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Posting Guidelines


Please follow these guidelines to help you provide more effective Map Your World (MYW) forum posts:


  1. Sign In / Sign Up

    Click on this link to sign into the forums. Once signed in, click on "Join group to post". Once you've joined the group you can now click the "New topic" link to start a new discussion or click "Post a reply" when you are looking at an existing discussion to add your thoughts to that discussion. Please note that these discussion forums are public and everyone will be able to see what you post. However, your email will not be viewable.

  2. Search First

    You're likely to find threads with relevant answers to questions people have asked in the past. You may even find one that answers the question you have. You may also want to check out the Map Maker Help Center.


  3. Post to the correct Forum

    The MYW community has 4 officially supported forums: Announcements, General Map Maker, Review requests, Coffee Shops, as well as many Regional Forums. Make sure you are posting your question or comment to the appropriate discussion forum. Please note that all conversations (except Coffee Shop) should be about Map Maker. If they are not, you may want to try 
    Google Maps HelpKML, and Google Earth forums.


  4. Tell us your story

    The more descriptive you can be, the more likely others can understand the full picture of what you're asking. Explain what you're trying to do and why you're doing it. Provide step by step instructions for how to someone can recreate the the issue you are having along with details to what operating system (Windows, Mac, etc) and what browser (Chrome, Firefox, etc) you are using will also help others be more effective in resolving the problem at hand.



  5. Add a Link

    It's much easier for people to "follow along" with you when you provide a link to what and where you are mapping in Map Maker or even a screenshot. This means people are more likely to understand the issue you have found and give useful feedback. See how to get a link from Map Maker here.



  6. Use your local knowledge, not someone else's

    Please do not upload or post information obtained from third parties such as 
    directories, compilations, printed, online maps, or similar sources of information, including any copyrighted content. Any such posts will be removed. Google does not permit copyright infringing activities and infringement of intellectual property rights through Google services, and we will remove all content and User Submissions if properly notified under the United States Digital Millennium Copyright Act or other applicable law that such content or User Submissions infringe a party's intellectual property rights. Google reserves the right to remove content and User Submissions without prior notice. The Terms of Service for using Google Map Maker covers all aspects of Map Making using the service in detail. Please do take a minute of your time to read it and understand it.