Preamble - to be added when posting in the forum
Now that the UK has been a self-managed country for a while, we feel that it is time we had a formal UK Self-Management Statement. This will let you know how we are trying to manage the UK community.
We are not here to control the UK community, but to lead it on your behalf. We cannot implement policies like this without the agreement and involvement of the UK community, so we want to hear your views on this subject.
- 1 Introduction
Since the UK has been a self-managed country for some time, we feel it is important that you know what you can expect from us and what the community should expect from UK editors.
The UK is managed by the Country Administrators. Like you, we aren't paid and (like you) we do this all in our free time and aren't quite sure why! We do our best to help things run smoothly and formally set UK polices.
We are all in constant contact with each other and keep a close eye on the forums. You can contact us through the forums, by sending a PM to any one of us or by sending an email to WazeUKCMs@gmail.com.
There is no automatic addition to the CA team and there are no "milestones" you have to reach. Should you show sufficient experience, maturity & involvement with the UK editing community, we are likely to invite you to join.
What The Community Expects From You
- All editors should be familiar with the best map editing practices as laid out in the UK and Main Wikis.
- All editors should visit the forums regularly. New features & practices will often be found on the forums, as well as help and advice. Forum Private Messages are also an important method of communication between editors.
- Communication (whether through the forums, PMs, UR conversations or online) should be conducted in a polite and respectful manner. As an editor, you are one of a tiny minority of Waze users and we all constitute a large part of the public "face" of Waze.
- The more experienced editors spend a lot of effort attempting to help new editors. Please show them the respect of listening to their advice and trying to learn from it.
As well as the above, AMs are expected to
- work to improve the map in their area(s).
- deal with road alterations and roadworks in their area(s)
- respond promptly to Update Requests and Map Problems and take appropriate editing actions
- keep on top of speed cameras - approving/deleting as appropriate
- act as a mentor to other editors, offering advice & support through the forums & PMs
A Country Manager (as distinct from a Country Administrator) is an AM who has reached level 5 and been granted editing rights for the whole country. This is an important responsibility and should not be taken lightly. In addition to the above points, CMs should
- be editing completely in accordance with best practice as an example to others
- have a good level of communication with the UK editing community
- retain a focus on their original AM area and their AM responsibilities there
- give other AMs a chance to deal with URs in their areas
- deal with unlock requests and, when not fixing, review & re-lock (if necessary) the segments that were unlocked
What You Can Expect From Us
Area Manager Requests
We will try to deal with AM requests as promptly as we can. We will apply the standards posted on the AM Applications topic on the forum.
CM, L5, L6 Promotions
These are no longer automatically applied by HQ. All requests for country-wide rights or promotion beyond level 4 are now passed to the CAs. We will expect the requirements above to be fulfilled. In particular, country-wide editing rights and/or level 5 will not be granted unless we are happy that your editing is of the highest standard.
Note that, whilst we will generally follow the global Waze requirements as to number of edits required for promotion we may, in exceptional circumstances, promote editors who have not reached the required number of edits.
Dealing With Problem Editors
It is our responsibility to deal with editors whose standard does not meet best practice. If you are concerned about an editor it is best to contact us privately - it is rarely productive to start complaining in public.
We will generally try to work with an editor to help them improve their editing quality and we have good results with this approach. However, if an editor refuses to follow best practices or UK policies, there are other sanctions available including
- Temporary or permanent suspension of editing rights
- Reduction or loss of AM/CM editing areas
- Reduction of editing level
We will not tolerate editing done solely for the purpose of gaining points without adding value to the map. Encouraging or helping others to do so is also unacceptable. Use of mass-editing tools for the purpose of gaining points will lead to a reduction in editing rank and/or removal of AM/CM editing rights.
Formulating UK Policies
We are responsible for creating and enforcing UK editing & conduct policies - such as this document. In formulating UK Policies, we are guided by global Waze practices and your views. We will always ensure that public discussion and consultation takes place before implementing any such policy.
High-level Interaction with the Global Waze Community
As Global Champs, we are constantly involved in discussions with the Waze community and Waze HQ. We make sure we are aware of the specific concerns of the UK community and that these views are represented at the highest level.