1.3.2. How to become a moderator

The Yandex Map Editor moderators are active users of the service who not only do their own drawing and editing, but also monitor a particular territory to make sure everything is in order.

Usually they moderate the area where they live because they it well, but many Yandex Map Editor moderators take on several territories right away.

You can ask to be a moderator for all map item categories right away or can start with one or two.

This latter option is more suitable if you don't have experience editing all map item categories yet. For example, if you know the rules really well and have experience editing buildings and addresses, but have never drawn roads or other items, then you can only be a Yandex Map Editor moderator for buildings and addresses.

Once you have mastered drawing map items of other categories, you can ask for permission to moderate new item categories and territories.

To send a request, use the feedback form. Don't forget to specify what region and map item categories you want to be given permission for. Moderator selection criteria

There is no exact set of criteria to become a moderator (such as “You must have made at least X number of edits in Y areas over Z amount of time”). We pay attention to different indicators for each individual case.

But there is a set of criteria that we pay particular attention to, and some rough figures that we look for (depending on the case, a particular value may be insufficient for one person but more than enough for another).

All these criteria are based on the user's experience:

  1. How often they draw.

    Moderators should not go more than a month without working on the map (otherwise the region they moderate may not be “kept up” with).

  2. Length of active drawing and editing.

    This period should be no less than a month. If a user is registered on the service, but was not active for a few months, then they can't be a moderator (regardless of how many edits they made).

  3. Number of edits. You must have a certain amount of experience to moderate the map. Reading the rules (even exhaustively) is not enough.

    You should have made at least 2,000 edits (and if you want to moderate regions or major cities — at least 4,000).

    If you request moderator permissions for separate categories of map items, the number of edits you've made to items should be at least 800 for roads and at least 300 for all other categories of items.

  4. How actively the user draws and adds attributes to map items in the region that they want to moderate.

    Moderators should know “their” territory well.

  5. The variety of map items the user created and edited in various categories.

    Moderators should have experience working with map items of all categories and all shapes.

    If a user only draws sidewalks and wants to moderate the road layer, then we will ask them to draw more complicated sections of the road network and apply again later.

  6. The user's behavior (when leaving comments on map items and in the Club).

    Moderators should be active communicators with other users and be polite when pointing out errors or clarifying information without resorting to swearing, insults, or “personal attacks”.

  7. Accuracy of edits.

    It's important that moderators fix the typical mistakes that novices make, for example:

    • Drawing buildings based on the position of their roofs or walls in satellite photos
    • Inaccurate building shape (for example, without right angles)
    • Inaccurate drawing of lines and polygons (in particular, rough outlines representing localities, forests, reservoirs, etc.)
    • Errors in entry of house numbers and street names (don't correspond to Rules)
    • Errors in road attributes (attribute values don't correspond to rules)
    • Errors in entering the names of map items of various types

If you want to be a Yandex Map Editor moderator, make sure that your edits match the criteria given and that you are prepared to serve as a mentor to users who need your help.