[OSM-talk] Ground truth for non-physical objects

Kathleen Lu kathleen.lu at mapbox.com
Wed Dec 12 17:45:08 UTC 2018

I would not be surprised if this was more of a rural/urban divide than a
country divide. I cannot imagine that I could put a name on my house and
then address a letter to that new name and city and ever expect it to get
there. (I have a hard time imagining this would work in Berlin or London
either, but if you have tested it then I would believe you.) But if I lived
in a town of 1000 people, yeah, I'd believe they'd figure it out, and over
time just accept the name of the house even though it's not in any official
record, since there are still towns in the US where most buildings don't
have street addresses.

On Wed, Dec 12, 2018 at 9:17 AM Richard Fairhurst <richard at systemed.net>

> Tomas Straupis wrote:
> > Ad absurdum argument: can you invent your own street name or even
> > placename and expect post, police, ambulance, firefighters, taxi to
> > arrive (on time or at all)?
> Sure, in the UK, you could do that and I know people who have done so. If
> you invent a street name here in Charlbury and then post a letter to it,
> Carla the post-lady will ask around until she finds out where the street is
> (or until she sees the sign you've erected), and then she'll deliver you
> the
> letter. A working postcode will speed the process up but isn't absolutely
> necessary.
> Richard
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