CHAOS: The Confusing Wayfarer Criteria for Trail Markers
Please read carefully!
This past Summer, I gathered with multiple Ingress Agents and Pokémon GO Trainers to carry out a very special project: submitting valid Portal Candidates in Monsanto Forest Park.
Monsanto is a 2500-acre Forest Park in Lisbon, Portugal. It has the largest Portuguese picnic parks, the longest Lisbon walking trails and so much more. It is a very special place and it’s unfortunate that nearly no Portal candidates were submitted before.
Among the many eligible Portal candidates that we submitted, Trail Markers were one of the most frequent submissions.
Initially, we intended to submit all the Trail Markers so that we could later create a great mission banner. And that’s what we started to do.
Please keep in mind that Trail Markers are not that frequent in Portugal, nor in Monsanto.
Before Wayfarer came out, the criteria for Trail Markers was quite straightforward:
- Trail Markers - SUGGESTED VOTE: 5*.
However, now that Wayfarer is live, a confusing detail has been added:
- Trailheads, trail markers, mile/distance markers, etc. - Acceptable, if they have a trail name on them. Simple mile markers along a trail with nothing other than a number should be rejected.
Since this has been published, we have received the first two rejections mentioning that “The nomination doesn’t meet acceptance criteria.” Thus, we have reached to the community and many have said that the criteria for Trail Markers was the cause.
We think that the sentence “Simple mile markers along a trail with nothing other than a number should be rejected.” is quite confusing, especially for non-English speakers. Even though, we believe that it refers to mile markers like this, which don't even exist in Monsanto: https://i.imgur.com/Vdixcfj.jpg.
We would love NIA to give clear examples.
In Monsanto, there are no Mile Markers (consequentially, no “simple Mile Markers with nothing other than a number”), but there are four different types of Trail Markers:
All of these are eligible in our opinion. They are not “Simple mile markers with nothing other than a number”.
They all have a unique ID engraved in a medal on the side, not to mention the arrows, trail(s) color(s), and other ornaments.
Would it be possible for NIA to please refer to these four types of Trail Markers and clearly state how they should be rated?
And what do you all think?