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  1. TODAY, October 1 at approximately 5:00 pm (Pacific Daylight Time), we will conduct maintenance on the Geocaching Forums. Convert to your local time here. The forums will be offline for up to 2 hours. Normal service will resume after the window.
  2. Release Notes (Website: Search filtering) - August 26, 2021 With this release, filtering on Geocaching.com is faster, cleaner, and best of all, redesigned specifically to help you find the geocaches you want. The filters* on the Search and the Map are now a cohesive experience with a refreshed design for geocachers to quickly apply relevant filters and get out geocaching. Highlights of the release: The functionality of all filters has not changed, only the visual design. The filter panel now features collapsing sections which group related filters together. “Caches I have not found” and “Caches I do not own” filters are applied by default for Premium members. A filter to show geocaches that will fill your missing D/T grid has now been incorporated directly into the filter panel for Premium members. Geocachers can now search by geocache name in the main search bar, in addition to the "Geocache name contains" search box. The “Not found by” filter now supports up to 10 players (or 11 if you include yourself). Use the Search filter in the Location section to search by country, city, state, coordinates, or GC code. The default is a worldwide search. Also in the Location section, fill in the Distance from Location filter to confine your search to a radius from your chosen location. Remember, you can display your search results display in list form or directly on the Geocaching.com map by adjusting your preferences in Settings. *Advanced filtering is a benefit of Premium membership. Pooja (onepooja), Product Manager, is watching this thread to answer questions whenever possible. Any posts in this thread should relate to features in this release. Comments unrelated to the release may be removed. Please direct unrelated comments to other appropriate threads. Thanks!
  3. Release Notes (Geocaching® app : D/T multi-select filter) - August 23, 2021 With today’s release, we have updated the Premium Filters so that you have more control over which D/T combinations you filter for. From the Filter menu you can pick and choose any or all difficulty and terrain ratings to filter for. Caching with your family but want to make time for a couple of challenging caches? Filter to show only low and high terrain caches. Looking to fill your D/T grid? Filter to show only those combinations that you’re missing. ______________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________ nykkole is watching this thread to answer questions whenever possible. Any posts in this thread should relate to features in this release. Comments unrelated to the release may be removed. Please direct unrelated comments to other appropriate threads. Thanks!
  4. We are thrilled to announce the Geocaching 20th Anniversary Celebration is scheduled for August 20, 2022 at Seattle Center. Originally planned for 2020, we’ve postponed the party twice due to uncertainties related to COVID-19. But the delay only makes us that much more excited to welcome the geocaching community for an unforgettable celebration. We will share more details in the coming months on the cache page and Event website. There is even more geocaching fun to enjoy in the Pacific Northwest around the same time: GeoWoodstock (GC86VDF) - Abbotsford, British Columbia Saturday, August 13, 2022 We can’t wait to finally celebrate with you in 2022!
  5. Release Notes (Geocaching® Android app: Experimental features) - August 16, 2021 With today’s release, we have introduced an option for Premium members on Android devices to try out features that are not yet fully developed. As a Premium member on an Android device, you will see the option to turn on specific Experimental features in your app settings. In the future, some of the features may be released to everyone, while other features may be discontinued. We will continue to add to the Experimental features menu over time. For this initial release, you can turn on and try out the following feature: Empty D/T grid search Note: This release is on Android devices only. Given the nature of Experimental features, the feature set will be different between Android and iOS. Please visit this Premium-only forum section to share your feedback about this or any of the Experimental features. Nicole (nykkole) is watching this thread to answer questions whenever possible. Any posts in this thread should relate to features in this release. Comments unrelated to the release may be removed. Please direct unrelated comments to other appropriate threads. Thanks!
  6. The Event calendar was officially retired today. You can find the new Help Center version of the Guide to Hosting Events here. Thank you to all those who provided feedback via the survey.
