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Appeal Category: Rejected Takedown
Portal Title: Angel Wings Mural
City, Region and Country: Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Lat/Long: -27.477594,153.012093
Ingress Intel Link: https://www.ingress.com/intel?ll=-27.477594,153.012093&z=17&pll=-27.477594,153.012093

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The portal in question no longer exists and has been removed. It's prior location is now a massive job site building new apartment blocks with a new retail and cafes section. Please see http://westvillage.com.au/ for more details.
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Appeal Category: Rejected Takedown
Portal Title: Sunny Sunflower
City, Region and Country: Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Lat/Long: -27.477482,153.011627
Ingress Intel Link: https://www.ingress.com/intel?ll=-27.477482,153.011627&z=17&pll=-27.477482,153.011627

Reason/comments:
The portal in question no longer exists and has been removed. It's prior location is now a massive job site building new apartment blocks with a new retail and cafes section. Please see http://westvillage.com.au/ for more details.
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Have you heard the news? July is going to be a dry month! And no, I'm not talking about the weather… I've signed up to Dry July, which means for the full 31 days of July, I'm going booze-free; jumping on the wagon; ditching the juice, and any other way you can say 'NO alcohol'!

But Dry July is much more than giving up alcohol for a month. I'm also raising funds to help people affected by cancer and make their lives more comfortable.

No one asks for cancer, so I'm asking you to help, and make a donation to my Dry July.

Any donation is a good donation, so head to http://www.dryjuly.com/users/maniacd-oz-2 and send any spare change my way!

Thanks in advance for your sponsorship!

ManiacD
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Was such a fun day
Hello! Here I am, once again to tell you another wonderful Ingress related story.
February 2018, in the evening we are sitting with our company Dragoni del Tufello chatting, laughing and hacking. We recall the past Green Twinnings and then we suddenly find ourselves discussing about a future edition. We’ve had a lot of fun in the past, so we have to make things even cooler for this year.

Wait a moment, what is a Green Twinning? Nothing more than a huge farm where teams of players try to make as many as possible l8 portals in 3 hours in different cities, in different countries at the same time.

For the first edition there were only three cities..
https://plus.google.com/+GiuseppePiombarolotxh193/posts/9yuonmJ9fKo
The second year we were much more
https://plus.google.com/u/0/+GiuseppePiombarolotxh193/posts/8n1y1jJd9PL

What about the third one?
First of all we choose the date, the 12th of May, ok fine, then the logo, ok fine, then the banner, ok fine.
Now we have to contact representatives for cities, what’s better than get in contact with players from the previous edition? So there we go with some word of mouth and the help of our friends from NET we succeed in spreading the news among the Enlightened and little by little we start to get new contacts, first in Europe, then in the US and finally also in Oceania, from Australia and New Zealand.
That’s amazing! We crossed the Oceans!
That means we need an orgateam. At this point I would like to mention three players that supported me alog the way. They organized, kept the contacts, built a positive environment of cooperation.
+Kira Ivanova
+Massimo Maccagno
+Martina Russo

Such a great collaboration, an amazing synergy and willingness to play together, to put it short amazing people to share the organization of the coolest event of the year.
As months pass we slowly we begin to sort out all the undefined key points putting together everything as with a huge jigsaw puzzle.

Finally there comes the day. It’s 2.00 a.m. in Rome but in Wellington it’s already 2 p.m. and so we it starts this unforgettable marathon across the globe.
Slowly as time passes we see l8 green portals lighting up all around the world, on three different continents. Hundreds of players, each one with his own strategy, teams and organization gave life to this incredible event. Hundreds of players met to have fun, play Ingress and stay together sharing happiness and drinks.

I would like to thank from the deep of my heart everyone who made this possible,
thanks to city representatives,
thanks to the participants,
thanks to the orgateam,
thanks to the community of R.O.M.E.
thanks to NET

What else should I add? Organizing this event was intense, but for sure I was rewarded by the great success we obtained.
Stay tuned…….maybe the next Twinning could strike in your city, maybe not so far in the future…. who knows.

