On my last dairy entry about Protecting personal information in POIs I got great response.
The question was if to tag amenities like doctors with their full name if written on a sign outside. (The consensus was: yes)
But another question arised: What businesses to tag anyway?
I mean people tag manhole covers and street lamps so the obvious answer would be: all of them.
But really, what makes sense? OSM doesn't need to be a business register. It would be impossible to keep up to date anyway. Businesses with street offices is a reasonable constraint. Maybe in addition to those company buildings which are big landmarks or points of orientation.
But what about lawyers, engineers, agents etc. who don't normally have offices where the normal customer may walk in without an appointment. They would clutter the map in big cities with multi-story office buildings. But a map user would quite probably want to search for it with his in-car navigation device if he actually has an apointment, wouldn't he?
So is this a case of 'don't map for the renderer'? What would be legitimate sources of information, if signs on buildings are not present?
So please give me your opinion on this. I would be really happy if I could get as much response as from my last entry. Thanks in advance...