In light of the recent Google Maps shenanigans, Google has decided to temporarily suspend the Map Maker service as they search for a better solution.
At the end of April the Android mascot was caught urinating on an Apple logo, and this incident has forced Google to take another look at its Map Maker process. Up until this point, users could make and submit edits on Google Maps, which made keeping up with local roads much easier for the Google team.
Since the incident, the Google team has been trying to keep up with manually approving the edits, but the backlog is growing out of control. Effective May 12, the Google team will be making Map Maker temporarily unavailable as they look for a better solution.
We have hence decided to temporarily disable editing across all countries starting Tuesday, May 12, 2015, till we have our moderation system back in action. This will be a temporary situation and one that we hope to come out of as soon as possible.
While this is a very difficult, short term decision, we think this will help us get to a better state faster. More importantly, we believe it is simply the right thing to do to all of you, our valued users who continue to edit with the hope that your changes might go live as fast as you've been used to.
It is unknown how long the maker will be unavailable, but Google views it as a better option than allowing users to submit edits that will take a long time to get published anyways.