+TopShelfRob Posted March 16, 2014 Share Posted March 16, 2014 (edited) In the last few months I have started listening to the Podcacher podcast, after getting caught up with all the recent ones, I went on their website back to the beginning and started listening to some old ones, from when their show started back in 2005. In their early episodes a lot of the conversation focused on podcaches, which are caches you find by following clues listening to an audio file. They seemed interesting, although geographically useless to many listeners who aren't near where they were at, but they seemed to be starting to take off. Team Podcacher had done a couple out in San Diego where they are and a few others had started popping up around the USA as other people started making them. Then in 2007 these became un-publishable because the guidelines were changed to prohibit the requiring of downloadable files on a cache page. While I guess you could technically provide an alternate method, that isn't too practical because it would take awhile to type out the text of an audio file like that, and reading directions on paper isn't really the same experience as listening to an audio file while exploring. I understand entirely the problem with downloading files from a third party website and that many people wouldn't do that and aren't keen on getting viruses, etc, and that Groundspeak doesn't want to be in a position of liability or having to vouch for how safe any file linked to from their cache pages may be. But websites and technology have changed in the seven years since that guideline was changed, and perhaps this could be revisited. While it may not be prudent to allow or encourage requiring downloadable files from just any third party site, surely Groundspeak could look into a well-known website like archive.org (The Internet Audio Archive) which is a site where anybody can freely upload audio media of any kind and host them for free and provide them for safe download for everybody. I think this is something that should be considered -- as the game of Geocaching continues to evolve into many different forms, surely something like podcaches could be permitted if a way like this of providing audio files safely to geocachers could be opened up without allowing people to use unverified third-party sites which could be used maliciously. Edited March 16, 2014 by TopShelfRob Quote Link to comment
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