We can absolutely be more efficient. I think most people try to have more portals from different places to attract “wandering” customers for ff and sales.
With the shop tracker, ff is the only real reason to have many portals.
We as a community need to get on the same page about naming our beacons and portal signs the same in order to easily find the shop we are tracking on the planet.
I would propose discipline. If you host a hub of portals, put hub in the name. Hubs should try to primarily connect to other hubs. “Shops” should then connect to only a hub or 3. Players can easily get used to warping to a planet, check the shop tracker, and wander a few “ planetary hubs” until they find the shop portal matching the beacon name. Hubs should be a way to navigate and find ALL portals on the planet. Shops can connect to anywhere and players should know they probably cannot get everywhere using those portals.
Hubs can also do a better job at organizing portals. Rite now its just a collection of portals in a circle. Segregation of shops from other hubs, maybe segregation of types of shops, and segregation of planets would be very helpful. I challenge one of you epic builders and hub owners to accomplish this and set a new standard.
Ive been thinking about portal efficiency for awhile, but i do not own a major hub and i assume i dont know all the troubles and stress keeping one operational. But as a game and community we are reaching a point where we are pretty well established with economics and networks and malls and groups, we can look towards being more efficient and ultimately leading to a better playing experience for newer players who can get confused.
Thanks for reading my idea dump.