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Jon Uzel
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I expect this will be shared a lot the next few days. Leonard Nimoy will truly be missed.
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Pinewood derby trial runs tonight
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And that with eight wheels in contact with the roadbed... probably would have been faster with the middle four gone... but the car has lots of nice bulk with the double decker character of it. I'm presuming it is still at racing weight?
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Ready for #PortalAppealReview  53 to 16

Type of appeal: Rejected new submission
Portal Title: East Dubuque Water Tower
East Dubuque IA, US
Loc 42.468292, -90.600845
Street View - https://www.google.com/maps/place/42%C2%B028%2709.0%22N+90%C2%B036%2715.2%22W/@42.469692,-90.599955,3a,75y,212.44h,90t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1sCteyppDimFOZRO_gzjtUyw!2e0!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x0

This appeal was initially responded to by NIAops quite a while back, wanting more info on the water towers placement, and to prove it was not private property. I responded with the following additional info:

Would showing that it's a municipal tower be what you're looking for? I've included the google street view showing the city name, and a link to the 2013 water quality report for the city that mentions the 200,000 gallon tower. The reason the tower is there is to utilize the nearby lake as a resource, but the road and land the tower are on are public.  https://www.google.com/maps/@42.4698193,-90.6003183,3a,44.5y,192.88h,97.81t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1s1aI-WNNo3qinOtoISwCsHw!2e0

http://www.cityofeastdubuque.com/2013ccreastdubuque.html

"Frentress Lake uses groundwater provided by one well located at North Frentress Lake Road and Highway 20.  It is drilled into a sandstone/limestone aquifer.  An aquifer is a geological formation that contains water.  There is one water tower which holds 200,000 gallons.  Prior to pumping water into the system chlorine is added at the minimum required limits as a disinfectant to protect citizens from microbial contaminants, and fluoride is added to aid in dental hygiene, by state mandate, and polyphosphate is added to limit discoloration from iron and manganese, and to aid with hydrant flushing yearly to maintain cleanliness of mains and limit tibergulation.  The public water system consists of an estimated two miles of water main, 73 fire hydrants, 25 water main valves, 94 metered customers, and we produced 14,885,990 gallons of water in 2013."

Response from county zoning secretary confirming this being public property-
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-XxACrJkXQCs/VOXzwQOxIlI/AAAAAAACz60/4RoCC7m-EzU/w1409-h484-no/road.JPG

Admittedly, this picture would be better from the highway where the street view is taken from (so you can see the "East Dubuque" better, however it is a highway, and I try not to stop along areas where traffic is moving 60 + MPH, thus the safety choice to take it here from the end of the public access road. 

Note, the actual submitted photo is taller and shows more - (seen here) https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-ADo44_LX_c4/VBJS-QE1M9I/AAAAAAACmqQ/RrzyGGtQHTQ/w506-h900/wtower.jpg
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+Jon Uzel they will not takee that into account. You've had your final answer for a 2nd time
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I sometimes wonder, do folks here even realize what they are voting on? They changed the appeal format so they'd only have to look at portals with complete data, and not just a repost of the pic with a complaint. Our job as a community is to review portal appeals for complete data, nothing more, nothing less. Our job is NOT to evaluate the value of a portal appeal, that's what niaops does. We are here to speed that up, not slow it down, which seems to be the goal of many members of the community.

EDIT - As has been clarified by some non official FAQs there is precedence for voting being used for appeal quality AND portal quality. I just wish that was better explained in the actual FAQs.
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Worst part of this game is the appeals process... 

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I loved that guy
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So yeah, me from August 18th 2014, you posted this too soon...
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So for anyone who feels like appeals might actually get your portal approved, you may need to think again, and think twice about anything +NIA Ops says. 

Case in point, a public water tower along a public road, that was initially denied. When appealed, it got decent support, only a few "it could be a clearer picture" comments. +NIA Ops then replied asking for data to show it was not on private property. I provide the city info on the water tower from the cities site within a day.

Fast forward about 5 months, and with no response and the new format in place I decide to resubmit with the city data, and I even go one step father, I contacted the county zoning office for proof. 

+NIA Ops 's response?
"We took a second look to make sure we didn't miss anything and decided to stand by our initial rejection as this tower is located on private residential property (which includes farms and farmland)."

Moral of the story? +NIA Ops knows better than your local officials who's job it is to legally manage such things. After all, they have Google maps!

https://www.google.com/maps/search/east+dubuque+water+tower/@42.469595,-90.59968,3a,52.8y,214.47h,92.7t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1sIvM8dz4sLURypOe2dz1WZg!2e0
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No sarcasm - I legitimately didn't see the attached image.

