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[[Places]] are searchable destinations in the Waze map. They are similar to the "Points of Interest" found in certain popular GPS devices.
Places is the Waze Point of Interest (POI) system. Places supports two types of POIs: '''Point''' and '''Area'''. '''Point Places''' create appear as polygons in the Waze app-searchable POIs with limited rendering on . Too many of them can clutter the user's client displaymap, creating large gray zones that do not help Wazers orient themselves. The Point Place may be used for many destinations subject Therefore, it is important to use area places only when they are distinctive and significant enough to orient drivers, Exceptions include [[#When_to_use_Area_or_PointPlaces/Gas Station|the table of Place categories gas stations]], and types[[Places/Parking lot|parking lots]], but becomes especially useful in situations where the other POI search engines accessed by Waze do not list a desired destinationwhich receive special handling.
'''Area Point Places''' serve all the functions of Point Places while providing additional visual orientation cues on the user don's client display. Because of their increased visibility and t show in the resulting potential for Waze map clutter, Area Places are easily overused. In principle, '''if a location is not distinctive They can be used to help Wazers find private homes and significant enough to orient driverspublic places, it should especially when they are not be marked with an Area Place.''' This principle guided the determination of Point vs. Area already listed in the [[#When_to_use_Area_or_Point|table of Place categories and types]]. Exceptions include [[Places/Gas Station|gas stations]], which receive special handlingother destination search engines.
The [[#When_to_use_Area_or_Point|the table of Place categories and types]], provides guidelines to help map editors decide between point and area places.
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== Point Place ==
The Point type In the Waze Map Editor, the appearance of Place is rendered with the following iconsa point place reflects its status: {{clear}}
[[File:wme_place.png]] Standard Point marker {{clear}}
[[File:wme_place_selected.png]] Selected Point marker {{clear}}
[[File:wme_place_changed.png]] Changed Point marker {{clear}}
[[File:wme_place_pending_update.png]] Point Place with pending update{{clear}}
[[File:wme_place_private.png]] Private Place{{clear}}
'''Point Location Details'''
*The Point marker for a Place should be located on or nearest to the segment to which the driver should be navigated. <u>The Point Marker is the stop point</u>.
 
