Creating missions what’s the point

I’ve recently been trying to create a banner. (Well not recently because I’ve tried years ago and only a few of them were accepted) However recently I took a picture of a small mural sliced it up and selected portals around it in order to create a banner that completes a picture of the mural. Basically this mural is a fish that is known as the Capel Cod. My description basically tells people completing the missions to EXPLORE the village and get some EXERCISE and visit the historic sites. Battle of Britain Memorial etc. Even the recreation ground. BUT NO. “Lack of informative description/title” - **** has it got to do with Niantics or the robots who review the mission what my mission is called?? There are existing missions some that I have created with very little text in the mission detail. “Portals selected are not relevant to the mission” - again they are portals in the area the mission is in. **** does it matter what they are?? Am I missing something here or what?? Help section just repeats the same robotic response “submit and change title/description for a better one. How? Nothing wrong with my original information in the mission. I mean it a simple one. It’s ridiculous. You get nowhere. There are existing missions that have been around years that have pictures that don’t necessarily match what the portals used are. I give up.


  • VenomousToadVenomousToad ✭✭✭✭✭

    I just had a banner finally go through. At first only a few got approved and the rest denied. I kept changing the descriptions and resubmitting with no luck. Months of resubmitting and nothing. So I took the existing ones offline and resubmitted everything at once and they all got approved. Not sure why it worked. But it's worth a try. It's a very frustrating system and there's no guidance that works from Niantic. But maybe this will work for you.

  • I’ve tried that. Interestingly I resubmitted some for another banner I’m trying to create and about 3 got accepted and all randomly so anyone completing the mission won’t be able to do it in order. But my recent submission ALL rejected at once. Title a reference to the mural I’m using as a picture/banner. My description fairly similar, walk/explore the area and exercise etc. The are other missions nearby with less of an “informative” descriptions. I just don’t get what they want from us?? When are they gonna upgrade the rubbish website. You can’t even toggle the list into say drafts or in review. Or even see a full mission without having to edit it first. It should be a simple system I don’t know why we aren’t kicking up more of a fuss about it. They need to listen.

  • XK150XK150 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Other people manage to do it, so if you can't, the problem might just be that you're bad at it.

  • ZeroHecksGivenZeroHecksGiven ✭✭✭✭✭

    Please post the images, titles and description. If you can, would love to see the portals you chose. Are they all unique? Do you reuse portals from one mission to the next.

    Also, the rejection reason may not be the actual rejection reason. Seen plenty over the years where the title is bad or the portals selected are bad and it says the image is bad.

    Missions have been ignored forever and in my opinion, not likely to see an overhaul anytime soon. They're busy spending their time on features like biocards, scanning and anomalies. So, if you want a mission/banner, you're gonna have to keep at it until something sticks unfortunately.

  • Oh thanks for your encouraging advice. Great help.

  • The image is a picture of a mural. Nothing wrong with. All portals are unique because otherwise I wouldn’t be able to create a mission without 6 or more different portals. They are just portals what are they supposed to be. It’s ok. I’ll give up. Nobody cares anyway.

  • VenomousToadVenomousToad ✭✭✭✭✭

    The mission system is a challenge. I enjoyed making them over the years. Lately it's been rough. The image has to match the portals used. So single missions have to use an image from the portals used. So banners usually are a large image and the portals don't always match it. That's the only reasoning I've concluded on rejections. Their suggestions don't work. You just have to keep trying.

  • ZeroHecksGivenZeroHecksGiven ✭✭✭✭✭

    I care, that's why I'm asking for details.

    Regarding the portals, I asked if they're unique per each mission. I have attempted to create a six-mission banner using the same six portals for each mission, one would make it through, the other five would all be rejected.

    Just trying to troubleshoot for ya to help get it approved. If you wanna give up, you can. I've had missions taken 5-10 tries before making it through, so just trying to help you make it happen. If you came here just to complain about it, that's cool too, admittedly, I do a bit of that in the forums myself, lol

  • GrogyanGrogyan ✭✭✭✭✭

    If you put things into the title such as "Tour" or "Trail" usually is what is required than a title that says "Cape Cod"

  • XK150XK150 ✭✭✭✭✭

    "So single missions have to use an image from the portals used" -- what does that even mean? 7 of my last 10 accepted misisons used 19th-Century paintings for icons, 2 used historic photos, and 1 used a NASA satellite photo.

    This is the life cycle of an Ingress misison expert:

    1. Try one thing, which doesn't work
    2. Try a different thing, which works.
    3. Spend the rest of their life insisting the second thing is the only thing that works.

  • XK150XK150 ✭✭✭✭✭

    My advice is learn to answer questions and learn to control your emotions.

  • VenomousToadVenomousToad ✭✭✭✭✭

    I've had the best luck by coordinating the image used with portals used. I'm no expert, just sharing what has worked the best for me. Since there is no guidance from Niantic all we can do is share what has worked for us.

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