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[[Places]] are searchable destinations in the Waze map. They are similar to the "Points of Interest" found in certain popular GPS devices.
  
Places is the Waze Point of Interest (POI) system. Places supports two types of POIs: '''Point''' and '''Area'''.
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'''Area Places''' appear as polygons in the Waze app.  Too many of them can clutter the map, creating large gray zones that do not help Wazers orient themselves.  Therefore, it is important to use area places only when they are distinctive and significant enough to orient drivers, Exceptions include [[Places/Gas Station|gas stations]], and [[Places/Parking lot|parking lots]] which receive special handling.
  
'''Point Places''' create app-searchable POIs with limited rendering on the user's client display. The Point Place may be used for many destinations subject to [[#When_to_use_Area_or_Point|the table of Place categories and types]], but becomes especially useful in situations where the other POI search engines accessed by Waze do not list a desired destination.
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'''Point Places''' don't show in the Waze map. They can be used to help Wazers find private homes and public places, especially when they are not already listed in the other destination search engines.
  
'''Area Places''' (formerly called '''Landmarks''') serve all the functions of Point Places while providing additional visual orientation cues on the user's client display. Because of their increased visibility and the resulting potential for map clutter, Area Places are easily overused. In principle, '''if a location is not distinctive and significant enough to orient drivers, it should not be marked with an Area Place.''' This principle guided the determination of Point vs. Area in the [[#When_to_use_Area_or_Point|table of Place categories and types]]. Exceptions include gas stations, which receive special handling.
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The [[#When_to_use_Area_or_Point|the table of Place categories and types]], provides guidelines to help map editors decide between point and area places.
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{{LocalGuidance}}
  
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== Point Place ==
  
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In the Waze Map Editor, the appearance of a point place reflects its status: {{clear}}
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[[File:wme_place.png]] Standard Point marker {{clear}}
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[[File:wme_place_selected.png]] Selected Point marker {{clear}}
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[[File:wme_place_changed.png]] Changed Point marker {{clear}}
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[[File:wme_place_pending_update.png]] Point Place with pending update{{clear}}
  
== Point ==
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'''Point Location Details'''
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*The Point marker for a Place should be located on or nearest to the segment to which the driver should be navigated. <u>The Point Marker is the stop point</u>.
  
The Point type of Place is rendered with the following icons: {{clear}} [[File:Venue.png]] Standard Point marker pin is purple-ish {{clear}} [[File:Venue-selected.png]] The currently selected Point marker will turn blue {{clear}} [[File:Venue-changed.png]] Any Point markers which have been edited and not yet saved by you will turn an orange-pink color, just like Area Places and segments. {{clear}}
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== Area Place ==
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The Area Place is a polygon. Use the geometry points to adjust the shape. Area Places are pink when not selected, blue-green when selected, and a reddish color when they have unsaved changes.
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{{clear}}
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[[File:Wme gas station area.png]][[File:Wme gas station area selected.png]] {{clear}}
  
'''Location Details'''
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'''Area Location Details'''
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*The navigation stop point appears as a target in the editor.
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*The target stop point can be moved anywhere within and a short distance outside the polygon.
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*The stop point should be placed on or near the segment where the Wazer should stop.
  
*The Point marker for a Place should be located on or nearest to the segment to which the driver should be navigated. The Point Marker is the stop point.
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=== Area Place size ===
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Area places will show up in the Waze mobile apps if they are large enough.  Recent testing shows that area places which are at least 50 meters in one dimension and at least 10 meters in the other will show up. Tests are still being run to find out the minimum size.
  
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Some area places, such as the Pentagon building in Arlington, Virginia,  have a single recognizable structure useful as a visual reference for Wazers.  These can be drawn to approximate the structure's footprint or outline, as long as this is large enough to show in the mobile application.
  
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Other area places, like University campuses and  large shopping malls include more than one component, such as one or more buildings, open areas, roads, and parking.  In this case, it is often most useful to Wazers to map to the edges of the property.  This will usually show the area and its label in the mobile app even when zoomed out.
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[[Places/Gas Station|Gas Stations]] and Parking Lots should be mapped to the edges of the property (or at least to the drivable area); gas station or parking lot must be the first category in the category list. Note that this does not suppress traffic reports nor prevent Map Problems from being generated.  A modest parking lot road drawn through the area, leading through the gas pump area, will be needed for that. See [[Places/Parking lot]] and [[Places/Gas Station]] for more detail on these Area Places.
  
== Area ==
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=== Area Places overlap ===
  
The Area type of Place is rendered as a polygon. Just like a segment, you can adjust the shape by using the geometry handles. All Area Places in the editor show in pink when not selected and blue-green when selected:{{clear}} [[File:Wme gas station area.png]][[File:Wme gas station area selected.png]] {{clear}} '''Location Details'''
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Sometimes a large Area Place has smaller Area Places within it. Examples include different medical buildings within a hospital campus or separate malls within a large shopping complex.  Currently, Waze will show the labels of the smaller Area Place, but not the boundaries within the larger area. It may be a better approach for the time being to use Point Places for the components of a larger Area Place, unless it is essential that the subset Place names be visible. Future versions of the Waze client may render overlapping Area Places more usefully. Qualifying Point Places may be converted to Area Places at that time.
  
*The Area type has a target which is the navigation stop point.
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== Client rendering of Places ==
*The target stop point can be moved anywhere within the shape and also a short distance outside the actual Area shape
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Most area Places will show in the Waze app and [[Live map]] as a shaded area. Extremely small area Places will not appear at all, even at maximum zoom.
*The stop point target should be placed on or nearest to the segment to which the driver should be navigated.
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=== Extent ===
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Point Places are not shown in the [[Live map]], or Waze app, but are searchable within the app. By default, a Waze Place search result should supersede others, even in the autofill list.
  
Some locations that qualify for an Area Place may involve one or more structures as well as open space, roads, and parking. In such cases, particularly if these components form a unified complex or campus with an overall identity, the boundaries of the Area Place should encompass the entire property (i.e., "mapped to the fence line"). This ensures that clients render and label the Area Place with the correct significance when viewed with reduced zoom.
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== Setting the stop point for a Place ==
  
Other qualifying Area Places whose property lines are substantially identical with a destination structure may be drawn, if desired, to approximate the structure's outline or footprint.
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=== Point placement ===
  
=== Overlap ===
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[[File:wme_point_place_at_front_door.png|thumb|Point Place marker placed at the front door of a business.]] The Point Place should go on or very near to the segment to which the driver should be navigated. The Waze routing server will navigate the Wazer onto the segment which is physically closest to where the point is placed. <u>The Point Marker is the stop point</u>. Typically, if the Place is inside a building, the marker should be located at or near the location's front door. Think: where would a car stop to drop someone off for this location.
  