== Area Place ==
The Area type of Place is rendered as a polygon. Just like a segment, you can Use the geometry points to adjust the shape by using the geometry handles. All Area Places in the editor show in are pink when not selected and , blue-green when selected:, and a reddish color when they have unsaved changes.
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[[File:Wme gas station area.png]][[File:Wme gas station area selected.png]] {{clear}}
'''Area Location Details'''
*The Area type has navigation stop point appears as a target which is in the navigation stop pointeditor.*The target stop point can be moved anywhere within the shape and also a short distance outside the actual Area shapepolygon.*The stop point target should be placed on or nearest to near the segment to which where the driver Wazer should be navigatedstop.
=== Area Place size ===
{{/Area places will show up in the Waze mobile apps if they are large enough. Recent testing shows that area places which are at least 50 meters in one dimension and at least 10 meters in the other will show up. Tests are still being run to find out the minimum place size. Some area places, such as the Pentagon building in Arlington, Virginia, have a single recognizable structure useful as a visual reference for Wazers. These can be drawn to approximate the structure's footprint or outline, as long as this is large enough to show in the mobile application. Other area places, like University campuses and large shopping malls include more than one component, such as one or more buildings, open areas, roads, and parking. In this case, it is often most useful to Wazers to map to the edges of the property. This will usually show the area and its label in the mobile app even when zoomed out. Gas Stations and Parking Lots should be mapped to the edges of the property (or at least to the drivable area); gas station or parking lot must be the first category in the category list. This tells Waze not to report automated map problems when Wazers travel off-road in these areas. See [[Places/Parking lot]] and [[Places/Gas Station]] for more detail on these Area Places.}}
=== Area Places overlap ===
In some cases an extensive Sometimes a large Area Place may contain has smaller Area Places within it locations that would themselves qualify as Area Places; for example, . Examples include different medical buildings within a hospital campus or separate malls within a large shopping complex. As of this writing Currently, however, the Waze client renders only will show the names labels of subset Area Places and does not show visible boundaries for them. Users therefore cannot visually distinguish the smaller Area Places subset within other Area Places. &nbsp;The subset Area-Place text labels appear, but they "float" amidst an undifferentiated colored background. Future versions of not the Waze client may render overlapping Area Places more usefully. In anticipation of this, qualifying Area Places may be drawn subset boundaries within othersthe larger area. &nbsp;It may be a better approach for the time being to use Point Places for the components of a larger Area Place, unless it is essential that the subset Place names be visible in the current version . Future versions of the Waze client. If may render overlapping Area Places do render more usefully in the future, qualifying . Qualifying Point Places may be converted to Area Places at that time. 
== Client rendering of Places ==
Most area Places will render show in the [[Client device|Waze app]] and [[Live map]] as a shaded area. Extremely small area Places will not appear at all, even at maximum zoom. Point Places are not rendered in the [[Live map]], or [[Client device|Client Devices]], but are searchable within the app. By default, a Waze Place search result should supersede others, even in the autofill list.
Point Places are not shown in the [[Live map]], or Waze app, but are searchable within the app. By default, a Waze Place search result should supersede others, even in the autofill list.
== Setting the stop point for a Place ==
=== Point placement ===
[[File:wme_point_place_at_front_door.png|thumb|Point Place marker placed at the front door of a business.]] The Point Place is to be placed should go on or nearest very near to the segment to which the driver should be navigated. The Waze routing server will navigate the Wazer onto the segment which is physically closest to where the point is placed. <u>The Point Marker is the stop point</u>. Typically, if the Place is inside a building, the marker should be located at or near the location's front door. Think: where would a car stop to drop someone off for this location.
==== Moving a Point Place ====
* A building with one Point Place:
** If there is only one door, place it at that door.
** If there are multiple doors on the same façadeside, (like a supermarket,) place it at the point equidistant from and collinear with the two front doors.** If there are multiple doors on different façadessides, (like some mall anchor stores,) if there's no "obvious" front door, place it either at the door facing the largest parking lot, or at the door facing the street on which the street address for that location is.
* A single building with multiple Point Places within:
** At a strip mall, put each store's point at the store's "front door" language can still be followed.** At a larger mall, put the markers stop points as close as possible to the actual location of the store. This way the user can get an idea where to go, and the routing server can pick the parking lot road actually nearest to that store.<br/>''{{u|The caveatWarning}} is you should use this rule only as long as that doesn't put make sure the point closest road segment can actually be used to a segment from which access the site cannot be accessedstop point. For example if If the store is in the back of building, and that would put the point closer to a closest road segment running behind is next door on the building which is not part other side of the parking lota fence, then use the front door rule. Otherwise people will be routed to the road behind the building with no way to access the store.''** Office buildings are a bit tougher, for the caveat just mentioned above. For such an multi-story office downtownbuildings, people should be led to use the front door of the building, rule since people will need to enter that's way to get to all the point through which all these offices are actually accessed, and where the car would stop.{{clear}}
=== Area placement ===
=== Area stop point distance limit ===
When you drag an area Place stop pointoutside the polygon, the stop point is limited to within the editor will show a black border. You will not be allowed to move the stop point outside of the boundary.{{clear}}
[[File:Stop point place target border.png|center]] {{clear}}
{{Red|If you move an Area and the stop point then falls outside of the boundaryand try to save, you will get an error on save. Move the stop point inside the boundary and then save.}}
==== Moving an Area Place ====An To move an area Place can be moved place without altering changing its shape by selecting , click on the Place first by clicking on place to select it. Then, click and drag the move handle icon [[File:wme_place_drag_handle.png]].
== Place details ==
=== General tab ===
The General tab for a Place is where you complete all of the basic information: categories, name, description, gas brand, residential/public, hours of operation, country, state, city, street and house number.
Places considered fundamental to the functioning of the Waze app, such as [[Places/Gas Station|Gas Stations]], should be locked ''at least to Level 2'' to prevent loss of data due to automatic acceptance of submissions from Trusted Users. Other complex, intricate, or crucial Places such as Police Stations, Fire Departments, Airports, Parks, et cetera should also be considered for locking to prevent loss of data.
'''{{Red|BEWARE:}}''' Do not 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.
Here is an example of a [[Places/Gas Station |Gas Station]] Area with its details completed: {{clear}}
[[File:wme_place_gas_station_details.png|border|center|Place Details]] {{clear}}
=== More Info tab ===
In the More Info tab is additional helpful information for the Place. Here you will add phone number, website, and additional services, and hours of operation: {{clear}}[[File:wme_place_moreinfo_tab.png|border|center|Place More Info]]
[[File:wme_place_moreinfo_tab.png|border|center|Place More Info]]
==== Services ====
'''Deliveries''' ''At this time this service is unclear. It could mean that the place either accepts deliveries, e.g. from UPS or FedEx, or makes [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delivery_(commerce) deliveries] of food or products to the customer, within a certain range.''
 
==== Opening hours ====
 
The Opening hours section allows editor to add or delete the hours of operation for Places, including unique times for each day of the week. The hours submitted in the editor may not overlap, or a save error will occur.
 
[[File:wme_opening_hours.png|border|center|Opening Hours]]
=== Photos tab ===
[[File:wme_place_photo_hover.png|right]]
Any improper or inappropriate photos should be removed. Hover the mouse over a picture in the Place Photos tab, and click the X which appears at the top right of the photo.
 
