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September 2021 Announcements

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LostInMyMaps (6) - Brendan — 06/09/2021
:flag_au: :loudspeaker: We are very proud to announce that the English (Australia) language is now available in the Waze app. The localisation team, made up of @LysdexiaEht (4) Michael, @Vestigal (5) - Kurt and myself have been working for months to perfect the language to make the Waze app feel Australian got our users.

To change your language, go to Settings > General > Language and select English (Australia). This hasn't been announced outside this community, and you'll be some of the first to use it. :amazing: 

Next on the agenda is launching an Australian voice pack. Stay tuned!
LostInMyMaps (6) - Brendan — 06/09/2021
:woman_raising_hand: :loudspeaker: The search has started! The localisation team have started work on the English (Australia) voices. Waze has asked us though, what are their names? We have already selected the name “Ross” for the male voice, in memory of our old friend AJ Ross (Ituajr). But we need a name for the female voice and are opening it up to the community. Submit your suggestions here and we’ll vote on the names to pick the best. Suggestions close Sun 19 September. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIp ... w/viewform
LostInMyMaps (6) - Brendan — 07/09/2021
:arrow_heading_up: :loudspeaker: The @Local Champs are very pleased to announce the promotion of GBSpeedy1305 (5) - Geoff to level 5 :l08:. Geoff's commitment to the improvement of our community and map has been outstanding, and we all appreciate his selfless efforts. Please join us in congratulating, and thanking him, for his contributions. :clap:
LostInMyMaps (6) - Brendan — 08/09/2021
:book: :loudspeaker: Major rewrite to the Update Requests handling policy - Reviewing our statistics, the Local Champs have noted there is a large volume of Update Requests (URs) in Australia. There's so many, we don't have the people and time to manage them all, and the global policy on managing them isn't meeting our needs.

The Update Request (UR) policy has been rewritten into Australia. It primarily features:

- Shortened life cycle
- Clearer expectations on timeliness of responding, how and when to reply
- Reduced the episodes where a reply to the user is required
- Dealing with abusive or inappropriate users
- A clear expectation on how long "self report" URs can stay open for.

The policy is now in a final draft form and open for review at https://wazeopedia.waze.com/wiki/Austra ... ests_(URs), before going live 13 Sep 2021. Any and all feedback welcome. Please discuss with your peers, leaders and let us know in #deleted-channel. :ty:
LostInMyMaps (6) - Brendan — Today at 18:21
:newspaper: :loudspeaker: The September monthly editor newsletter is out! It explores a new knowledge sharing system, new features to junction boxes, and more. Check it out here: https://sites.google.com/view/editorsco ... authuser=0
LostInMyMaps (6) - Brendan — Today at 20:46
:ty: :loudspeaker: Thank you to everyone who took the time to read our new mapping standard drafts and for the feedback voiced. Feedback as been actioned and the new mapping standards are now "official" in Australia.

Long blocks of text aren't fun. Use a browser plugin like Read Aloud https://chrome.google.com/webstore/deta ... olgimiaplp to make absorbing the material easier.

What mapping standards? What changes?

In case you've been busy with real life, our wiki home page has been reworked, including Australia's expectations:

https://wazeopedia.waze.com/wiki/Australia/Main_Page

We've released these new official mapping standards, including the Waze Editing Philosophy:

https://wazeopedia.waze.com/wiki/Austra ... _standards
- https://wazeopedia.waze.com/wiki/Austra ... and_angles
- https://wazeopedia.waze.com/wiki/Austra ... cess_nodes
- https://wazeopedia.waze.com/wiki/Austra ... ding_roads
- https://wazeopedia.waze.com/wiki/Austra ... structions
- https://wazeopedia.waze.com/wiki/Austra ... tion_boxes
- https://wazeopedia.waze.com/wiki/Austra ... ersections
- https://wazeopedia.waze.com/wiki/Austra ... _map_edits
https://wazeopedia.waze.com/wiki/Austra ... ests_(URs) - Old page redirected here.
https://wazeopedia.waze.com/wiki/Austra ... g_segments

Other new pages that aren't mapping standards:

https://wazeopedia.waze.com/wiki/Austra ... _Community
https://wazeopedia.waze.com/wiki/Austra ... _and_roles
https://wazeopedia.waze.com/wiki/Austra ... TS)_change
https://wazeopedia.waze.com/wiki/Austra ... ing_videos
https://wazeopedia.waze.com/wiki/Australia/Scripts - Updated, thanks @age4670 (4) - Andrew
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