+sept1c_tank Posted October 26, 2005 Author Share Posted October 26, 2005 ...I wish a poll could be enabled, once and for all, who wants a test vs. who doesn't. I don’t know who’s keeping count (with 248 replies to this topic), but there are approximately: 61 Positive posts (12 cachers registered less than 6 months ago) 133 Neutral or off topic posts (29 cachers registered less than 6 months ago) 54 Negative posts (17 cachers registered less than 6 months ago) *6 months is a random cutoff (not what I call a newbie) **Many multiple posters (including myself) may be included in two or three categories ***check here to see how many times you posted to this topic In my OP, I said: There should be some qualification process for hiding your first cache. Let’s say, you have to find 10 (arbitrary number) caches, or pass a test or something before you place your first one. My stance much later in this topic, although the same in principle is slightly different: I'm not advocating a mandatory test; I am not really suggesting a test. Simply, what I'm visualizing is a mechanism (your idea of a video is excellent) to explain some of the finer techniques and ethics of geocaching, available on this site, and highly visible to anyone listing a cache on this website. The tutorial available on this site, because of it's lesser priority and visibility, would logically be found after they have been invited to list a cache. Groundspeak already requires you to check two boxes before submitting a new listing. You must read the guidelines (which are designed to guide you through the approval process), and you must read the terms of agreement (which is mostly a liability statement). It’s easy. As you continue to navigate through the Hide a Cache page, you discover links to help you if your cache isn’t approved in 72 hours. And then there is a link about how you might place a commercial cache. Only then do you come across a link to the quick tutorial about how do I place a cache. The mechanism, arguably a good one, is already there. Why would it be such a hurdle to check one more box, confirming that you have read the tutorial (that could easily incorporate a voluntary test) before you can submit your new cache? Quote Link to comment
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