Local Guide Best Practice: Correcting errors you accidentally made

[This is one of a series of articles originally published on Local Guides Connect]

Every piece of information you ever added to Google maps and every edit you ever suggested was 100% perfectly accurate, right? Hang on: some of them were not? You sometimes make MISTAKES? Of course you do – and I will readily admit: so do I. We’re all human, and that inevitably means we sometimes make mistakes.

As conscientious local guide you of course don’t make those mistakes on purpose. They rather slip in by accident, but you only notice them once you have submitted the information. And then it sinks in: “OMG, I have made Google maps worse, by adding false information!” (especially if it is a suggested edit that was approved within seconds – I still get a bit of that awkward taste in my throat when I recall the first time it happened to me).

So: what to do to undo your wrongdoing? First and foremost: there is no ‘undo’ feature, so a 1-click solution is simply not available. But fixing the error is easy enough: you simply have to use the ‘Suggest an edit’ function again to upload the correct information.

One final thing: my personal experience suggests that it is best not to make the ‘correction edit’ immediately after the first edit, but to wait a couple of hours or days. Not that I make so much of those errors myself, but one time when I submitted the ‘correction edit’ immediately, this second edit got status ‘Pending’ after the incorrect info had been approved within seconds. (Perhaps consecutive edits of the same field with a short interval causes some ‘suspicion’ flag?). Another correction (of a house number for a place I had added), made several hours after the first one, when I had returned home and had researched it on the internet, was approved within seconds. (But then again: that could have been a coincidence – and I’m obviously not going to make more mistakes on purpose just to test that hypothesis.)

The original article can be found here


Disclaimer: the practices described here as best practice are my personal interpretation, and I don’t claim any level of official endorsement.

1 thought on “Local Guide Best Practice: Correcting errors you accidentally made

  1. rich koblitz

    Nice job on these “how to’s”. My hat is off to you for taking the time to share your experience with others. By the way, I happened onto your blog while reading your response to the ‘added point for photo post’ in Connect. I sure miss the old Connect. I think the the new one is terribly inefficient. Regards, @Koby


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