Ban for incorrectly reviewing incorrect or inappropriate titles/descriptions, existing Wayspots



  • NianticGiffardNianticGiffard Posts: 9,164 admin

    Hi there! While reviewing edits, reviewers see the existing Wayspot name and the suggested edits. If neither of them is acceptable, there’s also a 'None of the above' option. They do not have to skip or choose the wrong option.

    Having said that, if they noticed this was a Fake Wayspot, they should have reported it via the Scanner or Pokémon GO app and not misused the edits process.

  • Fullzoom-PGOFullzoom-PGO Posts: 25 ✭✭

    So, if you don't realize that it's a Fake Wayspot you are at risk to get the 30 days ban!

    How about when the time is runnig out because someone called you on the phone or some other situation that stops you from finishing the reviewing process?

  • NianticGiffardNianticGiffard Posts: 9,164 admin

    We can confirm you have selected a bad title/description. The response I've shared previously addresses your question.

  • Fullzoom-PGOFullzoom-PGO Posts: 25 ✭✭

    Never did intentionally!

    Don't you think that this system is the right one?

    As i said are punishing the wrong ones!

  • ChristianST1909-PGOChristianST1909-PGO Posts: 20 ✭✭

    Sorry @NianticGiffard but we can't believe you without an example. If you are writing that we voted on several (!) bad titles there is no way I can believe you or learn anything from it. (even if it would be the case)

    If you don't want (or allowed) to post the original example, just explain us what you mean.

    Why you don't ban the people forever who are submitting obviously bad titles/descriptions. Why do you suspend reviewers who helped you in the past here in this forum or had over 10.000 reviews in the best possible rating?

    Please just show us an example. Or create your own example with other words/location... so we can understand what's wrong here.

  • rodensteiner-INGrodensteiner-ING Posts: 1,686 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @NianticGiffard thanks for your reply on a sunday. i am sorry to say i do Not understand the Situation at all. What Have people done? And for what purpose?

    I understand that you do Not want to give people ideas But i want people to understand what Not to do.

    If there is Someone that can describe it in German IT would bei okay to Post it in Reddit so that Niantic doesnt Need to say If they are shy.

  • ChristianST1909-PGOChristianST1909-PGO Posts: 20 ✭✭

    Auch einmal kurz auf Deutsch:

    Einleitend ist es einmal schwer, sich bei Tausenden von Reviews innerhalb der letzten Monate zu erinnern, was man alles bewertet hat. Dein Beispiel ist mir jedoch bekannt und ich denke, dass ich von dieser Sorte vielleicht 2-3 Einreichungen zum Bewerten vorliegen hatte.

    Ich bin mir aber relativ sicher, dass ich in diesen Fällen (sprich wo man zwischen 2 Titeln entscheiden musste die z.B. wie folgt lauten "Historische Poststelle" ODER "Achtung das ist ein FAKE"), keinen der beiden Varianten zugestimmt habe. Man hätte "Missbrauch" melden können.... auf der anderen Seite -> Soll man das tun, wenn derjenige der den Edit gemacht, eigentlich nur auf einen Fake hinweisen wollte?

    Wie auch immer, dass hier jetzt vorrangig Leute bestraft werden die viel bewerten (weil nur Leute die viel bewerten, können auch oft auf knifflige Entscheidungen treffen) ist für mich ein Witz und ungerecht.


    To begin with, it is difficult to remember what you have rated after (many) thousands of reviews over the past few months. However, I am aware of your example and I think that I had maybe 2-3 submissions (but not more) of this type for evaluation.

    But I am relatively sure that in these cases (i.e. where you had to choose between 2 titles that read, for example, "Historic Post Office" OR "Warning this is a FAKE"), I did not agree to either of the two variants. You could have reported "abuse" .... on the other hand -> Should you do that if the person who made the edit just wanted to point out a fake?

    Anyway, that here now primarily people are punished who rate a lot (because only people who rate a lot can often make tricky decisions) is a unjust for me.

