[Tagging] track smoothness/quality

brad bradhaack at fastmail.com
Mon Jul 8 01:22:28 UTC 2019

Do we have close to a consensus that tracktype is not globally useful?
The Key:highway wiki page and map_features could be changed from
"To describe the quality of a track, see tracktype 
"To describe the quality of a track, use smoothness=* and surface=*.   
In some regions tracktype is also useful."

On 7/7/19 3:12 AM, Warin wrote:
> There is a visibility tag.
> So 'tracktype' should have that removed from its consideration.
> Maintenance frequency ? Yet another tag. And not something all that 
> usefull.
> I don't think 'tracktype' is all that usefull.
> Surface .. yes. Relatively easy to understand.
> Smoothness ... yes. Should give an indication of required ground 
> clearance.
> Steepness? Yes - the tag is incline.
> Compaction? Not a value I'd use.
> Bear rock that have never been compacted can be harder that a road 
> that has been compacted.
> Rather have a tag for 'hardness' that 'compaction'.
> But when it rains .. it can turn a 'good road' (compacted, hard, 
> smooth and fairly level) into a bottomless pit (deep mud), or a 
> skating ring (wet clay).
> And then there are Australian 'salt lakes' .. a dry hard crust on top 
> .. with black goo underneath if you break through.

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