In-game Reports, do they even work? Help/change needed to tackle cheating.
I am aware this is not the place for a post like this. I am out of ideas on how to solve the situation for myself and the local community since in-game reports don't change anything.
For the better part of the past 2-3 years, me and my family have been targets by cheaters/spoofers in our local area. My wife and I are collecting gold gym medals (especially gyms we created on forest trails and such) and the rest of the family just enjoy playing together. The cheaters/spoofers always take down gyms we are defending, and they leave them empty/white after they are done. They do so at speeds that are not humanly possible (especially between trail markers in forests with steep 60m high hills). There are several other players in our local community who have experienced the same situation we have. All of us have sent numerous in-game reports over the past 2 years, with screenshots and photo evidence of spoofing happening in gyms at remote locations while we were there. As a response, the chatbot always thanks me for my report and promises "We take these matters seriously, and your reports are critical to keeping Pokémon Go welcoming for everyone", yet this blatant cheating continues to this day. This type of toxic cheating behaviour has sucked the fun out of the game and, more importantly, wayfarer for us. My family and I take pride in the 1300+ wayspots we have gotten accepted successfully ever since Pokemon Go players got access to the submission process, but I think all of us are done with wayfarer if nothing changes.
I am certain we aren't the only players who are experiencing this. Since Niantic has taken a stronger stance against abuse in Wayfarer I feel like it's time for a big change in their attitude towards in-game cheating as well.
For the exact locations, video/photo proof of the cheating/spoofing I would like to ask anyone from the Niantic staff to DM me. There has to be someone at Niantic who can fix this situation. Please help us regain the fun of exploring the world for more good quality wayspots.