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- 1 About Waze
- 2 New to Waze?
- 3 What The Australian Community Expects From You
- 4 Update Request (URs)
- 5 Style Guide for Map Editing
- 6 Average Speed Zones for Heavy Vehicles
- 7 Make Waze Better
- 8 Something's Wrong!
- 9 Coming Soon
- 10 Behind the Scenes
- 11 Links
Waze is a free navigation app for your GPS equipped smartphone. It has the following features:
- Spoken turn-by-turn directions
- Spoken street names (Text-to-Speech) [a]
- Real time traffic reports
- Real time Gas Prices [b]
- Toll road avoidance [b]
- Free regular updates to the map that you can help make are installed automatically
- Search for destinations how you like: entire address at once, category, place name, landmark or use the addresses from your contacts
- Integrated destination search: Google, Foursquare, Bing
- Support for apps to insert destinations into Waze, such as Localscope
- Support for multiple languages
- Gaming elements for fun and integrated social networking
Read more about the amazing way Waze gets better when you just drive around with Waze turned on
- The Australian road network covers more than 817,000 kilometres.
- Approximately 657,000 kilometres are controlled by local government - although state-controlled roads account for about three quarters of all vehicle kilometres travelled.
- There are more than 37,000 road bridges across Australia.
- More than three quarters of all passenger kilometres travelled in Australia occur on roads.
- Public transport is a major user of our road network. In Melbourne, for example, more than 80 per cent of all public transport kilometres are travelled on roads.
- Source: Roads Australia
New to Waze?
What The Australian Community Expects From You
This para serves as a guideline for all Wazers, willing to contribute to the Australian map.
In our style guide we have written and refered to many pages in the Wiki, showing and telling what has to be done to edit the map. We here in Australia decided to also state, how we would like to see the work done.
- Every Wazer, regardless of their rank or origin, is encouraged and welcome to contribute to the Australian map. Nonetheless everyone is required to act in the here-stated manner and to follow the rules as stated in the Australian Wiki. Any rules/guidelines not covered herein will be available in the global Wiki
WME Map Editor
Wiki Main Page
- Contributers to the Australian map are also welcome to add the graphic to their (forum)signature to show their affiliation to the Australian Waze Community
- We expect all map editors to regularly visit the Australian forum. Though we would appreciate a post from you too, you're not required to participate in the forum, but to keep in touch with the thoughts and various projects running in our community (i.e Servos, that's what we call a Petrol/Gas station here)
- Always keep in mind, that everyone of us is voluntarily giving their time to Waze. No-one is a Waze employee, so please respect that everybody has a private life too and consider this when expecting an answer - be it in the Forum or PM.
- Work together and not against one another. Always look at the time stamp, when considering to change existing elements. If it has been edited recently, it might still be under construction by the last editor. If you think, something has to be done immediately please get in contact with the last editor via PM.
- Don't leave "loose ends". The last editor of a segment is responsible for it. So if you choose to create a new segment or edit an existing make sure that you make it ready by adding street- and city name, proper label, turn restrictions. We don't expect you to do all at once - sometimes you will have to look for additional information or a feedback from the editor before you, but ensure to make all necessary adjustments at least within a month. Just performing slight geometry changes to snap off some points and edits is not our style here.
- Special note: Special note: In accordance with the implementation of Google search and to get a working road grid as soon as possible, guest editors, wide area managers and country managers may choose to use the "no name" option when naming a street (or lower) to make them routeable. To prevent smudged cities the city names are to be applied all times. Local editors are encouraged to add the proper street names as they see able to.
- We expect that all activities concerning Waze in Australia are carried out in a spirit of mutual respect and we want you to show it. So keep the wording nice and friendly - and don't be shy using the "thank you"-button if you get an answer to a question or help with a problem.
We are serious with this and already hired a guy to enforce this rules if necessary:
Update Request (URs)
Update requests should be handled as described in Update Requests. Pay particular attention to the etiquette of adding to the conversation, closing a UR that another editor is working on, and so on.
Recently, there have been a rash of editors giving long winded responses to URs. The average person is not going to read beyond the 3rd or 4th line. In this example:
"Many drivers think a report shows their destination and route information, it doesn't. It doesn't even tell us who filed the report.
We volunteer map editors only see where you are when you start your report and short pieces of the recommended and driven routes. We need more information to fix your problem. Thank you for the report and all the WAZE you help. If you respond to my query and I do not acknowledge within 1 day, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org with a repeat of the information.
This report will be closed as 'not identified' if there is no response within 7 days."
and this example:
"Please provide more details so we can investigate the "General error" you reported. Volunteer map editors only fix map problem. We don't see what you see on your screen. We only see where you were located when you started your report and a short segment of the WAZE recommended route and a short segment of the route taken. To test the routing, we need to know the approximate start and end points of your route. Your routing options are important. Do you Avoid toll roads? Avoid major highways? Dirt roads allow/don't allow/avoid long ones? Have you selected 'fastest route' or 'shortest route'? Thank you for the report and all the WAZE you help. If no response within 7 days, this report will be closed as 'Not identified'."
the user will most likely either not get beyond the "We need more information to fix your problem" or they will skim through it and not pay attention to what is being asked of them. Please keep responses to URs at a minimum. Asking someone to explain more information about their issue does not require a novel, it should read like the box score to a game in the newspaper.
A shorter, more to the point response should suffice. An example:
"You reported a general error at ______________________ and ______________________ but left no info as to what's wrong. Can you please elaborate, so we may look into and resolve the issue? Thank you."
"You reported a missing road, but didn't tell us the name of the road. Could you please give us the name, so we may add it to the map? Thank you."
These are short, simple, to the point, and don't bother the driver with useless information about satellites, sun spots, the curvature of Earth's horizon in relation to Mars' gravitational pull, or other weird explanations from editors which have popped up on URs.
Style Guide for Map Editing
Average Speed Zones for Heavy Vehicles
SA and NSW have a joint network for monitoring the average speed of heavy vehicles over long distances - the Safe-T-Cam network. NSW also has local average speed zones for heavy vehicles. We don't include either of these on the Waze map, because they don't apply to the intended Waze user - the daily commuter. In any case, we have no way of indicating that the speed zone applies to heavy vehicles, nor do we have a way for the user to indicate that he/she is driving a heavy vehicle.
To discourage future editors from adding these Average Speed Zones back in, please add a comment at the beginning (at least) of the zone, saying something like:
ASZ for Heavy Vehicles only
This is the start (or end) of an Average Speed Zone for heavy vehicles only. We do not map these, or their associated speed cameras, in Waze. Further information at https://wiki.waze.com/wiki/Australia#Average_Speed_Zones_for_Heavy_Vehicles and the forum - https://www.waze.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=56&t=254566
Useful Sites for Map Editing:
Your local shire and state may also provide maps which show in greater detail for features other than roads.
Note that the Waze policy on using external sources  prohibits copying information from sources like these.