FreeMan12 wrote:Frankly, the concept of a "country manager" in a country as large as the US seems quite silly... In some smaller countries, it may make sense, and even be practical.
In a country the size of the U.S., this logic even extends to AM areas at a low zoom. I'll explain...
I'm an AM of two general areas out in the middle of nowhere. One in Washington State, one in California. The reason I took on the task was to fix badly, badly broken highways within those areas that didn't allow navigation at all. The existing AM in both areas had massive area to cover, like, entire parts of states. (Names don't matter. That's not the point anyway.) Even better, in one example (and almost certainly the other), the highways would have been dealing with mountainous areas where a level 0 would undoubtedly have a break in 3G/4G communication travelling the road, so they wouldn't be able to edit the entire road later. This happened
in Mount Rainier when I drove it. So in frustration, I said 'Screw this, I can help AM the area'.
To get those done, I requested about (7) 800 square mile areas through the AM request tool. That's 2/3rds the size of Israel right there.
Now, once I had the power to make changes, I made them. This often involved doing hundreds of highway miles I haven't traveled, at 10m zoom, getting the highway to some semblance of sanity, and continuity. I spent 4+ editing hours on a California state highway stretching 158 miles, to solve one user request
saying 'I can't route from A to B'. As of the 7/25 map update, that stretch of road finally works. I've spent probably 16 or more editing hours on Mount Rainier's National Park roads.
I'd happily take mail into my mailbox that tell me when new URs come in inside the area for which I'm an AM
, but that system doesn't exist. So all I can do is remember once in a while to scroll through the map system to look for things, often finding nothing. Inefficient, and not timely anyway. There are RSS feeds for states and municipalities, but AMs aren't granted permissions based on those; they're granted based on rectangular permalinks in WME. It means especially when you AM small out of the way areas, that the RSS feeds are useless to determine if you have the ability to make changes on any given UR.
If people don't want me to be an AM for these areas, I'd give back the permissions. I've done the work there I really wanted to do, and Waze doesn't have the tools to make ongoing maintenance efficient over large rural areas (based on AM permissons) anyway.