Railings have steadily been climbing to the top of my "most hated tools" list and are now...you guessed it...at the very top. Building railings in Revit is one of the most designer-unfriendly processes. At least when it comes to commercial-type railings.
This is just one of the many quirks that have been driving me insane about this tool. I can make it work (and sing in some cases), but it's harder than it ought to be. Designers and Architects working on projects are not going to even bother and will (are) going to use Sketchup to DESIGN a railing solution for their stairs instead. Revit is in dire need for a designer-friendly tool for this purpose. Think curtain walls: very designer friendly. You cannot drive everything with rules! That is a very limiting approach and causes you to create a multitude of railing definitions just to get ONE stair railing to work. It's nuts. Now I'm even having to separate the guardrails from the handrails just so I can "efficiently" model these railings and make them less complicated. This has got to be made easier. Something in line with Revit's sketching philosophy perhaps where you sketch the skeleton of the railing on a plane in elevation/3D (not just a footprint line!) and assign different profiles or sketch them on the fly, with joins that work properly. Anything's got to be better than this. We can make it work but it feels like pulling teeth and it shouldn't be.
I plan on posting other segments on this topic as you might have deduced from the title ;) Instead of just stomping my feet and throwing a tantrum, I'll try to post some solutions and techniques I've been using to make it easier for typical users to attempt using the tool. Ahhhh, I feel better now.