[Tagging] Service road - Can it be a driveway if serving multiple houses?

Dave F davefoxfac63 at btinternet.com
Thu Nov 7 11:28:59 UTC 2019

On 06/11/2019 18:04, Greg Troxel wrote:
> I think a shared driveway is still a driveway.

This is the crux. The only distinguishing attribute from what we'd all 
tag as a driveway is that's it's shared.
A driveway is designated as privately owned rather than by the local 
authority. It isn't defined by how many own it.

As Greg pointed out no one gave it a specific name in this thread. All 
references were to it being a 'shared driveway'.

> If other people had tagged in driveway, and amazon removed it as part
> of a large-scale paid edit, I think that's totally not ok.

I'm unsure if this is a blanket policy of Amazon, I think it maybe just 
this one editor.

> I see large-scale paid edits as part way to mechanical edits, and think
> they have to be more deferential than normal mappers.

I really think OSM as a whole needs to steer away from considering edits 
based purely on their size as something to be fearful of. As long as the 
data is accurate & improves OSM's database quality then it should be 

With Amazon specifically, the data is coming from their GPS recordings & 
is being gradually added. (Unsure whether the contributors being paid 
makes any difference). Overall I'd say their edits contain the same 
amount of errors as the average OSM contributor.


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