Talk:Key:animated

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Use on non-advertising objects

This page currently describes the animated=* key as being "most often used on advertising devices" but doesn't exclude its use for other kinds of devices. However, the description for animated=revolving specifically says "for advertising column rotating on itself, to display posters in all directions" (emphasis added). Would it be reasonable to generalize this definition to cover any sort of device that rotates automatically? Some non-advertising examples:

  • Most civil defense sirens in North America are rotating sirens (as opposed to omnidirectional sirens). [1]
  • SkyCity is a rotating restaurant at the top of the Space Needle in Seattle.

To avoid reinterpreting existing uses of the tag on advertising=* features, I'd recommend limiting the definition to devices that rotate about a vertical axis. So attraction=big_wheel wouldn't imply animated=revolving.

This came up because the other day I overoptimistically suggested on emergency=siren that animated=revolving be used for rotating sirens, but Jeisenbe (rightly) called out the discrepancy with the definition currently on this page.

 – Minh Nguyễn 💬 23:01, 21 November 2019 (UTC)

Since this key animated=* is currently almost always used with advertising=* - over 99% of features have that combination: https://taginfo.openstreetmap.org/keys/?key=animated#combinations - so I think it makes more sense to make up a new key for other features. In the case of sirens or other objects that spin, it could make sense to just use revolving=yes. Or create a new key and a set of values if there is an object that can move in several different ways. --Jeisenbe (talk) 09:34, 22 November 2019 (UTC)
I'm thinking the opposite : as the definition of this key is quite clear, because it is already used widely on advertising, it makes sense to reuse it for other kind of features. Creating another tag for the exact same purpose is just making the whole tagging scheme more complex for no added value (duplicated documentation, code, rendering...). We just have to keep documentation open enough to say that it is mainly used on advertising, but can be used elswhere as well. --PanierAvide (talk) 12:10, 22 November 2019 (UTC)