i recently achieved the level threshold to start helping out with wayfarer pokestop reviews (woohoo!) and was under the impression when I gave my local area, UK East Midlands I would be reviewing pokestops from EM local area.
so far I am getting just London wayspots to review and if anyone knows the UK, London and East Midlands are NOT geographically close. (In fact, I have never been to London so I wouldn’t know anything about the area). I think the most relevant review I have done so far to my area was Chesterfield, which is so loosely “local”.
My question is: is this typical of wayfarer to assign reviews that are so loosely local to your area?
It’s like when you tell someone you’re from England and they assume you’re from London! I would like to be able to impact my local community, and I feel what I am receiving now to review is not local enough to be relevant to me.
I get reviews from +1000 km away from my local area. That's just the way it is.
And you're not reviewing pokestops you're reviewing wayspots 🙂
Hello and Welcome @Ballpitm0nkey-PGO
Another U.K. reviewer, based in Manchester 👋
The area defined as local is based on large S2 cells.
Think of it as the cell that you are in, as being in the centre of a 3x3 grid of cells. Sidewalk Labs where you can normally see these cells is currently (?) out of action so I can’t show you exactly.
So my local area is to Scottish Borders in north and I also get a chunk of London to south. east West are similar distances.
If a wayspot is from a priority area or upgraded I can get anywhere in U.K.
Edit remembered I could show the cells in this map.
Based on what you’ve had to review, you should see some of my nominations.
As said, try to get out of the headspace that what you’re reviewing are PokéStops. They are Wayspots which may become a Portal or a PokéStop.
You will get things to review from a wide area. If you go to Cornwall, and play there and then review, you will get France nominations for example. I think this is partially to stop local bias (this thing is nearby me, 5 stars!) and partially to help areas with lower reviewer count (let’s say that Leicester doesn’t have many reviewers but lots of submitters, it will ensure their nominations get reviewed) and partially for secret Niantic reasons.
I live in Devon and I get mine all around the UK. It’s probably because not a lot of people are nominating wayspots there. I only get 1 or 2 from my county each day. Hope this helps 😁
@Elijustrying-ING What map is the .jpeg from?
This is a screenshot from pogomap (dot) info , a website whee people can enter pokestops and gyms into a database to keep track of them. it can also display s2 cells of various sizes, your review area is being decided by the S2 Level 6 cell your location is in as the center, and the 8 surrounding ones.
In the long run, I'd recommend setting up IITC with the pogos2 cell plugin instead though. The pogomap website has some inaccuracy, especiall with the entries as they are not spot on the right location if the submitters didn't copy coordinates from ingame directions, making the info in which cell they are in wrong at times
That's not the reason, wayspot density does give a boost or decline in range and speed, but the deciding factor for what you get for review are squares called S2 cells, especially level 6 ones.
Yes it’s from pogomap. I don’t use it as it’s inaccurate but I remembered it’s an alternative to sidewalk labs.
Does anyone know what has happened to that website?
It supposedly got shut down by Google because they love to shut things down
Thank you, I'm a little wiser now (the pogo s2 cell plugin was not easy to find, though)