Is it time to get rid of rejection reasons?
To clarify off the bat: my opinion is a firm "no". But I think a lot of people would go for "yes", even if they don't really realize it.
I don't think anyone didn't notice the influx of false/unrelated rejection reasons for nominations as of late, whether via discussions/complaints here on the forum, or via personal experience with recent rejections.
A very common comment on these posts is "the reason was wrong but the rejection itself is right, figure out what was wrong in your nomination and resubmit".
One would think that the whole point of choosing a rejection reason, and displaying it in the rejection email, is to help submitters understand what was wrong in their nomination.
But considering the recent, popular combination of false reasons + "figure it out yourself" attitude, maybe it's time to get rid of reasons altogether. Either a nominations gets accepted or it doesn't, and if it doesn't, good luck figuring out why. Or just keep submitting it without any clues or help as to how to improve it (especially as there's a considerable chance it might get rejected with random reasons anyway).
I'm being hyperbolic on purpose. I want to bring more attention to how problematic this phenomenon is. Especially since more experienced Wayfarers, especially those with existing knowledge of criteria, tend to see it as a non-issue. But imagine how frustrating this is for beginners or casual submitters. No wonder people don't have the motivation to submit or review more, and a lot of those who do submit coal anyway.
It's just another piece in a puzzle that gives Wayfarer an image of a low effort, "nobody really cares" operation.