Geocache Quality in User Insights Posted June 22, 2018 In your mind, what is a high quality geocache? This depends on what I'm looking for in a cache. Some days I'm looking for a simple break from the day where I don't have much time, and a PnG is perfect for me in that situation. Then there times where I'm looking for a deep woods adventure, wanting to be taken to breath taking landscapes and city lines. While other times I want to be challenged with a clever puzzle. A quality geocache does one of more of those requirements. In your mind, what is a low quality geocache? This is realitive I think to the experience to the cacher. I remember my first LPC and I was mind blown, now years and thousand of find and miles later I'm not as mind blown. There should be a standard which is already set. Clean, safe, maintained and well written. What steps can the community take to improve geocache quality? Honestly this is kinda a double edge sword of a question. I think in order to have quality caches, we need to have quality logs, in order to have quality logs we need to have quality caches. The community needs to understand that there are two sides of this community. Finders and Hiders We all are finders first and I can tell you that when I first found caches my logs weren't the best, it wasn't untill I found a couple hundred (and started to feel guilty for not giving back to a hobbies I feel in love with) I started hiding my own. I put a ton of work, thought and time into my first power trail. It was also by the grace and paitence of quality reviewers that kept me from making a ton of rookie mistakes. But to my point, it wasn't untill I seen my hard work, efforts and time rewarded with just a "TFTC" log or even worse just an emoji and how disappointed I was that made me go back and rewrite all my logs that were lacking. Those people that took the time to share their adventures (good or bad) with quality logs encouraged me to make better quality geocaches. I grew hungry for the praise and criticism that we're presented in a positive fashion. The community needs to give more love to the hideers, both in their logs and ability to inform the CO of any issues a hide might have. The tools are there, people just need to use them. COs also must keep that commitment of maintenance. I will be the first to admit I am far from perfect, but there have been plenty of geocaches I found that where noting more than a ziplock bag with a cloths pin hanging in a tree. Or 4 containers at GZ because geocachers didn't want to log a dnf and assumed the the lvl 5/5 caches was missing. Another tip for quality caches is making and attending events. Get to know your local community of geocachers and you become family, the area I live was dead, being one of the handfuls of geocachers to help rejuvenate the hobby I can not stress how important events are, when you become friends with both Hiders and finders you start bouncing off ideas and those ideas become quality. What steps can Geocaching HQ take to improve geocache quality While there are plenty of good ideas this can be tricky because you can't force people to write quality logs, nor can you force a person to check maintenance on their cache immediately after a needs maintenance request is submitted. Really education is the best way to improve both sides of these problems. Favorite points are a good idea, and logs should be a review but they don't work if people don't use them. Perhaps a 5 Star system that is easy to use may help elivate quality, but unlike the favorite point system, the star system is required. Perhaps make an online required course to become "certified" hider, and have a minimum character requirement in logs before the find is completed. Thank you for giving me voice in this as well as taking the time to read my thoughts!