Multiple Accounts and potential Wayfarer abuse - read to the end.
I'd like to do some opinion gathering.
Which might help me decide if I should stop putting effort in anything related to Niantic.
Since the initial release of PoGo myself and a lot of other PoGo-Players in my area stopped playing because of one Trainer.
A quite shameless cheater which does said cheating for multiple years now. Niantic never really did something even though there were lot's of reports over the years.
About two months ago I've decided to start playing again to build a proper Wayspot route for future trainers and agents. While doing so I've noticed that the very same cheater which caused me and a bunch of others to stop playing, still is playing.
It doesn't play with 12 accounts anymore, but still with 5 accounts in two different teams. Which clearly is against the Terms of Service. I keep reporting the cheater everytime it places more than one account into a gym but besides automated responses by Niantic nothing else happens. I'm talking daily reports for about two months now.
The general ingame behavoir of the cheater looks like this:
Approaches a blue gym with already 4 Trainers inside. Cheater knows that it cannot place all of it's 3 blue accounts into gym. Cheater takes down gym with it's red accounts, waits for a while and then places it's own 3 blue accounts into the gym. Same goes for red gyms. Srsly.. ****? Just decide for one team, one account and stick with it.
How do I know that it is one person playing with multiple accounts? Well I can watch it as it cheats.
We have a somewhat rural area here and some of the gyms are far away from buildings and other humans. I can recall one day about 2 weeks back where I walked up to a gym in the middle of nowhere, the cheater was sitting there in it's car smashing 5 phones with it's cheaty fingers doing a Mega-Pinsir raid "solo".
I can clear one of the local "double-gyms" and leave them empty, wait for a while and watch the cheater drivin up in it's car, just one person in the car, but still the empty gyms get filled with a total of 5 accounts on two different teams in an instant.
There are days where the cheater seems to be in a bad mood and if another trainer starts to attack one of the cheaters gyms, the cheater then drives up in his car, feeding it's own Pokemon with it's almost infinite amount of Golden Raspberrys until a attacking trainer is out of resources.
It is a 60+ year old human being, driving it's car all day, doing high lvl raids solo with it's multiple accounts on multiple phones.
Chapaux to it's determination at this age but I do not think that's how the game is inteded to be played. This seems to be quite toxic behavoir, creating a really unfair and unwelcoming environment for every honest Wayfarer.
If it wouldn't be cheating I would even think of asking to team up for building a proper route.
But it is a cheater.
I do not like humans which cheat in videogames and also abuse the advantage they have because of the cheating.
It has a lvl 45, a lvl 49, a lvl 41, a lvl 36 and a lvl 34 account. Which gets me to the point of naming a potential Wayfarer abuse.
I've started to create a route and one of those Wayspot was a beautifully drawn mural. Which was not a Wayspot in PoGo or any other Niantic game yet. I double checked, there was no marker at this very location by the time of my nomination. The wayspot was a properly eligible Landmark and got declined for "mismatched location" and "not historically or culturally significant".
It wasn't a mismatched location and it is culturally significant. See below for reference.
It is a public accesible village tavern, in a village where people farm grapes and produce wine. On top of that the building with the mural which clearly refers to the local culture is also a gather spot for the local theatre club. Meaning to say, it is a piece of art placed on a historical building in which locals pracatice another form of art. Proper Wayspot.
It is possible that this is just a coincidence but ever since I assume Wayfarer which are not from this area would accept above wayspot I'm lead to believe that said cheater abuses its 3 Wayfarer accounts to up or downvote local Wayspots as it sees fit.
I'm curious, Wayfarer-Community, what do you folks think of this? Maybe any suggestions on what I could do that Niantic takes this actually seriously? Oh yeah, and below a screenshot of Niantics "ToS".
Now, have a good time.