Why does Google Mapmaker operate like The Planet of the Apes?

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Danville, WV

#1 Nov 6, 2012
Why does Google base its maps on 12-year-old data?

Why did Google create Map Maker if corrections and updates to their obsolete maps were to be denied by Map Maker reviewers, knowing that each denied edit penalizes contributors?

Why are Google Map Maker reviewers and editors so steadfastly arrogant in defending their 12-year-old, obsolete data?

Why does Google continually roll out a fatally-flawed Map Maker to more and more global markets, even as they refuse to fix its long-standing and publically-acknowledged structural defects?

Why does Google Map Maker operate like The Planet of the Apes, where incompetent, arrogant apes lord over oppressed humans?





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Watsonville, CA

#2 Nov 12, 2012
well, it's OBVIOUSLY intentional





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Hewett, WV

#3 Nov 13, 2012
muahaha wrote:
well, it's OBVIOUSLY intentional
Actually, it has to be intentional. Nobody can be that inept. Either that, or Google staff intentionally lie to users. I received this email message from Google on 2012-01-25:


Jan 25


Your Google Maps problem report has been reviewed, and you were right!

We'll update the map soon and email you when you can see the change.

Thanks for helping us to improve Google Maps!

It's now November 13 and the needed correction to the referenced feature again stands unapproved, despite Google staff acknowledging the error in January. Meanwhile, everyone else, from Mapquest to USA.com has displayed the feature correctly for many months!

That's to say nothing of Google displaying nonsensical magisterial districts in location hierarchies and capriciously making up feature categories like "Built Up Area." What works in India doesn't work in the United States!

Contributors have begged Google to "fix categories" for many, many months. Instead, Google redesigns their Map Maker interface, while ignoring the pleas of their contributors to shore up their infrastructure.

Cynically, Google doesn't even support its own services with its own browser!

I'm beginning to think this is just another in-your-face lie:

"Since the beginning, we’ve focused on providing the best user experience possible. Whether we’re designing a new Internet browser or a new tweak to the look of the homepage, we take great care to ensure that they will ultimately serve you, rather than our own internal goal or bottom line."

What else are those who freely give Google their intellectual property while being abused, to think?





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Madison, WV

#5 Nov 15, 2012
I added another post here detailing solutions to these issues, but Hearst spiked it. No one has the lost post cached, not Bing, nor Baidu, nor Yandex.

Google, if you want to fix these issues, you know where to find me.

Kelowna, Canada

#7 Nov 23, 2012
Why doesn't Google use Esri, the world's single finest GIS vendor, to source the geocoding data for its Google Maps?

Why does Google instead use the unspeakably horrid Microsoft partner, NAVTEQ, to source the geocoding data for its maps?





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Kelowna, Canada

#9 Nov 24, 2012
Isn't it the absolute epitome of irony that Google Map Maker suffers from a lack of adherence to even the most basic standards for localization?

Google should buy a copy of the published standard "Identifying Attributes for Named Physical and Cultural Geographic Features of the United States" and apply those standards to Map Maker. The publication only costs thirty dollars!





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Kelowna, Canada

#10 Nov 25, 2012
Why does Google continually merge trash data from abhorrent junk mailers, overwriting good data in Map Maker? Why doesn't Google instead source quality business listings from directory publishers?





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Kelowna, Canada

#11 Nov 26, 2012
It turns out that I can buy the polygon for Upper Falls CDP, West Virginia from Esri for just a few dollars. If I buy it and donate it to you, will you use it?





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Milton, WV

#12 Feb 10, 2013
Dear Google,

Please comply with your own "Best Practices" by deleting http://www.google.com/mapmaker... and selecting the corresponding City/Town/Village as the Built Up Area.

"It is always advisable to select a larger area like a City/Town/Village as a Built Up Area. This enables (sic) to render the entire City/Town/Village on maps evenly." From http://support.google.com/mapmaker/answer/280... ;





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