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MapRaid Ohio runs from Sunday, May 24, 2015 and end on Sunday, June 7, 2015.

Welcome to the Ohio Mini-MapRaid

The thirteen editors participating in the Raid are divided into thirteen non-overlapping zones, meaning each editor gets their own uncontested editing zone.

Eleven senior editors who have volunteered to serve as mentors -- their only responsibility is answering questions from the participants; they will not be doing any editing in this raid.


This raid has two primary goals:

  1. Introduce newer editors to the fundamental skills required to (eventually) become an Area Manager
  2. Improve the map in a historically-neglected portion of Ohio (I-77 corridor south of Cleveland/Akron to the state border)



The Ohio Raid will run from Sunday, 2015-05-24 until Sunday, 2015-06-07

Raid Zones

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  • Clicking on the map redirects to an interactive Google MyMaps display which helps show where the Raid ZONES is inside Ohio
  • All thirteen zones are 230 mi2/596 km2, +/- 2 mi2/5 km2

Zone Assignments

All R3+ participants will be mentoring other participants in addition to editing their own zone.

MiniMapRaid! Ohio
Username (rank) Assigned Zone Comments Zone Link
jromer(4) [PM] Profile L4.png 1W Mentoring WME
DaveKS14(4) [PM] Profile L4.png 1E Badge AreaManager.png
ChieF0x(2) [PM] Profile L2.png 2W WME
sman28(2) [PM] Profile L2.png 2E WME
TsuDoNihm(2) [PM] Profile L2.png 3W WME
TimC42(4) [PM] Profile L4.png 3E Badge AreaManager.png
gunnargsd(3) [PM] Profile L3.png 4W Mentoring WME
justins83(3) [PM] Profile L3.png 4E Badge AreaManager.png
EdFromOhio(4) [PM] Profile L4.png 5W Badge AreaManager.png
cookswim(2) [PM] Profile L2.png 5E WME
UnassumingLocalGuy(2) [PM] Profile L2.png 6W WME
mitpatterson(2) [PM] Profile L2.png 6E WME
TNT1001(2) [PM] Profile L2.png 7 WME

Supporting Editors

The following editors are helping organize the event and/or answer questions for the participants, but are NOT editing as part of this Raid.

Local Hosts + Advisors
Username (rank) Comments Roles
GizmoGuy411(6) [PM] Profile L6.png Regional Coordinator
(Great Lakes),
Global Champ Mentor,
CM (Multiple)
BadgeRC-Temp.pngBadge Mentor Global Champ.pngBadge CountryManager.png
SkiDooGuy(6) [PM] Profile L6.png Local Champ Mentor (US),
CM (US, Canada, Palau),
Badge Mentor Local Champ.pngBadge CountryManager.pngBadge StateManager.pngBadge AreaManager.png
TerryPurdue(5) [PM] Profile L5.png SM (OH),
Badge Mentor.pngBadge StateManager.pngBadge AreaManager.png
ohiostmusicman(5) [PM] Profile L5.png SM (OH),
Badge Mentor.pngBadge StateManager.pngBadge AreaManager.png
Helgramite(5) [PM] Profile L5.png SM (OH),
Badge Mentor.pngBadge StateManager.pngBadge AreaManager.png
Username (rank) Comments Roles
orbitc(6) [PM] Profile L6.png Regional Coordinator
(New England, Northeast),
Global Champ Mentor,
CM (Multiple)
BadgeRC-Temp.pngBadge Mentor Global Champ.pngBadge CountryManager.png
MeridianHills(4) [PM] Profile L4.png SM (IN),
Badge Mentor.pngBadge StateManager.pngBadge AreaManager.png
xanderb(4) [PM] Profile L4.png SM (KY) Badge StateManager.pngBadge AreaManager.png
roadtechie(4) [PM] Profile L4.png Badge AreaManager.png
GadgetMTS(3) [PM] Profile L3.png
dchary2418(2) [PM] Profile L2.png

Local Guidance

Functional Classification

Unlike some of the previous raids, almost NONE of the map in this raid will have been properly classified.

  1. Follow ODOT FC map for minimum classification for road
    • Local (Black): Street
    • Collector (Yellow/Pink): Primary Street
    • Minor Arterial (Green): Minor Highway
    • Principal Arterial (Red): Major Highway
    • Other Freeway and Expressway (Brown):
      • Fully controlled-access: Freeway (may require dividing road -- Contact R5+ Advisor before attempting!)
      • Otherwise: Major Highway
    • Interstate (Blue): Freeway
  2. Follow Waze rules for upgrading above ODOT guidelines
  3. Local expertise/editor judgement: if you feel that a road/highway is still underclassified after applying the previous rules, please contact a Raid mentor and make a case for further upgrades

Lock Levels

Ohio is using a version of the still-developing Great Lakes regional standard for locks

  • "Standard" segments
    • Freeways: L5
    • Ramps: Highest Connected Segment (HCS)
    • Major Highway (MH): L3
    • Minor Highway (mH): L3
    • Primary Street (PS): L2
    • Street/PLR/private: L1
  • Special cases
    • At-Grade Connectors: Highest Connected Segment (HCS)
    • One-way segments: increase lock minimum by one (e.g., one-way PS should be locked to L3)

Place Editing


Each editor will have a specific zone that the Raid organizers will be "grading." This will be used as part of the decision about which participants are selected to participate in the subsequent raids in the series.



