[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

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?

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?


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