  7. Release Notes (Geocaching Forums)- August 2, 2021 Today we have upgraded the software used to power the Geocaching forums. This upgrade does not include any major functionality changes. However, the software provider, Invision, has made a few user interface (UI) changes. For example, previously some users had forum titles displayed under their username. For most users, their Geocaching membership status was displayed. Others had a customized forum title from when titles could be added and edited (ex. Keystone’s “Everything in Moderation” title shown in this screenshot taken prior to the software upgrade). The functionality to add/edit forum titles was actually removed with an Invision update long ago, but the titles remained visible for anyone who had added them before those software updates. With today’s update, the title field is gone. Another Invision change is that reputation points no longer appear under a user’s avatar. You can hover over the user’s avatar, which produces a new box with information including that user’s reputation points. Chris (Rock Chalk) is watching this thread to answer questions whenever possible. Any posts in this thread should relate to features in this release. Comments unrelated to the release may be removed. Please direct unrelated comments to other appropriate threads. Thanks!
  8. On Monday, August 2 at approximately 2:00 pm (Pacific Daylight Time), we will conduct maintenance on the Geocaching Forums. Convert to your local time here. The forums will be offline for approximately 2 hours. Normal service will resume after the window.
  9. Release Notes (Website: Upcoming retirement of the Event calendar) - July 12, 2021 In an effort to reduce the number of old duplicate pages on Geocaching.com, we are planning to retire the Event calendar page and its child pages on August 12, 2021. Traffic to these pages has decreased significantly over the years as players opt to use more powerful tools like the new Search for Events or the Event widget on the new dashboard. The Guide to Hosting Events will move to the Help Center. In addition to providing advance notice of this change, we are soliciting feedback on how you would like to see Events surfaced further on Geocaching.com. For more background information about retirement of duplicate pages on Geocaching.com, please visit the Geocaching Blog. Thank you! Sven (Bl4ckH4wkGER) is watching this thread to answer questions whenever possible. Any posts in this thread should relate to features in this release. Comments unrelated to the release may be removed. Please direct unrelated comments to other appropriate threads. Thanks!
  10. As a follow-up to the April 26 release, we have added the same souvenir sorting functionality to the public profile. Players are now able to sort souvenirs in the same fashion on their own profile page and other players’ profile pages. We hope you enjoy browsing your fellow cachers’ souvenirs and get inspired for your next geocaching adventure.
  11. Release Notes (Geocaching® app: Filter by Favorite points) - June 21, 2021 With today’s release, Premium members using the Geocaching® app can filter for caches by Favorite points. On the filter screen, enter the number of minimum Favorite points and apply the filter. If you choose 50, only caches with 50 or more Favorite points will show on the map. nykkole is watching this thread to answer questions whenever possible. Any posts in this thread should relate to features in this release. Comments unrelated to the release may be removed. Please direct unrelated comments to other appropriate threads. Thanks!
  12. Release Notes (Website: Search to map) - June 17, 2021 With this release, you may choose to map search results directly on the map on Geocaching.com. Currently, search results default to a list of caches. If you prefer a visual representation of the results, go to Preferences in your Account Settings and check ‘Display search results directly on map’. Your preference will apply to all new Search links on the website, except for other players’ finds, which will only be available as a list. This feature is available to Premium and Basic member users, with their respective search limitations. Sven (Bl4ckH4wkGER) is watching this thread to answer questions whenever possible. Any posts in this thread should relate to features in this release. Comments unrelated to the release may be removed. Please direct unrelated comments to other appropriate threads. Thanks!
  13. Release Notes (Geocaching® iOS app: Experimental features) - June 14, 2021 With today’s release, we have introduced an option for Premium members on iOS devices to try out features that are not yet fully developed. As a Premium member on an iOS device, you will see the option to turn on specific Experimental features in your app settings. In the future, some of the features may be released to everyone, while other features may be discontinued. We will continue to add to the Experimental features menu over time. For this initial release, here are the features you can turn on and try out: Siri shortcuts Show Favorite points on logs Show friends list Add or remove Favorite points Note: This release is not available on Android devices but we are working on implementing Experimental features for Android phones as well. Given the nature of Experimental features, the feature set will be different on the two platforms. Please visit this Premium-only forum section to share your feedback about any of these features. Nicole (nykkole) is watching this thread to answer questions whenever possible. Any posts in this thread should relate to features in this release. Comments unrelated to the release may be removed. Please direct unrelated comments to other appropriate threads. Thanks!
