Wow! 112 questions answered, that's a record.
Originally shared by Andrew Krug
Guess what day it is!? Monday! Time for the weekly Ingress Global Community Manager AMA! Ask Me Anything #Ingress related in the comments. I'll answer as much as I can and update the OP with the questions and answers so you don't have to go searching in the comments for them
Edit 1: Disabled Comments
Edit 2: Questions and answers posted.
Q1: Terran Dunklee (Smock42) - Cake or pie?
Q2: marichka pelishok - Dear Andrew! Last AMA I asked a question and many agents from my country +1 it. Unfortunately, it didn’t receive any answer. Ukrainian agents, both fractions, are very eager to know why the Anomalies never happen in Ukraine - ever since Magnus in Kyіv'13, which had no badge anyway. Our Agents are very active and love Ingress with all their heart, but many of us do not have the means to travel abroad to participate in the events there.
A2: I'll pass this along. You are right, you do some amazing stuff over there.
Q3: Lewis Tanzos - Many people in our local area are getting to review only 3-5 portals a day in OPR before getting "come back tomorrow". They're using a single web interface, they're not speeding through things, they're not letting them time out, but they're getting it consistently. Do you know and can you divulge the things that may be causing this to happen?
A3: We are working on tweaking and fixing things regarding the "come back tomorrow" message.
Q4: Brent Hollett (Perringaiden) - What is Niantic doing about all the reports of OPR being maligned by factions reporting down opposition areas, or city Agents downvoting rural portals to avoid "noobs with yolos"?
A4: We are evaluating things and watching how it is being used. The OPR team has their work cut out for them but I bet there will be some tweaks to things in the future eventually.
Q5: Stefan Emmerik - Will it be possible again to use a photo from your gallery (that you made earlier) to submit for a new portal?
A5: No. At least not for the foreseeable future.
Q6: Houssam Eltouny (DARKoo7) - 2000 in 2 weeks!!! What were you guys thinking?
A6: We were thinking about creating an ultra hard challenge for the people who would find 500 fields in two weeks too easy.
Q7: Victor Alejandro “Vako Alejandro” Zapata Gonzalez - OPR: FIFO?, LIFO? RANDOM?
Q8: Adriána Perkele (TheCapsuleCollector) - is your beard green now?
A8: It will be a little later this week.
Q9: Ratoo Li - Hi Andrew! Appreciate your time into this, continuing my question previously - You said you use VPN too, but due to Ingress being blocked in China, many agents choose sharing VPNs, and many local communities provide VPNs to agents, these are usually very open and accessible, potentially spoofers too. Would you say sharing VPNs with tens of other players a bad idea?
A9: I'm not sure that it is bad or good. But there are risks with it.
Q10: David Dellsperger - What's worse, accidentally enabling sticky keys during a gaming session? or not getting a badge from an Anomaly? (Asking for a "friend")
A10: Tell your "friend" that enabling sticky keys is worse.
Q11: Mary O'Rourke - What would you think about a special kind of power cube that could be refilled from ambient xm....recycling is good for the environment but re-using is even better :-)
A11: This isn't the first that I've heard of this idea. I think it's an interesting proposal. I would add a caveat that your XM bar must be at 100% first before you could fill the empty cube.
Q12: Andreas Decker (thedeacon1972) - When will a list of the Chosen Vanguards be published?
A12: When all of the slots are filled after everyone has a chance to either accept or decline. Understand that this is a pilot program. We received over 3300 applications and were only looking for two dozen people. I know some people are disappointed that they didn't get selected. But I hope to expand things once we work the kinks out of it. What has been disheartening though is reading about people expecting to get in being insulted that they did not. That isn't really the spirit that we are looking for in Vanguards.
Q13: Randy Booz (Wyndmyr) - Why is there such wide variation in processing time, and what can be done to fix it?
A13: To prevent abuse.
Q14: João Eduardo Oliveira Murta - Can you tell us how many people play ingress, weekly or monthly, across the globe?
A14: I cannot.
Q15: João Eduardo Oliveira Murta - There is a lot of talk about a new capsule, don't you think this new capsule should be green, since ENL just won 13MAGNUS? Just saying...
A15: There are rumors of something occurring due to the ENL win. I don't know much more than that but it sounds like if it happens, it'll be soon.
