Incentive to Scan
So, as discussed quite a bit on the forum, Niantic has introduced the “Scout Controller” Stat and Medal, in an effort to encourage more scanning, while already bringing out the “Scout” Stat and Medal.
Do you feel that these additions encourage you to scan, if so, why not?
Rather than being angry at new features, let’s give Niantic appropriate constructive criticism, where necessary, so they know what issues the community has, and suggestions of how to improve.
Personally, I’ve done 6 scans after having a load of issues. The wolf in the scout badge is gorgeous the requirements are fair, though I would like to see an increase to the cap of scans. I’m very much a “feast and famine” player, and can’t consistently go to a park and scan.
With the scout controller, it’s kinda interesting to make it a Control feature, rather than just a unique tracker, but i just can’t get behind the outrageous requirements on the Scout Controller. I feel so deflated by the idea of such a requirement, I’d rather not start something I know I’ll never be able to finish.
Suggestions on how to make scanning more appealing: Niantic could explain how the scanning data could enhance Ingress and most importantly, making the badge much more attainable. I suggested something like:
Onyx Wings: 4,000
Its about finding a balance, if the badge is too easy, Onyx Recharger level easy, people could hammer out the scans, get their Onyx / wings, and stop scanning, or make the requirements outrageously high that people may not bother at all. I think my suggestions strike a nice balance - encourage scanning, but not making the Onyx requirement easy, overall netting the most scans for the network.
I’d love to hear other people’s ideas, hopefully Niantic will be able to see and potentially change their course of action.