Make forum less busy

How do I turn off all the sh1te I don’t want. I just want to see text. No effing colours. No bazillion smilies. no multiple columns to the side…

Just some good old fashioned text.

I moved this to the Forum Suggestion category. You can still see it under My Posts. Please take a few minutes to read the forum before jumping in and spamming negative topics about the experience.

We are interested in your thoughts on how to improve, but please understand that the platform for this forum is not designed by Niantic. There are some suggestions that they simply won’t be able to implement.


I feel like the default view should be Categories for everyone. It’s less confusing then seeing the topics in a big mix based on latest activity

You’re free to make that the default for yourself. I happen to like the “Latest” view on mobile.

This is absolutely the most crowded, nonsensical forum layout I have ever seen in my life. It doesn’t take up a full screen on PC and there are random columns that don’t seem to be helpful.

Is this another instance of the Wayfarer team only using mobile and not checking to see if things work on desktop?

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The “Latest” view is great! It definitely should be default view.

However, now there are 4! pinned posts (Wayspot Title and Description Tips, Why hasn’t my approved POI shown up in my game yet?, Tips for Rural Nominators, and Why was my Pokestop/Gym/Portal/Flower/Mushroom (etc) removed?), so need to scroll 2 pages through these pinned posts to see the latest.

I think it’s better to have at most one pinned post, par example “Where is my pokestop, frequent questions and tips”, and have links to other posts there.

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I believe once you read them, they become unpinned for you.

No, use on mobile was not behind layout. There are limits to the layout that Wayfarer can influence. But we are looking at the comments and taking them onboard.

This whole forum is a mess. I have not had a single minute that I kept the site open because it was so unappealing to look and read.

Is there any content that would mean something? I am not able to find out, because everything’s just meandering.

It perfectly shows the state Niantic Wayfarer is in.


I don’t know if it would work for you, but I did my settings like this:

  1. Homepage: sorted categories
  2. Set a follow bell on every mean category
  3. Set notifications for everything (email information out!!! That’s important)

Than you can see a counter of all incoming on your “Avatar” icon. Click it open and see the new topics, comments and decide, like in the old forum, if this matches your interests. Near the bottom of this short view there’s a “dismiss” button to show them as read, so it counted new.

I use my mobile

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How do you even reach the settings? I wanted to know and Tintino locked the topic :face_with_symbols_over_mouth: :face_with_symbols_over_mouth: :face_with_symbols_over_mouth: :face_with_symbols_over_mouth: :face_with_symbols_over_mouth: Why would anyone want email notifications for everything that happens? This sounds insane. I’m already getting too many useless emails from this forum and don’t want any of them. At least the old forums (which had previously been among the worst I’d encountered) only sent emails when things were important.

I don’t even know how I got here. I have used online forums for over twenty-five years and never seen something this disastrous.

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I didn’t find it was obvious.

Clicking on avatar gives a drop down series of icons the bottom one is what you want and that opens up a menu of further choices - preferences opens this page

You can then set the choices you want for notification, appearance, etc.

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You remain a saint and a lifesaver. Being able to turn off the super-bright mode improves everything.

Probably a stretch asking but is there a way to make this look like a normal forum or make it easier to navigate? Why are there so many columns that seem entirely unhelpful and not useful?

I think if you choose categories it gives this layout

Which I think some people are finding useful.

It is taking a bit of getting used to and For me Dracula in dark mode has been the biggest improvement.
I’m still finding my feet to see what works best for me.