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Would a historical diary building be an eligible Wayspot?

Would a historical diary building be an eligible Wayspot according to Niantic's guidelines? The building in question represents one of Norway's longest running cheese factories since the business started in 1860, until it closed in 2012. It was also the county's first diary. It was the cornerstone business of the village in question for years, and produced nationally known cheeses. The building itself now houses a non-related business, but crucially, no one lives there. It is legal to walk on the property since it is not off-limits to the public.

So, according to the guidelines:

  • Is this a generic store or restaurant?
  • Is this a private residential property or a farm?
  • Is it possible to confirm the nomination's location based on the appended picture and its correspondence in Google Maps? Compare the pictures under.


  • Sugarstarzkill-PGOSugarstarzkill-PGO Posts: 437 ✭✭✭✭✭

    This is something I would approve as something historically important. But these are sometimes difficult to get approved. Write a really good description about its history. For the name, write "Former [Name of Dairy] building"

    In support, explain that it is historically significant and it is not housing. And be prepared to put links to proof of what you're saying- a website that explains the history of it (in the support info, not the description). I've had success (and many repeat nominations) for some similar submissions. Another trick. I use is to add the year to the title (which seemed like it helped?) Eg "Former Norway Dairy (Est. 1860)"

  • GearGlider-INGGearGlider-ING Posts: 1,330 ✭✭✭✭✭

    From the pictures you have provided, it does seem that you can confirm it's existence on google maps.

    It may be hard to prove that it is historic unless there is a plaque/sign designating as a historic landmark or explaining the history of the building. Perhaps linking to the diary's website's page about it's history could help as well.

    edited June 2020

    Thank you for the advice! I might consider resubmitting this again. Sadly, there is no information sign or similar on the premises. And the diary logos are now removed.

    The nomination has been rejected on the following grounds:

    • The real-world location of the nomination appears to represent a generic store or restaurant.
    • Insufficient evidence that the nomination accurately reflects the submitted real-world location based on comparison of the submitted photo and map views.
    • The real-world location of the nomination appears to be on private residential property or farm.

    Originally submitted information:

    • Name: "Former Tine Meieriet Sør Vikeså"
    • Description: "The building with its characteristic chimney used to be the diary of Vikeså in Bjerkreim municipality. It was widely known for producing brown cheese and other cheeses."
    • Supplemental information: "This diary was the single most important business of Vikeså (and Bjerkreim municipality) until it was permanently closed in 2012. The depicted building was built in 1952, but the diaries of Bjerkreim municipality had a very long history of cheese production - one of the earliest in Norway and the first of Rogaland, dating back to 1860 in Nordre Røysland, Bjerkreim. The first cheese factory in Vikeså was built in 1907 (Vikeså ysteri). Tine Meieriet Sør Vikeså produced the nationally known "Krydret brunost fra Bjerkreim", as well as mozarella and cheddar etc. The diary is closed, but the building itself is today used by another business, crucially without any people living there."

    As per your recommendations, it might be helpful to include a link to a webpage with historical explanation. Since there is no such official webpage, I did not originally include it, but there are several unofficial ones, e.g. a YouTube video (, a local webpage ( and a video from 1952 by the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation NRK ( [this might be geoblocked]. These are all in Norwegian, so I guess I should write the name, description and supplemental information in Norwegian too.

    But if you based on this information think it should be rejected, I would also like to know, since I would rather spend my time and limited nominations on something eligible.

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