At what point do you start to add a hint? in General geocaching topics Posted November 19, 2007 I usually add a hint. Of course, there's hints and then there are spoiler hints. A spoiler hint is "crook of tree". A non-spoiler hint would be "not on the ground", or "don't step on it". A good hint keeps you from banging the bushes or searching a fence that you don't need to search without totally giving away the location. Depending on how you feel about the cache a spoiler hint isn't necessarily a bad thing - it tells seekers that yeah, the cache is missing, or hey - someone moved it and I should move it back. A non-spoiler hint, done right, excludes areas from the search without totally compromising the hide. Then there are worthless hints, like "in the ivy". No. Just No. It's often a good thing to consider what you would use for a hint when you hide the cache. If the search might be particularly difficult and you can locate the cache near a distinctive object, the resulting hint can 'save' the hide. A cache hidden in ivy, bad. A cache hidden in ivy such that "within 12 feet of light pole" applies, not so bad.