  14. Release Notes (Geocaching® app: Announcement and Archive log types for cache owners) - May 17, 2021 With today’s release we are introducing the log types “Announcement” and “Archive” for cache owners on the Geocaching® app. Announcement If you organize an Event Cache or CITO, you can now post an Announcement log directly from the Geocaching® mobile app. Announcement logs trigger an email to all players who have logged a “Will attend” on your event. Use this to post important updates about your event. Archive Whether you own a physical cache, an EarthCache, Virtual Cache, or Event Cache—you can now archive your cache directly from the Geocaching® mobile app. Archiving a geocache permanently removes it from the app and from Geocaching.com. This action cannot be undone. nykkole is watching this thread to answer questions whenever possible. Any posts in this thread should relate to features in this release. Comments unrelated to the release may be removed. Please direct unrelated comments to other appropriate threads. Thanks!
  15. On Wednesday, May 5 at approximately 1:00 pm (Pacific Daylight Time), we will conduct maintenance on the Geocaching Forums. This is to address issues that were identified during the April 28 window. Convert to your local time here. The forums will be offline approximately 2 hours. Normal service will resume after the window.
  16. On Wednesday, April 28 at approximately 10:00 am (Pacific Daylight Time), we will conduct maintenance on the Geocaching Forums. Convert to your local time here. The forums will be offline for up to 2 hours. Normal service will resume after the window.
  17. Release Notes (Website and Geocaching® app: Souvenir sorting) - April 26, 2021 With this release, souvenir sorting has arrived! On Geocaching.com: Sort souvenir names from A to Z and Z to A Sort souvenirs by newest or oldest first. Your souvenir count is also displayed. In the Geocaching® app (8.47.0 or higher): Sort souvenir names from A to Z Sort souvenirs by newest first. Your sorting selection is sticky, so it's always in the order you prefer. Check out the app or go to Your Souvenirs on Geocaching.com to try it out. Sven (Bl4ckH4wkGER) is watching this thread to answer questions whenever possible. Any posts in this thread should relate to features in this release. Comments unrelated to the release may be removed. Please direct unrelated comments to other appropriate threads. Thanks!
  18. Release Notes (Website: Links now point to new search results) - April 20, 2021 With today’s release, we have updated links on Geocaching.com that were pointing to the old search results, with the exception of Pocket Query preview links. (Note that you can still see the old search results if you have a direct link, or if searching via the old search.) Why did we make this update? There are many different ways to search for geocaches on Geocaching.com. With this update, we are taking the first step towards retiring the old search, which has remained in place for six years since the current search was released in March 2015. The goal is to reduce the confusion from (and related cost of maintaining) multiple search experiences, but also to reduce website vulnerabilities. As a benefit, this update provides consistent filtering and sorting, the option to add caches to a List, and the increased option to map caches from the search results. Details about the update We have updated all links that currently link to the old search results (except Pocket query previews). These links now link to the new search results. For example, a link that started with www.geocaching.com/seek/nearest.aspx now links to a URL starting with www.geocaching.com/play/search. The following links are updated: Links to nearby caches below the cache description Links to finds and hides from the player profile Links to the old search on https://www.geocaching.com/my/geocaches.aspx Links to the old search on https://www.geocaching.com/my/recentlyviewedcaches.aspx You’ll now get all the benefits from the new search, such as: Mapping search results (this was not possible for all results in the old search) Adding search results to Lists (this was not possible from old search results) Option to further filter search results Additional (and consistent) filters and sorting Premium members can sort on all columns, Geocache Name, Distance, Favorite, etc. Basic members can sort on Distance Other differences to note: With this change, we removed the workaround for Basic members to access Premium member filter options. Basic members no longer see all finds from another player. The new search results don’t show some of the information that the old search results show. For example if a cache contains trackables or has an uncleared Needs Maintenance icon. Results are limited to 1000 caches (please use sorting and filtering to further narrow down the results as necessary). Nicole (nykkole) is watching this thread to answer questions whenever possible. Any posts in this thread should relate to features in this release. Comments unrelated to the release may be removed. Please direct unrelated comments to other appropriate threads. Thanks!
  19. Cache owners can now adopt or transfer their Virtual Cache to another player’s account. Virtual Caches remain a legacy cache type, but with limited releases, such as the 2017 and 2019 Virtual Rewards. Geocaching HQ made this change because we want to increase the flexibility for current Virtual Cache owners, including those that have unpublished listings from the 2019 Virtual Rewards 2.0 release. To transfer a Virtual Cache, the original cache owner must start the adoption process. As with other cache types, archived Virtual Caches cannot be transferred to a new owner. Along with this change, Geocaching HQ is extending the submission deadline for unpublished Virtual Reward 2.0 caches to December 31, 2021. We hope this gives cache owners time to either finish their cache listing, or adopt the listing to another geocacher.
