Fake Series of a Moving LFL in Northern Sydney and other random junk
First of all, do you really expect us to actually BE AT EACH FAKE LOCATION to report a clearly fake series of nominations? You were more than happy to take action on the moving fake little free library in Syracuse reported a few months ago reported by someone who is not in the area but your Wayfarer support wants geo-tagged locations from me? That's really not good.
If that is the way you want to deal with in-app Wayfarer abuse reporting, then I won't bother. You've rarely asked for geotagged photos (except for that time when a mural on the overpass was in the trees) for requests, so I'm going to post this here because this Wayfinder is fraudulent and the evidence is clear as day and I have wasted a lot of time writing in to your help support. Anyway, onwards with the abuse case.
This is a series of Little Free Library locations being moved around in the suburb of Warrawee/Turramurra. They are stuck into a random position, a photosphere is generated at the place, and then once the wayspot is approved (usually in a free cell), it is usually painted over and then moved around. LFL's are great candidates usually, but when many people start to notice a pattern and why two suburbs have eight different little libraries
#1. Decorated Little Library (~Jan 2021) - https://intel.ingress.com/?pll=-33.730092,151.124373 (Possible photosphere)
The date of this one is unknown, but it shows several of the same books found in the next Little Libraries. The Little Library is on a 2x4 post; look specifically at it when comparing the LFLs, it is strangely, the most consistent feature of this moving LFL.
#2. Owl Little Library (~Jan 2021) - https://intel.ingress.com/?pll=-33.732965,151.126236
This is most likely the same library as above with the same design, just on an different angle. It is difficult to see the books within. As I am unable to ascertain the date of these two above, it's assumed that they were done as the photospheres found around the same time.
#3. Jirachi's Little Library (Feb 2021) - https://intel.ingress.com/?pll=-33.729917,151.123669 (Photosphere)
It's gotten a fresh lyck of bright pink paint and the books are all jumbled up. It's now a Pokemon-themed Little Library, which should automatically ring alarm bells but you'll see more of this later.
#4. Halfpenny Park Little Library (Apr 2021) - https://intel.ingress.com/?pll=-33.729843,151.12594 (Photosphere)
The box has been painted over with green, but it shows a pink edge inside. The books within are all in the same position (more specifically the book with the pages outwards and the white-blue book on the right), so this LFL was not used or exchanged among the community whatsoever, so it is possible the abuser returned it back to their residence as soon as the photosphere was done and stored until the next time they did this.
#5. Green Little Library - https://intel.ingress.com/?pll=-33.729417,151.122792
Same colours. Same 2x4 timber plank. Same book configuration, much dirtier. The right edge has pink edges.
#6. Young Street Little Library (Aug 2021) - https://intel.ingress.com/?pll=-33.720078,151.12665 (Photosphere)
The books have certainly gotten a refresh and bit of a new lyck of paint, but this is no doubt the same LFL. The edge of the left side still has a faded pink colour.
#7. Eastern Road Little Library (Aug 2021) - https://intel.ingress.com/?pll=-33.718749,151.131163 (Photosphere)
Exact LFL design and plank, same books but slightly rearranged.
#8. Holmes Street Little Library (August 2021) (Photosphere)
Not a live portal but, this has been getting rejected and resubmitted numerous times. The photosphere of it appears above. Same books yeah. The obvious house at the front screams PRP and highly unlikely to be approved.
#9. Furret's Little Library (September 2021) - https://intel.ingress.com/?pll=-33.73035,151.123537 (Photosphere)
Same books and design, except that random Sentrets and Furrets have been pasted onto the top of the library. It's really starting to look quite to look like it's undergoing wear and tar now, not even the door is straight anymore!
#10. Feebas' Little Library - https://intel.ingress.com/?pll=-33.718301,151.128379 (Photosphere)
The books have gotten a refresh, good job! It's been painted with vibrant orange and purple, but it is... by no doubt the exact same 4x2 plank. The positions of the dark circles really gives it away.
#11. Feebas' Little Library (Oct 2021) - https://intel.ingress.com/?pll=-33.707073,151.104525 (Photosphere)
#12. Pokemon Little Library (Dec 2021) - (Photosphere)
This is the latest attempt. To be fair, it looked quite normal but also very weird in such an odd location. This was going through the rounds of Wayfarer, and it wasn't until maybe two-three days ago that this was pointed out to me. And then they pointed out the rest of the fake libraries and all the similarities within the area and I finally realised it.
I reeeeeeally wouldn't have bat an eye with all these libraries popping up since they were well away from my area, but it was also last week that came to my attention that he had stolen a photo of a SURVEY MARK and attempted to pass it off as being in the area. But every state survey mark is on Six.Maps (and believe me when I say, many people do their true due diligence in checking) and it is something very unfakeable. When this person attempted to submit the photo of a survey mark usually found in Google Images which is actually along the Lane Cove River, or a photo stolen from Cranebrook 40km away, he lost every single ounce of respect and authenticity from much of the reviewing community, and this spread like wildfire to a lot of the Wayfarer channels, which this morning has even taken the rounds to appearing on the Facebook Wayfarer page this morning, which I think someone else identified the user or something.