In some cases an extensive Area Place may contain within it locations that would themselves qualify as Area Places; for example, different medical buildings within a hospital campus or separate malls within a large shopping complex. As of this writing, the Waze client renders the names of overlapping Area Places but without boundaries between them. Users therefore cannot visually distinguish Area Places subset within other Area Places except for the text labels.
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==== Moving a Point Place ====
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To move a point Place, first click on the Place icon, which will turn into [[File:wme_venue_selected.png]]. Now you can click and drag the Place to the correct location.
  
Future versions of the Waze client may render overlapping Area Places more usefully. In anticipation of this, qualifying Area Places may be drawn subset within others. &nbsp;It may be a better approach for the time being to use Point Places for the components of a larger Area Place, unless it is essential that the subset Place name be visible in the current version of the Waze client. If overlapping Area Places do render more usefully in the future, qualifying Point Places may be converted to Area Places at that time.
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==== Point placement examples ====
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'''Some Examples'''
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* A building with one Point Place:
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** If there is only one door, place it at that door.
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** If there are multiple doors on the same side, (like a supermarket,) place it at the point equidistant from and collinear with the two front doors.
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** If there are multiple doors on different sides, (like some mall anchor stores,) if there's no "obvious" front door, place it either at the door facing the largest parking lot, or at the door facing the street on which the street address for that location is.
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* A single building with multiple Point Places within:
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** At a strip mall, put each store's point at the store's "front door".
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** At a larger mall, put the stop points as close as possible to the actual location of the store. This way the user can get an idea where to go, and the routing server can pick the parking lot road nearest to that store.<br/>''{{u|Warning}} make sure the closest road segment can actually be used to access the stop point. If the store is in the back of building and the closest road segment is next door on the other side of a fence, use the front door rule. Otherwise people will be routed to the road behind the building with no way to access the store.''
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** For multi-story office buildings, use the front door rule since people will need to enter that way to get to all the offices.{{clear}}
  
== Client Rendering ==
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=== Area placement ===
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The [[File:wme_place_stop_point.png]] icon is the adjustable stop point for Area Places.
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Here is an example of an Area (a large park in this case) which has an entry road on the east side. The second image is zoomed in on the target to show how this type of Area should have its navigation stop point set. {{clear}} [[File:Wme park place large.png|thumb|left|300px|Wme park place large.png]] [[File:Wme park place zoom target.png|thumb|right|300px|Wme park place zoom target.png]] {{clear}}
  
{{As of|March 2014}}, we do not have any details on how Point places may be rendered within the Waze app.
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=== Area stop point distance limit ===
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When you drag an area Place stop point outside the polygon, the editor will show a black boundary. {{clear}}
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[[File:Stop point place target border.png|center]] {{clear}}
  
== Setting the stop point for a Place ==
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{{Red|If you move the stop point outside of the boundary and try to save, you will get an error.  Move the stop point inside the boundary and then save.}}
  
=== Point placement ===
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=== Moving an Area Place ===
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To move an area place without changing its shape, click on the place to select it. Then, click and drag the move handle icon [[File:wme_place_drag_handle.png]].
  
[[File:Wme point on parkinglot segment.png|right|Wme point on parkinglot segment.png]] The Point Place is to be placed on or nearest to the segment to which the driver should be navigated. Here is an example of a gas station Point located directly on a parking lot segment. {{clear}}
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== Place details ==
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Every Place, whether Point or Area, should have as much detail completed as possible. This includes a name, proper categorization, and full street address, city and state. If any Place does not have a City or Street, check the None checkbox.
  
=== Area placement ===
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=== General tab ===
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The General tab for a Place is where you complete all of the basic information: categories, name, description, gas brand, residential/public, country, state, city, street and house number.
  
