+dprovan Posted February 15, 2015 Share Posted February 15, 2015 I don't think the waiting period needs to be very long. It needs to be more than a week, to filter out the people who find a cache on Saturday, hide one on Sunday, and never play again after that. But the goal isn't to filter out all be the most dedicated geocachers, and the goal isn't to discourage people who are seriously interested in owning and maintaining a cache early in their geocaching career. Is the case we're trying to stop by creating a fixed limit really so common that we should risk discouraging any newbies that will do a good job? If we really think something should be done about it, I'd describe the problem differently: the problem isn't that new people plant caches; the problem is that people, regardless of how long they've been caching or how many caches they've found, plant cache even though they haven't really considered what will be required of them long term. If we want to reduce that problem, maybe the solution is that first time COs are required to complete a questionnaire that forces them to consider the commitment they're making to maintaining the cache for the duration. "How often do you plan to check on the cache to make sure it's still in good condition?" "If someone reports a problem with the cache, how long will it take you to visit the cache to correct the problem?" No right answers (as long as the answer doesn't reveal they have no intention of maintaining the cache at all), but in order to answer (even if they lie!), they have to think about those kinds of issues. Quote Link to comment
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