[Tagging] Current status of the key smoothness=*

Bryce Nesbitt bryce2 at obviously.com
Fri Mar 13 17:42:24 UTC 2015

On Fri, Mar 13, 2015 at 4:59 AM, Felix Hartmann <extremecarver at gmail.com>

>  (e.g. a road with some pottholes described as horrible).
> And with smoothness and other verbal gradings - 10-15% of all ratings seem
> to be way off because the mapper never read/understood that scale. This in
> turn makes it impossible to be used in a map because it is too unreliable.

+1 on this.

The tags are highly unreliable.  In part because it's unclear if you are
supposed to tag the *worst spot* (one pothole)
or the *average experience* (potholes every 3 meters)?

A road of sustained moderate sand might be far worse for some vehicles,
compared to a road with one deep
sand spot.  Conversely a deep sand spot might stop certain vehicles that
could readily pass over miles of moderate sand.


I think a description is often far more useful to a map reader:

*description*=Forest road well maintained in summer, but not graded during
winter.  Has two stream crossings with 10 inch high rocks, easily passed on
a bicycle or motorbike, but difficult for low clearance vehicles.
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