Bye to all, see you next time!

Below some numbers

Final results
For green l8 portals
that were built in 66 cities of 22 countries
in a timeslot from 02:00 UTC till 18:00 UTC 05.12.2018

01. Kyiv 883
02. Paris 840
03. Sydney 451
04. Genova 329
05. Sofia 313
06. Kaliningrad 283
07. Kaunas 263
08. Pisa 253
09. Roma 240
10. Berlin 208
11. Madrid 208
12. Adelaide 191
13. Valencia 182
14. Lviv 168
15. Norrköping 168
16. Tallinn 168
17. Odessa 160
18. Madrid(Alcalá) 160
19. Zagreb 158
20. Tartu 157
21. Canberra 152
22. Ruse 149
23. Lyon 147
24. Klaipeda 145
25. Trosa 144
26. Varna 144
27. Stockholm 141
28. Vologda 140
29. Elche 138
30. Vilnius 138
31. Bratislava 132
32. Brisbane 132
33. Burgos 127
34. Vinnytsia 127
35. Göteborg 119
36. Hobart 117
37. Helsinki 113
38. Gävle 112
39. York 112
40. Geneva 111
41 Riihimäki 106
42 Elva 103
43. Plovdiv 96
44. St.Louis 89
45. Eskilstuna 86
46. Poltava 83
47. London 83
48. Nyköping 78
49. Lisbon 78
50. Oulu 76
51. Wellington 69
52. Riga 66
53. Milan 57
54. Kerava 44
55. Vienna 41
56. Melbourne 40
57. Turku 37
58. Rovaniemi 34
59. Hämeenlinna 32
60. Zaporizhzhia 30
61. Christchurch 29
62. Covilha 22
63. Aarhus 17
64. Jyväskylä 16
65. Copenhagen 11
66. Lansing 4

Final top countries:
01. Ukraine 1451
02. Australia 1083
03. France 987
04. Italy 879
05. Sweden 860
06. Spain 815
07. Bulgaria 702
08. Lithuania 546
09. Estonia 428
10. Russia 423
11. Finland 422
12. Germany 208

The nicknames of players who took part

Team:

Berlin:
ptdh353
Pluesch2014
fortiz
Marvoss
claudija
ShadowWyrm
KinGKonK382
drumthedrum
mics01
skyvoss
hildeb
nyckse
e1337eWeazel
Hundi
JaPPeB
whatever40000
Pawi35
stm9x9

Bratislava:
Charonthegreen
Drjecky
Gabush
Catargo
Malantheon
Mocco
Maltadring
Sindoo
Angyovagyok
Lupask

Brisbane:
ManiacD
Zaels
Zarros
lomiel
kattydown
picklemickle
SoylentGrien
GapTooth
Breenzy
Shakyr
waxedwookiee
nominatus
DonFire34
mada12


Burgos:
Ruta777
Ursuss
Kryogem
Lokuelo22
1SOYNEO1
DAVIDAP23
varices
thegafas
Ginebral
SergioRM4
Ossorno
Xikiesme
ElJUaNKeR
Ruharen

Copenhagen:
grevingolf
Dkjensbrauer
Tobberharley
Smukski
Boleteusedulis
Svend64
Riskiks
Borgiris
Estrid
EvilMelin
Kindbond
Direguppy
Betthi
Wackerdk
Skjalden
Covilha:
Kimflorista
Mitradaestacao
KuRTeN16
Knifeprty
FrankieZero
Dioginho
SalvadorJunior
Cathydarkangel
JotasJunior
Rogueagent075

Elche:
Marya63
Dreinterio
superkuxa
Pesadillator
quietdead
GoblinGranate
daniNO2
Voljin
Sezareo

Elva:
Filmifanaatik
Konnaator
Parmuke
NunnuEST
cat3y3
Rylailina
KannaEst
sircu
Trixen

