Title of the Wayspot: PACCAR Water Tower (recently renamed to PACCAR Storage Tank)
City: Mount Vernon, WA
Screenshot of the Rejection Email:
This portal was recently changed by Niantic to PACCAR Storage Tank. It actually should be removed on the ground that it might have been deceptively created.
Further evidences to consider this is not a water tower, but just a storage tank (as agreed by Niantic in another forum post)
PACCAR Technical Center official video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xY3p3C_ra2o
While I understand that Wayfarer criteria changes over time, I believe that the PACCAR Storage Tank does not meet the criteria for a valid portal, and its presence on the platform is detrimental to the overall player experience, and more significantly, community cohesion.
Firstly, it is essential to address the fact that the portal was created through deception and manipulation of the reviewing process. As seen at 1:43 mark in the video (screenshot above), this "tower" is significantly shorter the building surrounding it. A quick search on "What is a water tower" or "how does water tower work", the consensus is it has to be an elevated tank of water, which this building is clearly NOT, thus it cannot function as a water tower whatsoever - it's merely a storage tank. Hence, it can be concluded that by mispresenting the fact that this object is a water tower, this POI was created using dishonest means. Creating POI through dishonest means not only undermines the credibility of the Wayfarer community but also sets a harmful precedent for future submissions. Additionally, allowing the PACCAR Storage Tank to remain sends the message that cheating and trickery are acceptable methods for Waypoint creation, which ultimately damages the integrity of the platform and erodes trust within the community.
Furthermore, the presence of the PACCAR Storage Tank (Ingress) portal is causing division within the Ingress community. Its illegitimacy as led to disputes and disagreements among players, sowing discord and resentment. Instead of fostering a sense of positive competition and outdoor adventure (which we have many excellent destination in the Pacific North West), the existence of this portal has resulted in friction and animosity among players who feel that the rules have been unfairly circumvented. Removing the PACCAR Storage Tank portal would be the first step to restore any cross faction relationship.
In addition to its negative impact on community dynamics, the PACCAR Storage Tank portal also detracts from the overall gameplay experience. As a portal lacking genuine historical, cultural, or artistic significance, nor a place of social gathering or for exercising, it fails to enrich the gameplay environment or contribute meaningfully to the exploration and discovery aspects of Ingress. Ingress, and other NIA games, in general has led the community to discover the world around us. For the PNW Ingress community, we 'discover' a lack lusting storage tank as the center of all attention. By removing this non-descript and improperly created portal, players will be able to focus their attention on more deserving landmarks and points of interest, enhancing the overall quality of the Wayfarer/Ingress experience for everyone involved.
In conclusion, the removal of the PACCAR Storage Tank is necessary to uphold the principles of fairness, integrity, and community cohesion within the Wayfarer platform. Its deceptive creation process, divisive impact on the community, and lack of meaningful contribution to gameplay all justify its removal.