Photo abuse in Zurich, Switzerland

City: Zurich

Country: Switzerland


The submitter has "decorated" several submissions with FCZ (soccer club Zurich) fan items. They are white and blue and may read "FCZ", "Südkurve", "Züri isch ois", and/or "1896".

"Tennis-Club Höngg",,8.488244 - 1 photo

"Sportplatz Hönggerberg",,8.495497 - 1 photo

"Grosser Brunnen 1840",,8.496554 - 4 photos

Sneaky FCZ scarf draped around the column:

I previously reported several photos with this ball on multiple wayspots - also a signature item by the same person. These two photos are still there:

"Fountain Gsteigstrasse",,8.49987 - 2 photos

"Brunnen Meierhofplatz",,8.499121 - 2 photos

"Wandbrunnen am Meierhofplatz",,8.499429 - 1 photo

"Brunnen 1784",,8.497887 - 1 photo


"Tennis-Club Höngg",,8.488244 - 1 photo from (more were previously removed based on my report):

"Hallenbad Bläsi",,8.502006 -

1 photo from

1 photo from

3 photos from

"Central",,8.543948 - 1 photo from

"Stadion Letzigrund",,8.503637 - 1 photo from

1 photo from

1 photo from

1 photo from

1 photo from

1 photo from

1 photo from

I suspect *all* photos inside the stadium that were submitted by this person are copied from elsewhere.

Source unknown, watermarked "Schweizerisches Sozialarchiv". Also not a wayspot photo anyway:

That's it... for now.

Closing remark: The person behind these submissions tends to submit LOTS of photos. Many of the ones that aren't clear guideline violations are still of low quality. They may be hazy as if taken with a dirty camera lens, near-duplicates taken from slightly different viewpoints, or only have the wayspot at the border of the image, in a way that would be appropriate for "show the surrounding area" photos but not for proper wayspot photos. I will not report those for the time being. But if a Niantic employee is going to review the submissions from these accounts, consider removing low-quality submissions as well. There are plenty of other photos.



  • soccersockz-INGsoccersockz-ING Posts: 3 ✭✭

    Any update on this?

    Anyways. There's more. Some of this may be a stretch, but the sum of it all seems too unlikely to be coincidental. Here goes.


    "Brunnen bei der Wartau",,8.493154

    Once upon a time, there was an FCZ tag on a bench.

    Then it disappeared.

    Then it appeared again.

    I can't help but think that some FCZ-obsessed wayfarer vandalized the bench anew for another photo. At the very least, they seem to have put deliberate focus on the tag (rather than the fountain) in the first photo. All photos with the tag on the bench should be removed in my opinion.

    "Fountain Singlistrasse 1980",,8.496212 - watch another FCZ tag appear...



    Also two photos with a faint tag on the column, submitted through Ingress by the same person.

    "Brunnen Meierhofplatz",,8.499121 again - 1 photo in addition to what I reported in my previous post (one of the previously-reported photos also has an FCZ tag in the background that I didn't notice before).

    Neither older nor newer photos have this tag, it must have been cleaned away or painted over in a rather short amount of time. Again, I can't help but think that the submitter sprayed it themselves.

    "Brunnen beim Schwert",,8.505059 - 2 photos. Same spray paint color as before...

    See how the main object (the fountain) is off center so all the tags are neatly captured?

    "Kappelle in der Bäulistrasse",,8.501093 - 1 photo with various tags. Looks like fans of opposing soccer teams spraying over each other's tags.

    "Imbisbühlstrasse Fountain",,8.495635 - 1 photo with a fan sticker on a road sign

    "Wandbrunnen am Meierhofplatz",,8.499429 again - 1 photo in addition to what I reported in my previous post.

    Besides the vandalism, I also found one more signature item, unsurprisingly submitted by the same person.

    "Pariser Brunnen (1870)",,8.538917 - 1 photo

    And while we're at it, this wayspot has two photos that belong to the neighboring one ("Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi-Denkmal").

    Arguably, the two detail shots at the bottom also violate photo guidelines: "Well composed - the Wayspot or placemarker is centered without too much foreground or background".

  • soccersockz-INGsoccersockz-ING Posts: 3 ✭✭

    Is there any progress? It has been more than two months since my original post, and the guideline-violating photos are still in the games.

  • NianticLCNianticLC Posts: 2,792 admin

    Hi there, @soccersockz-ING! We have reviewed this report and removed the invalid images from the 19 Wayspots in question and have taken action on 2 Wayfinders in accordance with our policies. While we are unable to discuss our actions in detail to protect the submitter’s privacy, they may include but are not limited to, sending a warning message, placing restrictions on their Wayfarer, Pokémon GO, or Ingress account, putting their account on probation, or placing a temporary or permanent suspension on their Wayfarer, Pokémon GO or Ingress account.

    Thanks for helping us maintain the quality of the Wayspots.

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