[Tagging] Points instead of areas

Warin 61sundowner at gmail.com
Wed Aug 8 03:24:50 UTC 2018

On 08/08/18 12:52, Bill Ricker wrote:
> On Tue, Aug 7, 2018 at 6:41 PM, Graeme Fitzpatrick 
> <graemefitz1 at gmail.com <mailto:graemefitz1 at gmail.com>> wrote:
>     On 7 August 2018 at 21:56, Daniel Koć <daniel at koć.pl
>     <mailto:daniel at ko%C4%87.pl>> wrote:
>         For example nobody would say that a city is a point 
>     I'm not disagreeing with you, but people do refer to them, &
>     somehow even measure them, as points!
>     I'm sure that you have the same situation in your country but an
>     e.g. is my State capital, Brisbane:
>     https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brisbane
>     <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brisbane>, which
>     covers an area of 15842 km2, but is still apparently found exactly
>     at:
>     ...
> Quite so.
> To measure distances between towns/cities, some point is needed.
> While in theory someone wishing to do so could query for the Admin 
> level outline and compute the centroid, when a government entity has 
> declared a named point to match the Admin level boundary, it's 
> convenient if everyone uses the same one.
> If there are countries which for which open-licensed town centers 
> aren't available, the local mapping communities can decide what is 
> right for them. Postoffice, Town Hall, Centroid, Flagpole, whatever.

The centre of a place is a little cultural, a little of frequent use and 
a little from signs.
In Europe I suspect it is the railway station ..lots of signs pointing 
In rural Australia I would go with the post office, though the pub is 
quite popular. :)
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