Bad Wayfarers Rewarded, Good Wayfarers Penalised
For all the talk, bad Wayfarers are still skewing results for absolute rubbish to be allowed into the database while acceptable nominations are unreasonably serial rejected; making those working in good faith bear the brunt of the deeply flawed system in loss of time, energy, patience, nominations, appeals, and profile rating.
Because it's so frustrating to participate properly, good Wayfarers don't stick around, often leading the community to be overrun by participants acting in bad faith for notable periods of time, in many areas.
My concerns with the new abuse enforcement policy is that some of the latest rejection reasons being favoured by dodgy reviewers in my area (as well as "temporary") are primarily "third party photo", "abuse", and "fake nomination". Does this put genuine submitters at risk of having to constantly appeal bogus suspensions on top of the bad rejections caused by the genuinely abusive (less often, completely oblivious) Wayfarers?
Before picking apart these examples, they're just some I haven't appealed that still have the reasons showing on them, and I'll point out that supporting text is supposedly optional for submitters to explain in cases where it might be difficult to understand/identify the nomination or to verify the location, safe access, or permanence (visible bolts anchoring something into underground concrete pillars should be self-explanatory even if I hadn't pointed it out in supporting, which I did). It should not be this much of a constant uphill battle for genuine submissions, while total junk flies through somehow! 🤦♀️
If a 10 year ban is on the cards due to bad Wayfarers using the system to bully others with constant false rejections/reports, then I'd rather just pack it in now than risk the extra frustration of facing such ridiculous injustice.
And why is there no mention of action against intentionally and regularly abusive reviewers? (I'll bet my bottom dollar that they're often the same prolific reviewers and sometimes the very same submitting undeniable coal, themselves - only reviewing at all for upgrades) 😒
The primary precipitating factor for this rant is this:
After multiple complaints from other local players, I finally came across it myself and decided to report it through the help chat, in the hopes that the submitter's account might be looked at closer as well. It is a small piece of billboard branding (Total Outdoor Media) in a currently unoccupied, locked, and inaccessible car dealership lot next to PRP (couch stop?). Nobody can fathom how it got through, but I've actually seen the exact same billboard branding for review in Melbourne suburbs, so I have to wonder if it's some kind of intentional organised abuse/protest/stupidity.
The thing that irks me most is that it's in the same cell as a long-term locally significant landmark object I submitted and had rejected (it was always going to be contentious for wider community review, but I feel I explained it well and was ignored, and the culture and things that mean something in my community were kinda spat on in the process).
Alas (yeah, I know, removal criteria differs, but what message does Niantic send with this attitude toward obvious coal that slipped through all of their checks and balances?):
Meanwhile, appeals of locally significant and eligible places to explore have been rejected with messaging that makes it seem as though all appeal text was entirely ignored (and this one even seemed to acknowledge it was acceptable but instead finger waggled about not doing a "hard sell" on it, despite explaining the fact it's a social hotspot and including local trivia to demonstrate the fact it's specifically unique to the area).
So what many take from all of this clusterfcuk is that Niantic doesn't care at all about truly educating anybody, upholding quality control standards, or retaining good Wayfarers that work hard in good faith; and that it would be SOOOOO much easier to mass-reject for upgrades and submit genuine cr@p to get mOaR sToPz and even protection from Niantic when people bother to complain! 🤔🤷♀️
It's little wonder so many are so bitter! 🤦♀️ For all the talk, Niantic has yet to put their money where their mouth is upholding any of their stated missions/intentions (I'll believe it when I see it, but after years of the same, I'm not holding my breath) 🤷♀️