It's the first Monday of March 2018. That means it's time for the monthly Ingress AMAs. Remember it may take me longer to answer your questions as I reach out to the experts if I can't provide an answer myself.

Edit 1: Disabling Comments
Edit 2: Posting Q&A


Q1: Piotr Wieczorek - I wonder do You, as a part of your job's duties, have to play Ingress for given amount of time (or given AP, etc.), or review some number of portals in OPR? :)
A1: No there isn’t a requirement for a certain amount of play. I usually play when time allows. Mostly, that is on the weekends.

Q2: Thomas Becker (DerNarf) - Is the an actual list from the Vanguards?
A2: The current members of the Vanguards are:
AKITAINU
Azhreia
BeetlePie
BlueThug
Chibri
Cladija
DIEdoll
DocApe
Enunez
Fenyok
foxsway
Hellbl4zer
Hirotakes
Jencyberchic
LuDGeRBriNk
MandoMerc
Mm207a
Pinsinger
Renegades
TA1TOT
VanJeffery
Vardarf
Vorticity
Webwires

Q3: Viona Senke - I am wondering if you could shed some light on the TR program by any chance? Mainly, what it is, what TRs can and can't do, and what type of actions they report on.
A3: The Trusted Reporters are a group of people who passed a NIA OPS background check and have been given fast track status within the Ingress Help Center that are geographically dispersed. Meaning, their tickets jump to the top of the queue for processing. That’s all there is to it. They cannot review or see tickets. They cannot communicate directly with NIA OPS or make recommendations. They use the same form as everyone else to report things. Trusted Reporters are not Vanguards and not all Vanguards are Trusted Reporters. They cannot see the resulting action taken on a ticket or are able to provide a status update of a ticket. TRs are not obligated to submit all reports received should people reach out to them.

Q4: Georg Schneider (jizza) - Dear Andrew, since there is a lot of misunderstanding who can be a POC for an anomaly or who not, why can't +NIA Ops release a list clarifying what makes you eligble and what not? Some better communication by Niantic would be nice instead of just kicking POCs without a clue.
A4: Good suggestion. Let me talk with them.

Q5: Luuk Hüttig - How do you think about a medal for the attended Anomalies (just like the MissionDay and NL1331 medal).
A5: That’s not a bad idea. We’ve kicked this idea around a bit.

Q6: Clash with PG - Can we submit and accept cinema Halls?
A6: As long as they meet the portal criteria for submissions.

Q7: Sean Anderson - How come a report for an invalid portal needs to be submitted only through the scanner to be rejected for lack of evidence and appealed with further evidence to possibly get rid of it...... yet, one agent making a batch of reports about opposition assumed scraping leads to a ban, with NO evidence whatsoever and appeals are closed with a "tough luck" response?
A7: These are two different unrelated topics. One is about TOS violations and the other about Portal criteria.

Q8: Vitor Hakme - When will we have the addition of new ambassadors in the vanguard program?
A8: Probably closer to the end of the year.

Q9: Kris Bird - Is the Monte Cristo the most delicious sandwich ever created by humans or a Shaper weapon sent to Earth to destroy civilization through heart disease?
A9: I don’t know. The Kentucky Hot Brown might rival it in terms of sandwiches.

Q10: James Nelson - Does the new "NL-1331 Meetups" medal include NL-PRIME, or just the smaller vehicles? I'm assuming it's the latter, but I want to be sure.
A10: NL-PRIME will count for one (1) NL-1331 meetup. It doesn’t matter how many times you ride it, it will only count once.

Q11: Flurin Noller (Micky) - Can you tell us which dates belong together to a series? And can you state which of the sites will be primary/satellite or whatever?
A11: What dates belong to what series and how the entire year flows together I’ve been told will be released in the beginning of April. The sites listed in yellow on the http://ingress.com/events page are the primary sites.

Q12: martijn back - The New NL-1331 meetup badge seems to be impossible to me made Onyx in a reasonable period of time. Are there more NL-1331 vehicles coming? Is the ammount evaluated? Will it ever become possible to get it onyx :-)
A12: The badge is designed to last the life of NL1331. There will not be another NL1331 badge. It was designed with this in mind.

