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It is very likely. He was obviously stalking my profile and therefore did choose "my city" to leave "his mark" and by that I mean remove poi. I am open to talk about criteria on the forum so obviously I am also critical about new and existing poi in my community. Since daycare and churches are a grey area topic, he probably thought he could use this aspect to remove as much as he can (imo out of malice). If I wouldn't have talked about the topic, he obviously wouldn't have ever had the idea to try removing such places. So yes, me being the target is very clear.
He is a foreigner to the language and pretty much a foreigner to every concept which could locally fill the wayfarer acceptance criteria (not that he cares about those also in Japan). He doesn't know how a good place to explore here would look like (he is not part of the society and their gatherings and probably barely knows any local history), he doesn't know what a good place for exercise looks like (has no idea how people exercise here, if on their own or in clubs or in events and where it is usual or allowed) and he has no idea what makes a great place for being social (how could he without knowing anybody here).
We often see abuse reports across a country or maybe in a close-by radius. Main reason is likely the similar culture among people. The further away we go, the less likely we stick our nose in poi dealings (unless it is 100% fake abuse). I say there is a reason why he started snooping in my home place and it is not a pleasant one. While I don't mind help fixing the poi quality here, I sure would like if those "helper" would stick to the formal report procedure, with real life local proof.
I don't wish to double post but a small update on the matter: MagicalThorn has been warned verbally for not following the community guidelines and the report procedures: https://community.wayfarer.nianticlabs.com/discussion/comment/115260/#Comment_115260
"MagicalThorn - Please report the Wayspots through in-game.
Also, this is a warning for not following the Community Guidelines and the abuse procedure. Any instance of further violations will lead to termination of your Wayfarer and community privileges."
Personally I happy for the decision but also skeptical if it will be followed upon in the future. As things stand MagicalThorn is again using Giffard's private message wall for his reports:
Wait, we can post to Niantic staff directly, bypassing the visibility of the full forums, and they’ll respond and take action? That’s fantastic!
Another update, Giffard gave a similar worded post as the first one above to the other two threads:
On the local matter though: even if Giffard gave a verbal warning to MagicalThorn, he still seems to have acted upon some of the "reported" poi, aka a playground, at least one church and a public playtoy as far as I could see. His actions do contradict very much his words. The abuser is being told to keep to the guidelines, while still having being successful in harassing another community with removals without properly proving any claim. If words and actions should align, then these changes should be reverted and left to the local community to clean up, am I right?
This will be my last ping to you @NianticTintino . As a community specialist I believe we all would like to hear your opinion on the topics: harassment in the community and abuse of the forum report function. I will ofc not bother anymore if you chose not to respond to this spicy events going on. Thanks.
His copycat is here. As a brethren, I feel sad.
@ftzzghzuhdidu-ING I hope the direct attacks on you will cease.
Is this what you wanted the world to look like?
Now look at what that guy did in Bremen: