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[[Places]] are searchable destinations in the Waze map. They are similar to the "Points points of Interestinterest" found in certain popular GPS devices.
'''Area Placesplaces''' 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 . Exceptions include [[Places/Gas station|gas stations]], and [[Places/Parking lot|parking lots]] which receive special handling.
'''Point Placesplaces''' don't appear on the Waze app 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.
'''Residential Point Placespoint places''' don't appear on the Waze app map. They can be used for help Wazers find addresses by searching; can be used for residences or businesses.
Non-residential point places and area places appear in both autocomplete and full search in the Waze app. The table of [[#When_to_use_Area_or_Point|place categories and types]], provides guidelines to help map editors decide between point and area places.
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== Point place {{Anchor|Point Place }}==
In the Waze Map Editor, the appearance of a point place reflects its status: {{clear}}
[[File:wme_place.png]] Standard Point point marker {{clear}} [[File:Selected_PP_2018.png|20px]] Selected Point point marker (size reduced for readability) {{clear}} [[File:wme_place_changed.png]] Changed Point point marker {{clear}} [[File:wme_place_pending_update.png]] Point Place place with pending update{{clear}}
'''=== Location details {{Anchor|Point Location Details'''placement}}===*The [[File:PP stop point front door 2018.png|thumb|Point place marker for positioned at the front door of a Place business.]] The point place should be located go on or nearest very near to the segment to which the driver should be navigated. <u>The Point Marker By default, the Waze routing server will navigate the Wazer onto the segment which is closest to where the point is positioned. 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. If the closest segment to the physical location of the place is not where a driver would drop someone off to go there, an [[#Entry point|entry point]] may be added, which will cause routing to stop at the segment closest to the entry point instead of the place point</u>.
==== Positioning examples{{Anchor|Point placement examples}} ===='''Some examples'''* A building with one point place:** If there is only one door, position it at that door.** If there are multiple doors on the same side, (like a supermarket,) position 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, position 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 point 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 the 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.{{clear}} == Area place {{Anchor|Area Place }}==The Area Place An area place is a polygon. Use the geometry points handles to adjust the shape. Area Places In WME area places are pink when not selected, blue-green when selected, and a reddish color red when they have unsaved changes.
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[[File:WME_selected_AP_2018_01.png]] [[File:WME_selected_AP_2018_02.png]] {{clear}}
'''=== Location details {{Anchor|Area Location Details'''placement}}===*The navigation stop By default, Waze routes to an area place as if there were an [[#Entry point appears |entry point]] located at its center. This default behavior may or may not yield best routing results. To ensure optimal routing, it is recommended to add one or more explicit entry points to all area places except those typically used for display only, such as a target any place in the editor"Natural Feature" parent category.*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.=== Size {{Anchor|Area Place size}}===
=== Area Place size ===
[[File:Polaris.png|right|200px]]Area places will show up in the Waze mobile app if they are large enough.<!--Waze management has asked the community not to try to reverse engineer and communicate this specific information. -->
[[#Detailed guidance for select categories|Guidelines for drawing a few specific categories]] are more detailed and should be reviewed.
=== Area Client rendering {{Anchor|Client rendering of Places overlap }}===Most area places will show in the Waze app and [[Live map]] as a shaded area with a color depending upon their primary category:* Blue for water body categories (Sea/Lake/Pond, River/Stream, Canal, Dam)* Green for some Outdoors and Natural Feature categories (Park, Forest, Golf Course)* White for Island* Light gray for Parking Lot (if not too large)* Dark gray for other categories
Sometimes a large area place has smaller The geometry of area places within it. Examples include different medical buildings within a hospital campus or separate malls within a large shopping complex. Currently, is often simplified when drawn in the Waze will show the labels of the smaller area place, but not the boundaries within the larger area, unless the color is differentapp and live map. It Certain geometry points may be a better approach for the time being combined if close to use point places other geometry points, and this varies by zoom levels. Thus, for the components of example, a larger area place unless it that is essential that the subset place names drawn as a regular octagon may be visibledisplayed as a square. Future versions of the Waze client may render overlapping Extremely small area places more usefully. Qualifying point places may be converted to area Places are not displayed at all, even at that timemaximum zoom.
==== Overlapping {{Anchor|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. Smaller area polygons are shown on top of larger polygons. However, if the colors of the places are the same, Waze will show only the names of the smaller area places but not their boundaries within the larger area. It may be a better approach 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. == Residential point places place {{Anchor|Residential place points}} ==Residential Point Places point places (RPPs) are used for when an address (residential address or business address) is not navigable from the main road. Houses that are on a private road/or pipestem, businesses that have a vanity address on a major road (but their entrance is on another named lesser road), or businesses that are on parking lot roads within a shopping center are some examples.