  • Elijustrying-INGElijustrying-ING Posts: 5,271 Ambassador

    Thanks for throwing a light on this.

    it must be very hard to review something as sensitive as a fake such as you describe.

    You are left with the dilemma if you pick the original fake you are endorsing someone’s disgusting behaviour or picking the one with a title that breeches the rules but actually might accurately describe what it is - a fake.

    a very difficult ethical problem.

    @NianticGiffard you have given clear guidance on what to do if you find an invalid wayspot - this helps the person who submitted these wrong edits to know what to do, but not what you do if you are reviewing something like this.

    Could you possibly add a button to send the edit for scrutiny with a text box to explain why?

  • Theisman-INGTheisman-ING Posts: 1,001 ✭✭✭✭✭

    There already is one, look at the bottom right corner, click the abuse button and fill in the details.

  • Thyron1992-INGThyron1992-ING Posts: 28 ✭✭✭
    edited May 2021

    I look exactly what a FAKE portal is or what a real stop is, make notes so that Niantic also knows that these are specifically wrong submissions. When I'm in a game where I want to explore, I want to see exactly whether the stop is there or not? If I then see that he is not there .. it is a fake! and someone tried to trick the system.

    If we vote as long voters and are sure that it is a fake, other new people who are not as long as in the voting system look less precise and click Yes without looking properly. And the evaluators who vote for a long time click no because they are sure and already check themselves or are familiar with the system.

    It is then clear that the new voters wave this through because they are of the opinion that this stop does not look wrong.

    As a result, the longer voters have their hands tied because they have pressed reject and then collect a ban .. And then the stop goes online.

    If this should then be postponed, we should then vote on at the bottom right corner, click the abuse button and fill in the details. Okay, but this button is so small that you can hardly see it and many people then tend to click on the button Location undetectable.

    Then you say as above as an answer, we should use the button below and fill in the details.

    Great and a 30 day ban for something like that ..

    One should clarify and point out more precisely.

    If I get another strike I'll be completely out of it. Didn't sit down for days, hours and minutes in vain to vote properly.

    As an example, stumbling blocks:

    How do I know that the stop in front of the door is at a house in a street that stands alone, or in a place? .. First I find out about the name.

    But if I then see that these stumbling blocks are in a big city and do not exist in a small town or place, I fundamentally reject them. Stumbling blocks are mostly there where, for example, people were persecuted during the war.

    Most of them are in large cities or small towns, which are also stored in local administration offices online on the Internet or are marked on site on city maps (flyer in the forum of a town hall or local administration)

    Just for that.

    I inform myself beforehand whether there is a stumbling block with the name. If it isn't there, I refuse.

    But there is also a problem. Unfortunately, it's too easy to fake and people have their stops and portals to play with.

    Unfortunately, many people copy the fakes of others or make screens, edit them with Photoshop or something else and then as an evaluator it is difficult to find out whether it is an original photo.

    When you vote then you look and other ppl who are not as long as in the voting system click yes without


    There already is one, look at the bottom right corner, click the abuse button and fill in the details.

    THIS BUTTON MUST BE UPDATE BIGGER... So we have every time a Strike Ban 30 Days.. So sorry you should really revise your voting system.

    Post edited by Thyron1992-ING on
  • beintrafo1160-INGbeintrafo1160-ING Posts: 7 ✭✭

    What is this wayfarer site and how should i be able to open it? I‘ll try again in 23 days 🌚

  • ChristianST1909-PGOChristianST1909-PGO Posts: 20 ✭✭


    I just found that (old) picture on a social-media group and maybe it fits good for an example of yours.

    So if I am the reviewer of this proposal and there would be also the option "Attention - this is a fake" what should I do?

    Well first I would check (if I can) if this is really a fake. If I don't know I would probably thake the best fitting title or I would skip it. If I am sure that it is a fake I would probably take "nichts des oben Genannten" which means that everything is not correct.

    But what to do if you are not sure?

