“Fake nomination”

Hello all,

I’m looking for feedback on why this nomination was rejected. Reason was “fake nomination” or “seasonal display” of which it is neither. It’s a permanent display of a letter from the U.S Congress, thanking a local candy factory for it’s commitment to offering free tours.

i plan to appeal this decision when I can, although that option is not currently showing up for me. Looking for feedback on what to put in the appeal!


  • flatmatt-PGOflatmatt-PGO Posts: 1,478 ✭✭✭✭✭

    This simply does not meet any of the acceptance criteria. A letter from a congressperson is simply not that interesting. If there were a plaque commemorating this award, honestly, the plaque probably still wouldn't meet any of the acceptance criteria.

    As for why people marked this as a "fake nomination" and a "temporary display," I can see multiple potential reasons:

    1. It looks like someone just taped a piece of paper to a corkboard. If I look closely, I can tell it's maybe behind glass, but your photo doesn't do much to show it's permanent.

    2. Your supporting photo doesn't show your nomination. This could also lead people to mark it as a "fake nomination."

    3. You claim that this place was "recognized by congress" for the award. A letter from a single congressperson, likely written by one of their staff members, is hardly the same as being "recognized by congress." While I think the first two reasons are much more likely, this could be perceived as trying to mislead the reviewers and get it marked as a "fake nomination."

    If the business is of local importance, offers tours, and is otherwise a "great place to explore," then you can nominate the business (if it doesn't already have a wayspot). This piece of paper, though, is simply not going to cut it.

  • Kaylee0712-PGOKaylee0712-PGO Posts: 14 ✭✭

    I strongly disagree that this doesn’t meet criteria. A letter from Congress recognizing a local business has great historical and cultural value. The photo quality could have been better but both the seal and title “House of Representatives,” are clearly visible, lending authenticity to the photo.

  • X0bai-PGOX0bai-PGO Posts: 1,636 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I’m with flatmatt on basically every one of these points.

    A letter taped to an announcement board isn’t going to cut it. It’s not even properly framed and mounted. If the recipient of that letter isn’t treating it like it’s special, why should Wayfarers?

    And the description is clearly disingenuous; it is not “from US Congress,” it is from a single congressperson. Exaggerating the relevance of the subject does not establish credibility with reviewers.

  • CopperChick-PGOCopperChick-PGO Posts: 135 ✭✭✭

    I wouldn't approve it either - one of the employees could take it home and hang it in their house or someone could take it off the board. A piece of paper in any form doesn't qualify. I have never seen a piece of paper as a Pokestop in Pokemon Go.

  • patsufredo-PGOpatsufredo-PGO Posts: 2,701 ✭✭✭✭✭

    You'd better to nominate the business instead of a piece of paper. Take the photo of the building, or its interior for its main photo. And use the fact it won an award into supporting information.

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