RPPs:
# * Appear as triangles in the appWME# * Are searchable by address if city matches the search# * Any name on a place that becomes an RPP disappears after saving and is not searchable# * Cannot be converted to a public point place point or area place area (after saving)# * Appear in the app search usually within minutes# Are * Have a very high priority in an address search hierarchy# * Can only have one city for the house number (if more than one city name is used then for an address, multiple RPPs are required)# * Display in history who created the RPP and any edits after creation, if created in WME
See differences between [[House_Numbers_in_WME#House_numbers_vs_residential_point_places|House house numbers and Residential place pointsresidential point places]] for comparison to HNs. There are different advantages and disadvantages to each.
=== Creating an RPP Creation ==={{Expand|# Hover over the Place button on the grey tool bar on top of the WME screen
# Next to any category, preferably Other, click the point option
# Click at the location that the RPP is desired
## Add the CITY (USPS mailing address city or city that the business uses if different)
## Click "Apply" button to prepare the ADDRESS information to save
## Click "Add point" button for [[#Entry point|ENTRY/EXIT POINTS]]
## Place the point where the user's navigation should end
## Lock to appropriate region standard, or your highest available level if you cannot lock to the regional standard
## Click the '''Save''' button in the upper right corner of the grey toolbar
# Make sure a nearby segment has the '''exact same''' street and city name combination either as a primary name or an alternate name.
# If an existing saved house number's (HN) anchor position is >50 m away from the proposed position of a new RPP triangle, then the RPP will not save. Delete the HN and wait until the HN database updates (generally at least two [[Map tiles#Updates|tile updates]]) to retry saving this as an RPP. The proposed RPP can either be saved in the correct location as a point place (with name added, should be converted to RPP after HN update) or as an RPP within 50 m of the HN anchor location (should be moved to correct location after the HN update)with an entry point moved to the correct location. It is recommended that a A [[map comment]] should be put over the RPP added here to both remind editors to fix it and to easily find the area again.|steps to create an RPP|nt=yes}}
{{mbox|type=important|text= RPPs will not work be found in address search if they do not have the a house number, street name, and city name. Additionally the '''exact''' street/city name combination should must be specified on a nearby segment (primary or alternate name). They If located on driveways or access roads other than the road specified in their address, they may not route correctly without an entry point.}}
== Client rendering of Places Entry point {{Anchor|Setting the stop point for a Place}}==Most area Places will show in the Waze app and [[Live map]] An entry point (formerly known as a shaded stop point) causes navigation to a place to end on the drivable segment closest to the entry point, rather than the point place marker or the center of the areaplace. Extremely small area Places will not appear at allIn addition, entry points on RPPs allow navigation to end on the closest segment to the entry point regardless of its name, even at maximum zoomwhereas routing to most RPPs without entry points ends only on the closest segment with the shared street and city name as the RPP.
Point Places are not shown in If an entry point is needed, it can be added by selecting the place and clicking "Add point" under ENTRY/EXIT POINTS. This will cause a [[Live mapFile:WME_Stop_Point_2018.png]], icon to appear on top of the point or Waze appat the center of the area place, but are searchable within the appwhich can then be moved into position. By default, a Waze Place search result should supersede others, even in the autofill list[[File:Stop_point_dashed_line_2019.JPG|thumb|Entry point distance limit]]
When moving an entry point, the editor will show a dashed black line boundary. The entry point must be placed within this boundary box as shown below.== Setting = Single ===One entry point can be added to all types of places, whether area or point. Position the entry point on or next to the closest segment where a car would stop to bring someone to the place.<!--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 for a Place ==set. {{clear}} [[File:WME AreaPlace w Stop Point 2018.png|thumb|left|300px|WME AreaPlace w Stop Point 2018.png]] [[File:WME AreaPlace Zoomed w Stop Point 2018.png|thumb|right|300px|WME AreaPlace Zoomed w Stop Point 2018.png]] {{clear}}-->
=== Point placement Multiple ===[[File:MEPRoute.jpg|right|200px]][[File:MEPCard.jpg|right|200px]]{{Mbox|type=important|text={{As of|June 2019}} multiple entry points can be added to area places. However, they are not used in the production app. Production users are routed only to the originally created entry point.}} Multiple entry points can be added to area places only. When navigating to a place with multiple entry points, the Waze app brings users to ''whichever entry point provides the optimal route'', which is often but not necessarily the closest entry point to the user. The entry point being used is shown in the app on a card as part of the route summary.
[[File:PP stop point front door 2018.png|thumb|Point Place marker placed The end flag (black & white checkered pin at the front door end of a business.]] The Point Place should go on or very near to route) and the location flag (red pin displayed in the segment to which place information tab in the driver should be navigated. The Waze routing server will navigate app) always display at the Wazer onto first entry point that was created, whether or not it has the segment which Main box checked. It is physically closest to where also the point is placedlocation used in routing during situations for which multiple entry points are not yet enabled (see [[#Limitations|below]]). <u>The Point Marker is Checking the stop point unless Main box on a stop different entry point has been added</u>. Typically, if moves it to the Place is inside a building, top of the marker should be located at or near list but has no known effect in the location's front door. Think: where would a car stop to drop someone off for this locationapp.
