[Talk-GB] too many universities in Cambridge

David Earl david at frankieandshadow.com
Fri May 22 13:58:40 UTC 2015

Yes, the operator tags are the same when it is the same institution - the
colleges are independent institutions, part of the larger federation. This
is part of the complexity of this.

I'm not arguing I don't want to change anything, just that there's too much
gratuitous change which breaks real, existing products because of
hypothetical futures.The wiki analogy is wrong here I think - that's the
content. It's much more an API, as I think you were essentially agreeing,
and people go to great lengths to try to maintain backward compatibility,
only deprecating things when they absolutely have to.

And it's not so much me not wanting to change things, of course change
happens, it's random, arbitrary, incompatible change that is such a problem
to deal with. Dan's not arguing for that, and I've already said I'll look
at it and see what's involved. But not today!

On Fri, 22 May 2015 at 14:49 Andy Allan <gravitystorm at gmail.com> wrote:

> On 22 May 2015 at 14:27, David Earl <david at frankieandshadow.com> wrote:
> > Andy, the operator tags are all the same, not the building names.
> No, they really aren't.
> http://www.openstreetmap.org/way/148247775 - "Churchill College
> (University of Cambridge)"
> http://www.openstreetmap.org/way/12861651 - "University of Cambridge"
> http://www.openstreetmap.org/way/98523431 - "Clare College (University
> of Cambridge)"
> > But also the assertion "within a few dozen miles" is wrong, as for
> > Nottingham in China.
> Read what I said, please:
> >> If there were two objects tagged as universities with
> >> identical names within a few dozen miles, I could make a guess they
> >> are the same university and write some rendering rules to suit.
> I make no assertion that all parts of the same university are within a
> dozen miles.
> I hope you realise that your tagging (using tags that imply 1200
> different universities) is causing problems, and think "what could I
> do to help other people" rather than "I don't want to change
> anything".
> Thanks,
> Andy
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