User:Voludu2/Welcoming New Editors

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When you see red roads, unnecessary parking lots, and other common editing mistakes -- celebrate. When you see a really basic question in chat -- joyfully welcome the new editor.

We all want to see these new editors switch from messing up the map to fixing up the map as quickly as possible. How do we get important information to them as quickly as possible?

What to do

  • When an editor asks a basic question like "How do I stop making this parking lot?", don't answer. Visit. If they don't know that, they don't know much. But you can help. Share the Welcome page. Inspect their work. Get them to use permalinks. Point them at relevant sections of Best Practices or Common editing mistakes.
  • When you spot a new editor red-handed making errors anywhere on the map, try to flag them down no matter where they are on the map.
    • If they are deleting or otherwise breaking roads, get a high-level editor to help lock the area down immediately.
    • Otherwise, try the usual tedious and generally ineffective methods of flagging down new editors: "dance party", "road art", "delete their work", and "circle the URs".
  • When you see an editor's recent work, but can't find the editor in chat, send a friendly "welcome to waze editing" message. Then forward that message to the area manager in that area.
  • When an editor doesn't answer your PM, and doesn't seem to be learning, contact the area manager again, and if you don't get a response from the area manager, contact your state manager or regional champ.


Welcome-to-editing PM

Hello <insert name here>! I'm really happy to see someone new editing in the <region> area. We can really use the help.

Because I would really like to see you make a lot of high-quality edits that improve the waze map, I would like to share with you some of the guidelines that really make the map work.

The most important guideline is -- work with more experienced waze editors. Open up the chat box and type "Hello! I'm a new editor in <where you are working at the moment>. Can someone look over what I've been working on?" Other editors will be glad to see you, and you will learn a lot quickly. If no-one is around, or if chat is so busy nobody notices your message, try again in a few minutes.

To get started right, please read our [url=]New Editor Welcome Guide[/url], and especially [url=]Best Practices[/url] and [url=]Common Mistakes[/url].</nowiki>

All changes to places (area or point) require approval if you are a level 1 editor, so it might be easiest to gain some experience with road building. In order to help you catch your mistakes (and everyone else's), please consider installing these chrome/firefox tools: [url=,_Extensions_and_Tools#WME_Validator]Validator[/url] and [url=,_Extensions_and_Tools#WME_Toolbox]WME Toolbox[/url].

As you can see, there is a lot to learn, and there is a lot of information on the wiki. Nobody expects you to know everything. Instead, please introduce yourself in chat, find a more experienced editor, explain what you want to achieve in the editing session, and get advice on what you need to know before you begin. Soon, you will know the right way to do many types of edits, and will only need advice on things you have never done before.

I know that you can become a great editor through reading and questioning. I hope to see good things from you on the map.