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    Bart Youngblood commented  · 

    This thread is 7 years old and the road closure interface hasn't hardly changed at all in that time. It is really difficult for people to report closures in the app if you're not right at the intersection. Needs to be a way you can tap the affected street instead of tapping turn arrows. Granted, there is no perfect solution since people should be concentrating on driving, but it could be better.

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    Bart Youngblood commented  · 

    This needs to be tread on very lightly.

    Trapster grew to have dozens of report types, and over time, the map became hopelessly cluttered (even when it was moderated) because of it.

    As mentioned over and over again, there's no point to reporting moving police. As soon as the cop turns off the street in question, the report is useless.

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    Bart Youngblood commented  · 

    An option to mute frequently encountered speed and red light cameras should be added to the client.

    I've passed the same red light cameras on my way to/from work for the past 7 years, I don't need Waze constantly blaring at me that they're there. Adding a "mute" button alongside the "Not There" button to allow permanent muting of static enforcement devices like this would make the app far less aggravating to use.

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    Bart Youngblood commented  · 

    Agreed. Things like police checkpoints, flooded roads, etc., affect both sides of the road.

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    Bart Youngblood commented  · 

    As a L5 editor, I can get behind this. Make it where it has to be approved by a L4+ editor to take effect.

    On another note, in the US, if you go through the mentoring program, you can be promoted to L3/L4/L5 with less than the number of edits listed in the wiki.

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    Bart Youngblood commented  · 

    This is something that we were told was coming "soon" back in 2014. For now, most editors usually just create a UR on the livemap and tag it with a [NOTE] annotation so that certain scripts will pick up on it and make it stand out.

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    Bart Youngblood commented  · 

    While it is a nice idea, it isn't really practical. Doing so in some locations would require rather substantial detours around the school. Remember that not everyone lives in a place where there is another road half a mile a way to detour on to.

    If there have been a bunch of accidents/injuries/deaths in an near school zones, sounds like you need to get the attention of the local authorities and have them put the police out there instead of patrolling the local interstate.

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    Bart Youngblood commented  · 

    I've been asking for this for over 2 years now. There needs to be an unpaved road feature vs an "off road vehicle" road. Some people don't like driving down dirt/gravel roads unless they absolutely have to, but at the same time, you've got other mapped roads that aren't suitable for all vehicle traffic (ie., Forest Service Roads)

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    Bart Youngblood commented  · 

    Rather often, either when editing, or using the app myself, I see Waze suggest a rather odd route, or down a side street, to attempt to save time on the drive. While laudable in intent, it unfortunately has the side effect of presenting a confusing route or one that doesn't really result in enough time saved vs the amount of time spent driving.

    For example, an average driver is probably not going to want to turn off a main route to potentially save one minute to avoid a red light on a one hour drive. Instead of simply using a pre-determined amount of time saved (ie., 30 seconds-1 min) to suggest a detour around a known area of average low traffic speeds, Waze should instead calculate a detour around a low speed route or traffic jam if the time saved exceeds a certain percentage (5-10% at minimum) of the total ETA.

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    Bart Youngblood commented  · 

    I agree. There needs to be a more significant amount of time saved based on the total length of the trip before it defaults to one that results in a significantly longer route. I, too, find myself checking the routes before I go to make sure I'm not driving an extra 4-5 miles just to save (on average) 1 minute of driving time.

    An easy way to solve this would for the routing server to look at the average time and distance of all three choices. If the shortest time wise is also the longest distance and exceeds the next fastest route by a certain percentage of the average route length BUT saves a significant amount of time (15-20%) over the average travel times, then it will still take the longer route. However, if the time saved is insignificant, it will take the next fastest route.

    Simply put, saving 1 minute on a 30 minute drive isn't significant enough to make me want to drive even 2-3 miles longer. Same goes for some of the really odd routes it suggests at times to avoid making left hand turns (going straight through, pulling a u-turn, then turning right at the desired intersection, for example). Instead of simply basing route choice off of a fixed amount of time, it needs to be tied to the time saved as a percentage of the total route time.

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    Bart Youngblood commented  · 

    I can't stand the new map colors in WME (I've gotten used to them, still don't like 'em). Only thing I'd keep would be the colors of dirt/parking lot/private roads, as now they finally stand out in the editor. Give me back the old colors for MH, mH, and PS.

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