Pokemon Go: How to nominate a Pokestop and Gym
Niantic Wayfarer is created by Niantic where you can nominate Pokestops and review other’s nomination in Pokemon Go. You can access their website at Niantic Wayfarer.
But Niantic wayfarer does not only cover Pokemon Go. In addition, it is also connected to Ingress Prime. The ingress prime also requires the use of the GPS of the mobile device to interact with the game in real-world player location.
Therefore, not only Pokemon Go players can review other Pokemon Go players’ nomination but also the Ingress Players.
To explore more about ingress, visit Ingress Prime
By joining wayfarer, you’ll be a part of the community that can submit and review nominations of an interesting location with different points of interest and provide feedback to other players.
Before getting started, you must know that in Wayfarer, we use the term Wayspot for Portals and the term Wayfinders refers to the wayfarer users.
This guide may not cover everything about wayfarer but it is guaranteed that in this guide , you will be able to understand the basic concepts in the process of nominating and reviewing wayspot submissions.
At the end if this guide, it is expected that your submitted nominations will improve or accepted.
Who are qualified to become a Wayfarer?
Any Pokemon Go trainers that are level 38 and level 10 for ingress agents are qualified to become one.
Firstly, log-in to Niantic Wayfarer and you have to take an exam. This is to make sure that you are qualified to submit and review the best quality of each Wayspot or Portal.
The exam contains 10 questions and will give you multiple choices of answer. A photo of the interest, description, and location will be given and you have to answer if it should be accepted as wayspot or not and why.
Do not worry because the test is not difficult. Make sure you have read the Wayfarer’s Criteria carefully. It is guaranteed that you will pass the test in one take if you understand what it needs for a place or an object to become an eligible Wayspot.
I will not leak you the 10-questions for the test. We do not want for someone to become a wayfarer who do not know the proper guidelines for nominating and reviewing a wayspot.
Lastly, if you passed the test, you will now be able to review nominations under the review tab.
Niantic Wayfarer Navigation Menu
The navigation menu helps the user navigate and interact quickly.
There are eight navigation menus namely,
- Showcase – It displays the featured wayspots for you to enhance your knowledge on the eligibility of each wayspots under the criteria.
- Criteria – You can review the four criteria (eligibility criteria, acceptance criteria, rejection criteria,content guidelines) when evaluating nominations.
- Review – Start reviewing the nominations of other players. It falls under 10 categories. You will vote each category from 1 to 5 stars.
Rate from 1 to 5 stars if you think the photo is appropriate and reflects to the title of the nomination.
b. Title and Description
The title should not contain an inappropriate text such as symbols. It should reflect to what can be seen on the main photo of the nomination. Description is not required but it is better to describe which is the point of interest.
c. Supporting Information
A supporting photo and details to support why the nomination should be a good wayspot.
d. Check for duplicates
A map of the nomination’s specific area is shown. In the map, you will see a pinned markers of the existing wayspots. A slider below is provided to check all the exisiting wayspots nearby to determine if there are duplicates.
e. Historical or Culturual Significance
Rate from 1 to 5 stars if the point of interest has a historical or cultural significance.
Does this have some significant importance to the local area or history?
f. Visually Unique
Rate from 1 to 5 stars if the point of interest is unique. There should be nothing something common around the area.
Is this nomination visually unique for it to be easily found or noticed by players?
g. Safe Access
The nomination should have a pedestrian access. The location of the nomination should be safe and accessible by players. The accessibility of the nomination should be supported by the supporting information.
h. Location Accuracy
The location of the nomination must be accurate to the pinned location in the map. You can review if the pinned marker is accurate. This usually is required to be reviewed in a StreetView or a Photosphere.
You can suggest a new location to correct the accuracy.
i. What is it (Optional)
You need to pick a category where the nomination is categorized.
j. Additional Comments (Optional)
You can give additional comments regarding the nomination.
- Nominations – Your nominations history shown are in this section.
- Profile- This tab will show your Wayfinder rating.
If you have further questions or need to review something, you can use this Help button. This provides links to some information and FAQs. Just select which kind of information do you need to know.
You can change your Wayfarer settings.
a. Set your Language
b. Dark Mode to On or off
c. Choose if you want to show your codename to be displayed on your Wayspot Submissions
d. Automatic Scrolling|
e. Hometown Location and Bonus Location
Setting a hometown location or bonus location will frequently show wayspot nominations nearby.
Note: Hometown location can only bet set once and Bonus Location can only be set once a year.
This will link you to the Wayfarer community forum.
Complete Pokestop Nomination Guide
1. Log in to Pokemon Go
2. Go to settings and find NEW POKESTOP button
3. Choose the location
Before choosing the location, you must verify if the Point of Interest you are trying to nominate already exists in other games such as Ingress or Harry Potter: Wizards Unite.
