Why use "Other rejection criteria" as an euphemism for "Does not meet criteria"?
Very common situation. Someone submits a generic bus stop, road sign, apartment building, corner store, something like that. Does not meet criteria, not a great place to explore, not a place to exercise, not a great place to be social. So, reviewer correctly rates it one star, then needs to pick rejection reason, and..
1) There is no such rejection reason. New reviewers have to guess which reason is the closest to "does not meet criteria". For example, it can be "inappropriate location" - not a good place to play a game. Or it can be something else. More experienced reviewers choose "Other rejection criteria" as an euphemism. Then,
2) New submitters read the rejection reasons, and ignore "Other rejection criteria", because it does not make sense. Then they blame reviewers for picking reasons that make no sense.
Isn't it better to have explicit "Does not meet criteria" reason with an explanation, "Please nominate something which is either great place to explore, or exercise, or be social"?
Niantic should remove and replace "Other rejection Criteria", give "Inappropriate Location" some love. The visually unique of culturally significant could also replace "Other".
These would be easier to understand if I added them.
There are 2 bars to pass in order for a nomination to be eligible.
1) I meets acceptance criteria
2) It does not meet rejections criteria.
The current system allows us to choose a reason if it fails #2 but there is no way to tell the nominator that they failed #1. "Does not meet acceptance criteria" is not the same thing at all as "other rejection criteria". Other rejection criteria means something like generic, mass produced, part of an existing sign, photo doesn't show the waypoint, part of an athletic field not the field itself like single holes on a golf course, and other cases not explained well in the educational materials. This is very different from "Please explain better why you think this thing meets one of the 3 acceptance criteria." I end up rejecting small town hotels, eateries, and other businesses that could have been acceptable if there was more done to convince the reviewer why this was a special place, beyond just "local, has parking".
Many rejection codes are hard to descipher.
For example, "K-12 school" doesn't mean much outside the U.S. - and it's misleading in the U.S. because it appplies to children younger than kindergarten too, AND to anyplace where parents leave their children in the care of others, like Boy Scout camps and kiddie gymnastics and more.
And "private residence or farm" confuses everyone. Why not say it clearer, like: "on or near a single family residence"?
I have been wondering this as well. Instead of having Other rejection stand in for does not meet criteria, does not meet criteria should be it’s own option. Maybe even “Mass produced sign”, “Corporate business chain”, and “On K-12 School grounds” which I’ve also seen come up more and more recently
This post needs lots of love. NIANTIC ARE YOU PAYING ATTENTION. this topic makes all of us who are reviewing FOR YOU super frustrated because we are trying to do justice to what you've asked us to do in applying the guidelines you've given us. Please simplify this. Please.
I too struggle with what to choose and wish we had clearer options.
i am a fairly new reviewer and for the first week or two I was choosing the wrong options for sure. Now I am a bit more familiar with the choices and what they mean but they are still sometimes difficult to know which one to choose.