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Government/commercial office buildings

I think that can not generalize to all buildings as commercial. For example: this building can not be commercial: File:Pentagon_Aerial_on_September_11,_2002_by_Angela_Stafford,_U.S._Air_Force_(DOD_020911-F-3968S-001)_(290165442).jpg

I think that the correct labeling should be: building=office + office=government --User:Carlos Brys 14:11, 19. Feb. 2016‎

I think it's better to use building=public and office=administrative for the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.. --Reneman (talk) 15:36, 19 February 2016 (UTC)


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-- Harry Wood (talk) 14:22, 21 May 2017 (UTC)

why this tag is discouraged?

building=office for me is clearly better than building=commercial for building constructed as an office block, for example File:Euroclear w Kraków Bonarka for Business 2017.jpg - as building=commercial covers extreme range of building types. Also, changing building type just because offices are now rented by a government entity rather than by a company is a bit weird. Building type should stay the same in such situation. Mateusz Konieczny (talk) 11:57, 31 May 2018 (UTC)

The status was set to 'deprecated' with this version: by Hanif Al Husaini who does not even have an own user page, so maybe this edit happened by accident? -- ENT8R (talk) 12:45, 31 May 2018 (UTC)
It was also partially added in I notified this user and I will wait for a reply. Mateusz Konieczny (talk) 16:36, 31 May 2018 (UTC)
My change was an result of this discussion. (note Holger === zuse :). I would be happy to promote building=office again. --Zuse (talk) 17:55, 6 June 2018 (UTC)
I searched through the mailing list archives and did not find anything, only a general discussion about public buildings and that its definition is rather vague and in the forum I found a few ("how to map X?") questions from 2015-2016 in which building=office was suggested as "the proper way to map X" (without opposition). --Westnordost (talk) 19:16, 31 May 2018 (UTC)
At the very least current usage must be described. For now I did it and removed recommendation to use hopelessly generic building=commercial. Further comments are welcomed Mateusz Konieczny (talk) 08:05, 1 June 2018 (UTC)
If we remove office buildings from building=commercial, then what's left? Or to put it differently: Your objection seems to be that there are a lot of building=commercial which are very different from offices, and that the tag is therefore too broad. Can you give examples for that? --Tordanik 13:30, 2 June 2018 (UTC)
I always understood "commercial" as a category, on the same level as "residential". Some things that come to my mind that I would probably most likely tag as "commercial" if not more specifically: cinema buildings, buildings built as restaurants, buildings on a (permanent) fair, buildings on a golf course, exhibition halls, congress centres, the warehouses of wholesale markets (because they are not really retail), casinos, a self-storage buildings, buildings with mixed/generic commercial usage (for example ), boat rental buildings, ... well, I could go on (was looking at a map of Hamburg). You may have the opinion that one or the other thing I mentioned should be tagged differently, but my point is that "general commercial activities" does not have to mean "offices". --Westnordost (talk) 14:08, 3 June 2018 (UTC)
Also mentioned 3 years ago in Talk:Key:building#building.3Doffice, which links to a 2012 edit. I prefer building=office. Mrwojo (talk) 15:40, 7 June 2018 (UTC)
Resolved: no longer marked as deprecated Mateusz Konieczny (talk) 18:34, 8 August 2021 (UTC)

How to tag building with multiple ngo/npo offices?

How to tag building where multiple ngo/non-profit organizations have office and even some shops are there?

What was the main original purpose of the building? For example something constructed as an office buildings with some shop areas as an addition would be tagged as building=office Mateusz Konieczny (talk) 17:46, 24 June 2018 (UTC)
Additionally, note that this tag denotes an "office building", not an office. There can be any number of offices inside. Use office=* to specify what kind of office is in the building and if the building is not occupied completely by one office (=company /ngo), tag the different offices as single nodes within the building outline instead. --Westnordost (talk) 19:18, 24 June 2018 (UTC)
I should post this question on before it gets offtopic. "What was the main original purpose of the building?" is main question here. Since building in my case is big old school - old building, it's not building=office. Inside building are now many offices, what should be properly tagged. Thay all have same building entrance and here is the real question how to tag all of them. --Mitjajez (talk) 14:53, 25 June 2018 (UTC)
In this case, you should tag it as building=school + building:use=office and if you want, tag the single NGOs, company offices etc. as single nodes within the building outline as office=*. Additionally, also for reasons of verifiability, you can use level=* to indicate on which floor each office is located. --Westnordost (talk) 18:01, 25 June 2018 (UTC)