Here is an example of an Area (a large park in this case) which has an entry road on the east side. The second image is zoomed in on the target to show how this type of Area should have its navigation stop point set. {{clear}} [[File:Wme park place large.png|thumb|left|300px|Wme park place large.png]] [[File:Wme park place zoom target.png|thumb|right|300px|Wme park place zoom target.png]] {{clear}}
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Places considered fundamental to the functioning of the Waze app, such as [[Places/Gas Station|Gas Stations]], should be locked ''at least to Level 2'' to prevent loss of data due to automatic acceptance of submissions from Trusted Users. Other complex, intricate, or crucial Places such as Police Stations, Fire Departments, Airports, Parks, et cetera should also be considered for locking to prevent loss of data.
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'''{{Red|BEWARE:}}''' Do not use the Description field for notes to other editors. This field is visible in the Waze app, and should only contain details pertinent to the Place itself.
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Here is an example of a [[Places/Gas Station|Gas Station]] Area with its details completed: {{clear}}
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[[File:wme_place_gas_station_details.png|border|center|Place Details]] {{clear}}
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=== More Info tab ===
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In the More Info tab is additional helpful information for the Place. Here you will add phone number, website, additional services, and hours of operation: {{clear}}
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[[File:wme_place_moreinfo_tab.png|border|center|Place More Info]]
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==== Services ====
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Services help users decide if they should drive to a particular place. Here are descriptions of available services. Waze uses the same set of services for every place type. The service checkbox only has two states, 'yes' or 'no answered', thus there is no way to determine if a place either does not have a service or an editor hasn't added one yet.
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'''Valet service''' The place has [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valet_parking valet parking] whereby drivers can valet their car, leaving it with an attendant who will park it for them. These services could be free or fee-based.
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'''Drive-through''' The place has a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drive-through drive-through] window, which serves food or other items via window that allows the driver not to leave their vehicle. Restaurants, banks, and pharmacies often have drive-through windows.
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'''Wi-Fi''' The place has free [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wi-Fi Wi-Fi] available for customers. Wi-Fi can be completely open, or accessible with a password that the place operator supplies the user.
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'''Restrooms''' The place has [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_toilet public restrooms] where customers can use a toilet.
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'''Accepts credit cards''' The place accepts any type of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Credit_card credit card] for payment of goods or services. At this time Waze does not differentiate between credit card types.
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'''Reservations''' The place accepts [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Table_reservation reservations], i.e. a reserved time for dining in the place.
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'''Outdoor seating''' The place allows diners to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_fresco_dining eat outside], weather permitting. Outdoor seating may be on the curb, sidewalk, or in a fenced in area on the premises.
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'''Air conditioning''' The place has [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_conditioning air conditioning], to cool and dehydrate the air when the ambient temperature considered to be warm or hot. This may be possible to infer by looking for air conditioning [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Condenser_(heat_transfer) condensers] or chillers on roofs or near buildings on aerial photography within the Waze Map Editor.
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'''Parking for customers''' The place has [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parking parking] for customers where they can leave their car, which could be free or for a fee, where the customer parks their own car and walks to the place.
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'''Deliveries''' ''At this time this service is unclear. It could mean that the place either accepts deliveries, e.g. from UPS or FedEx, or makes [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delivery_(commerce) deliveries] of food or products to the customer, within a certain range.''
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==== Opening hours ====
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The Opening hours section allows editor to add or delete the hours of operation for Places, including unique times for each day of the week. The hours submitted in the editor may not overlap, or a save error will occur.
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[[File:wme_opening_hours.png|border|center|Opening Hours]]
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=== Photos tab ===
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Any photos which drivers have added to a Place will appear in the Photos tab. In WME, we can only review and delete photos. Photos can only be uploaded from the Waze app. Click on a picture to view a larger version.{{clear}}
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[[File:wme_place_photos.png|border|center|Place Photos]] {{clear}}
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==== Deleting a Place photo ====
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{{Red|Take great care to make a well thought-out decision to delete a photo. Once a photo is deleted, it cannot be recovered. Delete only if the photo really is unclear, not helpful and/or inappropriate.}}
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[[File:wme_place_photo_hover.png|right]]
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Any improper or inappropriate photos should be removed. Hover the mouse over a picture in the Place Photos tab, and click the X which appears at the top right of the photo.
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== Place Updates (Moderation) ==
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[[File:wme_placemarker_new.png]][[File:wme_placemarker_new_photo.png]][[File:wme_placemarker_updated_details.png]] The ''Places updates'' layer will display Places with update request(s) pending. When an untrusted driver submits a new Place or an update to an existing Place, these go into a type of moderation status. The Place Update Request (PUR) marker shown to the left display to let you know, similar to an Update Request, the location of a pending Place update.{{clear}}
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[[File:wme_place_area_with_update.png|right|thumb|Area with update marker]]
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*The Place update request markers will only appear if you have the "Place updates" layer enabled.
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*Point Places with pending updates will display with the [[File:wme_place_pending_update.png]] icon even when the "Place updates" layer is disabled.
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*With the Place updates layer enabled, an Area Place will display with an update request marker at its center.
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{{clear}}
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[[File:wme_place_update_new_place.png|right|thumb|New Place]] When you click on the Place update request marker, you will be presented with a panel which details the updates the Wazer has submitted. The exact content of the panel will differ depending on the type and amount of information input by the end user using the Waze app.
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*When you click on any Place which has a pending update, the following message will appear in the left tabs area of the editor screen. Clicking on it will display the update details just the same as clicking on the Place update marker.
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[[File:wme_places_update_pending_notice.png|center]]{{clear}}
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[[File:wme_place_update_new_details_long.png|thumb|right|Very long full Place update]]
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=== Accept or reject? ===
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The job of the Waze editor is to accept or reject Place updates sent by users from the Waze app. The general guideline to use to determine whether to Accept the update is,
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''"Is the majority of information provided in the update correct?"''
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A Place update, if the user completes ALL the information, can be extremely long (expand thumbnail to the right).
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Even if some of the data is incorrect, or the photo included in the update improper and unhelpful to drivers, the editor can still remove the photo or update/delete the incorrect information after accepting the update. It is better, faster, and more honest to accept the good information from the driver, and fix the problems, rather than rejecting the entire update and filling in the info yourself.{{clear}}
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=== Determining Acceptable Photos ===
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Defining exactly what is an acceptable photo is difficult because the huge variation in destinations. In general terms, the pictures of Places should be such that a driver could use the picture to help determine exactly which destination is the correct one. The system will try to show the arriving user the most relevant photo from their direction of arrival, time of day, etc.
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{{Red|Take great care to make a well thought-out decision to delete a photo. Once a photo is deleted, it cannot be recovered. Delete only if the photo really is unclear, not helpful and/or inappropriate.}}
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The following are meant as guidelines both for the editor and for users taking pictures. '''Photos should:'''
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*Show the exterior of the Place
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*Be clear (not blurry, through rain-covered/dirty windows, not from moving vehicles/trains, etc)
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*Be well lit
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*Help differentiate the Place location from nearby Places
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'''Photos could include images of, but not necessarily limited to:'''
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*Door of store
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*Front of Place with signage
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*An image of the front/side of Place (angled) to exemplify the correct building
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*Streetside signage of the Place
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*Daylight images
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*Night or evening images, as long as the image is clear and helps the driver identify the Place
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'''Photos should ''not'' show:'''
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*People's faces - ''any photo with a fully identifiable face should be removed, or not approved''
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*Car license plates - ''any photo with a fully identifiable license plate should be removed, or not approved''
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*Anything which allows a viewer to tie a person to a specific location
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*Any pornographic content, nudity, sexual content or simulation, etc.
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===Examples of Good and Bad Place Photos===
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{| class="wikitable"
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| [[File:good_place_photo_1.jpg]]
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| [[File:bad_place_photo_1.jpg]]
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| [[File:good_place_photo_2.jpg]]
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| [[File:bad_place_photo_2.jpg]]
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| [[File:good_place_photo_3.jpg]]
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| [[File:bad_place_photo_3.jpg]]
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| [[File:good_place_photo_4.jpg]]
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| [[File:bad_place_photo_4.jpg]]
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| [[File:good_place_photo_5.jpg]]
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| [[File:bad_place_photo_5.jpg]]
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=== Duplicate Places ===
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When a user submits an update for a Place, but does not, or cannot, choose an existing Place in the app, it will show in the Waze Map Editor as a New Place. It could also happen that two users report a new Place at the same moment which results in two New Places.
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At this time, there is no "merge updates" or "merge Places" functionality in the editor. You may have to manually copy new/updated information from the Place update to the existing Place. ''You cannot copy/move photos.''
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<u>When you find a Place update which would duplicate an existing Place</u>, or two New Place updates which are for the same place, if
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*The Place update contains more than just a photo, and
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#Accept the update
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#Save
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#Delete the Place just added from the Acceptance in step 1.
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If the criteria cannot be met, then Reject the Place update.
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=== Place update FAQs ===
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====Who can moderate places?====
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Users with Level 2 and higher can moderate within their editing areas.
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====What requires moderation?====
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*<u>For new places</u>: every new place which is created by a level 1 editor which is untrusted requires an approval by a level 2+ editor.
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*<u>For place updates</u>: every update which is done for a place which is locked above the user’s level will require a moderation by a sufficiently ranked user.
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*<u>Flagged (Reported Problem)</u>: all flags (for potentially problematic images or places) need to be moderated by a level 2+ editor.
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====What is a trusted user?====
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Once some contributions by the same user have been reviewed positively by a moderator, we consider that user trusted. They can now add new places directly without any moderation. Updates to existing places are still pending a review if these places are locked.
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====What kind of places should we approve?====
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Almost anything which represents a real place should probably be approved. If a Waze user would ever make benefit from knowing that this place exists, it’s worth it. Exceptions are places which include private user information, inappropriate content, or otherwise irrelevant.
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If at least some of the details of a place are correct, you are encouraged to approve it and then edit it accordingly.
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====What kind of photos should we approve?====
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Any photo which helps the user understand what this place is like is great. Outside pictures are even better, and we have a system that will try to show the arriving user the most relevant photo from his direction of arrival, time of day, etc.
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Inappropriate pictures or pictures which are not related to the place should be rejected.
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Please remember - rejecting both places and photos will prevent the reporting user from getting points and might even get them blocked.
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====Can I partially reject an update?====
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Currently not. If a suggestion is only partially correct, it is recommended to approve it, save, and then edit the place to correct the wrong information.
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====Can I move a photo from one Place to another?====
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No. This function is not available in the editor
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====Can I move or merge any data from a duplicate Place update to an existing Place?====
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No. You will have to manually copy over updated information.
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====Can a user become blocked from adding new places? ====
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Every user (trusted or not) can become blacklisted and banned from adding places once they have tried adding a certain amount of places or updates which have been rejected. We also track places that have been flagged and removed - if we see a pattern where a certain user created many of these, he might be blacklisted.
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====Who gets the points for the new places created after an approval?====
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Users do not get points for pending places and updates - only when a moderator approved the suggestion the user gets the points for his contribution. The moderation action itself (either a rejection or an approval) grants the moderating user with an edit point.
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====Do we get points for creating places from the client? ====
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We grant the exact same number of points for the same edit whether it’s done from the client or the web editor.
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====Advertisers====
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Some places can belong to one of Waze’s advertising partners. These places will be locked for community editing for the duration of the campaign, but editors can still suggest edits - the Waze ad operations team will review and consider all suggestions to these locked places.
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====What is the Residential setting? Private and public places====
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Our main goal in this project is to improve the data our users can get about public places. Since adding places is fun and can be even somewhat addictive, we figured our users might want to add private places (their home, for instance) as well. We want to provide an outlet for that, so that we can avoid having private places wrongly listed as public.
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Private places will not be searchable, and we will not expose the identity of whoever created them or attached pictures to them. We will be using the pictures and exact locations to improve our house numbers database and show photos to people driving explicitly to that address.
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====The different attributes of a place====
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Most place attributes are quite self explanatory. However, here are some points to consider:
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<u>Categories</u>
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We chose about 120 categories based on what Waze users currently search for. We aimed to have them as wide as possible, and we understand there might be a lot of places without an exact suitable category. For these places, please use the categories that could contain the category they’re in.
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<u>Private / public</u>
  
