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Mt. Kenya
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I'm getting really tired of flagging rides with some driving in the car.

I wonder if it wouldn't be better for us and for the Strava employees who investigate these flag if Strava automatically did not include in any  leaderboard of segments activities with recorded speed exceeds a certain value, for example 100 km/h.

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Thanks so much for your post.  We do have an auto-flagging system in place which catches many (but not all) invalid segment efforts and prevents them from being displayed on leaderboards.  We continuously iterate on this system and appreciate your feedback.

You can find out more details in this post

It sounds like you use the activity flag tool to notify us when you do notice invalid segment efforts, thanks for doing that.

Lastly, if you see the same Athlete repeatedly upload invalid data, you can report that Athlete to Strava.

Thanks again for your post.

Jane (she/her)
STRAVA | Community Hub Team


@Jane - You claim you "continuously iterate on this system", but I seriously doubt that is true.  Your auto-flagging system is terrible.  Far too many activities get through.  I could write a simple excel formula that would be 100% accurate in eliminating false activities such as 5k or 10k runs that are sub 4 min/mile pace or bike rides where someone is doing 30-40 mph or faster on a 5% or steeper uphill grade, yet your system continually lets those and other similar ones through.  This stuff was basic functionality 20 years ago, yet in 2024 you still can't figure it out?  

Im one of these drivers and it sucks for us too. 

Instead of flagging my mtb/shuttle activity we should be able to remove our times from individual segments that are set while in the car. or reply to the flag to get Strava to remove it. Surly this could be automated with a notification yes or no button somehow? "Did you drive this segment?" 

While we try and pause our activity before we drive back to the top of the hill we sometimes forget due to froth levels



Let me add a positive note.  I believe since about 2020 or so I've had to do far less flagging than in the 2010-2019 timeframe.  I think some improvement has been made, as I'm "losing" fewer KOM's to car drives now than a decade ago.  That's just an observation.

JBW-Florida (he/him)
STRAVA | User Community