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Editing rank USA

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Note that this article is specific to the USA. For general reference in other countries please refer to the global ranking wiki page here.
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You can see your own editing rank AKA level from the Waze Map Editor (WME) on the top left of the screen.

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Your rank appears just under your username as "Level #". To the left of your username and level is an avatar icon unique to your level. In the WME when you select a segment, the properties drawer will show you the name (and rank) of the editor who created and last modified the segment. The number in parenthesis after the name, is the editor's current rank (not necessarily the rank they were when they made the edit).


Promotions

In the USA, rank promotions are evaluated based on a combination of related factors including;

  • Editing skill and knowledge
  • Editing quality
  • Community involvement
  • Proper etiquette in communication
  • Mentoring participation
  • Edit count
  • Suspicious or damaging edits
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It is not necessary to reach every single measure listed below of a rank (including edit count) to be granted that rank promotion. It is merely required to be considered proficient primarily for the editing skill, knowledge, and behavioral expectations of that rank when you are reviewed. It is perfectly reasonable to anticipate being promoted before achieving the listed edit count for a rank, as long as you meet other criteria for that rank. On the other hand, an editor who is seen to be damaging the map or engaging in suspicious editing practices, may not be granted a rank promotion despite having more than the required edit count.

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The Formal Mentoring program is a great tool to help you learn the skills and knowledge you will need to be eligible for a rank promotion. Being in communication with your SM and/or RC even before you are eligible, will also show you where you need to focus to become eligible for the promotion.

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If you feel that you might be eligible for a rank promotion, please contact your local management team including your State Managers (SM), and Regional Coordinator(s) (RC) to initiate a review, and the promotion process. Moving from rank two to three, and higher, is not automatic and requires assistance, make sure to contact your managers/coordinator(s).

Rank specific details

Icon Editing Rank (Level) Description
Suggested Edit Count
Editable Area Radius Unlocked Waze Mood Notes
N/A (staff) Admin, System, or Basemap import N/A Includes segments which have not been created or edited by an actual user, but exist from the initial data import (called the basemap) will show this information.
Badge AreaManager.png N/A Area Manager N/A Area Manager (AM) is a role not a rank, however this role along with some higher roles e.g. State/Country Manager give the editor greater permissions than listed for their rank in this table. Area Managers (AM) can edit anything within their assigned area except objects locked by higher-level editors. Editors of any Rank can be granted AM rights, however in some countries there may be a minimum requirement before Area Managers are approved. Read the Area Manager section in the Wiki first before applying for an AM.
Profile L1.png 1 New users 1 mile All users start in this group, unless they are a member of one of the other special groups listed
Profile L2.png 2 Beginner Editors, over 3K edits, or IGN editors 2 miles Rank2-robot.png IGN Map editors are an extension of the Waze Geo-Ops (aka the Map Team)
Profile L3.png 3 Proficient Editors, (most AMs), over 25K edits 3 miles Rank3-8bit.png Editors with 25K edits. Rank 3 will require a request to, and, review by the RC before approval. Note: Some IGN Map editors may also be rank 3.
Profile L4.png 4 Advanced Editors, over 100K edits 4 miles Rank 4 will require a request to, and, review by the RC before approval. Note: Very few IGN Map editors may also be rank 4.
Profile L5.png 5 Expert Editors, (most SMs), over 250K edits 4 miles Rank5-trex.png Rank 5 will require a request to, and, review by the RC before approval.
Profile L6.png 6 Waze Champs N/A Waze Champ (Rank 6) will require recommendations, review, and approval by other US Champs before Champ status is given. Note: Although CMs and Champs have countrywide access, the Rank of Champ is greater than that of a CM. The same promotion from Local Champ (LC) to Global Champ (GC) applies.
Badge WazeStaffAdmin.png Staff Waze admins Unlimited Currently only paid Waze employees