Is existence of surface=boardwalk useful?

surface=boardwalk | Tags | OpenStreetMap Taginfo records 471 uses of this tag.

Is there any good reason to use this tag for wooden boardwalks rather than surface=wood (over 168 000 uses)?

It seems to me that this tag is not really needed and to express that something is boardwalk like

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you should rather use highway=footway bridge=yes surface=wood and so on.

Note: mass replace with surface=wood will not work, some small part of boardwalks is not made of wood but for example of a plastic.

Triggered by Note: 2435752 | OpenStreetMap and Surface overlay by matkoniecz · Pull Request #4642 · streetcomplete/StreetComplete · GitHub

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