I never said it was required. I said I liked being given a faster cool down to get past the badge. We are appreciative of the cooldown change during events, because most Ingress agents, feel like they should complete every badge.
None of that is 'mandatory' but ignoring human nature is a path to obscurity.
I disagree... If youre going to have a new badge, make it hard enough that it takes some effort to get onyx.
I was insta-platinum and would prefer start with nothing and work my way thru the levels, and make it hard so it takes a few years.
If drone continue after the pandemic, I'd like to see them have more functionality.
So although drones being visible has led to drone hunting, and I'm not sure I like it, its added a new sub-game that people can do.
It should probably not count if you send your own drone home... its too easy to game that stat.
Lol. If it had not been retroactive, you would have been in the minority with people yelling that "I did all this work already and none of it counts."
Niantic just can't win with complainers.