Moderating Places - You've Got the Power

Version 3.9 will bring an exciting new feature for places, letting users add and edit places from the app.

This of course requires some vigilance on our editors side, making sure the map stays accurate and helpful. And in other news: we're having an interesting discussion about roles with the USA community, and don't miss Timbones, our man in the UK, and his musical tastes!

You be the Judge

Spidey, not using Waze
Starting in 3.9 users will have the power to add places to the map via the client. The potential is huge -
Wazers will be able to add businesses and other points of interest that will really help other Wazers to find what they need and navigate there.

Of course, as anyone who watched the Spiderman movies knows, with great power comes great responsibility. And this is where we need your help: 

You'll find a new Place updates layer in the editor, that contains icons for place updates suggestions - yes, similar to URs. Users will be able to edit places which are locked above their rank. Their save won’t go through as usual - it will become a place update request that a user with an appropriate rank can moderate. After saving they’ll get a message that their edit is pending moderation.

Every new place which is created by a level 1 editor which is untrusted requires an approval by a level 2+ editor. What is a trusted user you ask? Once several contributions by the same user have been reviewed positively by a moderator, we consider that user trusted. He can now add new places directly without any moderation. Updates to existing places are still pending a review if these places are locked.

We'll elaborate on the subject in the future, and expect places to be an important and exciting part of Waze. 

New Roles, Same Rules

The USA community is discussing a new role, managing a specific state. This is a great example for the flexibility required to maintain the community's structure. On one hand we try to keep the community structure generic and persistent across the globe. On the other, each community has it's own special needs.

This is where communication between HQ and the different communities come into play. We'll work on re-defining the basic community structure, and keep an open discussion about it with you guys. 

Wazer Spotlight:  

Timbones, UK Coordinator and Global Champ 
Timbones, Representing her majesty

What do you do when not editing maps?
I'm a software engineer, developing code analysis tools for the aerospace and automotive industries.

Which car do you drive?
I actually cycle to work each day now, as it's good for the environment and my health. The family car is Vauxhall Zafira.

How long have you been a Wazer?
More than 3 years now.

How did you get hooked on Waze?
When I first started, my village only had a single wavy road mapped through it, and that wasn't even in the right place. So, I started to draw in the roads near to where I lived, and then gradually filled in the map over a larger area. This was before we had any basemap.

What's your favorite part about the community?
It's great to see everyone working together towards the same goal: an up-to-date map that gives users the best route. The forum is a great place to ask questions and get fabulous support from fellow editors.

..And the worst part.
Finding time to edit in between working and family life.

What's the funniest Waze story that happened to you?
I was holidaying in the north of England, and spotted a fellow Wazer I knew nearby on the map, also on holiday. I pinged him via the app, and he later turned up with his family. It was unexpected, but nice.

What's your best Waze tip for newcomers?
Have Waze on all the time, even if you think you know where you're going. 

What do you listen to when driving your car (aside from the Waze app messages, of course)?
I tend to listen to the radio when I'm cycling to and from work. I do have this as my ringtone though, as it's a particular favourite of mine:

That's it for now! 

As always, suggestions and questions are welcome!

Stay tuned & have a great year!

Safe driving!

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