== Place Updates (Moderation) ==
====What is a trusted user?====
Once some contributions by the same user have been reviewed positively by a moderator, we consider that user trusted. He They can now add new places directly without any moderation. Updates to existing places are still pending a review if these places are locked.
====What kind of places should we approve?====
Inappropriate pictures or pictures which are not related to the place should be rejected.
Please remember - rejecting both places and photos will prevent the reporting user from getting points and might even get him them blocked.
====Can I partially reject an update?====
====Can a user become blocked from adding new places? ====
Every user (trusted or not) can become blacklisted and banned from adding places once they have tried adding a certain amount of places or updates which have been rejected. We also track places that have been flagged and removed - if we see a pattern where a certain user created many of these, he they might be blacklisted.
====Who gets the points for the new places created after an approval?====
| Bridge
| Area
| Use only to represent a named road bridge with local or navigational significance. This should be an official/locally-used name, preferably signed at each approach. Do not use for unnamed bridges signed only for the feature they cross. Bridge areas are normally not used if road segments crossing a bridge use the bridge's name. Non-road bridges (e.g. railroad, pedestrian, aqueduct) are normally not mapped.
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| Transportation
| Professional and public
| Factory / Industrial
| BothPoint| Size-dependentMay be Area if [[#Landmarks|Landmark]]
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| Professional and public
| Fire Department
| Area
| '''ONLY''' Fire Stations providing '''first response to nearby emergencies''' should use this category. All others should use a different category, such as Office. Administrative, training, and support facilities are not emergency locations.
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| Professional and public
| Professional and public
| Offices
| BothPoint| Size-dependentMay be Area if [[#Landmarks|Landmark]]
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| Professional and public
| Supermarket / Grocery
| Point
| Standalone could be an Area, but a Point if it is part of larger shopping mall/center.
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| Shopping and services
| Tourist Attraction / Historic Site
| Point
| Size-dependentMay be Area if [[#Landmarks|Landmark]]
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| Culture & entertainment
| Lodging
| Camping / Trailer Park
| Point| May be Areaif [[#Landmarks| Size-dependentLandmark]]
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| Lodging
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| Natural features
| Sea / Lake / PondPool
| Area
| Use only if water itself is visually obvious to drivers on nearby roads. Do not remap features already present in the built-in Waze water layer unless that layer is incomplete or inaccurate. Map only the typical extent of visible water, not adjacent beaches or land. If the feature is too small to map conveniently with an Area Place, it should not be mapped at all.
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| Natural features
| Canal
| Area
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| Natural features
| Swamp / Marsh
| Area
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| Natural features
| Dam
| Area
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|}
 
=== Landmarks ===
 
Any Place that functions as a ''landmark'' may be represented as an Area Place even if the table above indicates otherwise. A landmark Place is defined as ''a named, architecturally unique location, locally well known for its uncommon height or iconic exterior appearance, easily visible to and recognizable by passing drivers, that is visually and obviously unlike its immediate surroundings.'' Horizontal size alone, such as found in vast but nondescript office-building complexes, does not qualify a location as a landmark. Nor does fame due to whatever goes on at or inside the location, especially if its exterior is unremarkable or poorly visible to passing drivers.
 
Landmarks are not to be confused with ''local references''. A local reference is ''a location used for orientation by those who frequently pass near it''. Every landmark is a local reference, but not every local reference is a landmark. For example, the Golden Gate Bridge is a landmark, while an ordinary tire shop with a big, brightly colored sign is a local reference.
 
Any location may be mapped as an Area Place if the table above allows it for its category, regardless of whether it qualifies as a landmark.
 
When creating an Area Place for a landmark, assign its primary category to reflect what makes it a landmark. This primary category may have little or nothing to do with the location's owner, operator, or tenants. For example, the Empire State Building is landmark that happens to house offices; the primary category of its Area Place is "Tourist Attraction / Historic Site", since that is what makes it a landmark, while its secondary category of "Offices" notes the offices within it. Another example is a small but uncommonly historic and visually distinctive retail building with several destination stores; the building would receive a "Tourist Attraction / Historic Site" Area Place, while the stores would receive Point Places within the building.
 
==== Retailers ====
 
Some retailers have built dedicated stores with such uncommon exterior design that they are unquestionably landmarks by the definition above. Marking such stores with Area Places may, however, puzzle unfamiliar drivers who will simply see the name of the retailer on their map. They may not understand its significance as a landmark, and indeed may confuse the Area Place on their display with an advertisement. '''{{As of|2015|2}} it is not encouraged to map as Area Places any structures, regardless of how visually iconic, built by and dedicated to single retailers.'''
== Parking Lot ==
The '''Parking Lot''' Place marks a well-defined area constructed for off-street public parking, including parking structures and garages as well as at-grade lots. There are many elements that must be considered before deciding to map a parking lot. The details are covered in [[Places/Parking lot]].
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