Niantic Wayfarer: High Errors Made When Nominating Pokéstops, and Suggestions To Keep away from Them

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Good day Trainers, 

Now that I’ve handed 10,000 opinions and seven,000 agreements on Wayfarer, I needed to take a while to go over among the largest errors that individuals make when making Wayspot submissions. I’ll present some examples of what to do, and what to not do to try to assist together with your submissions.

First, enable me to get one thing out of the best way. While you submit a “Pokéstop” Nomination in Pokémon GO you might be submitting that focal point to turn out to be one thing referred to as a “Wayspot”, that Wayspot then will get positioned on a map referred to as the Lightship Map. Then it could or could not seem in Pokémon Go relying on the inclusion guidelines for Pokémon GO.

That complete course of is one thing for an additional article as a result of we’re not right here to speak about that although, right here to speak in regards to the frequent errors that Wayspotters make when submitting Wayspots and focus on some tricks to keep away from making these errors.

Second, I like to recommend that you just assessment the Wayfarer Criteria Page earlier than you exit and begin nominating Wayspots. This might save a whole lot of rejected submissions, and wasted time for each submitters and reviewers.

Third, be part of the Wayfarer Discord right here It is stuffed with Wayfarer specialists, and tons of people who find themselves greater than prepared that will help you together with your submissions to assist them get permitted. Verify your local people, there could also be Wayfarers in your native space that may enable you to. If you happen to’re undecided, ask.

Lastly, Simply because one thing exists in-game doesn’t imply that it’s eligible now. There are many Wayspots that exist as a result of after they had been nominated they had been eligible, however the standards have modified and they don’t seem to be eligible. Hearth Stations are the most effective instance of this, Hearth Stations are now not eligible Wayspots however there are a ton of them that exist on the gameboard.

It simply isn’t eligible

Niantic needs all of its Wayspots to fall into one in all three classes:

  • An important place for exploration
    • Public locations of Worship, Zoos, Distinctive Artwork or Structure, Nature indicators
  • An important place for train
    • Unbiased Gyms, Trails and Path Markers, Train gear in public areas, Sports activities fields
  • An important place to be social with others
    • Gaming/Comedian shops, Fountains and water options, Libraries (together with free little libraries in public areas)

If the focus that you’re enthusiastic about nominating doesn’t fall into one in all these classes, then it’s not eligible. Issues like a random generic bus cease, that giant rock by your home, chain eating places or gyms, Hearth stations, Police Stations or something that blocks emergency companies, something short-term, and something on non-public property to call a number of.

High Errors

  • Considering that one thing is eligible when it isn’t. 
  • Nominating issues on the grounds of a faculty. Issues which might be on the grounds of a faculty that gives courses for grades Kindergarten by way of Grade 12 will not be eligible. Even when they might be in any other case. Soccer fields, Basketball courts, Playgrounds, and many others.  If it’s on the grounds of a faculty, depart or not it’s.
  • Nominating issues on non-public property. That Little Free Library on somebody’s entrance garden will not be eligible.

Examples of Poor Nominations

This nomination was for the Snow Elimination Signal.  This signal is short-term and positioned there by a neighborhood enterprise. It’s not one thing that might encourage or support in exploration, it’s not a spot for individuals to assemble and be social, and it’s not one thing to encourage train. 

This breaks one of many different guidelines, however the truth that it’s a Paramedic station implies that it has the potential to dam emergency companies and that makes it ineligible. 

Main Picture

They are saying an image is value a thousand phrases, which may be very true in terms of Wayfarer.  The very first thing most reviewers have a look at is the first photograph you’re taking on your nomination. A nasty photograph can damage an in any other case nice nomination.

You can also’t use a photograph that was taken by a third get together, has a watermark, or has been overly edited. This implies you can’t photoshop your image, use that photograph out of your native metropolis’s web site, or worse, a screenshot of google maps avenue view.

Keep in mind, the photograph you choose would be the photograph that seems on the wayspot.

