The experience you don't want to live in Ingress, UNJUSTIFIED TEMPORARY BAN.
Dear Niantic and dear Ingress agents,
I'm writing this post in name of ReplicantDrake, an resistance agent, who has been banned and he's not able to write this for himself because he can't log in the forum.
So, you have him letter here:
I'm ReplicantDrake in Ingress game. I'm writing these words because It's unfair what's Niantic done to me.
Let me introduce myself. I started playing Ingress since 2018/earlies 2019. I discovered the amazing world behind Ingress very soon. Firstly, going to Amsterdam for Abaddon Anomaly, following next events like MD in Glasgow, Goruck events, Hexatlon in Oporto or Superposition Anomaly in Munich, travelling to these beautiful cities. The last one, I assisted to Yokohama for Ephiphany Anomaly and I made my first Urban Goruck or my third Operation Clear Field, meeting fantastic people during these events. I consider myself a good player, taking seriously the game. I love designing big fields and operation with other agents. Moreover, I pay religiously the C.O.R.E. fare.
Secondly, I want to apologize for the inconvenient, because I suppose a lot of people write to you explain their problems, but I do feel this act needs to be heard.
I'm on Christmas holidays doing a big OP in the North of Africa (with others resistance agents) when I was banned.
According to Niantic for harassment on the field!!!
Just a few hours of break a strategic enlightened link, and we didn't meet with any agent.
The portal in question is this:
Although the portal is inside a restricted area/private area more concretely inside a MILITAR AREA, whence the portal would be delete. According to the Spanish legislation (Ley 9 / 1968 de 5 de abril, de Secretos Oficiales for instance.)
After lots of emails, trying to discover the real reason of my ban. Finally, they send me this email.
I would like to contribute with my evidences.
Under these lines I attached our boat tickets from Almeria to Melilla.
And these are the geolocated pictures from SeveruShei and me, ReplicantDrake who destroyed the enlightened portal.
The last image up these lines, you can see the enlarged map showing that the picture was taken close to the portal. The black X represents the accurated ubication of "Fuerte de Cabrerizas Altas" Portal.
And more pictures:
I hope all these evidences serve to prove my innocence, and finally Niantic decide to unban me.
But if you need any further information, please don't hesitate to get in touch.
I'm looking forward to hearing from you soon,
My most sincere support for one of the great Spanish players both locally and internationally, willing to travel where necessary and responsible for important operations for the faction.
Your reputation as a legal player is as great as your person.
It is difficult to understand how a player of this type can be unfairly punished with a 30-day ban, simply for being the subject of an unjustified report and that Niantic has prosecuted unceremoniously.
At this point, It's clear that the appeal system is not the solution, and that a disciplinary measure such as the one applied in this case should not be taken lightly, without the relevant investigation.
Obviously there is physical evidence and photographs of the trip made to Melilla, and snapshots of her presence on surroundings the portal object of the report, which ratify the actions carried out, without any type of spoffer or thirt party apps.
Let's hope that Niantic will study the case in particular and restore the account to the agent so that he can continue enjoying this great game.
I was false reported for the same. Apparently all they need to do is hit the right keywords in a mass report. My advice is never talk in comms again, and report everything they say that is reportable.
My false ban was finally lifted after 11 days but I had lost my sojourner streak of 1200 was gone and I needed to send an Agent a few hundred to drive a couple hundred KM to get to portals only I had keys for that were being kept alive.
Now it turns out that if I have to break a strategic portal, I have to document all my steps in case the "enemies" report me en masse and Niantic does not do its own checks. Next time I will inform Niantic first.
I can understand that some agent of the opposing faction doubts any action and reports it to Niantic to verify the legality of said action.<div> What cannot be tolerated in any way is that Niantic, without any proof of the action, and without giving the possibility for the agent to report evidence that said action has been LEGAL, takes lightly the decision to ban the agent with
All my support to a player that I admire and respect as do players from both factions of our community. It is more than obvious that Niantic has made a serious mistake that sets a dangerous precedent and can end up breaking the game. Players without any principles, the real cheaters, cannot be allowed to organize a massive report to block a big OP, punish a player with a totally unjustified temporary or permanent ban and Niantic look the other way without giving a chance to defend themselves. to the affected player. I sincerely hope that they review this case, reverse the ban imposed and also punish all the players involved in this plot.
