Exercise Related Businesses need a Niantic Criteria Clarification
Okay the Criteria for Nominations have CHANGED.
There are NOW 3 Main Ideas. Place to Explore, Place to Gather, Place to Exercise.
It appears reviewers are using old standards to judge Businesses nominated under the new standard: Places to Exercise.
I am finding business that encourage, promote and exercise ---- like Non-Chain Gyms, Dance Studios are being judged as a generic business where community is looking for submitter to sell the POI as “Special” or “Award-winning”.
Meanwhile, other places to exercise are NOT held to the same standard of uniqueness or specialness. I can see a trail with 10 separate trail markers that look the same except maybe a number or distance, each of the 10 trail markers gets accepted. I can see places with four separate baseball fields, labelled as generically as “Field A” “Field B” “Field C” “Field D” all sail through nomination.
In short, reviewers are looking to be convinced like they would as a restaurant where they are looking to be convinced that its either award winning (explore) or super popular (gather) .... yet places to exercise are their own criteria. A place encourages on-site exercise.... is a Yes or No.
The issue that needs clarification: Is the point of the criteria change are reviewers/submitters judging POIS correctly or incorrectly.
If the purpose of a wayspot: Is uniqueness, then the criteria changes could use a clarification so people stop submitting local businesses that promote exercise (Gyms/Dance Studios) unless they are award winning etc.
If the purpose of a wayspot: Is exercise promotion, then a clarification needs to be issued that business’s that promote on-site exercise are eligible as long as they don’t belong to a big chain so reviewers know to accept the same way they would a trail marker, or sports field.
Or if you want to look at the question a different way.
Should a Dance Studio or Gym be judged like a Restaurant? Or should it be judged like a Baseball field or trail marker? Which is the more apt way to look at business that people exercise on site?