Ruse:
Enk1
Trakker2
X3n021
Kassad
Flado
Burkansturshiq
Thedolphin
Ichidawnrunner
Marinovss
Kawazakigreen
nikoleta022
Endless772
Martineden
Emolst
Mooncho
D3nightsega
Kykata

Eskilstuna:
EvilNasty
PQSwede
TeeePeee
Daemonspawn
Tafens
Yonikar
KenOneKenobi

Gävle:
hevosenliha
TheTransporter
Carderoy
cubewano
Surre64
menvatusan
EtoileGIS
jonasess

Genova:
AlphaDarius
Amusinga
BlueDolphin75
BisTekka
BugsDistru
besug
camicamia
CricetoSaggio
Dendarii
Ezio1707
gemilucky
Holypumpkin
ilRitornoDiCamm
Klauspino
Law1Rz
Lordkairon
LuckyLuca70
Malifauxitae
m1ricae
PeterFoglia

Helsinki, Finland
Team 1:
1. wellamo
2. Lovented
3. kepardi
4. polymeeri
5. Anppa
6. Irica
7. AriMartti
8. LurenViFi
9. pokekauris
10. Mimu78
11. Iderias
12. redgrizzle
Team 2:
1. msnen
2. scolphoy
3. YolandaFlemma
4. Nemiak
5. osagas53
6. Ornedan
7. AA313
8. Anaplian
Team 3:
1. roistoo
2. gloubiz
3. mizavela
4. Rhoox
5. Liizatuulia
6. Hejcki
7. Doorisiiris
8. helmilimusiini




Hobart:
joojeene
CharlieBumpkin2
Cryptotas
Tooombrada
superdelica
likew0w
MrAhMazing
CthulhuVansen
rachet555
KillaGorilla181
Jyväskylä:
Mortemvore
Mickou84
Minyah
Mertsi72
Redsnade84
Vehta
Archaliar
Henezzi
agenfi
Tikkaris
Larppae
engeedot
hempukka
PaavooMasentaa
Thermistor78
MrsLehtinen


Kaliningrad:
Team A
Tentacliki
Serhiopond
mFKoenig
Oddeyedog39
kotovsky39
iriska39
Esanit
Elniel
BrandnerN
Team B
vechislov
durvasas
Slonix82
koteikin
nikavika23
Swarowsky
slot82
geroldi
YlyAsCiferkami
Team C
vaneszz
sevenjourney
bluestahli39
koenig39
EvilAlice
StrangeD0c
Lanselotta
P4eloVod
torpedko

Kaunas:
MrNothing92
narnaliai
smagumas
kistina
makaronas
stiicooper
EIMANTAS
BeefBeater69
bumbuls
LinaGali
aviaV
Icefight
Octothree
Jonaskat
KrisTaiyo
Skaiste

Klaipeda:
laumycia
sakuviav
Kurapka
Eitne
moxlincius
Troxinnn
jadik
kazoke
lygiailyja
Tetukas
vydlis
AKACHANJIGOKU
9HTGFPN3

Kyiv:
777katauri777
abrvvalg
Advokatmerlin
aklan1
AlexScrabble
ALLTAXI
asheeya
BlytheBaxter696
Bukalosik
Bulavka666
Comissarische
crytema
DollyStrikeBack
DrMantus
EKCTPEMICT
Eva_Betelgeuse
Evgenus
Finist75
fluidgame
frzmh
hybridbird
hyha
JoniDES
jorje2
karikrut3
Kekich
Kirsanych
kosyachok
lanovsky
Macjio
malachitealens
ManiaGrandiosa
MasterNickolay
MegaD1218
Mirralis
MissValkiriya
MrTem4ik
papasid
paravoz4ik
poisonforkafka
qchem
RagnarSforza
Ravskiy
SergeyEnigma
SmartSosis04ka
terikona
Tertiaritus
Tsunderegrill
TWarino
Ulitosik
wyrred
xBreaststroke
YupiRex
Yusische
dockleo

