In order of importance:
- Put correct speed limits
- Use realistic elevations where roads cross (so-called seagull edits).
- Adjust segment locks, as appropriate, to meet the new Northeast locking standards.
Please also make basic common-sense edits as you work on the mapraid goals -- fix bad turns and other obviously wrong information on the segments you are editing, but keep focused on the mapraid goals. If you see bigger problems that can be addressed later, contact your group leader or record it in this form.
We will use Slack as the main communication platform. There is a special Slack Channels for this raid. If you are not already part of the Benelux Slack team, you will be invited shortly before the Raid starts.
This MapRaid has only 1 group, working together in the southern part of Belgium. We kindly urge you to stay within the raid area. Use the overlay as it clearly shows the border.
Speed Limits in Belgium are expressed in km/h. Always use the metric units setting (see picture) in WME when working with speed limits. There is a handy Speedhelper script that greatly facilitates entering speedlimits.
The speed limits of the roads shall be verified with WME Street View. Unless differently indicated by road signs, the following speed limits shall be used on map:
- Woonerf / Living street (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Living_street): 20 km/h
- School zones and cycling streets ('fietsstraat' / 'rue cyclabe'): 30 km/h
- Urban areas: (between white city boundary boards): 50km/h
- Rural areas:
- Freeways: 120km/h
- Express ways, 4 lanes and a solid median: 120km/h
- All other roads outside cities: 90km/h
We will follow the guidelines on Speed Limits in the BeNeLux, with the following exception:
If there is no streetview available, or you cannot find signs on streetview, you are allowed to enter the default speed limit by an 'educated guess':
- Check if there is a school?
- Does it look like a city or village?
- Does the road have separated GPS tracks?
The speed limits in Belgium are summarized in following pictures:
- The sign for the city (with or without name) indicates a speed limit of 50 for the whole city. If another speed limit sign is within the borders of the city, it is only valid until the next intersection.
- currently WME allows to specify only one speed limit for a single road segment. If a road has variable speed limits, we enter the lowest/highest/no speed limit (or map only the speed limit which is in effect most of the time during daylight hours (most hours of the day, days of the week).
- Do not map advisory speed limits (generally blue rectangular sign with white lettering).
- Do not map special speed limits for special vehicles. Waze only supports speed limits for private passenger cars.
- Where the speed limit changes, make it change in the map. A new junction may need to be added. But do not add a new junction for a speed limit if it will be within 20 meters
Elevations should be mapped more-or-less realistically. Elevation numbers are relative. An overpass has a higher elevation than the road it passes over.
- If a seagull can fly right under it, it’s a bridge (level greater than 0).
- A road is only level = +2 if there’s another bridge (+1) running underneath it.
- If it is underground and covered over, check the tunnel checkbox. The road segment must begin at least 50 feet before GPS signal is lost, and continue at least 50 feet after GPS signal is recovered.
- If you see tunnels with negative (-1) elevations, leave them. If you create a new tunnel, set the lowest level to ground and set all crossing roads above that.
- For every other case the road is ground level (level = Ground), even if it’s artificially elevated or dug under street level.
- At interchanges, where there is already a nearby junction, it will often not be necessary to use "tight" marking for an elevation change on the overpass. Use the existing junctions if at all reasonable.
Road Segment Lock Guidelines
When you edit any segment during the mapraid, please set the lock level correctly.
Any road of a certain segment type must be locked at least to the rank (level) in the chart below. Roads may be locked higher for protection and special situations (areas with construction, tricky design, frequent mistakes, incorrect images, etc.).
|Highest rank of connected segments|
Note: Do Not Mass Edit just to update locks to these standards
Only use sources that are allowed by Waze.
- Satellite Imagery and Street-view from within WME.
- Websites from businesses.
NOT allowed sources:
- Info from other Maps.
- Google Maps
- Google Street-view.
Warning: If you copy information from unauthorized sources, you may be removed from this mapraid. Also, every segment you edited may be removed from the map. Copying information from copyrighted sources is illegal!
Tools for this mapraid
- Editing Quick-Start Guide
- How to make a Permalink; YouTube
- WME Reference Sheet[PDF]
- a printable double-sided tri-fold quick reference guide to some of the common topics used in WME.
- Community Plugins, Extensions and Tools
- links and descriptions to most of the editing scripts being used. Some of these are essential to good editing, and others make the editing process much easier. WME Validator, URO+, and WME Toolbox are highly recommended.
- How to Install a Chrome Extension (YouTube)
Basic Scripts and Extensions
- Mapraid Overlay
- This script shows the boundaries of each mapraid group area. It may be useful to you if you have editable area in more than one mapraid group area.
- PA speed limit popup
- Use the speed limit sign to the left of the permalink icon(s) to pop up the PA Speed Limit map of the same point you are looking at the WME map.
- WME Color Highlights
- Install Chrome Extension or tampermonkey / greasemonkey script
- Check the option for "No Speed Limit" and Uncheck the other highlight options.
- Segments with no speed limit or unverified speed limit will be highlighted orange.
- Speed Limit Helper
- Makes it easier to add the correct speed limits.
- tampermonkey/greasemonkey required
Advanced Scripts and Extensions
- WME Context Menu
- Right-click pop-up menu that works with speed limit helper.
- requires tampermonkey / greasemonkey. Works best alongside Speed Limit Helper.
- Read more at WME Context Menu
- Search for mph URs using URO+
- In the "misc" tab, scroll down to custom markers, choose the last one, and type "mph" in the text box.
- Speed Limit URs and elevation URs are the only ones we should be working with during this mapraid.
- WME Toolbox
- Now with a speed limit highlight option.
- This script has lots of ways to help remove unnecessary nodes, cut segments, locate "Soft Nodes", or nodes with undefined directions.
|Check back here after the raid is completed to see the results and achievements|
Some editors really let their bright side out, and let their community skills shine. This is even more evident in a concerted group effort with high-density editing like a MapRaid!. Editors of all ranks working closely with each other and the Champs, really lets us everyone get to know each other, and allows certain editors to be recognized for their skills and effort.
When the Champs see someone consistently editing well, interacting well with the community, and knowledgeable of the various details from the Wiki, they can issue promotions. This can be anything from the size of a managed area, to a rank increase, or even a new role.