== Area+Point Combinations ==
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Public places can be turned into private places, but private places cannot be turned into public places. Use this to convert places mistakenly labeled as public into private. Private places only contain photos and an exact address, without all the other properties of a place.
  
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== Area-Point combinations ==
 
There are some situations where it will be appropriate to mix both Area and Point Places. For example, shopping centers and shopping malls where the mall itself could be considered a navigation destination, but there are also individual stores which are also valid for being marked.
 
There are some situations where it will be appropriate to mix both Area and Point Places. For example, shopping centers and shopping malls where the mall itself could be considered a navigation destination, but there are also individual stores which are also valid for being marked.
  
A simple shopping center, when mapped in this manner, would look like this: {{clear}} [[File:Wme places mall area and points.png]]
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A simple shopping center, when mapped in this manner, would look like this:
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[[File:wme_places_mall_area_with_points.png|center]]
  
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=== Combination naming ===
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When naming Point Places which are contained within an Area Place in this way, it may be desirable to include the Area's name in the separate Point Place names. If this is desirable, name the Point Places with the specific name first, followed by a hyphen, followed by the Area name, as such:
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: '''Point Specific Name - Area General Name'''
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For example, "Yulman Stadium - Tulane University" or "Apple Store - Lakeside Shopping Center". There are two exceptions: airport Point Places, and emergency rooms.
  
  
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*The Primary Category is used to determine whether to use a Point or Area for the Place
 
*The Primary Category is used to determine whether to use a Point or Area for the Place
  
 
 
== Place address detail ==
 
 
Every Place, whether Point or Area, should have as much detail completed as possible. This includes a name, proper categorization, and full street address, city and state. If any Place doesn't have a City or Street, you will need to check the None checkbox.
 
 
Here is an example of a Gas Station Area with its details completed: {{clear}} [[File:Wme place details.png|border|Wme place details.png]] {{clear}} Additional fields to allow entry of more detail will be coming in future editor releases. (One field available in previous editor releases but not available at this time, is phone number.)
 
  
 
== When to use Area or Point ==
 
== When to use Area or Point ==
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| Car Services
 
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| Area
 
| Area
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| Many gas stations also have convenience stores and ATMs. Remember to use "Gas Station" as the primary category and the add any others which are relevant. Please see the [[Places/Gas Station]] article.
 
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| Car Services
 
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| Bridge
 
| Bridge
 
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| Use only to represent a named road bridge with local or navigational significance. This should be an official/locally-used name, preferably signed at each approach. Do not use for unnamed bridges signed only for the feature they cross. Bridge areas are normally not used if road segments crossing a bridge use the bridge's name. Non-road bridges (e.g. railroad, pedestrian, aqueduct) are normally not mapped.
 
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| Transportation
 
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| Professional and public
 
| Professional and public
 
| Factory / Industrial
 
| Factory / Industrial
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| Professional and public
 
| Professional and public
 
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| Fire Department
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| '''ONLY''' Fire Stations providing '''first response to nearby emergencies''' should use this category. All others should use a different category, such as Office. Administrative, training, and support facilities are not emergency locations.
 
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| Hospital / Medical Care
 
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| Professional and public
 
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| Professional and public
 
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| Supermarket / Grocery
 
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| Tourist Attraction / Historic Site
 
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| Culture & entertainment
 
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| Not necessary to be mapped.
 
