barefoot wrote:Strava has more than enough information necessary to determine whether a segment is uphill or down, and it would be trivial to include an "IF" statement in the code to disallow segments with - to be arbitrary - more than 1% average downhill gradient... if they chose to do so. They didn't, so it's difficult to argue that they didn't deliberately allow downhill KOM chasing to happen.
Curiously, they already do that to some extent. Looking at a descent segment, on the right hand side I see
Set a Goal for this Segment
This segment is ineligible for a segment goal because it has an average downhill grade of less than -0.25%.
Yet they still show the leaderboard, my own results etc.