Johnny has raised a point in a changeset comment that needs airing here :
Given the massive amount of mistagging that the FB team have created in Thailand (with many private drives to houses being tagged as residential now) I think your efforts would be better spent retagging their work first. However I’m aware there was some discussion before in this area.
I firmly believe that residential roads in gated communities deserve the tag of living street. Typically these are walled, and not open to the general public unless with permission. In fact, I should really also add the access=private or permissive tag too ! Other streets with houses and being open to all, of course get a residential tag.
Its not always possible to be sure if the community is gated when mapping from aerials, but if the layout of the mooban is structured, then the chances are it is. Typically speed limits are lower, with speed bumps etc to slow traffic. Pedestrians may not have a legal priority but the fact is they enjoy a greater degree of safety. In essence, it carries all the characteristics of a European living street just without the legal name.
So as they say in OSM, if it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck … then tag as a duck And I will carry on this way and hope you do not change my work.
On the second issue of the service tag, in villages where streets look narrow or small, I will tag these as alleyways. OSM dictates the service tag is also used, when tagging as an alleyway. After all, the Wiki states “An alley: A narrow road, alley or path between properties”. So, if I see a narrow road, I believe my tagging is correct.
In the examples you cited above, I wasn’t sure the properties were residential, could be industrial, but the roads were narrow hence service … I guess I just forgot the alley tag.
Unfortunately, the addition of the alleyway tag is a practice I have started in recent years, so there may be examples in my earlier work that don’t include it… feel free to add.
Maybe this will open a discussion, which should lead to us posting advice on the Thai Wiki, as highways less than unclassified status currently don’t get any Thai specific advice.