[Tagging] Feature Proposal - RFC - (consulate)-->(office=diplomatic)
smz at smz.it
Tue Nov 13 14:04:10 UTC 2018
I subscribe to every single word of your post... bravo!
On 2018-11-12 22:37, Colin Smale wrote:
> At moments like this I like to invoke one of my heroes: Albert Einstein. One famous saying attributed to him is: As simple as possible, but no simpler.
> If you simplify complex realities too much, you lose valuable detail. If it's complex, it's complex. If you want to leave out a level of detail, such as being able to distinguish between the different types of services provided on behalf of multiple "tenant" countries in a diplomatic mission, then so be it, but let's discuss whether it is desirable to leave that out, and whether the resultant ambiguity is acceptable. Data modelling means constructing an approximation to reality, and is all about what details to keep in and what to leave out. Once it is left out, it cannot be reconstructed from the rest of the data. (If it can, your data model is not properly normalised.)
> If OSM is being limited to being suboptimal because of politics and the inability to reach consensus, I would rather the system was fixed instead of condemning the whole business to eternal mediocrity.
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