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  1. Release Notes (Geocaching® app: Report a problem log type names) - December 9, 2022 With the most recent release, we have renamed log types in the Geocaching® app that are used to report potential problems with geocaches so that they more accurately reflect the intent of the logs. The Needs Maintenance / Maintenance suggested log type is now Owner attention requested. The Needs Archived log type is now Reviewer attention requested. To use these log types in the Geocaching® app, go to the bottom of a cache details screen and tap “Report a problem with this geocache.” The log choices will appear. You may then choose one of the log types, type a message, and post the log. After the log is posted, the next steps are unchanged from what happened with the old names. Owner attention requested: the cache owner is notified that there may be a problem with their cache. Reviewer attention requested: a geocaching community volunteer reviewer is notified that the cache may have a problem. We will rename the Needs Maintenance and Needs Archived logs on the Geocaching.com website in early 2023. Nicole (nykkole), 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!
  2. We do appreciate the feedback shared in this thread, and understand how disruptive this change will be to benchmarkers. However, for the reasons stated in the original post and in subsequent posts by the Product Manager, we wish to confirm that we will remove benchmarking from the Geocaching.com website on January 4, 2023. This is slightly later than the original time frame, due to the holidays.
  3. On Monday, November 21 at approximately 9:30 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST), 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.
  4. With today’s release, we are making key improvements to the Pocket Query API, aka part of the infrastructure powering Pocket Queries behind the scenes. The user interface, including how and where you can create Pocket Queries, will remain unchanged. Pocket Queries will remain available to API partners and scheduled queries will continue to be generated around midnight Pacific Time. Players should benefit from Pocket Queries generating more quickly and more reliably going forward. If you experience any unexpected behavior, please let us know in the comments below. Please see this Help Center article for more details about Pocket Queries. 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!
  5. These pre-release notes give advance notice of an upcoming change to Geocaching.com. On January 4, 2023, we will remove Benchmarking from the Geocaching.com website. We understand this is disappointing to those who enjoy benchmarking. However, benchmarks are only available in the United States, and were added to the website when geocaches were less available. Today, they are not in line with the global game geocaching has become. In addition, because benchmarks are not owned by community members, “maintenance” is not possible like with geocaches. Many benchmark listings refer to marks that were removed or destroyed long ago, which makes for an uneven game experience. Therefore, we have decided to retire them from Geocaching.com. These changes will remove the following pages: mark/default.aspx mark/details.aspx mark/gallery.aspx mark/limage.aspx mark/log.aspx mark/nearest.aspx mark/upload.aspx my/benchmarks.aspx my/logs.aspx?s=3&lt=2 my/logs.aspx?s=3 These changes will include updates to the following pages: Old dashboard Cache details pages Public profile Help Center Public forums The “NGS Benchmarks” entry and find count on public profiles will be retained to preserve statistics and player accomplishments. Since logging benchmarks on Geocaching.com will no longer be possible, any challenge caches requiring finding and logging benchmarks will be archived on January 2, 2023. We will post this information on challenge caches we have identified which require finding and logging benchmarks. Players who wish to continue finding and logging benchmarks are welcome to do so on Waymarking.com, which offers categories for U.S. benchmarks and Canadian benchmarks. 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!
  6. Release Notes (Geocaching® app: Favorite point indicator) - October 10, 2022 At Geocaching HQ, we're often testing and launching improvements and new features. This means you might see something in the Geocaching® app that your friend doesn't, or you could get a new feature or experience to try temporarily. With today’s release, we are beginning such a test in the Geocaching® app. Some of you will see a Favorite point indicator on the top 10% most Favorited caches on the map. At most, 300 caches load on the map, so approximately 30 caches will be highlighted. (In some cases, it will be more than 30, since we are including all caches that have the same amount of Favorite points as the cut off). Why don’t we use FP percentage? How did we come up with the algorithm of top 10%? We compared multiple different algorithms (Favorite points, Favorite point percentage, Wilson score, Fun score) and found that even though there were some differences, they were not significant within our samples (e.g. Favorite points and Wilson score resulted in a very similar set of highlighted caches). Favorite point percentage is more meaningful in some cases, but it also highlights newer caches that have few logs disproportionately. Knowing that no algorithm will ever be perfect, we decided to test Favorite points since they are already in the app and the algorithm is easy to explain and understand. Nicole (nykkole), 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!
