Can we talk about what priority the rampant abuse within Wayfarer is getting? To my mind, the integrity of the Lightship map should be an absolute top priority, not just for the Wayfarer team but for Niantic as a whole, as EVERYTHING the company wants to do in the future seems to stand on the Lightship database. But over the past year in this forum alone, we’ve seen stunning post after post about rampant and uncontrolled abuse in St Cloud, Sydney, and other places. Social media has evidence of abusive nominations blossoming all over - from selfies in photodiscs to dishonest descriptions to location edits. That doesn’t even touch the amount of abusive coal in the queue, which has itself led to a new strain of abuse: German Wayfarers in particular have come to believe that their country is overrun with review bots that reject everything, a strategy that would be utterly self-defeating and impossible if nominations weren’t overwhelmingly trash. This arrangement seems unsustainable.
I understand that automated systems/scripts are the most desirable solution for hunting out bad actors, but whatever’s out there currently isn’t working. The prominence of this in virtually every relevant online venue (from Discord channels to Facebook groups to Reddit threads to this forum and on) completely undermines the confidence that productive Wayfarers need in order to continue being productive.
Where is this going? What plans do Niantic and Wayfarer have to address these violations and repeat violators?