[Tagging] non-temporary usage of highway=road

Holger Jeromin gmane at katur.de
Tue Sep 27 04:45:23 UTC 2016

Aun Johnsen <lists at gimnechiske.org> Wrote
 in message:
> I see a lot of usage of the generic tag highway=road, which is meant as a temporary tag and a ?low level entry tag? for beginners. The problem with this is that because of its ambiguous meaning, it is impossible for data consumers to process this correctly. 
> i.e., highway=road means anything between a small footway to motorway, so a routing engine might wrongfully send cars down a set of steps or a hiker up a motorway
> As described on the proposal page, this tag is meant to be temporary until more data can be obtained from survey.
> I have now had a few rounds of cleanup of the usage of this tag in Brazil. My cleanup run last year found highway=road that had been unedited for 3 years, so hardly temporary. This year I found several highway=road added by armchair mappers from Europe, and I doubt they ever will travel to the remote areas of Brazil to correct this.
> In my opinion, a warning about its temporary state and non-capability with data consumers should be added to the wiki, and it should be removed from the standard presets of all the common editors. Also editors with validation functions should give a warning about the existence of this temporary tag so that it can be dealt with properly by people editing in the areas, and further QA tools should highlight them as items needing attention.

Sadly this issue was closed 



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