[HOT] paths, tracks and unclassified in West Africa

Ralf Stephan gtrwst9 at gmail.com
Sat Jul 11 15:52:04 UTC 2015

It's probably a path. However, many single huts in the mid of
farmland aren't residential anyway, but part-time dwellings for
farm workers, as was explained to me in a thread here last year.

On Sat, Jul 11, 2015 at 5:47 PM john whelan <jwhelan0112 at gmail.com> wrote:

> So you're saying something to a single hut is unclassified?
> Thanks John
> On 11 July 2015 at 11:17, Ralf Stephan <gtrwst9 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I would say the instructions to the task are the applicable authority.
>> They advise to "tag roads according the Highway Tag Africa wiki page
>> <http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Highway_Tag_Africa>"
>> There one can read:
>>     The *Highway* tag reflects the Economic and social dimension of the
>> road.
>>     Tag:  The small roads going outside the residential areas, mainly for *agricultural
>> and forestry* purposes. In general these roads do not have connecting
>> function with other roads.
>> (I hope the applied emphasis is not lost with yxour mail program)
>> I can imagine this goes against the core with English speakers who
>> just know what a track is but I fear the word is used differently here.
>> Best,
>> On Sat, Jul 11, 2015 at 3:18 PM john whelan <jwhelan0112 at gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>>> Unfortunately we seem to be into opinions and I hear different things
>>> from different people.
>>> Could we either come to an consensus or have an authority please.
>>> My own opinion is if its to a small group of huts its probably a track,
>>> if its to narrow for a 4X4 and winds its a path, and if I can see two wheel
>>> tracks then its a track unless its between two settlements of reasonable
>>> size then its unclassified.  Basically a track to me is something I
>>> wouldn't wish to take a car down.
>>> Thanks John
>>> On 11 July 2015 at 08:40, Ralf Stephan <gtrwst9 at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>> In my opinion it's defined by exclusion: everything that ends in
>>>> nature/crops
>>>> is a track. Everything else is just unclassified (!) except it fits
>>>> another definition.
>>>> Regards,
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