Campfire Ingress Official group is chaos

I give up! Pokemon Go players have taken over the Campfire Ingress Official group. I have tried reporting them, asking them nicely to leave. Others have tried similar tactics. No one at Niantic is in charge of this group, so it will continue to devolve into chaos.



  • GrogyanGrogyan ✭✭✭✭✭

    @NianticThia and @NianticAustin are the channel owners, and they have a clear responsibility to ensure that the Campfire group is free of spam.

    There could be a legal case about Niantic's incompetence for the handling of spam in Campfire, as it is in their lgal document that we players sign, that Niantic has a clear obligation.

  • GrogyanGrogyan ✭✭✭✭✭

    The best thing to do is raise a bug ticket inside of Campfire

  • FeThornFeThorn ✭✭✭

    Yeah the spam is out of control. It's not just pokemon related either, there have been several cases of peridot related content being posted on the ingress group as well.

    @NianticBrian Can you please look into this? We need a more long term solution, whether that's giving XM ambassadors / vanguards / trusted players admin perms, blocking people that don't play ingress from joining, more robust filters (that also don't flag legitimate posts in PoGo related groups), or something else; the spam is so bad that the official ingress group is borderline unusable. Something really needs to be done to address this.

  • tp235tp235 ✭✭✭✭

    I think it would be a good idea to issue a cross-game ban notice to all users who invite friends on community channels other than the game in question.

    This should be discussed with all game managers.

  • MxxMxx ✭✭✭✭

    Many good ideas have been floated around how to address this pogo scourge, but Niantic checked out from this project. They thought making discord alternative is just code up an app and everything will be fine. But they refuse to invest any effort into community moderation or management. Campfire should just be shut down for ingress, otherwise it's a disservice and disrespect to the community.

  • tp235tp235 ✭✭✭✭

    The PoGo Trainers who post such spam will not understand if you point out that your actions are spam.

    However, there is one thing that I find pathetic.

    That Pokémon GO had a big bang in 2016 and there was confusion.

    And PoGo weren't that many encounters because it was designed to be invisible with no COMM and no logs, probably due to safety concerns for children and women.

    While it is true that there were many players who did not know where to go for the first step because of these two minor reasons, the fact is that seven years after the game's launch, the majority of PoGo trainers around the world still fail to make on-site friends.

    Also, the majority of on-site PoGo Trainers community do little more than go out and **** legendary Pokémon in the daily Raid Battles that start around 6:00 p.m.

    This is hard for agents in the Ingress community to believe.

    So I hope that the next Monster Hunter NOW will not be such a misfortune.

    I hope that the onsite community will be able to eat real-world meat, drink beer, and have good conversation over side dishes made from the rewards of raid battles.

    To that end, no cheating.

    There are more important things in the real world than defeating monsters.

  • Trukst3rTrukst3r ✭✭

    I emphatically agree with the OP here the Pokémon GO (PoGo) spam in the Ingress Official Campfire group's channels is horrendous.

    Niantic, PLEASE start to do SOMETHING and then immediately communicate with us in the Ingress Official group to let us know you ARE doing SOMETHING to solve the problem...


    At LEAST **start** by writing RegEx script for a channel bot that recognizes the 12-digit PoGo Trainer/Friend codes in the Ingress Official channels, then auto-deletes the post and automatically sends an INFORMATIVE DM to the offender so they may learn from their mistakes and, hopefully, inform their PoGo friends and acquaintances about pepper PoGo protocol.

  • GrogyanGrogyan ✭✭✭✭✭

    They will instead adapt and post screenshots of their ID

  • FeThornFeThorn ✭✭✭

    Good enough bots could probably recognize those as well. Those images mostly look all the same.

    Problem is getting people to read the DM's and not be confused about why they keep getting posts deleted.

  • AkakunAkakun ✭✭✭

    Do not worry. They will probably shut down Campfire in a year or two.

  • Otrera35Otrera35 ✭✭✭✭

    Not surprising at all.

  • CyHuskerCyHusker ✭✭

    So Niantic converted all the Pokémon Go channels in Campfire to Read-Only. Now all of the PoGo players are just spamming the Ingress channel instead of their own. Way to go Niantic! You really don't care about us!

  • EngrishEngrish ✭✭✭✭

    In the Las Vegas Ingress campfire chat, I go in there once in awhile to check it out and the tell pokego players to move to the Las Vegas pokego chats but get ridiculed instead. They say why do we care so much for a dying game, etc. Then they will give any Ingress players posts the **** emoji which is interesting that NIA would allow that option.

  • PkmnTrainerJPkmnTrainerJ ✭✭✭✭✭

    They seem to have cleared a lot of it now. Thanks to whoever did that! I assume @NianticBrian as he’s the owner of the chat.

  • CyHuskerCyHusker ✭✭

    The Campfire channel is still chaos! We thought that someone was clearing out the Pokémon Go spam late at night because comments that were reported would be gone the next day. However, that was short lived and we are back to people posting their trainer codes immediately after comments about the chat being only Ingress and NOT Pokémon Go.

  • tp235tp235 ✭✭✭✭

    Personally, I don't understand why you made the Campfire PoGo channel read-only.

    Well, I understand the intention of wanting people to expand their interaction locally first, but we also need an official community channel.

    I hope that in the future we will be able to post on PoGo's Campfire channel so that there will be less spam on the Ingress channel.

    On a hopeful note, I would like to think that this is a temporary measure due to the firing of one of PoGo's community managers.

  • VenomousToadVenomousToad ✭✭✭✭✭

    I've been deleting all the pogo posts in that group. Seems to have slowed them down.

  • Cl4whammerCl4whammer ✭✭✭

    Its nots like there is much going on currently with ingress, at least the pogo players found a use for that chat :⁠-⁠D

  • Otrera35Otrera35 ✭✭✭✭

    Opting to use Campfire sounds like a major headache....

  • CyHuskerCyHusker ✭✭

    Finally the Ingress Official group in Campfire is settling down a bit. Yes, there are still Pokémon Go players randomly posting their code and other comments, however we have been directing them to a real Pogo Trainer group and that seems to reduce the repeat offenders. We have also created a private group called Ingress Cross Faction Campfire where we have been inviting agents over from Ingress Official. We have several admins who make sure that the group is kept on the Ingress topic. No Pogo interlopers, so far.

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