I recently went through most of the shop=* wiki pages and found, that the descriptions are in various cases incomplete, inhomogeneous or simply missing.
I thought about how to improve the structure of the wiki documentation for shops and subsequently came up with the following idea:
except for some already very well developed shop wiki pages and may be some exceptions due to their special nature we could use a common template for describing a particular type of shop in the OSM wiki.
Please note that this proposal is NOT meant to discuss any particular keys or values applicable to a specific shop map feature.
In order to demonstrate which kind of template I have in mind I have updated the English version of the wiki page for shop=shoes ( http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:shop=shoes ) as follows:
Contains the description for this shop as well as a link to the most relevant Wikipedia page in the same language.
Section “How to map”:
Provides some information regarding the different ways how to map the basic data type for this shop.
Provides detailed and complete information for all tags that are suitable for this particular type of shop but which are not suitable for ALL shops.
The last line of this section provides a link to http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Shop_supplementary_tags, which is a new page I added to the wiki and which holds most of the tags used in OSM that are suitable for shops.
This section contains some keys and values for demonstrating how this type of shop could be tagged.
Section “Proposed features”:
This section provides links to all proposals related to this type of shop if available. Otherwise it says "Currently no proposal exists for shop=* "
This section contains a set of important maps as well as the rendering of this type of shop on each of these maps.
The list of maps to be selected for this section of the wiki page is currently pretty unclear for me and I´d highly appreciate your recommendations in this regards.
This section also contains a list of other icons for this type of shop that can be found in the OSM wiki.
Shows photos of shops of this type of shop.
This section provides links to internal or external references if applicable.
If no references exist then “Currently no references are available.” is stated.
As soon as it seems that the majority of the participants in this discussion either agrees with this proposal or an updated version of it, I am planning to upload a blank template to the OSM wiki, which then can later be copied and used as an initial guideline for each new type of shop.
In addition existing shop wiki pages could be subsequently adopted to this template for further completion and homogeneity of the shop wiki pages.