Welcome to Waze Map Editing
Important Information for All Editors
RULE NUMBER 1 : DO NOT DELETE SEGMENTS
NEVER!! EVER!!!. This destroys data in waze. Please do not delete segments without first considering that the data behind the segment will be lost forever. The data is very important to waze routing and once you delete a segment the data is deleted and we cannot revert this. I'll say it again
DO NOT DELETE SEGMENTS!
If you find a road that does not appear in reality in any way please consult your AM or higher editor before removing the segment. You will always have a better reputation for asking before deleting something.
RULE NUMBER 2: DO NOT USE COPYRIGHT SOURCES
Review Using External Sources for more information on this subject.
Google is not an approved source, even though Waze is owned by Google. Please do not use other mapping pages with copyright logos or markings. If you find a source that you believe will be ok first consult your Regional Management. Please heed their warnings, and read the wiki page linked above that explains this thoroughly.
The southeast has a wiki at Southeast Mapping Resources for editors to use. These have general disclaimers and the satellite images are usually the only portion that is copyright. The parcel data is "at our own risk" and are government records. Due to that we are allowed to use them. If you are outside the southeast region and cannot find whether the source you are using is OK please consult your local Regional Management.
RULE NUMBER 3: YOU EDIT, YOU OWN, YOU ANSWER
A warning that many do not understand is that when you edit a segment, turn restriction, house number, place, or any other item in waze its yours. This applies whether you edit it yourself or a script edits the item. We have no way of discerning the two. Script edits are YOUR edits!
This means if a fellow editor complains about an item you last edited or updated being wrong it's YOUR problem. You may end up having to defend your edits if you did not perform them to the best of your abilities. At the least this will get you a talking to and an informal mentoring session. At the worst, depending on severity you could have your map editing rights revoked.
Simply stated, You Edit something, You own it, and you will answer for it, and learn how to fix it, or you may suffer a consequence.
This isn't stated to scare you away. This is just a fair warning that you should be willing to LEARN from other editors, whether that is a r1 or a r6. An r1 may have new information you are not aware of so EVERYONE should keep an open mind. There may be learning opportunities from any rank of editor!
Important Links for ALL USA Editors
Please review and bookmark these links for important mapping information. They will keep you out of a lot of trouble.
- Welcome to WME is the page for all your starting questions. This is the main jumping point recommended for all editors to start exploring the waze wiki. Make sure to check out the Getting Started page as it will answer most of your questions about how to manipulate things in Waze Map Editor (WME).
- Waze Map Editor This page explains the basic interface of the Waze Map Editor, how to enter practice mode, where to find settings. It also provides a listing of the default shortcuts in the editor.
- Map Editor Interface and Controls Please check here before you ask us how to make a segment or draw a roundabout, or even what a junction node or geometry node is.
- Edits to avoid has brief explanations for new editing mistakes on the map. Please review these before you think about editing every row in a parking lot, or mapping every lane on a highway. Don't worry, mistakes happen, just make sure you fix your mistakes!
- Editing Manual Another Collection of Links that will help you fully understand the functions available in the Waze Map Editor.
Slack Team Invites
Waze USA Regions Slack Invite Please fill this form out to join the Southeast's Slack Team. We also host Texas and any other users that want to join. This is the main chat platform we use in the southeast waze region.
Waze International Slack Invite You can check this form for the International Waze slack team, and various other regional slack teams. Feel free to join them.
Slack is one of the main platforms that USA Waze editors use for chat. Another chat system that Waze Editors use is Google Hangouts. for those regions that use Google Hangouts a user will have to invite you to the group. Please consult an Area Manager, State Manager or Regional Coordinator to get into the relevant Google Hangout chat(s).
Fastest Invite Method
- Please use the form for the fastest invite to the USA Regions group.
Glossary This is the place to look when you get confused by abbreviations or WME jargon, instead of outing your inexperience, you can look like a champ by knowing what we are talking about! Don't feel left out, we all get confused by abbreviations and acronyms!
- Requesting unlocks or updates of locked segments or places
If you edit in the USA Southeast region you NEED to know the information on this page. Without it you may do something contrary to our editing standards. There is a LOT of information there. You can find a link to bookmark the GIS resources page for your state from this page. The Southeast Region Place name harmonization sheet is also available there for reference.