==== '''Producing Useful PLs''' ====
===== Centering Screen & Zoom Level =====
Once you select all your segments you want to include in a PL, one last very important step is to zoom out so you can '''see them''' all on the screen, and then '''center''' your view in WME on those selected segments. Keep in mind tho that anything [[User:Dsfargeg/Road_Types_and_Zoom_Levels|farther out than Zoom4]] will usually fail to produce a useful PL. PLs created when segments are not centered, or in view will also usually fail to produce useful PLs.
So save yourself some grief and remember to keep the screen at maximum of Zoom4 and centered and THEN create your PL!
===== '''Layer Data''' =====
As an editor you might work on '' Map Problems'' [MP' s] and '' Speed cameras'' , and so you will have those layers turned on in WME.
Editors who are assisting you, as well as other editors trying to learn from the discussion, may not have MP' s locally, or there are no Speed cameras in their area, so they would not normally have those layers turned on.
'' '''Any editor that clicks on a default PL that includes layer data, has the 'layers' settings changed in their local copy of the Waze Map Editor!''' ''
Active editors may click on dozens of PL's during a typical editing session in WME. Having to constantly reset layers in WME to your personal preferences is not only a waste of productive editing time, it simply gets frustrating after a while.
*'' Toolbox'' upgrades WMEs single default 'blue' colored PL icon, into multiple ' red' colored icons, all used to create various types of PL' s. Simply hover your mouse over each red icon, and a brief description of what type of PL will be created appears.
The red PL icon located farthest to the right, is the PL icon used most commonly by editors.
The default PL in WME looks like this:
*Toolbox also offers the ability to '' toggle'' the excess layers data '''on or off''' from the default PL, by simply pressing the 'Shift' key.
The toolbox PL [excluding the layers data] looks like this:
'''NOTE:''' ''Waze recently altered the data built into PLs, and the current version of Toolbox does not completely strip away the excess layers data. Hopefully this will be corrected in a future update.''
*[https://greasyfork.org/en/scripts/18089-wme-simple-permalink-from-wme-keepmylayers WME Simple Permalink] is another script that will also produce a PL with all the extra layers data stripped away.
https://www.waze.com/editor /?env=usa&lon=-77.44210&lat=43. 09923&zoom=5&segments=33958923
* '''Mobile Editors' ''
Often editors that are helping with ' unlock' requests, are accessing WME and the communication platform from a mobile device. They are very limited in what they can do in WME, and the typical smaller screens make doing any editing more challenging in general. They are also using cellular data, rather than ' unlimted' cable/ dsl connections.
When requesting assistance from such an editor, a PL created excluding the layer data is especially important. The extra map data is not needed for the unlock, so it only slows the WME page load, before the editor can actually do the unlock. That extra layer info also uses additional data on their cellular plan. Obviously we don't want to be a nuisance to the very people helping us!
Taking the mobile aspect one step further, in regards to smaller device screens. It is often difficult to select a PL from between other comments. It is easier to click the PL when it is sent separate from your actual request for assistance, because it will place it in its own text 'bubble' on the other editors screen.
So try to follow this simple procedure when sharing a PL :
* Describe what you want - [locked level > your level, what you want to do, location of your request]: <br />
''L3 to L2, connect a PLR, Rochester''
Send your request to the communication platform
''Press Enter/ Send''
* Now paste your PL as a separate message
https: //www. waze. com/editor/?env=usa&lon=-77.44210&lat=43.09923&zoom=5&segments=33958923''
* Send your PL
''Press Enter/ Send''