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#150724 31-Jul-2014 22:13
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Any Google Map Maker geeks on here? I'm sure there must be some!
I have no idea why I while away all this time, unrewarded, unrecognised, getting frustrated by Listings Editors from some foreign country deny edits, making a detailed feature edit only to have Map Maker run into a bug and refuse to upload it..
Something addictive about it though. It is a huge task trying to tidy up Christchurch, closing businesses post earthquake, ones that have relocated, markers that have been moved without updating the POI address (and vice versa), trying to keep the road closures/one way streets up to date from the Transport for Christchurch website, trying to learn the tricks to make small enough edits so they don't have to go through the review process.

I was going out to a restaurant I hadn't been to the other night, been open for over a year.. tried typing the name of the restaurant into Google Maps for directions and got no hits. So I felt compelled to jump on Map Maker and add it before we left. But I've only got a baby number of edits compared to some folks out there!

Apparently there is a Map Maker mobile app, is it any good? Doesn't exist on iOS so I haven't been able to see what it does.

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  #1101055 3-Aug-2014 12:38
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I've made a couple of changes and just found it really frustrating...

An athletics park was removed and turned into a shopping centre here.  The change to remove the park was denied by someone in asia..  It took another two or three submissions to get it to change.  I think they eventually changed it after the street view images were updated.

Most of the other changes I've made have been to businesses.  There were two pins at a service station, with the same data. One was Shell, the other Z.  As everyone is NZ would know Z took over from shell.  I deleted the Shell pin and this was denied...

I had a bit of a rant with my reply to check the other pin etc.. and it was approved.  I don't think it helps that there isn't anyone in the area making changes that can validate my changes

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  #1101142 3-Aug-2014 15:19
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Added an extended section of road after it was completed and a missing slipway. Nothing major.


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  #1101260 3-Aug-2014 19:40
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i sent in that portage estate (a new subdivision) wasn't on google maps after we couldn't find the job address. eventually had to google the name of the subdivision and found it, and then ended up spending half an hour realizing that it was a U shaped road and the house was on the other side. they only accepted it a month later.

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  #1101349 3-Aug-2014 23:08
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I'd love to know how to alter google maps. Any pointers for an ignoramus? I once tried to change my parents address as it has the wrong street numbering, but it never worked. Such a pain as taxis and couriers never find the right address.

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  #1101515 4-Aug-2014 10:29
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1eStar: I'd love to know how to alter google maps. Any pointers for an ignoramus? I once tried to change my parents address as it has the wrong street numbering, but it never worked. Such a pain as taxis and couriers never find the right address.

Start here  and click the question mark on the right hand side, then getting started.

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  #1101523 4-Aug-2014 10:57
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Added the loop trail in Mt. Wellington and some  access path around the area.
Removed the non-existing access road that goes through inside a building.

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  #1101533 4-Aug-2014 11:05
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I've just had a look at changing an intersection to a roundabout.

I watched a few youtube videos and its probably one of the most complicated edits..

I gave up.

You have to disconnect each road from the current intersection, delete the intersection and then draw the roundabout and connect everything up.  I got stuck pretty quick as I couldn't delete the intersection due to a previous edit needing moderation.

You have to make a change, wait for approval, make another change, wait for approval. Its not a simple task...  to do something like a roundabout they should let you make all the changes and then submit them in one big batch...

Seems odd because why would a moderator approve the disconnection of one road from an intersection without knowing what you are planning on  doing. 


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  #1101809 4-Aug-2014 15:43
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Have a look at too!

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  #1102603 5-Aug-2014 13:23
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Yeah I stay away from those complicated edits like converting intersections to roundabouts! Would be good to have a way of submitting a batch change. But I guess that sort of thing they usually do in conjunction with local authorities or a mapping company I think.

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  #1102734 5-Aug-2014 17:02
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Ive submitted to open streetmap.

Did most of Cardrona Skifield. Spent a week or so skiing with my cell phone with google tracker running creating a breadcrumb line.  (not the black runs though...)

Overlaid each days map on top of each other using the chairlifts are centering points then overdrew the ski trail names etc. using a Java based program then upload

There are also android apps which you can use to add various features as you walk along. ie as walk past post box you click on the postbox icon on the phone then upload the data afterwards.


PS Will be going back in a fortnight so will redo the bits under Whitestar express lift, doing the jump park will be a hassle though.

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  #1104454 7-Aug-2014 21:48
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I "think" that edits to Openstreetmap make their way onto google maps anyway, certainly the road linestrings, OSM also have a few different editing options such as potlatch and their new in browser editor called ID. 

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  #1104462 7-Aug-2014 22:01
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I tried adding some things to works listing in google maps and it then wanted it to be reviewed. Tried renaming a resturant that changed its name. Denied but who the hell knows. Would have thought being able to attach a photo of the place or something would be useful.

Given up, they have made it too hard to change anything. Roundabout near me is still a mess telling you to turn left then right then left again. Not even going to bother tackling that one.


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  #1511029 11-Mar-2016 07:12
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Hi. Is anyone still into this. Mt friend and I have just started and we were wondering if there are any faster ways to edit.

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