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The tag had about 15-20 questions in it, and each one basically belonged to the more popular tag. I've moved each question to the tag, which the wiki entry describes them as being, essentially, postal addresses.

Since they are the same thing, can we merge/alias the two? (Keeping ) I work in the address validation industry... and the two terms are used quite interchangeably -- and PO boxes are still street addresses, esp. in the context of dual addresses (don't forget the common edge cases).

(This is part of a larger clean-up effort. See more about the address tag, which needs to be disambiguated.)

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stress-address already sounds like a meta tag as it is... why not just nuke them both? How can you be an expert in street addresses, in the sense of programming? That doesn't make sense. – animuson Nov 27 '12 at 18:32
@animuson could it be considered a specific subset of localization? Someone could be an expert in that. – Mike B Nov 27 '12 at 18:37
@animuson You mean street addresses, I assume? There are entire industries that revolve around mailing, geocoding, location-related services, etc. There are thousands of practical applications of street addresses in programming. Besides, try diving into USPS Publication 28 and write software according its guidelines without asking for help. Then, depending on your circumstances, try accommodating international address formats in your database schema, input validation, etc. More – Matt Nov 27 '12 at 18:39
I was going to comment you might just as well burninate because anyone who attempts this is going to be wrong somewhere but I see @matt has covered that admirably. – ben is uǝq backwards Nov 27 '12 at 18:53


The postal address IS NOT the same as street address!

By all means fix questions that are incorrectly tagged, but do not alias the two. Frequently street addresses will have validation that is different to postal addresses (i.e. street addresses should not be a post office box or private bag number).

If we must keep the tags, then keep them separate.

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Street addresses ARE postal addresses. They refer to the same delivery system in any given principality. From the wiki directly: "Street address refers to postal addresses, or delivery points ..." – Matt Nov 28 '12 at 0:51
@Matt - I disagree. Yes you can usually deliver to a street address (but not always), but it is usually the residential or physical address. For example my own postal address is different to my street address, and many forms require either or both addresses, with the street address validated differently to the postal address. – slugster Nov 28 '12 at 1:07
@Matt I should also elaborate - I don't care if the tags are burninated, but they shouldn't be aliased. – slugster Nov 28 '12 at 1:08
The most practical change would be to simply consolidate to "street address" since, as animuson pointed out above, this site isn't about postal systems. It's about programming: and the majority of the several dozen street address questions can probably safely be contained in the street address tag, any semantics aside. I guarantee, as I work in the address industry, that so seldom have I seen any differentiation between the terms "street" and "postal" (related to addresses) that 99.9% of people probably consider them basically the same thing, especially for the purposes of this site. – Matt Nov 28 '12 at 1:25

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