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Ingress Portal - Rejected Submission
-  Elephant Rock
-  46.766699, -92.137409 -  Rejected for not meeting criteria.
-  I understand why this portal submission would be perceived as not meeting portal criteria under the old and new guidelines.  At first glance it appears to just be some cleverly named nothing as an attempt to make a portal.  I can assure you this is not the case.  Please consider the following evidence:

1) Elephant Rock is a staple in West Duluth (Lincoln Park district) going back generations.  My grandma would tell us stories about "Elephant Rock" from when she was a kid.  This goes back 70 years where the locals referred to this location as "Elephant Rock".  This portal location not only highlights a piece of local history, it expands knowledge about the local flavor of Duluth you won't get on a post card or brochure.
2) A popular place for picnics, playtime, meeting up in a park, just hanging out to chit chat and a disc golf course plays right by it.
3) A google search shows that Elephant Rock is officially recognized as such by the Duluth Parks and Recreation.  Please see the references below
     a) This article in Zenith City Online highlights the magic and local legend Elephant Rock is.   http://zenithcity.com/lincoln-park-a-magical-playground-and-natural-wonder/      b) It's marked on Wikimapia.  A crowd sourced mapping system where someone felt it was important enough to list as part of our community.  http://wikimapia.org/26619413/Elephant-Rock      c) In a local poll for the best playground in Duluth, Lincoln Park is listed with "Elephant Rock" being a feature of the playground.  http://mix108.com/best-playgrounds-in-duluthsuperior-our-top-five/      d) It has it's own Facebook Page.   https://www.facebook.com/pages/Elephant-Rock/194126350623286?sk=info      e)  It is referred to as "Elephant Rock" on the City of Duluths Parks and Recreation page as an actual feature and location in Lincoln Park.  It is even used as a landmark for giving instructions on how to find other features in the same park.  http://www.duluthmn.gov/parks/parks-history/lincoln-park/
4)  This is a location that encourages getting out and walking.  While you can get close to the portal from the road, you will need to park and hike back to actually capture this portal.  This is something portal criteria is big on.

I hope you will reconsider overturning the decision to deny this portal. This not just a strange but natural feature.  This location has been much more for generations and will continue for generations as we continue to tell our kids about "Elephant Rock".
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I should add, that now I have put this much time into the appeal, I will be petitioning the city to add a sign or plaque to this location so it can be more than just legend.  It can have a badge that reflects its recognition by the city.
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Ingress Portal - Rejected Submission
-Forbes United Church
-  46.741370, -92.218993
-Rejected for not meeting criteria.
-Not sure why this was rejected for not meeting criteria.  This portal doesn't currently exist.  Even after denial it doesn't exist.  This location is a church which according to Ingress Portal Criteria is a preferred location for a portal.  As stated in the guidelines for suggested portals, "PUBLIC PLACES OF WORSHIP
A nod to the other worldly, which is integral to the story of Ingress".

Please consider reviewing this appeal and accepting this location as it not only meets criteria but is exactly what is being asked for.
Included is the original submission photo showing that this is indeed a church.  Also included is a screen grab from www.ingress.com/intel showing the location, the lack or portals near by, and the lack of an already existing portal.
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+NIA Ops Now I can see the link.  Would it be worth my time to get a new photo of the location?  The car was parked as I do not play ingress, text, surf the web or anything while driving.  This day it was raining and so I stayed in the parked car for the photo.
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Ingress Portal - Rejected Submission
-  Baywalk Entrance
-  46.782733, -92.096651 -  Rejected for not meeting criteria.
-  This portal was rejected for not meeting criteria.  I am not sure I understand why.  I present here my argument to overturn the portal denial.
1) I have included 4 pictures of the Baywalk.  This shows that it is clearly marked, is a traffic route that has scenery and safe pedestrian access.  You can see the different views of the walk, the slip and the access to the harbor, boardwalk and lake superior hiking trail.
2) The Ingress Map included shows that it isn't too close to any other portal.  Even on the Ingress Intel map the path is marked as "Baywalk"
3)  The included Google map shows the location and that Google Maps also has this very space marked as "Baywalk".
4) This is a portal that encourages local scenery, getting out to walk and another view of the boardwalk and Lake Superior Hiking trail access.

I hope you find this satisfactory for appeal approval.
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Apparently votes are not required for appeal review, but they can't hurt.  Feel free to vote.  I ask that anyone who votes no, please take a moment to say why.  I am open to hear criticism.

Ingress Portal - Rejected Submission
-  Original Courthouse Lamps
-  46.783681, -92.106827 -  Rejected for not meeting criteria.
-  I feel that the denial of this portal based on not meeting Portal Criteria is a mistake and request that this portal be reviewed.  The following are the reasons I feel this rejection occurred in error.

1) These are the original lamps that are part of the buildings architecture.  The St. Louis County Courthouse was built in 1908 after much controversy over it's location and cost.  Once finalized the design of the building by John J. Wangenstein included these lamps which were considered “the most modern design” and have been maintained and kept working for over 100 years. Looking at them you can see the artistry as well as the history they contain.
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http://zenithcity.com/zenith-city-history-archives/duluth-architecture/1909-st-louis-county-courthouse/1/
http://zenithcity.com/zenith-city-history-archives/biography/wangenstein-jj/

2) According to the Ingress Portal Candidate Criteria, "A COOL PIECE OF ART OR UNIQUE ARCHITECTURE", which includes both "Statues, paintings, mosaics, light installations, etc." and "Buildings designed by renowned architects/structures famous specifically for their architecture"
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https://support.google.com/ingress/answer/3066197?hl=en&ref_topic=2799270

3) The portal has safe pedestrian access, but limited access by vehicle.  The nearest public parking space is almost 2 blocks away.  This encourages people to walk to the portal which is something also encouraged by the portal submission criteria.

4) The portal submitted here is not only a neat piece of history and art, it is part of a public building which itself is not a portal.  The St. Louis County Courthouse is a high traffic public building.

I feel like it would be a missed opportunity to not include these lamps as they have a specific place in our local history.

Included is the original photo from submission, and another one taken for this appeal showing the entrance the lights surround as well as a more complete picture of what this portal location would look like.
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Oh, I didn't see the thing saying it doesn't need a poll anymore.  I will read in more detail later then.  

They change appeal process so much it's crazy.  Finding directions gets so confusing
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I've recently added a poll.  Please vote yes.
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Ingress Portal - Rejected Submission
-Duluth Owls Club
-46.789721, -92.098379
-Rejected for not meeting criteria.
-My argument is that this submission meets the criteria and does not meet any portal guidelines that may not be submitted.  The Duluth Owls Club is like many other organizations in town that has a portal.  One example is the Masonic Temple.  There are portals at Masonic buildings all around town.  Two, it is a social gathering location.  The portal exists in a location where anyone can reach it.  The Owls Club is a solid organization that does a lot of good for our community.  It's members include folks like the Mayor and many of our communities leaders.  It certainly has more merit than half the businesses in town that have portals that are much closer to other portals.  The Owls Club as a portal will add a unique dynamic to downtown as well as a strong portal that will be battled for.

Please consider voting to have this portal reviewed and re-considered.  I know that others have also submitted this portal after me so its a location that players want.
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Thank you very much.  It's already being battled for!  
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Interesting.  Thanks Mihir!
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