Make sure you pin on the accurate location. If the pinned marker does not match on the exact location of the Point of Interest, wayfarers may reject your submission.
The marker can be pinned not 100% exactly to the Point of Interest, but maintain only up to 20 meters of radius.
If the pinned marker is too close to the nearby existing wayspot, the wayspot will not appear in-game even it was accepted in Wayfarer.
4. Choose the Pokestop Photo
This will be the main photo of your nomination. It is the same photo that will appear in the photo disc if the wayspot got approved.
Photography skills are not required but taking a good photo of the Point of Interest can increase the chances of your submission getting approved. It will somehow increase the interest of the wayfarer to review your submission carefully.
The Point of Interest should be 80% – 90% of the photo.
Things to avoid
- Avoid obstructions on the POI such as dangling wires, vehicles and license plates, people, animals, etc.
- Do not submit blurry pictures
- Do not submit pictures with the watermarks of your phone unit.
- Do not take photos inside a vehicle
- Do not submit tilted photos
5. Choose the surrounding photo
The supporting photo and details is also an important part. This will verify if the Point of Interest you are submitting do really exist and if it has an accessible pedestrian access. You cannot nominate stops if it is not accessible to players. Remember, there are also children playing Pokemon Go. The location of the wayspot should be accessible and safe.
If the main photo requires 80%-90% of the frame, the supporting photo must show only 10%-20% of the main Point of Interest. From the photo above, the supporting area shows only a small part of the main Point of Interest and it mainly focuses on its surrounding area. The photo shows that the church exist and it has safe and accessible pedestrian access.
6. Title of the Pokestop
In choosing the title of the Pokestop, you just have to be specific. We are not creating titles for a short story or a novel. You just have to tell what is the Point of Interest you are nominating.
My example is a church. The appropriate title should be Church + the location. Other examples include street markers, water tanks, city hall, basketball court, etc. Adding the location on these types of interest in the title is very important.
However, there are many Point of Interest that we do not have to include the locations on the title.
7. Description of the Pokestop
The description of the Pokestop basically should describe the Point of Interest you are nominating. It must include the origin, history, or background of this place.
In my example it is a church. I may not know the exact origin and history of the said church but I can describe what a church is. I simply put “A place for worship”. It just needs to be simple.
Note: Do not put in the description why this nomination should be accepted. There’s an appropriate section for that
8. Supporting Information
The supporting information intends to put more details to support your nomination. Give some facts and explain here why is wayspot interesting and why should it be accepted. This part also gives you the chance to put some details you cannot put on the Description of the Pokestop. You can verify the location and the accessibility of your nomination.
Important notes for giving supporting information:
- Give facts
Everything you put on the information should be true and valid
- Be polite
- Do not beg
Do not beg for wayfarers to accept your nomination. “Please give 5 stars”. Do not ask the reviewer what should he rate into your nomination
- Do not include Pokemon Trainers or Pokemon Go community
Avoid including details like “Please accept this nomination because there are many players here”
- Avoid saying “There are no other pokestops around here. It will be the first pokestop if it will be accepted”
Yes, the supporting part is to verify why your nomination should be accepted but this one is not acceptable as supporting information for your nomination.
- Give Clarifications
In some nominations, you have to give clarifications to the reviewers to avoid confusion. For example the POI you are nominating is built on year 2020 but the only available street view is on year 2015.
The reviewers will not see the POI and will give a mark of 1*.
The last step will show the summary of your submission. Just click confirm and you will receive a notification
Upon clicking confirm, a notification will appear
You will receive an email confirmation like this.
After submitting a nomination, you can check the status of your nomination at the Niantic Wayfarer website under Nominations Tab.
Here are the different types of status that you might see on your nominations
1. IN QUEUE
Your nomination is already processed but is still in queue. The queue may take as long as 1-3 days or more.
2. UPGRADE NEXT AND UPGRADED
You can upgrade your nominations. According to Niantic, upgraded nominations means prioritizing the nomination for a more timely analysis.
You can earn upgrades if you keep reviewing. Contributing 100 agreements will give you 1 upgrade. Upgraded label means your nomination was already upgraded and Upgrade Next means it will be the next to be upgraded.
Congratulations, your nomination was accepted. Wayfarer will add an accepted label in your nomination.
You will also receive an email that your Pokestop is eligible to be a wayspot
6. NOT ACCEPTED
Your nomination was rejected by the reviewers. You will also receive an email that your Pokestop is ineligible. It also tells why your nomination is rejected.
However, this will help you identify how you can improve your current nomination You can resubmit the nomination any time
The nomination you submit was rejected due to duplicate. The wayspot you are trying to nominate was already existing.