Q13: Joris Huijs - Good Morning Andrew, with the anomaly dates published so soon in advance (thanks a lot for that), have you made up your mind where you will be going? We would love to welcome you back in europe this year!
A13: I don’t know where I’ll be traveling to yet.

Q14: Anton Mu (iTrack) - since you can't trust the German weather, do you know if something is planned for the camp at Schloss Kaltenstein if it's raining? Where are the projects gonna be installed?
A14: I’m told that there is very limited covered space and would recommend creating something that is water resistant just in case.

Q15: Sven W (P2063) - What anomaly sites on October 20 are primaries? (i guess Frankfurt will be HUGE)
A15: There are no primaries on October 20th.

Q16: Florian Müller (keibertz) - Do you know that at least two ENL agents are still suspended after the DF suspend wave two month ago?
A16: I am aware of this and have followed up with NIA OPS. Assuming we are talking about the same Agents. By the time this is published there may be a resolution already.

Q17: Mati JZ: Any news about the XM event on March? Only the Shards game in Fukuoka has been announced.
A17: Information about the March event should be released by the time this is published.

Q18: Gene C - Since we've had +Fumi Yamazaki come on board as an APAC Community Manager, can/will we see her coming on board to assist on these or even run some AMAs from time to time (after she's a hit more settled in to things of course) +Andrew Krug
A18: We’ve already talked about her doing her own AMAs. Since she is located in Japan and writes/reads Japanese, she will be able to reach an audience that I cannot.

Q19: Martin Zehetmayer (Angrox) - When a city is chosen for an anomaly are both factions asked if this is ok or is it sufficient if only one faction/the first contact agrees to it?
A19: Niantic consults with the Agents from both factions after a city has been selected.

Q20: Tiernan Messmer - With Ingress Prime around the corner, have there been any thoughts around a public bug tracker or similar for reporting issues?
A20: We're looking at appropriate mechanisms to collect feedback from people as we value their input

Q21:Florian Müller (keibertz) - More than 8 Weeks after the DF and RIOT suspend wave no second suspend wave has happened.
A21: I am told that we are not done processing and investigating.

Q22: Ruin Dig - When portals with bulidings or architectures were rebuild or dismantled(not relocation), should be portals deleted? Keeping portals after rebuilt is worth for historical point, I think.
A22: NIA OPS says, unless there's something that ties back the new Portal to the original Portal, you should submit a Takedown request.

Q23: Sebastien H. (Khatre) - Could it be possible to make mandatory to answer all criterias when rejecting a portal on opr ? It would help to have less 1 star rush.
A23: I’ve passed this feedback on to the OPR team.

Q24: Josh M (MxRubix) - Good morning, Andrew. Once a person is chosen as an Anomaly point-of-contact, what kind of things can they provide Niantic that will make the job of running these events easier?
A24: The biggest thing that POCs provide is local knowledge of the city. They of course also help disseminate key information as well.

Q25: Dewald Noeth - Hi, any reason why the continent of Africa was overlooked as possible anomaly sites?
A25: I’m sure this wasn’t done with malice intent. I’ll bring this up to the event team though. Thanks for pointing it out.

Q26: Ca Shi - How you like the idea of a temporary glyphing event in which 6-10 (or more) glyphs needs to be memorised? So maybe just double the amount of glyphs to 2/4/6/8/10 :)
A26: Could be interesting.

Q27: Clash with PG - Why Ninatic neglect INDIA from special events of ingress?Only Anomaly and mission day are the only special event happens in INDIA. Why NL-1331 never comes in INDIA?
A27: In talking with Ethan, he says it is on the roadmap. We continue to expand into new regions with NL1331 all the time. We also need to learn how to drive in India as well. I’ve been told that can be a hair raising experience for foreigners.

Q28: Christian HulkSimpson - I like doing OPR reviews but three month ago my performance dropped from ‘great’ to ‘poor’ within a single day.
A28: From the FAQ:
Performance may also decrease if abuse of OPR is detected. If your score is poor please take the time re-evaluate how you are analyzing candidates based on the criteria.

