+dprovan Posted May 26, 2016 Share Posted May 26, 2016 It's funny that several of us spent so much time on the other thread discussing how a checker could approximate confirmation of a category challenge, but it turns out all challenges based on cache names are now forbidden. I think it shows very well why these challenges are forbidden now. It's fine to have a good discussion in the forums, but when cache hiders and finders are having the same discussion it leads to appeals. And it's far easier to ban them all than to start a whole new discussion about where to draw the line... I guess you didn't read the other conversation. Checkers are easy -- trivial, really, from what I could tell -- for a challenge requiring a finite set of words found in the cache title. That was explained in detail in the thread. Yet this class of challenge is now forbidden even though agreement between hiders and finders would be hard to mess up even without a checker. The subclass of "category" challenge -- where the list of words isn't fixed but merely identified by a category -- aren't possible for a checker (although various alternatives were suggested). The assumption in that thread was that only category challenges would be forbidden since it's impossible to write a checker, but what we find now is that the entire class is forbidden, so all the discussion about how to check an almost-category challenge turns out to be pointless. Since the vast majority of challenges that come to my mind involve information in the cache title or CO name, I'm not sure what's left. Just brute force challenges like "N multicaches of terrain rating T or higher", I guess, and calendar fillers. I hope I'm wrong, but I'm not seeing much room for innovation. What I find annoying about this is that forbidding these challenges has no bearing at all on any of the stated problems, it just "fixes" something else that some people complained about even though it wasn't actually a problem. Quote Link to comment
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