Trashy submissions and unreasonable rejections: Time for a Wayfarer-Clean-Up?!
Every Ingress-player with lvl 10 or PoGO-trainer with level 38 can be part of our Wayfarer-system, they can submit POIs and they can review submissions. Good?
Here's what I see:
1.) There are so many garbage submissions, e.g. "Nice old tree". This is not only enerving, but all the acceptable POIs are hold back in the system for month. Personally, I've got some submissions in queue for over a year, now. Ridicilous!
2.) There are so many acceptable submissions, that recently got rejected in our community. Some of my submissions got rejected with some of the weirdest reasons, e.g. a mosque and a youth center/concert hall (public places) got rejected, because they should be on a private property; a giant city map for hikers and cyclers should not forfill the criteria; fotos that are perfectly shot by daylight with a clear, centered object got rejected, because of bad foto quality; and in Germany, Wayfarers can't see a difference between "Ort ist unangemessen" und "Unangemessener Ort".
And the list continues.
Here's my critic:
The Level of a player and an easy test at the beginning (one can even see the solutions in "How-to"-videos on Youtube) are not enough to ensure both, quality within submissions and quality within the review process. The consequence is, that one has to wait at first month until a submission leaves the queue and then the chances are good, that it gets rejected for no reason, because of the wrong reasons.
And after all this, what can a submitter do, when a good submission gets wrongfully rejected? He/she can re-submit it, wait and pray, that's it. And that's ****. We need a total clean-up in our Wayfarer-system: Just keep those Wayfarers, who know the criteria and who can and want to apply the criteria correctly. Get rid of all others. We don't need them.
What must be done:
1.) We need higher expectations than just the pure level. And we need a harder test.
Just keep out these people, who have no real clue about the games and those who don't want to cope with our POI-criteria.
2.) We must get rid of those Wayfarers, who already passed the test, but still don't know about the criteria or who just don't want to apply them correctly. How?
Give us an option to directly complain about a rejection, that one thinks, that doesn't fit with a correct application of the criteria. Let a Niantic-member review this complaint. In case the complaint is profound, give the reviewer a strike. In case the complaint is not right, give the submitter a strike. If one gets three strikes in a month, you can't review/submit for a year. Enough time to learn about the criteria and to let the good wayfarers do their jobs.
What do you think about this theme, my critic and my solutions? I think, we have to discuss this, as the problem seems to get worse.
Thank you, have a nice day and good luck for all of your submissions. :)