Recently, I have heard about unjustified bans. Since they change the terms of service the bans are more random than ever. I have mixed opinions about that, Niantic don't respect enough the real players (like ReplicantDrake) and the spoofers are changing the game every day.
I believe you, it would to see if the tresspassing could be part of the reason of the ban but they don't say it in the e-mail. Then, I think you aren't a spoofer. Encourage you, Joaquín.
Met in person, long time player always ready to help others. Please take a 2nd look, this spoofing makes no sense whatsoever.
Firstly, all my support to agents @ReplicantDrake and @SeveruShei . I met them in person at Munich and writted many times before and are a true example for all the rest of the players of the game. As they post here they never played against the rules and TOS, and they have been in a lot of events around the world. It's an absolutetly shame what happened with this ban to a legal player only for a report that it's fake. That report is about of someone that wants to quit a player that is following the rules, and for my opinion this report should be reversed and applied to that player that send the report.
While there are a lot of accounts around the world that are bags of other players, and other accounts that are spoofing movements and being leveled up with a joystick and for many reports that players do that accounts doesn't have any strike or ban. It's a shame this situation.
I think all the people of NIA should know this case and take mesures, for one hand to the player or players that had made the report to @ReplicantDrake, and for the other hand to the worker of NIA that pushed the botton and send this ban to ReplicantDrake.
Please @NianticAustin @NianticBrian @NianticBlue @NianticCasey @NianticHilda @NianticVK @NianticThia @NianticOfficial @NIA_AGENTTEST@NIA_RedSoloCup reverse this situation for this recognized player by the two factions.
For me it is incomprehensible how they have processed this, a player provides evidence that he has not done any illegality and continues to be banned in an understandable way.
No suelo escribir nunca pero esta vez no me puedo callar.
Qué más pruebas tiene dar este agente para demostrar su inocencia?
Mientras que spoofers campan a sus anchas, jugadores legales están siendo baneados . Gracias a esto estáis consiguiendo que mucha gente deje de jugar. Seguid así Niantic.
Lmao .. your salt knows no bounds. .. you should have been banned ages ago .. shall we dig up screenshots of your salt ?
I acted with him in Yokohama as a team leader. Prior to the Anomaly, I discussed preparations for the GORUCK Event with them. At that time he was already on his way to Japan via several countries. I have great memories ofmaking weights with him in the sandbox at the park. Spoofing is not possible with GORUCK events. lol.
As a player living in the far east of the world, I have played Ingress and GORUCK events in Asian countries and North America. People want to eliminate people who deviate from their common sense, but that is not the right thing to do.
Todo mi apoyo, fuerza y resistencia.
This situation should not happen, a legal and international player being banned for playing fair. Not only is it unfair, but they should take action against whoever denounces this falsely.
Estas prohibiciones a elección de una persona sin pedir opinión de la segunda persona son completamente arbitrarias. Como jugador CORE, temo que algún día me pueda pasar a mi también. Todos los jugadores sabemos que en áreas de los cuerpos de seguridad Española, eses portales no son Legales. Aquí en Tenerife tenemos amenos 2 que he denunciado y la Comunidad NIANTIC los ha protegido.
What can we expect? It's Niantic.
They don't get any decision right, they ban unjustifiably and without any chance of defence. Why don't they ask for proof first before banning?
All my support to ReplicantDrake and another Niantic **** up and that's a thousand and one.
Great player and great person belonging to my community. A player who enjoys the game through his travels around the world.
He is collaborative and friendly with all his colleagues and has attended hundreds of face-to-face events.
A totally unjustified ban.
My full support to my friend and colleague ReplicantDrake
I'm happy to bring up your history if you want to go down that road, do feel free to post my comms in full context and defend your side of it to people here.
All my support to two respectful agents. After too many years of Ingress, is more and more common to be banned, without a clear statement.
Please take a second review to this case. And check all the information provided by the writers of the report.
Still no response? Is this NIA's way of "taking care" of its players? More disappointing every day....
