Talk:What3words

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Rework of This Page or Delete It

This page should get a large rework (it should be rewritten). W3W is a propietary, patent-claiming service which should not have any place at OSM. There have been already discussion(s) about this topic at Talk mailing list.

My suggestion: Either delete the whole page or replace it by content which tells the truth. --Nakaner (talk) 12:01, 1 July 2016 (UTC)

I only found one email on the Talk mailing list, and it was only 2 mails. Please link, if there ware more discussion. --Lulu-Ann (talk) 12:38, 1 July 2016 (UTC)
https://lists.openstreetmap.org/pipermail/talk/2015-November/075051.html
Frederik has already added a red Ambox box at the top which address my concerns. --Nakaner (talk) 12:42, 1 July 2016 (UTC)

MapCode as an alternative?

Should http://www.mapcode.com/ be added as an open alternative? --Rbrundritt (talk) 16:17, 12 December 2016 (UTC)

No, because any mapcode can be derived from the feature's coordinates. So at best, including mapcodes is fully redundant, and at worst (if a mapper moves the feature without updating the mapcode) factually incorrect. Same goes for all of these locator schemes: we have lat/long, so we don't need them. --Scruss (talk) 20:42, 11 June 2017 (UTC)

Mention that it is no addressing system

The page currently does not highlight strong enough that it is not (in difference to their marketing) a addressing system. It is just a method do encode coordinates. A proper addressing system has the advantage that it is organized hierarchically (country, county, city, street/block, building) and that a small error in transmitting the address only results in a small error (neighbouring house). I hope that someone finds better words than myself (who translated the page into German a few minutes ago). --Nakaner (talk)