When moving a stop point==== Applications ====The proper application for multiple entry points is for places with '''multiple entrances, all of which are <u>equally useful for general entry</u> into that place.''' Add entry points only at the entrances that are equally useful for general entry into the place for most drivers navigating to the editor will show place. For example, at a public place like a dashed black line boundarymall, do not add multiple entry points at doors for employees only. The stop point must At a school or stadium, even though some doors may require special access (student ID, event ticket), if most drivers would have such access, multiple entry points can be placed within this boundary box as shown below.[[File:Stop_point_dashed_line_2019added to special-access entrances.JPG|500px|left|thumb|Stop Point Distance Limit]]
Position the first entry point where it would be if it were the [[#Single|only entry point]] for the place, because of the [[#Limitations|limitations]] below. Generally this would be at the main entrance, or if no such entrance exists, somewhere at the center of the place that provides the most useful drop-off location. ===== Pedestrian entrances =====[[File:PedEntry.png|thumb|Entry points mark the doors of a traditional shopping mall.]]As with point places and single entry points, if possible, multiple entry points should be positioned where a person would be dropped off when arriving at a place. This is useful for most single buildings with multiple entrances and for destinations that may not be contained within one building but occupy a single, exclusively pedestrian area. Some examples include traditional malls, open-air malls and markets, stadiums, arenas, smaller parks which can't be driven through. At a building, place the entry points at the doors of the building. At a mall, do not place entry points at anchor stores, unless there is no other easy way to get into the mall. At a stadium, place the entry points at the spectator gates. At a park, place the entry points where drivable roads meet footpaths into the destination. ===== Vehicular entrances =====[[File:VehEntry.png|thumb|Entry points mark the roads into a large strip mall.]]If a place does not have discrete pedestrian entrances into itself as a whole but still has multiple, equally useful vehicular entrances, multiple entry points should be placed at these vehicular entrances. Some examples include [[Places/Parking lot|parking lots]], malls where people can drive to individual stores throughout (town centers, large strip malls), or large parks that can be driven through. Entry points should not necessarily be placed where the roads enter the area polygon; place them around the area of interest of the place. For example, if a large park has parking lots, playgrounds and athletic fields all clustered at one end with access from roads in multiple directions, place the entry points around this area. If the whole area place is equally interesting to drivers, place entry points on roads leading into the place, but ideally drivers should be able to see wherever they want to go within the place from a given entry point. ==== Limitations ====Up to 20 entry points can be added for each area place. {{ClearAs of|June 2019}}, a specific entry point cannot be chosen, whether main or otherwise; only the optimal entry point for navigation is used. Multiple entry points also do not work correctly in the following situations:* Add a stop* Plan a drive* Alternate routesThe first entry point to be created is always used when adding a stop and planning a drive. A different entry point may be used in manually or automatically recalculated alternate routes, but its name may not be shown. Further development is planned, including a drop-down menu for users to choose to be navigated to a particular entry point of a place. ==== Where not to use ====Because of the above technical limitations, multiple entry points should not be used for nested places, such as different stores or parking lots within a mall, or different terminals or facilities within an airport. They also should not be used where most drivers would wish to be navigated to a single, main entrance, and alternate entrances require some sort of special access. Multiple entry points are no substitute for proper parking lot navigation, so they should not be used for places with multiple access roads leading to a single building entrance. ==== Naming ====If signs or formal names exist for entrances, use those to name entry points. Otherwise, use names that are short and descriptive. Sources for names can come from the compass, from the road the entrance faces, from the place the entrance serves directly (e.g., "Food Court"), etc., whichever applies best to the situation. Use parenthetical "(near _)" for places that are next to the entrance but to which the entrance does not directly lead. Do not use the word "Entrance" or synonyms thereof unless part of the formal name of an entrance, as they provide little value now and will be redundant after future development. Use title case for entry point names. Examples include:* Southeast (near Macy's)* Causeway North* Lobby* Section 16* Upper Level ==== Editing ====To add multiple entry points:# Add the first point as described [[#Entry point|above]]. It is the main entry point by default.# Name the first point.## Mouse over where it says Unnamed in the place info panel.## Click the pencil.## Give it a name.## Click Apply# Position the first point by dragging it away from the center.# Add the second point by clicking Add point.# Name the second point.# Position the second point over its entrance by dragging it away from the center.# Repeat steps four to six for each additional point, making sure that each point has a name and has been moved.# Checking the Main box next to a different entry point moves it to the top of the list, but this has no known effect in the app == Moving ==All types of places can be moved, but WME imposes a limit (see [[Places#Moved|Moved]] below) on the distance that a place can be moved, above which the change cannot be saved. If a place must be moved a large distance, multiple saves are required. === Point Place =and RPP ===To move a point Placeplace, first click on the Place iconpoint, which will turn into the icon below. Now you the place can click be clicked again and drag the Place dragged to the correct location.
