[Tagging] [OSM-talk] non-temporary usage of highway=road

Aun Johnsen lists at gimnechiske.org
Tue Sep 27 18:40:15 UTC 2016

> On Sep 27, 2016, at 15:18, tagging-request at openstreetmap.org wrote:
> I'd suggest talking to the users concerned - the easiest way is via a 
> changeset discussion comment.  If they're unsure what road category to 
> use, you can point at other nearby examples in the imagery and say "I'd 
> map that as residential" or similar.
I have opened a few changeset discussions, focusing on the newer changesets to users who have included a lot of highway=road, yet none have replied to me as of now.

For users who have tagged a low number of items I have done nothing more than reclassifying the ways.

It should not be necessary to re-validate 3-4 thousand highway=road (only in Brazil) every year, or have a monthly task for cleaning up this.

> Well your Garmin maps are under your control; you can choose to treat 
> highway=road as routable if you want to!  I do.

I currently download my Garmin map, so should I than open a ticket for the provider to consider routing on highway=road? What about my favourite online routing tool, which also doesn’t support routing on highway=road, should I open a ticket there as well? Will opening ticket on all of these third party providers solve my situation? Probably not.

Wiki indicates that highway=road implies “FIXME=Need proper survey” and that the tag is for temporary use until classification can be determined. If the mapper have no intention of going there, than it is better to guess a value, so that the road can be routable.

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