Q16: João Eduardo Oliveira Murta - Nia doesn't disclosure some information publicly(reports, ban, etc..), but could it do it privately? Recently we had a situation where an agent lied about receiving information of a report via tg directly from a nia employee, even though the agent was lying, it got me thinking about the real possibility of this happening...Do you thinks this fits a “insider trading ” category ?
Q17: Taeler Watkins I'd like an opinion on a portal dilemma. The object exists, but has been moved, but the real issue is that both the title and the picture contain the building it was once by. Thus, it feels that simply editing the location is likely to fail because the building is possibly a feature on its own.
A17: I would use the Portal Appeals Community for this and tag NIA OPS in your post.
Q18: zérgio Simões (FoghoPhaetyx) - Has it been discussed allowing the consult of who +1'd portal photos in the scanner?
A18: Not to my knowledge.
Q19: Nataliia Vylegzhanina (Lokozavr) - Hello, Andrew! How do you get the idea of being able to pin several lines of mission badges (banners) at the top, that is, to pin your favorite banner?
A19: I don't see anything wrong with it without thinking about it too much. Seems like a neat feature. I'll pass it along.
Q20: Florian - What would you think about a trash can capsule that can mass recycle keys?
A20: Don't those already exist? They are blue-ish gray in color.
Q21: Jozef Zubricky - Will there be Mission Days after EXO5 Anomaly in the particular city on Sunday?
A21: We are working on some. When things are finalized I'm sure there will be an announcement.
Q22: Tizian M. (TizianTitus) - Hey Andrew! 2.0 release date? :)
A22: Soon... no no I shouldn't joke. I have no idea.
Q23: Aaron Almeida - When retiring a portal OPS doesn't give a particular reason on appeals, neither is there a public list of which portals have been retired and why. This simply adds more noise to the whole process. Why can't OPS simple maintain a list of retired portals and the reason for being retired. I doubt player privacy issues play a part in this.
A23: I am not sure that this would solve anything. I could see a scenario where a property owner or manager submitted a removal request and then has Agents showing up on their doorstep to pleade their case and request they contact us to reinstate things. I understand what the end goal is but personally don't think this is the best solution.
Q24: Ma. Inés G. B. (o0jolie0o) - Hello Andrew. Do you know how many agents were chosen for the vanguard program in Latinamerica?
A24: Three were notified that they were selected.
Q25: Robson Lima - +Andrew Krug Are there possibilities for Nl-1331 to come to Brazil?
A25: It is always a possibility.
Q26: Aaron Almeida - If there are any plans for releasing a replacement for the MUFG, when?
A26: I don't know the timetable but there are plans.
Q27: Gary Tolley - Grogyan - What are your thoughts on the 2 week downtime to be able to submit portals again?
A27: I'll be honest, I haven't seen the numbers to make an informed decision.
Q28: Robson Lima - L16 Players have long been stopped because there is no way to level up and accumulating a lot of AP! Is there any possibility of this changing with version 2.0?
A28: While I don't know anything specifically, I can't imagine that we would keep things the way they are for the long run. That just wouldn't make sense.
Q29: Niko M - If you could only drink 1 beer for the rest of days, what would it be?
A29: Easy. Allagash White.
Q30: Steven Kaye (DerteeWhortleby) - Good morning Mr. Krug... In light of the news that the role of Recharger will no longer be eligible for Anomaly participation badges, might there be an alternative tiered badge created for the role similar to the Mission Day/Go Ruck tiered badges?
A30: It's something we have talked about. I'd be interested in the communities feedback about something like this.
Q31: Robert “Tialen92x” Kempa - Is Glyph Predictor legal? Or using it break ToS?
A31: Great question. I don't know. I would have to ask our legal department. I will say that I think it is against the spirit of the game. If you don't have to remember Glyphs and learn them then it seems like simply a shortcut to get more gear.
Q32: Vladimir Ostapiv - There would be very helpful to have portal submit date visible in OPR because currently people probably assume the portal is wrong if it's absent in street view. But some countries street view is quite rarely updated.
A32: That's not a bad idea.
Q33: Vladimir Ostapiv - My question from the previous AMA. Does it make sense to you having badges for people who contribute to Ingress creating missions? Probably increase counter for that badge only if say 10 people pass the particular mission.
A33: My fear with creating a badge like this is that we would be flooded with low quality missions similar to what happened with the Seer badge. I'm sure there is some creative way to do this, maybe by the number of people that complete a mission and it's rating? But just for creating a mission would be bad in my opinion.