Lansing:
Arielsmurfeater
Ciaran6060
Ekcalb
GargamelGHSmrfs
w0dlndfary


Lisboa:
Aritah
Distena
greeeneyes
Katbandida
MartaCS
ritamanana
Tenadiz
cmandrade
Devidbecas69
filipebat
gotins
hyppo89
Mawvadu
ppadeiro
sevenhundred
Souljackerz
SuperBGS


London:
Tatis90
Ounce
TheSkullz
Billccn
Gideonhallett
SpudUlike
MrJang1er
Snot69
NeoShady
MoneyEater
Georgiuseptimus
Sessha


Lviv:
AndriiK –Intel
B0B44
chumick
Dr0tiK
Drobonow
kitsune666
Kraplja
MariLV
Ogall
rem666
serjazz
softadon
Shad0wLV
yarkopen



Lyon:
Austraplume42
CuidadoLlamas
daffette
Djeminy
Evolyght
Flo88869
floflo8442
hisise
Inroma
Jauryss
Juju4492
LeThanhTung
Mathserveur123
NeoDARIUS
Oloick
pitareio
pizoul
princesseLeia26
Rainuia3401
Risebones
Tyty796


Madrid:
AlexPankra
ArianeSG
BellotoMAD
Riruli
Bourbaky
Carol08
MIKIBURGOS
Dwk262
MateMario
Pol89
Joda86
Idon



Madrid (Alcala):

Guixer
RomanticStorm
Lunieri
vampiritawapa
EnjoyThePanic
B4IL0N
XxZaPaxX
Catcharoth28


Milano:
GabryJay
frastuca
Jandek
Magio09
MAle121
LordOfKraken
Blubhamut
NeblaNebla
DoppioM
ellieJDM
MatteeaFlash
GingerFeel
dedo1911
heratux
Toastandbananas
MasterCruelty
donbreda
76dno



Norrköping:
klicki
TreKronor
Latunika
kott1en
Ylvione
Arcinaria
Wigoritus
madpower
baphomet11
Sanningen
MrGuffa
Lhizz
Buskis
Jokew86

Odessa:
KolyabaQ
MarlVleLadKa
wzwaqq
1AlekS1
h3llgun
Nygmat
IgorRiM
4ILigator
Rudchik
Shenery
DrEsp
Doomka
myginger
GALYCH
Xed1n
Xa0sl


Oulu:
edifoster
Fiestadelsol
iikperuna
Krouze
Mursuli
naatt1
nkapu
noomar
Ripellos
Tinde
volkum
ziudt






Paris:
necplusultra
Yoyo75
Nic0w
TiphaineDV
GoodGenesis
fukur0
Liatride
Ankalou
Sbunxe
Exelmech
Anan4s37
Vadarf
Arcade45
Leynou
Chaze8
Croqopain
Escobarix
Tcoyo
Sekhmet2847
Mokoman
LaChipie
Bysus
InnuYinais
e1r0
FloreEver
Slimjf
Morka
khaliassas
Mastertag77
FTP67
Kaichien
Zyrt
MamanSam
Gummynounours
Ekhima
LissSky
celinedeparis
PPSC
EnnairamKalinox
Trust49
Bleuzaille
Nayu779
Najona
Fixfi
Devda


Pisa:
MATRIXIO76
hierax
Gasleo
MasterSciba
Murazor90
AnonimusG
v1tru
ShakumaNX
jematte



Plovdiv:
hardartcore
f0xEe
gunman032
TsuriRAM
ludzaek
Puredustt
Nik0zzz
angelbangell
kpm



Poltava:
iSecret
Alltarissa
Kraplya
rozum2003
ZASSRANETS
vladen777
walkman85
DEMua



Rīga:
udajs_16
Wendija
DuffLV
kalokali
LitmanLV
bebrs
GaianX
dzerdzer
JuglasMiesnieks
Bandral


Riihimäki and Hämeenlinna:
1jone
AbstracktB
Dragorren
Hevimara
Keokas
Moggius Felis
Samique
T4rock
Urpo007


