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Editing Kinmundy, Il, USA for accuracy almost 2 years ago

Can anyone point me to actual conventions beyond naming/tagging? Since there is not a consensus and apparently my being from the area being mapped is actually a strike against me.

Editing Kinmundy, Il, USA for accuracy almost 2 years ago

Also, your analogy makes no sense in this context. It is a straw man argument.

Editing Kinmundy, Il, USA for accuracy almost 2 years ago

I don't think my mother would want her private driveway on a map as a road. There isn't a turnaround for more than one car and I doubt she would welcome the liability involved in having her driveway listed as a road in public maps. What if someone were to mistakenly take her driveway, be forced to back out and then wreck? The legal implications are really frightening.

Editing Kinmundy, Il, USA for accuracy almost 2 years ago

I am confident that my mother's dirt driveway is not, in fact, any sort of road, likewise those of her neighbors. I feel that there might be a language or localization issue at the heart of this - these driveways are unpaved, single lane, rural driveways just off a rural highway, leading directly to small single family homes, not private roads, restricted access roads or very long estate driveways.

Editing Kinmundy, Il, USA for accuracy almost 2 years ago

This does not make any sense - are you arguing that a driveway ceases to be a driveway if it is over a certain length? Why only these three driveways mapped as roads and no others in the neighborhood? Many other homes in the area have a significant setback from the highway, as this is a rural area, and most people have a few fields or a pasture. None of these driveways are paved. All are one lane. They are clearly driveways and not roads.

Also, directly across the road from my mother's home is a school with a curved driveway, which is not marked as a road. The inconsistency of this requirement seems to invalidate it.

If there is a standard requiring any drive over a certain length or all driveways to be labeled as roads, I think the signal-to-noise ratio of usable map information will be awful.