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.
Segment locks are the first line of defense when protecting the Waze map from damaging edits.
===How it works===
Every road segment
can have two lock values in WME:<br />
- Automatic or traffic lock level<br />
- Manual or user-specified lock level
The manual lock cannot be set higher than the user's own level or rank.<br /> 2. A user cannot change a lock level or edit a segment that is locked higher than their own rank.<br />
3. The last edit date does not influence the algorithm for determining automatic locks.<br />
====Automatic locks (Traffic locks)====
These are the default settings.
In some countries , Waze automatically changes some of the parameters according to:<br />
- Community size<br />
- Management methods<br />
The calculation process occurs about once/month in an effort to keep all locks up to date.
====Manual locks (User locks)====
Manual locks are used in countries where automatic traffic locks are
not enabled, and they can also be used in cases where automatic locks are enabled but are insufficient. Some countries or regions within countries have agreed upon manual lock standards by road type .
The throttling system is a mechanism that detects anomalies in the number of edits per time frame and prevents the accumulation of edit counts. 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 count. Scripts used for mass editing are allowed, but they may not always result in the increase of edit counts 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 the count for the user. 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 counts. 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 accumulation. The transaction is followed by a time frame during which edits remain uncredited.
====Types of editing thresholds====
Different thresholds exist for each object type (
segment geometry, locks, speed limits, 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 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 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 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.
====Effect of ranks====
There are different warning and error thresholds for each rank.
A higher ranking user is more likely to get '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.