It strikes me that there is a willingness to help geographic areas that need reviewers.
Everyone seemed to really appreciate being able to change bonus location frequently. - very noticeable that this was almost like a reward in its own right.
Is there actually a good solid reason why it can’t be changed on a more regular basis?
Is their an appetite for something a bit different than waiting to do maybe 3 challenges a year as big events?
How about once a month a Wayfarer Weekend ((Friday -Monday) when we can change location. A specific target area and perhaps a whole group reward for x amount - maybe an upgrade. If you wanted to, maybe a scoreboard for individual targets.
If this happened every 4/5 weeks it would
have a boost effect locally,
a specific place gets a big boost,
people can change at the end to somewhere else that needs help knowing in 4 weeks time they could change again.
It would be easy to get less active people involved as it would be a frequent predictable pattern.
So would small and frequent be more engaging than bigger but sporadic?
You would still need some kind of limit. What would people stop to coordinate more than just "yeah let's help out region x!"?
Then again, with a lot more effort it's already possible, soooo... not sure if this even is something to worry too much about, but still something that you can consider when making the decision to basically open up more bonus location / community review sessions.
During the Indonesia Challenge, I've used the bonus location resets to review Indonesia (Jakarta), Tonga, the Pitcairn Islands, Benin and Togo (the latter fit both into one bonus location). While unfortunately I found some abuse going on, there was a pleasant surprise to me that especially the Benin nominations aren't that bad while the country has no publicly known wayfarer scene.
I would welcome more frequent events when Niantic can provide it. On some places like discord servers there already are reviewing games, the German speaking discord has a Sunday evening Bingo session where you have to find defined things during 2 hours to fill your sheet, the Wayfarer Discussion Discord has similar games, a weekly agreement scoreboard and photo contests, and I'm pretty sure elsewhere locally where I'm not in there are more games and events. It sort of became a mini challenge to review nominations from rare gaming nations with little amount of wayspots to help out and ejoy what they can offer during the Indonesia Event, too.
To be fair, we've seen some efforts lately, although some things definitely need to be fleshed and reworked. Remember the Twitter Challenges? The Criteria Challenge? I would certainly like some sort of this event back again this year, but a lot better prepared.
I think, more smaller events would be great, but I also want a big event a year maybe? A lot of stuff that a certain community manager could prepare!
Agreed fully. I think there are a lot of very active wayfarers who often in their own communities, cannot do a whole lot by themselves. But during these global events can make a lot of positive change happen in a short amount of time. Especially with being able to move bonus location multiple times.
If the rewards were based on agreements, not acceptance and possibly only open to good/great reviewers, then yeah thats a great idea. I think targeting a specific location weekly would be better just for getting more quality wayspots through in the same time. To be honest you wouldn't even need rewards as most of the active reviewers would be happy to see their name on a leaderboard lol.
The monthly idea is something I also thought of.
Every month there should be an option to move to a bonus location chosen by Niantic, with prioritised reviews. That ensures everyone is going to the same place.
It should be a checkbox option that overrides your current bonus location. You should be able to activate or deactivate the option at any time.
i am 100000% for being able to change your bonus more often, like weekly or monthly.
I've been active in helping out in Africa for quite some while, and the long periods have hampered us greatly. So having a monthly change would benefit us very much.
I would also like having a greater ratio between bonus location nominations and the others, plus that the strange "Home" location could be just another bonus location instead. Setting the range to L6 cells instead of L7 would also be great.
Positive - It won't take long to distribute the rewards... probably.
We did well enough for rewards?
I think my expectation of a reward went out the window by day 2 when the flow of places to review and the type of nomination made it clear getting 1 approval by now would be nigh on impossible.