High Errors

  • The Level of Curiosity is obscured – Any objects corresponding to timber or lamp-posts between you and the focus detract from the standard of the photograph. 
  • third Celebration Picture – Too typically I see footage from web sites or screenshots from avenue view. The photograph must be one that you just took your self.
  • A part of the automobile is seen – Get out of your automobile. If any a part of your automobile is seen within the photograph it’s a motive to reject the nomination.
  • The image is photoshopped – Overly photoshopped footage are a motive for rejection, do your finest to take an authentic clear photograph that doesn’t must be photoshopped. 
  • Darkish footage taken at evening – If the lighting is dangerous, the focus could possibly be too darkish to see clearly. 

Examples of Poor Most important Images

It is a path marker that was photoshopped into a photograph that’s readily searchable on Google. One of many rejection standards for images is “clearly doctored” which this very clearly is. Don’t do that.

Not solely is that this photograph taken from actually far-off from the Level of Curiosity, however there are additionally seen elements of the automobile they had been in within the photograph. 

Examples of Good Most important Images

It is a soccer area at a neighborhood sports activities complicated. The principle photograph is evident and captures your complete area in a single shot. The distinction of the goalposts towards the gray sky makes them stand out.

This bridge will not be solely a footbridge on a marked path but additionally a historic marker.  The image captures each the bridge and the accompanying plaque that commemorates the historical past of the placement.

Suggestions for a Good Main Picture

  • Get out of your automobile. Critically, get out of your automobile.  Images with elements of your automobile seen are prompt rejections, and even one’s that don’t have elements of your automobile seen are sometimes not nice high quality and can reduce the probabilities your nomination will get permitted as they are going to seemingly be zoomed in and never nice high quality.
  • Make sure that the lighting is nice.  If it’s evening time and the lighting across the nomination isn’t nice, come again throughout the day when the solar is out.  Dimly lit images don’t make for good engagement.
  • Be sure that the Level of Curiosity is the principle focus of the photograph and that nothing is obstructing it. If there’s something between you and the thing (like a tree), get a distinct angle. If the Level of Curiosity has a plaque that accompanies it, make your photograph of the Level of Curiosity and use info from the plaque in your supporting info. 
  • Attempt to get as a lot of the Level of Curiosity within the photograph as you possibly can, with out it being too vast of a shot.  If the Level of Curiosity is a constructing, attempt getting a barely angled shot of the constructing, or if the doorway is attention-grabbing and has an indication close to it. 

Title and Description

High Errors

  • Mentioning any of the Niantic video games in your Title and Description – That is an prompt rejection. Do not forget that these Wayspots might seem in any variety of video games, and shouldn’t point out any of them to maintain them neutral.
  • Poor spelling – Spelling errors and typos can spell doom on your nomination.
  • Mentioning any of the Niantic video games in your Title and Description – Critically, don’t do it.
  • Uninspired titles and descriptions – Put some thought into them, don’t simply say “Park” that park has a reputation, and that sculpture has a reputation and an artist.  Give credit score the place credit score is due as a lot as attainable.
  • Mentioning any of the Niantic video games in your Title and Description – “An excellent place to catch Pokémon” will not be a suitable description 

Examples of Poor Titles and Descriptions

  • Title: Park
    Description: Park
  • Description: I noticed a Pikachu right here as soon as
  • Title: that is an outdated constructing that was constructed a very long time in the past and is basically cool
  • Title: Preforming Arts Middle
    Description: Preforming arts middle

Examples of Good Titles and Descriptions

  • Description: Rebuilt from the ashes of the good fireplace of 1884 this location is one in all solely three historic buildings in Port Perry’s historical past that continues authentic operations to this present day. Hank’s Pastries has been open on this location since 1957 and continues to evolve and innovate its wonderful pastries.
  • Title: Most important Avenue Park
  • Title: Group Portrait 1957
    Description: Created by Douglas Coupland, the roughly 27′ x 11′ (8.1 x 3.3m) reduction sculpture entitled Group Portrait 1957 was completely put in on the northwest facade of the Robert McLaughlin Gallery in September 2011.
  • Description: A neighborhood park with 2 playgrounds, a soccer area, and a basketball court docket. An important place to carry the household to get some train and socialization. 