  20. Release Notes (Geocaching® app for Android updates) - April 12, 2021 With this release, we have made a significant change to the main navigation model in the Android app. Previously, we stored all navigation elements in the drawer. Now, those same navigation elements are moved front and center, and we introduced a bottom navigation model which provides access to the bottom navigation controls from any view in the app. In the header of the app, we have updated the control to access filters. This control is now presented in two states. The first state, shown immediately below, is displayed when filters are in their default state, and the user has not made any changes or edits to the filters. The second state, shown below, is displayed when the player has made changes to the filters, and serves as a reminder that filters have changed. Additionally, parts of the app are refreshed for a cleaner look, and we made map updates for improved performance. We would also like to call out a technical note. With this release, we are dropping support for Android OS 4.4 (KitKat). Moving forward, new releases are available only for Android OS version 5.0 (Lollypop) and higher. Brendan (brendanjw) is watching this thread to answer questions whenever possible. Any posts in this thread should relate to features in this release. Comments unrelated to the release may be removed. Please direct unrelated comments to other appropriate threads. Thanks!
  21. Release Notes (Geocaching® app: Adventure pins) - April 12, 2021 With this release, Premium members can see Adventures in the Geocaching® app! Adventures are represented by their own pin type, so they are easily recognizable on the map. Each pin represents an Adventure Lab’s starting location. Adventure pins in the Geocaching® app are available only to Premium members. Basic members can still complete Adventures for free directly in the Adventure Lab® app. For Premium members who have both the Geocaching® and Adventure Lab® apps installed on their mobile device, tapping an Adventure pin in the Geocaching® app will take you directly to the Adventure Lab® app via a deep-link and you can begin exploring. For Premium members who have not yet installed the Adventure Lab® app, your first time interacting with an Adventure pin in the Geocaching® app will prompt you to install the Adventure Lab® app before being deep-linked directly. Adventures on the Geocaching Map The Geocaching® app’s filter panel is also updated to include Adventures. You can now search and filter for Adventures just as you would with cache types, or hide them entirely. It’s up to you. As an additional improvement, you now have the option to deselect all / select all cache types and cache sizes in the filters. Displaying only Adventures on the Geocaching Map We have also made some changes to the tray that is displayed when you tap an Adventure pin. The look and feel are quite similar to the existing Geocaching tray, but with different pieces of information. Adventure Tray Total distance Number of ratings and average rating, if the Adventure has ratings Number of locations for the Adventure We are eager to hear your feedback about these new features in the Geocaching® app. For an update about the Adventure Lab® platform, please see this forum thread. Brendan (brendanjw) is watching this thread to answer questions whenever possible. Any posts in this thread should relate to features in this release. Comments unrelated to the release may be removed. Please direct unrelated comments to other appropriate threads. Thanks!
  22. As we look to the future of Adventure Lab, you may also be interested in some of the history. Adventure Lab development history In 2011, it came to our attention that public and private events were requesting densely-placed, temporary geocaches that weren’t possible within the existing geocaching ecosystem. An engineering team created a new product offering that could meet the request while adding a layer of storytelling, interactivity, and rich media. We named the offering “Adventures”. We built a mobile responsive web application prototype to create and play Adventures and placed this within the labs.geocaching.com website. This website was a ‘laboratory’ intended to house HQ’s experimental prototypes. In 2013, a new “Lab Cache” cache type was added to Geocaching.com to represent a ‘find’ originating from any of HQ’s experimental product offerings. The first public Lab Caches were available at Geocaching HQ’s Block Party in 2013. Adventures enjoyed success within the geocaching Mega-Event circles and other audiences. No other experiments were added to labs.gocaching.com which led to Adventures becoming synonymous with “Lab Caches”. In 2015 the Adventures platform, “Lab Caches'', was gaining popularity. At this point, the original prototype provided a substandard experience. It also lacked the mobile device capabilities needed to provide the next level of interactivity and rich media we had envisioned. In 2018 a small team experimenting with React Native decided to build an app in order to address the shortcomings in the web-based experience. The effort was a success and the app launched on the iOS and Android app stores that same year. We retired the original prototype shortly thereafter. Now, the Adventure Lab iOS and Android mobile apps are the de facto means to play an Adventure. There are still some rough edges and loose ends due to the patchwork of integration points done by various teams over the years. However, some of the experimental design is intentional to provide room for innovation both at HQ and within the community, as described in more detail in the main post.
