Appeal went wrong
In a village near here, a new playground was built next to the sports field some time ago. So I didn't hesitate and submitted this as a new Wayspot. To make it easy for the raters to determine the location, I took an additional photo with a geotag. So you can easy verify the location, you can also see the soccer goals of the sports field in the background. Unfortunately, the reviewers I got were absolutely incompetent and rejected the proposal on the grounds that the location did not match.
So I didn't hesitate and appealed the rejected proposal. It took several months, but today I finally got an answer to my appeal - and had to realize that I had come across incompetent raters again.
Niantic's reviewers rejected my proposal, but this time as a duplicate. The question that arises was this: As a duplicate of what?
The answer is really disappointing: the playground was rejected as a duplicate of the sports field. I do not know if I should laugh or cry.
My Nomination in English:
Title: Playground Weisdin
Additional information: New playground in the village of Weisdin. Additional photo with geotag for location verification
The Wayspot from the sports field:
Title: Sportplatz Weisdin
Can you please remove the photo of the playground at the sports field and have the appeal also reviewed correctly?! Or are playgrounds now the same as sports fields?
Is there any chance someone else nominated the playground and it got accepted but doesn’t show up in Pokémon due to the cell rules?
No. Look at the third screenshot and you'll understand.
Why not just go renominate? It’s faster than an appeal, more reliable than tagging mods in here, and will give a shot at taking a better picture.
The explanation for this is very simple. The playground has already been submitted 5 times, by me and other people. Each time it was rejected. Hence the appeal. But that Niantic makes it a duplicate of the sports field is just ridiculous. Of course I could submit it again, but the photo of the playground must also be definitely deleted from the sports field.
Today I finally lost faith in Niantic's reviewers! It was almost clear to me that the subsequent appeal would be rejected, but I still wanted to try.
But being accused of using photos from third party sources is an accusation. I drove quite a few hours last year to submit this mural along with various other things. And now this accusation! I can very well imagine that there are more pictures of this mural to be found on the internet, but what I used was taken by me personally.
Please show me where Niantic is said to have found my photo. They can't, because it's my picture. At most you may have found similar ones!
If this is a strike/warning, then I urge Niantic to comment and clarify. @NianticLC
Hey @WayfarerMSE-PGO! Sorry for the incorrect decision there. We have given it another look and decided to overturn our decision for both the Wayspots. Thanks!
Putting geotag on for your picture does not help reviews at all.
Your main image should be at least 80% playground. Your Supporting Image should be around 20% playground (80% surroundings). If either or both of your pictures showed mostly sportsfield - that's your problem.
Was your picture added to the existing sports field waypoint? If not, the playground is already on Lightship (but but PoGo) and your picture was added there.
Many many thanks! Now I'm satisfied ☺️
I will take your advice into account in the future. Thanks.
And yes, the playground was rejected by the appeal as a duplicate of the sports field. The sports field now has
also, as you can see in my start post, the photos of the playground.
But luckily the playground has now been accepted 😁
The lesson I got from this: just re-submit over and over again trying to have some luck one time, even if reviewers get annoyed of see always the same proposals, even if genuine new proposals are stuck in queues forever. It's the way Niantic likes us to do the things on Wayfarer.