Suggestions for Titles and Descriptions

  • Do your analysis. Discover the identify of the portray, mural, or sculpture and who the artist is. Embrace the identify within the title, and the artist within the description.
  • Discover out the historical past of the constructing, or the memorial.  What distinctive and attention-grabbing a part of the historical past of your city does the thing inform the story of?
  • Don’t plagiarize.  Don’t simply write phrase for phrase what the plaque says, paraphrase the plaque and embrace the necessary elements.
  • Double-check your Titles and Descriptions! Your submission will all the time linger for a time period earlier than being eligible to enter voting. Log into your Wayfarer account from the web site and examine your submission. You may edit your Title, Description, and Supporting Data everytime you need as long as it’s not in voting.
  • If it’s a park, checklist the options of the park within the description. It would encourage a household to test it out.

Supporting Picture

Your supporting photograph ought to spotlight the Level of Curiosity from a wider angle than the first photograph you might be submitting to be on the wayspot. Attempt to embrace as a lot context as you possibly can. The supporting photograph turns into a lot extra necessary if Google Avenue View or the Satelite Map isn’t updated. Reviewers will use the reference factors in your supporting photograph along with Google Avenue View or the Google Satelite Map to find out in case your nomination is definitely the place you say it’s.

Be aware: You may get away with a poor supporting photograph and supporting info in case your nomination is clearly seen on Avenue View and/or the Satelite Map. Nevertheless, it’s good observe to have a great supporting photograph and good supporting info each time so that you don’t fall into dangerous habits.

High Errors

  • The supporting photograph doesn’t comprise the focus – The supporting photograph must be used to assist show the true location and existence of your submission
  • The supporting photograph is blurry or too darkish – If you happen to can’t clearly make out the focus within the photograph, it’s not going to serve its goal.
  • The supporting photograph has nothing to do with the submission – Random photograph’s out of your cellphone’s photograph assortment don’t assist your submission.
  • Supporting images which might be the identical photograph as the first photograph – I sound like a damaged report, however your supporting photograph ought to embrace as a lot element as attainable.

Examples of Poor Supporting Images

This supporting photograph is identical as the principle photograph. This Level of Curiosity was nowhere close to a avenue, so it wasn’t seen on avenue view, it was not seen on satellite tv for pc, and reviewers are given no reference to show that this exists on this location. This might result in reviewers being skeptical and rejecting based mostly on being unable to verify that this focal point exists.

It is a frequent mistake when taking a assist photograph. The focus, a mural on a window, is nowhere on this shot. It’s seemingly the one that nominated this circled and took an image in the other way. Keep in mind, the supporting photograph ought to have the focus within the photograph as effectively.

Examples of Good Supporting Images

The focus is the pergola on the correct. The playground on the left is an current Wayspot, as is the soccer area within the background. Having each of them within the supporting photograph offers the reviewer two factors of reference of already current wayspots to have the ability to decide the pergola exists the place the submitter says it’s.

For this one, the submission is the 100-year-old bakery on the left, as there aren’t any current factors of curiosity that may be simply included within the supporting photograph the photograph was taken in a manner that might simply be matchable with avenue view.

Suggestions For Your Supporting Picture

  • Attempt to embrace as a lot context as you possibly can. If it’s in a park, try to get different constructions within the park within the image.  
  • If the Level of Curiosity is off a avenue, attempt utilizing an image near what reviewers will see on Streetview.
  • You do not want to exclude issues like individuals, animals, or license plates from supporting images.  So try to get the best-supporting image you possibly can, whereas being respectful of individuals and property after all. 
  • The lighting and readability of the photograph are necessary for this as effectively, if reviewers can’t make out the photograph they’ll’t use it.

Supporting Data

Your supporting info ought to complement your nomination, use it to offer extra element on the nomination that you just couldn’t put within the description. Particulars on the way it suits into one of many three pillars that Niantic has set out for its Wayfarers: A spot to Discover, a spot to train, or a spot to be social.