  7. On Monday, September 12 at approximately 6:00 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time (PDT), we will conduct maintenance on sites including the Geocaching Forums and Geocaching Blog. The downtime will not affect Geocaching.com. Convert to your local time here. The sites will be offline for up to 2 hours. Normal service will resume after the window.
  8. With today’s release (app version 9.9.0), we are bringing more friends features to the Geocaching® app. From your profile, you can now see Your friends list - and access their profiles or the Message Center to chat with them. All incoming friend requests - and accept or delete them. You can also access a QR code for others to scan. Scanning the QR code will open your profile in the app. When viewing another player’s profile, you can See if that player is already your friend. Send a friend request to that player, or cancel a pending friend request. Thank you to Premium members who opted into the friends features when they were available via the Experimental features menu. Your feedback was helpful as we were actively developing the features. Nicole (nykkole), 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!
  9. (This announcement is from today's Geocaching Blog.) “I never would have known about this place if not for geocaching.” The sentiment is voiced so often that it’s almost a cliché in the geocaching community. As the Year of the Hide celebration continues, we’re thrilled to launch GC9FAVE – Discovered while geocaching – Locationless Cache. By logging this cache, you’ll score a rare cache icon and share a favorite local place that you discovered with geocaching! Maybe you’ll choose a place where you hid a cache, or perhaps somewhere you discovered when searching for a cache. This Locationless Cache is available to log August 17, 2022 through December 31, 2023. Once you’ve visited your favorite local spot, follow these steps: Go to the Locationless Cache page: Via the direct link By searching for GC9FAVE on Geocaching.com or in the‎ Geocaching® app. In order to log a find on the Locationless Cache, you must include one (1) photo of yourself or a personal item at your favorite local place that you discovered while geocaching. (Old photos are not permitted.) Be sure to tell us where the place is located (for example, the city of Prague, or the GC code of a geocache if it does not contain a spoiler). While the cache page is now published, it will not open for logging until August 17, 2022. This gives you some time to think about which favorite local place you would like to revisit. Check out the new episode of the Inside Geocaching HQ podcast to hear more about this Locationless Cache. We can’t wait to see the favorite local places you share with the world!
  10. Release Notes (Geocaching® app for iOS: Widget) - June 28, 2022 With the 9.5.0 release, we are introducing a new widget on the Geocaching® app for iOS. The widget shows nearby caches that you haven’t found and do not own, allowing a quick view of what’s available to find near you! . Widget features: The widget shows the closest caches up to a 20 mile radius. It comes in two sizes: Large shows the five closest caches, while Medium shows the two closest caches. The widget will refresh whenever the app is opened from being in the background, or when a significant location change occurs. Outside of this, it will also attempt to refresh after a certain interval (currently 10 minutes). If the widget cannot refresh, you will see the latest data available or an error message. The Large version also includes the last time the widget was updated. The distance to the closest cache(s) will go as low as 0.1 miles or 0.1 km (depending on your settings). Dark mode support You can install the widget directly on your device’s home screen. Follow these steps: From the home screen, touch and hold an empty area until the apps jiggle. Tap the + button in the upper-left corner. Select the Geocaching widget and choose your widget size. Tap Add Widget. Tap Done. Nicole (nykkole), 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!
