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  1. Allow assigning road shields to alternatives names, too

    Currently, the WME only allows assigning 1 road shield to the primary name.
    This has a lot of limitations:

    • The PN must be unique inside its state
    • If a road has a local name, a Road Shield can only be assigned to the entire road (or the segments must be renamed).

    It would be good to be able to assign 1 Road Shields for each alternative name, too (which is even already supported by the data model).

    The Client, could then:
    - randomly pick one road shield to show for that segment (for streets with multiple RS)
    - must also…

    236 votes
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  2. Display name labels on places

    Display name labels over every place, so they're easier to spot when looking at an area at lower zoom levels.

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  3. Add an item under the Place menu for Residential Point Place

    Right now, to add an RPP one must select a place type (other than residential) and then click to convert to residential. The vast majority of PPs I add are RPPs and this adds an unnecessary step. This should be simple to add, with no downside.

    79 votes
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  4. Blocking the creation of an item if the corresponding layer is inactive

    Editors frequently create an item, such as a Parking Place, only to realise later that there was already a Place at the same location. The initial Place was not visible because the "Place layer" was inactive.
    WME does not allow creating closures when the Closure layer is inactive.
    The same logic should apply for other types of items, perhaps all items.

    74 votes
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  5. Share Permalink settings should persist between sessions

    The new Permalink option has a checkbox to include or not include layers. This is great but whatever option you select should persist between sessions. I should not have to change it every time I open WME.

    73 votes
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  6. Pressing Enter on the "Add street road shield" screen should submit the form

    Typing the shield value into the textboxes is the last thing you do on the "Add street road shield" screen, and it is automatic for users to hit "Enter" to submit the changes like you do when editing an address. Currently, it does nothing. Please change so that when you press enter on this screen the form is submitted.

    56 votes
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  7. make geonodes easier to find

    For really long straight segments, it can be a bit of a pain to find the little handle to make adjustments to the geometry as it is often entirely off-screen. This is especially noticeable now since we're making small adjustments to segments that formerly had no geonodes at all to bring them into better alignment for Falcon.

    So as a suggestion - I was wondering how hard it would be to make a tweak to where there's always at least one "add geonode" handle visible on screen when a segment is selected?

    At a minimum it would be helpful to…

    54 votes
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  8. WME Advanced Preferences - please correct defaults

    "Draw new roads as two-way" and "Draw new roads with all turns allowed" should be on by default but are not. This will prevent a lot of mistakes by new editors.

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  9. Make URLs in Map Comments clickable

    Currently if you add a URL in the top comment box of a Map Comment it is not clickable. You have to save the map comment then add a URL as a conversation comment to get it to be clickable. Please make URLs in the top comment box clickable. This is the comment box that is editable after saving. Here is a link to picture of the problem. https://imgur.com/2Bz4fVt In the picture you can see the top https://www.waze.com/ is not underlined so you can't click it to open the URL. However, the bottom https://www.waze.com/ is underlined and you can click…

    48 votes
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  10. Allow linking of more Google places

    Hi Guys,
    Since some time we can now add multiple entrances to a Waze place (up to 20). Up till now we are only able to link a maximum of 4 google places. It would be nice if this restriction could be removed.

    Very often all entrances of a building are mapped in Google Maps. Since these are often more than 4 we ran into this limit much more quickly. This happens at Airports, Train stations, Soccer stadiums, Shopping centers, etc..

    By: petervdveen
    Link to original suggestion: https://www.waze.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1525&t=278792

    38 votes
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  11. Press enter to save closure

    Please add the ability to press enter when adding/editing a closure to save it. This will make it quicker to add and edit closures, especially when they need editing en masse

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  12. Limit name input in event mode

    Technically, the name of an MTE is limited to a specific length (number of chars).
    But nevertheless, I can type longer MTE names into the name field of a new MTE.