Roma:
Argonauth
Ciukino
crepeer
Energia
Fede91roma
Gaiarea
GreenFog
iwascrep1497
MinCulPop
lalei
Nena2013
RD2012
Sathees
sorcio46
trimixbiker
txh193


Rovaniemi:
PoodleCherry
Taamottu
Kalamania
jaketsumi
HumalanSinetti
Pakemania
Liisus
Mikkelpaa
pandoraFIN
Shemanity
AlterEgo65
Witchozen
huppu


Sofia:
arkinbg
BackrooD
Begeragus
h4cky
Insomn1ac
Ivosko
Jus7sm1le
karamel4e
koko63
LadyBiii
Luxira
mattaharry
Megaownious
Mendoty
merody
Nelkata
Silidra
Velizar
Veseliak


St .Louis:
Kethryl
Lunasolia
Manicstarr
Lirleni
Ericmtgcast
Harrystruman
amoreena
Zinniz
3chorang3r
Chartan
Zombietink
StrelitziaXX
CaptEntropy
Moxja,
Buzznskier
Tismon


Stockholm:
craztyom
Furybunny
geten
iwilldougood
Marzipwn
MissMichelle007
MLswe
pgdn
Px83F2
ratotosk
Tezyl
Gnurb
Bangsi




Sydney:
MajesticOz
DrFriendless
Carricksnipes
liamc
d6i
Shrimpdamadman
tyclos
limesuitspy
gobias
urbanhick 💚🐸
sionide0278


Tallin:
Citymimm
DarkPink
Harakas
IsandWallah
kapy4
Krupsmaali
Libakonn
Liivov
Lumepardel
Margushenka
Markomaania
niidirull
p2kapik
Pahon
Ristiisa
SkizoEST
soomaalane
tigetikker
Tikimunkee
torxinaator
TrikkEST
villevallatu



Taru:
Konnaator
Parmuke
NunnuEST
cat3y3
Rylailina
KannaEst
sircu
Trixen
Hunduu
DreamWalkerEST
AnnxxEST


Turku:
JertKu
Ronde
kumiorava
outsa83
Vadex95
aako2
Tiinamanteli
DigitalTA
shadowchost
anbeau
Nuonuoy
Jperho81
Salakavala
Suczer
9k38



Valencia:
Tetradick
Miscelanea
Toliman1963
michucer
GoblinSaltarin
BrujaRoja
Hulk32
Pismeiker
Nikolaiev
Marueleele
rbugkiller
Monsada



Varna:
ComixBG
Derivat
DJRABBIT
DotAtBG
DrStein
Emonna
Evko
freakcheto
Levap7
NorahGreen
PTango
StalkerBG
Stramex
Thenggri



Vienna:
artconscious
carpediem1160
crajk
Espionada
halllowien
heidi308
MasterJack
mexicanprincess
Myrddin73
risomara
takri
zkp





Vilnius:
Darkwood
Jezbr
Nazgulster
Herls
Spyglyte
Katesplaukas
Turbut
Naraxer
DIMsonAs
Linasm
AugustasV
BeatriceKa
KapotaMesa
KutveIa
Hundalu
Juliukas


Vinnytsia:
alreadyMerlin
ansmann
Teamlead
bestiKO
Cappucc1no
Chipolino
Delitantx
elriness
Grase111
ilsx
mastalyorrr
master1100
patinahati
Trywen
yenifer

Vologda:
Apached
BlackFx
BoNeBoN
dezmont35
Inaidinka
Kastro666
lappolga
masanya35En
maxiz
Potapoven
RedFoxFX



Wellington:
ArthurDented
LizardKing430
AdrenalinNZ
boelaars
dhvr
munkisquisher
ckytep
phantomnoz
schwing
ryselmei
bookgirl
NinjaMunchk1n
Ziseden
phantomnoz
S1lverElf



