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I lean toward saying plain drinking fountains are infrastructure - not interesting/unique enough to be a wayspot.
Another solution would be a review option to drop the Description.
Is this Description acceptable? Yes/No
If you select "No", the description disappears, and you vote on the nomination's validity without it.
Yes, there is the problem you describe.
It is possible for a good wayspot nomination to be rejected if a bad reviewer colludes with it.
On the other hand, there is also the problem of bad judges approving unqualified wayspot nominations one after another.
These are both major problems.
And this is a compliance and moral issue for us players.
"I want a portal (pokestop) that can be reached from my house."
"I'm going to disavow all the pokestops (portals) in the area where someone I don't like is."
As you can see, humans can have negative emotions and arbitrary desires.
It comes down to a human problem and it is difficult for us to completely eliminate this problem.
However, I believe that showing such statistics in both this reviewer and nominator, and in the future, showing the rating as a nominator, will encourage us to solve this problem.
No human being wants to get a bad score. We don't want to show them to others. People want to have something to be proud of.
I think it would be a good first step for us to work on that.
Thank you to all who have reported seeing Cupid's Span as their Featured Wayspot. We are currently investigating and will report back once we have solutions.
If everybody can appeal everything without any sort of barrier or cost, then the system will grind to a complete halt in a day. If we want a functioning system, there will need to be some gating to appeals (whether being allotted a certain number per month, requiring the use of agreements, or something else) and rejections will have to continue to matter.
I live in the Middle East where weather is very hot and dry most of the year. I do not think drinking fountains should be eligible. They're an extremely generic and extremely common piece of street furniture, akin to street lamps.
Than again, I notice that when I get reviews from Cyprus, all drinking fountains there seem to be automatically accepted.
So opinions on this probably vary from one community to another.
Those look more like places to get drinking water than exquisite ornate fountains conjured by your introduction. Orate large fountains are definitely great waypoints. Unfortunately the one in the photo does not really appear to be anything of interest and should not be a waypoint. Drinking fountains are not places people hang out and do not have anything special about them. If you think that there is some way it should be a waypoint by all means satisfy my curiosity and tell me what criteria it meets.
The trouble is, people's nominator ratings may be affected very easily by bad reviewers. Especially if what seems to be going on in southern Germany is anything to go by.
If I count correctly, there are 168 nominations you've rejected up to this reply, but you only took action on 2 Wayfinders?
How about you took all their nominations for internal review, just like the team do the same with @Nadiwereb-PGO ?
I appreciate everyone for contesting against our decision. We had it checked again and found it to be a valid Wayspot, and as a result, we've restored the Wayspot now.