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Type of Appeal: Rejected New Submission That was Successfully Appealed but then never went live

Portal Title: Washington's Return Route from Princeton
Location: 40.566594, -74.607910
At the corner of Hamilton St and East Main St in Somerville, NJ USA

Hi +NIA Ops 

Back on January 12th, I posted an appeal in this group about a new submission that was rejected, and I received the following response from you guys on March 3rd:

"Thanks for bringing this to our attention. We have taken a second look and it seems we made an error by making this Portal a duplicate of an inactive Portal. This is why you do not see it in your Scanner or on the Intel Map. Unfortunately, we're not able to un-mark this as a duplicate entirely, but if you re-submit, we'll handle your submission quickly to correct the error. Thanks, and our apologies" 

I resubmitted it the next day, however, 2 and 1/2 months later, it still hasn't gone live. 

Here's the link to the original post on this page from January: https://plus.google.com/101024658598718154784/posts/6Ja76yXo12i
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Rejected New Submission
Portal Title: Cooper Street Park & Pool
Location:  40.543879, -74.573290
The corner of Cooper St and Boesel Ave. Manville, NJ (USA)

Reason for rejection: "Portal candidate does not meet the criteria required for approval." 

Details:
(Please read last paragraph in particular. That is my best guess as to why it might have been rejected...)
 Cooper Street Park is a small community park in an out-of-the-way neighborhood in Manville, NJ.  It's on quiet roads and is very accessible. There are no other portals for the park.  It has a small playground,  a few benches, and includes a community swimming pool which anyone can go to in the summer -- all visible from Google Earth. It is also listed on Google Maps as parkland.

It is also worth noting that a couple of blocks north of this location, Google Maps has a large field listed as Cooper Street Park. That is actually NOT part of Cooper Street Park. That is the Lincoln Avenue Soccer Field, a separate park area that is already its own portal shown here: https://www.ingress.com/intel?ll=40.546125,-74.57293&z=18&pll=40.546244,-74.572086 


Criteria it meets: 

"A COMMUNITY GATHERING PLACE
Somewhere where members of the city/town gather to socialize or impact the community
A local hangout where people gather, talk and spend time together"

Also, swimming is known to be one of the best methods of exercise you can do, so, 
"A POINT OF INTEREST THAT FACILITATES DISCOVERY / EXERCISE"

Thanks for reading my appeal! 
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Thanks +NIA Ops​!
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Anyone have any insight as to whether memorial/dedication benches are no longer being approved? I've had some baffling rejections and they've all been memorial benches... clear photos, can clearly show the bench is in memory of someone, all of them rejected for 'doesn't meet criteria'. I'm tempted to submit some appeals but wanted to double check I didn't miss a change in criteria or something... 
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I've had 10 or so memorial benches for people rejected recently (none successful). They don't use the persons name in the Title. Similar submissions have been previously accepted, so agree something has changed although I don't mind as most memorial benches are hardly significant (all due respect to the individual being remembered).
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Rejected New Submission
Portal Title: WheatonArts Glass Studio 
Location:  39.410174, -75.021935
Just off of Glasstown Rd. Millville, NJ  USA

Reason for rejection: "Portal candidate does not meet the criteria required for approval." 

Details:  Glass making is one of the most historically important industries in Southern NJ. The United States' first successful glass factory began in 1739 in Salem County, and it revolutionized the area's industry for centuries. 
   Today, with modern glass making techniques and outsourcing,  there are few places left in South Jersey that still produce glass. Moreover, this locale is **open to the public daily** for traditional glass blowing demonstrations and hands on workshops. Additionally, local artists, once trained, can also apply to use their facility and supplies for their own artistic projects, in addition to volunteering on other projects happening at the studio.
   The Glass studio is part of the larger Wheaton Cultural Center, which incorporates shops, eateries, other art studios, and the Museum of American Glass (which is already a portal). 

More Information on the Wheaton Arts Cultural Center can be found here: http://www.wheatonarts.org/about/historywheatonarts

A few different portal criteria taken from Niantic's spiel fit here: 

"A HIDDEN GEM OR HYPER-LOCAL SPOT
- A popular local spot that you would take a friend visiting your community for the first time
- Tourist spots that showcase local flavor and culture and that make your city/neighborhood unique
- More off-the-beaten-path tourist attractions (i.e., if you weren’t a local, you wouldn’t necessarily know to go here)" 

and also  

"Interesting story behind the location/object" 


PHOTO ON THE LEFT: Picture I took of the entrance sign that I used for the portal submission

PHOTO ON THE RIGHT: Picture I took while I was watching one of the glass blowing demonstrations inside of the building. Added to emphasize the public openness :-)

Thanks for reading! 
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Nice work Matt Drews, Awesome portal.
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Rejected New Submission
Portal Title: Washington's Return Route from Princeton
Location: 40.566594, -74.607910
At the corner of Hamilton St and East Main St in Somerville, NJ USA

Reason for rejection: "Portal candidate is a duplicate of an existing Portal, or is too close to another existing Portal to be safely hacked."


