In my local Vancouver area, there is some debate whether trails should be labelled as 'illegal' or 'unsanctioned'. There is good argument that they are 'unsanctioned', but either way there are lots of trails in a grey area around the world. Around the world regions will have different policy towards sensitive or unsanctioned trails, so Trailforks doesn't enforce a standard, each local trail association can decide on how much info for these trails to allow online.

A trail association may choose to not post all or certain grey-area trails online themselves, but given Trailforks crowdsourced nature, others might add one of these trails in the future, not knowing they shouldn't be public.

So Trailforks provides a range of features to help prevent & monitor for unsanctioned trails, if a region so wishes.

The simplest step is to "subscribe" to the regions you want to monitor, you can choose to get an email notification whenever a new trail is added in the region. So you don't have to manually check Trailforks. (short tutorial video on subscribing)

Trails have various levels of visibility
- a trail can be visible
- a trail can be visible with a red warning that it is Unsanctioned, not maintained and to ride at own risk
- a trail can be visible, but clearly marked as closed and marked do not ride
- a trails location can be hidden, but its name is still visible in lists for users to add photos and reports.
- a trail can be hidden (location and name) and only available to region admins with permission.

Unsanctioned trails can be added to Trailforks and marked as "hidden", so only region administrators with "view hidden trails" permission can see them. Now when a user adds a trail where the GPS track closely matches a trail in the database that is marked as "hidden", the user will get a big red warning.

They can still submit the trail at this point if they wish, but now it still needs to be approved by a moderator and the trail will be flagged for the moderator, so they know to reject it.

Adding illegal trails and marking them hidden also allows us to detect users ridelogs along any "hidden/secret" trails and flag that ridelog as "sensitive". The hidden trails won't be show in the list of trails ridden, the ridelog map will be hidden and this message will be displayed on that ridelog

We also back a black-out zone feature coming, where users can draw a polygon of an area, and they will be notified if any content is posted in that area. The content will also be flagged for admins.
  • By canadaka Trailforks Plus
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