    And now you have the problem, that living in a central europe state you have to review wayspots/titles in many different languages. GoogleTranslate can help in some types, but of course they are not perfect.

    And now you really want to punish your reviewers for beeing unsecure of this kind of reviews? Sorry @NianticGiffard but please explain this to all of us. Is that fair? Just tell us your honest opinion.

  • Theisman-INGTheisman-ING Posts: 1,001 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Maybe it would be pertinent to first read the instructions on what to do with abusive submissions once you regain access

  • Theisman-INGTheisman-ING Posts: 1,001 ✭✭✭✭✭

    What is difficult to understand.

    Its not your job as a reviewer to assess the validity of an existing POI.

    Your job is to review either a nomination or an edit.

    Using your example above, the correct response would be to select the none of the above option, and then report the edit as abuse.

    This is not difficult.

  • kitanchik-INGkitanchik-ING Posts: 77 ✭✭

    @NianticGiffard it is not normal to ban people for trying all ways to improve the spots net. you need to improve the way of reporting. many people try to do it by the app, they do not even know about the wayfarer or the forum with appeals (even if they know - it is hard to register here with the browser default security). may be the wayfarers did the mistake by helping them, but it is not the reason for a ban, if the object is really fake.

    you do not give example - then i will. on your words i should get a ban too after a half of year, cause i did a review on such photos (look bottom). this is the same as the text edit actually with no comment or escalate to support button availability. i did my investigation on the review. title is "the herb of something", i do not know polish good... but i see there is definitely not a herb on one picture, and first mind then which is fake? i copied the address, found in google maps the place (as i cant do it from photo tab) scrolled the street, hm, herb is the fake? with whole description? i tried to scroll more and more... and i saw it at last. ill give you the moment only when you see the herb:,20.7082219,3a,75y,54.28h,60.1t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1surD0wYkbBzRx-WyRnVG1TA!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

    but scroll around and you see other object with newer images. what should i do? what is the way of change the portal title description photo etc? if they upload the photo - it is not compared with the title, if they suppose the title it is not compared with photo - the vicious circle. and they get the reject for their reports. same as reviewer, you do not want me to choose real photo, you want me just check plates/faces. you dont want me to check real title, you just want grammar/cap case. the system is bad, not reviewers. it is very easy, but very destructive, i can say dumb way to solve the problem - just to ban volunteers who tries to improve. the result will be - you lose the smartest painstakingly partners and never improve the system.

    you DO need to explain agents in game how to do "change the portal object" in the support help page, not somewhere in the forum thread. i say it as i had a job on process/quality management.

    you need the button "escalate" with the comment available. to have a way to push the object itself to precise support review when existing processes are not realistic/wise.

    and obviously you cant ban for people who did their best reviewing. (if we expect the object is really fake)

    p.s. the example is not about this particular object, the example is about your system/process for people with healthy mind.

  • ChristianST1909-PGOChristianST1909-PGO Posts: 20 ✭✭

    But how do you know that the edit is an abuse if there are also possible correct options? If there are more options like my example you don't know if the abuse button maybe hurts the guy who proposed a good title change or it hurts the guy who wrote "thats a fake".

    If there are several options it could be from more than one person. Also I think we never know whats the current title and whats the proposed new one. It is randomly what you are seeing first.

  • 4Pro4IV-PGO4Pro4IV-PGO Posts: 19 ✭✭

    @NianticGiffard Ok, so if I understand it correctly, as a German reviewer I now have a chance to get a 30-day ban on title and description reviews because you don't want to tell us what the titles and / or descriptions are? At the same time, they also threaten people with a permanent ban on their Pokemon GO or Ingress account. I hope you know that you will not only lose evaluators who are affected by the spell. So I will no longer rate if there is a chance that I will get a 30 day ban and then a permanent ban and I don't even know why? Fortunately, it is their Wayspot database that receives fewer entries. Both because people will rate less or not at all and precisely these people will no longer submit.

