Contacting local authorities - where to put this in wiki

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Re: Contacting local authorities - where to put this in wiki

Postby FzNk » Wed Jun 29, 2016 7:47 pm

mrsmith66 wrote:SO .... meanwhile, where should this go?

The NJ folks will put it as a page off their wiki page if there isn't a national place for it.

I believe the initial suggestion is the best course of action.
johnsninja58 wrote:Start with creating its own wiki page on your individual user page and then post it here. Gets the formatting right and then helps us figure out where best to put it.
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Re: Contacting local authorities - where to put this in wiki

Postby mrsmith66 » Fri Jul 01, 2016 2:08 pm

OK. That's completed and linked above.
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Re: Contacting local authorities - where to put this in wiki

Postby johnsninja58 » Thu Aug 18, 2016 9:32 am

I was just following up and seeing if you had any luck or more thoughts on this letter. I was considering contacting some local chamber of commerce about businesses and use a form letter to try and get more information from them about the local business. I find that a lot of the smaller businesses are likely to have affiliations with them but the larger ones may not. It might be a good way to help build up places in an area.

Thoughts?
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Re: Contacting local authorities - where to put this in wiki

Postby voludu2 » Tue Aug 23, 2016 1:50 am

Here is my opinion on two questions that were brought up in this thread: how individual editors can work with organizations like chambers of commerce, government agencies, etc, and how we as individual editors work with each other to share tips, tricks, and tools with each other (including whether / how to get them into the wiki).

As for what to say to a chamber of commerce (or any other organization, public or private)
I think it makes sense to say why we want the information.
We are Waze users who also edit the Waze map. We want to help wazers get around by adding information to the Waze map, including information about local businesses -- we are willing to help local businesses get correct information onto the map. If they mention any map issues, we can tell them we know experts who can help solve most types of map issues.

A friendly approach is pleasant for everyone involved. And because we have something in common (a desire to get businesses represented properly on the map), the folks at the chamber of commerce are pretty likely to want to help us help them. A chamber of commerce is not a part of the local government, but a not-for-profit membership organization created by business owners, so they are subject to different rules than the local, state, or federal government. They don't HAVE to give us any information.

As for where to put these sample letters -- if they are for your personal use, they go in your part of the user namespace. Talk to other editors in your state. Discuss this on your state forum. If your state editing community decides to adopt that sample letter as an example to other editors, you will eventually agree together to move it to a part of the namespace appropriate for your state, and link it from your state wiki pages. You can get expert wiki help with this if you need it. If you don't know anyone else to help, shoot me a PM.

If this sample letter appeals to editors in other states in your region, or in other parts of the country, more discussions will go on, perhaps in the USA wiki forum. and maybe something else will happen after that :)

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