Talk:Key:branch

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How this tag is supposed to be used? On taginfo I see things that look like brand=* or is_in=*. Can someone give example of a valid use? Note that name goes into name=* and brand into brand=* Mateusz Konieczny (talk) 11:20, 18 May 2019 (UTC)

@Mateusz Konieczny This proposal says it may be redundant to name=* but complementary to brand=*. Maybe the idea is that name=* = brand=* + branch=*? – Minh Nguyễn 💬 20:50, 18 May 2019 (UTC)
@Mateusz Konieczny The idea is that branch=* should hold the location of the shop (or whatever it is). The websites of many fast food chains for example lists their restaurants as "brandname location" (to be able to tell them apart) and many OSM contributors consequently use that (example: node 5304778597). Other contributors have disagreed with that practice, argueing that "brandname location" are really "internal" (to the chains) names only and that name=* should generally hold only "brandname" or what is listed on signs outside the individual restaurants (normally only "brandname"). The branch tag was invented as an attempt at a compromise for use when generating lists of POI's from OSM data, since some applications generate very simple lists only, which makes it impossible to tell restaurants of the same chain apart unless "location" is included in the name. The hope was that those applications could be changed to use name=* + branch=* to generate lists with names that could be told apart. Example of supermarket using it: way 105992912 --Hjart (talk) 15:55, 25 May 2019 (UTC)
Thanks! Now I understand its purpose. Are you maybe interested in adding this info to article itself? Mateusz Konieczny (talk) 18:29, 25 May 2019 (UTC)