@Niantic, please stop performing "in house" reviews until Lightship-Ingress sync is fixed
Is the team even reviewing to criteria? Currently, there is overwhelming negative community feedback on wrongfully rejected "." Niantic or their contracted reviewers that seemingly meet criteria or candidates that should have been rejected being approved (https://community.wayfarer.nianticlabs.com/discussion/22616/proof-that-life-isn-t-fair, https://community.wayfarer.nianticlabs.com/discussion/18767/rejection-mails-are-not-containing-any-rejection-reasons, https://community.wayfarer.nianticlabs.com/discussion/18790/too-many-rejections-on-good-candidates-recently) But this thread isn't about that.
"Internal" approvals by Niantic or its contracted reviewers do not show up in Ingress. While impossible to say with 100% certainty, nearly all of the nominations I've seen in my communities that follow the trend of vanishing from Wayfarer for Nia review end up not syncing into Ingress on approval. Where no evidence of disappearing exists and there is no Portal, it can be noted that review time does not typically match normal local turnaround time. This gives credibility to a growing suspicion that candidates reviewed by the Niantic/third party team go directly into Lightship and the sync does not take place for Ingress, even when typical proximity rules are not a factor.
Why is this a problem? Well, I assume it isn't "working as intended" for Wayspots that meet acceptance in review and proximity to not be allowed into Ingress. But also this effectively blocks accepted candidates. Since they are in the system, they should not be re-nominated. While usually approved faster than normal, they cannot be Upgraded. The break in sync "steals" our Portals from ever being created.
There is a workaround. A workaround was discovered and has been reported in depth in this Wayforum, Reddit, Facebook, and other communities. This isn't always an option in communities with less PoGO players and cannot be done by Agents who also play PoGO with trainer levels below 38.
With such an impact, can the Niantic team please crease reviewing until the Lightship sync can be fixed?