Q34: Brent Hollett (Perringaiden) - When do we hear more about the Ingress 2.0 Beta that was dangled at Camp Navarro?
A34: As soon as we can release something or say something.
Q35: Brent Hollett (Perringaiden) - Will we be getting details of the 2018 Q1 anomaly series locations soon, so that we can maintain the early notice?
A35: That is the goal.
Q36: Mick Preston - Now that the "1 Finger Spin" on our scanner is coming to Ingress, does it matter what Hemisphere you are in? As in- if you are in the Northern Hemisphere, you can only spin Clockwise, while in the Southern Hemisphere you are only able to spin Counter-Clockwise?
A36: The people at the poles would be screwed...
Q37: Matthew Most (MagpieMind) - Do you anticipate MUFGs being hackable again? Or an item with a similar function?
A37: I anticipate something with a similar function.
Q38: ENL OrGTFO - Have there been any discussions with +GORUCK about donating proceeds from the Houston OCF event back to the Houston Relief Effort? I think that would be an amazing way to really show Houston that +Niantic cares!
A38: All of the proceeds from the purchase of Supporter Kits will go to hurricane relief. There is talks of making OCF in Houston a free event to encourage people to particpate. More to come...
Q39: Ben Smits - In Brussels we are facing a spoofer account for 3 weeks now. Can we contact you in private to try to solve this issue?
A39: If you have already submitted tickets and tried to go through the normal process, I am happy to see what I can do.
Q40: Sean “Vire5cent” Anderson - David Laight has asked a question on the following post, which regularly crops up in the appeals community, regarding how close a portal needs to be, for it to be valid. Most commonly, depending on the appeal type, the argument sways between the 40m deploy range and the 10m effective range of a level 1 ultrstrike. An opinion on distance would be nice, but an official ruling would be fantastic as it would end many debates on the distance factor.
A40: Great question. There are some examples of what to do and what not at https://opr.ingress.com/help. To answer the question of the example in the post that was linked, a fountain in the middle of a lake would not be a valid portal if you could only reach it by standing on the banks of the lake. In the past, some of these low quality portals have been approved. But these would be rejected today. Can you reach out and touch the portal via safe pedestrian access? That's the question to ask.
Q40: Sean “Vire5cent” Anderson - What comes after L16? ... at 16, most of us take a mentoring, intel, tactical role, whilst trudging towards Onyx/Black badges, but would like some new targets...
A40: In terms of levels, nothing at this time. There are still onyx medals to chase and events like MAGNUS Builder and EXO5 Controller to participate in. Give us a bit of time to finish Ingress 2.0. I have to imagine the team has thought about this and will be doing something to extend the game for players at the max level.
Q41: Sean “Vire5cent” Anderson - Can they correct missions so that "21/24" doesn't show in scanner as "2½4"?
A41: I'll file a bug about this. In the meantime, you can submit with a space so "21 / 24".
Q42: BU RT - So my question is about the decision of +NIA Ops to dumped OFFSITE medals for Anomalies.
A42: We are working on a technical solution to this problem. As you pointed out, abuse occurred (has been occurring) that we can no longer turn a blind eye to. It cheapens the medal and the experience for everyone to have people simply buying their medals. We want to be as inclusive as possible so if a technical solution can be worked out, then this may come back for Q1-18. In the mean time, we have been discussing about bringing back connected cells for Anomalies. However, that plan has not been finalized so don't quote me on it.
Q43: Вячеслав «vechislov» Тихон - Which what faction you play and why you choose that faction?
A43: When I play I am Enlightened. I choose it because a friend got me an invite back in November 2013 and they were Resistance. I had to be different.
Q44: Johnny Stone - Can you clarify the submission cool down mechanic? The g+ post about it says "if you submitted 7 Portal candidates 13 days ago, tomorrow you will be able to submit 7 more."
A44: Every submission has it's own cool down clock. So if you submit seven portals on October 1st, you would be able to submit new portals on October 14th. If you only submitted one portal on October 1st, you could submit 6 new ones on October 2nd. You would be able to submit one new portal on October 14th and six new ones on October 15th. Hope that makes sense.
Q45: Gerald Wolf - What do you think about souvenir-capsules?
A45: As a person who travels A LOT - I like the idea.
Q46: Gerald Wolf - What is the average waiting time we need to expect when requesting an answer from niantic regarding licencing of swag / fanfiction? Do you know whether there is any "preferential treatment" of anomaly / missionday swag over swag that is not bound to "official" events?
