Invalid Wayspot Appeal
Title of Wayspot 1: Rushford Climbing Frame
Location: 52.951554, -1.235092
Title of Wayspot 2: Rushford Balance Beam
Title of Wayspot 3: Rushford Drive Swings
Country: United Kingdom
Screenshot of the Rejection Emails:
This is an extension of my invalid Wayspot appeal found here - https://community.wayfarer.nianticlabs.com/discussion/28093/invalid-wayspot-appeal#latest
A player has submitted individual pieces of a single playground as separate Wayspots when there is already a Waypoint for the Rushford Park Play Area in the database. They have achieved this by manipulating the location of a Google Maps photosphere to submit Wayspots in incorrect locations, as well as brute-force submitting each piece of play apparatus until they achieved their desired outcome.
Photos to support your claim:
Photo G shows the Climbing Frame in relation to the rest of the play area. It sits on a raised earth embankment on the western side of the play area. You can also see the close proximity of the swingset to the rest of the play area apparatus in the background of the photo.
Photo H shows the entire play area from the perspective of someone entering Rushford Drive Park. Though there is no fencing around the play area, the close proximity of each piece of play apparatus should indicate that this ought to be a single Wayspot in the database. You can also see the yellow Balance Beam clearly adjacent to a picnic bench and yellow bridge next to the path, indicating it is in the southern portion of the play area, not to the north as it currently sits in the database. Finally, you can also see the location of the Swing Set as directly next to the path.
Photo I provides an overview of the play area near the location of the faked photosphere. In the centre is the physical object represented by the 'Sand Worm' gym (the subject of my other invalid Wayspot appeal). You can see the proximity of all of the play apparatus, including the Balance Beam and Swing Set. This also demonstrates their location on the southern end of the play area. Additionally, this photo shows the other pieces of play apparatus the player has attempted to submit as separate Wayspots, discussed below.
Photo J shows another view of the play area, including a clear view of the Balance Beam next to the path and yellow bridge. You can also see the Swing Set in the background, next to the other play apparatus.
Below are screenshots of Google Maps' satellite view, to help explain my argument and demonstrate the locations of these photos.
Actual Location of Apparatus:
This screenshot highlights the actual location of the physical apparatus represented by the duplicate POIs. The Climbing Frame is in the red circle, on the raised embankment. The Balance Beam is in the yellow circle, on the southern edge of the walking path. The Swing Set is in the Blue Circle, adjacent to the walking path on its eastern edge. The orange circle indicates the area of land represented by the existing Rushford Drive Play Area Wayspot. As you can see, all three of the playground apparatus fall within the remit of the play area and should be considered duplicate submissions.
The actual locations of each of these pieces of apparatus are:
Climbing Frame - 52.951521, -1.235085
Balance Beam - 52.951414, -1.234832
Swing Set - 52.951435, -1.234640
Factoring in the 20-meter rule in Ingress prohibiting submissions from appearing too close to each other, it is clear that the player purposely placed the location of these submissions incorrectly, to aid in creating new POIs in various Niantic games. The location of the Play Area Wayspot would have prevented the appearance of each of these submissions in both Ingress and GO.
This screenshot highlights the incorrect location of the player-submitted photosphere in the play area. This photosphere was used to support their submission of the Rushford Balance Beam at the north end of the park. The player's photosphere is highlighted in red. The correct location for the photosphere is highlighted in yellow, at the southern end of the play area. On the satellite view, you can clearly see the small yellow bridge adjacent to the Balance Beam just to the west of the yellow circle, on the southern side of the walking path. The proximity of the Balance Beam and yellow bridge is also demonstrated in Photo J above. There is actually a pair of generic black metal benches at the location of the faked photosphere.
Clearly, the player faked the location of the photosphere to aid in submitting the Balance Beam in a different Level 17 S2 cell, to create a new Pokestop in the park.
Supporting Photo Locations:
To aid in locating where I stood to take the supporting photos, this is a screenshot of Google Maps with my standing locations.
Existing Wayspot in Ingress:
This is a screenshot of the existing Wayspot for the Rushford Park Play Area, found in Ingress. As you can see, the Wayspot image reflects the play area as a whole, with a sign denoting its entrance (yes, the sign has seen better days, but it functions nonetheless).
The remaining three photos on this Wayspot are the failed attempts from this particular player to submit individual pieces of the play area as individual stops - the Swing Set, a standing swing, and a large metal climbing frame. I am sure you will find these submissions if you look at their Wayfarer submission history, as they admitted this to me in Discord DMs.
It is also incredibly telling that they have not attempted to resubmit the metal climbing frame and standing swing found in the photos on the Rushford Park Play Area Waypoint; now that they have enough Wayspots in the park to get Pokestops and a Gym, they no longer see the need to continue to submit these pieces. This should help demonstrate their reasoning for submitting duplicates as individual Wayspots.
Hopefully, I have demonstrated that these Wayspots are in facts duplicates of the existing Rushford Drive Play Area wayspot. The proximity of each of these pieces of apparatus indicates that they should never have been considered as eligible separately. The fact that multiple historical attempts by the player resulted in duplicates with photos added to the Play Area Wayspot also indicates that a non-inconsequential number of Wayfarer reviewers agree.
Therefore, please remove the Wayspots for the Climbing Frame, Balance Beam, and Swing Set, and merge the photos with the Play Area Wayspot.