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The business includes small restaurants, eateries, and Restaurants chains like KFC.
Total 6 new stops appear around my office.
This looks like a lot of very old Ingress submissions came live. And at the same time there has been some data loss or sync error wherein the Ingress intel map layer and the photo haven't come live.
We got information somewhere here that Niantic staff is reviewing some nominations in India, as we will soon have India Wayfarer Challenge started. Maybe they were reviewied by Niantic staff recently, and because of that you get new POIs in game :)
Please click on the gyms and check if they have a tag saying "Sponsored"
Usually sponsored stops/gyms have a pink marker on them on the map, these don't look like they do, but who knows, maybe they are and haven't shown up yet
True, but I'm from a small city and not many players play here. And mostly local businesses such as restaurants turn into POI. None of the POI has any photos.
not sure if your complaining about it or curious as to why they became stops? Looks fine to me and they wouldnt meet removal criteria either more than likely so this is a win win for your area :)
I suspect they may have used a database of places to initially populate the map
Wait, they don't have photos? Gyms too? Can you show us an example of this POI without a photo? It seems really weird thing, especially if gym doesn't have any too.
If they don't have photos, then it might be a database use like Lechu1730-PGO mentioned earlier, or they might be really old wayspots that were added.
I think that when there was only Ingress, first portals didn't have any photos. I don't know this, but maybe they also could been nominated without photos on very early stage too. But I might be wrong here, so anyone correct me please if it isn't possible.
If really old nomination without photo option is incorrect, then Lechu1730-PGO idea seems the most possible for me. But I would like to hear answer from @NianticGiffard here or other Niantic staff that could help us get answer to this.
If a photo is added to an old ingress portal that doesn't have one, and it's in its own cell, it will become a stop.
Thanks for your response, it might be the case here too then :)