Q29: Oscar Fuentes - Any news about portals in limbo? It is a bit frustrating waiting 6 months (for now) without answer.
A29: I am told that we are going through a few processes and upgrading parts of OPR. We are making progress but it will take some additional time before things are all final.

Q30: 数一(IloveMATH)- The lastest investigate was posted on Feb 16th. Where is PAC? Is he killed by Shaper or N'zeer because he knows too much? We miss him very much!
A30: I attempted to contact him but did not get a response. I too miss him and am growing concerned.

Q31: Sascha Kruszka (TinyDragon) - with the leak of http://cakemod.wordpress.com - CakeMod some further questions came up.

1. It is mentioned on the wordpress webside that NIA was informed about this "tool" but didn't gave any feedback on it. Is NIA aware of this issue?

2. Is using this mod/tool considered cheating, gaining an unfair advantage in the game, and is it against the tos?

3. Is it possible for NIA to identify agents using this mod?

4. What is NIAs strategy regarding those third party (ISTKit, Ganess, cakemod, etc) tools?

5. Some agents of the current cakemod list where listed on other tools/platforms before and got penalty for using tools like drunkenfrog. What will happen next to that agents?
A31: I spoke to NIA OPS and the product team. Their response is, some tools/groups/etc have been reported to us directly but without enough data to act on. Public leaks have contained much more extensive information however once the info is public, it is harder for us to act on or investigate further to collect the data we need. We are against making private information public. Any additional release of private information in the public domain will not be responded to. Any tool that violates TOS is not allowed and players found violating the TOS will be dealt with accordingly. The timeline we follow for any incident varies according to multiple factors.

Q32: santosh kumar (ROBOSTAR) - Hi Andrew, here in Hyderabad India, we have only one faction players doing OPR and there's a backlog of over 1000 and growing, Such large backlog is creating problem of duplicate submissions (which probably at some point will affect our OPR rating) . Any plans to handle such situations!
A32: The OPR team has told me, “We have begun and will continue to adjust the frequency of assigning candidates from outside of ones normal OPR areas. It will take some time but this should help with areas that don't have enough OPR participation.”

Q33: Marco Carpio - With the recent release of the locations of the anomalies for this year and early next year, is there any news on the name of the series and how will it be grouped?
A33: We are going to reveal this information at a specific date in the future. All will be revealed soon.

Q34: Alexander Kirwin - what is the plan for item stores selling in-game items such xmps
A34: If we see them being advertised in COMM we will continue to ban and block those messages.

Q35: Kevin Saez - I would like to know where can I send a document reflecting some questions regarding toxicity among the community, just to let someone know that this is a problem.
A35: Feel free to send it my way.

Q36: Sigurd Sandve - Some investigation spawned a theory that locations that have had a portal removed earlier prevent new portals from spawning close to where the removed portal was located, around 500 meter, or within a certain cell level using the S2 google library. Do you know if there is any truth in this claim?
A36: The OPR team says, we are in the process of changing and upgrading our systems to provide improved service. The way things function today may not be how things work tomorrow.

Q37: Mike Jone - I have noticed that cats often leave their homes for many hours at a time in all types of weather, day or night. Further investigation has turned up research that suggests they travel within a 2 mile radius, often recrossing their own paths and randomly stopping for minutes at a time. Does Niantic have any stats on how many Ingress agents are cats?
A37: The cats have no comment at this time and don’t wish to relay their numbers. They are sneaky. Like ninjas.

Q39: Miguel Velasco - If I downvote a portal and it gets accepted I guess my opr value will drop, but will it rise if we report that portal and gets removed? Because I'd be right after all, it shouldn't really be a portal.
A39: The appeals community isn’t tied to OPR.

Q40: Ha sea - 80% of my candidates reviewed is difficult to determine approving or rejecting. It made my performance waved between poor and good for more than nine times. I hear that give a candidate two star, then it will be calculated to agreements if approved but won't cause me to poor even if it was rejected. Is it true?
A40: This isn’t something we can comment on. Adhering to the guidelines is the best course of action.

