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Segment locks
The Waze Map is updated by a large community of editors around the world with varying levels of experience. As such, there are a few systems in place to protect and uphold the quality of the Waze map from both intentional and unintentional harm.
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==Segment locks==
Segment locks (AKA segment ranks) are the first line of defense when protecting the Waze map from damaging edits.
===How it works===
Every road segment can have has two lock values in the WME:<br />
- Automatic or traffic lock level<br />
- Manual or user-specified lock level
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====Lock rules====
1. The manual A user cannot change a lock cannot be set level or edit a segment that is locked higher than the user's their own level or rank.<br /> 2. A user cannot change set a manual lock level or edit a segment that is locked higher than their own level or rank.<br />
3. The last edit date does not influence the algorithm for determining automatic locks.<br />
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====Automatic locks (Traffic locks)====
These are the default lock settingsof road segments. In some The feature is customized for different countries, . Waze automatically changes some of uses the parameters according following to decide how tocustomize traffic locks for each country:<br />
- Community size<br />
- Management methods<br />
The calculation process occurs about once/month in an effort to keep all locks up to date.
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====Manual locks (User locks)====
Manual locks are used in countries where automatic traffic locks are not enabledkept at 1, and they can also be used in cases countries where automatic locks are enabled allowed to be greater than 1 but are insufficientfor particular segments. Some countries or regions within countries have agreed upon manual lock standards by road type. ==Place locks==Places are also protected by a system of locks. In contrast to segment locks, with which users can make no changes to segments locked above their rank, changes to places can be submitted by any Waze user. However, changes submitted by users to places that are locked above their rank must be reviewed and approved by editors with rank greater than or equal to the lock level of the place. Also, new places may be added by any user. However, places added by new users are also subject to moderation. After moderators approve a certain number of new places added by a user, the user becomes trusted and can add places to the map without moderation. For more information, see [[Places]].
The throttling system is a mechanism that detects anomalies in the number of edits per time frame and prevents the accumulation of edit countsand points for edits. While many scripts are used for positive additions to the map, some scripts cause specific harm with the goal of quickly increasing a user's edit countand points. Scripts used for mass editing are allowed, but they may not always result in the increase of edit counts or points for a user.
The system was put in place to prevent cheaters from unfairly racking up points with large numbers of edits that have no value other than increasing do little to improve the count for the usermap. Waze is aware of the value that some scripts have to the map but also recognizes that some scripts are used simply to gain edit countsedits and points. The throttling system is in place to allow mass editing but to deter cheating.
===How it works===
Waze has many thresholds for different types of mass editing activity. Once a limit is reached, the next save of edits results in no additional count accumulationedits or user points credited. The transaction is followed by a time frame during which edits and points remain uncredited.
====Types of editing thresholds====
Different thresholds exist for each object type (segment geometry, locks, speed limitssegments, MP, UR, places etc). Some are calculated per minute, some per hour and some per day. The exact numbers are internal and may change occasionally as needed (new scripts, etc).
Please note that the thresholds are high. It is unlikely to reach them when editing manually without using scripts.
====What will I see if I’ve reached the limit?====
Nothing. This is a backend process and invisible in the UI. Edits will go through, everything will look the same, but the edit count and points will not increase.
====Will this block me as an editor?====
====Reset after throttling====
Currently, it takes a few hours to reset your ability to have edits count and points increase after edits have triggered the throttling system. The exact time frame is internal and may change occasionally.
===Throttling vs. Cheating===
Waze defines cheating as performing edits to the map that do not add value to unfairly move up in rank. Throttling is one of the current methods we use to identify these types of edits, when done on a massive scale. Not all mass editing equals massive edits equal cheating, and not all throttling is as a result of cheating behavior. The system currently does not differentiate between “good” and “bad” mass editing behavior. Contributing to the map with the use of scripts and mass editing is allowed; however, it may trigger the throttling system.
==Regression Checker==
====Effect of ranks====
There are different warning and error thresholds for each rank.
A higher ranking user is more likely to get a 'successful' result, whereas a lower ranking user might get a warning with the same edit. Likewise, a higher ranking user might get a warning but can save a risky edit, whereas a lower ranking user might get an error and be unable to save the same edit.