Do we all speak the same language? Should we?
What is a hamlet?
The wiki is clear:
“an isolated settlement, typically with less than 100-200 inhabitants, although this may vary by country”
What then, could have been the intention of the mapper who did this: It’s a city full of hamlet’s!
I think that this is a clear sign of the limitations of the use of just one language (English) as the “Lingua Franca” for OSM. Too many people don’t understand or speak it, and come up with solutions in their language that they think appropriate. Leaving others guessing about their meaning - how serious is that?
From what I could research (with the help of our great universal translator), it looks like people who are relatives (or are native to that spot) are living together in the houses marked as hamlet, but I’m not really sure of that.
If it is true, is that something that needs to be on the map? E.g. should we use the OSM database as a simple (or complicated) address book? Of course we can, but should we?
One thing is clear: from the definition in the wiki, the above use of hamlet is not correct. Do you have a better idea?
To be continued…