Q41: Nate (StallionMang) - Hi Andrew! What are the acceptance guidelines for disc golf courses? IMO, these should be accepted as long as the submission is for the overall course, and not individual holes. However, I think some agents are applying the criteria (reject) for golf courses to disc golf courses, which to me is unfair. IMO, disc golf falls under the criteria of public spaces that encourage players to walk and exercise. One issue for disc golf, is most courses don't have a sign for the overall course. For example, I submitted a picture of the first tee sign, while the description states the submission is for the course as a whole. The course is in a public park, and is free to play, but the portal was rejected. Is there an official stance on how disc golf should be treated in OPR?
A41: According to NIA OPS you should reject hole markers and other locations on the course. They can be accepted if they are in areas where agents can sit and socialize (like cafes or club areas). If it's for the park (and not for the golf course inside the park), submit the signboard for the park instead.

Q42: Sergio SerroZelerny - I have fulled the form to get packs from Bruge by post. Since the form I have not received any communication from Nia. Support closes the cases without any reply. How can I get the packs I paid for?
A42: While normally I don’t respond to individual cases, send me a message via telegram (@redsolocup) and I’ll see what I can do.

Q43: Richard Doni - Is it possible to have more connection of the investigation and the background to the real game?It could be intersting to have person like PAC interact with investigators maybe once a week or once a month like this AMA.
A43: The next time I am in contact with PAC, I will pass this information along to him.

Q44: Bernard Sadaka (YRAR) - I am interested in some Ingress analytics/stats. Do you think you can help to get them on a global scale and disaggregated per level and period (week/month)?
#Total number of agents
#Total number of active agents (in scanner)
#Total number of agents banned (split per types of ban: multi-account, GPS Spoofing, other) but also a scatter plot would be great to see the evolution of the bans
#Total number of new agents
A44: I’ll be honest with you, this information isn’t likely to be made public.

Q45: Matthew Smiles - What information can you give us on what your planning with regards to future if First Saturdays?
A45: I haven’t had time to sit down and plan things out in great detail yet. But some high level aspirations is more Niantic support, an IFS tiered medal, and IFS prize kits for sites to distribute.

Q46: kian yian - My question is about mission icons. I have been agreed to use a fan-art of the anime ‘is the order a rabbit?’.But when I submit them as my mission icons, I just got reply that I can't use them because‘any kind of 3rd party images which are watermarked, copyrighted characters or images, Movie posters, Anime, Cartoon or Gaming characters are not allowed in Mission Images.’ Then I read the mission criteria. It has nothing to do about anime or cartoon or anything else. So I just want to know if it is time to rewrite the mission criteria or it is alright to use a fan-art that you're agreed to use.
A46: I asked NIA OPS to review your question, they said, “This sounds like it may have been rejected because there is no connection between the Mission medals and Mission title/description/waypoints. If there is a connection, resubmitting the Mission with a better description might help.”


Q47: Matthew Smiles - If a mission/banner has had a portal removed and the creator has stoped playing how can we change the mission/banner to make it completeable
A47: NIA OPS has said that we won’t make changes on behalf of the author.

Q48: Vytautas Klisonis (Iceever) - Invalid portals - we know this is age old question, but in city were we play we have some portals, that are...let just say questionable, like some furniture shop outside city where portal pictures are furniture from inside, sculptures that are sold n years ago and etc. or some "artist" graffiti that is gone long time ago. There portals have no historic, visual or any other value. We want to clean cities from these no value portals. Could it be done, that when we are reporting portals like that, we could add photos from location, or video link from that place from youtube. Any way, we could provide more data.
A48: NIA OPS recommendation is to report these Portals from the scanner. If necessary, post an appeal in the Google+ Appeal Community with additional information if your initial report was rejected.


Q49: うなぎラーメン(unagiramen, ENL)- I’m looking forward to joining a brand new XM Festival event in Fukuoka next month. Combined with Mission Day, is there any change to the flash shard game compared with previous ones ?
A49: I have bribed the gamemasters and tried to get them to spill the beans on things. They told me all will be revealed in due time.