| Not necessary to be mapped.
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| Other
 
| Residence / Home
 
| NONE
 
| Not to be mapped
 
 
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| Natural features
 
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| Use only if water itself is visually obvious to drivers on nearby roads. Do not remap features already present in the built-in Waze water layer unless that layer is incomplete or inaccurate. Map only the typical extent of visible water, not adjacent beaches or land.  If the feature is too small to map conveniently with an Area Place, it should not be mapped at all.
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=== Landmarks ===
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Any Place that functions as a ''landmark'' may be represented as an Area Place even if the table above indicates otherwise.  A landmark Place is defined as ''a named, architecturally unique location, locally well known for its uncommon height or iconic exterior appearance, easily visible to and recognizable by passing drivers, that is visually and obviously unlike its immediate surroundings.''  Horizontal size alone, such as found in vast but nondescript office-building complexes, does not qualify a location as a landmark.  Nor does fame due to whatever goes on at or inside the location, especially if its exterior is unremarkable or poorly visible to passing drivers.
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Landmarks are not to be confused with ''local references''.  A local reference is ''a location used for orientation by those who frequently pass near it''.  Every landmark is a local reference, but not every local reference is a landmark.  For example, the Golden Gate Bridge is a landmark, while an ordinary tire shop with a big, brightly colored sign is a local reference.
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Any location may be mapped as an Area Place if the table above allows it for its category, regardless of whether it qualifies as a landmark.
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When creating an Area Place for a landmark, assign its primary category to reflect what makes it a landmark.  This primary category may have little or nothing to do with the location's owner, operator, or tenants. For example, the Empire State Building is landmark that happens to house offices; the primary category of its Area Place is "Tourist Attraction / Historic Site", since that is what makes it a landmark, while its secondary category of "Offices" notes the offices within it.  Another example is a small but uncommonly historic and visually distinctive retail building with several destination stores; the building would receive a "Tourist Attraction / Historic Site" Area Place, while the stores would receive Point Places within the building.
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Some retailers have built dedicated stores with such uncommon exterior design that they are unquestionably landmarks by the definition above.  Marking such stores with Area Places may, however, puzzle unfamiliar drivers who will simply see the name of the retailer on their map.  They may not understand its significance as a landmark, and indeed may confuse the Area Place on their display with an advertisement.  '''{{As of|2015|2}} it is not encouraged to map as Area Places any structures, regardless of how visually iconic, built by and dedicated to single retailers.'''
  
 
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== Parking Lot ==
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The '''Parking Lot''' Place marks a well-defined area constructed for off-street public parking, including parking structures and garages as well as at-grade lots. There are many elements that must be considered before deciding to map a parking lot. The details are covered in [[Places/Parking lot]].
 
The '''Parking Lot''' Place marks a well-defined area constructed for off-street public parking, including parking structures and garages as well as at-grade lots. There are many elements that must be considered before deciding to map a parking lot. The details are covered in [[Places/Parking lot]].
  
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This new page is currently undergoing modifications. The information and guidance is currently considered accurate enough to be followed now. Content is being prepared by one or more users. Do not make any changes before you post a message in this forum.
Places are searchable destinations in the Waze map. They are similar to the "Points of Interest" found in certain popular GPS devices.

Area Places appear as polygons in the Waze app. Too many of them can clutter the map, creating large gray zones that do not help Wazers orient themselves. Therefore, it is important to use area places only when they are distinctive and significant enough to orient drivers, Exceptions include gas stations, and parking lots which receive special handling.

Point Places don't show in the Waze map. They can be used to help Wazers find private homes and public places, especially when they are not already listed in the other destination search engines.

The the table of Place categories and types, provides guidelines to help map editors decide between point and area places.

Some of the guidance for Places may have specific localized adjustments for your local area. Be sure to familiarize yourself with these differences through the Local vs global guidance page.


Point Place

In the Waze Map Editor, the appearance of a point place reflects its status:
Wme place.png Standard Point marker
Wme place selected.png Selected Point marker
Wme place changed.png Changed Point marker
Wme place pending update.png Point Place with pending update

Point Location Details

  • The Point marker for a Place should be located on or nearest to the segment to which the driver should be navigated. The Point Marker is the stop point.

Area Place

The Area Place is a polygon. Use the geometry points to adjust the shape. Area Places are pink when not selected, blue-green when selected, and a reddish color when they have unsaved changes.

Wme gas station area.pngWme gas station area selected.png

Area Location Details

  • The navigation stop point appears as a target in the editor.
  • The target stop point can be moved anywhere within and a short distance outside the polygon.
  • The stop point should be placed on or near the segment where the Wazer should stop.

Area Place size

Area places will show up in the Waze mobile apps if they are large enough. Recent testing shows that area places which are at least 50 meters in one dimension and at least 10 meters in the other will show up. Tests are still being run to find out the minimum size.

Some area places, such as the Pentagon building in Arlington, Virginia, have a single recognizable structure useful as a visual reference for Wazers. These can be drawn to approximate the structure's footprint or outline, as long as this is large enough to show in the mobile application.

Other area places, like University campuses and large shopping malls include more than one component, such as one or more buildings, open areas, roads, and parking. In this case, it is often most useful to Wazers to map to the edges of the property. This will usually show the area and its label in the mobile app even when zoomed out.

Gas Stations and Parking Lots should be mapped to the edges of the property (or at least to the drivable area); gas station or parking lot must be the first category in the category list. Note that this does not suppress traffic reports nor prevent Map Problems from being generated. A modest parking lot road drawn through the area, leading through the gas pump area, will be needed for that. See Places/Parking lot and Places/Gas Station for more detail on these Area Places.

Area Places overlap

Sometimes a large Area Place has smaller Area Places within it. Examples include different medical buildings within a hospital campus or separate malls within a large shopping complex. Currently, Waze will show the labels of the smaller Area Place, but not the boundaries within the larger area. It may be a better approach for the time being to use Point Places for the components of a larger Area Place, unless it is essential that the subset Place names be visible. Future versions of the Waze client may render overlapping Area Places more usefully. Qualifying Point Places may be converted to Area Places at that time.

Client rendering of Places

Most area Places will show in the Waze app and Live map as a shaded area. Extremely small area Places will not appear at all, even at maximum zoom.

Point Places are not shown in the Live map, or Waze app, but are searchable within the app. By default, a Waze Place search result should supersede others, even in the autofill list.

Setting the stop point for a Place

Point placement

Point Place marker placed at the front door of a business.
The Point Place should go on or very near to the segment to which the driver should be navigated. The Waze routing server will navigate the Wazer onto the segment which is physically closest to where the point is placed. The Point Marker is the stop point. Typically, if the Place is inside a building, the marker should be located at or near the location's front door. Think: where would a car stop to drop someone off for this location.

Moving a Point Place

To move a point Place, first click on the Place icon, which will turn into Wme venue selected.png. Now you can click and drag the Place to the correct location.

Point placement examples

Some Examples

  • A building with one Point Place:
    • If there is only one door, place it at that door.
    • If there are multiple doors on the same side, (like a supermarket,) place it at the point equidistant from and collinear with the two front doors.
    • If there are multiple doors on different sides, (like some mall anchor stores,) if there's no "obvious" front door, place it either at the door facing the largest parking lot, or at the door facing the street on which the street address for that location is.
  • A single building with multiple Point Places within:
    • At a strip mall, put each store's point at the store's "front door".
    • At a larger mall, put the stop points as close as possible to the actual location of the store. This way the user can get an idea where to go, and the routing server can pick the parking lot road nearest to that store.
      Warning make sure the closest road segment can actually be used to access the stop point. If the store is in the back of building and the closest road segment is next door on the other side of a fence, use the front door rule. Otherwise people will be routed to the road behind the building with no way to access the store.
    • For multi-story office buildings, use the front door rule since people will need to enter that way to get to all the offices.