    Sometimes I have trial&error situations because of that. I simply have to test whether a name is still short enough by trying to save the name. If the name is too long, I get the error displayed that finally shows it.

    It would be way easier if the WME could directly stop the input when the maximum name length is reached.

    34 votes
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  13. Respect newlines/paragraphs in the initial base text of Map Comments

    Please make WME respect newlines entered in the initial base text of a Map Comment. Currently, WME preserves newlines entered in the comments following the initial base text, but not in the base text itself. Paragraph structure makes text easier to read, so please let us use it when creating Map Comments.

    29 votes
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  14. Segment History lacks detail

    This is for Beta and Production:
    When checking segment history, restriction changes such as HOV or passes do not include enough details. If you change whether a restriction is for a certain lane or all lanes, that should be displayed. This image is after changing the restriction from left lane only to all lanes.

    We should be able to see all changes to the restrictions in the history.

    by turbomkt
    Link to original suggestion: https://www.waze.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1525&t=274498

    27 votes
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  15. Remove Headlights Required checkbox for countries where it's invalid

    Only a few countries are configured to use the Headlights Required attribute on segments in WME.

    Until recently, the checkbox was hidden for countries where that is not the case (the majority). Now it seems the code for that simple check has been removed and we all have it cluttering up the interface and confusing new editors who won't know what it means or why it's disabled.

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  16. Segments leading to a Junction box should be Splittable

    Currently, when you try to connect an existing segment (segment E) to a segment leading to a Junction Box (Segment L), the WME won't allow to create a Junction.

    On the other hand, creating a new segment (segment N), Segment L can be split, but then a saving error will happen (operation not supported).

    This different behavior is confusing and it's not easy to understand why it is like that. This mostly looks like a bug to the user when the Junction box is far away and not even on screen.

    To fix both problems, WME should allow splitting a…

    26 votes
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  17. Snapshot Mode vs Current Live Map

    The latest release of WME includes relocated snapshot mode, with name changed to "Current Live Map". During beta testing this was pointed out to and noted by staff. Statement was made it would be corrected. Incorrect wording was pushed to production and needs to be changed back to Snapshot Mode.

    25 votes
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  18. Change formatting of forum sharing options

    When an editor uses the new forum sharing options which is great, because of the order of the data on the request, valuable information is being overlooked.

    For example, the current Unlock Request automatically fills in the following information:

    Hi Editors,

    I would like to be able to edit the following segment(s).
    Your help would be greatly appreciated.

    Permalink: https://waze.com/en-US/editor?env=usa&lat=29.63406&lon=-104.27920&zoom=5&segments=516527406
    Reason:
    Unlock to level:

    Thank you in advance,

    The "reason" and "unlock to level" kind of blend in.

    My suggestions would be to
    1. automatically fill in the "unlock to level" information with the rank of the editor making the…

    24 votes
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    Congrats! This suggestion is now availble in the WME. 


    We've update the Unlock Request forum message to a more general message, and now auto-populate the "Unlock to level" field with the requesting user's level. Object types have also been added. 

  19. Cursor placement when adding a closure

    When clicking Add Closure, it makes sense that the cursor automatically populates the Description text box ready for text entry - I'd guess that most editors would make the entry of a closure description the first thing they do when adding a closure, and it's becoming irrationally annoying having to click the text box to do this!

    (Even more so now that there's a huge mouse journey from clicking the Closures tab right at the top, to the Add Closure button right at the bottom, back up to the Description box right at the top again.)

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  20. Have a checkbox to keep the Previous Map Build pop-up on screen

    When I am doing a check on changes made to the map, I would like to switch between what was on the previous map build and current WME to see what the changes are.  I know I can go to the Tile Build at the bottom and select it.  However, in order to make sure I don't miss all the changes are, I strongly prefer to switch between previous map build and current WME several times, while keeping my eye in the same area.

    With the current implementation, the moment I switch off Previous map build, the pop-up disappears, and…

    17 votes
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