Q50: Juan Matias - Hi Andrew! First of all thanks for the amazing AMAs. I wanted to ask you about a situation we've lived in the past and we really think is quite unfair.
In the past few months we've an agent that created many banners, and when the opposing faction were doing it, that agent unpublished a mission and leave those agents with nothing. Quite unsporting and faction-biased.
Is there anything that you can do about it? Like for example, if an agent unpublish an already published mission, create a delay of 48hs for the mission to go offline? Or another solution of that kind. Anything to avoid this kind of behaviour to ever happen again. I think missions and banners, once created, are for everyone to enjoy, in a 100% faction-less manner.
A50: It is hard for me to make a judgement without talking to all of the people involved to understand why something occurred. However, I’ve passed along your idea. It isn’t a bad one. I think I’d need to think about it more though. But maybe something can be done.

Q51: Adam - Does the Ingress team see any inherent balance problem where players who have been playing for greater than 1 year are at a SIGNIFICANT advantage over players who have played less than 1 year? (Considering ADA/JARVIS and Quantum Capsule drop rates have been reduced. Longer term players possess multiple quantum capsules filled with ADA/Jarvis from when hack drop rates were greater, and less than 1 year players just can't hack those at the same rates anymore.)
A51: Ingress is inherently a team game. So while in a one-on-one situation there may be a disadvantage of not having as much gear, but it benefits everyone to play together and share resources.

Q52: Ratoo Li​​ - Fake news has been rampant in US and around world, having real consequence. In Ingress community, many experienced players in communities enjoy preaching and boasting new players about unverified claims, rumors, folklores about inappropriate actions of other faction agents. Do you have a comment on this issue which could have very real impact on player relations?
A52: Are you asking me to comment on what my thoughts are of fake new stories? It’s bad. I’m not sure what else needs to be said.

Q53: Racletto Allegra - Why are so many (multiple) agent codename changes accepted when the FAQ clearly states that "Codename changes are only allowed for players that accidentally input their real name or their activation code." and "Only one faction change is permitted per player."?
A53: NIA OPS says that exception may be made in certain cases for codename changes.

Q54: Ryan Diebel - What do you think about the benefits and the feasibility of having selective alerts. For instance selecting a couple portals to get attack notifications but having the majority of portals shut off for notifications.
A54: I’m not sure that this is scalable. It seems like a lot of backend processing to check every alert for very little gain.

Q55: U. Pafus (UPafus) - hope that Ingress Prime will have an option to set an Item-Hacking Level-Threshold just to avoid the establishment of a recycler badge...
A55: I understand the annoyance, but limited inventory space and inventory management is a tried and true game mechanic to have players prioritize their inventory. I think filtering out items just creates an easy mode for this. The struggle is real. It should be as well -- in my opinion.

Q56: Michael Koopman - Heyo, as per http://reddit.com - Could Niantic please livestream the next Agent Olympiad on Twitch or YouTube instead of Niconico?
A56: This is unlikely to happen if another Olympiad is to take place in Japan. Niconico is one of the most popular streaming services in Japan which is where the Olympiad event took place. I believe they were also a sponsor or provided the streaming package as well. They have been a valued partner of ours in Japan for a long time with support for Ingress events.


Q57: Josh Stock - I'm confused why Niantic would release a "full" list of anomaly events thru May 2019, and then a week later separately announce an Anomaly Event in Fukuoka about 4 weeks away. Can you add clarity -- will there be other "unannounced" Anomaly events between now and May '19?
A57: Good question. I think the term Anomaly is the confusing point and probably a poor choice of words. The Fukuoka event is an anomaly in the sense of an anomalous XM event occuring. But it is not the same category of events as a Primary or Secondary/Satellite event. It will be scored as part of the Dark XM event that is occurring but participants will be awarded the same medal as those attending the upcoming MAGNUS events. We should probably come up with a different term to describe something like the Fukuoka event. Could there be more like that? I suppose. Will there be more Primary/Secondary XM events occuring that aren’t listed -- no.