There are some very ugly basic nominations littered around the Turramurra area. All of them, just like all the LFLs above have photospheres, and allege that they all "have a photosphere to prove its location and permanence". But photospheres take a single moment in time as a photo and remain there almost indefinitely, so you can paint something or put something in a certain place, and then it will be either completely removed or the paint fully washes out. There is likely to be more than what I can see here, but you need to understand the gravity of the situation Niantic. Anyone reviewing in Sydney has seen at least one of these, and they might share a similar sentiment.
Genderqueer Pride Pole - Sep 2021 (photosphere)
This is literally a random wooden pole along the railway line being painted in three colours. The paint doesn't even look professionally done, it's literally just three colours.
Transexual Pride Pole - Sep 2021 (photosphere)
Another one of these that I have seen this a dozen times already. It is literally an insulation pole near the railway bridge. Wanna know something else? This pole was actually painted green and red with an X-mas '19 theme. Regular Street view shows this at the same location.
But that's not the only X-mas related wayspot in Turramurra...
Christmas '19 Mural - https://intel.ingress.com/?pll=-33.735697,151.133145
Christmas '19 Mural - https://intel.ingress.com/?pll=-33.732563,151.130816
The same red and green stripe design on various random pieces of equipment that is highly likely to be gone now. In fact, you can even see the same mural fading away in Street View as taken here in September 2020 in Street View!
Slender Man Mural (June 2021) - https://intel.ingress.com/?pll=-33.731141,151.124959 (Photosphere)
This was rejected once, but eventually snuck through reviewers in-game. This is literally a piece of paper or a poster printed and pasted onto a regular traffic control box. The description and supporting statement about how other "unique murals" are set up throughout the suburb is the statement this user alleges for the majority of nominations in the area.
Pikachu/Raichu Electricity Box (Sep 2021) - https://intel.ingress.com/?pll=-33.730355,151.125676 (Photosphere)
It is literal stickers stuck onto a random electricity box in the area of Pokemon.
Then you have all these randomly painted artworks all along the Pacific Highway that really looks like it was done by a six-year old that is by no doubt, done by the same person themselves.
Gengar Family Traffic Box (Aug 2021): https://intel.ingress.com/?pll=-33.730043,151.123826 (Photosphere)
Little posted pasted on. Vandalism really.
Turramurra Zebra Bench: https://intel.ingress.com/?pll=-33.735625,151.132881
Black Lives Matter Mural: https://intel.ingress.com/?pll=-33.736753,151.13321
Indigenous BLM Mural: https://intel.ingress.com/?pll=-33.736953,151.133397
TPS Aboriginal Mural: https://intel.ingress.com/?pll=-33.734769,151.1321
Prince Memorial Mural: https://intel.ingress.com/?pll=-33.735068,151.132548
Rainbow Pride Mural: https://intel.ingress.com/?pll=-33.734669,151.132316
Rainbow Bench: https://intel.ingress.com/?pll=-33.734455,151.131851 (for reference, an actual commissioned seat looks like this)
Rainbow Pride Bench: https://intel.ingress.com/?pll=-33.733245,151.128692
Pride Pole Mural: https://intel.ingress.com/?pll=-33.73389,151.13177
Pride Manhole Mural: https://intel.ingress.com/?pll=-33.733825,151.131457
Transgender Flag Bench: https://intel.ingress.com/?pll=-33.732073,151.126143
Don't Worry, Be Happy! - https://intel.ingress.com/?pll=-33.731774,151.130941
and finally, Don't Worry, Be Happy: https://intel.ingress.com/?pll=-33.733645,151.128042
For Niantic, is this not evidence enough? Do you want a geo-tagged photo for every single one of these because there's no evidence that it's the exact same LFL being moved around? You want to hassle me to go all the way to Turramurra just to show that the majority are either not in their locations, their **** paint jobs has been heavily washed out and therefore deemed temporary, and all the stupid Pokemon printouts and stickers have been removed by council?
Also again, I reiterate. Your transparency is better if you actually keep case IDs and such open, but you wanted me to provide you geo-tagged photos within 5 business days, but instead already closed my Wayfarer Abuse Report. Is that the system you want? This is probably one of the most orchestrated levels of local abuse I've come across in Sydney, and the fact that it occurred over this entire year is well... I do have to applaud this person for getting through all the cracks and for making it this far. But now you Niantic must take action.
For everyone else reading: this is a critical reminder that photospheres should be used to help provide location aids to help verify where it is being submitted, not to prove permanence because a photosphere only captures one singular point in time. In fact, for some nominations, a photosphere has the potential to hurt nominations.
And for the abuser? Thanks for handing your abuse case on a silver platter.