[Talk-ca] Preferred phone number format
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=*....
[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.
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