Pennsylvania/Mapraid Philadelphia Discussion History

MapRaid participants: please do not edit in the area of the mapraid until the offical start time. This will allow us to get good mapraid statistics.

This mapraid page is still under construction. Please be patient as we get it ready for the upcoming raid.

MapRaid Philadelphia June 2015 will be 7 June at 17:00 UTC (1:00 PM EDT) through 14 June 2015. The group will be divided into 5 groups, one for each section. Each group will have both local and senior editors, one of which will be the "Group leader" - listed in blue below. Please direct all questions to your group leaders. The raid hosts will be available across all areas for added support.

Mapraid managers

Editor Location Roles
orbitc(6) [PM [Help]] Profile L6.png Regional Coordinator BadgeRC-Temp.pngBadge GlobalChamp.png
Map Raid Organizer
MGODLEW(6) [PM [Help]] Profile L6.png Resident of state Badge CountryManager.pngBadge Mentor.pngBadge LocalChamp.png
jondrush(6) [PM [Help]] Profile L6.png Resident of state Badge CountryManager.png


Our primary mission is to handle

  • URs -- On day 1, please respond to all URs which do not have enough information.
  • MPs
  • PURs (Places)
  • General map verification and
  • Functional Classification.

About this map raid

Please read the entire MapRaid wiki. If you are still uncertain what to do about something you see on the map, please ask your group leader.

Beginning and junior editors -- find a senior editor and start asking questions. Take this raid as a learning opportunity. Everything new you learn -- do a little follow-up reading in the wiki to make sure you understand. The more you learn, and the more positive interaction you get with the senior editors, the better you can prepare yourself for a future rank upgrade or area expansion. There are always a few promotion announcements at the end of every map raid.

Thank You for your help with the map.

Mapraid UR Rules

We will follow the usual US UR etiquette with one exception: During the Map raid, the wait time is reduced to 4 days. Do not close URs if the UR contains a tag such as [NOTE], [CLOSURE], or any other [MESSAGE] -- check with the editor who placed the tag.

Do Not Mass-Edit

DO NOT perform edits that affect large numbers of segments at once. We want to be able to see how URs and other problems got resolved. Mass edits can be done at the end of the map raid.


We use micro-doglegs (very short geometry sections of segments) to engineer turn- vs. stay/keep/exit instructions. Zoom in very close to see these micro-doglegs. Preserve them.

Road Types, Names, and Functional Classification (FC)

In Pennsylvania , we follow general US standards for road types based on the hybrid rule of FC and Route Type. Special road names are

  • Federal: I-195 E, US-9
  • State: SR-35 S, SR-72
    • If the state road appears on the sign that drivers see as PA-xxx, use that in the road name.

If a road has more than one name follow the standard for Concurrent names on US roads.

Road Locks

In Pennsylvania we have a set minimum standard for locking roads based on segment type. 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, imaging inaccuracies, and the like), but should not be locked lower.

A great time to implement these locks is while bringing the road types of an area into compliance with the current US road type standards (FC and highway systems). Lock the roads based on type after they've been set to current US road type standards.

Pennsylvania Minimum Locking Rank Standard
Segment Type Statewide
 Freeway  5
 Ramp  Highest rank of connected segments
 Major Highway  3
 Minor Highway  3
 Primary Street  1 (Auto)
 Street  1 (Auto)
 Private Road  1 (Auto)
 • • • • Ferry • • • •   5
 |-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-| Railroad |-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|  2

Note: Do Not Mass Edit just to update locks to these standards, these can be adjusted as you find them while editing other aspects of the segments such as FC, speed limits, naming, etc.

Some segments still warrant higher locks and care should be taken when setting segment lock to these standards to look for and protect these special setups with higher locks. Some examples; segments which are part of BDP, U-turn prevention, or using micro-doglegs, or other complex intersection setups.


Pennsylvania follows the US standards for Places.

How to order a Philly cheesesteak

If you go to Pat's or Geno's, don't ask for a cheese steak -- that's redundant. Say "One, provolone, with". Or, if you must, "One, wiz, with".


We will use #Slack Channels. There is a Pennsylvania Raid general channel and also a channel for each raid group. Please be sure to join the slack WazeMapRaid Team and join the channels for the specific MapRaid and group you are assigned to. If you are not already part of the WazeMapRaid slack team, Click here to get your Slack invitation. Be sure to choose WazeMapRaid to the MapRaid question. If you have trouble getting into the slack team and channels, please reach out to one of the MapRaid organizers.

WME chat can also be used. The WME Chat addon is recommended.

Reference Links

The Basics

Recommended Tools for MapRaid

  • UR Comments - a tremendous time and labor saving tool with automation and integration with URO+, to help with working URs. Read the documentation. Tampermonkey / greasemonkey required
  • The WME Reference Sheet[PDF] is a printable double-sided tri-fold quick reference guide to some of the common topics used in WME.
  • Validator is a script that validates a map area in Waze Map Editor, highlights issues and generates a very detailed report with wiki references and solutions.
    • Chrome browser: please download the script at Chrome Web Store
    • Firefox browser: please download the script at -- tampermonkey or greasemonkey required
  • WME Chat Addon is a script that improves the WME chat GUI. For a list of all the features check the thread here -- Tapermonkey/Greasmonkey required

Mapping Resources

PASDA Pennsylvania online Atlas

For more information, please see Pennsylvania/Resources

Mapraid edit lists

Spreadsheets and forms are being used to streamline management of various group efforts and track important edits. Below you can find links to use these these forms, sheets, and see the lists.


Check back here after the raid is completed to see the results and achievements

MapRaid Promotions

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.

Watch here for results of promotions during and after the raid.