[Feature Request] Portal Submission Credits
One of the things that I've always hated about the modern credit system, is that I can't bank a whole pile of credits, and then go to a town in the middle of nowhere and submit 50 good portals, to help build regions with no portals.
It also doesn't reward good behavior, but simply doles out 14 credits a fortnight (21 if you also have Pokemon Go) and whether they're good or bad, simply gives you more.
This idea was originally floated in January, and I've incorporated the tweaks that people came up with, primarily to address non-reviewers still being able to submit a smaller amount of portals.
The primary concept is that a successful portal submission will return double the credits used, and a failed submission will not return anything.
In order to avoid preventing people from submitting completely, credits should be (internally) separated into two types. Basic credits and Quality credits. All credits can be held indefinitely when awarded, and do not expire.
Every 7 days, every Agent receives 1 basic credit. This credit can be used without restrictions, similar to the current system.
Whenever a submission is successful, the Agent is awarded 2 Quality Credits. A Duplicate or Too Close submission refunds 1 Quality credit (even if a basic was spent). An unsuccessful submission does not refund any credits.
Additionally whenever a player gains 50 agreements in Wayfarer, they are also awarded 1 Quality Credit.
A credit cap should be put in place, but high enough to ensure that it's not particularly limiting. I would suggest that a cap of 100 total credits would be sufficient.
If an Agent is at the Credit Cap, every 7 days instead of awarding a new basic credit, a quality credit is converted to a basic credit, until the entire credit store is basic credits up to the cap. This allows agents to take a break from Wayfarer (and even Ingress) but still be able to submit portals when they come back.
Credits are spent at 1 credit per submission. Quality credits are used first, before basic credits. (With restrictions below)
To encourage players to use Wayfarer, Quality Credits can only be used if the following conditions are met:
- The Agent has reviewed 100 portals in the last month.
- The Agent has a rating of Good (Yellow) or Great (Green).
If these conditions are not met, the Agent can still use their Basic Credits to submit portals.
The credit system should encourage people to be more careful with their submissions. By rewarding good submissions and not reward bad submissions, Agents will value their credits more and be less willing to waste them.
By tying requirements to Wayfarer, this will also add a purpose to the Wayfarer system, both in providing extra submission credits for those who desire to bank a large number for bulk submission trips, and also ensuring that the system continues to generate sufficient usage to keep throughput high.