An easy solution to our reviewing woes
If you've reviewed at least 100 submissions, you'll come across some really terrible stuff. We understand the issue -- A large influx of people were given the keys to a complicated system with little to no understanding of how it works. While the Wayfarer team is working on ways to improve the situation, we need to look at the cold hard facts: The reviewing queue is awful. More and more I'm stumbling upon submissions in the middle of nowhere that don't even need to exist. Even a reviewer with little understanding of the system would know that these submissions are dumb and a waste of time. It comes down to a lack of understanding.
We need these people to take a test before they can submit. The release of Nominations to Pokémon GO players solved the queue for a while, but now we're being bombarded with absolute trash a year later. Ingress players have the potential to submit junk too, but the ratio of Ingress to Pokémon GO players with the ability to submit is so diluted it's not even worth mentioning.
The Solution I'm proposing may have already been stated, but I'm going to reiterate in an articulate manner: There is now a reviewer medal in Pokémon GO. Medal achievement is not anything new to Niantic's games; Why is this medal not tied to the ability to submit? Gold requires 1000 agreements. 1000. By the time I achieved this number, I fully understood how submitting worked. There's a reviewer score for a reason; if people give agreements to trash, their rating turns to trash. There is now a solid reviewer base in the PoGO community; let's increase that number by forcing submitters to do reviews first.
PoGO players now receive the ability to review at level 38. That's halfway to level 40. That's PLENTY of time to get reviews done before they submit. And it forces our current trash-submitters to take another look at what they're doing wrong.
TLDR; Tie the newly implemented Wayfarer medal in PoGO to player accounts. If it isn't gold, they can't submit. That's 1000 reviewer agreements before they're allowed to submit anything.