majormajor42 wrote:It's been fun so far but I have some questions to improve my experience, and the experience of those in my area.
What great questions. I'll give them a shot.
majormajor42 wrote:If I want to be a waze social butterfly and ping and chat and all that, preferably about traffic issues, do I have to be out and about using waze? It's like a catch-22 in that I really shouldn't/can't text people while driving my car (or motorcycle). Ideally I would be a passenger in a car or bus and have at it. How about when I'm home or at work? If I have Waze on, will there be a frozen wazer icon over my location? I might not like that if I'm home, giving away my privacy. Will I be throwing of the traffic algorithms if I'm sitting at home, playing with waze and I live next door to a freeway?
No, you don't have to be out and about, but yes there will be a frozen wazer icon over your location. And yes, Waze will probably try and jump to position you on a road if one is close enough and may give out false reports of traffic holdups. Hopefully that is being worked on.
majormajor42 wrote:#2: along the same lines, I'm sitting at home or work and know, for a fact, that there is a traffic condition across town. I see that nobody else has reported it yet. How do I send a report and have it show up in the location of the incident and not my current location? Can I submit a report using this website logged on my computer?
Not yet, but being looked at. And see #3
majormajor42 wrote:#3 Here in NYC we have this professional traffic guru named Gridlock Sam. A few hours ago I saw him post a traffic report for getting to the NY Yankee game and it showed up near the stadium. I don't think he was there and it had the little twitter emblem on the icon. how did he do that? is it something that he posted on waze and got synched with twitter (that's what happens with my traffic reports now that I'm synced with twitter), or it is someting he is posting on twitter that got synched to waze?
It's posted on Twitter, with a geocoded location near the stadium. And Waze grabs it and puts it on the map. You could do that too if you faked a geocode location.
majormajor42 wrote:#4 what are the stars that are in the report messages?
My take on it. Legacy. There was a plan that the more you did (drove, edited maps, etc) the more stars you'd get and that would increase your powers and scope of your ability to edit. A merit ranking system. I believe it never worked out that way. I think the stars are some function of how many points, and how often you make comments, but in my opinion are almost meaningless. Perhaps a slight indicator of activity.
majormajor42 wrote:#5 I've seen my tracks show up in my dashboard and have even made a few minor edit in cartouche. What do the colors mean on the track itself? I'm guessing that green means great gps signal strength? yellow is fair? and red is poor? and red circles in the track, what do they mean?
Good guesses. Green - you locked on to a road. Yello, the GPS and road location on the map were different, but waze decided it was close enough. Red - Waze didn't think you were close to a road. Road may be mapped in wrong position, or GPS wasn't accurate (or both). Red circles - I've forgotten - GPS signal lost?
majormajor42 wrote:#6 I see the discussions on speed cameras. what about red-light cameras? is there a different symbol for adding them to the map?
Not yet. People are putting speed cameras at the intersections, with a threshold of 15 mph, so they'll always trigger. But as a careful driver, why would you want a red-light camera?
majormajor42 wrote:#7 do people waze while on trains or ferries? I wonder how that effects the algorithms.
Not much. It can be a pain if some novice turns on road recording on a train. At most it will slightly distort average speeds if there is a lock on a road.
Hope that helps. Do have a look at http://www.waze.com/wiki/
- some of that is covered there.
But don't assume I'm 100% right. But there's lots of great people who will leap in and correct me. And then I learn more too.