AskWazersBox - a hybrid reporting tool enhancing Wazers and Map Editors cooperation
As StreetView is often outdated or just does not exist when trying to keep Waze Maps updated with latest road constructions or changes, road configurations/restrictions/speed limits/signs etc. needs to be checked and verified on-spot. There's no chance Waze Map Editors will go and check everything themselves. We have so many Wazers driving around that could help them answering specific questions.
I suggest creating a hybrid reporting tool that would extend existing reporting functionality and help Waze Map Editors gathering specific answers they need directly from Wazers who are on-spot. This would let to keep Waze Maps updated as fast and accurate as possible. Let's name it AskWazersBox.
Tool should let Map Editors to create a standalone object or mark an existing point/segment/area and specify a question as well as predefined answers and/or request a photo. A Wazer that crosses/enters/approaches the spot would get a popup asking to answer the question and/or to post a photo, similar like it is for fuel prices or when approaching a destination. If none of predefined answers are suitable, Wazer should be able to comment in free text.
Tool also should let to select which level Wazers are prompted to answer the question to ensure quality answers depending on problem complexity.
To prevent trolling or otherwise abuse of the tool, I believe it should be enabled for Editors that are level 3-4+.
Also, obviously, some users may not want to get extra popups, so Waze client should have a setting/consent "I agree to receive questions from Waze Map Editors" which could be enabled by default but users also could choose "do not show again" etc.
To prevent some forgotten AskWazersBox'es, it should be possible to set an expire period after which it stops sending questions to Wazers and only stores gathered responses for some limited time.