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<b>Note:</b> You should also be Be sure to move the stop entry point for the place, if one has been added.
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[[File:Selected_PP_2018.png]]
==== 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.<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 the 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.{{clear}} === Area placement ==={{MboxAnchor|type=important|text={{As of|May 2019}} multiple entry points can be added to area places. However, they are not used in the production app. Production users are routed only to the originally created entry point.}} The [[File:WME_Stop_Point_2018.png]] icon is the adjustable stop point for Area Places. Here is an example of Moving 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. {{clearPlace}} [[File:WME AreaPlace w Stop Point 2018.png|thumb|left|300px|WME AreaPlace w Stop Point 2018.png]] [[File:WME AreaPlace Zoomed w Stop Point 2018.png|thumb|right|300px|WME AreaPlace Zoomed w Stop Point 2018.png]] {{clear}} {{clear}} === 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 [[File:wme_place_drag_handle.png]].
== Place details ==
Every Placeplace, whether Point point or Areaarea, should have as much detail completed as possible. This includes a name, proper categorization, and full street address, city, and state. If any Place place does not have a City city or Streetstreet in its address, check the None checkboxnext to these fields.
=== {{anchor|Place lock}}General tab ===
[[File:Gas_Station_Selected_General_Tab_00001.png|left|200px|Place Details]][[File:Gas_Station_Selected_General_Tab_00002.png|left|200px|Place Details]]
The General tab for a Place place is where you complete all of the basic informationis added: categoriesaddress, name, category, description, gas brandentry points, residential/publiclock, countrypoint or area, stateexternal providers, city, street and house numberresidential or public.
Places considered fundamental to the functioning of the Waze app, such as [[Places/Gas station|gas stations]], should be locked ''at least to rank 2'' to prevent possible loss of data due to automatic acceptance of submissions from [[Places#trusted_users|trusted users]]. Other complex, intricate, or crucial Places places such as Police Stationspolice stations, Fire Departmentsfire departments, Airportsairports, Parksparks, etc., should also be considered for locking to prevent loss of data.
{{mbox|type=warning|text=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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===={{anchor|Categories}}Categories====
Choose only categories that ''closely match the destination!'' If no subcategory provides a very close match, do not select a subcategory that "comes close". Instead, select a relevant umbrella supercategory or the '''Other''' category.
This approach may seem counterintuitive from an editing perspective. This is because editors begin with the Place place and search for the category. Drivers, however, will begin with the category and search for the Placeplace.
For example, consider a Wazer who needs to refuel a vehicle or tank with compressed natural gas (CNG). Categories that come close are '''Gas Station''' and '''Hardware Store'''. As an editor, one might assign '''Gas Station''' to a CNG fueling location as this seems to come the closest; but this would be a mistake. '''Car Services''', '''Shopping / Services''', or just '''Other''' would be more correct. Why?
A Wazer needing a CNG refueling site is highly unlikely to search for it under '''Gas Station''', and if such a search were attempted, irrelevant results would outnumber useful ones by a vast margin. The Wazer will quickly realize that a text search for "CNG" will be more productive. Categorizing the location as a '''Gas Station''' would have provided no benefit to the Wazer. Meanwhile, Wazers searching for a gasoline refueling location would be offered CNG destinations, and worse, they may not realize this until they arrive at the CNG fueling site and discover it does not sell gasoline.
Thus, when choosing categories for a Placeplace, do not ask "what category comes closest?" but rather "if a Wazer explicitly asks for this category, will this Place place be representative of what they seek?" It is absolutely correct to use the '''Other''' category if nothing else available satisfies this question. ====Description==== Users will see the contents of the Description field only when viewing details for a Place. Descriptions are limited to 300 characters maximum, and are not searchable. Descriptions should focus on brief, easily verifiable facts that:*help drivers locate, identify, or reach a destination;*help them park for a destination if potentially confusing;*help confirm that the destination being offered is what the user wanted;*highlight possibly unexpected restrictions, such as a park that doesn't allow dogs;*qualify the destination's details; or*differentiate the hours or other details of any sub-destinations, such as a pharmacy within a larger store.Descriptions are not for reviews, opinions, or redundant, obvious, or offhand comments, nor are they for educational discussions of history or significance. To offer detailed information to the user, set the Place's website field to the destination's official website. If a description appears to have been added by a Waze-approved third party, you may leave it as is aside from any necessary corrections to facts or grammar. You may shorten or remove an existing description in order to include any of the essential information listed above, and you may edit descriptions that seem excessively opinionated in order to improve neutrality, but please respect the standing of advertisers who may have paid Waze to add the Place and its description. Consult local leadership if in doubt.
===={{anchor|External Providers}}External providers====
| style="text-align: center;" | [[File:WME_External_Providers_01_2018.png|center|border]]''Options auto-complete as you type.''<br /><br />
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Waze allows you to connect the linking of places and POI points of interest from external providers. One of The only external provider used in the providers USA is '''Google Maps'''. When a place Google POI is linked, drivers can select any destination from search results in the app, whether the result is from Waze or Google, it will always lead you to and the information and routing for the navigation stop point from Wazeplace will be used. This Apart from places, some addresses from Google Maps can also be linked to a street Waze place, which enables a Google address point for the business if the address point exists in Google Mapsto redirect to a properly located Waze place.
