[Tagging] Feature Proposal - RFC - (consulate)

Paul Allen pla16021 at gmail.com
Sun Oct 28 10:52:06 UTC 2018

On Sun, Oct 28, 2018 at 5:48 AM Allan Mustard <allan at mustard.net> wrote:


> d) diplomatic=* would include only [embassy, consulate, other], with
> "other" covering anomalies without status under the VCDR or VCCR (e.g.,
> AIT, TECRO, and subnational representations);

> e) further refining of the type of facility would be apparent in the
> name=* tag, obviating the need for additional subtags; and

It depends.  Are all of the facilities that would be tagged as "other" sui
generis or do some of them
fall into specific categories?  If there are specific categories that some
of them fall under, then
giving them their own values instead of other would be sensible.

Tag values are cheap and promote consistency.  Consider somebody wanting to
use overpass-turbo
to find a particular type of diplomatic facility.  A search for
diplomatic="fubar" is a nice, easy query.  A
search for diplomatic="other" and name~"fubar" works if you're sure the
name is going to contain
"fubar" somewhere within it.  If you don't know in advance what the name is
then with only
diplomatic=other you're not going to be able to narrow it down to a
specific category of other (if
specific categories of other exist).

OTOH, if "trade missions," "liaison offices," "interests sections," and the
like are merely marketing
terms for "I can't believe it's not an embassy" then "other" suffices.

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