Area placement

The Wme place stop point.png icon is the adjustable stop point for Area Places.

Here is an example of an Area (a large park in this case) which has an entry road on the east side. The second image is zoomed in on the target to show how this type of Area should have its navigation stop point set.
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Area stop point distance limit

When you drag an area Place stop point outside the polygon, the editor will show a black boundary.
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If you move the stop point outside of the boundary and try to save, you will get an error. Move the stop point inside the boundary and then save.

Moving an Area Place

To move an area place without changing its shape, click on the place to select it. Then, click and drag the move handle icon Wme place drag handle.png.

Place details

Every Place, whether Point or Area, should have as much detail completed as possible. This includes a name, proper categorization, and full street address, city and state. If any Place does not have a City or Street, check the None checkbox.

General tab

The General tab for a Place is where you complete all of the basic information: categories, name, description, gas brand, residential/public, country, state, city, street and house number.

Places considered fundamental to the functioning of the Waze app, such as Gas Stations, should be locked at least to Level 2 to prevent loss of data due to automatic acceptance of submissions from Trusted Users. Other complex, intricate, or crucial Places such as Police Stations, Fire Departments, Airports, Parks, et cetera should also be considered for locking to prevent loss of data.

BEWARE: Do not use the Description field for notes to other editors. This field is visible in the Waze app, and should only contain details pertinent to the Place itself.

Here is an example of a Gas Station Area with its details completed:
Place Details

More Info tab

In the More Info tab is additional helpful information for the Place. Here you will add phone number, website, additional services, and hours of operation:
Place More Info

Services

Services help users decide if they should drive to a particular place. Here are descriptions of available services. Waze uses the same set of services for every place type. The service checkbox only has two states, 'yes' or 'no answered', thus there is no way to determine if a place either does not have a service or an editor hasn't added one yet.

Valet service The place has valet parking whereby drivers can valet their car, leaving it with an attendant who will park it for them. These services could be free or fee-based.

Drive-through The place has a drive-through window, which serves food or other items via window that allows the driver not to leave their vehicle. Restaurants, banks, and pharmacies often have drive-through windows.

Wi-Fi The place has free Wi-Fi available for customers. Wi-Fi can be completely open, or accessible with a password that the place operator supplies the user.

Restrooms The place has public restrooms where customers can use a toilet.

Accepts credit cards The place accepts any type of credit card for payment of goods or services. At this time Waze does not differentiate between credit card types.

Reservations The place accepts reservations, i.e. a reserved time for dining in the place.

Outdoor seating The place allows diners to eat outside, weather permitting. Outdoor seating may be on the curb, sidewalk, or in a fenced in area on the premises.

Air conditioning The place has air conditioning, to cool and dehydrate the air when the ambient temperature considered to be warm or hot. This may be possible to infer by looking for air conditioning condensers or chillers on roofs or near buildings on aerial photography within the Waze Map Editor.

Parking for customers The place has parking for customers where they can leave their car, which could be free or for a fee, where the customer parks their own car and walks to the place.

Deliveries At this time this service is unclear. It could mean that the place either accepts deliveries, e.g. from UPS or FedEx, or makes deliveries of food or products to the customer, within a certain range.

Opening hours

The Opening hours section allows editor to add or delete the hours of operation for Places, including unique times for each day of the week. The hours submitted in the editor may not overlap, or a save error will occur.

Opening Hours

Photos tab

Any photos which drivers have added to a Place will appear in the Photos tab. In WME, we can only review and delete photos. Photos can only be uploaded from the Waze app. Click on a picture to view a larger version.
Place Photos


Deleting a Place photo

Take great care to make a well thought-out decision to delete a photo. Once a photo is deleted, it cannot be recovered. Delete only if the photo really is unclear, not helpful and/or inappropriate.

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Any improper or inappropriate photos should be removed. Hover the mouse over a picture in the Place Photos tab, and click the X which appears at the top right of the photo.

Place Updates (Moderation)

Wme placemarker new.pngWme placemarker new photo.pngWme placemarker updated details.png The Places updates layer will display Places with update request(s) pending. When an untrusted driver submits a new Place or an update to an existing Place, these go into a type of moderation status. The Place Update Request (PUR) marker shown to the left display to let you know, similar to an Update Request, the location of a pending Place update.


Area with update marker
  • The Place update request markers will only appear if you have the "Place updates" layer enabled.
  • Point Places with pending updates will display with the Wme place pending update.png icon even when the "Place updates" layer is disabled.
  • With the Place updates layer enabled, an Area Place will display with an update request marker at its center.


New Place
When you click on the Place update request marker, you will be presented with a panel which details the updates the Wazer has submitted. The exact content of the panel will differ depending on the type and amount of information input by the end user using the Waze app.


  • When you click on any Place which has a pending update, the following message will appear in the left tabs area of the editor screen. Clicking on it will display the update details just the same as clicking on the Place update marker.


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Very long full Place update

Accept or reject?

The job of the Waze editor is to accept or reject Place updates sent by users from the Waze app. The general guideline to use to determine whether to Accept the update is,


"Is the majority of information provided in the update correct?"


A Place update, if the user completes ALL the information, can be extremely long (expand thumbnail to the right).

Even if some of the data is incorrect, or the photo included in the update improper and unhelpful to drivers, the editor can still remove the photo or update/delete the incorrect information after accepting the update. It is better, faster, and more honest to accept the good information from the driver, and fix the problems, rather than rejecting the entire update and filling in the info yourself.

Determining Acceptable Photos

Defining exactly what is an acceptable photo is difficult because the huge variation in destinations. In general terms, the pictures of Places should be such that a driver could use the picture to help determine exactly which destination is the correct one. The system will try to show the arriving user the most relevant photo from their direction of arrival, time of day, etc.

Take great care to make a well thought-out decision to delete a photo. Once a photo is deleted, it cannot be recovered. Delete only if the photo really is unclear, not helpful and/or inappropriate.

The following are meant as guidelines both for the editor and for users taking pictures. Photos should:

  • Show the exterior of the Place
  • Be clear (not blurry, through rain-covered/dirty windows, not from moving vehicles/trains, etc)
  • Be well lit
  • Help differentiate the Place location from nearby Places

Photos could include images of, but not necessarily limited to:

  • Door of store
  • Front of Place with signage
  • An image of the front/side of Place (angled) to exemplify the correct building
  • Streetside signage of the Place
  • Daylight images
  • Night or evening images, as long as the image is clear and helps the driver identify the Place

Photos should not show:

  • People's faces - any photo with a fully identifiable face should be removed, or not approved
  • Car license plates - any photo with a fully identifiable license plate should be removed, or not approved
  • Anything which allows a viewer to tie a person to a specific location
  • Any pornographic content, nudity, sexual content or simulation, etc.

