After encouragement from our Staff Community Manager and others, I am considering the resumption of the Glossary updates, if my current personal situation evolves into early forced retirement.
A few years ago I had created an elaborate spreadsheet that integrated the original 87 glossary words (compiled by others) into my concept for a new Glossary project that would greatly increase its scope of features and content that expanded to over 662 entries. (see the Glossary intro in Wazeopedia for scope and content details via links below)
Before it was released to Wazeopedia (the Waze Wiki at the time), PesachZ created the code and script to convert the source spreadsheet into wiki code for Wazeopedia, using templates created by kentsmith9. PesachZ also created a handy and efficient script that greatly simplified that conversion and upload part of the Glossary updating by automating the entire conversion and upload process. Unfortunately, after a Google update, that script failed to function.
Therefore, the process to update the Glossary had become much more difficult after the last Glossary update in November of 2018.
As of 2020-04-21 in an effort to investigate the resumption of Glossary updates, I have:
- started to refamiliarize myself with the entire manual spreadsheet to wiki conversion, and upload process to update the Glossary.
- improved some wording in the Wazeopedia Glossary intro.
- improved documentation within the Glossary source spreadsheet.
- performed some basic manual updates to the Glossary.
PesachZ also created the Glossary Google Form that we use to accept suggestions for changes and additions for updates to the Glossary. All past submissions via the form are still intact and will be needed to be reviewed for possible future inclusion.
Because so many aspects of the Glossary project are rather complex, only myself, PeseachZ and kentsmith9 can update the Glossary spreadsheet and perform the conversion and upload process.
Others have volunteered to help the project in the past, and recently others have also shown interest. These editors were granted temporary view access to the Glossary spreadsheet so that they can better understand the complexity of the project.
It will be important to investigate how we can employ the talent of these Waze editors to move forward with this project.
If you are interested in contributing to the glossary project, please follow this forum thread for possible developments.