  11. Release Notes (Website, Geocaching® app, Adventure Lab®: Account deletion request submission) - May 31, 2022 Geocaching HQ is making an ongoing effort to comply with a growing number of global privacy laws. One requirement of these laws is to offer users the option to delete their account and all associated data. With today’s release, the process is more easily accessible and more automated. On the website: The account settings page now includes a “Delete your account” button. Please review the information closely before clicking the button to ensure a smooth process. Players must then again confirm their intention to delete their account. This is to avoid misclicks. Players then have the opportunity to provide feedback on why they wish to delete their account. This is optional. Once their request is submitted, players will be logged out and see a confirmation screen that their request has been received. They will also receive a confirmation email. Account deletion takes place within 30 days after this point. While account deletion is pending, players may log in and cancel their current deletion request on the account settings page. Players will receive an email confirming that their account has been deleted. IMPORTANT We ask that players do not submit bogus deletion requests for testing purposes. Deletion requests may occur right away, but no later than 30 days from request submission. If you submit a request and cannot cancel it before deletion takes place, your account cannot be restored. Deletion is final. In the Geocaching® app We have added a link in the Geocaching® app that transfers you to the previously described web experience. When you click the link and reach the website, you must log in again. This is for security reasons. In the Adventure Lab® app In the next few weeks, we will add the same link in the Adventure Lab® app that transfers you to the previously described web experience. When you click the link, there is an explanation of why you must visit Geocaching.com to request account deletion. Once you reach the website, you must log in again. This is for security reasons. Please see this Help Center article for more details about the account deletion process. More details about Geocaching HQ’s privacy law compliance can be found in our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. 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!
  12. On Monday, May 16 at approximately 9:00 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time (PDT), 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.
  13. Release Notes (Geocaching® app: New profile view) - May 9, 2022 With today’s release, we are introducing an update to the Geocaching® mobile app. The profile has a new look and added functionality. When viewing your own profile Tap your profile icon to expand the header, and see your membership status and the date you joined. Update your profile picture from the expanded header view. Collapse the header to see more content on your profile. Explore active souvenir and trackable challenges in a carousel. Premium-only: See how many caches you’ve found this month and when you’ll reach your next milestone. View a list of your finds and hides. Premium members can also sort by distance, Geocache name, and Favorite points. See a preview of your last three souvenirs earned Other players’ profiles also feature the new style. In addition, you can now view another player’s list of hides. Premium members can also sort by distance, Geocache name, and Favorite points. To view the new profile, make sure you have the app version 9.1.0 or higher. Thank you to all who opted into the new profile when it was available via the Experimental features menu, and to everyone who gave feedback in the forum and via our survey. Disclaimer: We are finishing fixing some last bugs while this release is rolling out. Mobile profile before update: New mobile profile (with collapsed and expanded header): Nicole (nykkole), 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!
  14. Release Notes (Website: User privacy controls) - March 23, 2022 As part of our ongoing commitment to give you more control of your privacy on Geocaching.com, we have added new user privacy controls to the account settings menu. With this release, you will be able to control who sees certain parts of your Geocaching.com profile, including your profile picture, your photo gallery, and your list of finds. Learn more about the new user privacy controls in our Help Center. Your profile contains all the information about your game play and is a helpful place for other geocachers to see your experience level in the game or get to know you. With these new controls, you’ll be able to decide which details are visible to others when they view your profile. You can change your settings to private, friends only, or leave them public. In addition, we are making some updates to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. Our Privacy Policy is the best place to learn about what information we collect from you and how we use it. Privacy Policy Formatting and general changes for readability Addition of Nevada Privacy Notice Addition of UK representative contact information Updated information about transfers of data to the US, including clarification that Privacy Shield is no longer a legal mechanism for transfers outside of the EEA Provided more detail about the cookies and analytics providers that we use, including more information about how to withdraw your consent if you are in a jurisdiction that requires this Included references to applicable GDPR articles where relevant Provided greater detail on the ways we use and share your information, including our legal bases for doing so Terms of Use Updated to include/apply to the Adventure Lab® mobile app General changes for readability 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!
