[Talk-ca] Preferred phone number format

Matthew Darwin matthew at mdarwin.ca
Mon Feb 5 21:44:46 UTC 2018

After editing a few thousand phone numbers in the last week, my 
preferred format is *contact:phone=+#-###-###-####**
My reason is that people are starting to use other tags from the 
contact:* family so cannot move everything to phone=*, and having both 
phone=* and contact:phone=* seems unreasonable.  However, phone-=* is 
currently much more popular.

If phone=* is more popular because people keep adding more phone=* 
tags simply because it is more popular (self-fulfilling feedback 
loop), then maybe moving to contact:phone=* over time might be 
reasonable.  If people are using phone=* because of dislike of 
contact:phone=* then sticking with status quo is better.  I don't know 
why people use phone=* vs contact:phone=*....

Thoughts/opinions welcome.

[I used "phone" in above discussion, however it equally applies to "fax"].

On 2018-02-04 11:49 PM, OSM Volunteer stevea wrote:
> I'd appreciate others to chime in about this, but it seems where 
> dashes and space characters overlap (are the only difference in 
> format), those can be conflated together. I'm not sure whether dash 
> or space ends up as "the winner," but this should reduce the number 
> of categories.
> As you consider additional conflations, you may be able to do this again and again, getting it down to a fairly small number of formats.  I urge additional feedback (here would be good) before additional conflations, but (I keep saying it):  nice work.
> SteveA

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