When you submit a possible location for a new Ingress portal are you personally informed (by email) if the portal has been accepted and been activated in the game, or does it just appear on the map?
I submitted a clear image with geo-coordinates in the EXIF data (enable "Store Location" in the camera app settings) on December 14th, 2012.
The submission was approved by Niantic on February 6th, 2013, 54 days later.
I have yet to see the portal actually appear in the game, but found this in the Help Center:
It sounds like the reviewing of submissions is very random....
Portal added during the early morning of Feb 21st, so 15 days after the approval email.
Thats a grand total of 69 days from submission to showing up in game.
No, at least I have not heard that anyone got informed.
3 of my portal suggestions were added to the game, however I have not got any message or confirmation yet.
Sometimes you get an email stating that a portal you submitted has been accepted.
Most portals, however, seem to show up without notification.
The process seems to be somewhat random at this time. My own submissions (3 weeks ago) have not been replied to, a friend got his portal submission approved after two days.