  15. The best way to report a bug: First, see if someone else has already reported this issue. Add new information to an existing thread. Start a new thread if no one has reported the bug yet. Be sure to use a specific topic title and description. For example: "Caches not showing on the map". When you start a new thread, include information and steps to reproduce the issue: App platform in the thread title (iOS or Android). Specific steps to reproduce the bug. The area of the app causing the issue Example: the Map page, List page, etc. GC code if the bug occurred on a cache page. Screenshots are very helpful. Your current app version (found in the app under More > Version info). If you are not able to get your answer in the forums or need specific follow up, please contact us.
  16. Wherigo in the Geocaching Help Center In an effort to reduce the number of pinned threads after the merging of Wherigo forums, here are links to several of those threads. Earwigo Media specs? Supporting Wherigo Player Hardware Urwigo Wherigo Builder and 64-bit Windows Wherigo\\kit Wrong Unlock Code?
  17. On Monday, March 21 at approximately 9:00 a.m. (Pacific Daylight Time), we will take the Geocaching Forums down to complete the work described in this post. Convert to your local time here. The work may take several hours. Normal service will resume as soon as possible.
  18. Upcoming changes to Geocaching Forums - March 15, 2022 On March 21, 2022, we will introduce more streamlined structure to the Geocaching Forums. We wish to provide advance notice of the changes. The forum structure has remained largely the same for many years, despite significant shifts in user traffic and declining usage of several sub-forums. We have added a few new forums when appropriate (most recently for Adventure Lab and Experimental features), but have left many forums in place that are simply not used very much. The resulting experience can be confusing and difficult to navigate. After examining forum usage data and consulting with the volunteer moderator community, the new forum structure will be as follows (parent forums in bold, sub-forums are bulleted): Geocaching HQ communications: Announcements and release notes (merging two existing forums) General geocaching discussions: How do I....? (merging existing How do I…? forum with Getting Started forum) General geocaching topics (existing Geocaching topics forum will incorporate content from Event Caches, Photography, and Design forums) Trackables (merging Travel Bugs and Geocoins) Geocache types and additional GPS-based gameplay: EarthCaches (no change) Wherigo (merging four existing Wherigo forums) Waymarking General Waymarking topics (merging three existing Waymarking forums) Recruiting and category proposals (no change) GeoTours and reward geotrails (no change) Benchmarking (no change) Adventure Lab discussions: (no change) Play Adventure Lab Create an Adventure Lab Bug reports and feature discussions: Website bugs and feature suggestions (no change) Official Geocaching® apps - bugs and feature suggestions (merging existing iPhone and Android forums). Tags will be enabled in this forum. Posters can tag their threads as Android or iPhone and/or mention the platform in your thread title. We will tag many recent existing threads before merging the forums. Authorized Developer Applications (API) (renamed API forum which is currently nested under GPS/API/technology) Experimental features (no change) Community (no imminent changes to country/regional discussion forums) Geocaching and…: GPS technology and devices (merging GPS and GPS Garage Sale forums) Content from these forums will merge into other forums: Event Caches (merging into General geocaching topics) Photography (merging into General geocaching topics) Design (merging into General geocaching topics) The following forums will close and be available as read-only for at least one year: Ham radio Education Hiking and backpacking Off Topic We understand some may be disappointed by the closing of the Off Topic forum. Besides a significant reduction in traffic to that forum in recent years, it has also become more difficult to moderate due to the subjective nature of content that often conflicts with agenda-related forum guidelines. When the Off Topic forum was created in 2005, fewer online options existed for geocachers to connect about non-geocaching topics. That is not the case today. For those reasons, we have decided to close that forum. We will take the forums down for several hours on March 21 to implement the changes. We hope to complete the work that day with no need for additional downtime. Thanks for your patience during the process! 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!
