[HOT] How to handle existing features for #1018 Nepal task

Pierre Béland pierzenh at yahoo.fr
Thu Apr 30 14:29:55 UTC 2015

Hi Steve, 

I agree that we can improve. Each activation is pushing us to our limits. The leaders, we do not have time to look at the details. Did not have time either to write updates either then sending short messages on https://twitter.com/pierzen 
An other area whre help woudbe appreciated. I dont have time to record all the excellent suggestions on the list.

      De : Steve Bower <sbower at gmavt.net>
 À : hot at openstreetmap.org 
 Envoyé le : Jeudi 30 avril 2015 2h07
 Objet : [HOT] How to handle existing features for #1018 Nepal task
I'm working on project #1081 Nepal detailed mapping 2nd pass. I'm new to OSM but have lots of GIS experience. 
Not sure how best to handle existing features already in the data (either from the 1st pass, or predating the project)
(1) The instructions say "do not trace all the paths in the fields or small paths of a few hundred meters that do not connect to road networks." If there are existing paths like that in the data, should I delete them?

(2) An existing long way tagged "highway=track" appears to start as a track that could support motorized vehicles (2 tire tracks are visible), but soon becomes very difficult to distinguish and is perhaps impassible. I'm guessing it was traced from different imagery (I checked Bing and MapBox, per the instructions) - I would not have traced much of it - too hard to see. Should I split this long way and label the second part 'highway=unclassified' or similar?
(3) Some small hamlets of 5-10 buildings, accessible only by paths, are enclosed in existing 'landuse=residential' polygons. The validation instructions are to confirm there are highways connecting 'residential' areas, and that there are 'residential' polygons around clusters of "20 or so houses". Should I remove the 'residential' polygons around tiny hamlets that are not on roads?
(By the way, I read the AAAARRRRGH! thread and agree with Stacey and others that more detailed project instructions would be one key way to improve quality and consistency, especially from new users. My questions reflect the sort of basic examples that could be part of more detailed instructions. Being a new user with "fresh eyes", I could help with that - but that's a different thread.)

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