The problem with Bonus Locations and a "Wayfarer Challenge"
So I've done 105 reviews since the Challenge began. I live in Boston, USA, and my Hometown Location is Brisbane, Australia.
Of that 105, 9 reviews were in my Bonus location of Bhopal, India.
There needs to be a better solution than "We'll reset your bonus location, you can then set it to India and then we'll set it back later." Not only does this create a ton of work for @NianticCasey-ING, but it also fails to provide focus and enthusiasm for a Challenge.
I'm not incentivized to review during this 10 day period, by a small amount of gear in Ingress, if 90% of my reviews are for places that aren't the Challenge location and have no effect.
The result is a feeling of "Wading through muck to find gems".
While generally reviewing is good, seeing my local region over and over, given how absolutely portal dense it is, doesn't encourage me to keep going in an effort to help out a region with very few portals.
@NianticCasey-ING mentioned that he was talking to the Wayfarer team about improving this sort of event, so here's my suggestion:
- Provide a toggle setting or option, on the front page (or a link to it on the banner) that allows a reviewer to say "Include me in the current Challenge".
- When enabled it has the effect of treating that reviewer's last played location as somewhere in the host country, and treats the reviewer as a "Great" rating for the purposes of portal selection.
That way the lion's share of portals will be in the challenge region, (because of last played) and cover the entire host country (because Great rating). Portals from the reviewers normal bonus area, hometown area, and even normal play region, will still come up sometimes, which I'm sure is considered a plus for the event by the Wayfarer team. All effort is useful effort etc.
But by having a majority of the portal reviews in the host country, we both have the incentive to continue, and the desired benefit of helping out a portal sparse area (which is why these countries get selected).
As it is, it feels like a tiresome slog to go through 90% of the reviews no different to when there's no Challenge, just to find the 10% of actually helpful to the Challenge reviews.