The following is a list of improvements that all editors should attempt to make across the entire Raid zone, but especially at the "Grading PL."

  1. Make sure all edits are in accordance with current best practices
  2. WME Validator clean through R6
    • Mentors will be available to downlock as needed
    • Remove check for "Exclude non-editable segments"
    • Make sure to fix all issues flagged by the Ohio Localizations plugin as part of this task!
    • Make sure all extraneous junction nodes are removed
    • Unknown direction roads, unconfirmed roads, etc. fixed
  3. User Reports (URs) and Place Update Reports (PURs) either closed or actively being worked
  4. Fix any junctions with unconfirmed turns
  5. Check for any improper turn restrictions0
    • Shift-Z will display all disabled turns visible on screen
  6. Junctions with U-turns enabled
  7. Excessive geometry points removed
    • Can hover and press D or (with Toolbox installed) press 1 to clear all geometry points from a segment
  8. Road segments named properly
  9. Proper elevation settings on segments
  10. Junctions
  11. Divided roads
  12. At-Grade Connectors (AGCs)
    • Make sure they're only used when needed/justified!
    • Proper naming, geometry for turn guidance, etc.
  13. Freeways
    • In Ohio only, freeway segments (and all ramps that connect to freeways) should always be set to "No City" (check with Mentors for explanation)
    • Ramps meet JSG guidance
    • Note that all editors are expected to fix all freeway segments in their zone
    • Ramps are named correctly
  14. Place objects set with correct type (area vs point), categories, and addresses (including street/street number!)
  15. House numbers added (within reason, not every single structure needs a house number!)
  16. All segments should be set to their MINIMUM lock level (higher if justified, check with mentors)
  17. Functional Classification: make sure all rules from the Functional Classification section have been correctly applied
  18. Rest areas drawn correctly (segment types, place objects, etc.)
  19. Private installations identified, marked with private roads
    • Things to look for: gates, non-standard speed limit signs in Street View
  20. All gas stations identified and mapped correctly -- including street address!
  21. Only those driveways that meet the criteria are mapped
  22. Special care is spent identifying and correctly mapping hospitals/urgent care facilities
  23. County Roads identified, marked (CR-xxx, "CH-" is not correct for any counties included in this Raid!) and classified (minimum Primary Street) appropriately leveraging ODOT Local Road Inventory


All communication for the Raid will take place in Google Hangouts that were created specifically for this effort.

Mapping Resources


The Basics

Recommended Tools for MapRaid

  • Raid Overlay - Shows boundaries for each of the thirteen Raid zones inside WME editor (requires Tampermonkey/Greasemonkey)
  • UR Comments - a tremendous time and labor saving tool with automation and integration with URO+, to help with working URs. Read the documentation.
  • The WME Reference Sheet[PDF] is a printable double-sided tri-fold quick reference guide to some of the common topics used in WME.
  • Validator is a script that validates a map area in Waze Map Editor, highlights issues and generates a very detailed report with wiki references and solutions.
    • Chrome: please download Validator at Chrome Web Store
    • Firefox: please download Validator at GreasyFork.org
      • Note: for Firefox browser you also need Greasemonkey or Tampermonkey installed.
  • Ohio localizations for Validator (requires Greasemonkey/TamperMonkey)
    • Note that issues highlighted by this script are a core component of the grading criteria!
  • WME Color Highlights (WMECH) - colors segments as indicated by user selections
  • Junction Angle Info (JAI) -- shows you the number of degrees between segments, crucial for ensuring correct turn guidance
  • WME Toolbox (WMETB or TB) - allows users to do more repetitive edit tasks with the click of a button


Check back here after the raid is completed to see the results and achievements

MapRaid Promotions

Some editors really let their bright side out, and let their community skills shine. This is even more evident in a concerted group effort with high-density editing like a MapRaid!. Editors of all ranks working closely with each other and the Champs, really lets us everyone get to know each other, and allows certain editors to be recognized for their skills and effort.

When the Champs see someone consistently editing well, interacting well with the community, and knowledgeable of the various details from the Wiki, they can issue promotions. This can be anything from the size of a managed area, to a rank increase, or even a new role.

Watch here for results of promotions during and after the raid.


The organizers are putting together workshops during the second half of the raid to focus on specific issues that participants will need to understand to successfully complete all grading criteria.


The team is very interested in suggestions of things to consider doing differently in future raids. Feel free to add (not remove!) any ideas/constructive criticism to the Suggestion Box, or PM/direct GHO entries to TerryPurdue who will add them for you.