[Tagging] road names and refs

Paul Johnson baloo at ursamundi.org
Thu Jan 30 18:40:42 UTC 2020

On Thu, Jan 30, 2020 at 12:38 PM Kevin Kenny <kevin.b.kenny at gmail.com>

> On Thu, Jan 30, 2020 at 12:58 PM Paul Johnson <baloo at ursamundi.org> wrote:
> > No, no.  I'm not proposing addr:street on ways at all, only on things
> that actually have an address.  What I am saying is that noname=yes should
> be a trigger to validators that they can't depend on the way to handle
> address validation.  Just saying that name=County Road 34, ref=CR 34 is
> wrong; noname=yes; ref=CR 34 is the way to go.
> OK, and that's where we disagree - one important _suggestion_ that a
> validator can make is to point out that there's no similarly-named way
> anywhere nearby. At least once I've done the house numbers for a whole
> street without remembering to change the name of the street from the
> previous one I was working on, and I was glad that the validator
> caught it before I uploaded!
> (If you're now going to tell me "don't make mistakes like that!" my
> reply is, "Good luck with that one!")
> I think we can both agree that in practice there is no clear consensus
> on what to do in the specific case where a road has a reference but no
> other name. (That is intended as an entirely neutral statement - not
> "Kevin's right" or "Paul's right")

I disagree.  The wiki had it pretty clearly documented that names aren't
refs longer than I've been in the project.  People putting refs as names is
a more recent, value detracting, invention.
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