  • DerWelfe2205-PGODerWelfe2205-PGO Posts: 374 ✭✭✭✭

    Personally I think people should use the "none of the above" option a lot more frequently.

    For example since there is no street view in germany I use it for 90% of the location edits I get because it's simply impossible to safely confirm the correct location without it. Same goes for title edits if all options are garbage. And if I see something like "please chose this or this location" it's an instant abuse.

    Most submissions nowadays are garbage and the same goes for edits.

  • Nadiwereb-PGONadiwereb-PGO Posts: 1,119 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Alright, first of all: I understand all the frustration and anger people are expressing here. But I think @NianticGiffard has made it perfectly clear what the issue was and how it can be avoided in the future.

    Do I agree with the severity of the punishment? No. I think a warning or a shorter ban would have done the trick much better.

    However, I think that many poeple on this thread are only venting right now in a write-only mode. Please, try to read and understand what happened first.

    If you come across a title/description edit review where one or more of the options are obviously wrong - they include "this is fake", "fake Stolpersteine", etc. - just select "none of tghe above" and report as abuse using the button in the bottom right corner. That's it.

  • Fullzoom-PGOFullzoom-PGO Posts: 25 ✭✭

    Believe me, I understood exactly what NianticGiffard was explaining.

    You can fall into this trap again and again if you are not careful.

    The only solution for me (and probably for many others) is to stop reviewing at all, should Niantic keep this practice!

    Just to make sure...I am not going to risk my PoGo account and others in my community will act the same way ...

    Some facts: Over one year Wayfarer / Platin medal in PGo / Over 2.5k agreements / Over 3.5k reviews (can not check exact numbers atm) / created over 35+ POIs / introduced wayfarer to my community

    ... and now, to protect my community, i have to recommend not to review in wayfarer ... just sad ...

  • ChristianST1909-PGOChristianST1909-PGO Posts: 20 ✭✭

    Hello Nadiwereb, thank you for your response but it is still not perfectly clear what the issue was without providing an example. Honestly I am also not a fan of the wording from @NianticGiffard (and the mail itself) because it says indirectly thats a case of intentional abuse. Because only intentional abuses are leading to 30-day-suspensions without a previous warning. Calling someone an abuser (with thousands of reviews, such much time effort for making the games better and everytime beeing in the best possible rating) is an insult.

    And it was also stated to one user, that he had multiple bad reviews in such cases. However we (or better I) know, that I had (your example) maybe 2-3 times to review. And speaking of the last time I had such a thing, I am 99% sure that I choosed the none of the above" - option. And other guys mentioned, just as @Zappi75-PGO that they didn't review anything in the last 2 months. So still right now not everything makes sense.

    And please let me allow the following question to you personal: If there is a fake-wayspot (important: and you don't know it is fake) and you have to choose between the two options. First of all you see the picture of the wayspot. What do you do if the picture seems totally correct with the title/description? Obviously we all are not choosing the "it is fake" - title. But if the picture and title seems correct, why don't choose it? One thing is 100% clear: I never submited an edit with "thats fake". And it is 99% clear that I never choosed a "thats fake"-title on a review. But I can ensure you 100% not for multiple times...

    I also want to say a big thank you @Hosette-ING - that is a really quality post. I would be very thankful if @NianticGiffard could answer on your post with his detailed and honest opinion.

  • Nadiwereb-PGONadiwereb-PGO Posts: 1,119 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I don't think there's any "trap" here. If one of the title/description options is clearly abusive, report it as abuse and select "none of the above".

  • Fullzoom-PGOFullzoom-PGO Posts: 25 ✭✭

    And if the titel/description is not clearly abusive??? Then you are trapped!

  • LukeAllStars-INGLukeAllStars-ING Posts: 4,625 Ambassador

    How should we report something that is not close to out hometown? If my edit is somewhere hundreds of kilometers away from me, I wouldnt just go there to get a rejected ingame report.

    And the abuse form us still ineffective.

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