Incorrect Appeal Rejection: "Third Party Photo"
I recently received a rejection for an appeal where the stated rejection reason is blatantly incorrect, and I would appreciate it if Niantic staff would take a second look at the appeal in question.
The photo used for this nomination is NOT a third-party photo.
I will admit that it is also not a great photo of the nomination, and that the lighting was weird. But the image was not produced by a third party, no filters were used... I am the one that took this photo, for better or for worse.
I can produce additional information, including the original image file from my phone, the supporting photo and the original file for that image as well, etc. as needed.
Honestly, I'm less bothered by the rejection itself than by the stated rejection reason, because said reason is so blatantly false. It makes me wonder how the appeal reviewers supposedly were able to "confirm" that this was a third-party image when... it isn't, and while I'm sure it's boilerplate, the information about third-party photos being a violation of Niantic policy, while accurate in the abstract, could needlessly scare off well-meaning nominators when applied to images that are not third-party in origin such as this one.
Getting this nomination approved would be nice, sure, but more than that, I'm hoping that higher-ups in Niantic staff will take a look at how appeal reviews are working and take steps to ensure that such blatantly incorrect rejection reasons, particularly ones which falsely claim the nomination to be a violation of Niantic policies, do not happen again.