Recent flood of low quality POIs / portals
Has anyone else noticed a surge in low quality portals appearing throughout the network or is it just my area. Loads of simple numbered walking waypoints, uninteresting bridges and hardly significant entry point signs to forests have been appearing all around here. It is really turning a game which used to be about visiting cool and interesting place into a sludge past yet another string of uninteresting portals and locations.
Oh yes, very much. There are a lot of relatively new Pokemon Go submitters who base their ideas of what makes a good waypoint on what they have around them that they think they might be able to get passed. They also look at examples of things that are already in the games, without paying attention to current rules. I had a discussion with someone recently wherein they said, "What do you mean? Memorial benches all qualify." I pointed him at Niantic's clarification that they only qualify for famous people or noteworthy community members.
Niantic could make this better in a few ways. First, they could consolidate all of their information in one place so that people aren't left searching the guidelines, supplements, and AMAs in order to get information. They could create a simplified guideline that everyone had to read before submitting, and possibly also require a Wayfarer-like test in order to gain submission privileges. They could allow reviewers a flag that is "This is abysmal", something stronger than doesn't meet criteria, but not as bad as abuse, that would send a stronger alert to the submitter and possibly even put the submitter in the penalty box if they got more than N of those per unit time.
With shelter-at-home there are also people desperate to have pokestops near their houses. This is the worst example I found this week. It's a fun game of "How many disqualifiers can you find?"
@NianticCasey has seen this in the main Wayfarer community.
We were ignored, told that Wayfarer had serious problems which would lead to the system being exploited.
And exploited it has.
It is just as bad as seeing half of all pgo players multi accounting
That because not everyone cares about "discovering and exploring". Some players just wanna grind and only care about numbers and badges.
Lucky you guys getting new poi around your area. Apparently in my country, everyone who had a poi rejected in the past, now that has time due to corona quarantine, started doing this new wayfarer and every single submission gets rejected no matter what it is. The other game reviewers have made things more fare for everyone here lately :)
Yeah and guess who is submitting those...
HINT: Po..mon trainers!
I've given up on this. Nowadays I just check if a new portal is in the correct location. All other criteria: "Niantic wanted this."
man that grammar is bad “new community that lacks of poke stop” “riverview community that area many people walking”???? WHAT?!
I submitted a portal a while back that was a replacement for one that was invalid and removed. I just happened to find a poem on the sidewalk and submitted it. And this one just happened to be approved (I also wanted a new gym in that spot as well which for some reason never happened. But there’s no point in submitting the same POI twice)
The only problem is now nobody can access it due to COVID19 the area its in is near a playground and the whole area is closed off for now.
oops I just realized that I submitted my portal with the wrong name! The poem is called the leaf and the raindrop not the leaf and the rainbow. I just submitted the actual name.
Absolutely agreed with you, I think that's because of PoGo players that are able to submit portals. From my experience, they aren't even checking the rules before submitting lol
Theres always garbage among the subs and not all are from pogo players.
In areas that only Pogo agents play, the amount of bench portals and Little Free Libraries (on residential land) coming from these areas are astounding. Or just Bench portals in general. Which is likely why my Wayfarer often drops into the red after one starring multiple bench subs in a session.
My hometown got its first PoGo submitter a few weeks ago. Since then we've had a few memorial benches, a senior care center, a high school sports field, and a public works office approved.
This is it, folks. Submit whatever you want. The bar won't get much lower.
Nearly every GO player has multi accounts, some of them 6+