New wiki proposal: Reports

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New wiki proposal: Reports

Postby mapcat » Mon Feb 03, 2014 7:08 pm

At this time it appears that the only report-related item in the wiki is this possibly deprecated entry:
https://www.waze.com/wiki/How_to_Report

It would be helpful to cover "when to report" also, or to suggest best reporting practices, in order to minimize misleading, superfluous, or otherwise inappropriate reports.

For example:
  • Don't report moving police
  • Don't report rain, fog, etc when it's obvious and/or occurring uniformly throughout the region
  • Use the voice commands to make more specific reports when possible (with a link to the existing voice commands reference)

Setting best practices is essential in order to identify and correct misuse of this feature.
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Re: New wiki proposal: Reports

Postby sketch » Mon Feb 03, 2014 9:10 pm

Sounds like a good idea. I don't know that I'd recommend voice commands to anyone at this point—I can almost never get them to work. I don't know if our new Google overlords have improved that, however.
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Re: New wiki proposal: Reports

Postby kentsmith9 » Thu Feb 06, 2014 8:43 am

There's actually a number of good pieces in nanoRep that we can easily port over to the Wiki. Someone just need to copy and save the images from nanoRep into the Wiki database and then move the content.

I am currently pretty deep in a number of personal projects of my own that limits my time on Waze again, so if someone wants to take it on I can coach them or help with final reviews.
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Re: New wiki proposal: Reports

Postby mapcat » Thu Feb 06, 2014 10:19 am

kentsmith9 wrote:There's actually a number of good pieces in nanoRep that we can easily port over to the Wiki. Someone just need to copy and save the images from nanoRep into the Wiki database and then move the content.

I am currently pretty deep in a number of personal projects of my own that limits my time on Waze again, so if someone wants to take it on I can coach them or help with final reviews.

OK, I'm willing to do this, but all I found was how to report police, map problems, road closures, etc. Nothing about when to report.
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Re: New wiki proposal: Reports

Postby kentsmith9 » Thu Feb 06, 2014 4:30 pm

mapcat wrote:
kentsmith9 wrote:There's actually a number of good pieces in nanoRep that we can easily port over to the Wiki. Someone just need to copy and save the images from nanoRep into the Wiki database and then move the content.

OK, I'm willing to do this, but all I found was how to report police, map problems, road closures, etc. Nothing about when to report.

Sorry I meant to say the good content that we can move over was more than just this article. For example the navigation instructions in the Wiki are very outdated and nanoRep already has all the new images and instructions; we just need to copy it.

As for reports, there is the content on "how long does a report stay active" that we can add.

I think the items you proposed are good. We may want to change the page name to "Reports" and then we can cover "how", "when" and "duration". Page name change is easy with the "move" feature on that page, but I can do it if you don't have that link on the page.

Again if you want to start it I can edit any wiki elements that you may not be familiar with (if there are any). :)
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Re: New wiki proposal: Reports

Postby mapcat » Fri Feb 07, 2014 7:10 am

Here's a start...please share your thoughts and edit as needed.

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Re: New wiki proposal: Reports

Postby sketch » Fri Feb 07, 2014 2:56 pm

Hah, y'all call it a "gapers' block" up there? I think "rubbernecking" might be a more universal term, but I don't know. Maybe it's just me.

Nice work on the Roadkill bit.

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I made one change under traffic jam:
from: If you do not expect to be moving at a normal speed soon, respond to the prompt by picking the appropriate situation (moderate, heavy, or standstill).
to: If you do not expect to be moving at a normal speed soon, tap "yes" and pick the appropriate situation (moderate, heavy, or standstill).

"pick the appropriate situation" could probably stand to be rewritten as something like "select the appropriate traffic density level", but I haven't had my coffee yet.

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The divisions of the "hazard" section read a little confusingly. The "on road" / "on shoulder" headings are not much bigger than the specific report headings. The same problem is sort of averted in the "map issues" section later because of the large intro paragraph. Maybe it would be better to use simple bold print instead of headings for the specific report types, like--

"Object on road. Report objects that are large or mobile, or otherwise likely to cause drivers to slow down abruptly or swerve."

That would also avoid cluttering the table of contents.
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Re: New wiki proposal: Reports

Postby mapcat » Fri Feb 07, 2014 5:39 pm

sketch wrote:I made one change under traffic jam...

Looks good. Thanks. When I put this together last night it was pretty late, so much of the language needs tweaking.

Maybe it would be better to use simple bold print instead of headings for the specific report types...

Agreed. Changes made.
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Re: New wiki proposal: Reports

Postby sketch » Fri Feb 07, 2014 7:14 pm

I added "—in many jurisdictions, moving over is required by law." to the Police section.

I think we should also add something like this, perhaps a small subsection about reporting on freeways: "If you're on a freeway entrance ramp, and there's a reportable event (police car, accident, etc.) on the freeway itself, be sure to wait until you're actually on the freeway to press the Report button, so that drivers on the freeway will be notified. Conversely, if you're on a freeway, and there's a reportable event near an entrance or exit ramp, try to time your report so that entering/exiting traffic will or won't be notified, depending on whether it's relevant to them or not.
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Re: New wiki proposal: Reports

Postby mapcat » Fri Feb 07, 2014 11:40 pm

sketch wrote:I added "—in many jurisdictions, moving over is required by law." to the Police section.

Thanks.

I think we should also add something like this, perhaps a small subsection about reporting on freeways: "If you're on a freeway entrance ramp, and there's a reportable event (police car, accident, etc.) on the freeway itself, be sure to wait until you're actually on the freeway to press the Report button, so that drivers on the freeway will be notified. Conversely, if you're on a freeway, and there's a reportable event near an entrance or exit ramp, try to time your report so that entering/exiting traffic will or won't be notified, depending on whether it's relevant to them or not.

Sure, I agree, but at the same time how much do we need to micromanage these? I'm just hoping for a world with fewer "rain" and "vehicle stopped on shoulder" reports...making this feature work perfectly is just a pipe dream. It is Waze, after all! :lol:
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