To finish first you must first finish
To even contend you must first enter
The whole Ingress community went through the tracking paranoia thing but - let’s be honest here - anyone who wants to track you, can track you and all this “Do not track” and other paranoia is mostly nonsense and fluff.
The world has changed - it can’t go back. Someone on Reddit recently noted that during a visit to a Nazi Concentration Camp museum, their total ban on cellphones made the place “eerily quiet”. They said this as-if a world without people talking into/fiddling with phones is entirely novel.
That is scary - not the tracking and shit, the fact people see this ‘always on’ thing as normal.
After that, collecting Pokes is just a laugh - although it’s apparently been hit with at least one DDOS attack today showing that we cannot have nice things until we find the people who do that and nail them to the wall by their private bits.