A46: I don't know. Sorry.
Q47: Gerald Wolf - Would you mind sharing (a few of) your favourite fanfiction(s) regarding ingress?
A47: There was a group called Project Isthmus that does some neat things.
Q48: Gerald Wolf - Do you have a favourite genre of fanfiction? Historical, futuristic, fantasy?
A48: I am into post-apocalyptic stuff these days. I highly recommend the book "Wool" by Hugh Howey
Q48: Gerald Wolf - May we see pictures of the dyed Beard?
Q49: Agent StephenG - I have participated in a total of 8 GORUCK Ingress events and for over a year it was mentioned by GORUCK via their Ingress POC that the in-game badges would be tiered. Is this still in the works? I would have thought this would have been an easy win for Niantic.
A49: It is a good idea. We've talked about it. Unfortunately, our resources are focused on other higher priority needs at the moment. But I'll keep advocating for it as a lot of RUCKERS seem to want this.
Q50: Martin Zehetmayer (Angrox) - can you give us a quick status report on Ingress 2.0?
* Is the development of Ingress 2.0 within the planned time frame?
* Will it still be launched in 2017?
* Will there be a closed/open beta tester program?
* Will the Vanguards be within the beta program?
* Can you ask if there is a possibility to have a few screenshots as appetizer?
* What is the password of the Resistance?
A50: You want to get me in trouble don't you?! Let me try to answer these the best I can.
* I believe so. At least the beta. But this is software development of a complex product so things can slip.
* That's a goal of mine but that is to be determined at a later date.
* I can ask. But releasing pictures of a in-development product either goes over really well or really bad in most cases.
Q51: Brian Smith - When evaluating submissions in OPR, how should the following scenario be handled: The submission is for a church, but the map shows another church as an existing portal at that location. Researching it turns up that a new congregation has moved into the space and the original church is gone. Do you approve it even though an incorrect portal exists at that spot, or mark it as duplicate even though the correct portal name should be the new one?
A51: I'm not sure I have enough information to make an informed decision. Is the building physically the same or did they demolish and build a new one? What changed? Just the sign?
Q52: - Håkon Obdsaija Bergstad - When can the chosen OPR-agents anticipate their (what I can only imagine will be truly amazing cool) t-shirts to arrive?
A52: I do apologize about the wait. We had an issue with the shipping forms and translations we had to fix. I don't know that they will be received before the November anomaly. But they should arrive shortly after.
Q53: Ishira “Glyph Hunter” Tsubasa - Hello Andrew! I hope you are well today. My question for you is now that we are through 13magnusreawakens, do you think we will see another Magnus form soon?
A53: You assume one hasn't been formed already...
Q54: Aaron Almeida - How about having a better metric for the global score, like number of portals controlled. Since the MUs are broken.
A54: I don't know why we couldn't have both. I kind of like the idea of number of portals controlled. I wonder how hard that would be to implement and how accurate it would be though. Polling every portal for their status all the time seems like A LOT of data being crunched.
Q55: Oleh Shevchyk - +Andrew Krug The population of Poland is 37,95, Ukraine - 45,00 million people. Why NIA still ignore's scanner localization issues?
A55: It is a problem of resources. In a perfect world we would support dozens and dozens of languages.
Q56: John Bartlett - Rajoy or Puigdemont?
A56: New rule... no political questions - haha.
Q57: Clash with PG - portal submission r for how long?....for how many days or months or years u can submit new portals??...
A57: Right now we aren't anticipating the need to end portal submissions.
Q58: Jeremy Frey - Can we get some examples added to the OPR guide for portals that are acceptable / unacceptable under Acceptance Criteria 3 ("hidden gems"/"hyper local spots")? I've both seen complaints stemming from rejections, and experienced some myself, of portals that I'd argue are fair candidates under AC3.
A58: Good idea. I'll pass it along. Can you share with me and NIA OPS some of your example rejections?
Q59: Rosario Cristian Cosentino - How many portals a city Need for host an anomaly?
A59: There isn't a guideline. We host events in small cities and large ones.
Q60: Kevin Wojta (denoche) - Can you comment on Niantics position on submitting remote portals in areas where there is no data
A60: No data is subjective. One can almost always, if they are willing to pay the price, find a way to get data service. I don't think we have a requirement that portals must be in range of LTE service or something like that. So grab a sat phone and submit away.
