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Can we come up with a list of valid things people can be directed too that are acceptable at malls?
Decorative fountains, statues, sculptures, or murals would be the most common candidates.
I am guessing you meant decorative fountains. :)
Are mall entrances allowed?
January 2020 update confirms your response.
Mall food courts are allowed submissions to be approved.
Pubs and Restaurants that serve alcohol (including mall food courts)
Indoor Playgrounds/ Play Areas in malls.
Outdoor and Indoor Playgrounds
Cinemas at malls.
Theaters (cinemas, live performance theaters, amphitheaters)
Coin operated machine play areas.
Per the October 2019 update.
Do coin-operated machine play areas in front of stores and in malls make acceptable portal candidates? This is similar to the restaurants' play area question - if this is a publicly accessible play area in the mall, yes. If it's part of a commercial business, no.
Not on their own accord.
Map directories would fall under map guidance similar to outdoor community notice boards. The community would gather at a map directory to find locations in a mall.
Based on Architecture that is easily identifiable.
Gardens in malls, I think could be allowed if they are artistic looking. Living walls could be one, where a wall has specialty plants that are designed to grow vertically. Artistic Vegetation that creates sculptures similar that to Disney World of Mickey Mouse or an animal or other exotic looking design that takes maintenance daily to maintain. Most gardens in malls are decorative and easily distinguishable that they would exist in a mall. Even mass produced plastic decorations could be considered, if it creates an artistic installation or scenic view in the mall.
Are those kiosks that let people rent animals eligible to be a wayspot? I know they are considered a sponsorship with Wizards, but shouldn't other games also be able to enjoy those submissions in other games? If the mall doesn't have many existing portals that are eligible, it would be helpful if sponsorships converted to normal wayspots in other games?
Gabriel stay in your lane!!! You never learn.
There is a list of what is eligible at malls, it's called criteria.
I imagine the only person would need to be told that information would be Gabriel0332. And he probably already was.
How do you know that?
I imagine that those would be considered generic businesses if they don't have anything specifically unique about them.
Not on their own. Possibly with unique architecture or for a historic mall.
Most would be generic businesses. I would never reject a fine dining establishment just because it's in a food court, but most simply would be ineligible.
No, these would be more like a generic business sign. Do you even know what a community notice board is?
Going back on topic, the following things are allowed in malls/shopping centres, that I'm aware of:
• statues, sculptures
• decorative fountains
• plaques (I.E. This was the site of a Prinitive Methodist Chapel from 1867-1916)
"Other points of interest deemed eligible by other criteria."
Obviously, if something has been defined eligible, being in a mall doesn't make it ineligible.
Featured dining, little free libraries, dedicated places of worship...
I had a feeling I was missing a few things but I couldn't think what they were!
Of course! I didn't mean to contradict or speak over you. We're probably both still missing things. I wouldn't have thought of plaques, but there are definitely historical malls! Many in the States date back to the (19)50's!
Thanks for your input, @Gabriel03221-PGO.
I'd like this to be true, but it's just a map and directory of businesses 99% of the time, which doesn't qualify as a notice board.
Don't worry, I know you weren't contradicting me or trying to speak over me.
I have to admit that I'm surprised at churches being in malls/shopping centres - I'm guessing that's an American thing? I ask because I don't think any churches in the UK that are in malls/shopping centres (I could be wrong though!)
I specifically said "dedicated places of worship" because there are two distinct things that come to my mind from experience.
A church rents out an auditorium at a local movie theater. It is a church, has a website, does all the things a church does, but it has no permanent signage at the movie theater. Unfortunately, I would consider it ineligible (unless it did have a sign).
Another area, an open faced "str.p" mall has a permanent church in it. However, the mall has a very generic look and feel, and the signage is just a banner and window decals. I would still consider that an eligible candidate, regardless of being in a mall.
I have gone through and removed any comments unrelated to the OPs original question to clean up this discussion.
To answer the OP's question, there are a number of great candidates already listed in this thread:
Just because something is in a mall doesn't mean that it's automatically eligible or ineligible, it's important to consider the individual Wayspots that are being nominated and the purpose they serve / their uniqueness.
Not touched on by Casey but I'd imagine that a mall food court isn't inherently eligible as most aren't featured in travel guides nor have historic/cultural relevance.
I agree. I think this is a "beauty is in the eye of the beholder" type nomination. A mall food court may not be a "cool" hangout or a local "hotspot". It won't be featured in reputable travel guides. But it is a community gathering spot. In my case, when we're not under pandemic restrictions, it is my default meeting spot when arranging a pokemon go lucky trade with someone I don't know well. They honestly look like an indoor version of the photo used as guidance for "Popular spots where locals gather but are lesser-known outside the community". I don't think I would give a food court a 5* rating, but I could go with 2-4*.
Humm, how about an arcade? They use to be gathering spots for kids and young adults back in the 80s and 90s, but those that have remained have become more of a novelty.