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    Map Maker - No More Custom Categories

    ehg, one of my fellow Google TC's just alerted us to this update from Google Map Maker:

    https://productforums.google.com/for...M/6c7-76SohmMJ

    Hello Mappers,

    Firstly, a BIG thanks for your continued support to improve Google Maps!

    Google Map Maker offers you a detailed menu to add the most relevant category by providing a wide range of 2500+ categories to choose from. While we continue to expand this list, we’ve removed the ability to manually type-in the category of your choice.

    Henceforth, any existing free-form categories will only be visible to the mapper who originally created them.

    Once again, your understanding and patience is tremendously appreciated.



    Thanks, and Happy Mapping!

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    Re: Map Maker - No More Custom Categories

    Wow, thanks for the update Colan.

    I know some folks that did not have the right default categories would add custom cats in MM.
    I guess that's no more...

    Thanks for sharing the news!
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    Re: Map Maker - No More Custom Categories

    Linda Buquet .:. Forum Founder, Google Local Specialist

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    Re: Map Maker - No More Custom Categories

    Henceforth, any existing free-form categories will only be visible to the mapper who originally created them.
    So does this mean they still count in the algorithm? Or did all those category spammers just get a "Get-Out-Of-Jail-Free" card?

    And if we can't see the custom categorys anymore, we can't report the spammers for category spam I'm interested to see how this plays out! Has anyone seen a previously reported category spamming listing pop back into the results?
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    Re: Map Maker - No More Custom Categories

    Also, there are custom categories for a client that aren't available for me to see. How am I supposed to know if they're spammy or helping?
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