=== Note to all would-be editors in the Philippines ===
Waze map editing differs from traditional cartography and other online cartography programs in that we don't just map as we see. Many well-meaning editors have attempted to edit the Waze map without carefully perusing the guidelines first, causing damage to the map and messing up navigation instead. That being said, once you have gotten the hang of the rules, much of it is common sense and logic. It is, however, expected of every editor in the Philippines to be part of the community because Waze is ever-evolving and so are community guidelines.
= == General
guidelines on road editing ===
1. Creating roads: You may use aerial images or GPS tracks as a guide, or you may use your recorded drives. When drawing roads, pay careful attention where you trace. Generally it is recommended that you trace right where the GPS tracks are thickest (if available). Please make sure the Roads layer is on before tracing a new road to prevent making duplicate/overlapping roads. Note also that we don't necessarily trace exactly what we see. See [[wazeopedia.waze.com/wiki/Global/Best map editing practice|Best map editing practice]] for specifics.
2. Setting road type:
* Freeways – Toll Roads or Expressways where a toll fee needs to be paid
* Ramps – On and off ramps from Freeways, segments that are not at-grade or ground level, used to connect segments with different levels
* Major Highway – DPWH Primary Roads or roads that connect cities of > 100,000 population
* Minor Highway – DPWH Secondary Roads or roads that
connects other cities (i.e. <100,000 population), ports, ferry terminals, airports, tourist service centers, and other national government infrastructure to the primary network.
* Primary Street – Main thoroughfares of a city or municipality and/or DPWH Tertiary Roads
* Street – ordinary street, mainly residential
* Unpaved - If the road is a highway, primary, or a street but is unpaved. Different from off-road where only specialized vehicles can pass through
* Tunnel - If the road is underground
Set directionality (two way or one way)
Set the elevation level (Ground, Tunnel = '''-1''', Flyover = '''1''', '''2''', '''3''', etc.) . Only tunnels or underground roads are to be set to -1. If one road passes over another, the bottom road is Ground and the one that passes over is 1. Tunnels should at least be 100m in length, otherwise leave them as ground level unless they pass under a segment already on ground level.
Set the speed limits in accordance with [http://www.lto.gov.ph/component/jdownloads/send/9-republic-act/70-republic-act-4136?option=com_jdownloads REPUBLIC ACT No. 4136] Chapter IV Article 1 (Section 35) ''Restriction as to speed''. Check [[Philippines/Speedlimit|here]] for details.
Connect or create junctions ( attach to existing roads) except if these are non-routable road types like '''Walking Trails''', '''Pedestrian Boardwalk''', '''Stairway''', '''Railroad''', and '''Runway/Taxiway'''
8. Set turn restrictions and if u-turns are allowed on junctions, the easiest and fastest way to do this is to click on the junction node and hit ' w' on your keyboard. This will set all turns to enabled or green. Leaving a turn restriction disabled does not mean that Waze will not route to it, Waze can still route a turn to it since it is connected. To prevent routing , a segment needs to be totally disconnected from a junction and placed 5m apart.
9 . Name the road, if you don't know the street name add the city name and mark the street name as 'None'. Somebody else could edit it. '''Do not''' leave segments in red (unnamed). '''Do not''' name roundabouts, the road name will not wrap around the roundabout segments and will not look right on the map. It will also break the routing instructions for the roundabout.
Follow the PH Road Naming convention when adding road names -
# Always use the official name as the street name (DPWH Name) # Do not use multiple street names separated with a slash "/"
# If there are local (LGU) or other name for the street, add them as an alternative name
# Use punctuation for initials except for cardinal directions
# N, E, W, S, NE, NW, SE, and SW without punctuation will be read as cardinal directions
# Excluding route numbers, maximum length of street name should NOT exceed 5 words (street name)
# Do not use the word 'to' (preposition)
as the beginning of a street name, unless it is an actual street name # Do not use the word 'exit' (e.g. 'Exit to...') in the street name. It can be used when the street is commonly known to have one e.g. 'Marilao Exit'
# Refer to the Philippines TTS List for a complete list of supported abbreviations <nowiki>https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1FsYSMh1aR7l-ZF9NAHT63h8xSVFD5S8ixeJlsM98o4w/edit?usp=sharing</nowiki>
10. When naming streets, omit "City" and "Street". e.g. "Pasig City" to "Pasig" only and "Dela Rosa Street" to "Dela Rosa" only. Except when they are not "Streets" like "Kamias Road", "Aurora Boulevard", "Ayala Avenue", etc. If you are going to abbreviate, make sure you follow [https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/lv?key=0AgVtBjo5tTNgdG5vVHN5RmVzaWdlWk1VLTRzYUhGN0E< Waze Abbreviations and TTS] standards so that our street names are ready for TTS (Text To Speech).
