I know, I know... Dead horse... Beating... etc... But I'm genuinely interested in what sort of behavior people think is or isn't ethical.
I'll try not to be biased... I've listed many enlightened submitted portals as examples.
There seems to be four classes of portals:
Class 1: Portals that have consensus of being good portals (Water Fountain @ Temple Square, Mountain Biker @ Scheels)
Class 2: Portals that have disputed reputation/relevance. (ROB, Herriman Stargate, Frenze Bridal)
Class 3: Portals that, while technically accurate, have consensus of being non-reputable (Harvest Hills Cool Piping, Red Ball @ Target)
Class 4: Portals that don't actually exist. These were submitted using photos with doctored EXIF GPS data. (Statue of Knowledge, If you know of an enlightened submitted portal that fits this criterion, please post it below so I can list it.)
There are also 4 though patterns for what constitutes a "legit" portal.
Ethic Group 1: Portals that fall into any class are legit. Niantic approves them, and if they make mistakes it's their fault and the submitter should not be held accountable.
Ethic Group 2: Portals that fall into Class 3 or lower are legit. Niantic approves them, and if stupid portals get through, it's their fault. Submitters of Class 4 portals should be punished.
Ethic Group 3: Portals that fall into Class 2 or lower are legit. Submitters of Class 3 or higher portals are cheaters. Even though your picture and description is accurate, by "common sense" you know the portal is a bad one. Submitters of portals Class 3 or higher should be punished..
Ethic Group 4: Only Class 1 portals are legit. Niantic, though moderator of portals, should never be held accountable for portal quality. Portal quality responibility rests solely with the players. Regardless of any Niantic approval process, if I subjectivly think your submitted portal is stupid, you should be punished.
Vote here... I'm interested to see where everyone lies:http://strawpoll.me/121255
So you may belong in group 4 and think Frenze and the ROB are portals worthy of punishment... But others will disagree because they think differently about where the responsibility for vetting portals lies.
Realize that in the end, you can only report and let Niantic act as judge and jury.
Personally, I fall into Ethics group 2. As long as the photo and description are accurate, it's up to Niantic to make a ruling.
Two more thoughts...
You may exist outside these ethical definitions... Though, how you could justify a Class 4 portal but be against a Class 2 will be incomprehensible to me.
If you ascribe to Ethical Group 3 and use the fact that Class 3 portals are being accepted by Niantic as justification for the legitimacy Class 4 portals, you are not being true to yourself.