This page serves as the primary resource for editors of the Great Lakes region. Review all the sections to better understand how the guidelines for this region might deviate from the overall USA or worldwide guidelines. If you have any comments or questions about this page or region refer to the community links below.
2016-04-04 - New Minimum Road Locking Standards have been approved
- 1 Introduction
- 2 Mapping resources
- 3 Community
- 4 Cities and towns
- 5 Major roads
- 6 Special roads
- 7 Closures
- 8 Update Requests
- 9 Places
- 10 Cameras
- 11 To do list
- 12 Area Managers
- 13 Other states and territories
- 14 About this page
The Great Lakes region includes the states and/or territories of:
NOTE: all information on this page is transitory.
Any data here is a placeholder while the Great Lakes Region leadership is working with other regions in order to see if they should become national standards.
The Great Lakes Region follows national standards in every regard. The only exception to national standards will be done at the state level, NOT the regional level.
Before editing the maps in the Great Lakes region, be sure to fully review and understand the editing manual.
The Waze user community follows the Waze etiquette guidelines discussed in the Wiki. Be sure to familiarize yourself with these guiding principals while editing the maps and this Wiki, as well as when communicating with other Waze users.
The following links can be helpful when editing the maps in the Great Lakes region.
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The Waze forum is a great place to find answers to previously asked questions and also a place to ask new ones. Below are links to the forums specific to the Great Lakes region.
New editors should consider checking into the formal mentoring program available at no charge.
Note: In 2017 the GLR moved most instant communications from the Google Hangouts platform to Discord. Therefore the following information will need to be adjusted accordingly.
Great Lakes editors rely heavily on Google Hangouts for communication. Below you'll find information on how to join each state's Hangouts.
For a discussion of the formal roles within the Great Lakes Region, see this page.
Cities and towns
One of the most common errors when editing the maps is when an editor creates a road and does not confirm the road by setting the city and road name (or stating it has none).
Some states and territories manage a separate page on cities and towns to identify the specific city names that should be entered, and no others. For states that do not have a separate page to track the names, see this Wikipedia link and find the state or territory in question.
Minimum Road Lock Standard
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(changes without aerial images)
- HCS - Highest Connecting Segment
See USA/Great Lakes/Major roads for additional information on the regional standards in this section.
The Great Lakes region follows the standard USA guidelines for all of the following special road types.
- Divided highways and roadways
- Carpool, HOV, Transit lanes
- Roundabouts and traffic circles
- Toll roads
- Partial and scheduled restrictions
- Private installations and military bases
Review the Wiki guidelines for non-drivable roads to ensure compliance with the general guidelines.
Guidelines that vary by state or territory
The following special roads are managed slightly uniquely in some states and territories. This region uses the following standard guidelines found in the Wiki.
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See USA/Great Lakes/Closures for guidance in Great Lakes that may not be universal to all other states and territories.
2015-06-06: The Great Lakes Region has standardized on a UR response system after extended discussion in the forum.
NOTE: all day values are relative to the date the FIRST editor response is sent to the reporter.
- Day 0: the first editor who is able to respond to UR should attempt to resolve the UR. If they are successful, they should comment as such in the UR and mark it closed. If more information from the reporter is required to make progress towards closure, a response should be sent to the reporter containing the information needed for resolution
- Day 4+: polite reminders should be sent to reporters who have not responded to the initial request for information at any time, provided at least four full days have elapsed since the initial response was sent.
- Day 8+: URs may be noted as closed due to lack of reporter response at any time, provided at least four full days have elapsed since the followup message was sent
- All editors are considered to have equal ownership of and responsibility for all URs in the Great Lakes Region.
- All editors, regardless if they have worked the UR previously, may send any of the responses described above, provided they adhere to the minimum time spacing guidance between responses.
- All editors are explicitly encouraged to attempt resolving URs at any point during their lifecycle, even if others happen to be actively working it at the same time
- The ideal timeline for UR response is when responses are sent as early as the minimum required time spacing between messages permits; experience has reliably shown that UR response rates are much higher when editors are able to send responses promptly
- While strongly recommended, it is not required to send the followup message.
