Dear +NIA Ops
I am absolutely devastated by this decision, making this the worst decision ever of NIA Ops (second worst was the removal of the Seer medal which I was planning to go to Onyx on). I'm seriously considering whether not to quit playing Ingress altogether or wait until the option for new portals is back.
The whole point of the game for me has been discovery of the city where I live. It gives me much more pleasure to find interesting or important places and submit new portals, and have them accepted, than any activities involving fighting between factions.
However, the absolutely horrible quality of your employees in charge of accepting portals (as you probably known, popularly called "monkeys", for a good reason), made this very difficult from the start. What I can only hope for is that you work on this problem quickly, and the option to submit portals will be back soon (and soon means a month or two, not a year or two). And that option will be handled by totally new teams, teams who can do more than use Google Translate to check for the portal description and look at Street View to check whether the location is true.
The best proof of how horrid your portal accepting team was is the result of an experiment which I did a week ago.
I noticed, that your portal acceptance team accepts all playgrounds. So I went around the residential area where I live, and submitted every playground I found, and I was able to find 15 in about an hour walk. To my surprise (!), almost all got accepted the next morning! Useless kid playgrounds, nothing interesting, nothing of value! And at the same time your "wonderful" team has been rejecting (multiple times!) a couple of history tablets, historical war memorials, etc.! And more such important potential portals have been waiting in queue submitted by me for a year or so!
We Poles are very proud of our history, and if your monkey rejects a historical monument commemorating victims of war, and accepts a stupid playground, it's like they were punching me in the face!
So yes, please, get your stuff together. And do it fast. Every sensible player will want the option to add portals again.
You're an independent company now. That means you will need us, players, directly, to make money (cash won't drop from heavenly Google above anymore, yay). Therefore hear us. If we are in any way endorse the game, we need to enjoy it. By taking away things that have been ingame from the start, you're making it less enjoyable, hence you can expect to lose an active player base. I would therefore suggest you first immediately fire the entire portal acceptance team, then fire the person who hired the team, then fire the person who made stupid decisions on removal of Seer and now removal of the submission option. And then hire someone who has some marketing sense and can use this to your advantage.
Oh, and I don't believe that you will now consider old submissions. If you can accept new submissions the next day, that means you are NOT processing them FIFO, but randomly, and the old submissions are probably long deleted.