[Tagging] Is a reference a name if it is actually used as a name on the ground ?

Shawn K. Quinn skquinn at rushpost.com
Fri Feb 5 23:22:25 UTC 2016

On Sat, 2016-02-06 at 00:14 +0100, Jean-Marc Liotier wrote:
> For residential streets, we have a well-known and documented naming 
> scheme as follows:
> - name=* bears the official name
> - loc_name=* bears a local name, which is often an old name but what 
> matters is that it is a locally well used name
> - ref=* bears a government official universal reference, which 
> abbreviates the district and suffixes it with a number (for example
> "GY-63")
> So far, so good. Now, the problem is that not all streets have a name
> - 
> actually most streets are unnamed, so value of the ref=* is actually 
> what people use as a name... It is not a name but it is used as a
> name. 
> If it quacks like a duck... So here is the dilemma:

Occasionally, in the US, the value of ref=* is used similarly to a name.
("Turn right onto US 59", etc.) I see no issue with leaving name=* blank
in those situations, unless mail is actually addressed to something like
1234 GY-63, Somecity, Senegal. It is not uncommon for rural roads at
least in the US to have only a ref=* and no name=*. However, sometimes
there are things like name="County Road 123" and ref="CR 123".

skquinn <skquinn at localhost>

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