Q61: Sam Stewart (MxTorquill) - I was wondering whether Ingress 2.0 will provide the option to place contact info on our agent profile other than just G+. Given the slowly crumbling state of G+, and the fact that a lot of our communities have embraced other forms of communication (such as Telegram, Slack, and Discord), it would be really helpful.
A61: That's good feedback. I've passed it on to our product team.
Q62: Jörg F (Aiyub) - when will RSVP for Q4 anomalys be opened?
A62: Immediately. ;)
Q61: Pablo Guerrero Calvo - Greetings from Costa Rica, I would like to know if it is possible to repeat a city as host of Mission Day, we want to make one in the capital but already participated after the Via Lux.
A61: We have had cities repeat Mission Day.
Q62: Ozz Core MIDMX - There are some agents that report about unlinkable portals, I mean, the agent has a good level, the portal has enoughlevel - distance as the key and the path is clear to make the shot but by any unknown reason the agent can't do the link, but when another agent do the same link using the same portals the link is established, do you know the reason for that?
A62: Apologies. I don't know what could be causing that.
Q63: Vitor Hakme - Is there any group (slack, tg or other) with the devs and members of community (not necessary vanguard members) to exchange ideas about the Ingress?
A63: No. Not currently.
Q64: Sarah Miller (Caterpillar) - How was your weekend? :) Are you going to try for an Exo Controller badge?
A64: My weekend was very relaxing. After I answer this week's AMA I plan on going out for a bit to see what I can do. I heard that some people already have their third tier 2000 level medal. That is insane!
Q65: Gustav Andersson - What do you think of a re-imagined recruitment system where each agent can declare, once, which agent recruited them and that is how the recruitment points are generated?
A65: That could be interesting. Like a two factor vouching system. You both have to agree that you either were the inviter or invitee.
Q66: Pongo Lyn - We have heard many powerful stories in this past week from agents who have invested thousands of hours, and often taking on great personal financial risk, in efforts to drive attendance to Ingress global events such as anomalies. What is your opinion on the responsibility of the player base in the successful organization, execution, and marketing of global Ingress events?
A66: Verrrry interesting question. As you know I come fromk the player base and was a POC for Anomalies. I think taking on financial burden is OK if proper forecasting is done. Too often I see POCs get in a jam because they either overestimated how much swag they would sell or the number of attendees. In terms of responsibility, nothing is required. But I know, and you know, that everyone likes a good party and Anomalies are more or less vacations for people. People want to have a good time. I wish we could do more for POCs. I don't know what that looks like without having to navigate a lot of legal waters with risk liability, insurances, etc. But I'm open to ideas. The POC volunteer coin, while a small token of appreciation, is limited and unique only to the role of Anomaly POCs. It's a start.
Q67: Chris Lew (aznpandafood) - With mission mosaics and series being so popular, what do you think of this feature in the Mission Creator Tool of allowing the mission author to "link" the next mission; so that after you completed the mission in your scanner, a pop up appears asking if you would like to start the next mission?
A67: Another good idea. I'm not sure without thinking about it how that could work unless at the time of creating the mission you are presented with a list of missions you have already submitted to choose to link to. However, those with hundreds of missions would be scrolling a lot to find the one to link. But I'm sure with more thought a better solution could be found.
Q68: Bart Van Haver - With the returning of submissions has there been an increase in play time among the L8-L10 Agents?
A68: I don't know.
Q69: Leroy Brocksieck - Will the community have any avenue for protesting certain agents being approved for the vanguard program?
A69: No. It isn't a popularity contest. I do have NIA OPS do background checks to make sure people don't have a rap sheet of offenses that I am unaware about.
Q70: Mykhailo - Is ignoring of Ukraine in Ingress caused because Pokemon GO wasn't officially released here? (just a hypothesis)
A70: Hahaha no. As mentioned in another question, I'll pass along the desire to have an Anomaly in Ukraine.
Q71: Gavin Treadgold (rediguana) - Congrats to NIAGameMaster getting Black Guardian. Woot!!
A71: Has it been that long already? Wow time flies.
Q72: Serhiy Skybun - What should I do when the wittingly good, but "uncomfortable" for one of the factions, portal is not accepted?
A72: I'm not sure I understand. Either a portal meets the criteria of being valid or it doesn't. Being uncomfortable for one of the factions isn't an input.
Q73: Serhiy Skybun - What should I do when a "trash can" with a fake location iis being accepted , but it is certainly convenient for one of the factions?
