Guardian portals have been a very hot topic lately, especially now that badges count towards new levels.
If you are a reddit user, you may have seen the thread showing a tool that not only automated the seeking of guardian portals, but also put it in an easy to use map, showing which portals were closest to hitting their next badge.
Even Niantic’s own Joe Philley had posted about guardian hunting being “cheap and dirty”, which spawned a pretty heated discussion about guardian hunting. Some argued the point that it’s more than just denying a pretty badge now that new levels are in play. A guardian denial may also result in a level denial as well since it is one of the “easier” badges to obtain. Another popular argument was that tools such as the one above was playing “smarter” rather than “harder”.
Today, we noticed a change in the Intel map that has removed the capture time / discovery date entirely.
Guardians captured before today are likely still subject to being found since their data was already discovered by guardian finder tools, however… From here on out, the age of a portal will only be known between it and the Agent that captured it.
An oversight by myself was quickly revealed in the comments. Though these changes may put a halt to guardian tools in use today, the next generation of tools will likely scrape capture data in COMMs, which ranges back to 180 days.