Connect an external POI following this procedure:
# Save your changes.
If the place has already been linked, you will see a box with will show the name and address of the external POI.
If you find that a site place is linked to an improper external POI:
# Delete link by clicking the X next to the POI field.
# Save the changes.
=== More Info tab ===
In the More Info tab is additional helpful information for the Placeplace. Here you will add phone number, website, additional services, and hours of operation:
[[File:Place_More_Info_Tab_2018.png|border|left|Place More Info]]
==== Opening hours ====
The Opening hours section allows the editor to add or delete the hours of operation for Placesplaces, 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:Place_Photo_Tab_2018.png|border|left|Place Photos]]
Any photos which drivers have added to a Place place will appear in the Photos tab. In WME, we can review photos and delete (or merge from another Waze place (AP or PP). Photos can only be uploaded from the Waze app. Click on a picture to view a larger version.
==== Deleting a Place photo ====
{{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.}}
[[File:WME_Hover_Photo_2018.png|right]]
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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== {{anchor|PUR}}Place updates (moderation) ==
[[File:wme_placemarker_new.png]][[File:wme_placemarker_new_photo.png]][[File:wme_placemarker_updated_details.png]]The Place Update Request place update request (PUR) marker shown to the left identify the location of a pending Place place update, similar to an [[Update Requests|update request]]. The ''Place updates'' issue layer must be enabled to see these pending update request(s). When an untrusted driver submits a new Place place or an update to an existing Placeplace, these go into a moderation status. {{clear}}
[[File:wme_place_area_with_update.png|right|thumb|Area with update marker]]
*The Place place update request markers will only appear if you have the "Place updates" layer enabled.*Point Places places with pending updates will display with the [[File:wme_place_pending_update.png]] icon even when the "Place updates" layer is disabled.*With the Place updates layer enabled, an Area Place area place will display with an update request marker at its center.
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[[File:wme_place_update_new_place.png|right|thumb|New Placeplace]] When you click on the Place 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 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 place update marker.
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[[File:wme_place_update_new_details_long.png|thumb|right|Very long full Place place update]]
=== Accept or reject? ===
The job of the Waze editor is to accept or reject Place place updates sent by users from the Waze app. The general guideline to use to determine whether to Accept the update is:
A Place place update, if the user completes ALL 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.{{clear}}
=== Determining acceptable photos ===
Defining exactly what is an acceptable photo is difficult because of the huge variation in destinations. In general terms, the pictures of Places 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.
{{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.}}
The following are meant as guidelines both for the editor and for users taking pictures. '''Photos should:'''
*Show the exterior of the Placeplace
*Be clear (not blurry, through rain-covered/dirty windows, not from moving vehicles/trains, etc)
*Be well lit
*Help differentiate the Place place location from nearby Placesplaces
'''Photos could include images of, but not necessarily limited to:'''
*Door of store
*Front of Place place with signage*An image of the front/side of Place place (angled) to exemplify the correct building*Streetside signage of the Placeplace
*Daylight images
*Night or evening images, as long as the image is clear and helps the driver identify the Placeplace
'''Photos should ''not'' show:'''
*Any pornographic content, nudity, sexual content or simulation, etc.
===Examples of good and bad place photos {{Anchor|Examples of good and bad Place photos}}===
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=== Duplicate Places places ===When a user submits an update for a Placeplace, but does not, or cannot, choose an existing Place place in the app, it will show in the Waze Map Editor as a New Placenew place. It could also happen that two users report a new Place place at the same moment which results in two New Placesnew places.
The [[Places#Merge_PlacesMerge places|Merge Placesmerge places]] feature will help with combining the duplicate places into a single place.
<u>When you find a Place place update which would duplicate an existing Placeplace</u>, or two New Place new place updates which are for the same place, if*The Place place update contains more than just a photo, and*The Place place update provides useful, updated information
Please follow these steps:
#Accept the update
#Save
#Use the Merge merge feature to combine the new place details into the original place
#The new place accepted from Step 1 will be deleted
If the criteria cannot be met, then Reject reject the Place place update.
=== Merge places {{Anchor|Merge Places }}===The Merge merge places feature is a great way to reduce errors when copying information over from one place to another.
You are able to merge two or more venues into a single venue.