A73: Report it via the Portals Appeal Community and tag NIA OPS.
Q74: Aaron Almeida - Can you let us know if there will be a quarter without any anomaly in 2018, and if so, which one?
A74: Nothing is finalized yet. As soon as it is, I'm sure we will announce things.
Q75: Aliénor Fragnier - Hi Andrew. When we submit a portal, some will land in OPR to be accepted or rejected. However, what will happen to those never going to OPR? Are they lost for ever? Should we resubmit it after a while ?
A75: All submissions go into OPR. We are aware that some are not being reviewed and will have a solution for those eventually. I would not resubmit.
Q76: Vitor Hakme - I've sent my biocard to Niantic after a announcement on facebook. Do you have plans to post a picture of the wall with all biocards?
A76: We've expanded onto multiple walls now. I can take a picture next time I am in the office.
Q78: Ozz Core MIDMX - What do you think about creating for higher lvl agents weekly challenges with special rewards (like vr inventory, extra AP or maybe a badge) in order to keep them playing? Many lvl 16 agents stop playing because they don't see many things to do after reaching that level
A78: I think it is a good idea. Our quarterly challenges show that people like to be challenged.
Q79: James Green (jkg5150) - I hope I didn't miss this in the previous questions, but I don't think it's been asked yet: when should we expect to learn the format and rules for the upcoming Bob anomaly series, also known as Exo5?
A79: Hopefully in the next week or so.
Q80: Munch WillbeBlue - I heard pending remote support badges for Q3 series have been calceled. Are fairly earned Q3 remote support badges just being held longer for investigation or are they really calceled and not awarded ?
Q81: Not all remote support badges are cancelled. We will not be awarding medals for recharging though for this quarter.
Q82: Fei Xie - How do you feel when people ask about the question that has been answered before again and again and again?
A82: I usually skip it unless I think it is important to answer again.
Q83: Roberto Beccherle - One of the biggest problems we are experiencing playing Ingress is related to multiple accounts that people use to store items or (worse) to farm Lev4/5/6 stuff on portals in order to always have low level resonators available. I know it is tricky to fight it, and i even know (or hope) you're doing a lot lately on this issue.
Could you please comment on this issue?
A83: The rule has always been, one Agent per account. Not one Agent per logged in account. One per account period.
Q84: DarthMewtwo - Who were the chosen Alliance of Vanguards agents? Any truth to the rumors that Niantic simply chose POCs?
A84: No truth to the rumors at all. Some people that were chosen I only just met through the Vanguard application process. It'll be a good mix of familiar and unfamiliar names.
Q85: DarthMewtwo - Why was the EXO5 Controller badge set so high as to be unreasonable for most agents?
A85: Because we wanted an ultra hard mode badge. Seeing people get it three hours after the challenge started though... maybe it wasn't high enough.
Q86: Mayra Lucía de Fátima Chepe Ballena - Hi Andrew! Do you know what happened to the crystals that were given to RBFly and Wrenegade? Thanks! :)
A86: I do not. But now that you mention it, those probably shouldn't be floating around in the public space. I wonder if someone like P.A. Chapeau knows.
Q88: Berker Pandır (derberker) - Why don't you choose some of the anomaly cities by polls? There are some cities have hosted more than three events lately and there should be a rotation about it.
A88: Because poll can be gamed and everyone would want their city. It wouldn't give smaller cities a fair chance to get an Anomaly if we left it up to voting.
Q89: Aleksander Drozdov - What does we need to do to perform a GORUCK-like game event in Saint-Petersburg, Russia?
A89: Contact GORUCK. I'm sure if there is enough interest they will try to figure out how to make it happen.
Q90: Lloyd Mott - Is there a way to opt out of this special fielding badge. I don’t want to lose two weeks of AP by abstaining from making triangles, but I want another badge in my scanner even less.
A90: There is not.
Q91: Scott Robinson (AgentX1976)- When you bring back Behind the Scanner, maybe a good show topic could be an interview with +NIA Ops seeing as they usually generate a great amount of questions on these AMAs some insight on their way of thinking could be good. Is that a thing that could happen? I would watch.
A91: I hadn't thought about that. That might be a good thing to do.
Q92: quirischa zlobnyy - Hi. Will any bitcoin miner be integrated in 2.0 client?
A92: Hahaha - no.
Q93: Sergio SerroZelerny - Why are character medals 2017 so ugly? Does Nia need help from community to mske design better?
