[Talk-us] New I.D Feature

stevea steveaOSM at softworkers.com
Thu Nov 6 19:33:50 UTC 2014

Without getting all political on people, I do 
wish to remind everybody that Arizona is not AZ. 
The former is one of the fifty sovereign states 
of the union, the latter is a (federal) corporate 
entity created by the Buck Act (oh, and 
coincidentally, conveniently used as a postal 
address by the USPS).  They are NOT the same 
thing, and they ARE two different things.  Let's 
be careful to use the proper one, which I believe 
is Arizona.

For example, I insist that I live in a place 
called California.  I absolutely do not live in a 
place called CA.  They are two different places, 
and one is not the other.  If we are being truly 
accurate, these are absolutely not freely 

While I agree that in some circumstances it is 
very convenient to use a two-letter abbreviation 
for a state, and I do on occasion take advantage 
of this convenience, please keep in mind the very 
distinct semantics which differentiate these 


>wiki says to use abbreviated. see
>I almost had a panic attack because I use 
>abbreviated state in all my addresses.
>On Wed, Nov 5, 2014 at 8:51 PM, Hans De Kryger 
><<mailto:hans.dekryger13 at gmail.com>hans.dekryger13 at gmail.com> 
>ÐAs seen in this photo, the new feature in I.D 
>has me a bit confused, As is the rule already in 
>osm. We do not abbreviate addresses at all. My 
>question would be, how do we add state data. 
>Abbreviated as seen here (AZ) or spelled out 
>(Arizona) ?
>Any help would be appreciated.
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