York:
AgentTrulia
Misstinker
Spuggs
Jiblett
PeterYork
MarkYork
DibblerofShades
OddAppocolypse
PurplePangolin
Splashmonkey
Urtica1776
frozen
AgentXion
AgentSarniwhoop
SnicketSurfer
Alizdar24
Logan






Zagreb:
ph0enixis
Kikica
Misiz
666i999
Hlaford
Herettix
HERTZNo1
MasaKraljica
Bubamara1313
janac
Lanchy




Zaporizhzhya:
lGhostShadowl
northrebel
Chloe7Prise
Emilyana
NightTrip
Magicolio
Lazardi
kavboi74
oAKTEPo
StSpace
LonerNya
kristobaljunta





























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OP-Giraffe - Nine of the Longest Links Ever Created

14 March 2018 - 15 March 2018

Last year I got a stash of Easter Island keys (Hand Over the Ocean) - from agent @DaleVamos who made a trip to South America. We had a chat at the time and agreed when the opportunity arose that we would try and get a long link in. Then after having a quick look it was clear that the portal was just accessible from New Zealand. After further investigation and closer inspection I discovered that Tokomaru Store Mural was just inside the maximum link distance.

However, the plan was put on hold as the target portal was blue (or uncaptured). Fast-forward to a few weeks ago and @sheba182 greened up Hand Over the Ocean. Was the plan possible? No - there was a hard blocker a ~5000km link from Bora Bora (French Polynesia) to Fiordland in the southwest of New Zealand. Ironically a link I’d organised to be thrown back in January.

Last weekend however, the Fiordland portal was finally taken down by resistance players. EN Agents were rounded up and a plan was formulated. A road trip to Tokomaru (famous for its Steam Train Museum) and Featherston in the South Wairarapa. We figured we might as well get all agents a long link.

In total 9 agents got their longest ever links, including (we believe) the 2 longest links ever:

@LizardKing430 6881.278km Tokomaru Store Mural to Hand Over the Ocean and

@DaleVamos 6881.277km Wairarapa Moana Lake Domain Reserve to Hand Over the Ocean

Thanks!:
Many thanks to @o0jolie0o and @abstract for the Easter Island keys and 13 very rare link amps. @PhantomNoz for the plan optimisation/adjustments & extra eyes. Thanks to everyone for the VRLA donations! Oh and special thanks to @sheba182
The “Longest skinniest field ever” was also created in Featherston.


Blocker clearance:
@ArthurDented - Thanks again for killing my ~80 day old (approx) link I mean blocker
@SarahBess & @waterlandJOHN Thanks for the long derp removal

Agents and Links Thrown (to Hand Over the Ocean):

@LizardKing430 6881.278km Tokomaru Store Mural
@DaleVamos 6881.277km Wairarapa Moana Lake Domain Reserve
@KappaKarl 6880.625km Fell Engine Mosaic
@PSYCKERS 6880.591km It's Featherston Time
@boelaars 6880.417km St Johns Anglican Church, Featherston
@EmberJ 6880.314km Featherston Model Railway Station
@Midoreen 6880.262km Tic Tac Toe
@MiaKatt 6878.039km Featherston WW1 Military Camp Memorial
@Reptizzle 6877.962km Japanese Memorial Garden

Operator:
@SlingshotR6 - Thanks for being patient!

#WhereDidIngressTakeYouToday

+Ingress+NIA Ops +Ingress World Of Records +Andrew Krug +Central NZ Enlightened

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Come for the missions, stay for the anomaly! Canberra is a satellite anomaly, 20th October 2018.

We hope to see you there!!

https://enlightened.rocks/canberra

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Brief Of OP_ Darkside

It all started on February 5th when Enlightened agents saw an opportunity for layered fields from Moree to Lord Howe Island and the third link to North Burrum Heads. The required keys were delivered and passed through a few hands to the right people

The initial plan was to throw the field Sunday morning the 18th of February as there were only 3 or 4 blockers at that time but, on that day we came upon a hiccup as two resistance agents started throwing blockers. Sadly, we ended up with more blockers than we could remove. So, the date for the field was changed to the morning of the 25th.

