Contacting "Entry Level" Editors
You may be the only editor to see a new editor during their first days or weeks. Do not assume someone else will contact them. All other editors are encouraged to reach out to any entry level editors.
Please refer to this list for recently active editors, and what steps have already been taken to contact them.
Below is a sample letter that can be used to contact any new editor that you run across while editing in your own area.
Subject: Welcome to Waze Editing!
Welcome to Waze editing!
I noticed you editing in the [URL=INSERT URL HERE TO THEIR EDITS] CITY, STATE [/URL] area.
It is always great to have new Waze'rs join the editing team, but there are some complex issues that go on behind the scenes, that are not immediately obvious.
There is a group of editors in NY, that are happy to help explain these issues, so that you can avoid some of the common pitfalls and have a more enjoyable experience while editing in Waze.
The NY area editors use Google Hangout [GHO] channels, so that we can communicate directly with each other. I would like to send you an invitation, but I will need to know your preferred email address to use with GHO.
Once the invite is sent, go to the Hangouts page
- check the menu icons on the top left for this -->> "..." symbol
- select 'Invites'
- accept to join us in the NY GHO community.
Please pop in say hello so that we know you have arrived.
You will meet many great editors there, with years of experience using Waze Map Editor [WME]. They are always happy to work with new editors to identify issues and help get them fixed.
There are also several tips, tricks & tools we can share with you to help make your time editing be more productive.
I look forward to seeing soon!
NY State Manager
Formatting the Letter
Initially, you will be contacting the editor using their username, which is linked to their Waze user account, to send a Private Message [PM].
PM's can be started several ways:
- Searching directly for their user name in the forum, then selecting "PM: Send private message"
- Clicking their username from any segment or place from within WME, will direct you to their editor profile, where you can select the 'Message' button in the upper right section of the profile page.
- Editors with Toolbox installed, can click on the "PM" icon in WME, next to the username of the editor, where they were the last editor for either a segment or a place.
When you choose to send a PM from inside WME using the Toolbox icon, it auto-generates the PM for you to include specific information.
When you create a PM from a PLACE, it makes the Subject of the PM the name of that PLACE, and it creates a PermaLink [PL] to that PLACE.
When you create a PM from a segment, it makes the Subject of the PM the name of the segment, and it creates a PL to that segment.
The PL is formatted into a URL hidden inside the word "Permalink" displayed at the top of you PM. Scroll down to the 'Compose message' section and you will see the formatting for that hidden URL.
In the sample letter above, simply cut/ paste that PL formatting into the space indicated, and replace the word Permalink' with the appropriate City, State reference.