Why the voting system is broken... And how to fix it
While reading this forum, I see a lot of frustrations about rejected POIs. Sometimes I understand the reasons for rejection but the annoying part is the rejection reasons seem to be totally wrong.
Just tot give you an example: a dancing studio and b&b in my neighbourhood was rejected three times already for various reasons: private property, not meeting acceptance criteria, being a K-12 school, temporary display,... Obviously wrong reasons which to me only show that a lot of reviewers just don't take the time to review or research things.
Niantic's policy is to just resubmit the nomination. Losing an upgrade some of us spend a lot of time in earning. Losing a lot of time waiting for it to pass the queue again. All pretty troublesome and not at all motivational for people who really mean well for the community.
This system not only is unfair to the submitting party, but also to other reviewers: is someone wrongfully rejects a submission you approved, they actually get rewarded for it with an extra agreement while your rating would go down. In short: the system rewards reviewers for not doing their job.
Solving this problem should start with punishing the bot-like reviewers instead of rewarding them. Reviewing correctly needs time. Sometimes I even need 2 minutes on Google to verify what someone is claiming. This is behaviour we should endorse.
Rejection reasons should be reviewed too by other (great?) wayfarers imho. Wrongfully rejected POIs should be identified and meaningful action should be taken on the rating of whoever is fast-earning instead of reviewing.
Identifying poor reviewers also is key: why are there no 'dummy' nominations by Niantic as hidden test in the reviewing line?
The odd thing is: according to me adding these things to the queue would actually shorten the queue since more actually good nominations would pass on the first try instead of filling the queue multiple times in a row...
@Niantic: please respond.