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How to accurately rate fake/home submissions?

So occasionally I get submissions which are fairly obvious fakes (bits of paper stuck somewhere etc.), or someone taking a picture of their living room or something as a feeble attempt to get a portal/pokestop at home.

Rejecting these as "abuse" seems to be logical thing to do, but none of the sub-reasons seem appropriate. Abuse "Use for nominations where the text or photo is used to abuse, ridicule, target, or **** specific people or groups" seems the most appropriate but it doesn't seem to hit nail quite on the head.

Until now, I've just been going for another 1* reason like private property, or mismatched location.


  • Theisman-INGTheisman-ING Posts: 1,001 ✭✭✭✭✭

    1* abuse and write in the box the reason is the way to go. Dont worry about the description on the abuse option, its not completely accurate.

  • 0X00FF00-ING0X00FF00-ING Posts: 763 ✭✭✭✭✭

    If it's an obvious attempt to try and create a fake "couch" wayspot? Nip that in the bud, call it "abuse" asap.

    If it's something eligible but unfortunately located, it "just" violates the PRP rules? Just reject it.


  • MoltenSnowflake-INGMoltenSnowflake-ING Posts: 8 ✭✭
    edited August 2020

    I use abuse the way it's intended, there is a comment box for every reason, if it doesn't meet criteria I mark doesn't meet criteria and I make the assumption they read the comment. And I will detail that they took a picture of a houseplant and tried to make it something it isn't. There is a completely toxic idea that reviewers mark as abuse whatever they don't like.

  • sogNinjaman-INGsogNinjaman-ING Posts: 3,311 ✭✭✭✭✭

    With a "couch portal" attempt, it depends on what the content of the submission actually is. If it is a picture of a bit of garden play equipment that is obviously just photographed out of the house window then "1* Does not meet criteria - PRP" If it is a photo and description of what could be a potential POI where everything else is good but the pin obviously in the wrong place but placed 100-200m away, far to far for GPS drift, then that is "1* - Abuse - Deliberate misplacing of pin - cheating".

  • grsmhiker-INGgrsmhiker-ING Posts: 158 ✭✭✭✭

    There's a rejection reason, then there's the abuse form. In the end the reason chosen during a rejection only affects the email generated, so I choose whatever I think is most helpful to the user. Do I want to get the point across that nominations on PRP won't fly, for example?

    If it's something that obviously wouldn't be found on residential property like a baseball field or church, I'll give the benefit of the doubt and reject for mismatched location but won't fill out the abuse form - unless there's something blatant like that house in Georgia that had 6 trail markers of different styles in their backyard. Something like that gets the abuse form, otherwise I'll assume that they tried to upload from home using the Prime scanner and messed up the location when moving the pin.

    If the subject is obviously on PRP and is something like a playset, houseplant, or sofa, I'll use the private residence or abuse rejection reason but won't bother with the abuse form.

    Something like "hey <explitive> reviewers, I can't go out and need this at my house, approve it!" they're getting the abuse form for the language.

    Then there was "this is a reviewer test, Niantic already approved this but to prove you are paying attention and to avoid a pending ban, you must rate 5 stars." I couldn't fill out the form fast enough.

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