Grace Period Before a Nomination Goes Into Voting
For anyone who nominates, there is at least a 24 hour leeway between the time that a wayspot nomination is submitted and the time it takes before it goes into voting. For fast places with swift turnarounds or people that upgrade their nominations as soon as possible, most people will report that it's often a day or two before their nomination slides into voting.
This leeway/grace period means that:
- You have time to research or do up the description and supporting statements.
- You can nominate something somewhere so you don't have to stay at the place you're nominating for long, and then drive home (if it's like 12 hours away) and do the details and information when you get home.
- You can nominate in the evening, go to sleep, wake up and dress up your submitted nominations.
For the most part, my local community reported that their quickest and fastest turnarounds: 37 hours, 36 hours normally, with and without upgrades.
But with Niantic swiping nominations for their manual review, there is no more 24 hour leeway. All of a sudden, there are many people who have reported sub-24 hour turnarounds (since the majority don't show on Intel). One example is a nomination that was submitted at 9:42am and was approved at 5:15am (19 hours!) the next day. Another reported that a result was gotten in 10 hours, and even another 13 hours.
The new recognised fear is that Niantic will snatch a nomination even before the grace period ends. But I even fear of nominations taken by Niantic in the first place, because they are rarely in accordance with criteria. This evening, I was in the middle of editing descriptions and supporting statements (to which they were submitted earlier today), but then all of a sudden I was getting this error.
After completing my updated Description and Supplemental Information, to be more detailed after finding out the information about this, all of a sudden I got this error "Invalid record." No idea what it meant, so I decided to refresh the page. And to my dismay, the nomination disappeared from the Nominations Managements section. It was swiped. Right before I could save the description, Niantic staff will now be presented with banal/placeholder text that doesn't capture the essence or background history of this mosaic.
This gives me anxiety. Now I can't trust whether a nomination I submitted only mere hours ago is going to be swiped with a lackluster or placeholder text before I even get the opportunity to do up the description/supporting statement properly. Yeah sure, advise me that I should do it all perfectly and all detailed on the spot before I've done research when I'm doing the nomination but have you ever heard of efficiency and not using your phone and the lack of autocorrect?
I was this close to having the nomination well-presented and ready for review, but they were snatched away from me mid-edit. I have no trust that Niantic staff will properly review a nomination because they've accepted an ALDI Supermarket, McDonald's, a fire hydrant, mattress store... and have rejected trail markers, footbridges on trails, architectural marvels, nature educational signs... well you get the gist. And I have even less trust that they will do these swiped nominations justice with incomplete descriptions. Partially, it's my fault for not doing them fully, but the fact that they were snatched during the grace period causes great disruption and frustration. But since they aren't a dot rejection, they won't go into the other post in the form of hypothetical expletives. Just give me my nominations back... please.... so I can edit them, but you'll probably reject them anyway.
Give a nomination the full 24 hours of grace before you start swiping it from people's nomination queues. I'm sure you can configure your "quasi-random" paws and pistons not to take nominations younger than 24 hours.