they are not much help.
Newsagent (larger ones such as WH Smith could go under books and some could go under convenience stores but smaller ones perhaps warrant their own category).
Computer/video game shops - some (such as HMV) sell DVDs and music as well so could go in those categories but others (such as Game) just sell games. It doesn’t really fit under computer shops either.
Electronic shops (such as Currys Digital). Could go under hi-fi shops or computer shops but that leaves TVs out so I think general consumer electronics shops would warrant a category like with domestic appliance shops.
Health food shops (such as Holland and Barrett and Julian Graves). Could perhaps go under organic or herbalist but they are not necessarily either.
Specialty food shops, such as Polish shops, Chinese supermarkets and world foods
Travel agents (such as Thomas Cook).
Some of the ones that are in the feature catalogue are a lot more specific and I would say less common than the ones above (vacuum cleaner stores, furnace stores and diving equipment for example).
These ones are listed in the feature catalogue but don’t have pink icons and I think they could perhaps be useful additions as they are quite common. As they don’t have icons they don’t seem to appear when I view the map after adding them.
Mobile phone shops
Sports shops (clothing/shoes/equipment)
Variety stores (such as 99p Store and Poundland)
And finally, and probably my biggest question, is over the complete lack of gambling categories. If there is a policy of excluding these from OSM then that is fine; however, there are rather a lot of these in the city I live in and most cities around the UK. The two I propose the most need for are:
Shop: Betting/Bookmaker whatever name they should have.
Definition: A shop where customers gamble money on the outcome of something, usually a sporting event such a horse race or football match. Found on virtually every High Street in the UK.
Examples: Ladbrokes, Coral and William Hill.
Definition: A shop containing machines that customers gamble money on, such as fruit machines. Small versions of these are found in most UK towns and cities but seaside resorts have larger versions. These establishments sometimes contain arcade games as well.
Examples: Nobles, Quicksilver
There could be further types that might be useful, such as casinos and bingo halls. However, these are probably less common. In the city I live, there are only 2-3 of each.
Thanks for any suggestions/advice etc.