Terrible appeal rejections
Appeals were promising: they gave us a chance to escalate nominations that were carelessly reviewed to someone that would actually read the information provided and make an intelligent choice.. or so we thought.
My local group and I keep getting rejection reasons that make no sense, and I know we're not alone. Note that I wouldn't bother making this post if it was not a majority of appeals. Here are some examples:
Official public art rejected for being "normal":
Full nomination: https://imgur.com/a/rb79B72
It's an artwork, on this building since 2003, featured on Montreal's official public art website: https://artpublicmontreal.ca/en/oeuvre/les-declins-de-verre/. Rejected for being normal.
A bistro with for "visible faces":
Where are those faces?
A "regular" information board about unique construction methods:
Full nomination: https://imgur.com/a/QsBPadz
Originally rejected for being temporary, a link showing it's been there since the condo tower construction in 2019 was provided. Rejected for being regular.
A "normal" permanent picnic area:
Full nomination: https://imgur.com/a/MoG2Bva
Not the strongest nomination, but it's a bunch of picnic tables bolted to the ground with garbage cans. We were told that these areas can be eligible. That's as good as a picnic area can get. I don't know what a special picnic area would be.
An ice cream stand since 1973 that "no longer exists":
More info: https://imgur.com/a/TJKmGpW
They're closed for winter, ice cream stands don't make money in winter in cold areas. This opens for most of the year every year since 1973. With that same logic, soccer fields don't exist either because they're unusable when it's snowing?
A lookout rejected for not having a sign:
..is that even a criteria? A quick look at the picture and you can see the exquisite view. In the info it was provided that it's along a popular cycling path.
A higher education pavillon rejected for being a regular business:
Cegep is after highschool in Quebec. Higher education buildings are not regular businesses, they bring people together from all over the province.
A boat launch that doesn't have pedestrian access:
How would you get in your boat if you're not on foot.
Thank you for making appeals faster, but we don't want it if it's rushed and of poor quality. It's extremely frustrating to review for hours, get and use an upgrade, have it wrongfully rejected by the community, appeal it, and have it wrongfully rejected by what I can only imagine is cheap labour hired by Niantic. The community decision I don't blame, it's unrealistic to think free labour will follow the tedious process of learning every subtility of the criteria. But Niantic employees have no excuse, they should know better.
Please share your experience. And Niantic, you owe us respect for giving you our time and valuable data.