How does a city get selected for a mission day?
Over the years I've heard various claims - "just fill the form and hope", "ping Anne directly or you've no chance", "ask Dominik directly because the form responses fall into a black hole otherwise" - regarding the Mission Day process.
I'd like to imagine that it's more clear cut and transparent than that, now. So I have two questions:
1) Successful MD organisers - what steps did you take to get your mission day? Just the form, or the form and some direct contact? Did you feel you just got lucky, or was there some compelling circumstance that made your city an exceptional candidate?
2) Unsuccessful applicants - what have you tried? How long ago? Did you receive any feedback from Niantic, or is your application still in limbo?
A number of cities close to me would be exceptional candidates for Mission Day events, but submitting a form into the ether and never hearing back is pretty disheartening -- however given the volume of applicant cities there must be, I'm not sure I can imagine a great solution, either.
[Obviously in all of the above you can disregard anomaly cities: the Sunday MD seems to be as good as locked in, now, while technically it still needs to be applied for I cannot recall a site in the last couple of years that didn't get one...)