It's Tuesday! Time for the weekly Ingress Global Community Manager AMA! Ask Me Anything #Ingress related in the comments. I'll answer as much as I can and update the OP with the questions and answers so you don't have to go searching in the comments for them

EDIT 1: Disabling comments.
EDIT 2: Posted the Q/A

Apologies in advance. I would have liked to answer more but time is a precious commodity it seems this week. One that I am running out of.

Q1: Zenn Loo - Will the number of submissions granted to each agent increase or decrease based on the quality of their submissions going forward?
A1: Seven is the limit for now. We may adjust this over time.

Q2: Josh Stock - In some random packs of swag and various other things, Niantic includes a ‘recruitment card’ -- a business card that has some basic links to Ingress.com and such. Our community would really like to buy, like, a couple hundred of those to distribute and use to recruit more players. I’m betting there’s a pile of them somewhere...maybe in a closet near your office, under John Hanke’s desk, or near the Title for the NL-1331 van? Can we get some of those to purchase, please?
A2: If I can find them, you can have them.

Q3: Nils Seegerer (nilsee) - How long does it take from submitting a portal to showing up in opr?
A3: Anywhere from 24 hours to a week.

Q4: Sean “Vire5cent” Anderson - Someone asked why events are always on a weekend and appreciate that would suit the majority of players; would you consider something like a satellite event (leading up to the main events), held during the week, to give a greater range; perhaps winners of the satellites could get useful intel to pass on to the PoC for the main event?
A4: Not a bad idea.

Q5: Balázs Hinel (Gollam) - Do you plan to restore seer eventually?
A5: Not at this time.

Q6: Aaron Almeida - Can you confirm why exactly Ingress has decided to not award badges for BAF and Recharge Rooms? I welcome the move, would just like clarity about the same.
A6: Unfortunately, there was some abuse of the system and people that should not have received badges, because they did not participate, were put on lists to receive badges.

Q7: Tim Fitzpatrick (Photofitz) - Will there be anomalies in Q1 and Q2 of 2018?
A7: I hope so!

Q8: I-Dan Su (IDS) - There is a rumor that all current character & inventory codes will become invalid when Ingress 2.0 is rolled out. Is this true?
A8: No. This is not true.

Q9: Martin Zehetmayer (Angrox) - Hello Andrew: Can you give us a short update on the Prime Vanguards:
A9:
How many agents (roundabout) applied - over 3300
Have you and your team read all the applications already? - All that fit the criteria of being acceptable. Meaning people who just put a smiley face as to why they should be a Vanguard we discarded.
Has the Vanguards been chosen? - Yes
When will be revealed who has been chosen? - I have some more work to do surrounding this so I don't have an exact date.
Is your beard already green? - Not yet. Sometime this week though.
If a tree falls in the forest, and nobody is around to hear it... What colour is the tree? - Five

Q10: Erich Bacher (ThePrevaricator) - Is Niantic going to issue badges to remote rechargers in Q4?
A10: No.

Q11: Vick Q - Do you think it would be possible to one day implement the one-finger turn?
A11: This will be available in Ingress 2.0

Q12: Mustafa “MuMu” Said - How are you doing? :)
A12: Fantastic!

Q13: Drew Dondero - Is there one anomaly or anomaly experience that stands out in your mind?
A13: There is more than one. I'm not sure that I could boil it down to just one.

Q14: Thomas Birchler (D3w3y) - Why do we not always get at least one key from a portal?
A14: Random number generator. Luck of the draw.

Q15: Sébastien “Chocho Leptitmouton” Muller - Submissions are accessible from Lvl 11. Does OPR min lvl still is 12?
A15: Yes. OPR's level is still 12.

Q16: Aaron Almeida - The portal criteria and the anomaly FAQ seem to be outdated on the support site. Are there plans of updating those?
A16: Thanks for pointing this out. I'll pass it along.

