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Places are searchable destinations in the Waze map, just like the "Points of Interest" found in certain popular GPS devices. It is easy to add such a “Place” in the Waze Map Editor (WME). A Place can be a 'Point' or an 'Area'. Above a given size, area places become visible in the client. A point place is never visible, but both types can be searched and navigated to. There is also a third kind of place, "Residential”, which are private addresses These are always Point Places.</translate>
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<translate><!--T:2-->The table at the bottom of this page (to be added) provides guidelines to choose between point and area places, according to their category and sub-category.</translate>
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==Point Places==
Point Places don't show in the Waze map. They can be used to help Wazers find locations, especially when they are not or wrongly listed in other destination search engines. As they are searchable from the app, accurate positioning of a point location and providing a full address (including street number) are both utterly important.
;[[File:Wme_place_selected.png]] : Selected point
;[[File:Wme_place_changed.png]] : Modified point
;[[File:Wme_place_pending_update.png]] : Modified point with pending approval</translate>
<translate><!--T:5-->The Waze routing server will navigate the Wazer onto the segment which is physically closest to where the Point is placed. The Point Marker is the stop point. Typically, if the Place is inside a building, the marker should be located at or near the location's main entrance door. Try to imagine where you would stop to drop someone off for this location.</translate>
==Area Places==</translate><translate><!--T:7-->Area Places appear in the Waze app. Too many of them can clutter the map, creating large gray zones that do not help Wazers orient themselves. Therefore, it is important to use Area Places only when they are distinctive and significant enough to orient drivers. Generally, an Area Place only covers the building of the place, but never the whole property: it covers what a Wazer sees when driving to the actual location. Most of the other places are points,except for Gas stations {link to paragraph below}, and Parking lots {link to paragraph below}, that are always areas, and receive special handling. </translate>
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<translate><!--T:8-->Natural features such as forests, parks, and lakes are drawn to the visible contours. They are green or blue on the map. Gas stations, Parking Lots and buildings will show in different colors.</translate>
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<translate><!--T:9-->Each Area Place has a “Point Marker“ , which by default is centered. This point can be moved to where you should arrive, or where to park, even a short distance outside of the marked area (indicated by the black outline). Again, try to imagine where you would stop to drop someone off for this location.</translate>
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<!--T:10--translate>Fig. 1: The Namur hospital is an area with building outline and Point Marker at the entrance. </translate>
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<translate><!--T:11-->An Area Place doesn't have to be as detailed as the building is, actually, it's better to keep the shape roughly. Recent testing shows that Area Places should be at least 500 m2 (that is, 50 meters in one dimension and 10 meters in the other) to show up in the app. Tests are still being run to find out the minimum size. Anyway, it doesn’t make sense to create smaller areas, choose a point instead.</translate>
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<translate><!--T:12-->==Residential==</translate><translate><!--T:13-->When arriving, Waze proposes to take a picture of your destination. In this way, many private places are uploaded to WME. For these private places, the category “residential” is used. Private places will not be searchable, and the identity of whoever created them or attached pictures, will not be exposed. The pictures will only show to people driving explicitly to that address. Waze editors will be using the pictures and exact locations to improve the house numbers database. </translate>
<translate><!--T:14-->==Combined Places==</translate><translate><!--T:15-->Point Places within an Area Place are allowed and mostly used for shops in a shopping mall, faculties within a University campus, etc. Avoid Areas within Areas, as this may become confusing on the client's display.</translate>
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<!--T:16--translate>Fig. 2: Combined Places</translate>
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<translate><!--T:17-->==When to use Area or Point in the BeNeLux==</translate><translate><!--T:18-->The area size covered by a building is primarily used to determine whether to use a Point or Area type of Place. Area Places should have a <color red> minimum area size </color red> of 500 m<sup>2</sup> (that is 10m x 50m) to be visible on the map in the app. Parking Lots and Gas Stations receive special handling and are to this moment always drawn as Areas.</translate>
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Other places are generally drawn as a Point place, except when they are large and distinctive enough to help in the orientation during driving, which will often be the case with an Event Center, Factory, Hospital, Office, Camping, Shopping malls, Museums (e.g.,Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam), Monuments (e.g., Mardasson, Bastogne), Schools, Tourist Site, Attraction, and Stadium. They are mapped as areas at the building line and usually don't cover streets. Keep in mind the minimum area size for the decision to draw an Area instead of a Point.
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Every other Place that are not Parking Lots or Gas Stations should be ‘Points’. </translate>
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<translate>==Places details==
Any Place - Point or Area - should contain as much information as possible. Places need at least one category (in the “General” Tab), but may belong to several others. Always choose the main category first. For example, a Gas Station may also be “Convenience Store”, “Car Wash”, and “Charging Station” (see example below). If possible, provide name and address. The naming of a Place should be done in the formal language of the location where the landmark is situated. In bi-langual areas, use the alternate name. The adress is especially useful to guide Wazers to the place. Use the official name of the place. Add other important information, such as brand (service stations) and opening times. Beware not to use the Description field for notes to other editors. This field is visible in the Waze app, and should only contain details pertinent to the Place itself.
===Table of Categories===
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