Should the likes be set to zero once worldwide for the sake of fairness?
I would like to use this thread to discuss the following topic with Niantic and the community.
@NianticCasey-ING I would very much appreciate a statement from you!
Many Pokémon Go players use an ingress account to give photos a "Like" to determine which wayspot the next Gym will be, which I think is up to everyone.
What worries me, however, is that in many places normal or sometimes totally bad photos have an absurd number of likes (Sometimes much more than there are actually active ingress agents on site) - and new photos simply have no chance. Because even if they are accepted, the old and previous photos still meet the criteria. And mostly only because an Gym in Pokémon Go was supposed to be / was created there.
Now the feature for Pokémon Go players is currently being tested in New Zealand, where likes can be given to Pokémon Go - regardless of Ingress. In this way, the better picture can be used as the cover picture in each game, I think that's great!
But something worries me very much ... I suspect that Niantic will unlock this feature worldwide at a certain point, but the likes that were set in Ingress to create gyms will remain like garbage or as leftovers.
To be honest, I would appreciate it if Niantic completely resets all likes worldwide once this feature has been activated. That would only be fair.
But it's not just about the likes set by Pokémon Go players, but also about the fact that many likes were certainly set by old accounts that have not been active for years. In my opinion, the photos or the likes do not largely reflect the current state of the real world. In my opinion, the players should have the opportunity to get a fresh start, at least with regard to this topic.
Just to give you an example: In my small town there are currently 3 RES players and 3 ENL players, but we sometimes have wayspots with more than 40 likes. Every new photo has no chance.