Places and Chain Harmonization Sheet
- The Place Harmonizer script found here should be used for all places.
- Phone Numbers
Places should use the following phone number format: xxx-xxx-xxxx
Note: Running the Place Harmonization script on a place will automatically correct the phone number to this format
- Chain Businesses and Missing Chains
- If you don't find the business you're looking on the sheet below, please use the built in functionality of the place harmonizer script to add it. There is a sheet maintained for each region.
- Place Categories
- Some Places are not chains and therefore will not be harmonized but still need the correct category. The below sheet is a mapping for the business type to the correct category, for the Great Lakes Region.
- Place Lock Standard
Places should be locked to the below standards, only after all data fields have been filled. At a minimum ensure that Category, Name and Address (street and house number), and Brand (for gas stations) have information. Note for gas stations - DO NOT USE THE BRAND "UNBRANDED". If it is a no brand gas station, just leave the brand field blank.
Any place that has at least a correct category, correct name, and correct address with house number should be locked to 3.
Not every camera-looking device at an intersection is a speed or red light camera. Generally speaking:
Be sure to know your cameras before accepting new camera reports.
When adding a camera, be sure to review the camera placement recommendations.
Laws regarding speed and red light cameras vary between the states and territories, so be sure to understand the details of camera legality in the Great Lakes region.
No other camera types should be mapped in Waze.
Based on information researched at the time this page was created, Waze editors have not determined the legality of red light or speed cameras in the Great Lakes region.
To do list
Many states and territories keep an active list of pending or closed actions that need to be done in the state by the editors. All editors are welcome to contribute to the list of activities.
Region Standard Change Candidates
The following is a list of standards proposals brought forth by the local editing community. They are currently under discussion on the forums, and not considered guidance. Local editors are encouraged to join the forum discussions.
- January 08, 2016 - Minimum Place Lock Standards
- Proposed June 24, 2015. Michigan proposal to remove city name fields from all state highways with limited access.
- Proposed July 6, 2015. Michigan proposal to set a minimum length standard for dead-end parking lot roads at 30m.
See USA/Great Lakes/To do for guidance in Great Lakes that may not be universal to all other states and territories.
The table below identifies the editors also designated as Area Managers or higher who are editing in the Great Lakes region. If you have any questions, please consider contacting them directly as needed. If you are an Area Manager that covers the Great Lakes region, or a USA Country Manager that does a lot of work in the Great Lakes region, please add yourself to this list (alphabetical by username) in the correct rank section.
The editor who also serves as the Regional Coordinator for the Great Lakes region is automatically listed at the top of the table. That editor may not be highly active in this region and therefore may not be listed separately in the table.
|Great Lakes — Area, State and Country Managers|
Regional Coordinator(s): [RC] GizmoGuy411 ( ) and [ARC] TerryPurdue ( )
| Country Managers (Great Lakes region)|
|GizmoGuy411(6) [ ]||Ohio|| |
GLR Regional Coordinator
|SkiDooGuy(6) [ ]||Michigan|| |
|TerryPurdue(6) [ ]||Ohio|| |
|BigBear3764(5) [ ]||Illinois|| |
| roadtechie(5) [ ]
WV SM & IN SM
|Region Managers (Great Lakes region)|
|Rank5Example(5) [ ]||Statewide|| |
Resident of state
|Rank5Too(5) [ ]||Statewide|| |
Working in state now
| Area Managers |
|OtherWazer1(4) [ ]||Named County|| |
I also cover CityName
|WazerHolic(4) [ ]||Another County||I don't got to show no stinking badges!|
|AnotherWazer(3) [ ]||San Francisco South||Also Eureka|
|NewWazer(3) [ ]||San Jose||Some travel to Hawaii|
|YOUR_USER_NAME(?) [ ]||YOUR_AREA||ANY_NEW_COMMENT|
|ndavis828(2) [ ]||Clinton, IN||Around Indianapolis, Brownsburg and Northern Indiana|
Other states and territories
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