Q58: Houssam Eltouny (DARKoo7) - Please can we have something in Dubai, it is the perfect place for an event in the middle east, the only things we got are 2 MD since ingress started in the whole middle east, 1 was in dubai Dec 2016
A58: I’ve passed this along.

Q59: Gerald Wolf - Given the increasing number of agents that openly admit to have used their own rules to judge in OPR rather than sticking to the rules set by Niantic, as well as the increasing frequency of bias-accusations of agents against each other and against the other faction, can you give us a perspective of how and when this OPR-mess is going to improve?
A59: I’ve been told changes and tweaks to OPR will be coming. That’s all I can comment on for now.

Q60: Rebekah Rogge - We believe there are persons who are one starring every portal submission with the sole purpose of preventing any new portals (or Pokestops/gyms) in our area. They are also submitting invalid portal requests specifically where the portal is a popular gym in Pokemon GO with the purpose of spoiling the game. Is Niantics working on a solution to this?
A60: According to NIA OPS, invalid portal requests won’t affect the Portal unless it meets the criteria for removal.

Q61: Brian Aydemir (Toxoplasmolly) - Some months ago, there was #WhatDoesIngressMeanToMe. In that spirit, what does Ingress mean to Niantic? As a business proposition? As a creative endeavor?
A61: Great question. I can only speak on what I’ve been told and know to be true. Which may not be as in depth and exhaustive a response as it deserves. Ingress is very core to Niantic. It represents a lot, if not all, of the companies vision and mission. It’s a product that enables experiences unlike any game that has come before it. Despite the picture the vocal minority tries to paint, Ingress is very strategic to Niantic. It is the only property whose intellectual property we own and control 100%. This allows us to do things and push the boundary of this genre of gaming we may not have the opportunity to do with the other titles we publish both in regards to game play but also the creative direction. Ingress isn’t going anywhere.

Q62: Bob Tomas - Will NL1331 kits,XM Anomaly rare/very rare kits support more payment method such as Unionpay,Ailpay or Wechat pay in the future?It's hard for some people to buy paid kits in China because people almost have Unionpay cards but they don't have a visa/master card .Thank you!
A62: I don’t think this is likely to change in the near future. Like all merchants, we are limited by what our payment processor offers to support.

Q63: Chibi Okamiko - Good morning, Andrew! I hope all is well in your neck of the woods. I have a question about an event that my local cross-faction has hosted for the last couple of years. The Dayton, Ohio area has coordinated a cross-faction starburst to help connect the Ingress community. This year, we feel as though we need it more than ever, but also, we want to give back to the Dayton area as well. We are considering holding a raffle to raise money for a local charity (at this time the most popular suggestion is Artemis House, a place that provides support and information for victims of domestic violence and their children.) the prize would be to knock down the starburst. Team members are concerned whether this would be allowed or not. Please, could you give us some feedback? Thank you.
A63: As the Global Community Manager (GCM) I can’t really speak to whether this violates some sort of policy or not because it doesn’t seem cut and dry. But as the GCM I fully support this idea. I will happily and strongly advocate that no punitive actions occur based on this and think you should proceed with it. Exceptions to rules can always be made. I think the spirit of this is worthy of an exception.

Q64” Laurent “X6996” - Can I ask you what your personal Ingress goals are for 2018?
A64: I would love to hit 16. But I have a lot of AP that I need to gain.

Q65: Xine Lgt - I was hoping Niantic would consider a “trusted agent”-type program for portal appeals. If a portal edit request is not approved, perhaps a trusted agent in that portal’s area can submit any additional information so Niantic can confidently make the requested portal changes. For example, a portal request to remove a statue because it no longer exists, a trusted agent can go to the location and submit a new photo or video of the location.
A65: This is interesting because a program like you suggest implies we don’t trust the other Agents. NIA OPS says that anyone can submit additional information on the appeal. We consider both the main content and the comments during review.

