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Malte Kremer
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Just some Pictures from our Trip to EXO5 Brügge. Cold af but lots of fun
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On my way to Berlin 😊
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It was recently brought to our attention that a third-party site has allegedly used data from Ingress without our consent. Extracting, scraping, or indexing our services or content is a violation of the Ingress Terms of Service. Niantic does not condone the use of websites or methods that have done so.

We are evaluating all options to protect our users, our game, and our rights and will take further action where appropriate. We are also reviewing the long-term plan for the Guardian medal.

Ambassadors and trusted reporters alleged to have been involved in the recent activity have either voluntarily stepped down or will be excused from their roles.

Ingress is defined by the passionate players who enable amazing experiences. We ask that you continue to foster relationships and make Ingress a welcoming community within and outside the game.

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Regarding the recent RIOT/Broker's Guild uproar:

One of the most interesting aspects of Ingress for me has always been its community. With a staff that was often quiet in the face of issues, and an unclear TOS, players often took things into their own hands to create an environment where they felt safe and felt they had a modicum of control. Whether that meant creating IITC to make the intel map usable, or creating swag to fill the gap there (international shipping JUST became a thing, five years later), tools and resources were created by the players to fill the logical gaps within Ingress that remained.

Throughout, there also flowed a community sense of what was cheating and what was not. Players began making their own rules, whether in line with the TOS or not: Spoofing is bad, but IITC-use and draw tools isn't. Player-tracker was frowned upon, but tolerated. Apps were created to help players learn how to memorize glyphs, and apps were created to fully trace glyphs so little effort was needed for farming. Communities created things like SOP and RESWUE to assist in anomalies and big ops. Apps that tracked the players (opt-in) that had installed the apps and were participating in that operation, so it was clear who was closest to drop a link or hold a portal down for an incoming shard.

Along the road, some of the quieter-known programs like IITC were becoming more popular, and there was some push-back from Ingress purists, saying that these apps were breaking TOS. Through that, the #intelisnotacrime movement began. It became known that some Niantic staff and POCs used IITC. It also became widely known that the big operations that Niantic liked to celebrate, reshare and feature were impossible without the tools that were against their TOS. Niantic knew this. Nothing was said, and nothing was done. Certain staff mentioned a few times to players in confidence that unless it's really pounding the servers, Niantic didn't care, but officially wouldn't give their consent.

Data scraping happens, by both factions. It's been a fact in this game for years now, even if different sides misrepresent this fact. If you've ever asked your anomaly Operator when a portal was last flipped, or reshared a giga-field post, you are benefiting from scraped intel. The darker side of data scraping is, of course, guardian hunting -- a sometimes malicious form of PvP that a lot of agents enjoy. I personally hate scraped hunting and have been quite outspoken about it, but I try to understand why when people that I respect partake in this. I will not partake in it myself, however, and that is my line I have drawn in the sand.

I also draw a line at mule accounts, gear buying, and spoofing. As do most of the Ingress community.

This community has chosen to accept certain actions, and deny certain actions, based on the progression of Ingress, the circumstances we work under, and social pressures. Our morality has become fluid, and it's difficult to find anyone who works 100% on the 'white' side of pure Ingress. Someone who chooses to not benefit from TOS violations, whether directly or indirectly.

The Ingress community also values intelligence, and those who can make things work. It values the 'secret agent' intel game, decoding, breaking things down to see how they work, disassembling the apk to unlock its secrets, creating new and innovative ways to win anomalies with new apps and ways to beat the system. It's part of what is glorious and so exciting about this game.

What's also become exciting for some in an antagonistic culture is counter intel, finding out what the other side is doing 'wrong' or 'illegally', even when their own house isn't clean, and making sure the entire world knows about it. Crying foul and pointing fingers. I find this part a bit sad, as it doesn't rise us up as a community, but tears us down.. but sometimes it's too good to see the faults of your opponents and bring them to their knees, isn't it? Expose them for the 'cheaters' you have always known they were, deep down? Human nature, raging through the best of our intentions.

The truth is, people use data scrapers for different reasons. Some, truly, are using it to catch spoofer actions that could not be caught without it. That doesn't mean that they don't know they're dabbling in the 'dark arts'. White hats will always have that moral struggle. And some will use these tools and information for more personal grudges, and the joy of griefing those who hold guardian portals. You don't have to agree with any of it -- nor do you have to immediately report those who use data scraping intel in order to be a clean player yourself.

The thing is, Niantic knows who the Vanguards are. They know what it takes to be deep enough to be on the pulse of the community and know what's happening in Ingress. They know that to be that committed, they are using tools that break TOS, whether good-intentioned or not. And where there are positions seen as a privilege or power like the Vanguards (whether that 'power' exists or is just perceived), there will always be those seeking to tear those people down.

If you've been struggling with the recent accusations being thrown around, I hope you will take these words into consideration. I hope you will treat those who have been judged so harshly with grace and try to understand them, instead of tearing them down further.

TL;DR: Matthew 7:12 - So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you.
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EXO5 (freestyle Version):

Da ich mich für diese Challenge (wie fast immer) nicht wirklich vorbereitet habe wollte ich mich eigentlich mit der 500er Version zufrieden geben. Am ersten Tag packte mich dann aber irgendwie doch (wie immer) die Motivation und ich beschloss einfach mal auszuprobieren wie viele Felder ich so zusammen bekommen kann. Dank einiger sehr aktiver Schlümpfe, allen voran MCW (danke für den immer zügigen abriss) ging das lustige verfeldern der Krefelder Innenstadt recht zügig. Mit ordentlichen Multilayern oder dem Einsatz von SBUL/ADA wäre sicherlich mehr drin gewesen ist mir aber egal fertig ist fertig.

Die Bilanz nach 10 Tagen lautet nun:
~30 Stunden Spielzeit (inklusive Farmrunde am Montag)
~100 km zu Fuß (106 km Trekker)
+7,897,387 AP
9,282 Resos Deployed
3,277 Links
2,052 Felder
13,467 MU
1,062 Portals Captured
5,766 Resos Zerstört
2,292 Hacks
7,593 Glyphpunkte

Musik:
Linken Park / Powerwulf / Beyond the Black / In Flames / Delain / Lacuna Coil / Sabaton

Disclaimer:
Für diese Medaille wurden keine Tiere gequält ;)
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Hello! I'm hoping the #Ingress communities can help me out. Tonight, at the Bratislava #NL1331E meet up, I foolishly lost track of my precious flag. When the event ended, I was so tired, it didn't even register. When I noticed that I didn't have it, it was already after the event, and someone might have collected it for me but not know how to reach me. I'm praying for its safe return as that flag is very precious to me, and would be extremely difficult to replace, if at all.

So if anyone knows how I might be able to get my flag back, please, please contact me on hangouts or on Telegram (username of TG is @Catw0man1).

If anyone knows who might have grabbed it for me, or if anyone sees my poor, homesick flag somewhere 😟, please let me know so that I can arrange its return home. The flag is desperately missed. 😢

It can be returned anonymously to:

Gabriela Mackova, Hrobakova 1, 85102 Bratislava

Thank you.

#MoreThanAGame

P.S. Here are some pictures of my dear flag.
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