I guess it's just the fact that it's surrounded by fencing and not obviously "public" then, despite the note.
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Ready for #PortalAppealReview 80 to 5

Type of appeal: Rejected new submission
Portal Title: Ossian Standard Time
Location Ossian IA, US
Lat/Lon - 43.145582,-91.764547
Street View - 43.145582,-91.764547


Not all small towns have a large tower for a mounted clock, so when smaller towns dedicate a clock, such as this one, it's often on the side walk. This clock is over 8 feet tall and is dedicated to the town's founding in 1850, only 4 years after IA became a state.

The street view predates the clock, but the building behind can be clearly seen and placed. As with many small towns in Iowa, the downtowns have done a revival of the main street to add and return the appeal to the area.

Second pic source-
https://www.statebankia.com/images/articleimages/Ossian_Clock.jpg

Other small town sidewalk clocks
https://www.google.com/search?newwindow=1&es_sm=122&biw=1920&bih=895&tbm=isch&sa=1&q=small+town+sidewalk+clocks&oq=small+town+sidewalk+clocks&gs_l=img.3...6182.8409.0.8735.9.9.0.0.0.0.65.505.9.9.0.msedr...0...1c.1.61.img..9.0.0.QmFpw13d1SI  
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We re-evaluated this candidate and confirm it was correctly rejected because it does not meet the candidate Portal criteria. It doesn't have unique architectural or historical significance, or some other factor that makes this a standout place/hidden gem in the community where tourists would want to visit.
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Just some portal pics, nothing to see here
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Ready of #PortalAppealReview 54 to 35

Rejected New Portal Submission
Portal Name: Taylor's Maid-Rite
Loc - 42.0474361,-92.9079092
Place - Marshalltown IA, US
Meets Criteria: Hidden Gem, Local Gathering Place
Street View - https://www.google.com/maps/place/Maid-Rite/@42.047544,-92.908037,3a,42.8y,93.75h,85.86t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1szXq-K_N47NFDeWitaRY6Ig!2e0!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0xc0ed30e7060ec035

Ok, if you've seen the Google map listing, I think that explains why this was rejected. It's true, the Maid-Rite is the "unofficial state sandwich" and the store is now a chain, but this was one of the very first locations to open up in 1928. I'm not suggesting a store in a chain become a portal here, I'm suggesting an institution become one. How much of an institution is it? When we visited the state fair last summer I drove over an hour out of my way just to eat here for lunch. This is classic dinning at it's best. One room, one counter, no frier, just sandwiches, chips, and hand made real shakes. 

http://www.maidrite.com/maid-rite_history.html
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+Patrick Gordon I took this at the best angle possible (to show the sign and counter/stools), the only better view is from in the street, which can be seen in street view
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I haven't been sure exactly where to ask this, since it isn't really an appeal, but what is the Ingress stance on family plots in cemeteries?

We've seen a rash of these recently, mostly all submitted by one player, but the puzzling thing is how so many of these go live. I can understand a chapel or monument on the grounds, even the stations of the cross make sense, but there are many, many, family plots that have gone live as portals in this area (and in other cemeteries in town). These are grounds that have limited hours and restrictions that might realllllly be questionable if someone is poking around at the wrong times. There is admittedly some impressive looking sculptures, but I guess I've been under the impression that for the most part individual plots and such in graveyards were off limits (maybe that's the geocacher in me misinterpreting it).

Thoughts?

https://www.ingress.com/intel?ll=42.530805,-90.661608&z=17
Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Calvary_Cemetery_%28Dubuque%29
#niaops #cemetery #ingress  
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As long as the cemetery is open and accessible then these are valid. Folks should take care to be respectful. Fun fact: cemeteries used to be an avid picnic spot in days of old. Folks used to walk around visiting them much more then they do now. As long as nothing is harmed (including landscaping) I'm all for play in cemeteries, including family plots.
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Yeah, the copier really isn't itself today.
 
It just might be time to get the hell out of the office ....
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It's nice to see the brewing scene back in Dubuque. It's also nice to see folks really passionate about what they do and the quality of what they sell, and that's what you'll find here. Small batches, good variety, and a comfortable atmosphere.
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Don't let the smaller taproom fool you, there's some mighty big beers here. There's a reason they're becoming known across the nation, and you can enjoy a taste of that right here.
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I'll revisit this review once all the renovations are done
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Superb service and excellent quality of food that you might not expect in this small of a town. They have a reputation for a rotating seasonal menu that uses locally sourced ingredients whenever possible. I highly recommend it.
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Excellent food, good service, but the music is REALLY loud
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