  23. Update on Adventure Lab® platform vision - March 30, 2021 We would like to take a few moments to share an update on the Adventure Lab® app and platform vision. What is the Adventure Lab® app? Geocaching Adventure Lab® is a new and evolving app and platform from the team at Geocaching HQ. It allows you to create, play, and share location-based experiences and games called Adventures. Adventures guide players to find clues, unlock fun stories, solve puzzles, and explore new places. In contrast to core geocaching, Adventure Lab has more simple guidelines, no distance requirements between geocaches or other Adventures, and does not involve placing physical objects. Adventures can also be private and time-limited. You can download the Adventure Lab® app here. What is the future of the Adventure Lab® app and platform? Our vision is that the Adventure Lab platform will enable anyone to create, share, and play interactive, media-rich, location-based experiences worldwide. To achieve that vision, we have several intentions for Adventure Lab as we continue to experiment and innovate: HQ will continue to experiment with the Adventure Lab platform and features to enable more people to discover and explore the world around them. As we experiment and attempt to offer updates quickly, we expect some improvements to happen in steps and perhaps a bit of instability along the way. We are okay with this as it allows us to learn and build better tools faster. 'An Adventure requires that a player travel to specific locations or perform specific activities in the real world. Players are not allowed to use apps, devices, programs, or any other means to misrepresent their device’s location for any purpose in the Adventure Lab® mobile app. We recognize that despite the efforts we have made and plan to make in the future, there will be some players who find ways to misrepresent their device’s location while playing. We will do our best to address this but understand that we may not be able to completely stop this practice. Geocaching HQ intends to expand the Adventure Lab audience and opportunities to explore by welcoming creators and players beyond the current geocaching community. As we work towards this, some of the decisions we make will favor welcoming new audiences, rather than trying to integrate Adventure Lab into the existing geocaching game. The Adventure Lab platform includes elements that complement the core geocaching experience but it will continue to be distinct from core geocaching with a limited intersection of features. We encourage Adventures to contain compelling narratives, for their stages to share a common theme, or for them to unfold in a sequence defined by the content creators. Adventure Lab aims to provide creators with a broad toolset that allows them to create the type of Adventures that they wish to create and to tell the stories they wish to tell. We believe that providing more choices will ultimately result in a broader and better array of Adventures for people to play. Each Location (or stage) of an Adventure is a component of the story the creator is trying to tell and it is in the spirit of Adventure Lab to protect the Adventure creator’s narrative. For this reason, it is intentional that we are only showing Adventure starting Locations on the app map. Thank you for helping us innovate, build something new, and create more opportunities for people to explore the world around them. Specific feedback, bug reports, or feature requests are best submitted via the “Feedback” form in the “Profile” tab in the Adventure Lab app itself so that the feedback is available to the entire team. Interested in creating an Adventure? Learn more. Product Manager, Erin (Oceansazul), and Lead Adventure Lab developer, Stuart (syntaxerror) are watching this thread to answer questions about high-level product intentions when possible.
  24. On Thursday, March 25 at 6:00 PM (Pacific Daylight Time), there will be about 1 hour of planned downtime for the Geocaching website, apps, blog, forums, the Waymarking and Wherigo websites, and API partners. Convert to your local time here. Normal service will resume after the maintenance window.
  25. With today’s release, we have introduced log upvotes universally. This feature was already live in Canada and Norway to receive feedback before releasing it to a wider audience. As you browse caches on Geocaching.com, you’ll notice “Great story” and “Helpful” buttons available on Found It, DNF (did not find), Webcam Photo Taken, Attended, and Event Announcement logs. You can now vote for logs which you feel include story worthy moments, an inspiring tale about the journey to the cache, or helpful tips. For more information about log upvotes, visit the FAQ. Pooja (onepooja) is watching this thread to answer questions whenever possible. Any posts in this thread should relate to features in this release. Comments unrelated to the release may be removed. Please direct unrelated comments to other appropriate threads. Thanks!
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