I hesitated posting this earlier and so I drafted it, but after thought, it needs to be said. It is easy to sit in a chair and watch things progress, but there needs to be more work done.
Well, lets take this a step deeper. They got some funding from a source recently and they tie the funding to expansion in China... (according to their post on Facebook)
How about improving some of the vital things as well, I hope that it is up for consideration with that funding. When I go out for a drive and I see a problem, and then I come home to try to edit it and I get errors because of the host's problems, I continue on, such as "error saving, try again later". I then might forget about that edit and it may not get addressed until someone reports a problem. Need to improve redundancies and reduce down times.
There also needs to be a better way to handle error reports I think. So many are so vague! I know there are going to be plenty of editors that know this, and we fix what we can find...the reporting process should be fixed too. I think also having the ability to have more tools to help us editors for editing, such as when getting a report in the old cartouche, the report is for the addition of new roads to a new community, I would like the ability to have better control over the reports, such as prioritizing. They all need addressed, but when you get pages upon pages of reports to sift through, it would be nice to be able to have more control over that, at least to be able to sort more efficiently. While most of the time it is fun to do, it ends up becoming a chore.
So aside from the obvious issues, I hope that there is some effort to help improve on the essential functions that one, client users use everyday such as routing as I have experienced ever increasingly this past month, and two something for editors to have more control. I still haven't seen any ability to fix water features that are simply out of date today.
While I am ranting...We all want something for sure...uservoice I am afraid is the bad way to go about it though. For example, this isn't like sending and getting replies from Fej or other higher ups, but when someone sends a generic reply that while the suggestion is appreciated, please submit your suggestion to uservoice....there is a big disconnect there. Most people don't want to take that extra step, they already took the one, to notify the creator. People want simple and simplistic, not sophisticated and confusing. One, the uservoice doesn't even utilize the same log-in as Waze. I think people might be lost there in the fact they don't want to or trust it. People are already cautious as it is with phishing...so lets send them somewhere else to possibly risk their e-mail address security? Just saying, just saying.... I thought that is what most forums were for too? So we have forums and uservoice for suggesting fixes/changes? It is spread out too much, it needs to be centralized.
Waze isn't the infant anymore...it needs to grow and build upon what it has and is buiding. But there needs to be more structure and stability for sure. The Wiki is a mess, there is no order necessarily, where are project managers? I understand it is us, users who make it what it is and there are guidelines, but I also think there should be more from officials within Waze contributing to make Waze better so everyone is on the same page, everyone knows the same thing, not everyone suggesting this or that to what is a known at the time. We shouldn't be creating FAQ's or How-to's, we don't have the true insight. However, if Waze was to assign tasks to users for these subjects, than I guess that would be a different story, users creating user content, but no one is sanctioned user/editor, no one is making sure that the Wiki articles don't get corrupted by someone with ill intent, or are they?
Maybe I don't know as much as I probably could or should, but that's my two cents. The money looks great at first, and it goes fast, but please, spend it worthwhile to improve upon this great service, most importantly to me, the reliability needs improvement, and for the people who put countless time into editing, some recognition of that fact in how we volunteer and contribute our time. Not many users recognize that it is people like them editing. I think there could be more exposure and emphasis on that. It is easy to make a video that says all you have to do is drive with it on, but I truly wonder how many people realize they can get into cartouche. Thanks for your time all, we all have to come together on this though for sure.