Why do you edit maps?

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Re: Why do you edit maps?

Postby redshift9 » Wed Oct 03, 2012 1:37 am

I just think Waze is a neat idea, and I want it to work better.

I've been at this for less than a week, and the roads in my area seem to be pretty well mapped already, but already I've labeled several gas stations and a new grocery store that doesn't show up in the satellite photos yet. It's nice to be able to contribute (in a small way) even when I can't write a line of HTML to save my life.
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Re: Why do you edit maps?

Postby rivermedic » Fri Feb 08, 2013 5:14 am

I'm a paramedic in a very rural Texas county; we have correct maps and all GPS systems are wrong. With Waze I can see immediate results and updates. There is much satisfaction in that and getting an ambulance to the scene without any errors. I appreciate all the work of you hard working Texas Wazers out there and all the help you have given me!
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Re: Why do you edit maps?

Postby Rynerson27 » Mon Nov 05, 2012 7:39 pm

For the points....
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Re: Why do you edit maps?

Postby splash883 » Wed Nov 14, 2012 3:16 pm

I love this thread! Thanks for the editing, you guys! :P
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Why do you edit maps?

Postby stevecody » Wed Sep 12, 2012 12:12 pm

To all of you Wazers who take the time to edit the Waze maps:

I've noticed that friends of mine look at me like I'm crazy when I tell them I edit maps on Waze. I figure there must be some personality that drives people to want to edit.

Is it because you like cartography?
Is it because you like making maps and routing work better?
Is it because you like earning points and wearing a Waze Crown and being a Gold Wazer?

All of the commercial GPSs I've owned have always had issues with out of date maps. I like using a GPS even for places I know the route so that I can see my estimated arrival time. When the maps are outdated, the routing is wrong, and my arrival estimates are worthless. I also like to pay attention to the estimated arrival time when I try a different route so I can find the true fastest route.

Anyway, with all that said, I like to edit the maps because I hate having inaccurate maps in my GPS app. I love the fact that I can fix the routes I drive and see changes show up in a matter of weeks. I know that if I can make it better for me that I can hopefully make it better for others.

Also, the points system is pretty compelling too. I love being in the top 50 in my state overall. ;) And the #1 in my state for the last 2 weeks.

Lastly, I'm a computer geek. I am a Systems Engineer that works on servers and networking equipment all day long. I geek out at home with my Raspberry Pi and my Macs. I commute about 45 miles each way to/from work.

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Re: Why do you edit maps?

Postby stevecody » Wed Sep 12, 2012 1:35 pm

WeeeZer14 wrote:...
I may not be able to cure cancer or create world peace, but if I can make people's time on the road a little less stressful, I feel that I have helped people.


I agree. I especially like to add brand new neighborhoods, even ones not showing up on the satellite imagery yet. I just think it's cool I can actually see the improvements that I've made, i.e. new roads, neighborhoods, etc., within a short period of time. There is a sense of satisfaction that I am helping other people, as well as myself. ;)
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Re: Why do you edit maps?

Postby stevecody » Wed Sep 19, 2012 7:06 pm

Well, I have never been much of a cartography nut, but I do like adding neighborhoods and other things that currently aren't in the maps. I like knowing that Waze can be more up to date than the commercial competitors, especially when it comes to newly completed road construction or new neighborhoods.
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Re: Why do you edit maps?

Postby stevecody » Tue Oct 09, 2012 2:43 pm

zCougar wrote:When I read these posts I couldn't agree more. All the same reasons plus I have started with map editing when in Estonia there was few streets in the capital and almost no roads outside. Now I guess the capital is 99% mapped. All other big cities are also going better every day. Major highways are mapped, a lot of minor roads as well.


This is one of the biggest reasons I use Waze and edit maps. I feel like I am helping someone everytime I map out a neighborhood or new roads that aren't currently on the map. It's probably because these are the areas that have frustrated me the most with other GPS systems... the lack of current maps.
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Why do you edit maps?

Postby stevecody » Thu Oct 25, 2012 10:44 am

I have noticed lately than some of what I have started to enjoy more was correcting the map error reports by people. I hope the ability to communicate back to the reporting person comes back. I would love to be able to tell people that I've corrected their problem but it will take a week or so before they will see the change.


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Re: Why do you edit maps?

Postby stevecody » Fri Jan 18, 2013 4:40 pm

Lately the updates have been happening about every 2 days. Nobody has to approve your changes.

This is one of the main reasons I like to edit the maps. I get tired of incorrect routing for my frequently travelled routes. This is what makes Waze so awesome.
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