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Re: some more details on road shields and VIP users

Postby harling » Fri Jul 08, 2011 3:00 am

krankyd wrote:Road shields
There are two issues which are known:
1. When the primary name of a segment has two different numbers (I-80/I-90) the shield will display the first one of the two.
2. We can't display a shield and a name. We hope to add this ability in the near future. In the meantime, it's best to give the primary name as the "I-80" or "US Hwy 101", and the 'local' name in the alias field.

For all the major roadways in my area, the basemap lists the local name in the primary field, and highway numbers and other aliases in alternate field(s). Is it not possible for Waze to check the alternate name fields, if no number is found in the primary name field? The alternative is that we will have to "walk" the lengths of hundreds of roadways and switch primary and alternate names--which, knowing how Cartouche handles alternate names when editing multiple segments (i.e., it doesn't), is going to be a long process.
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Re: some more details on road shields and VIP users

Postby harling » Sat Jul 09, 2011 6:06 pm

AlanOfTheBerg wrote:
krankyd wrote:Road shields
2. We can't display a shield and a name. We hope to add this ability in the near future. In the meantime, it's best to give the primary name as the "I-80" or "US Hwy 101", and the 'local' name in the alias field.

Per other's thoughts, the restriction to the primary field will hopefully be removed. Just as "other mapping software and clients do" for displaying a name and multiple shield icons along the length of a roadway, Waze should eventually support multiples.

It occurred to me last night, there is a similar dilemma with the text-to-speech system: if we have to put the highway number as the primary name, and it has to be in a certain format in order to be recognized and turned into a "shield", the TTS will start calling Eastern Ave "State Highway 127", and Route 128 "State Highway 128". Bleah. Or, it can keep calling the streets by their common names, and no shields get displayed. Less bleah, but still...

Highway designations and street names need to be decoupled. (And segments can be part of more than one highway.)
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Re: some more details on road shields and VIP users

Postby jasonh300 » Sat Jan 21, 2012 3:43 am

You get mega-mapper status when you hit level 4, which is now 200,000 edits.

If you hit level 4 before they changed the threshold, you still have mega-mapper status. This info came straight from krankyd.
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Re: some more details on road shields and VIP users

Postby jasonh300 » Sat Jan 21, 2012 7:14 am

gettingthere wrote:
jasonh300 wrote:You get mega-mapper status when you hit level 4, which is now 200,000 edits.

If you hit level 4 before they changed the threshold, you still have mega-mapper status. This info came straight from krankyd.


This was initially what I had posted (200k edits) but I revised my post when I saw the the number if edits was initially 50k. I didn't want to believe they bumped up 4x.


From what I was told, it was originally 100k, and then increased to 200k last month when Level 4 moved up to 200k.

I'm a month or two away from 200k. So I can probably predict that they'll change that to 500k the day I reach 199,000 edits. :lol:
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some more details on road shields and VIP users

Postby kieranrawley » Thu Jul 07, 2011 9:14 pm

Mega mapper man!!!! Do I need to wear a flag as a cape?

It's a bit better/worse (delete as required) again today
(I'll go for a run when I've got this little bit sorted..........)

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some more details on road shields and VIP users

Postby krankyd » Thu Jul 07, 2011 3:18 pm

Hi guys,
These two features are only available on beta, and the numbers might not be final yet - but here are the details.

VIP users
We have four categories, which are based on this order:
1. 1 Million points - congratulations asterix06 and mapcat!!!
2. Mega mapper - 200,000 map edits
3. Mega driver - 50,000 kms driven (approx. 31,250 miles) with waze on EXISTING roads. Unfortunately, the count does NOT include kms of paved roads or munching roads.
4. Mega reporter - 400 different users thanked you for your reports, excluding chit chats. This is for all your reports since you started using waze.

The first 3 are easy to spot from your dashboard. The 4th is not visible in the dashboard, so you'll have to trust us on it. We're also checking an option to add a special message that will be sent to each user who became a VIP (so you'll know).
If a user matches a few categories - i.e. mega driver and mega reporter - he will get the higher VIP status (where 1M points is the highest).

Road shields
we are working on finalizing the process - will update once it's done.
There are two issues which are known:
1. When the primary name of a segment has two different numbers (I-80/I-90) the shield will display the first one of the two.
2. We can't display a shield and a name. We hope to add this ability in the near future. In the meantime, it's best to give the primary name as the "I-80" or "US Hwy 101", and the 'local' name in the alias field.

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Re: some more details on road shields and VIP users

Postby krankyd » Sun Jul 10, 2011 3:26 pm

rlpl wrote:Will the shields work on the world server? If I name a road in my country like "US Hwy 123" will it display a shield? If the shields are rendered on the client then there should be no difference whether we are on the world or US server.

If the shields are rendered on the client then what about the shields for other countries? As far as I understand the only problem is the number of countries because the rules for each individual country can be simple.


Shields are rendered as part of the map, so it won't be available right now on the world server regardless of how you name the street. We have to work on some graphics (get the proper shields for each country), but we are planning on adding them in the future.
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Re: some more details on road shields and VIP users

Postby krankyd » Thu Jan 26, 2012 6:56 am

Just to be clear:
We gave the mega mapper to those who still qualified with 50k edits (before we made the change).

However, the standard has changed and now requires 200K edits. You can search our support widget (on waze.com/support) for "VIP users" to see the full list.
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Re: some more details on road shields and VIP users

Postby mapcat » Thu Jul 07, 2011 5:09 pm

krankyd wrote:Road shields
we are working on finalizing the process - will update once it's done.
There are two issues which are known:
1. When the primary name of a segment has two different numbers (I-80/I-90) the shield will display the first one of the two.
2. We can't display a shield and a name. We hope to add this ability in the near future. In the meantime, it's best to give the primary name as the "I-80" or "US Hwy 101", and the 'local' name in the alias field.

Thanks Dror. I like the VIP idea.

Regarding the shields, what about this as a possible solution to issue #2: add a new field, "highway number", to the database and disassociate those numbers from road names. Then users could add as many highway number aliases as they needed, which could take care of issue #1. Seems that there would be a fairly simple way to detect and move those values in the database, and editors could clean up the rest.

For issue #2, I assume you mean the road name won't display on the client map. What about in the driving instructions?

Also, I'm just curious: are the shields going to be relatively similar to their appearance on the roads, or just a generic rectangle or circle?
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Re: some more details on road shields and VIP users

Postby mapcat » Thu Jul 07, 2011 11:16 pm

unwallflower wrote:Mapcat - it seems that interstates get the fancy blue-ish shield, and state highways get oval shields. They look nice!

So this must be the beta version where you see them? Because so far I haven't seen any.

I'm still wondering what to do about including direction in interstate names. It seems that the I-15 shield isn't displaying for the most part in San Diego, instead it's just showing the "I- 15 N" and "I- 15 S" road names.

I was worried about that several weeks ago and asked Dror to confirm that they still wanted us to add the directions. He said yes, so evidently they intend to make this work.
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