+crazycaren Posted January 28, 2014 Share Posted January 28, 2014 Hi There are a number of parts of the geocaching rules and website design that make sense for a new activity, but perhaps could use a review since this has become a mature hobby, at least in my part of the world. In Victoria, BC, Canada, we are saturated with caches. There's at least 1000 within a 30min drive. There are ones that have been around for 10+ years. There is a thriving and vibrant community the puts out and finds caches and holds events. This is wonderful! I would call this a mature, rather than new or uncertain hobby. Probably because of human nature, many people would rather put out a new cache than restock or even just maintain an old one. Swag & log books are often degraded, rusty, moldy or missing entirely. Also, people have placed caches and then moved onto other activities, abandoning their caches. Here are some examples of the current geocaching design that may be worth changing. I hope other people will discuss these and their own suggestions for improving our game. 1. How to log that a cache needs maintenance First you log your find, then you have to go and make an additional log for needs maintenance, and then the system asks you if you're sure. People seem reluctant to post these logs. Perhaps an easier system, like the one used for favor points, would help. People will still be reluctant, but lowering the barrier to posting the log couldn't hurt. 2. Needs archive The website system again asks for confirmation that you want to archive a cache. To me this was probably part of trying to ensure caches were available, but now, it could be streamlined. It's very difficult to have a cache archived if the cache owner has left the community. Again, probably useful when geocaching was new but 15 years on and 2 millions caches later, perhaps we can rethink this. 3. General quality of caches As I mentioned above, cache containers and contents degrade over the years, people are reluctant to post maintenance logs, people leave the game, and there's no where to put out new caches. How about having time limits on caches? 2 years, 5 years, 7 years? I would say 5 years and then it has to be removed. Since the CO would be asked to remove it, they would have the first crack at replacing it. If the CO doesn't respond then a flag could be posted at that location that it needs removal. If someone wants to put a cache near there, then they have to remove the old one. By the way, I love geocaching. But sometimes the quality of caches bugs me. CC Quote Link to comment
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