I just joined the conversation, and I feel like there is a lot of confusion and contradictions here.
I’ll point out some of the problems I see here, though maybe they were already resolved later on.
JOSM warning: “suspicious tag combination - tracktype=grade1 together with surface=unpaved”
According to the OSM wiki, grade1 is “Solid. Usually a paved surface”, so setting surface=unpaved doesn’t make sense. tracktype=grade1 and surface=paved should work just fine as it complies with the standard. If anything JOSM agrees that tracktype=grade1 is a paved road.
To me, a track is a rough road that is never paved, is sometimes barely visible, and is not generally a route between places. It is used infrequently.
I think we need to be careful about not adding too much bagage to the words used in tags.
towertype=stupa isn’t really what I imagine a tower to be, but nevertheless that is how we have decided to tag it.
The current scheme especially states, that the main road which is leading to some remote village is not a track, even if it is small and unpaved.
You mentioned that sometimes these “tracks” might lead to a village. In that case, I would tag them unclassified, unpaved, tracktype=*/
You both seem to be agreeing that roads connecting to villages are not tracks. But yet it is typed in a manner that looks like a disagreement, am I misinterpreting this?
I don’t have concerns about the classification of highways that connect towns but I never tag such roads with highway=track
And neither should they be, as stephankn said above,
Also, stephankn is saying classification should be based on function rather than surface. That’s fine, I agree. It’s not only the surface that I base my decision on but a combination of things. I would usually tag a paved road that looks rough or unused but leads to a small town as unclassified, definitely not a track.
Nobody is fighting you on this, if the road connects villages, then it isn’t track - more likely unclassified.
But still, to my mind, if an unpaved way is not being used to reach a town or an individual dwelling and is obviously not in frequent use, then it’s a track. IMO Once paved, it becomes something else, either a service road or an unclassified highway,
I think this is the only good description of the disagreement?, everything else seems to be things we mostly agreed on. Again, please correct me if I am wrong.
I am not voicing an opinion here, just trying to find out what the real disagreement is about, because it seems like we are arguing over things we for the mostly agree on.