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Are university buildings a yes or no?
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As asked, are university buildings like these yes or no? Not sure if they come under k12 or not
University buildings do not fall under K-12. So They can be eligible if they are historically/culturally relevant or visually distinctive/unique.
Being a university building doesn’t fit a criteria in itself, however if you research the building then you may find something interesting about it and use that to submit it.
They are acceptable if they are of historical or cultural significance (apart from just being old), designed by renowned architects, famous specifically for its architecture, showcases fine art, or a location where students gather to socialize (like the student union). But just because it is named or on a college/university campus doesn't make it automatically eligible.
Source for college buildings?
Based on what @Gabriel0322-PGO provided over at https://community.wayfarer.nianticlabs.com/discussion/comment/2140#Comment_2140 colleges and universities are, as a whole, not necessarily every building. Thanks for the replies, @Gabriel03221-PGO.
All colleges buildings have their own unique architecture to easily submit more than one. Signs for those buildings are allowed too.
Where does it say each college building is eligible? While unique architecture can be eligible most buildings are very basic and standard and would not be considered unique architecture.
Signs for a Point of Interest can be acceptable if they are “significant distance” this would require two things, the Point if interest to be eligible on its own and then the sign to actually be farther away. Usually at colleges signs are posted right in front of the building to display the buildings name.
This is not to say that unique buildings can’t be submitted but they need something notable about them. Like named after a local hero, named after the first college dean etc. or as mentioned it really could be a very unique Architectural design or feature an amazing mural. Plenty of things to submit on a college but not every building should be or is eligible.
Where does it say each college building isnt different. Each has different studies. For example Nianticcasey said today trade schools are allowed. That would be carpentry, hvac, truck driver, etc..... the same would apply to college buildings. Same with different types of athletic fields. Different buildings have different complete uses by the community.
Read back what you just said. You are literally twisting the words to fit your agenda. Nowhere did Casey say each building is eligible. Just because they may teach different subjects or skills doesn’t mean they are not part of the same college.
Again, multiple buildings could be eligible if what is being submitted meets its own criteria.
@Gabriel0322-PGO @Gabriel03221-PGO names look very familiar or am I seeing double again?
I am not saying multiple buildings are not eligible. I’m saying not all buildings on a college are eligible. I’m almost positive on a college campus multiple buildings would be eligible meeting at least one acceptable criteria. However, not ALL buildings would be eligible.
Some buildings just are not unique or do not meet any criteria. While others would meet one or many criteria and be eligible.
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Just like to point out that the words "college" and "university" are used differently in different countries. In the UK most colleges are for under18s and not eligible.
The term K-12 is not known much outside America and causes confusion. It is short for "kindergarten to 12th grade" meaning under 18s. So sixth form colleges are included in this.
One thing I think it’s important to point out is that just because something isn’t in the do not submit list doesn’t make it an acceptable sub. So while University buildings aren’t covered until k12 rejections they still need to meet some criteria if you want to submit them
If I had a nickle for every time someone used the "well, it is not explicitly listed as ineligible" as a means to justify why I and others should 5* something, I would be modestly wealthy person.
I have been Nominating for a Local College, and I have gotten almost every building on my college campus approved. My Best Advice: Year the building was Built, and Who It was Dedicated to, in Addition to what its used for. It shows Historical Value to the Town/College, in addition to showing that its not just an everyday college building that you can see anywhere.
The words "A nod to education and discovery, cornerstones of Niantic & Ingress" used to appear in the guidance a lot, which helped university buildings get accepted, but this isn't as prominent after the transition to Wayfarer. The general feeling back then was that university buildings where teaching took place were good candidates because of their educational value.
Educational buildings and libraries on a university campus meet criteria as part of the "nod to education and discovery". Not every administrative or residential building will, though. Those buildings will need historical/cultural significance, interesting architecture or something else that makes them note-worthy.
And description/supporting information definitely needs to be better than "a key building". Description should indicate what is taught the building and/or what makes it special. I have successfully submitted the majority of buildings at my university. I've worked there for 15+ years; I know why each one is special and I communicate that in both the description and supporting text.
Signs are allowed as well.
About signs: Eligible, if they are a significant distance from the object or location.
I'm not a huge fan of many of the very generic school building wayspots here locally, but if anyone looks at Purdue University on intel you can see that very nearly every classroom building on the campus has been turned into a wayspot and approved:
I would say a Uni / College as a whole would meet criteria because of educational value. One would need a permanent sign board / building to denote the location of these. Places of higher learning are valuable to society.
However individual buildings or departments in the uni / college might meet criteria not unless they have cultural / historical / architectural value.
I do want to know how to treat certain "colleges" that open a dozen different locations / branches. These seem like generic businesses to me.
If the building is an academic building, library, student union building, lecture hall, science labs...I would vote to accept. Nod to education or community gathering.
If it's an administrative office building, or similar, I would not vote to accept.