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Re: Welcome!

Postby deeploz » Wed Jan 14, 2015 4:40 pm

Jean-Pierre, regardless of the obvious relevance of your analysis, I'm not sure we (I mean you ;) ) are still sticking to the initial subject/spirit of this topic :mrgreen:

As a matter of fact, the current revamping of the french wiki that we (you, me, and the rest of the wiki french team) perform, falls within the scope already initiated by our US colleagues and within the framework initiated by Karen.

We do rationalize, we do simplify, we do streamline the content of the wiki.
Doing this does not mean that we pass our local specificities over in silence. do we ?

And if, on the way, we detect some divergent "verified facts", I more than agree to share them with this burgeoning wiki master team.
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Re: Welcome!

Postby AgentW4C » Wed Jan 14, 2015 6:46 pm

I would be more than happy to present verified things in my native Czech language, but what I see as an issue (after being active editor about half a year I am still learning) is a lack of information about the real conditions and algorithms built in the software and ways to influence the behavior (even among the English speaking communities). Documenting the software and the best practices of using it on the basis of rumors and own research often leads to incomplete and/or even misleading results. I understand that lack of information about anything including future plans with some dates it is the way how it used to be and probably still is, but I do not think we can really improve the quality of the documentation much without getting enough information from the source - in this case probably from developers, unfortunately not the source itself ;)
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Re: Welcome!

Postby voludu2 » Wed Jan 14, 2015 7:04 pm

I agree. It is often very confusing, and results in lots of work and testing to try to discover what the algorithms do.

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Re: Welcome!

Postby PesachZ » Wed Jan 14, 2015 10:49 pm

I will say that we have been getting information recently on some algorithms for the English pages from our community manager. U-turn prevention penalty is a prime example of something we tested came to misleading conclusions, asked Waze for verification, and after a few correspondences now have. a working understanding of the algorithm and how to influence it to our advantage.

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Re: Welcome!

Postby WonderLerm » Thu Jan 15, 2015 2:09 pm

Hey Everyone,

I will be creating a special Wiki masters closed forum next week (hope to have the Wiki masters badges by then, too) and then we can kick off the larger task of listing and organizing existing content, cleaning it up and clarifying.

One of my goals is to create a stronger bridge between the community and Waze through this masters group. So, if features/functionality need to be clarified (like the one's you guys have already mentioned) they can be submitted and answered in the masters group, or through the discussion pages on the Wiki.

Have a wonderful weekend all and so excited to get everything moving!

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Re: Welcome!

Postby voludu2 » Thu Jan 15, 2015 8:37 pm

Thanks! I have some concerns about closed groups that are completely invisible to outsiders in a community-based,k crowd-sourced project. It divides the community.

I also recognize that most types of work are best done in small-ish groups without constant interruptions. In some cases a "fishbowl" approach, where the entire community can read the forum, but only the members can post, has addressed these issues, though it feels a little odd to some...

thanks!

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Re: Welcome!

Postby kentsmith9 » Fri Jan 16, 2015 12:52 am

Welcome to the extended team Karen. :)

You will find this community very passionate about everything in Waze, so be prepared for some very strong opinions at times. ;)

We look forward to greater Waze focus at attention in supporting the greater community of editors. Since we only do this in our spare time, it becomes cyclical and a Waze employee focus will surely help keep things on track.

The biggest area we have left under supported is the application instructions. Certainly in the US, we spend most of our time documenting the mapping aspects of Waze and let Waze management manage the Waze application instructions. The recent changes in the help system (going away from nanoRep) is the most current documentation for the app. I'm not sure if you are thinking of adding any of the app support elements into the Wiki, but it almost seems like the current help system is probably a better place for that.

We have worked on many back-end plugins for the Wiki to help improve editing and management of the pages. I assume your new focus on the Wiki will help us get improvements in a more timely and coordinated fashion.

I look forward to the future Wiki, assuming of course we don't lose anything in the process. :mrgreen:
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Re: Welcome!

Postby edsonajj » Wed Feb 18, 2015 12:47 am

So, I just found this thread and I have to say that it is great to see that the wiki will be getting more attention from staff than it previously had.

I would also like to point out that between the Spanish speaking communities we have already made our own suborganisation based on an article we called Latinoamérica (we are still trying to decide on a new name because the current one excludes Spain). We develop or translate the common content together and only use our national pages for our specific rules.
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Re: Welcome!

Postby MotherTerry » Mon Oct 26, 2015 3:30 am

:)
WonderLerm wrote:My name is Karen and I am the newest member of the Community team! My position is Community Content Management Specialist.

A big part of my job in the coming year is to work with the community to upgrade the Wiki. I know many of you are already super-active editors/creators of the Wiki, so I wanted to take this opportunity and invite you to get involved in this Wiki-focused sub-forum.

Here are just a few of the ideas I have, some of which are already in the works:
    :arrow: Artwork Revamp
    The Waze design team is already hard at work on a new skin for the Wiki. We will also be renaming the Wiki. Nethunter (our developer and in-house wiki-master) suggested "Waze-o-pedia" - any other ideas?
    :arrow: Creation of Localized Wikis
    Many communities already have their own Wiki pages. However, the fact that these are all searchable within the Waze.com/wiki can be confusing.
    Therefore, we will work on separating the communities (and therefore languages) so that on the main (English) wiki, you receive only answers in English. We will then create separate URLs for communities/languages on an opt-in basis which will be self managed.
    We will then work on migrating the appropriate content to these pages (ex: English content wiki will be en.waze.com/wiki and Brazilian content will be at br.waze.com/wiki). If you share a language with another community, content can be shared. This allows local communities to have localized content on their wikis and makes finding answers much easier.
    :arrow: Creation of a Wiki Expert Group
    These users will work directly with me and help decide the new structure and focus in the coming year. For those of you who already know the wiki inside and out, I am counting on you! We've already compiled a list of active users and will be in touch directly with you shortly. Sign up form is below.
    :arrow: Creation of special "Gated" pages and Project Pages
    There are many pages of high importance and therefore should only be edited by experienced users.
    Special Project Pages to take-on and organize areas of focus.
    :arrow: New Wiki Editor & Wiki Expert Forum Badge and Wiki-based badges.
    Also being worked on by the Waze art dept.
    And much, much more....

Interested in being part of the Wiki Expert group? Please fill out this form.

:idea: Have ideas for the Wiki? Comment below and let's get this party started! 8-)

I am so excited for the road ahead!

Happy Travels and Happy New Year,
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