What do you consider to be the line between an eligible trail marker, and a mass produced one?
This topic is one of the most hotly discussed topics among the wayfarer groups in Norway. We have a lot of trails in Norway, and a lot of trail markers to mark them. @NianticGiffard last posted a clarification on the eligibility of trail markers here:
However, Wayfarer also encourages us to reject nominations that are "mass produced". The opinions on where the line is drawn has been very hotly discussed. Some accept most trail markers, some reject all but a few. Some don't believe any trail markers should be wayspots at all, and believe they should be purged in their entirety from the portal network. Some have a healthy balance in between. We can't resort to just using our best judgement on these with no guiding input from Niantic, because different interpretations of what is "best judgement" is the reason this is being so hotly discussed.
More background details:
Here are some examples of contested types of trail markings (click for sample photos):
- A small trail marker that has the name of the trail ("Kyststien") on it
- A trail marker that has an identifying symbol instead of a name
- Trail markers in cities and urban areas
- Paint markings on trees/rocks/etc. that mark a trail at rather short intervals (most of these use a standardized shade of "trail blue" in Norway)
- Also see similar ones on the Trail blazing Wikipedia article
There are several trails that reviewers will consistently reject because markers for them are "everywhere". An example of this is the trails for the national pilgrimage trails that cover about 2000 km in Norway and 5000 km in Scandinavia. Reviewers are arguing that since they are all over the place (simply by virtue of being so long) they should be rejected as mass produced despite being arguably one of the most culturally and historically significant trails in the entire country. Those markers all have plaques and/or signs with the names or icons of the trail on them. These trails are long and mostly linear and only very short sections pass through any one city in particular along the way.
I'm seeking more specific clarifications on where the Wayfarer team sees a distinguishing line between when a trail marker is considered mass produced and rejectable, and when a trail marker is "good enough" to be considered eligible.
- Does a trail marker need a sign or plaque to be eligible? Is it "automatically" eligible if it has a sign or plaque, and rejectable as mass produced if it doesn't (such as painted markers)?
- Can a trail's markers be considered to be mass produced if it has a very large number of trail markers by virtue of the trail being very long (100's to 1000's of km)?
- Are there requirements on what kind of information is on a trail marker for it to be acceptable, such as 1) which (cardinal) directions does the trail go (arrows), 2) who maintains the trail, 3) what is the trail's destination, 4) the name of the trail, etc.?
- Can Niantic provide examples of "good" and "bad" trail markers?