[Talk-us] USPS Post Boxes

Bryan Housel bhousel at gmail.com
Fri Sep 7 03:18:03 UTC 2018

Can we please leave it as USPS?  Other shippers UPS, FedEx, and DHL are also abbreviated.
The “expand abbreviations” rule is really for street addresses, not everything in OSM.

Taginfo can show you what values are currently stored in the `operator` tag:
https://taginfo.openstreetmap.org/keys/operator#values <https://taginfo.openstreetmap.org/keys/operator#values>

If we were to switch the `operator` field in iD over to a taginfo-based autocomplete, 2 things would happen:
1. It would show exactly the results in the url above, which contains all the operators (not just the postal ones).  It would not be a good list to pick from.
2. The taginfo service would crash.  We’ve been asked by Jochen not to do lookups against tags with a lot of distinct values (like “name” and “operator”) because queries like this are resource intensive.

Thanks, Bryan

> On Sep 6, 2018, at 6:44 PM, Leif Rasmussen <354lbr at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi Peter,
> I would like to do the operator value conversion this weekend, but would also like to make sure to listen to all the reasons for not expanding USPS.  These include having the tagging style as consistent as possible, the long version being harder to type, a list of semicolon separated expanded operators being too long, and more.  These are valid concerns, which should be addressed before anything else happens.  
> First, for keeping the tagging style as consistent as possible, each post box will be given the tag "operator:wikidata"="Q668687".  This way, even if the operator=* tags are changed later on, all post boxes will still be consistent and easy to querry.
> Second, for making sure that the operator tag is not too hard to type, I think that adding a taginfo based autocomplete to the operator=* field in iD could solve this.  I would have to open an issue about that on Github, though.
> Third, another fear was that a list of expanded operators separated by semicolons would be hard to work with.  I have no easy solution for this.  Perhaps, iD could have something to organize the operator tags into blocks, rather than just text like other fields.
> I would like to convert the tags this weekend, so please let me know if you have any suggestions for how to make the conversion less problematic.
> Thank you, 
> Leif Rasmussen
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