  19. Release Notes (Adventure Lab®: Adding themes to Adventures) - March 8, 2022 With today’s release, we are adding 31 themes to the Adventure Lab® builder, so that Adventure creators can add themes to their Adventures. For Adventures with themes, players can see those themes on the Adventure detail screen in the Adventure Lab® app (app version 1.3.24 or higher). You can always find the most up-to-date release notes for Adventure Lab in the App Store or Google Play Store. Why add themes to Adventures? We are continuing to grow the Adventure Lab® platform to provide creators and players with tools to explore the world around them in new and unique ways. Adventurers, both existing geocachers and new players, are sharing that they are excited to see Adventure Lab explore more types of content, ideas, locations, and themes than have been traditionally supported in geocaching. For example, we are seeing highly-rated Adventures in theme categories such as ‘Food & Drink’ and ‘Exercise’ and we are hearing parents share excitement about Adventures that are specifically created ‘For kids’ to enjoy. Themes provide another tool for creators to build Adventures with compelling stories with a consistent theme woven throughout the Adventure stages. In addition to expanding the types of content available, we also know that players want more tools to find content that is interesting to them, particularly when visiting new places. Themes will help players choose Adventures they’re in the mood for. They might be hungry for Adventure and select one for ‘Food & Drink’, or in need of brain fodder and pick ‘Technology’ or ‘Mystery’. As Adventure Lab continues to grow and become your pocket tour guide, teacher, and entertainer, wherever you explore, we want you to be able to find content that interests you with themes. What are the new Adventure themes? How do I add themes to my Adventures? You can select up to three different themes for your active Adventures or one you are planning to create. To add themes, log in to the Adventure Lab builder and edit your Adventures. Make sure to select “Update Adventure” to save your edits. If you have available Adventure Lab credits, you’re required to add at least one theme when you create your Adventure. When can I see Adventures with themes in the Adventure Lab® app? Themes will be visible in the Adventure Lab® app after creators add them to their Adventures, on version 1.3.24 or higher. Some players will see version 1.3.24 available to update or install in the App Store and Google Play Store as soon as today, but it may take a full week before the new version is available to all players. Erin (Oceansazul) 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!
  20. Release Notes (Adventure Lab® App: Filters) - February 15, 2022 With today’s release, players will begin to see filters for Adventures in the Adventure Lab® app (app version 1.3.21 or higher). You can find the most up-to-date release notes for Adventure Lab in the App Store or Google Play Store. What filters will be available?: 1. Today’s release: Filter by your completion status of Adventures: completed, in progress, and not started. You must be logged in to use this filter. Filter by Adventure type: sequential and nonsequential. 2. Upcoming planned releases: Filter by Adventures that are new within 30 days. Filter by estimated time to complete the Adventure. 3. Future filter considerations: We are monitoring feedback and are aware of additional filters that we know would be valuable to players. We intend to add additional filters in the future. Our goal with releasing this initial set of filters is to provide functionality that many players have requested, to solve pain points that many of you have reported, to deliver functionality to you as fast as we can, and to support a broad audience of Adventurers. When can I see filters for Adventures in the Adventure Lab® app?: This feature will be visible in the Adventure Lab® app on version 1.3.21 or higher. It may take 24 hours to see the new feature. Erin (Oceansazul) 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. On February 17, 2022, at approximately 4:00 pm PST, we will conduct maintenance on the Wherigo.com and Waymarking.com websites that will require down time. Convert to your local time here. The expected down time is 1-2 hours. Normal service will resume after the window.
  22. Release Notes (Website: Enhanced Search Results) With today’s release, we are making key improvements to the results page after completing a search on Geocaching.com. We’ve also made additions to Search filters on the website for Premium members. Additions to search filters for Premium members: Search for other cacher’s finds with the “Found By” filter which can accommodate up to 10 usernames. Apply the “Find Date” filter to specify a date or range for the search results. Note: the results will stay within the existing 1,000 results limit. Improvements to search results: Edit search parameters from the top of the results page Two new columns are added to the search results page: Info: displays if a geocache is part of a GeoTour or has an active Needs Maintenance attribute. Trackables: displays whether a cache currently has trackables logged inside it. View the region/country a cache belongs to below the geocache name. Click the Favorite point total of a geocache in the search results to view the percentage of Favorite points to find logs: Jump to the GeoTour page by clicking on the GeoTour icon: Known issues: When viewing search results on relatively smaller screens, you may notice comparatively larger whitespace between the columns, as well as fewer visible columns. Currently, in order to see additional columns on smaller screens, select those columns from the dotted overflow menu. Our team is working on potential solutions to these issues. Finally, the entire search experience, from filtering to viewing results, is mobile-web friendly so you have the best experience across devices. 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!
