[Tagging] Is there any case of valid numeric addr:housename - for example addr:housename?

Paul Allen pla16021 at gmail.com
Wed Jul 1 19:13:54 UTC 2020

On Wed, 1 Jul 2020 at 20:00, Martin Koppenhoefer <dieterdreist at gmail.com>

> > On 1. Jul 2020, at 12:55, Paul Allen <pla16021 at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > Of
> > course, most people in the UK don't know that and just stick up a
> > house name or change an existing one without approval.  Other
> > jurisdictions may not require approval.
> it does not mean we can not recognize the housenames that aren’t approved.
> We do not have to follow official housename rules and could say that a sign
> with a housename on it is sufficient for inclusion in OpenStreetMap (and
> these could be useful even if they are not officially recognized).

I wasn't suggesting otherwise. Official sources of house names may be
unavailable to us because of copyright.  But even if those are available,
I consider the house name that is actually displayed on the house to
override the official name.  A map that displays the official name is of
little use to somebody looking for the displayed name.  The owner is
likely to pass on the displayed name, so anyone trying to find it on a
map which has only the official name won't find it.  Similarly, when
navigating, it's useful to have the name on the map match what is
actually visible.

What's on the ground beats what's in an official record.

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