[Feature Request] Scanning Result Status
One of the things shown on the Niantic Support page for scanning is this '3D map of a portal'.
Looking at the GIF there's clearly more points of reference needed to complete the model, but it also shows how far it's gotten.
It's probably not an Ingress feature and more of a Niantic Lightship feature across all products, but it would be really motivating when it comes to Portal Scans, if we could actually see the 'status' of a given portal.
Current Point Map
Like the above 3D rendering, being able to see a given portal's current model, and how complete or incomplete it is. Obviously this would only be for portals past a certain point where an initial model can be begun.
Another state might be simply listing the number of completed scans of a portal. That way someone can add more quality scans to the ones they want to see turn into models, and see some sort of ongoing counter of their work, until a point where a point map can be generated.
Actual Rendered Model
The final range of states would then be a rendered model that can be viewed, though for IP control reasons, maybe only a video of the rendered portal's current state.
It's clear that it's Niantic's goal to scan many portals and generate a database of 3D models globally. The biggest problem for Ingress Agents, is that there's no motivation to do so. It's like throwing time and energy into a black hole. No matter how much you do, there's no (or very little) visible output. You only need 1 scan to be Scan Controller, and after a certain point, once you've scanned and scanned and scanned a given portal, you kinda want to know if your work was worthwhile.
Having some sort of status update on a given portal's scanning work, or as a POI on a Niantic Lightship website you can link to from the game or Intel, would definitely help motivate people to contribute.
Ingress is filled with people who "go the extra mile for a cool outcome". Having some sort of status on a portal's scanning would be a great motivation for people who take pride in their local portals.