Q66: Hsinergy - I have a few queries about Niantic Ops. Could you share if there are any governance checks to ascertain if they are discharging their duties effectively. There is a perception that the support tickets are closed without much due diligence. Assuming there is a governance framework, is there an avenue through which agents are able to provide feedback on the investigation (or the lack thereof) carried out by Niantic Ops and where this feedback is reviewed by a separate governing body.
A66: NIA OPS has a post or article coming soon to address the perception of support tickets being closed. In regards to being able to provide feedback, every ticket you submit should come with a customer satisfaction survey after it is submitted. Reply to that to share your feelings.

Q67: Ashley (TrinityPrincess) - Could Niantic consider providing the ability to toggle on and off missions already completed when viewing the missions available list?
A67: I would personally love this feature.

Q68: Colin Jones (Ponder - FUHA) - Once Ingress Prime is fully up and running, backend included, will we have a way to access our inventory details from outside the scanner, eg. an official web page? (Could be very useful for key management).
A68: I wasn’t able to get an answer to this in time for things to be published. I think it could be a great idea but I worry about abuse. Could someone fake that they are another agent to get their inventory details. Things like that need to be considered.

Q69: James Hands - Recently in our town we had the badge artwork for 26 missions deleted and replaced with the default suitcase icon. The badge art was created by the mission maker and was chile peppers shaped into the letters of the English alphabet on a plain white background. There was no explanation. We can only speculate that the art was deleted because agents (myself included) were using the letters to create profane messages on their Ingress profiles. Is it fair to punish the mission maker because of the way certain players use his lettering?
A69: I couldn’t get a response from NIA OPS in time. The following is just my opinion. Yes, if something is being abused for negative purposes, it is probably a good idea to examine it.

Q70: DarthMewtwo - Do you think websites, such as this one run by a Seattle local (ingressfacts.com) are keeping with the community spirit of the game?
A70: It seems petty and childish. So no… I don’t think it is in the spirit of the game.

Q71: Matt Cathey - As far as Niantic is concerned, do parking lots (with or without entrance lock gates) fall under the “no trespass” rule for after-hours Ingressing? i.e a park that is posted as open from 5 am to 10 pm. An agent drives into the parking lot and, without exiting their vehicle, kills the nearby portals that otherwise would not be reachable from, say, the street the parking lot accesses. Many agents believe that not exiting your vehicle is some sort of “safety net” when it comes to after-hours Ingressing and therefore doesn’t count against trespassing.
A71: I wasn’t able to get a response from NIA OPS in time. But I do know that parking lots are considered private property. At least in the United States. But also, not all parking lots share the same accessibility hours as the park or location they are attached to. So it is really hard to make a blanket statement other than to simply abide by the local laws and posted times.

Q72: Matt Cathey - Does our personal approved or declined OPR submissions play a role in our OPR rating or is it solely the candidates we analyze?
A72: NIA OPS says it is based on the candidates they analyze, not your submissions.

Q73: Thibasch (Thibasch) - Are there faction's specific glyphs sequence? (Sequence that the other faction can't have)
A73: There are not faction specific glyph sequences.

Q74: AndreSt1989 - How is a POC elected and what are his functions? Is there a difference between the POC and the local leader
A74: An anomaly or event POC can be someone different than a person who is viewed as a local leader. There is no requirement on who must be a POC. The only rules are who cannot be a POC. How a POC is selected can vary quite a lot from city to city and country to country. Ultimately, through conversations with locals, the information on who will be a POC bubbles up to Niantic. Their function is to provide local knowledge of an area to Niantic and where applicable provide/manage lists for rewards (Mission Day check-in, remote Recharger, etc.).

Q75: O S - What are your thoughts on reopening a submission appeals community with the caveat that rejected submissions entered there must fall under the NIA Ops recommended 5 star rating list (gazebo, playground, etc.)? It is getting very frustrating to have the OPR reviewers fail to follow the recommendations and use their personal opinions on what a portal shouldn't be.
A75: Thanks for this question. I has spawned a discussion internally and we are working on a plan to do something.

