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General Error (no desc)
Thank you for your report - could you please provide more detail concerning the issue you encountered? (Waze app > Inbox > new comment message > swipe up to reply)
Waze is dumb
I'm sorry you had a frustrating experience. Waze is primarily powered by volunteers and users - your feedback helps us improve the map.
Would you mind sharing your start and end locations so we can troubleshoot and figure out where Waze went wrong? Thanks!
Volunteer responding - It sounds like this issue occurred while you were still parked. Before you've started driving/moving, Waze (like any gps) guesses which way you're pointed and places you on the nearest road. If you keep driving it should give Waze a chance to detect which way you are pointed and offer you a more suitable route.
If there is another/different issue, please let us know. (Waze app > Inbox > new comment message > swipe up to reply)
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Please let us know in the next day or so, or we will have to close your report as "not identified".
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No Response (comment & close)
Unfortunately, due to a lack of information/activity, this report is being closed as "Not identified" Please feel free to report any new errors your encounter in the future. Thanks!
City Layer Discussion
Note A segment must have a primary street name in order to have an alt street or city name
South Carolina does not use CDP data, or alternate cities. Only townships are given info in the city layer. This means that there are open areas of the map with no city info associated.
This raises questions about how Waze returns search results for addresses, and routes users. "What if someone lives on a no-city street?" Waze supposedly uses more than one source of information for determining street addresses, but some editors assert that Waze shouldn't rely on this 'safety net', and should be capable of storing and relying on it's own address information
- Is alt city information valuable/purposeful?
- How dense/rich should city info be to the user via the app?
- Can an alt city be added to a segment which is far away from the city center? (see Richland, MI)
Notes on the City Layer
Discovered through trial and error, the city layer takes information from more than just the primary indicated city to render. See Richland (2), MI for an example of an isolated city surrounded by no city - all surrounding areas have only a primary city of 'none' See Cooper, MI for an example of primary city 'none' and alt city 'Cooper' in the aurrounding area.
Smallest area primary, parent area alternate
All incorporated areas should have a primary city. Only unincorporated areas should lack a primary city. A nearby city/township may be included as an alternate city to assist with search/routing/navigation. This provides a user with richer information as they drive around the map - knowing when they have crossed into another township or municipality. Assuming most areas of the map are incorporated, the borders of these areas becomes blurred and are only indicated via text.
Only include a primary city for major metro areas. This definition can be extended to mean that only a 'city center' should be mapped on the city layer. This guarantees that the city name is placed logically on the map, and excludes clutter from neighborhoods, townships, and CDPs
The city name may be included as an alternate for areas outside the city center, so assist with search, routing and navigation.
Provides the simplest, cleanest representation of the map https://photos.google.com/search/_tra_/photo/AF1QipPEJU3JYwepn0Xiw7mGaqFSeFv4ZY-tkWTxiLAk Drawbacks
There may not always be enough roads to create an area bounded by roads, resulting in 'diamond' or 'trangle' shaped cities. See Vriesland, MI.