  23. (This information is repeated from a just-published Geocaching Blog post.) Get ready for Virtual Rewards 3.0! 2022 is the Year of the Hide. As part of this, Geocaching HQ is thrilled to reward cache owners who have given so much to the game with Virtual Rewards 3.0, a limited number of Virtual Caches for the geocaching community. An opt-in web page is now available for cachers to apply for a Virtual Reward. The page is open until February 26, 2022. Approximately 50,000 geocachers around the world meet the criteria to apply for a Virtual Reward. Those who previously received a Virtual Reward are not eligible to participate in Virtual Rewards 3.0. From all applicants, Geocaching HQ will randomly select up to 4,000 geocachers (with geographic distribution) on March 1, 2022 to receive one Virtual Cache. Approximately 30 new community volunteers are receiving a Virtual Reward, as a thanks for giving their time to support the geocaching community. Winners will have one year to create their Virtual Cache. The caches must comply with specific guidelines. The first two rounds of Virtual Rewards have resulted in more than 6,200 new Virtual Caches caches created between August 2017 and December 2021. Those new caches are very popular by several measures, including total Favorite points, Favorite point percentage, log length, and find frequency. In addition, the review process has not created any undue burden on community volunteer reviewers. One of the most exciting aspects of the new Virtuals is that they are now located in a wider range of countries. Prior to Virtual Rewards, most Virtual Caches were in the United States. In fact, 81% of old Virtual Caches (placed prior to 2006) are in the United States. With the launch of Virtual Rewards 1.0 and 2.0, only 15% of the new Virtuals are in the United States and Virtuals now exist in 155 countries. See the following pie charts for the differences. Global distribution of Virtual Caches before Virtual Rewards: Global distribution of Virtual Rewards Caches 1.0 and 2.0.: Here are answers to common questions: Does this mean Virtuals are back for good? Not exactly. Yes, we’re hoping to see up to 4,000 new Virtual Caches in the next year. But we want to make it clear that Virtuals remain a legacy cache type. Are Virtual Rewards distributed evenly among countries? No. Countries vary in land area and the number of active geocachers. We use an algorithm to help distribute Virtuals among countries, while favoring countries still growing in geocaching. We set the qualifying criteria for cache hiders as low as possible, in order to achieve better geographic distribution. The approximately 50,000 cache hiders who meet the Virtual Reward 3.0 criteria represent 88 countries. During the 2019 launch, they were from 89 countries, a significant increase from 63 countries during the 2017 launch. Can I apply with more than one account that I own? If you own more than one Geocaching account, please apply only with one account. If we discover abuse, we reserve the right to remove a Virtual Reward. Could an account receive more than one Virtual Reward from Geocaching HQ? No, Geocaching HQ will not be providing an account more than one Virtual Reward, from the 2017, 2019, or 2022 launches. How do I find out when new Virtual Rewards are published? Premium members can set up Instant notifications to be aware when new Virtual Rewards are published. All members can use filters to conduct a worldwide search for Virtuals. Will there be more Virtual Rewards in the future? Assuming Virtual Rewards 3.0 goes smoothly, we will consider launching a similar set of Virtuals in the future. We would likely continue to make adjustments to the selection process to encourage new participants. Combined with previous Virtual Reward launches, are there too many Virtual Caches now? There are currently around 10,600 Virtual Caches, which is 0.3% of the world’s 3,326,000 active caches. Even if this new launch adds 4,000 new Virtual Caches, they will still only account for 0.4% of all active caches. Why not just make Virtual Caches available for everyone to hide? Because today’s Virtual Caches are rare, and because the remaining Virtuals tend to be well-liked, people often forget (or maybe never knew) that many problems led to the Virtual becoming a legacy cache type in 2005. The Virtual Cache type was originally created so people could place hides where physical caches were not permitted, or where muggles were so heavy that a physical cache was not practical. While the intent of this cache type was positive, it created significant problems for reviewers and often led to poor cache quality. Some people used Virtual Caches as a shortcut to create basic caches that did not require maintenance. Guidelines were eventually updated to require Virtuals to have special qualities to set them apart from other caches. However, that introduced so much subjectivity that the review process became difficult for both reviewers and cachers. The decision was finally made for the Virtual to become a legacy cache type and no longer permit them unless we could find a way to avoid the aforementioned issues. We feel that these limited Virtual Rewards release have helped to minimize the previous problems with Virtuals, while delivering more opportunities for the community to enjoy this beloved cache type. Most importantly, it’s a fun reward for cache owners who have contributed so much to the game.
