Candidates With Photos of Computer Screens
Lately, I've seen in some of my reviews, people are nominating things with photos of their computer screen, and despite rejecting them they are going through anyway.
What is the right thing to do, reject them as third-party photos? Because clearly that is not happening with reviewers in general. Or is the better thing to do is to accept them anyway, and then have someone go to the wayspot with the fake photo and then upload a better one?
Niantic believes that their main priority is the expansion of the portal/wayspot network. Judging by Niantic's stance on all my invalid reports being rejected, it seems having a fake photo or a photo that is clearly of a computer screen is not a valid reason to remove something. "Blah blah blah why are you removing something if it is actually there, etc etc, why can't you give them their wayspot, blah blah blah"
Examples: Raby Park tunnel mural, Mt Coricudgy Old Trig Point, Emerald Hills Woodland Conservation
P.S. ...actually looking at the Photo Guidelines, it doesn't even say you can't use third-party images or a photo of a computer screen.
I rejected them as third-party photographs (because they obviously are) and fall under the copyrighted material of ineligible photographs section of the rejection criteira.
When I am evaluating and finding this type of photo I reject it with a star and in the option of third party photos, stating that the photo is not from the real place but an image from third parties.
"Third Party Photos - Use for nominations where the photo was taken from a third party source and is not an original submission."
If the submission or supporting photos are screenshots those are clearly not original images provided by the submitter and should be rejected using this rejection reason.
I get that, I really do. I have also been rejecting for third party photos, but I am pessimistic that many reviewers can't see the details: the computer screen when nominating things. It's more of what Niantic wants, do they want photos of computer screens on each of their wayspots? Because thats what seems to be happening more locally now. Just, computer screens.
You know, with things like Mt Coricudgy trig I wouldn't be surprised if the person who submitted has never been there, and just Googled it from some bushwalking blog so that someone else can go there later and use it as an anchor given how far out of the way it is.
The people who accepted it are probably like "well the trig is there, location seems legit from SIX Maps", can add better photo later, etc. etc.
It's a shame that people can get those things with crappy images through while I can't get Mt Ginini summit marker through. 😒
Personally I would've rejected those for low quality photos any day of the week.