High Errors

  • Begging for extra Pokéstops – We all know. Belief me once I say we all know. We all know the explanation you’ve nominated this focal point is that you really want extra Pokéstops. You don’t want so as to add this
  • Little to no info in any respect – The field is offered, use it.
  • The data will not be related to the Level of Curiosity – Reviewers don’t need to hear about your canine. Sorry.

Examples of Poor Supporting Data

These are all examples of actual supporting info that I’ve come throughout

  • I want extra Pokéstops lol
  • I believe this Pokéstop must be a Fitness center.
  • Thanks!
  • Outdated constructing, very historic
  • NOT a personal residence. I don’t reside right here.

Examples of Good Supporting Data

  • A wonderful commemorative mural painted by a neighborhood artist commissioned by the town as a part of a mission to beautify the downtown core and encourage foot site visitors to the native companies. It has protected pedestrian entry from the sidewalk, and because it was commissioned by the town it’s a everlasting addition to the world.
  • A Pergola and relaxation space, this park was newly inbuilt 2023 and isn’t viewable on avenue view. You may see the constructing within the background is identical as one viewable on avenue view, and use it to verify the placement of the Pergola contained in the newly constructed park.
  • Avenue View is outdated, this isn’t a personal residence, the home was repurposed as a lawyer’s workplace in 2022. Within the supporting photograph you possibly can see the signal for the Legislation Agency on the entrance garden, and the historic plaque marker on the entrance of the home.

Suggestions for Good Supporting Data

  • Be detailed however don’t over-explain. Whereas Titles and Descriptions must be concise your supporting info must be detailed and comprise good related details about the submission.
  • In case your submission will not be on Avenue View or Satelite, clarify that right here and clarify your supporting photograph to assist paint the image to assist the reviewer uncover your focal point.
  • Embrace hyperlinks to references. If a constructing is on a historic register, point out that and embrace the hyperlink together with what web page you could find the constructing on.
  • Double-check your Supporting information on the web site! You may change it up till it goes into voting. So make sure that it’s good earlier than then. 

Different Errors

No pedestrian entry

Pedestrian entry implies that you’ll be able to stroll to the thing and stay there for a big period of time. It’s not sufficient to have the ability to entry the Level of Curiosity from throughout the road, if there isn’t a manner so that you can safely entry it from the precise location it isn’t eligible. 

  • Top will not be related to the dialog of pedestrian entry, if you’ll be able to entry the wall a focal point is on, it counts.
  • Having the ability to spin the Pokéstop from throughout the road will not be adequate. There must be entry to get proper as much as the Wayspot.

It’s a Duplicate

5% of all of my agreements are duplicates. That may not sound like quite a bit, however it’s. As I discussed earlier, not all Wayspots exist in Pokémon GO. In order that Level of Curiosity may exist on the Lightship map already, and if it does then it’s seemingly it would get rejected as a replica.  

There are a few methods you possibly can fight this.  Create an Ingress account and take a look at the Ingress Intel map, that manner you possibly can see if it’s in ingress. Obtain the Wayfarer app out of your machine’s play retailer. You’ll have to create a Lightship account, however that’s free and straightforward. From the App you possibly can see all the Wayspots that exist on the Lightship map, even those that don’t seem in any of the Niantic video games. 

Forgetting to Edit your submission

I do know this has occurred to me, however failing to go in and be certain that your Title, Description, and Supporting Data is nice earlier than your nomination goes into voting can imply demise on your submission. If you happen to’re submitting out of your cellphone and also you occur to fudge some, or quite a bit, of the phrases your submission can get rejected.

Nominate one thing, then go residence and look it up on the Web. Possibly you could find the artist of that mural you simply nominated, or that sculpture. Possibly you could find out one thing attention-grabbing about that historic monument. 


I hope that this helped you, that you just realized one thing new, and you can take among the info right here and apply it to your nominations sooner or later.

I’d love to listen to if this text helped you indirectly and to see your success tales. You may attain me on Twitter @ProfessorGlaw, and you may listen to my Podcast with my Co-Host Jamal the place we Talk about the ins, outs, and information of Wayfarer.

That’s all for now trainers, keep protected on the market!

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