  24. Release Notes (Website: Upcoming retirement of the old drafts pages) - February 1, 2022 As part of our continuing effort to reduce old duplicate pages on Geocaching.com, we will retire the old drafts pages, previously known as field notes, on February 15, 2022. It will be replaced by the current drafts page that was introduced in June 2019. We have added additional bulk select & delete capabilities to create parity with old drafts. Previously, new drafts only offered the option to delete single or all drafts. Now, players can also select multiple drafts and delete just those selected. . . Some of the other advantages of the current drafts page include: Upload drafts link at the top of the page Date respects user settings Mobile responsive page design Preview your draft text Sort oldest/newest first Detailed timestamp visible on hover In addition to providing notice of this upcoming change, we are soliciting feedback on how you would like drafts to be handled in the future 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!
  25. Release Notes (Adventure Lab® App: Time to complete Adventures) - November 19, 2021 With today’s release, players will begin to see the approximate time to complete each Adventure in the Adventure Lab® app, on app version 1.3.14 or higher. The estimated time is calculated automatically once an Adventure has at least five completions. You can always find the most up-to-date release notes for Adventure Lab in the App Store or Google Play Store. This release is particularly experimental and we expect there may be some hiccups in the calculations we are performing. To get this feature out as quickly as possible to test and learn, we wanted to share a few details here in the forums so that you can share feedback on this update. When can I see time to complete Adventures in the Adventure Lab® app?: This feature will be visible in the Adventure Lab® app, on version 1.3.14 or higher. Some players will begin to see version 1.3.14 available to update or install in the App Store and Google Play Store as soon as today. After installing the new version, it may take 24 hours to see the new feature. Additionally, it may take a full week before all players will see the new version for update or install. This incremental release allows us to monitor performance of this new experimental feature. Thank you for your patience. Where can I see time to complete Adventures in the Adventure Lab® app?: On the Explore map, when you select a map pin, in the Adventure Detail preview On the Directory list view, on each Adventure Detail preview On the Adventure Detail screen How are estimated times calculated? We are calculating the approximate amount of time it takes a player to complete all Locations in an Adventure. From this, we are using the median of all completion times on the Adventure to calculate the estimate. The median is the number right in the middle. For example, if the completion times are 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 12, 4,678, and 58,920 minutes, the median will be 7 minutes. The average would be about 7,000 minutes. In the data we have reviewed, and in interviews with creators and players, the median appears to be a realistic gauge of the time to complete an Adventure. An Adventure must have at least five completions, after May 1, 2021, to display an estimated completion time. This is the date we began collecting approximate completion times. Estimated time to complete an Adventure is categorized into the following time buckets: 0-30 min. 31-45 min. 46-60 min. 61-90 min. 91-120 min. 120+ min. --:-- No estimate yet We intend to watch this experimental feature release closely. We plan to update the algorithm if we learn there are optimizations that can be made. Erin (Oceansazul) 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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