Examples of Good and Bad Place Photos

Good Bad
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Good place photo 2.jpg Bad place photo 2.jpg
Good place photo 3.jpg Bad place photo 3.jpg
Good place photo 4.jpg Bad place photo 4.jpg
Good place photo 5.jpg Bad place photo 5.jpg


Duplicate Places

When a user submits an update for a Place, but does not, or cannot, choose an existing Place in the app, it will show in the Waze Map Editor as a New Place. It could also happen that two users report a new Place at the same moment which results in two New Places.

At this time, there is no "merge updates" or "merge Places" functionality in the editor. You may have to manually copy new/updated information from the Place update to the existing Place. You cannot copy/move photos.

When you find a Place update which would duplicate an existing Place, or two New Place updates which are for the same place, if

  • The Place update contains more than just a photo, and
  • The Place update provides useful, updated information

Please follow these steps:

  1. Accept the update
  2. Save
  3. Copy updated valuable information from the newly created Place to the previously-existing Place
  4. Delete the Place just added from the Acceptance in step 1.

If the criteria cannot be met, then Reject the Place update.


Place update FAQs

Who can moderate places?

Users with Level 2 and higher can moderate within their editing areas.

What requires moderation?

  • For new places: every new place which is created by a level 1 editor which is untrusted requires an approval by a level 2+ editor.
  • For place updates: every update which is done for a place which is locked above the user’s level will require a moderation by a sufficiently ranked user.
  • Flagged (Reported Problem): all flags (for potentially problematic images or places) need to be moderated by a level 2+ editor.

What is a trusted user?

Once some contributions by the same user have been reviewed positively by a moderator, we consider that user trusted. They can now add new places directly without any moderation. Updates to existing places are still pending a review if these places are locked.

What kind of places should we approve?

Almost anything which represents a real place should probably be approved. If a Waze user would ever make benefit from knowing that this place exists, it’s worth it. Exceptions are places which include private user information, inappropriate content, or otherwise irrelevant.

If at least some of the details of a place are correct, you are encouraged to approve it and then edit it accordingly.

What kind of photos should we approve?

Any photo which helps the user understand what this place is like is great. Outside pictures are even better, and we have a system that will try to show the arriving user the most relevant photo from his direction of arrival, time of day, etc. Inappropriate pictures or pictures which are not related to the place should be rejected.

Please remember - rejecting both places and photos will prevent the reporting user from getting points and might even get them blocked.

Can I partially reject an update?

Currently not. If a suggestion is only partially correct, it is recommended to approve it, save, and then edit the place to correct the wrong information.

Can I move a photo from one Place to another?

No. This function is not available in the editor

Can I move or merge any data from a duplicate Place update to an existing Place?

No. You will have to manually copy over updated information.

Can a user become blocked from adding new places?

Every user (trusted or not) can become blacklisted and banned from adding places once they have tried adding a certain amount of places or updates which have been rejected. We also track places that have been flagged and removed - if we see a pattern where a certain user created many of these, he might be blacklisted.

Who gets the points for the new places created after an approval?

Users do not get points for pending places and updates - only when a moderator approved the suggestion the user gets the points for his contribution. The moderation action itself (either a rejection or an approval) grants the moderating user with an edit point.

Do we get points for creating places from the client?

We grant the exact same number of points for the same edit whether it’s done from the client or the web editor.

Advertisers

Some places can belong to one of Waze’s advertising partners. These places will be locked for community editing for the duration of the campaign, but editors can still suggest edits - the Waze ad operations team will review and consider all suggestions to these locked places.

What is the Residential setting? Private and public places

Our main goal in this project is to improve the data our users can get about public places. Since adding places is fun and can be even somewhat addictive, we figured our users might want to add private places (their home, for instance) as well. We want to provide an outlet for that, so that we can avoid having private places wrongly listed as public.

Private places will not be searchable, and we will not expose the identity of whoever created them or attached pictures to them. We will be using the pictures and exact locations to improve our house numbers database and show photos to people driving explicitly to that address.

The different attributes of a place

Most place attributes are quite self explanatory. However, here are some points to consider:

Categories

We chose about 120 categories based on what Waze users currently search for. We aimed to have them as wide as possible, and we understand there might be a lot of places without an exact suitable category. For these places, please use the categories that could contain the category they’re in.

Private / public

Public places can be turned into private places, but private places cannot be turned into public places. Use this to convert places mistakenly labeled as public into private. Private places only contain photos and an exact address, without all the other properties of a place.

Area-Point combinations

There are some situations where it will be appropriate to mix both Area and Point Places. For example, shopping centers and shopping malls where the mall itself could be considered a navigation destination, but there are also individual stores which are also valid for being marked.

A simple shopping center, when mapped in this manner, would look like this:

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Combination naming

When naming Point Places which are contained within an Area Place in this way, it may be desirable to include the Area's name in the separate Point Place names. If this is desirable, name the Point Places with the specific name first, followed by a hyphen, followed by the Area name, as such:

Point Specific Name - Area General Name

For example, "Yulman Stadium - Tulane University" or "Apple Store - Lakeside Shopping Center". There are two exceptions: airport Point Places, and emergency rooms.


Multiple categories

  • A Place can be assigned to multiple categories
  • The Primary Category for a Place must be the first one you enter
  • The Primary Category is displayed in a darker shade of blue than the others
  • The Primary Category is used to determine whether to use a Point or Area for the Place


When to use Area or Point

Here is the global guidance on selecting Area or Point for Places in the Waze Map Editor.

The Primary Category for a Place is used to determine whether to use a Point or Area.

Parent Category Type Comments
Car Services Car Wash Point
Car Services Charging Station Point
Car Services Garage / Automotive Shop Point
Car Services Gas Station Area Many gas stations also have convenience stores and ATMs. Remember to use "Gas Station" as the primary category and the add any others which are relevant. Please see the Places/Gas Station article.
Car Services Parking Lot Both There are very few parking lots which should be mapped at all. Please see the Places/Parking lot article.
Transportation Airport Area Special-handling
Transportation Bridge Area Use only to represent a named road bridge with local or navigational significance. This should be an official/locally-used name, preferably signed at each approach. Do not use for unnamed bridges signed only for the feature they cross. Bridge areas are normally not used if road segments crossing a bridge use the bridge's name. Non-road bridges (e.g. railroad, pedestrian, aqueduct) are normally not mapped.
Transportation Bus Station Point
Transportation Ferry Pier Point
Transportation Junction / Interchange Area
Transportation Seaport / Marina / Harbor Area Size-dependent.
Transportation Subway Station Point
Transportation Taxi Station Point
Transportation Train Station Point
Transportation Tunnel Area
Professional and public Cemetery Area
Professional and public City Hall Point
Professional and public College / University Area
Professional and public Conventions / Event Center Area Size-dependent
Professional and public Courthouse Point
Professional and public Embassy / Consulate Area
Professional and public Factory / Industrial Point May be Area if Landmark
Professional and public Fire Department Area ONLY Fire Stations providing first response to nearby emergencies should use this category. All others should use a different category, such as Office. Administrative, training, and support facilities are not emergency locations.
Professional and public Government Point
Professional and public Hospital / Medical Care Area ONLY Hospitals, Emergency Rooms, and places offering Urgent Medical Care should use this category. ERs encompassed in a hospital Place Area should be Points.

