Portal Decay

This may be something more suited for an AMA but just putting it out here.

Has Niantic ever considered having portal decay in the game?

There are TONS of waypoints in game that are (quite honestly) ridiculous and obvious no players go there (well except maybe a spoofer)

Why not have a Waypoint get deleted in game if no one interacts with it over an extended period of time? (180 days enough? If noone captures the portal or spins the Pokestop in 6 months really why are we keeping it in game?)


  • PkmnTrainerJ-INGPkmnTrainerJ-ING Posts: 5,054 Ambassador

    What would be the benefit of this? There’s plenty of waypoints that may not be in reach for many players of Pokémon GO, but serve as great middle points for moving your Drone around in Ingress. Do you have any examples of the TONS of waypoints you mentioned?

  • LukeAllStars-INGLukeAllStars-ING Posts: 4,625 Ambassador

    Deleting POIs would be stupid. Every POi might be important and a great anchor for a BIG field. If you check the Intel, a POI like this one can be super nice


  • GodZillaz88-INGGodZillaz88-ING Posts: 27 ✭✭

    Late response; but at least if drone is there then you are interacting with it

    My original comment is to decay out portals that noone ever uses (and we both know there are tons of them)

  • Kawhinot-INGKawhinot-ING Posts: 189 ✭✭✭

    Not sure what the harm is in having less active portals in more remote areas. Especially if people would have to go to the effort of renominating them again in the future if they encounter the removed point of interest.

    Also seems that there are bigger fish to fry instead of this.

  • TheFarix-PGOTheFarix-PGO Posts: 5,063 ✭✭✭✭✭

    What's the point? If they are valid Wayspots, they should remain. Just because no one interact with them now doesn't mean that no one will interact with them in the future.

  • TrevorAlan-PGOTrevorAlan-PGO Posts: 992 ✭✭✭✭✭

    A better suggestion might be, if a wayspot hasn't been interacted with in X amount of time, have it be reviewed. Maybe not in our wayfarer review section... But in app? Hey, you're near this is it still there? Or maybe on the website. That would be a better idea... Straight up making wayspots delete themselves would be terrible.

  • CipherBlakk-PGOCipherBlakk-PGO Posts: 309 ✭✭✭✭

    I don't know, I think it's interesting to have a small in-game indicator about something interesting that used to be somewhere, which is still playable. Doesn't really matter how long it goes without interaction, someday, some player is going to travel through and would probably appreciate a waypoint to help play. Once in the game, always in the game! Removing playable things doesn't really improve gameplay.

  • Nadiwereb-PGONadiwereb-PGO Posts: 1,119 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I love coming across Pokéstops in the middle of the forest on a hike. I love sending gifts to my friends from obscure places. I also love nominating stuff in the middle of nowhere, so that others could stumble across them one day and enjoy them.

    I don't care if they're never interacted with. If they're legit, they should stay.

  • WheelTrekker-INGWheelTrekker-ING Posts: 3,365 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Maybe it would make more sense in the other direction, pokestops that are continuously used become depleted if there's another "hidden wayspot" in the same S2 cell and they switch visibility. At the very least it would create a little bit of chaos.

  • CipherBlakk-PGOCipherBlakk-PGO Posts: 309 ✭✭✭✭

    That's interesting, but I'm not sure it works for Ingress, and as a Pokemon player, we rely on Pokestops as literal real world permanent waypoints to coordinate PoGo groups. There's no need or helpfulness to them being chaotic. Might be a cool concept for a Team Rocket takeover event, though, if players are going to be expecting chaos ... as long as it goes back to normal.

    Frankly though, just let all hidden stops be visible. There's no reason to keep them out of the game, especially if the basic premise is to allow people to discover their surroundings. But I wouldn't remove things just for the sake of removing them.

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