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Re: Landmarks?

Postby gordonski » Tue Oct 09, 2012 1:17 pm

mapcat wrote:
TruckOttr wrote:There are a lot of businesses that have been marked as landmarks. Should editors be deleting them as we come across them?

I would. Leaving them there would encourage others to start adding more.

If they're all the work of the same person, you may wish to send a note first explaining why they don't belong on the maps.


Just asking out of curiosity: What harm do these landmarks do?

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Re: Landmarks?

Postby gabmtl » Thu Oct 11, 2012 2:00 pm

If I look at the "official" position on landmarks ... http://www.waze.com/wiki/index.php/Crea ... a_landmark is see:
"Creating and Editing a landmark
Some landmark types have the property of suppressing traffic jams, and this may be an unintentional consequence of suppressing traffic jams on adjacent roads and highways. Therefore, best practice when creating or editing landmarks is that the landmarks should not be snapped to roads, or cover roads that are not part of the landmark."

Any new editor would see that as an invitation to create all landmarks as they are available from the interface drop down menu for landmark type. That list is extensive, and yes a Store/Stall would be a valid choice. As would shopping Centers, however small they may be.
We need better rules.

One question would arises: How accurate the landmark needs to be to the satellite images ?
Any new user would think that the landmark needs to be closer to reality instead of a big blob. We recognize some buildings by their shape so that does makes sense. Some landmarks include the parking lot so it becomes a bigger one, thus more visible on the client. How does that translate to reality ? If the landmark goes beyond the building limits that would mean it will cover some parking roads but that is against the rules (see above).

The client code may wish to use or not the landmarks information, but as the code gets better it could use the information to improve searches, or directions.
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Re: Landmarks?

Postby AndyPoms » Thu Oct 11, 2012 2:15 pm

mtlgab wrote:Any new editor would see that as an invitation to create all landmarks as they are available from the interface drop down menu for landmark type. That list is extensive, and yes a Store/Stall would be a valid choice. As would shopping Centers, however small they may be.
We need better rules.

Check out the discussion over here: viewtopic.php?f=276&t=26005 and weigh in with your thoughts...
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Re: Landmarks?

Postby AndyPoms » Sun Oct 07, 2012 6:56 pm

No, do not add individual businesses as landmarks.

Waze uses outside providers for POI search.

There is one exception to this rule, Gas Stations (outside of the US) need to be added for the Gas Price system to work. Inside the US, they use a third party database, so the addition of Gas Station landmarks is not necessary (but does help with the suppression of Traffic Jams and Automated Problem Reports in the editor).
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Landmarks?

Postby AlanOfTheBerg » Sat Oct 27, 2012 7:25 pm

DTF69 wrote:Why do we have all the options for landmarks if we don't use them???

I am sure Waze great plans for them, but other sources are much more mature and easily available from the app. Perhaps they have plans again for the future, but IMO, they should remove 90% of the types for new landmarks.
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Re: Landmarks?

Postby AlanOfTheBerg » Tue Oct 09, 2012 3:41 pm

gordonski wrote:Just asking out of curiosity: What harm do these landmarks do?

Clutter the map. And, it's not about "harm" but about "lack of good." Unless it's a major building, public building like a school, park, etc., there's no point of having it in Waze that I can see.
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Re: Landmarks?

Postby AlanOfTheBerg » Mon Oct 08, 2012 3:42 am

nathan_wv wrote:Is there any way I can help up the POI database? Or is that 100% 3rd party sourced (not crowd sourced)?

Right now 100% google, bing, 4sq, yp, yelp.
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