On Wednesday evening blockers though Biggenden and Ban Ban to central Australia were cleared. On Thursday blockers around Grafton were dropped but one resistance agent was still around. On Saturday the final southern blockers and new northern blockers cleared.

On Sunday after finishing night shift one agent headed off on the 4 to 5 hour drive to Goondiwindi via Tenterfield with the predicted ETA to Goondiwindi being 0900. There were many, many large kangaroos on the road and that added to the excitement of the trip. The op was working to plan. Agents had driven out from various locations and were in place to take out the final northern blockers and throw some internal links to stop more problem links. This went like clockwork and the first layer was thrown as soon as the final blockers went down. The second and third field also went smoothly with mu for each field being about the same as the first.

Then things got interesting as links wouldn't go. Some quick thinking and rejigging saw a revised plan. This did require removal of the second and third layers and it had to be done without dropping the links and letting blockers in. Success was achieved and a further 7 layers were thrown with the last two layers linked to the Remains of HMAS Protector.

There are probably more people to thank. A lot of people in central Queensland and down south in northern New South Wales who also played a part to get these fields up.

There were a lot of smurf tears. BUT there were also well deserved congratulations from both sides of the game. It is also great to see that the Resistance took these layers down in person and credit to the resistance agent for driving out all the way from their home to drop the fields not long after they went up. They must have left home almost as soon as we started throwing the layers.
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For those who don't already know, after ~1700 days of playing, I have quit +Ingress.

I said a few weeks back that I would make a post outlining my reasons why (as there were many), so here it is, starting with the straw that broke the camels back, so to speak:

Around 11 months ago, I made the long drive from Auckland to Cape Reinga to help with global shards. While its a 5.5hr drive each way according to Maps, realistically, this is a two day round trip journey, as there are numerous strategic portals "on the way" (ie detours). So having driven up on a Saturday afternoon, I was ready to carry out actions for the shard game in the morning. But after walking down to the lighthouse, the game would not let me jarvis the portal. Regular diagnostics didnt help, so I had to kill it with XMP instead, prior to the shard jump (and thus losing vital link range required for counter blockers).
I managed to get hold of +Andrew Krug, however, there was no-one available in the +Niantic engineering dept to look into/fix the issue, and Andrew could only really offer apologies and vague guesses as to the cause of the issue.
Due to the lack of link range thanks to Niantics fuckup, RES had time to throw counter-blockers, requiring ENL agents in other countries to commit to unplanned multi-hour drives to clear them, and me having to wait another 2 hrs for a second agent who could increase portal range.
Having finally got the blocker in, and after clearing up other portals in the area, I began the journey home, but not before a quick stop to throw another blocker (this one reachable with a solo portal build).
But once again, Ingress has issues, and I cannot link to an unblocked portal ~1300km away. By now, Andrew has talked to NIAOps, but apparently there is nothing wrong with my account, and other than checking settings and fiddling with phone config, the only advice is to wait. Another 2 hours later, and I am finally able to link, and the rest of my journey home (throwing additional blockers) is uneventful.

Now after this, other reports came in of agents having similar issues. Our communities best guess was that is was some form of heuristic-based, action-specific block (implemented for the duration of global shards). However, at no point did Niantic offer any explanation, nor official guidelines as to how players could avoid this happening, which was pretty shit considering the global shard game is highly unforgiving of delays, and already stretches agent resources to the limit (its not like we can justify sending 4 people to a remote anchor in case 3 of them can't make the required link, when the link only requires a P5 portal).
The high stakes of global shards, in conjunction with these issues, also means agent safety can be compromised - in one case, two agents were up a mountain, at night, in the rain, and had to descend after neither were able to link. They then and had to reascend with a 3rd agent, who thankfully was able to link successfully (after 5hrs of additional clearing work by others), in order to extract a shard that hundreds of man hours had gone into.

