They did improve this, since giving ratings that are way off the average in comparison does lower ones score and can result in getting ones wayfarer account locked for 24 hours. Said thing could also happen if you review too much too quickly or if you let your reviews time out too often (20 minut limit per review)
This used to be a problem with some ingress reviewers, since there were cases where some people gave bad ratings to submissions that they considered to be too beneficial to players from the other team.
It could still happen, in which case you just submit the wayspot candidate again. As of now one also gets reasons why something gets rejected, so if that happens, try to improve there.
In general make sure your photos don’t look like this (next to the bad quality - blur, there’s also a phone reflection). It’s also not a wayspot candidate to begin with due to being just a random walking path:
or this (don’t take pictures at night/bad weather, most of the time it will look awful)
Also pictures from a distance most of the time don’t make it. What you submit should be the center of the picture and be clearly visible. This here is supposed to be a basketball court… Next to being too far in the distance also take weather into account and take a picture accordingly - focus on the object, not the puddles.
Here is a picture I took when I submitted a local basketball court. One can see what I submitted clearly and I’m positive this will get easily accepted
Run down things that will likely completely deteriotate in a year also won’t cut it
Not every sign is a candidate, but even good candidates should have a picture where one can actually see what’s on the sign:
Natural features (lakes, special trees, etc) need a sign and you take a photo of said sign. So a picture like this will get rejected
Also please don’t try to submit your house as some sort of hotel, community building, etc. Even if your picture could be convincing, the google maps shows that said thing is fake:
Well, there are also the troll submissions. I’m not too mad at them, since they provide a good laugh and people who make them know that these won’t be accepted:
All of these above are from actual submissions, which I rejected. In general about 5% of submissions get rejected and another 5% get 3 stars, due to lacking something. So about 90% of things do get my approval, so I don’t think I’m too strict.
On a side note, I do get submissions from 7 different countries, which all have a different official language. I do understand 2 fluently, while another one is quite similar to my native language. Google translate is not exactly reliable, so I think it’s fair to say that if you live in a place you should focus on making descriptions in English, since most people will understand that.
I hope my post helped people.