Only Public Places public places can be merged; Residential Place Points residential place points cannot be merged. You cannot perform a place merge if any of the selected places are locked above your rank or you are not a trusted user
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# Click Save to save your changes to the map
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<b>NOTE:</b> Area Place place geometry can't merge into a Point Placepoint place. If you need to merge a Point Place point place and an Area Place area place and want to keep the area polygon of the Area Placearea place, then merge the Point Place point place into the Area Place area place to keep from having to recreate the area polygon.   {{clear}} 
=== Place update FAQs ===
==== {{anchor|Trusted user}}What is a trusted user?====
Once a certain number of contributions by the same user (from the client app or rank 1 editors) 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 would still require moderator approval if the place is locked at a level above the editor's rank. (Ex Place For example, a place locked to L3 3 generates a PUR for editors L1 or L2 even if a trusted user.)
====What kind of places should we approve?====
====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 or [[Places#Merge_PlacesMerge places|Mergemerge]] the new information with an already existing place if it is a duplicate.
====Can I move a photo from one Place place to another?====Yes, you can utilize the [[Places#Merge_PlacesMerge places|Merge Placesmerge places]] feature.
====Can I move or merge any data from a duplicate Place place update to an existing Placeplace?====Yes, you can utilize the [[Places#Merge_PlacesMerge places|Merge Placesmerge places]] feature.
==== {{anchor|blocked}}Can a user become blocked from adding new places? ====
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===={{Anchor|Residential setting}}What is the Residential 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 we can avoid having private places wrongly listed as public.
Residential Point Places point places (RPPs) or Private Places private places are searchable by address. Any name given ex "Mom's house" is not searchable and is removed when the RPP is approved.
1. RPPs are searchable by address only
2. The identity of the creator and any modifications made are shown in history
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 {{Anchor|Area-Point combinations }}==
[[File:wme_places_mall_area_with_points.png|right]]
There are some situations where it will be appropriate to mix both Area area and Point Placespoint 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 first image:
=== Combination naming ===
When naming Point Places point places which are contained within an Area Place area place in this way, it may be desirable to include the Areaarea's name in the separate Point Place point place names. If this is desirable, name the Point Places point places with the specific name first, followed by a hyphen, followed by the Area area name, as such:
: '''Point Specific Name - Area General Name'''
For example, {{nowrapcode|Yulman Stadium - Tulane University}} or {{nowrapcode|Apple Store - Lakeside Shopping Center}}. There are two exceptions: [[Places/Airport|airports]] and [[Places/Hospitals_and_urgent_care|emergency rooms]].
== Multiple categories ==
*A Place place can be assigned to multiple categories*The Primary Category primary category for a Place place must be the first one you enterentered*The Primary Category primary category is displayed in a darker shade of blue than the others*The Primary Category primary category is used to determine whether to use a Point point or Area area for the Placeplace*The primary category determines the color of area places
== When to use area or point {{Anchor|When to use Area or Point }}==
Here is the global national guidance on selecting Area area or Point point for Places places in the Waze Map Editor. This list is based on the '''US English''' [[Waze_Map_Editor#Settings|language preference]] selection for WME. The default WME setting for standard '''English''' is slightly different for some entries.
{{Red|The Primary Category primary category for a Place place is used to determine whether to use a Point point or Areaarea.}}
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! style="background-color:#59899e253b44; color:white" width="23%" | Parent! style="background-color:#59899e253b44; color:white" width="27%" | Category! style="background-color:#59899e253b44; color:white" width="8%" | Type! style="background-color:#59899e253b44; color:white" class="unsortable" width="42%" | Comments
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| Car Services
| College / University
| Area
| Use Point for locations occupying what appears to be commercial real estate without any outward appearance characteristic of an educational institution, as is typical of vocational schools or learning/office satellites located in business districts. Check regional guidance to see if such locations should be assigned a different category altogether.
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| Professional and Public
| [[Places/Hospitals and urgent care|Doctor / Clinic]]
| Point
| Clinics, and Medical medical offices which ''do not'' offer urgent medical care for Walkwalk-Ins ins should use the Doctor / Clinic, (and any other appropriate) category instead. ''See the [[Places/Hospitals and urgent care|Hospital hospital wiki page]] for more details.''
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| Professional and Public
| [[Places/Hospitals and urgent care|Hospital / Urgent Care]]
| Area
| '''ONLYOnly''' Hospitals, Emergency Roomsemergency rooms, and places offering '''''Urgenturgent'' Medical Caremedical care''' should use this category. ERs encompassed in a hospital Place Area place area should be Pointspoints.
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| Professional and Public
|-
| Professional and Public
| [[Places/Post_Office|Post Officeoffice]]
| Point
| Category '''only for''' ''Post Offices, Village Post Offices,'' and ''Contract Postal Units'' as defined by the [https://tools.usps.com/go/POLocatorAction!input.action USPS].
When searching for "post office" in the Waze app, the quick search results will only display places that begin with contain "Post Office" in the primary name. If pushed to a full search, will only display places that have the "Post Office" category.''See the [[Places/Post_OfficePost_office|Post Officepost office]] page for more details.''
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| Professional and Public
| School
| Area
| Use Point for locations occupying what appears to be commercial real estate without any outward appearance characteristic of an educational institution, as is typical of vocational schools or learning/office satellites located in business districts. Check regional guidance to see if such locations should be assigned a different category altogether.
