[This is one of a series of articles originally published on Local Guides Connect]
By submitting suggestions for edits, you build up a reputation in terms of certain types of edits and/or certain regions or countries. This is very important for the way the algorithms evaluating the suggested edits are taking your reputation into account: if your ‘trust level’ is high for specific factors, your suggestions will more easily be approved.
Let me illustrate this with some specific examples. When I came across a chain of discount supermarkets that is operational is several countries, and noticed that quite a few of them had an incorrect category (either ‘grocery store’ or ‘supermarket’ in general) I obviously had the unstoppable urge to correct this (look around a bit on this forum to find out how addictive being a local guide can be). The category edits I suggested in my own country, where I had already made loads of edits, were approved within seconds. But similar edits in a neighboring country, where I had already some, but not really a lot of approved edits, got status ‘Pending’. After a while most of those ‘Pendings’ were approved, and since then much more of the edits I make in that country are also approved instantly.
Another example is linked to the post offices in Belgium. A number of years ago they were renamed from ‘De Post’ (in the Dutch speaking part of the country) or ‘La Poste’ (in the French speaking part) to ‘bpost’ – all lower case. On Google Maps a lot of them had their name incorrectly spelled: some had ‘Bpost’, other ‘BPost’ and a few still the old name. While correcting those, the ones where I suggested to change ‘Bpost’ into ‘bpost’ were approved without a problem, but the ones with ‘BPost’ or the old name (so: where the suggested edit was more then simply changing the initial character from upper to lower case) went ‘pending’. After a while those ‘Pendings’ became ‘Approved’ (as it happens: while I was typing these last few lines, one of them popped up as ‘Approved’), and when I suggested some new ‘bpost’ name edits earlier this week, all of them were approved instantly, no matter what it was.
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.