[Talk-GB] Quarterly Projects Update

pmailkeey . pmailkeey at googlemail.com
Fri Apr 3 16:55:11 UTC 2015

On 3 April 2015 at 16:49, ael <law_ence.dev at ntlworld.com> wrote:

> On Fri, Apr 03, 2015 at 01:43:35PM +0100, Robert Whittaker (OSM lists)
> wrote:
> >
> > For anyone interested in mapping Royal Mail Post Boxes, or Post Office
> > Ltd Post Office branches, you may find the tools I run at
> > http://robert.mathmos.net/osm/postboxes/ useful. Amongst other things,
> This seems to be quite misleading because it requires ref keys.
> I looked at my local area, and found OSM had "0%" coverage. Digging in
> further, I found that OSM had *all* of the post boxes that I checked
> already mapped. I had mapped many of those. I seldom include a ref key
> partly because I hadn't seen any point in the past, and partly because I
> usually take a quick geotagged photograph when mapping and the reference
> (to be honest, I am not quite sure I know what it is) is seldom visible
> or resolved. I suspect this area actually has something close to 100%
> coverage.
> This also maybe explains why a nearby mapper a while ago suggested this
> area hadn't been mapped fully because he had noticed "missing" post
> boxes. He couldn't identify a missing box except one which I very
> strongly suspect is spurious having a position in the middle of private
> fields with no access...
> Still it is useful to have the list and if and when I remember or have
> time I may check properly. Casting my eye down the list, I can only see
> one that I don't immediately recognise as something I have mapped.
> ael
It seems the ref is only used to identify 'missing' boxes and without it,
there wouldn't be any missing. Perhaps it's causing as much confusion as
solving ?

On 3 April 2015 at 16:49, Brad Rogers <brad at fineby.me.uk> wrote:

> On Fri, 3 Apr 2015 15:31:32 +0100
> "pmailkeey ." <pmailkeey at googlemail.com> wrote:
> Hello pmailkeey,
> >It's likely the right version - as without punctuation is Royal Mail
> >preferred and it's a new street.
> Royal Mail don't decide the correct spelling/punctuation, the relevant
> Local Authority does(1).  They (Royal Mail) might prefer no punctuation
> but I suspect that's only because their sorting machines don't cope with
> it very well.
> (1)  Whether any of them pay any attention to RM preferences, IDK.

All RM decides is postcodes.

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