Inclusion Rule Bug - Update
We want to provide an update on this topic (original post here). The good news is that we are in the process of adding more Wayspots than we’re removing, resulting in a net increase of Waysposts globally. We’ve heard your feedback about these changes’ impact on your experience and have put together the below FAQ which goes into greater detail:
Q: What happened, and how did it happen?
A: Without getting too technical, a database error resulted in the accidental creation of about 45,000 Wayspots, primarily PokéStops, some where they shouldn't be. We’ve fixed the error and removed those Wayspots in violation of our inclusion criteria. As part of this work, we were also able to resolve a separate issue impacting Wayspot syncing, resulting in a net increase of 11,588 Waysposts globally.
Q: What will happen to my Pokémon that I currently have in a Gym that may be removed?
A: Any Pokémon in Gyms that were either converted into PokéStops or removed will return to you as soon as we finish implementing the update.
Q: Why do these new locations need to be removed?
A: You can read an overview of eligibility criteria for Wayspots here. We limit the density of locations in our games in order to keep the gameboard from becoming too cluttered.
Q: What is meant by "rebalancing the Wayspot ratio in each area"
A: This means that we will make sure our inclusion rules are honored in Pokémon GO and Ingress. In cases where the new Wayspots break the rules, they will be acted on. Some Wayspots that had been promoted as a result of this error were demoted again. We didn’t implement any type of new criteria or rules - we’re just enforcing our current policy. New Wayspots added that complied with the inclusion rules will be preserved.
Q: Why not keep all the Wayspots? Players seem to like them. It feels bad to have something added to the game board, then have them taken away.
A: We understand that it feels bad to see a new Pokéstop or Gym appear near you, then see it removed. Unfortunately, this change is necessary to keep the integrity of the game board, and we will do our best to make sure to preserve as many Wayspots as we can. Not all new Wayposts break these rules. In cases where the new Wayspots did not break the rules, they will be kept in game.
Q: There are plenty of other game bugs that I want Niantic to address first. Why prioritize making this change?
A: We know we have a lot of work to do to fix bugs and ongoing issues. Fixing this error could be done quickly and efficiently to keep our game board in a healthy state. Rest assured we’re also hard at work at addressing other known issues.