Sixty views and two further comments later!
Waze don't seem interested whether users cheat for points or not. Makes one wonder if they want honest hard-working editors to continue building the map. Maybe I'm writing to the wrong people in Waze. Allowing cheating for excessive points, leaves questions to be answered, a lot to be desired and a reasonable question as to the authenticity behind the whole project. Every effort must be made to stamp out every form of cheating for points.
xteejx on Wed Jul 11, 2012 1:13 pm rightly states - "does nothing of any benefit to the map. It's a shame really"
Ireland does not have an undeveloped map. Considering we have such sparse high resolution satellite imagery that is available in other countries, the Irish map is great and improving at a fair pace. It just takes a bit more effort! We have some brilliant editors out there doing just that and they should be highly commended.
I'm going to continue to do my own little bit of detective work on suspected cheating and will post my findings.
Cheating for high points is possible because I believe what is stated by eminent editors here:-
dmcconachie wrote:In /my/ humble opinion 100k, and even 70k, in one week is not possible if you are taking care with what you are doing, ensuring things are correct and not using other, copyrighted, sources!
Some of the top editors on here, and I don't mean by points, have been editing for a long long time and getting nowhere near scores like that. My highest ever weekly score is around 27k and involved editing for roughly 6 hours a day for 6/7 days! To suggest the effort I have put in over almost 2 years of dedication can be achieved in 6-10 weeks is nothing short of insulting.
I agree that 100k is unlikely to be legitimate. However, I have had to revise my suspicions as to what may be legitimate. I was a die-hard Cartouche editor until about a month ago. I noticed what was going on with points and did an experiment which I have told some of you about - basically I did a once off cheat of 20,000 edits (took about six hours to complete). This was worth 60,000 points. I told Waze exactly what I had done and the counter measures that would prevent it happening again. They have said that some of the counter measures will be introduced shortly. I also asked them to reduce my points - but they didn't. However after that, I switched to Papyrus and have been very surprised that without increasing my editing time, my points have substantially increased. I used to be good for 15-25k a week but am now hitting twice that per week - quite legitimately. However, its patchy. My impression is that when I'm concentrating on junctions, I score more than when I'm concentrating on naming things or drawing roads. For sure many things are faster in Papyrus but I also think its counting differently.
BTW I think that at the end of every month, everyone should lose 5% of their total points - give new entrants a chance to catch up - a discounted points flow?
Safe driving assisted by Waze - the way to go!