[Tagging] website=*url* vs. contact:website=*url*

Flaimo flaimo at gmail.com
Thu May 12 21:52:43 BST 2011

when was the topic of webcams ever mentioned? they have nothing to do
with this topic. also we are not talking about what counts as a
contact information and what not. pretty much everybody agrees that
phone, fax, e-mail and website are seen as contact information,
probably because millions of people put those on their business cards.
the topic is whether to use the contact namespace for those (four)
keys or not.

the numbers you list are like that because, as i mentioned before,
most use the presets for tagging. if the presets would be changed to
use the contact: prefix, the situation would be exactly the contrary
in two years. so we should list advantages and disadvantages of a
namespace and think about if it might make sense to group them under
"contact:" in the future by modifying the presets. existing tag could
easily be changed to the namespace (or the other way around) by a
simple one time batch job in the database.


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> Date: Thu, 12 May 2011 20:26:46 +0200
> From: M?rtin Koppenhoefer <dieterdreist at gmail.com>
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> Subject: Re: [Tagging] website=*url* vs. contact:website=*url*
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> OSM allows everybody to tag whatever he likes, which is great. Still I
> don't think that a website is "contact"-information, like a phone
> number is. Neither has "contact:webcam" anything to do with "contact".
> Actual usage shows that the whole "contact" is a typical "wiki
> stillbirth":
> 108398 website (wiki page created  20:17, 3 April 2008 )
> 240537 url (wiki page created  23:19, 8 May 2008 )
> 4332 contact:website (wiki page created 08:06, 22 January 2009 )
> For the disputed phonenumbers (many mappers argue that phonenumbers
> are no geoinformation) the situation is similar:
> 88147 phone
> 9015 contact:phone
> Btw.: there is (still) 0 contact:addr:street and 0
> contact:addr:housenumber in the database.

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