Details: This is a route marker for the path that General George Washington marched his Continental Army northward from Princeton, NJ to Morristown, NJ after his victory at the Battle of Princeton in January, 1777 during the American Revolutionary War. There are about a dozen of these plaques marking the almost 40 mile (~65 km) route, and every single other marker is already a portal.

In response to it being too close to be safely hacked: a quick look at the intel map below will take care that. (See photo for the No option -- red X is the spot of the marker.)

In response to it being a duplicate: this might have been what caused the initial rejection. There is a second one of these markers in town that is already a portal, and, the plaques do look a bit similar to each other. HOWEVER, they are entirely different plaques several blocks from each other which can easily be shown. 

BELOW is the picture of the one that was rejected. (Yes option)

THIS LINK is the to the OTHER marker in town that's already a portal: https://www.ingress.com/intel?ll=40.567939,-74.610636&z=18&pll=40.568036,-74.610037 You can see from the portal photo that the stone and the marker's surroundings are completely different from the one I'm submitting, despite the plaques having almost the same inscription. This other one is located on the corner of Grove St and E Main St a couple blocks away near the Somerset County Courthouse, where Washington's route took a northward turn. Both markers are visible in Google Street view on their respective corners. 

Besides those details, the plaque fits the usual criteria: it's on a sidewalk right in downtown, so, it's public/accessible to pedestrians and whatnot, and there is major historical significance to the marker, as this March was one of the more famous ones during that period of the Revolutionary War. 
 
Anywho, considering the high historical significance of this marker I thought it'd be a gimme but, nothings guaranteed with portal submissions I suppose ;) Thanks for listening! 
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+NIA Ops  still patiently waiting for a response on the requested resubmission... 
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Got portal approval #40 today, after one of the longer waits I've had for an approval, ~220 days. Though, I think it has one of the better portal photos I've taken so far. It's of a Firefighters memorial that's kind of in an odd area surrounded by corporate parks, and happened to notice it driving through a few days after Memorial Day. As a result there's a nice flower wreath draped over the statue...  Link to the portal: https://www.ingress.com/intel?ll=40.547964,-74.47626&z=18&pll=40.547964,-74.47626
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Everyone needs at least this. I get sad when I see a level 16 with no seer!
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Finally! Last seer badge I get unless they reinstate it. 
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Rejected New Submission
Portal Title: Beverly & Abraham Sommer Parkland Donation Memorial
Location:  40.465644, -74.575080
Canal Rd. Franklin Twp (Somerset County), NJ USA

Reason for rejection: "Portal candidate does not meet the criteria required for approval." 

Details:  The monument immortalizes Beverly & Abraham Sommer, whom in 1995 donated around 40 acres of land that they owned to the state of New Jersey to become public open space parkland. 

A walking path into the donated open space and the dedication monument are accessible by a small parking area indicated in the Google street view photo on the right. 

Open space preservation is a big deal in NJ, and every donation of open space is a noteworthy decision. 
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+NIA Ops  thank you! Any word on this appeal from January 12th? https://plus.google.com/u/0/101024658598718154784/posts/6Ja76yXo12i
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Still ready for #portalappealreview  
Submitted an appeal in early December that appears as though it might have been skipped over, as virtually all other valid appeals from that time have been reviewed by +NIA Ops  . Is there something missing or wrong with it that I'm not seeing? Original post from December 11th linked below... thanks! 
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Nope. Completely legit appeal. They do hop all over, though.
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Rejected New Submission
Portal Title: Bolmer Cemetery
Location: 40.603725, -74.575465
~1813 Middle Rd. Martinsville, NJ USA


Reason for rejection: "Portal candidate does not meet the criteria required for approval." 

Details: 
(also have an idea of why it might have been rejected...see end of details.)
- The Bolmer Cemetery, dating back to 1700, is the oldest known cemetery in the Washington Valley. This small plot holds the graves to some of the earliest settlers in the area, as well as the graves of several Continental Army soldiers who were in the nearby Middlebrook Encampment (1777-1779) under the command of General George Washington during the Revolutionary War. 

- A possible reason I thought of that caused the rejection of the portal is that the lanes of the small street it's on actually split around the cemetery, which I guess, maybe, they viewed as being in the middle of the street? However,  Middle Rd. is in the middle of a dead-end neighborhood with extremely light traffic exclusive to the residents of the neighborhood (and the odd Ingress player :-) ). Joggers and pedestrians can frequently be seen walking and running on the road with no issue...as evidence by the Google Street View of the location -- with people standing on the road a few feet from the cemetery just chatting. There's even public parking right on the street, noted by the cars parked towards the back. To be honest I don't even remember seeing another car on the road the entire time I was there. But, I guess I'll leave it up to the community at this point :-) Thanks for reading! 
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