Discuss Tag:amenity=post_office here:
There's a postal service collection centre here. How to tag it? It's not really a normal post office at all.
-- Harry Wood 18:53, 28 February 2009 (UTC)
- I assume the "collection centre" is public facing part of what is actually a delivery / sorting office. I'd agree that this isn't really a Post Office in the normal sense, and from a user's point of view, it doesn't really make sense to tag it as such. How about something like amenity=post_deport or amenity=postal_deport as a single tag to cover postal-related entities that deal with the sorting and/or distribution of mail, but aren't Post Offices. Though thinking more, I wonder if amenity the right key to use? -- Rjw62 17:04, 10 June 2010 (UTC)
- I'm not convinced. The current wiki definition for amenity=post_office is "A post office. A place where letters and parcels may be sent or collected.". That fits the public amenity aspect of a sorting office (picking up post, and other facilities). Much better to keep a well-used and documented tag than replace it with a currently undocumented one. A more parsimonious option might be to keep post_office for depots, but add post_office:type=depot ? Or keep post_depot for places without any public access? I've noticed a number of post_office tags have recently become post_depot - I've added back a post_office tag for my local amenity. ddixon 08:24, 19 June 2010 (UTC)
- With reference specifically to the UK, there are quite a few entities run by the Royal Mail that they term "Sorting Offices" or "Delivery Offices". These may or may not have a customer collection point, for people to pick up parcels that couldn't be delivered for one reason or another. But AFAIK, most of these don't allow you to post anything (apart from at a postbox that's typically sited outside. You won't be able to buy stamps there, nor get any of the other services you typically find at one of the (Royal Mail run/franchised) Post Offices. These delivery / sorting offices are also not termed "Post Offices" by the Royal Mail, as they're not included in the official Post Office Branch Finder. If would therefore be confusing for users to for these entities to be marked as "Post Offices" when they are manifestly not. They're arguably not a sub-type of Post Office, but a separate type of entity ( albeit one run by the same company) and so should not be tagged as a sub-type of amenity=post_office. Rjw62 15:45, 20 June 2010 (UTC)
Postal Code information
How can postal code information be attached to the post office? For example, in the United States, each post office serves one zip code.