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Suggestion about alt_name

I'm curious to hear what people might have to say to the following proposal: Official names of embassies and diplomatic missions can be lengthy and difficult (like Consulate General of the Islamic Republic of Iran). I would suspect that people usually don't type exactly that expression when they do a search on the map. So my suggestion is this: Let's keep the original official name intact, but add alt_name=* with a somewhat more "manageable" name like Iranian Embassy. This is something people will most like search for. By using both name=* and alt_name=* one can keep the official name (and have it displayed on the map!) and still provide a more practical option for database searches. Search for "German embassy London" to get an example. What do you think?

(PS: I am aware of the key official_name=* but that one doesn't show on the map. So it's really not much use in this case.) --Jotam (talk) 17:32, 4 June 2015 (UTC)

Type of diplomatic mission

Can somebody add how to tag different levels of diplomatic stations? What about consules, general consules? For me living as a stranger, in a different country than my nationality, diplomatic stations might be important for me, and since I am working all over the world, I might need to apply for visas on different diplomatic stations. --Skippern 01:18, 28 January 2009 (UTC)

i think there are indeed 3 levels we need to define - embassy - consulate-general - consulate

How about embassy=* set to consulate or consulate-general ? Or moving out of the amenity-tag altogether: office=diplomatic and diplomatic=consulate|consulate-general|embassy ?--Gorm 19:45, 24 October 2010 (BST)
I agree that we should urgently make these levels 'taggable'. I think that by far the best option is to create a whole new thing, that is, diplomatic=*. This is interesting because diplomacy may involve much more than only embassies (i.e. visas, diplomatic immunity - somehow that may be 'taggable', I don't know), and in certain situations may even become blurred with other tags, so we may even have a diplomatic=yes. You know when we sit all comfy in our developed countries we forget that there are countries in total chaos and calamity where diplomatic entities may be the only functioning bodies there.
Check out diplomatic=* on this topic. --Jotam (talk) 15:14, 4 June 2015 (UTC)
The office=diplomatic is 'correct', since it is indeed an administrative entity. But it's just not "worthy" enough to have embassies, etc. within it's categorization. --D4RK-L3G10N 10:34, 19 January 2011 (UTC)

some tagging for the service would also be good (visa, passport..) --Rubke 19:25, 3 May 2010 (UTC)

How about services=visa;passport;refuge;ticket_home ? --Gorm 19:45, 24 October 2010 (BST)

Why is the nation named?

Why is it "... in Finland" - This is a map, it is totally clear in which nation the embassy is...! --Lulu-Ann 16:07, 16 December 2009 (UTC)

If that is what the entity calls itself, thats fine. But no need to add it artificially. --Gorm 19:45, 24 October 2010 (BST)
I agree. Instead of adding on to the official name of the embassy, consider using target=*. -- Jotam (talk) 15:12, 4 June 2015 (UTC)