[Talk-us] Deleting / Closing / Renaming all places in a chain

Shawn K. Quinn skquinn at rushpost.com
Tue Sep 6 21:13:25 UTC 2016

On Tue, 2016-09-06 at 21:01 +0000, Elliott Plack wrote:
> Today, September 6, 2016, all ITT Tech campuses have closed due to a
> fallout with the federal government (read more:
> https://twitter.com/FOX59/status/773144554438524928 )


> Should we launch an automated edit, or some kind of batch process on
> OSM to clear the database `name=ITT Tech` (or similar) worldwide?
> Other online maps have begun removing ITT Tech locations from their
> directories. I do not know of a widely used method of closing a
> business on OSM other than deleting it. Personally, I think that
> collectively, as a community, we can turn these kind of news stories
> as a way to keep OSM fresh.

My understanding was that offices on the campuses will remain open while
they help the remaining students transfer elsewhere. I wouldn't go
deleting them until they have "for sale" or "for lease" signs posted on
them, or other similar signs that they are completely out of operation.
ITT Tech's website makes it clear they aren't taking any new students so
I think the impact on people being mistaken from seeing an ITT Tech
campus still "open" on OSM is minimal.

> On August 19, 2016, Apple Inc. rebranded all of their retail locations
> (FKA Apple Store) to simply, "Apple" (read
> more: http://www.theverge.com/2016/8/19/12537840/apple-store-rebranding ). Further, some locations' storefront has no english text at all, just a pictogram of an apple (the fruit). On their website, the naming convention seems to be, "Apple [city name or mall name].

You are correct that the storefronts usually have no actual text, just
the logo. It's tricky to get this one right; personally, I think
name=Apple is the way to go, with the caveat that people will just have
to know the actual company offices are at 1 Infinite Loop in Cupertino,
CA, US, and not in hundreds of malls across the country. 

There is also have Domino's rebranding to get the "Pizza" out of its
name, and (local to Houston, TX, US) James Coney Island rebranding to
JCI Grill. The former, I am pretty sure is a done deal by now. On the
latter, I'm not sure if they are done rebranding chain-wide yet.

We also need to confirm any remaining Cookie Bouquet locations, as these
were supposed to have rebranded to Cookies By Design by now.

Shawn K. Quinn <skquinn at rushpost.com>

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