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| Shopping / Services
| Casino
| Area
| Large hotel-casinos perhaps could be Area Placesarea places.
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| Culture / Entertainment
| Campground / RV Park
| Both
| These locations serve '''overnight or week-long guests''' and the area should cover all campsite/RV roads inside of the toll gate/payment booth on the entrance road (primary/main if multiple entrances). The navigation stop point should be placed on the primary entrance toll gate/payment booth. Trailer Parks parks and Mobile Home Parks mobile home parks (serving mainly '''long term residents over months or years at a time''') should be treated as townhome complexes or apartments/condominiums and use the [[Residential residential point place|Residential Point Place]] as needed.
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| Lodging
| 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 Placearea place, it should not be mapped at all.
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| Natural Feature
| Sea / Lake / Pond
| 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 Placearea place, it should not be mapped at all.
|-
| Natural Feature
=== Landmarks ===
Any Place place that functions as a ''landmark'' may be represented as an Area Place area place even if the table above indicates otherwise. A landmark Place 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 area place if the table above allows it for its category, regardless of whether it qualifies as a landmark.
When creating an Area Place 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 a landmark that also provides space for offices; the primary category of its Area Place 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 Placearea place, while the stores would receive Point Places 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 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 area place on their display with an advertisement. '''{{As of|2015|2}}, it is not encouraged to map any structures built by and dedicated to single retailers as Area Placesarea places, regardless of how visually iconic.'''
==Place name harmonization{{Anchor|Place Name Harmonization}}==The primary purpose of place name harmonization (PNH) is to provide a consistent and optimal user search experience in the app. The goal is to maximize the likelihood that a user will be able to quickly find what they are searching for, first in Instant results, then in full search. When a business name is harmonized, a standard (state, regional or national) is made for the primary name, alternative names if appropriate, descriptions, website link and other details as necessary.
The primary purpose A minimum of Place Name Harmonization (PNH) 5-10 locations is to provide usually preferred before a consistent and optimal user search experience in the app. The goal business is to maximize the likelihood that a user will be able to quickly find what they are searching for, first in Instant results, then in full searchharmonized. When If a business name is harmonized a standard (Stateexpected to grow beyond this number, Region or National) is made for the primary name, alternative names if appropriate, descriptions, website link and other details as necessarythen early submission makes sense.
A minimum of 5-10 locations is usually preferred before a business is harmonized. If a business is expected to grow beyond this number then early submission makes sense.  The PNH process starts with map editors submitting a request for harmonization of a business. This submission is reviewed by regional moderators and can be made national if appropriate. Due to complexities of how businesses may operate in different regions, occasionally a businesses may have different nuances in each region. If you have a question about a business please feel free to contact your regional PNH moderator listed below. 
The [[WME Place Harmonizer]] (WMEPH) script is available to help editors choose the harmonized name for businesses, as well as to help fill and format other place fields.
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== Detailed guidance for select categories==
* [[Rest areas]]
== Moving Moved ==If a point place is needs to be moved more than 1046.59 feet approximately 400m (319 meters1/4 mile), the change cannot be saved in WMEwill report an error and not allow saving. Therefore, if a business or other public place has moved a short distance, move the associated point place to the correct location, update the address and delete any photos that are no longer accurate. However, if a business has moved a long distanceyou have three options:# Move the place within the 400m (1/4 mile) boundary and save, then repeat until reaching the new location.# Convert the place to an area place, stretch a corner to the new location, delete the entry point, then save. Drag three of the geometry points of the area to the new location and delete the fourth, convert to a point place, remove and save again.# Mark the place as permanently closed in Google (if linked and Google place already exists at new location) and Waze according to the following section and , then create a new placeat the correct location and fill proper data and linkingFor the first two options, make sure the place is moved in Google as well
== Closed ==
*It may still be under construction but already well known, as is the case with some large destination stores and attractions.
Whatever the reason, Waze users should not be routed without warning to places that are not open for normal business. However, because Waze includes third-party searches can include results in searches for places, without a [[#External_providers|linked Waze place]], users may end up navigating to a third-party result with no way of knowing that from external providers which will not indicate if the place is not open or does not even existclosed. In the United States, the only external provider of Waze search results is Google Maps, and places that are either marked as {{Red|permanently closed}} in Google Maps do or linked to an existing Waze place will not appear in Waze search. Therefore, after confirming that a place is not open for business due to any of the above reasons, the following procedures procedure should be used:
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! colspan="3" rowspan="2" style="background: #b3b3b3; font-size: 110%; border-right: 1px solid white" |General Process Steps
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| style="border-bottom: 2px solid black;" |4|| colspan="5" style="border-bottom: 2px solid black" |In WME click "Add linked Google place" to search for each relevant, open Google place, and create links to them (the minimum rank to add linked Google places is {{rank | placeexternal}}).