Clinics, and Medical offices which do not offer urgent medical care for Walk-Ins should use the Office, (and any other appropriate) category instead.

Professional and public Information Point Point
Professional and public Kindergarten Point
Professional and public Library Point
Professional and public Military Area
Professional and public Offices Point May be Area if Landmark
Professional and public Organization or Association Point
Professional and public Police Station Area
Professional and public Prison / Correctional Facility Area
Professional and public Post Office Point
Professional and public Religious Center Point
Professional and public School Area
Shopping and services Arts & Crafts Point
Shopping and services ATM Point
Shopping and services Bank / Financial Point
Shopping and services Bookstore Point
Shopping and services Car Dealership Point Size-dependent
Shopping and services Car Rental Point
Shopping and services Convenience Store Point
Shopping and services Currency Exchange Point
Shopping and services Department Store Point
Shopping and services Electronics Point
Shopping and services Fashion and Clothing Point
Shopping and services Flowers Point
Shopping and services Furniture / Home Store Point
Shopping and services Gifts Point
Shopping and services Gym / Fitness Point
Shopping and services Hardware Store Point
Shopping and services Jewelry Point
Shopping and services Laundry / Dry Cleaning Point
Shopping and services Market Point
Shopping and services Music Store Point
Shopping and services Personal Care Point
Shopping and services Pet Store / Veterinarian Point
Shopping and services Pharmacy Point
Shopping and services Photography Point
Shopping and services Shopping Center Area
Shopping and services Sporting Goods Point
Shopping and services Supermarket / Grocery Point
Shopping and services Swimming Pool Point
Shopping and services Toy Store Point
Shopping and services Travel Agency Point
Food and drink Bakery Point
Food and drink Bar Point
Food and drink Coffee shop Point
Food and drink Dessert Point
Food and drink Fast Food Point
Food and drink Food Court Point
Food and drink Ice Cream Point
Food and drink Restaurant Point
Culture & entertainment Art Gallery Point
Culture & entertainment Casino Area Large hotel-casinos perhaps could be Area Places.
Culture & entertainment Club Point
Culture & entertainment Game Club Point
Culture & entertainment Movie Theater Point
Culture & entertainment Museum Point
Culture & entertainment Music Venue Point
Culture & entertainment Performing Arts Venue Point
Culture & entertainment Racing Track Area
Culture & entertainment Stadium / Arena Area
Culture & entertainment Theme Park Area
Culture & entertainment Theater Point
Culture & entertainment Tourist Attraction / Historic Site Point May be Area if Landmark
Culture & entertainment Zoo / Aquarium Area Size-dependent
Other Construction Site Area Not necessary to be mapped.
Lodging Bed & Breakfast Point
Lodging Camping / Trailer Park Point May be Area if Landmark
Lodging Cottage / Cabin Point
Lodging Hostel Point
Lodging Hotel Point
Outdoors Beach Area
Outdoors Golf Course Area
Outdoors Park Area
Outdoors Playground Point
Outdoors Plaza Point
Outdoors Promenade Point Unsure about mapping these at all
Outdoors Scenic Lookout / Viewpoint Point
Outdoors Ski Area Area
Outdoors Sports Court Point
Natural features Farm NONE
Natural features Forest / Grove Area Only map official state/national forests, not every stand of trees.
Natural features Island Area
Natural features River / Stream Area Use only if water itself is visually obvious to drivers on nearby roads. Do not remap features already present in the built-in Waze water layer unless that layer is incomplete or inaccurate. Map only the typical extent of visible water, not adjacent open space, greenbelt, culvert, meadows, or flood plain. If the river/stream is too narrow to map conveniently with an Area Place, it should not be mapped at all.
Natural features Sea / Lake / Pool Area Use only if water itself is visually obvious to drivers on nearby roads. Do not remap features already present in the built-in Waze water layer unless that layer is incomplete or inaccurate. Map only the typical extent of visible water, not adjacent beaches or land. If the feature is too small to map conveniently with an Area Place, it should not be mapped at all.
Natural features Canal Area
Natural features Swamp / Marsh Area
Natural features Dam Area

Landmarks

Any Place that functions as a landmark may be represented as an Area Place even if the table above indicates otherwise. A landmark Place is defined as a named, architecturally unique location, locally well known for its uncommon height or iconic exterior appearance, easily visible to and recognizable by passing drivers, that is visually and obviously unlike its immediate surroundings. Horizontal size alone, such as found in vast but nondescript office-building complexes, does not qualify a location as a landmark. Nor does fame due to whatever goes on at or inside the location, especially if its exterior is unremarkable or poorly visible to passing drivers.

Landmarks are not to be confused with local references. A local reference is a location used for orientation by those who frequently pass near it. Every landmark is a local reference, but not every local reference is a landmark. For example, the Golden Gate Bridge is a landmark, while an ordinary tire shop with a big, brightly colored sign is a local reference.

Any location may be mapped as an Area Place if the table above allows it for its category, regardless of whether it qualifies as a landmark.

When creating an Area Place for a landmark, assign its primary category to reflect what makes it a landmark. This primary category may have little or nothing to do with the location's owner, operator, or tenants. For example, the Empire State Building is landmark that happens to house offices; the primary category of its Area Place is "Tourist Attraction / Historic Site", since that is what makes it a landmark, while its secondary category of "Offices" notes the offices within it. Another example is a small but uncommonly historic and visually distinctive retail building with several destination stores; the building would receive a "Tourist Attraction / Historic Site" Area Place, while the stores would receive Point Places within the building.

Retailers

Some retailers have built dedicated stores with such uncommon exterior design that they are unquestionably landmarks by the definition above. Marking such stores with Area Places may, however, puzzle unfamiliar drivers who will simply see the name of the retailer on their map. They may not understand its significance as a landmark, and indeed may confuse the Area Place on their display with an advertisement. As of February 2015 it is not encouraged to map as Area Places any structures, regardless of how visually iconic, built by and dedicated to single retailers.

Parking Lot

The Parking Lot Place marks a well-defined area constructed for off-street public parking, including parking structures and garages as well as at-grade lots. There are many elements that must be considered before deciding to map a parking lot. The details are covered in Places/Parking lot.