Q17: Sebastian Grömcke (BastyG) - Do you call this weekend improved quality assurance, especially relating to change of rules, Slovenia markers and D.C. Targets?
A17: Yes. Both things have already been corrected in our workflow.

Q18: Viktor Lennert (geozukunft) - I'll ask again. Where would the best place to ask be to know if the Ingress servers to have a counter for the server connection time per player.
A18: Good question. I know WoW has this. I don't think we do though. Tag NIA OPS in a Google+ post and they can confirm.

Q19: Brent Hollett (Perringaiden) - We're currently limited to 7 submissions. Rumours abound about that expanding to 10. Is there any way to increase your number of submissions, so that people can go on trips and submit a heap of rural portals?
A19: Currently, there is no way to increase the number. I'm not sure what the future holds though.

Q20: Badchy - For NIA, what is your favorite social network that every agent should follow? G + have a future for NIA?
A20: Right now, I think G+ has the best community organization tools that is relatively easy to access and use. Facebook Groups is just not the same.

Q21: Thrakazog - When will we receive the decode keys for...
A21: PAC has a way of finding this information out. I'll talk to him and see if he has any leads.

Q22: Steven Curley (PsiCoTix) - Hi Andrew! I keep hearing about this awesome dating app.. I think it’s called reswue? How many trust points does it take to make the swipe feature work and to get a free toaster oven? And if +Emporess Amanda has negative points why does she say she gets so many match’s?
A22: You need 69 trust points to make it work. Who is Emporess Amanda? (inside joke)

Q23: Jeremy Schwab (Reanef) - Long time fan, first time commenter. How do you like your popcorn? I'm a light salt, heavy butter fan myself
A23: We just bought an air popper. I love it. I'm a light garlic salt and light butter person with a sprinkle of parmesean cheese.

Q24: Mick Preston - When you take a break from capturing portals with your friends, and stop for some Pizza - Is it Chicago Style (Deep Dish) or New York Style (Thin Crust)? Do you expect this to change before the next Anomaly ?
A24: It really depends on my mood.

Q25: Lauren Millerd - Will it ever be possible to reorder completed missions on your agent profile?
A25: I don't know. But I hope so.

Q26: Prunetucky Byron - Greetings Mr. Krug . . . . .Programmatically, how difficult would it be to add additional SORT Features, especially to Key Lockers. e.g. Sort by faction, Sort by number of keys, Sort by re-charge strength?
A26: I am the wrong person to ask.

Q27: Double Par a.k.a. FuroOkental - Hi Andrew, I just attended Seoul MRS and now in San Francisco for business from Japan. Also, I think I have the highest Illuminator score in Japan. Is there a chance I can visit your office for a tour?
A27: Congratulations on the Illuminator stats! We actually don't do tours of our office anymore. Back in the Google days we did.

Q28: Chris Lew (aznpandafood) - Are you able to tell us when the sign ups for Embedded Reporters will be posted for Exo5?
A28: I have it slated for sometime around October 6th.

Q29: Michelle Konynenberg-Harrison - So, What percentage of agents participating do you think will be able to reach the third EXO Challenge goal of 2000?
A29: Realistically, not a lot. It was designed with that in mind.


Rules:
#1: Don't ask about personal situations. I don't have access to the ticketing system and couldn't comment publicly if I did.
#2: Don't ask if we will implement something. I don't make those decisions. Asking for my opinion on features is ok, though if I can confirm something, I will.
#3: Read the previous AMA's. Asking a repeat question is likely to go unanswered and we both will be frustrated.
#4: Abide by Wheaton’s Law. Trolling and abuse of this AMA will likely get your comment(s) deleted and you blocked.

Josh Stock's curated archive of all the past AMA's:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1W0FUKoW2oV9g80ZWWQfBJqohAT3PloYeG1K3Rnblizw

GCM AMA G+ Collection of Posts:
https://plus.google.com/collection/4K74JE
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