Increase review timeout / save drafts of reviews?
I am quite new to Wayfarer, and to Niantic in general (been playing Ingress for nearly four months). However, I am keen to do as thorough a job as possible when reviewing nominations for new wayspots. As such, I put any relevant information in the "Additional Comments" field, often quite a lot of information, in the case of "problematic" nominations.
More than six times now, with problematic nominations, for which I have been switching between Google Maps, Street View and various other apps, the review process has timed out, and a popup appears on the screen, giving me the option of "Home" or "Review Next". I am unable to return to my review, nor submit it, nor save a draft, so all of my work is lost. If I refresh the page in my browser, it just goes to a different nomination.
This is incredibly frustrating, because literally everything that I have worked on becomes time wasted.
I don't know if this will get seen by the "right people", but my proposal is
a) increase or remove the review timeout
b) give a 10-minute, 5-minute, 1-minute timeout warning
c) add the ability to save a draft, or better still, save a draft every minute, so that if the reviewer loses internet connection or their battery goes flat, then their work is not lost
The current limitation just totally disincentives the reviewer from being thorough, which I am sure is not what Niantic wants.
It shouldn't take you more than 20 minutes to review a Wayspot. A couple of minutes is the most you will ever need for a single review, so the 20 minute timeout is more than generous.
20 minutes is more than enough.
Also, with regards to the additional comments box (both for nominations you're accepting and nominations you're rejecting), you don't need to write an essay. Those comments will only ever be read by Niantic employees (and even then, it's very rare they'll have any reason to read them) - the submitter will never see them.
I'm curious what takes so long. I've timed out a few times, but usually only if I get distracted or am asking for other opinions.
There are plugins created by the user base that will show a timer if you review on desktop. I think they'll make warnings, too, but I've never used them.
If you're taking too much time to review, it might be helpful to join a group that can help offer pointers on what to look for or help confirm some of those difficult location verifications. You may find local or global groups through Discord, Reddit, Facebook, or other. Here can be helpful, however the unhelpful way the server is moderated means photos may take hours to days to upload.