A93: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
Q94: keith black - Hi Andrew. Is there an app coming for opr that we can use rather than using a webpage on the go and the app can push portal review notifications that are in agents selected area(s) that have came available to review?
A94: Not that I am aware of.
Q95: Laurent “X6996” - When do you think will it be possible to order official ingress bio cards internationally?
A95: I wish I had an answer for you.
Q96: Kevin Saez - How should I report abuses on portal sub/ rating? There is no form for this.
A96: Depending on the issue you can report it via the Portal Appeals Community or the Help Center at support.ingress.com.
Q97: Dewayne Phillips - Also with 2.0 I hear ppl will lose Sojournal progress. True or false?
A97: While I have not heard of a plan yet to address this during the migration, I'll assume it is false because that would just not be nice.
Q98: Martin Brenner - If you would build your own Tecthulhu, what would it look like?
A98: Charlie Sheen... with tenticle fingers. Everyone would be afraid of it and it would try to interface with everything.
Q99: Joris Huijs - On the 19th of november, during MD Dordrecht, I'll be celebrating my 5th Bursterday. I will trow a smal foodgress at my favorite italian restaurant somewhere around it. Since you enjoyed the Mission Day in Deventer so much, are you coming to Dordrecht to celebrate with me, or are you willing to come to Enschede to celebrate? Or will you share the famous lasagna recipe (or something else) with the players from the first hour that are still playing to make up for missing this special day? I'm sure you've registered the registration date of our accounts!
A99: Happy Bursterday in advance. Due to other travel I have scheduled for November I won't be able to make it to Dordrecht. Maybe next time.
Q100: Gavin Treadgold (rediguana) - Do you dream of visiting New Zealand, and do you feel your dream will come real in the next year?
A100: Yes and yes.
Q101: Jochem van Belle - Hi Andrew, can you make it a 100+ questions/answers this time? #AskingForAFriend (and you know who)
Q102: Karlo Vranješ - +Andrew Krug Will portal submission limit increase or it will stay at 7 also isnt 14 day portal submission cooldown too much?
A102: For the short term it will stay at 7. We will constantly be evaluating things though and in the future it may change... or stay at 7. It all depends on many things.
Q103: Leandro Nicolás Borquez Zuloaga - Two weeks ago you said you drank yerba mate and it did not like you. I want you to know that you offended the entire Argentine community.
Now you have to organize an Anomaly here and come drink mate with all of us!
A103: I am sorry to have offended you. If you agree to eat a pickled egg, I will drink mate with you.
Q104: Matt Cathey - The OPR guide states to 1-star apartment/development signs. Does this include neighborhood and business entrance monuments?
A104: I would need more information to render an opinion. I have seen historical neighborhood signs be portals.
Q105: Matt Cathey - Can you confirm that an agent is NOT able to review his/her own portal submissions in OPR?
A105: I can confirm that.
Q106: Max Hajncl - What are your thoughts on using ADA's logo as a design base for some sort of scannable code?
A106: Interesting. Like our own QR code of sorts. I kind of like it. I worry about the engineering required though to implement it versus other priorities.
Q107: Flora S. - Any chance of bringing Klue back to the events?
A107: I'm not sure we know where she is. Last I heard from PAC was that he gave her space and may have laost touch with her.
Q108: Lucas Momosaki - Hi, we are facing here on OPR some issues about "Should graffiti art be a valid portal?"
A108: I think in general, if I am remembering correctly, temporary art is not a valid portal.
Q109: Tom Karel (ebeebeb) - Can you make MD work like Anomolies with registration at registration portals?
A109: Interesting idea. I'll bring this up to the team. It could be a second step for checking in but I don't think it could replace the entire process and we need to verify that people do the required amount of missions somehow.
Q110: Gavin Treadgold (rediguana) - Hi Andrew, in light of Tom Petty dying today, what is your favourite Tom Petty song?
A110: Man... I have to pick one? I think I would go with Free Fallin.
Q111: Tadashi Namizaki (a.k.a. PlSp) - Should we prepare any XM flare or another issue at Halloween day?
A111: I don't know of anything specific. There is always the #HackorTreat and #IngressHalloween campaigns. I find it curious though that this October we have Friday the 13th and Halloween 31st. 1331... Could it mean something?
Q112: The HuK - +Andrew Krug when can I have a guardian hunting badge ?
A112: You can't.
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