I totally empathize with the Niantic team, working hard to review thousands of portal submissions around the world. And I've surely had as many suggestions rejected as approved, showing consideration of many factors in picking portal locations.
Nonetheless, just on our tiny island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, some neighborhoods are starved of portals, but others are jam packed with problem portals.
Duplicates, for sure, are widespread. That's perhaps to be expected in any tourism-heavy region where multiple source databases include the same points of interest (one statue in downtown Honolulu has four variations, one in Japanese). There are a handful of portals placed right on private homes (because home business names included key words like 'Library'). There are countless portals with bad locations, sometimes a mile off. And some simply silly portals, like this one.
One, it's a bench in a mall. Two, it's about half a mile off from the real location. Three, the submitting Ingress user included their username in the portal name, and it's now a monument to one faction, no matter which faction controls it.
Again, the review of portals cannot be an easy task. Reviewing brand new portals is just a tiny part of the work, with people reporting bad locations, submitting new photos, and more. I suspect these other tasks are a lower priority, simply because many of us (on both factions) have reported certain problem portals dozens of times over the last several months and yet they stand.
So I would really like to see Niantic embrace the clearly passionate community they've built to help build a better game. Many of us are just as invested in creating a positive gameplay experience, especially while we can make a difference in beta.
Foursquare, as an example, has a massive database of businesses and locations… a similar challenge. So they have a large 'superuser' corps with levels of escalating privileges to help (1.) triage problem reports (valid or invalid), (2.) review them, and finally (3.) implement corrections. And because these users will have regional specialties, locals will be the best resource when it comes to determining whether a portal really meets the stated criteria. In an unfamiliar city with an unfamiliar culture, a park bench might indeed appear to be a piece of public art.
I want to see more portals, for sure, but also better portals. And the private home portals, as just one example, have the potential to be an explosive problem for this game should just one encounter with a homeowner go wrong. If you think librarians are getting nervous about all the new foot traffic…
#Ingress #IngressSuggestions #Community