Q76: Racletto Allegra - You've stated earlier that scraing should be reported to NIA, but the form for reporting cheaters only allows the following offences:
Multiple accounts/account sharing
Accounts buying/selling
GPS spoofing
Which option should be used for reporting scraping?
A76: For now, I would use the Report Inappropriate Behavior and select the “other” category. https://support.ingress.com/hc/requests/new?ticket_form_id=164588

Q77: Andreas Riegel (Camokater) - Are there any limitations to vehicles? We need to clarify what vehicles are allowed to play Ingress? Is it only allowed to play from a ground vehicle (car, boat) or is the use of helicopters, planes and other air vehicles (Gyrocopter, Balloon, Ultra-Light-Plane, Parachute) allowed, too?
A77: There is a speed lock so I suppose anything that allows actions

Q78: Mayra Lucía de Fátima Chepe Ballena - I have some packs from past anomalies with characters badges... I am waiting to get all my Onyx medals in order to release those badges to my scanner (TOC issues), but I'm not sure if with Ingress Prime those previous passcodes will still be available when that happens. Should I use them now or are they gonna work with Prime? Ty.
A78: Good question. I wasn’t able to get a definite answer unfortunately. Ask me again next month and I’ll see if I can a response for it by then.

Q79: Golstaff - It would be awesome if we could report bad behavior from inside the app. World of Warcraft did a similar thing where you could right-click the name of an offending player to open a support ticket directly from the client. This only helped players report spam and harassment more easily. Do you see a more streamlined report/support process happening moving forward?
A79: I really don’t know all of the new features that will be rolled out to Prime over the next year. But this one is an idea I like and I’ll pass it along.

Q80: Terri Sanders - After the enthusiasm of running a first sat, we are about to apply for a mission day, and have realised we might be able to get it to coincide with the UK national video games festival. Hypothetically, if we can pull this off, do you think you, or anyone from niantic would be interested in attending the video games festival? And how would we go about contacting the right people?
A80: I don’t know if I can attend but I can certainly pass the information around and ask if anyone is interested.

Q81: Brent Hollett (Perringaiden) - The Ultrastrike is listed as "Very Common" on its card, yet drops less commonly than Common Shields etc. Given the massive amount of duped Aegis (often from a seed of bought items) out there these days, can we have the US drop rate reassessed? My suggestion would be about one quarter of the Xmp rate, so 25 US8 for every 100 X8s etc.
A81: I’ll pass this along.

Q82: Mathilde Poussin (Brunissende) - Is there some limit to how many banners and/or missions can be submitted in an area (relative or not to the number of local players)
A82: Not that I am aware of.

Q83: Joseph Ayers (JoeSpaz) - How do you feel about following opposing agents? What in the TOS would apply to this issue?
A83: From the Ingress Terms of Service, “YOU ASSUME ALL RISKS RELATING TO YOUR ONLINE OR OFFLINE COMMUNICATIONS AND INTERACTIONS WITH OTHER USERS...”

Q84: Mustafa Said - Are there any plans to revive the Ingress Report, either prior to or after the release of Ingress Prime?
A84: I don’t know and I couldn’t get an answer for this AMA.

Q85: Joseph Ayers (JoeSpaz) - RE: Property Owner Portal Removal Request. Where should a property owner write to if the would like a portal removed off their property?
A85: NIA OPS says, the help center. They do not need an Ingress account.

Q86: Nikita Korolev NikaKor - If we wanted to conduct our own anomaly, similar to, for example, Paititi or Ultimate in South America, Niantic could support us officially? For example, create special shards or some tools for counting the results? Maybe the "Community Events" line on http://ingress.com - Ingress Live Events is designed specifically for this? I really wanted to hear the answer to this.
A86: Very interesting question. I think it depended on the type of support. I don’t think supporting via Shards is really feasible. But I can always ask. Throw together a proposal and send it my way and I’ll see how we can help.

Q87: What is the status of the 2nd Chance program? Some of us have been waiting a long time to apply for this program.
A87: Right now, it isn’t a program of record and is unlikely to be one given some hurdles we can’t overcome.

Q88: Sebastien H. (Khatre) - Why First Saturdays are not considered win trading and therefore against tos ?
A88: The short answer is because they are official Niantic sanctioned events.



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