Who checks the map edits?

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Who checks the map edits?

Postby pamount » Sat Dec 29, 2012 3:21 pm

With different users editing the maps online is there a governance process for checking the accuracy of the map edits? For example if somebody made some mistakes would the mistakes be picked up and corrected by somebody at Waze?
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Re: Who checks the map edits?

Postby Kuhlkatz » Sat Dec 29, 2012 3:33 pm

Unfortunately not. That boils down to the individual editors and area & / country managers.
This is also why high value roads are locked.

This is the main reason why editors are encouraged to participate in the forums, and to ensure that they conform to standards in the Wiki. Some of the countries have their own way of doing things, so some regional standards may also apply.

Are you enquiring due to particularly bad edits in an area?

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Re: Who checks the map edits?

Postby pamount » Sat Dec 29, 2012 3:42 pm

I was looking at updates to the map of Wallan in Victoria, Australia. The recent updates look good but I think older updates (to the west of the Northern Highway) look sloppy and incomplete. Although I am also asking the question as a general question.
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Re: Who checks the map edits?

Postby WindowDude » Sat Dec 29, 2012 4:10 pm

The system checks itself to some extent. I added some roads and evidently forgot to "allow" a turn. The next day, I noticed an alert where someone made a turn that was not allowed. :) I fixed it right there.
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Re: Who checks the map edits?

Postby AndyPoms » Sat Dec 29, 2012 4:37 pm

drumorgan wrote:The system checks itself to some extent. I added some roads and evidently forgot to "allow" a turn. The next day, I noticed an alert where someone made a turn that was not allowed. :) I fixed it right there.
These are processed against the editor, not the client map, so if you make a mistake like this on road with a lot of traffic, it should get caught before the edits go live.
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Re: Who checks the map edits?

Postby Kuhlkatz » Sat Dec 29, 2012 4:38 pm

drumorgan wrote:The system checks itself to some extent. I added some roads and evidently forgot to "allow" a turn. The next day, I noticed an alert where someone made a turn that was not allowed. :) I fixed it right there.


Where turn restrictions are incorrect, Waze itself will typically allow those turns if they were never set as 'hard' restrictions before when someone drives that direction. As far as I know, the directionality ( one way or two way ) should not be changed anymore, but there were reports of some roads where this occurred in the forums today. It was brought to support's attention and the original reporter said that it should not occur again after 18th Dec.
If hard restrictions are set, Waze will generate an automated 'Map Problem' that editors can assess and fix, like in your case. This is also the case where users drive over roads or intersections that are not connected, and Waze does not see how you logically got from point A to point B.

pamount wrote:With different users editing the maps online is there a governance process for checking the accuracy of the map edits? For example if somebody made some mistakes would the mistakes be picked up and corrected by somebody at Waze?


I'm not sure if you are an active editor or not. If you are, there is no reason why you cannot get stuck in and correct the wrongs in the area to bring it up to scratch. If the edits were recent, you might want to PM the recent editor and verify that they are done with the area and raise the concerns you have with him/her, or just let them know that you will be working in the area too to fix it up.
If you prefer not to edit yourself, I would suggest posting a request to update or tidy up the area in the Country-specific Australian Forum requesting an Area Manager or CM to look into it and clean it up for you. I'm sure they would be happy to oblige such a request.
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Re: Who checks the map edits?

Postby overl0ad » Sun Dec 30, 2012 12:55 am

i'm new at this, but let me say...

there are some people out there who shouldn't be allowed to update the maps.

it's taking me more time to fix the errors than it would to have started from scratch...
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Re: Who checks the map edits?

Postby AndyPoms » Sun Dec 30, 2012 1:02 am

overl0ad wrote:i'm new at this, but let me say...

there are some people out there who shouldn't be allowed to update the maps.

it's taking me more time to fix the errors than it would to have started from scratch...


If you find that someone has vandalized the map or is continually making edits that are against best practices, please bring them to the attention of your local area manager/country manager or any of the Waze Champs (preferably by PM and including permalinks that you have not fixed yet). They can reach out to that user and try to guide them in the correct direction or, if warranted, work bring the issues to the Waze staff who can then remove that users editing permissions.
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Re: Who checks the map edits?

Postby Daknife » Mon Jan 07, 2013 7:33 am

Also based on reports from other editors Down under what you are claiming is bad or incomplete mapping may not be editors but the original Base map import.

Most areas need a lot of work after the basemap is imported from government sources, it really annoys those who've managed to create a fairly comprehensive map without any such basemap and then Waze decides they have enough users and imports a basemap wiping out the prior work (it happened recently in Brazil). Waze has tools in place to automate some corrections such as directionality but most the problems won't get fixed until an editor goes in and makes the roads work. That's where the majority of my 1.6 million and counting points is from. Most of my state and the surrounding states were untouched basemap giving me lots and lots of work to do. The major metro areas had been cleaned up a bit by prior editors but even those areas still needed a lot of work.
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Re: Who checks the map edits?

Postby overl0ad » Mon Jan 07, 2013 8:09 am

it's little things like roads not connected at all.

or someone has tried to add a road, made a mess of it, and just walked away.

i know that there was discussion on how "you shouldn't delete someone else's work", but if i come across a random bit of road that's clearly out of place (like a 2M road on top of a hospital roof), i just delete it.

i try as much as to preserve the road if it's a little out of place, and just edit it till it fits.

i'm happy to take on more work (gives me something to do) but i need to be able to move up the ranks.

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