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skquinn has commented on the following diary entries

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Funny highway shortcuts with the new routing feature 6 months ago

In the US, these types of crossings on Interstate highways are usually signed "For Official or Emergency Use Only" and for good reason.

access=no with a possible emergency=yes is proper tagging.

The past year and a half in review 8 months ago

I have come to appreciate this mode myself. It has made a few highway and path re-alignments a lot less painful. It even works on closed ways like water and buildings, which I have used it for a couple of times.

New to OSM about 2 years ago

I used to live near Jones Road and FM 1960, still visit Willowbrook Mall on occasion, and my mom now has a job in the area, so I have a bit of an interest keeping this area up to date.

For the type of edits you've been doing, you may be better off using iD instead of Potlatch. While there is a lot to be said for Potlatch as a contribution to the OSM community, and we wouldn't be where we are without it, overall I've found iD to be easier to use and, pardon the expression, a bit more "newbie-proof". (Examples: iD will warn you about untagged ways and points, whereas I do not think Potlatch does; also, iD will join intersecting ways for you when you add a point at the right place, where Potlatch does not.)

When I started, the Houston area seemed to be a bit less active on OSM than some other areas; hopefully we can help change that soon.