You cancelled or withdrawn your submitted nomination.
StreetView and Photosphere
To verify the accuracy of the location, the pinned location of your nomination will be shown to the available Google StreetView. In this way, reviewers will see if the Point of Interest you are nominating actually exists and if it was pinned to the correct location.
If you are trying to cheat on your nomination, it will not work. You are just wasting your time and available nominations . The google street view during review will show the pinned location you set on your nomination.
You can review the street view using Google Satellite or Instant Street View.
However, there are cases wherein The POI you submit may not appear because the Google Satellite is not on the latest year. In this case, you can submit a Photosphere and publish it to Google StreetView. Most of your android phones have this application installed. If not, you can install from the Playstore.
To create Photosphere, you must go to its current location. Here’s a youtube tutorial on How to make a Photo Sphere in the Google Street View app
My nomination is accepted but does not appear in game
Your nomination may not appear due to its proximity to other existing wayspots. The distance from one wayspot to another waypost should not be less than 20 meters.
I will give an additional tutorial on how to choose the perfect location for your wayspot.
1. Install Ingress Prime from your Appstore
2. Create an account and skip the tutorials. You don’t need to play the game, you just need the account because the log-in will be required later.
3. Download IITC-CE Mobile on your Appstore
4. Open the application and log-in with your Ingress account
6. Go to IITC Mobile settings
7. Go to IITC Plugins
8. On the top right corner of your screen, add external Plugins
10. Click OK
11. Click on IITC Layer
12. Put check on Pogo Tools
13. Return to main menu and go to your current location
There’s a Reddit Thread for complete guide on S2 cells. But to make a simple and easy guide, I will give you the summary.
The orange line represents the Level 14 cell and green lines represents the level 17 cell.
Let’s zoom a little closer.
The orange circles are the wayspots. You can designate a label each circle by clicking right beside the name. There are 3 labels (Pokestop,Gym,N/A)
As you can see inside a Green cell (S17), there are 1 Pokestop or Gym. There can only be 1 pokestop or Gym inside the green cell.
The orange cell (S14) contains 64 green cells (S17). That means there can be up to maximum of 64 POIs in a single orange cell (S14).
You will see a number in the middle of the cell
The Gyms are decided inside the orange cell (S14). Since there is already 1 gym inside the orange cell (S14), the number 2 represents that it needs 2 more POIs before there can be a new Gym.
Important notes about number of POIs
Inside a single orange cell (S14):
1 POI = Always 1 Pokestop
2 POI = The first gym inside the orange cell (S14) will appear when the total number of POI became 2.
6 POI = The next gym will appear when it reaches a total number of 6 POIs
20 POI = The third gym will appear when the total number of POI is 20.
In those POIs, what will be the next gym?
The next gym will be the oldest pokestop in that orange cell (S17).But you can somehow choose what gym will comes next. There is a gym selection rule in Ingress Prime app wherein the wayspot with highest photo score will be the next gym.
Go to Ingress Prime and select the wayspot then click the photo on the top right.
Just hit the thumbs up icon to vote for the photo
Remember, the wayspot with the highest photoscore will be designated as the next gym.
Now you already know how to nominate a pokestop and how to choose the perfect location. Here are more additional notes in Pokemon Go wayspots.
Let us try to review few nominations from the wayfarer and give some notes.
1. Good nomination
This is an example of good nomination. The main photo clearly shows the Point of interest and is simply described. As you can see on its supporting information, the photo shows the surrounding areas of the main subject. It is also describes the accessibility of the Soccerfield at Volunteer Park.
It also have a very accurate location base on the Google Map.
Hence, this is a good wayspot and will be 100% approved.
2. Inappropriate nomination
Do not submit spam and fake nominations. You will be reported for abuse and can get your wayfarer account permanently banned.
3. Bad nominations
The main subject of the nomination cannot be identified from the main photo.
Inappropriate title and description.
The supporting information doesn’t support the main subject.
4. Fake Locations
Some people submit good point of interest, title, description, and supporting information and pin it to the wrong location. Here’s an example that your pinned location will be clearly navigated thru Google Streetview.
This nomination will be rejected for Mismatched Location.
Can I nominate pokestops remotely?
Yes, you can nominate pokestops remotely. You might be thinking how to nominate remotely if you cannot take a picture of the subject.
Instead of using your camera in choosing the main photo, you can select photos from your gallery using GalleryCam.
Download GalleryCam from the Appstore.
Now go to Pokemon Go and start nominating a new Pokestop. When it asks you to take a picture, you will have a selection to choose an existing image from your gallery.
If you have a concern, feedback, or have something to correct about this guide, feel free to contact us