For quite some time, Niantic has been tuning a new portal approval mechanism for Ingress, and it went live today.
There are a number of criteria you are asked to rate each submission on –
- Good Title
- Historical/cultural signifigance
- Visually unique
- Accurate location
- Safe access as a pedestrian
And ultimately, you rate it as to its worth as a portal.
This is specifically for the backlog of portal requests only. Niantic hasn’t allowed new submissions for a really long time now, and presumably this is the first step to permitting them again.
(Then there’s the existing low quality portals that should be removed, but one thing at a time.)
Some submissions are pretty bad –
I can get behind helping out with the portal backlog. It’s fun ! At least, at the start it will be. Who knows if it will remain so into the future.