Missions keep on getting rejected by bots?

Recently, it's basically impossible to get missions approved. Normally, I build one Banner per month for our local IFS. But for the last two months, all my missions keep on getting rejected for the same reason:

  • - A lack of a clear and informative description and/or title
  • - Mission Image, description, and/or title are unrelated to the Waypoints chosen

I never had this kind of issue. Normally, you could just edit the description a bit and then it was fine. But now, it's an endless loop.

Also, all missions are getting rejected at the same time. That's also not normal/never has been like that. I highly predict that this is also because of the new Pokemon GO routes.

Is there something to do against that? It's just straight-up annoying and sad to see your time get wasted on something like this. Its also sad for the IFS which I need to improvise again.

Also, sorry in case this has already been reported. I'm happy to get a link for old discussions :D


  • PkmnTrainerJPkmnTrainerJ ✭✭✭✭✭

    I don’t know the answer but with Niantic using AI to check Routes for Pokémon GO, I did wonder if we would see it used for Missions here.

  • VenomousToadVenomousToad ✭✭✭✭✭

    This is why I stopped submitting missions and removed every one I've made. You can't get them approved anymore. I've wasted too much time trying. It's almost like they want the game to fail.

  • ZeroHecksGivenZeroHecksGiven ✭✭✭✭✭

    Same here. Not worth the effort anymore. I’ve left my existing ones up, for now.

    Just feels like Ingress is eating away at itself from the inside out.

  • ShottixShottix ✭✭✭

    Wouldn't bother anymore, I've submitted too many banners where they'll approve 21/24 tiles and the last 3 don't go through no matter what and you end up with an incomplete useless banner. They should just approve them all and let people report them if there's an issue

  • EvilSuperHerosEvilSuperHeros ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited September 19

    I stopped submitting, but left my single missions from a jillion years ago still up, plus my half finished banners are still out there. I'm not gonna disable them. If someone does part of one, they are SOL. Blame the mission idiots who mark stuff with random, stupidly vague responses and random this image is copyrighted (except how does an image I took with my phone get tagged as copyrighted?).

    My mural using an actual copyrighted image was accepted on the first try, and is still live. Done by multiple agents from both factions.

    Just more stuff that doesn't make any sense at all. And we can't get a human response on it ever.

    Reasons why people leave the game Brian. Not gonna tag you, you don't reply to it. Likely don't even read anything at this point anyway.

  • mortuusmortuus ✭✭✭✭✭

    The entire mission system is rng sadly. What they need do is remake the mission create system from scratch but guess its not possible due to lack of resources and priority for other things

  • KhatreKhatre ✭✭✭✭✭

    i've got those rejected for "An image with identifiable people or faces"

    lol ? 😥

  • EvilSuperHerosEvilSuperHeros ✭✭✭✭✭

    Gotta change the words on the missions just slightly and resubmit over and over again. Its how I got one of the Second Sunday ones to go through. And the best part is that is uses the same exact image for all 6 missions. 🤣

  • MoogModularMoogModular ✭✭✭✭✭

    The frustration with missions is part of the reason why Second Sunday shouldn't focus on missions anymore.

  • EvilSuperHerosEvilSuperHeros ✭✭✭✭✭

    Or how I believe it was Thia who claimed it was going a totally different way...but never has

  • The next wave of missions was rejected again, obviously. This really takes all the fun out of creating cool routes.

  • ZeroHecksGivenZeroHecksGiven ✭✭✭✭✭

    You can try posting your description and other information to see if there is anything we can advise on. I haven’t tried submitting a mission in at least six months, so no idea if things have got even worse (seems to be)

  • MargariteDVilleMargariteDVille ✭✭✭✭

    Here are some tips I've collected for the image / text rejection. Maybe you can find a couple things until you get it through.

    “Use of image or text” Email


    • Try a portal key picture as badge. Niantic already owns it. (You’ll probably need to edit it to make it work.) Or use a picture you took yourself. Pictures from other sources could have an embedded copyright, causing mission rejection. 
    • Any individual mission whose icon is a single letter, or looks like it might be a single letter if you squint your eyes, will be immediately rejected with an unrelated reason cited on the rejection notice.
    • Last resort:  submit without a badge. Add it back after it’s published! 


    • Remove words (even the name of the town) that in your wildest imagination might be a person’s name.
    • Don’t use song lyrics, product names, TV/movie lines, etc. Google phrases used. Ask someone older/younger than you, who would know a different decade.
    • Make the title and description boring, and remove portal descriptions (so definitely no potential copyright infringement). Like: “Hack these things to earn a badge.” You can edit it after it’s approved.
    • Do not use an at sign - not even “Closes @ dusk.” (Yeah, the character limit is killer.) Avoid other special characters too, as they could be flagged by a security program as a possible attempt at code injection. 
    • Minimize/remove acronyms. They’re not looking them up; just assuming the worst.
    • Be clear when using a city or county name – the approver doesn’t know what Barrow is, or that Helen is a town.
    • Clarify/remove anything a non-local might not understand, like A1A => Hwy A1A.
    • Avoid words that MIGHT mean you’re marketing something. I used “Banking” in a title, and every portal/fieldtrip was about a long-gone bank, but I think they suspected I was trying to get customers. Changed title to “Historic Bank”, and it was approved.
    • Don’t assume that something in other missions - or a portal name - is OK for your mission. They were approved by somebody else. Your approver is not researching what’s already out there. Example: A mission named after its first portal, with that portal key as mission badge (BMW Water Tower) - was rejected. Changed only title - accepted. Another: Used identical description as another mission - rejected. Description changed - accepted

    Lastly, when a mission is rejected, put REJECT in its title, and create an entirely new mission with tweaks. Maybe it's superstitious, but I think a failed attempt is tainted, and gets rougher review if you edit and resubmit.

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