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ALL 17 Wayfarer Emails are Wrong and/or Misleading
APPEAL emails originally had these things correct (thru August 6):
- Appeal results' subject said "Appeal"
- Appeal results' body said "Niantic has decided"
APPEAL emails changed as of August 30 to:
- Appeal Result emails' subject says "Nomination" (ruining email filtering)
- They say "The community has decided"
- Results now say: "These nominations may be appealed to Niantic"
- Results also say: "Thank you for your appeal on" and then give the date it was submitted (not appealed).
Thanks to@dustinyeeaah-PGO for this addition.
Unchanged: Appeal Received emails say “reviewed in the order it was received."
APPEAL RECEIVED - "Your appeal will be reviewed in the order it was received" AND email subject does not say "Appeal" (same for all Appeal emails) - so impossible for users to filter from first-time nominations.
APPEAL ACCEPT - "The community has decided" AND second paragraph should not have rejected info
APPEAL DUPLICATE - "The community has decided" AND "These nominations may be appealed to Niantic" AND second paragraph should not have accepted info
APPEAL REJECT - "The community has decided" AND "These nominations may be appealed to Niantic" AND second paragraph should not have accepted info
OTHER emails, as of the December 9, 2021 change to [email protected]:
- Received EDIT and PHOTO emails - confusing “submissions take approximately 30 minutes to sync with your contribution management page.”
- Edits and Photo emails say you can track them on your Contribution page. These are NOT on the Contribution page.
- Results emails from Appeals, New Wayspots, and Removals - text mixes accepted and not accepted.
NEW WAYSPOT RECEIVED - Emails link to the Contribution Management page, actuallys link to the Featured Wayspot page (same link mismatch is in ALL types of emails EXCEPT Removal requests/results)
NEW WAYSPOT DUPLICATE - Second paragraph should not have accepted info
NEW WAYSPOT ACCEPT - Second paragraph should not have appeal info
NEW WAYSPOT REJECT - Second paragraph should not have accepted info
EDIT Title/text RECEIVED - "check the status of your suggestion in your Contribution Management page" (edits are not on the Contribution page), AND “submissions take approximately 30 minutes to sync”
EDIT Title/text ACCEPTED - "check out th full details in your Contribution Management page" (untrue)
EDIT Title/text REJECT - "check out the full details in your Contribution Management page" (untrue)
PHOTO Media RECEIVED - "details in your Contribution Management page" (photos are not on your Contribution page) AND “submissions take approximately 30 minutes to sync.”
PHOTO Media ACCEPT - "details in your Contribution Management page" (false)
PHOTO Media REJECT - "details in your Contribution Management page" (they're not) AND "may be appealed to Niantic."
REMOVAL RECEIVED - Link https://wayfarer.nianticlabs.com/new/help has nothing do to with removals
REMOVAL ACCEPT - “Note that not all available Wayspots are used across all Niantic games.”
REMOVAL REJECT - Double negatives AND “Any changes based on reports take up to 48 hours to be reflected in Niantic products that use this Wayspot. Note that not all available Wayspots are used across all Niantic games.”
A FEW EXAMPLES:
Appeal Reject - 3 errors
(4th error not shown - saying nomination date was appeal date)
New Wayspot Accept - 1 error:
Edit Submit - 3 errors:
Photo Reject - 3 errors:
Removal Reject - THE most confusing:
Thanks for the breakdown. If I can add something, the date in the emails for accepted/rejected appeals is also wrong/misleading. I submitted this nomination on March 17, which the appeal-received mail correctly states. This mail is from March 30:
I got this mail last week. The appeal was accepted, but I submitted the appeal on March 30. March 17 is the date of the original nomination:
Photo submissions email subject starts "Thanks! Niantic Wayspot Photo received".
Photo results emails subject starts "Niantic Wayspot media submission decided".
If I may pile in, the reinstatement of a duplicate Wayspot as well because it only currently falls under the "Not accepted" email stream which is a shamble.
This is a great summary though. C'mon Niantic, do something.
C'mon Niantic, do something.
Thank you for my new catchphrase.
"Not all accepted nominations will appear in all games" - is nonsensical in an acceptance OR rejection email. And it's mean to wait that long, to give that information to the nominator.
It should be much sooner in the process - in the initial nomination screens (in game). Also (secondarily) in the nomination received email.
Also, I found this Feb 2019 AMA
NooOOOOooo! People who can't make a decent, factual email - should not make more emails!
But if Niantic could get someone who understands the process end-to-end, AND can write clearly - it would be AWESOME!
This site has SO many examples of people being confused by Niantic emails. Here's one https://community.wayfarer.nianticlabs.com/discussion/38004/how-to-review-feedback-on-rejected-nomination#latest
Know what I completely left out.
Emails about nominations that were reviewed by Niantic (appeals, or regular nominations) say that they were reviewed by the community. That's especially confusing on appeals.
By now, I'm sure Niantic has sent over a million lying and misleading emails. The edit-on-your-contribution-page, and appeals-process-in-order-received, lies are 14 months old! And this email has been ignored for 5 months.
It's a shocking way to do business. It's a lesson for anyone who thinks Niantic means what they say. They don't care what they say. That's how they roll.
I want so bad to upvote this, but there's no upvote button.
I guess I will just have to sigh twice as hard instead.
Thanks for reporting these inconsistencies. @Tintino001-PGO and I will work on rewording those emails and we'll make sure to take all those into consideration.
Oh too bad I only found this now. This might only be slightly related for now as I could not check everything yet, but there are the same or even more issues in the translations of these mails. I would need to compile them again as I have them saved in a very chaotic manner on my PC:
-The date in all Emails in Thai language is wrong
-French Appeal acceptance mail actually congratulates you for your appeal being rejected (there is a "ne" too much in there, which doesn't actually mean anything, but looks like a copy paste error from the rejection mail)
There's probably more but the only way outside of getting mails of others donated is to change the system settings of my phone, submit in that language, collect all possible templates like submission confirmation, appeal confirmation, all acceptance mails, all rejection mails etc., and then there's a bunch of supported languages I don't speak, I don't know Swedish for example, and we don't even have a list of languages that are supported, e.g. Turkish is supported but doesn't seem to have any Email template (I couldn't trigger one)
I hope you're right this time, finally after 16 months.
The "new" email saying that your 2021 nomination has been put on hold - also has falsehoods. It says you can change location and photos on existing nominations! Shows that the Wayfarer team doesn't know how their system works:
This status change moves the nomination from active voting. We’re asking for your help to determine if the nomination is still valid, and if not, make any necessary improvements (i.e., title, description, locations, photos, etc.). This will ensure your nomination is up to date and will improve its chances of being accepted by the community.
Annnd apparently EVERY rejected Lightship nomination says it's "in an unsafe location or that is inaccessible to the public" - even if pedestrian access has nothing to do with the actual reason for the rejection.
But please don't change the emails, rather make what they say come true! We want & need edit suggestions included in our Contributions. That is such a huge black hole that there is no reason for. 🙏
Coming up on 18 months of saying edits can be found on your contributions page - and other falsehoods.
It's not even in the "Known Issues" forum. Niantic really doesn't care what they say to their contributors and users.
I'm under the impression that this is on a 2-year backburner. Working in IT back-end systems, this would fall under the "if you can do this in under 2 minutes, do it now" sort of methodology. This is probably bogged down by a severe lack of workforce or extensive bureaucracy.
I am reminded of the statement (not sure if true or not) where someone got an engineering job in Niantic to fix one critical glitch in Pogo only to quit as soon as it was fixed.