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Rural communities can easily exploit the wayfarer algorithm to get ineligble wayspots accepted

AisforAndis-INGAisforAndis-ING Posts: 964 Ambassador

As has been documented very lengthily in abuse reports connected to the St. Cloud community here, here, here, here, here, and here, as well as in other reports, users from rural communities are able to hijack the algorithm that gives reviewers the "random" wayspots that they review.

Because the Wayfarer algorithm prioritizes reviews for wayspots that it perceives are in areas that are more rural / less wayspot dense, the algorithm is more likely to give reviewers wayspots from these areas during review, especially at the start of their review session. This enables people in these rural "prioritized" areas to be able to review local wayspots either immediately or very quickly upon starting a review session. This opens up many doors for abuse, as has been extensively documented, but it also disincentives people from reviewing anything beyond their non-local submissions. This behavior is highly exploitable, appears unintended, and is quite an oversight. Please fix.

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