By the end of global shards, a lot of agents worldwide had been struck by this and were pissed off (rightly so), but contest had ended, and the issue seemed to become less prevalent. Memories are short and I guess we just wrote it off internally as false-positive teething problems of some new anti-cheat system, during a competition that spoofers and the like can easily screw up.

Fast forward to Jan 2018. Once again I find myself at Cape Reinga. Not mid-anomaly or mid-shards this time, just a nice day to green up some long-term blue portals, and add some regional control links. The lighthouse is a P6 already, so all I have to do is flip it and add link amps. That works fine, I have more than enough range now, and no blockers.
But will the links go in? Nope. Try again, nope. Do all the imaginable things to make it work, nope. Once again I get in touch with Andrew. Again no-one in engineering, but again, no flags on my account. My phone this time is new, stock, unrooted, no firewalls running (so no passing the buck). Predictably, RES by now have noticed my presence, and scramble people to counter-block.
Agents who have been playing longer than I, offer to go clear later in the day (a 3hr return trip out of their way), to which my response sadly is, "I dont want you to waste your fuel if there are no guarantees this will work the second time". I hiked to cap some other portals, before returning in sync with the blockers coming down (they had decided to try anyway). But as I feared, I still couldn't link, and Niantic had again wasted other agents time as well as mine.

That was the point I realised I didnt want to play this game anymore.

I think we can all accept things not going to plan due to the actions of other players.
But its not OK to be fucked over by anti-abuse false positives twice, a year apart, at the same location, especially when you are (not to brag) someone who has 160M AP, have been playing for 5 years, attended half a dozen anomalies on the ground (and operated for most of the rest), have "no flags on your account", and have been to said location half a dozen times for Ingress in the past.

Its just another example of the systemic issues at Niantic:
* Insufficient support staff (especially on weekends).
* Claiming there is nothing wrong (when there evidently is), or not being able to determine what is wrong.
* Not communicating the presence of issues (nor their resolutions) with customers.

Just for completeness, i'll briefly detail the rest with some examples:
* Lack of foresight/inability to think about consequences: the one griefable badge resulted in griefing, but instead of removing the badge, you keep it, but try and hide the data that leads to it. Consequently, griefers collect the required data by other means.
* Failure to realise that your customers spend far more money on associated costs (travel, time, etc) than they do in the store, and not caring when they get shafted on that basis: trying to cancel Houstons anomaly after ppl have already booked; reluctance to revert spoofer actions; not fixing anti-abuse false positives.
* Promising and not delivering (or under delivering/behind schedule): API? "Soon(tm)" (5 years later still nothing, not even ability to see own inventory/keys on Intel); Anomaly schedule/rules: "Soon(tm)" far too often.
* Extremely glacial pace of game enhancements: no "quality-of-life" improvements in the last few years (eg naming capsules), let alone more substantial features (eg uniques tracking, or community created custom events/competitions).
* Inability to partner with developers in the community to create Ingress related tools: everything bar Thrakazogs site is against ToS, including harmless things like Cell Score aggregators, Mission aggregators, Portal search bots.

Ingress 2.0 (Prime) is not going to be a solution to any of these systemic issues, but the cynic in me says it will be a good distraction from them (as all the complaining for a year will be about client bugs/needless animation), and an easy excuse for Niantic ("can't do X yet, too busy working on Prime" etc, which has already been doled out a bit in the last few months).

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tl;dr: There is no longer enough enjoyment for me in the game to outweigh the huge pile of negatives that Niantic continually fails to address. They haven't fixed their game, they haven't enhanced their game, and communication/engagement with their customers is still pretty shit (Vanguards is too little, too late).

I will retain my account (as a mule for friends, and perhaps special occasions if I can be bothered/compensated), and will distance myself from most chats/communities as time goes on.

I'm done putting my time and effort into a game the developer can't be bothered with (I doubt I am the first, nor will I be the last).


#ItsTimeToStop +John Hanke
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