[Tagging] man_made=snow_net vs man_made=snow_fence vs barrier=fence?

Joseph Eisenberg joseph.eisenberg at gmail.com
Fri Jul 26 12:12:55 UTC 2019


Two tags were added to the Map Features page a while back, but don't
appear to have been discussed in a proposal.

man_made=snow_fence is used for fences that help prevent avalanches in
steep slopes with heavy snowfall. This tag has been used almost 3000
timeshttps://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:man_made%3Dsnow_fence

This seem enough usage to be in Map Features, though I'm not certain
that barrier=fence wouldn't be better. That tag, while less specific,
has been used millions of times and is widely supported. And isn't a
snow fence just a specialized type of fence?

An even rarer tag is man_made=snow_net - only use a little over 100
times. This is described as a snow fence made of cables - but isn't
this just a type of fence?
https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:man_made%3Dsnow_net

I plan to remove man_made=snow_net from map features. If a more
specific tag than barrier=fence is needed, then man_made=snow_fence is
sufficient; the material or manner of construction of the snow fence
could be tagged separately.

Should a note also be added to the wiki pages to suggest tagging
barrier=fence on the same way?

Joseph



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