[talk-au] Tagging dirt and 4x4 roads - new approach

David Bannon dbannon at internode.on.net
Sat Nov 24 04:59:32 GMT 2012

OK, time I decided we don't really have any prospect of changing
approved tags to address the dirt road situation. 

So I will push a model, sort of supported by the three votes recorded (!
). It will use existing tags (approved and unapproved) and accept that
maps such as OSM's are unlikely to ever show the results. On the other
hand, perhaps external projects will make better use of the data ?

Li Xia, I believe you have plans to use this sort of data, might be good
idea to confirm this works for you. (I have answered your two off list
messages but wonder if you got my answers ?)

I will push the idea that -

* All unsealed roads should have a tracktype tag and a surface=unpaved

* 4wd roads should have a 4wd_only tag and a tracktype tag. Maybe even a
smoothness tag if you like.

* We will ask the mainstream renderers to observe the above tags.

* Routers will be advised to note above.
I have update the Australian Tagging Guidelines page and add some data
to discussion tab. Particularly some numbers about current usage. And
why tags starting with a digit are a bad idea.


On Fri, 2012-11-16 at 10:06 +1100, David wrote:
> Sorry folks, its me again !
> A number of people have indicated that they agree we need to address this issue even if they don't particularly like my first go at it. So lets determine just what people here really do want.
> How about we vote for one of the several broad solutions possible ? I have put together a list of all the solutions mentioned in our recent discussion, if I missed one, please feel free to add it. See -
> http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/User_talk:Davo
> I am right in saying other people with OSM credentials can edit my discussion page ?  Please advise me if you cannot !
> You can and should vote for or against several options if you feel so inclined.
> I suggest this might be better than more mailing list discussion, at present that discussion, while positive and good natured is covering too much space. If we agree on a broad model, we can then refine that if necessary on the list.
> David 
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