@NianticAustin @NianticBrian @NianticBlue @NianticCasey @NianticHilda @NianticVK @NianticThia @NianticOfficial @NIA_AGENTTEST @NIA_RedSoloCup
Before carrying out the bans, it would be necessary to consider whether an agent who has invested so much time and money in the game is really interested in putting his account at risk breaking the rules.
A system should be considered in which accused agents can defend by the community and themselves.
All my support to my brothers ReplicantDrake and SeveruShei, they are a great agents and better persons. In my opinion, that unfair stain on their account history should be removed.
Niantic, to err is human and to rectify is wise.
I can’t believe that one player who is playing hard and give us entertainment is banned. Please, review the case again. We want to play in a game where only the fairplay is. They sent to you a lot of evidences. Playing a game, spending such huge quantities of time and then ban without reason is not what we expext from niantic
Niantic deberías de reconsiderar este ban totalmente injustificado, no puede ser que un jugador de tal calibre como replicandrake se dedique hacer malas acciones y reciba un report por acoso, teniendo tremenda cuenta y dinero gastado en el juego.
Niantic lo único que conseguirás es perder a jugadores de alto nivel!
Todo mi apoyo para replicantdrake 💙
Good morning, I don't understand what is happening in Ingress, if ReplicantDrake is banned without verifying more things, they are killing the Ingress community.
I often "suffer" from ReplicantDrake's game and I can guarantee you that if you perform an action on a portal and you go to the portal, ReplicantDrake is there. Always. There is no possible doubt.
I think Niantic should ban those who make false reports. Does ReplicantDrake's ban mean the end of international operations?
I understand that with ReplicantDrake's track record, there must have been a coordinated conspiracy to denounce him. This is what should be pursued.
All my support to agents @ReplicantDrake and @SeveruShei . I met them in person at Munich we played together and I'm 100% sure that this ban is unfair and the result of an unfair report. They are both very passionate players with big plans, who do not stop at the first difficulties and who always reach their goals in compliance with the rules, aware that only in this way can the game continue to be fun.
How is it possible, in this game, that players who play by the rules are penalized for actively playing against the opposing faction, and frustrated players who fail to measure up and accuse without evidence are listened and believed?
Please @NianticAustin @NianticBrian @NianticBlue @NianticCasey @NianticHilda @NianticVK @NianticOfficial reverse the situation, as soon as possible, allowing us to still believe that it is possible to play this game peacefully even at the highest levels, with the maximum effort.
If evidence as clear as geolocated photos is not valid to show that the ban was a mistake, it is clear that the ban policy is totally arbitrary. I think it has been more than proven that ReplicantDrake has not cheated.
Please Niantic, fix this situation.
It's sometimes hard to understand how a player can be unfairly given a 30-day ban simply for being the subject of an unwarranted report that Niantic has unceremoniously prosecuted.
Given this fact, it is clear that the appeal system is not the solution, and that a disciplinary measure such as the one applied in this case should not be taken lightly, without the corresponding investigation.
It is necessary to know what criteria are used to carry out a ban, obviously there are physical evidence and photographs of the trip made to Melilla, and snapshots of their presence in the environment of the portal object of the report, which ratify the actions carried out, without any type of falsification or applications from third parties.
I would like to know that Nia explains what happens in this case and that the account be returned to her.
@NianticBrian @NianticBlue@NianticCasey @NianticHilda @NianticVK @NianticOfficial
Genuinely hope that Niantic will save the respected agents walking around the world from the BAN with no clear basis. As spoofing is technically difficult to judge and banning is unavoidable due to the automatic operation, the second review is necessary to prevent agents from making the wrong decision.
ReplicantDrake visited Epiphany Dawn Yokohama and joined us, just a few weeks ago. It is purely unacceptable to believe that he cannot be an agent now. This time we want to support him.
Sometimes I wonder if it’s humans who process ban at Niantic or if it’s just bots.
Don’t put money in this game anymore.
Niantic still doesn’t ban players playing on old android phones with fake gps.
i wonder too if Niantic has a team preference :
I noticed that the first 30-day ban you received was for "harassment on the field". This sounds suspicious.
Please notice that some players are now uploading forged police reports to make others banned for that.