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I'd say that is clear. If its the picture above, the ones that just say footpath but are on a trail, then yes, if its on a road/bog standard path, not.
It's basically saying trail markers no longer need the trail name on them, which was already clarified months ago
I think this is one of those "local" issues where an answer provided by "non-locals" such as @NianticGiffard may not fit with the experience of those who actually see these particular items on a regular basis.
In the UK, we have a network of "Public Footpaths" which allow people to walk on specified routes, usually in the countryside. In some sections, these Public Footpaths may form part of the route of a "named trail" such as the "South Downs Way", but in most instances there is no "trail name".
These UK standard plaques with the yellow arrows and the word "Footpath" or "Public Footpath" are only used to indicate the route of the footpath itself. Things like a "Public Bridleway" (ie you can walk it or ride a horse along it) are indicated by other UK standard colored arrows.
You do not see them used as signage to say "this way to the footpath", so they don't appear on roads. Along the footpath itself, they can be places at every gate / hedgerow crossing / corner etc, so they are extremely common, you can find them everywhere.
I think the question for @NainticGiffards-ING is: "Are these UK standard yellow arrows, which are only seen on the route of a public footpath, acceptable as a "trail marker" or, based on how common and generic they are, should they be regarded as "does not meet criteria"?
I appreciate that for Niantic this is a "difficult question" given that the majority of Nianic answers to something like this tend to be rather wooly and vague, but there are certain things where a simple "Yes" or "No" answer would make things so much easier for the reviewing community. My own take on these is "does not meet criteria". If you though there were a lot of "UK Postbox" nominations in the system, saying "Yes" to these will make those look like a drop in the ocean.
The thing is, for some items, Niantic has no local knowledge.
For any UK related queries, Niantic have an office in London.
So surely it’s a case of Giffard sending a quick email to someone there and asking about these things, to get a local Niantic view.
I've always though that staff members at any games company should be obliged to actually play at least one of the games produced by their company for a minimum period of time per week, just so they actually have some familiarity with their product offerings "for real". Who know, perhaps the Head of Developer Relations or the VP General Manager are actually avid Ingress or PoGo players, but I doubt it. Asking a question without placing it in context of the actual game experience may give you some odd answers, and there are very few "Public Footpahs" or markers in central London.
Maybe he has? Not saying he has or hasn't, just saying it's a possibility that emails were sent and the London lot said "yes sure, why not?"
Yeah he could have done. It’s possible.
All I can add, to try to help translate for Americans, is:
These footpaths are infrastructure, utilitarian to get from one place to another. Kinda like sidewalks, although because the UK was developed centuries before cars, all footpaths are not alongside roads. So your destination is not the footpath, anymore than your destination is a sidewalk. The footpath or sidewalk is used to get to your destination. On the other hand - a trail, in either country, is the destination itself.
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