Comprehensive Information About 'My Profile' on Google Mapmaker

by Beemidi Kiran.



Introduction

Very often we tend to look back to the profile of the activity we do on mapping. We love to look back at our contributions and always better ourselves by improving the way things are done. 'My Profile' is the place where all your mapping history on Google Mapmaker is stored. This article explains one about the 'My Profile' on Google Mapmaker. 


Content


So, before we can actually talk and discuss about 'My Profile'. Let us actually know how to find it out on Google Mapmaker interface.

Location Of 'My Profile' Option:
The profile option is available under the icon which indicates settings, ie. a grey crank wheel . After you click on it, you would be getting various options under the drop down, there you will be able to find the option of 'My Profile'. 

Location of 'My Profile' on GMM: 


My Profile option under settings drop down:


'My Profile' page Description:

So now having learnt the location of the profile page, it is now time to move on and know about the contents of the 'My Profile' on Google Mapmaker. After you click on 'My Profile' option under the drop down choices from Settings, your profile will be opened in a separate tab.

Note: All profiles on Google Mapmaker can be identified by the link type of the page.
Example: http://www.google.com/mapmaker?gw=66&uid=201663622699908761465 (The UID in the link address indicates that this is a profile link)

After having opened the 'My Profile' page, you will first find the option of 'Search' bar. Mind you this is not a search within your profile, but rather it is a general search option, similar to the search you find on general Mapmaker interface.


Below the search bar, you will be able to see three tabs. Namely,
1.Overview
2.Edits
3.Reviews



To the left of these tabs, your display pic will be shown along with your nick name, which you have created for the sake of mapping and being recognized. 
 

Note
: By default, the user name of a user for mapping will be 'Anonymous'. To add/change your nick name and to upload a pic of yours, please refer to this article: 
https://sites.google.com/site/mapmakerpedia/maps-101/change-your-map-maker-profile

The Three Tabs On 'My Profile':

As said, there are three tabs available on the profile page of Google Mapmaker. Let us now know each and every tab of the profile page.

1. Overview Tab: When you want to view the tab of 'Overview' just simply hover your mouse over the tab of 'Overview' and click on it. It will be highlighted indicating that you are currently viewing the tab of 'Overview'.


As the name itself indicates, it gives you an overview of your profile. It shows your recent edits and recent reviews you have made on Google Mapmaker. Adding to this you will be given simple statistics like,
-Number of days since you have been mapping on Google Mapmaker.
-Number of edits done till date.
-Total number of reviews done till date. 

Adding to this, the breakup of number of edits done, category based will be shown below this statistic line. 

Note: This by default is the standard view tab which loads in your profile when ever some one opens a profile.
Also note that that the statistics decrease when you delete/remove data. Ie. The road length in your profile will be decreased as much as you delete, the same goes to points too. You delete a place, and there would be one less under the points statistics. 

2. Edits Tab: When you want to view the tab of 'Edits' just simply hover your mouse over the tab of 'Edits' and click on it. It will be highlighted indicating that you are currently viewing the tab of 'Edits'. This tab enables you to know the most recent edits you have made on Google Mapmaker. If you are looking for your old edits and want to search for something you have edited in the recent past, then this is the best tab to navigate in. 
After having opened the edits tab, to make things further easy for us, there are three options available for us to sort out the recent edits, with the heading as 'Sort By'.
The options are,
-Sort By Time
-Sort By Status
-Sort By Type


-Sort By Time: It arranges all your recent edits done based on time. The last and the recent made edits would be shown in and then there on all the edits would be shown on a decreasing order of time. 

-Sort By Status: This option enables you to view all your edits done based on its status. The order of arrangement as the edits appear under this option are,
1.Pending
2.Reverted
3.Published
4.Denied
This order may sometimes vary depending on the kind of edits and their varying status under your profile. 

-Sort By Type: This option enables you to view all your edits based on the type of the feature. In short Category based search of your recent edits. The order of showing the edits under this option starts from high ranked places. Example: City/Town/Villages edits come first, then the lower priority ones. In short if you use this option to view your edits, then the administrative edits come up first, then the lower importance ones. 

3. Reviews Tab: When you want to view the tab of 'Reviews' just simply hover your mouse over the tab of 'Reviews' and click on it. It will be highlighted indicating that you are currently viewing the tab of 'Reviews'.

This tab enables you to view all your recent reviews done. Since all your edits and reviews cannot be shown in a single page, there is an option to view page by page details. This is located at the bottom of the screen.


Note: The reviews in your profile are not sorted and you would have to search manually by opening each and every page, if you are looking for a particular review. So better keep track of your reviews by remembering the location or the edit name while reviewing. 

So, finally this brings us to the end of a comprehensive article on 'My Profile' option of Google Mapmaker. Just to remind, you have learnt,
-About 'My Profile'.
-Finding it and knowing it, and
-The three tabs.

Now that you are well versed with the options of 'My Profile', looking forward for an improved mapping community. Keep mapping, keep reviewing and oh yeah, keep checking your profile too...
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