Public parks and requirement for signposts
Ok, help me out with this one. I am under the impression that public parks would be okay as a wayspots. I am also under the impression that you do not necessarily need to have a signpost in order to have a valid wayspot - so, signposts are just a useful way to tie the wayspot into a specific location.
This is a public park that also has cultural historic values: it used to be the garden of the local manor years and years ago, but nowadays is owned by the city. But due to its history, it has trees and other flora that is not typical to other public parks. It has walkways, benches, lights and clearly it's not just a grassy area that also are called "parks" around in here. It has no signpost.
I was, and still am, very sceptical in nominating parks without signposts. I do not like the fact the beautiful parks have a picture of a dirty sign post as their wayspot photo, but I understand that signposts have been "sacred". However I always thought that this was more or less a misunderstanding from the reviewing side. Not anymore.
This is the answer I got from Niantic when my appeal from the park above got rejected:
"Thanks for the appeal, Explorer! An image of a signboard representing the field will increase the chances of this nomination getting approved. We also recommend that you review the Wayspot content guidelines: https://niantic.helpshift.com/hc/en/21-wayfarer/faq/2775-content-guidelines/"
Ok, so I read the guidelines and it is said, that:
"Placemarkers for Large Areas
Larger areas like dog parks or sport fields make great Wayspots, but it is important to choose the right placement of the Wayspot that respects the activity it was designed to support. Instead of placing the Wayspot in the center of an open field, park, or other large area, place it at the entrance or where there is a visible sign or placemarker. That encourages you to approach the area to visit the Wayspot, without having to enter or interfere with the activities within."
As there is no signpost, my placemarker was placed exactly where the pathway to the park begins - that place is clearly visible in the images. There is the only pathway to park from the Puustellinkatu sidewalk.
"Wayspots within Large Areas
Wayspots within large areas like parks, plazas, and fields are eligible as well, even if the larger area itself is a Wayspot. Just keep in mind that someone may have already made a nomination on various objects/placemarkers around entrances, which could lead to a rejection (as a duplicate)."
And no, there are no other wayspots in this park.
Any experience about similar wayspots? Or is it just that Niantic reviewers themselves haven't read their own guidelines? Should I keep rejecting all the parks without signposts when reviewing myself?