 
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| style="border-bottom: 2px solid black;" |5|| colspan="2" style="border-bottom: 2px solid black; border-right: 1px solid black;" |Check for nearby [[Places/Parking_lot|parking lot]] with business name included in the name|| style="border-bottom: 2px solid black; text-align: center;" |Remove the parking lot name <br/>(leave blank)|| colspan="2" style="border-bottom: 2px solid black; text-align: center;" |''Continue to the next step.''|- | rowspan="2" style="border-bottom: 2px solid black" |56|| rowspan="2" style="border-bottom: 2px solid black" |If your place is linked to|| style="border-bottom: 2px dashed black; border-right: 1px solid black" |no open Google places:|| style="border-bottom: 2px dashed black; text-align: center;" |'''Delete the place and stop.'''|| colspan="2" style="border-bottom: 2px dashed black; text-align: center;" |''Continue to the next step.''
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| style="border-bottom: 2px solid black; border-right: 1px solid black" |open Google places:|| colspan="3" style="border-bottom: 2px solid black; text-align: center;" |''Continue to the next step.''
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| rowspan="2" style="border-bottom: 2px solid black;" |67|| rowspan="2" style="border-bottom: 2px solid black;" |Add at the end of the name|| style="border-bottom: 2px dashed black; border-right: 1px solid black" |if open date known:|| rowspan="2" style="border-bottom: 2px solid black; text-align: center;" |(permanently closed)|| style="border-bottom: 2px dashed black; text-align: center;" |(reopens [date])|| style="border-bottom: 2px dashed black; text-align: center;" |(opens [date])
|-
| style="border-bottom: 2px solid black; border-right: 1px solid black;" |if open date unknown:|| style="border-bottom: 2px solid black; text-align: center;" |(temporarily closed)|| style="border-bottom: 2px solid black; text-align: center;" |(under construction)
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| rowspan="2" style="border-bottom: 2px solid black;" |78|| rowspan="2" style="border-bottom: 2px solid black;" |Add a note in the description|| style=" border-bottom: 2px dashed black; border-right: 1px solid black;" |if open date known:|| rowspan="2" style="border-bottom: 2px solid black; text-align: center;" |Reported closed [date]|| style="border-bottom: 2px dashed black; text-align: center;" |Reported closed [date], reopens [date]|| style="border-bottom: 2px dashed black; text-align: center;" |Opens [date]
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| style="border-bottom: 2px solid black; border-right: 1px solid black;" |if open date unknown:|| style="border-bottom: 2px solid black; text-align: center;" |Reported closed [date]|| style="border-bottom: 2px solid black; text-align: center;" | Coming soon
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| style="border-bottom: 2px solid black;" |89|| colspan="2" style="border-bottom: 2px solid black; border-right: 1px solid black;" |Reduce open hours|| colspan="3" style="border-bottom: 2px solid black; text-align: center" |to one minute per week at a time least likely to be viewed, such as 02:59-03:00, Monday morning.
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| style="border-bottom: 2px solid black;" |910|| colspan="2" style="border-bottom: 2px solid black; border-right: 1px solid black;" |Reduce visibility|| colspan="3" style="border-bottom: 2px solid black; text-align: center" |Change all categories to '''Other'''; if a '''Parking Lot''', uncheck "Accessible parking" before this change. If an area place, change to point (remember to do a [[Map tiles#Trigger updates|trigger edit]] nearby).
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| style="border-bottom: 2px solid black;" |1011|| colspan="2" style="border-bottom: 2px solid black; border-right: 1px solid black;" |Submit third-party correction and/or wait.|| style="border-bottom: 2px solid black; text-align: center;" |Submit a correction in Google Maps to mark each place {{Red|permanently closed}}.|| style="border-bottom: 2px solid black; text-align: center;" |Wait until reopening.|| style="border-bottom: 2px solid black; text-align: center;" |Wait until opening.
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| style="border-bottom: 2px solid black;" |1112|| colspan="2" style="border-bottom: 2px solid black; border-right: 1px solid black;" |Final cleanup.|| style="border-bottom: 2px solid black; text-align: center;" |Delete the Waze place after each linked Google place is marked {{Red|permanently closed}}.|| style="border-bottom: 2px solid black; text-align: center;" |Change the Waze place back to normal after reopening.|| style="border-bottom: 2px solid black; text-align: center;" |Change the Waze place to normal after opening.
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=== Flagged{{Anchor|Flagging }} ===
[[File:FlagPUR.png|right|200px]]Waze users will frequently flag closed places for deletion, which generates a PUR with the options of ignoring the flag or deleting the place. If the place should be deleted immediately, delete it through the flag, which will send the user a message that the flag was reviewed and approved. If you need to wait to delete the place until third-party results are corrected, wait to handle the flag and then delete the place through the flag. If the place is still open or has just moved a short distance, hit "ignore" on the flag PUR.
=== Additional information ===
Closed [[#Advertisers|advertised places ]] may require the help of a [[State manager|state manager]] or [[Regional Coordinator|regional coordinator]] for removal from Waze.
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