Currently Waze has a global issue with cities having duplicate names (with the exception of North America). We are hoping to resolve this in the future by having the Province label (equivalent to State) activated. For the time being, to address this issue, the province's initial, to which the city or municipality belongs to, is added (suffixed) to the name. e.g. Alaminos (L) for ''Laguna'', Alaminos (P) for ''Pangasinan''. Kindly refer to this link of '''[https://www.facebook.com/groups/WazePhilippines/doc/494500773906457 repeating city names]''' for a complete listing of all the cities and municipalities within the Philippines.
11. '''Do not split roads unless''' they are Expressways, Major, and Minor Highways. Even if they are Major or Minor highways, do not split them if they do not have wide median barriers. Split roads complicate routes and are harder to maintain. Some formal guidelines for splitting roads in the Philippines
road should be split if: * There is at least 5 meters of non-drivable surface between directions of travel. (This means a median of some type like cement, planter boxes, trees, or just grass.* GPS tracks show a clearly definable gap /blank area between the color-by-azimuth arrows at the 100m zoom level.
* U-Turns are required to properly make turns that are blocked by a median.
A road '''should not'''
be split because:* There is a curb or non-drivable media less than 5m wide between lanes of travel. This means a turn lane, even a wide one, between directions of travel, does not count because it is drivable.* There are a lot of roads intersecting which can only turn onto the nearest direction of travel.* Google Maps or other mapping source show it as a split road* The non-drivable median is interrupted by a cross segment at most intersections. '''Turn Lanes or at-grade connectors ''' - First and foremost, the need to have the turn lanes mapped needs to be established. As the driver approaches an intersection, Waze has usually given at least one warning that a turn is imminent, and we can assume that the driver is already looking for turn lanes. For most intersections, that is enough to guide the driver into the proper lane and to turn at the proper time; in other words, it is enough that the two roads intersect without separately mapped turning lanes. There are only a few situations in which connectors are called for in an intersection:
* When the turn lane physically separates from the main road well in advance of the intersection
* When the turn lane is far enough from the point of intersection on the map (due to the size of the intersection or the angle at which the roads meet) that the driver might overshoot while waiting for a delayed "turn" audible, or that the Waze client might become confused and disrupt navigation
* When you get an automated report (map problem) that the roads are too far apart due to the intersection being too far from the turn lane
* When in doubt, leave it out. Each connector complicates the map and adds to your workload when the time comes to check connectivity, direction, name, etc
When you are confident
on an area you have mapped, '''lock the roads''' to prevent any changes or edits on the roads. While we appreciate the help of newbie Waze editors in editing our maps, they are prone to creating errors if not informed and educated properly on our map editing guidelines. It would be great if we can direct them to read this guide first before they start doing any edits. Read the [[Philippines/Locking |Philippines Locking Policy]] for more details .
13. '''KISS! - Keep It Simple, Stupid'''! Our maps should work best if they are kept simple rather than complex, therefore simplicity should be the main objective in our maps and unnecessary complexity should be avoided.
=== General guidelines on editing places ===
'''Adding Places''' - When adding Places, make sure their location is properly identified through the add Places draw function and add the address in the details as well. If a Place will cover beyond a city's or municipality's boundary or will cover more than one city/municipality, mark the city address as none. For bodies of water like creeks, rivers, lakes, sea, etc. mark the city address as none, this is so that their area will not be added to the city tile. * '''Area Places''' - These primarily POI locators but also serve another function on the Waze map. They serve as '''navigation aids and cues''' so if a landmark serves as a navigation cue and is more than '''50m on it's X or Y coordinates''', you can add it. If it is smaller than 50m, consider adding a '''Point Place'''. Compounds and buildings fall into this place type. Parking lots should also be an Area Place and NOT a Point Place. Area place geometry should cover only the exact area of the place. Do not stretch the geometry to where it's borders touch or overlap segments. Road types are rendered differently so all segments appear the same on WME but will be displayed differently on the client app. * '''Point Places''' - These are the main POI locators for establishments that you want to add on the map. Adding these makes these places searchable on the Waze app. If there is already an Area Place, do not add a Point Place and vice versa. Establishments inside a building or compound fall into this place type.
=== Map Comments ===
Map comments are used to communicate with other editors but it is NOT an alternative to the other communication channels of the community. Use it to leave short notes to other editors (e.g. "Do not connect these segments, there's a gate here"). DO NOT use it to request for edits as map comments are too easy to overlook.