[Tagging] Current status of the key smoothness=*

Jan van Bekkum jan.vanbekkum at gmail.com
Wed Mar 11 16:29:38 UTC 2015

I fully agree with Martin.

Availability of a tag like this is very important. I have to be able to
enter a value while I am driving without sophisticated measuring equipment.
I rather have a rating that is one step off on the scale than no rating at
all. Many of these roads are in areas where few mappers do site surveys (I
think of the roads we drove in Kenya), so any input is welcome even if it
isn't perfect. We ran into some nasty surprises during our trip because the
road quality wasn't tagged at all.

Perhaps we can extend the library of pictures in the wiki to give people a
better feeling which rating means what.

Again: better an imperfect tag than no tag at all.

On Wed, Mar 11, 2015 at 5:05 PM Mateusz Konieczny <matkoniecz at gmail.com>

> There is clearly problem with verifiability of this tag, as in my case I
> am frequently
> unsure which value should be used. And it is not even starting to cover
> problems with
> multiple people having different opinions.
> It is not changing fact that there is no better tag to describe surface
> that is made of asphalt
> but of terrible quality.
> 2015-03-11 12:56 GMT+01:00 jgpacker <john.packer7 at gmail.com>:
>> Hi,
>> I saw in the wiki page  Key:smoothness
>> <http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:smoothness#Controversy>   that
>> there
>> is a section about the controversy over it's verifiability.
>> As far as I remember, this tag was throughly discussed here until a
>> consensus was achieved (which was that it should be classified according
>> to
>> how usable the road is/which kinds of modes of transportation can use it).
>> Is this claim over it's verifiability still current?
>> I think it's not, and that this claim should be removed from the page
>> (though it may be useful to write a section with a brief history of this
>> key).
>> Cheers,
>> John
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