PSA: This is not a "Let’s ban all spoofers" or “Rework the gym system” post. Even though I despise them that’s not what this is. Please read on.
Incentive. That’s it. Incentive. All rewards within the game are incentives for interacting with gyms and it needs to stop. Everything of value that we want now come from gyms. Daily coins, extra items per spin if you earned a badge, TMs, rare candy, golden razz berries, legendaries, mewtwo. ALL COME FROM GYMS. See the problem?? See why it makes sense for spoofers to be more active?
If not for this reward system we would not really have much issues with spoofers other than the occasional, childish boasting posts about their “hard to get” catches (LOL). They could just sit at home, catch their pokémon and no one would care. Much. But that’s not the reality. They’re here and have infested this community and now it’s time for a change in obtaining rewards.
My proposal. ELIMINATE REWARDS FROM GYMS. Instead, we could earn rewards that come from gyms by meeting daily goals or PvP instead which will be coming this year. Revenue would still be earned through other means but I leave that in Niantic’s hands. But gyms and anything related to them that will influence other trainers due to a spoofer’s involvement is not working.
I don’t want to see gyms go away. I love battling. It wouldn’t be a Pokémon game without them. It’s the reward system that must die. It has to evolve. It’s killing the game so let’s kill it.