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Hey There Cachers! Ive Got This Idea For An Earthcache That Requires You To Play A Wherigo Teaching You About The Geology And Then Brings You To A Final Location Where You Answer The Earthcache Logging Tasks. Has Anyone Seen Something Like This Before? And Is It Even Aloud?

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1 hour ago, Camroo said:

Hey There Cachers! Ive Got This Idea For An Earthcache That Requires You To Play A Wherigo Teaching You About The Geology And Then Brings You To A Final Location Where You Answer The Earthcache Logging Tasks. Has Anyone Seen Something Like This Before? And Is It Even Aloud?

Not successfully that I'm aware of.  I suspect that it runs afoul of the following FAQ regarding auto-responders, which is basically how a Wherigo would behave:

 

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We appreciate that you are attempting to make the logging process more efficient, however, the use of “auto-response” e-mails and third-party websites is not permitted, for two main reasons:

  1. People do not need to wait for permission to log your EarthCache. Requiring someone to wait is not supported by the EarthCache guidelines. People should send their logging task answers to you, then log your EarthCache. When you review their logging task answers, if there is a problem, you should contact them to resolve it. If there is no problem, then their log simply stands.
  2. The types of questions/answers used by “auto-response” e-mails and websites are too limiting and usually do not provide a strong educational experience, which is a vital part of EarthCaching. Logging tasks that ask for highly-specific, generally short answers, such as “15 meters” or “brown”, do not meet the educational goals of EarthCaching, and do not allow for enough flexibility or interpretation.
    Furthermore, the proper review of logging tasks is considered one of the basic maintenance duties that must be performed by EarthCache owners. Because no physical container must be maintained, it is expected that EarthCache owners take the time to review logging submissions on their own, without automated aids.
    Although there have been EarthCaches published in the past that use auto-response e-mails, this will no longer occur, as autoresponders are now prohibited by the 1 January 2013 update of the EarthCache guidelines. EarthCaches that were published before 2013 and include the use of autoresponders are not "grandfathered" and are expected to be updated by removing the autoresponder.

 

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But If There Was No Questions... Just A Walking Tour Teaching you about the geology would that work? And Then The Logging tasks just on the cache page

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8 minutes ago, Camroo said:

But If There Was No Questions... Just A Walking Tour Teaching you about the geology would that work? And Then The Logging tasks just on the cache page

How would the Earthcache Reviewer verify that the content in the Cartridge fits within the spirit of the Guidelines?

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28 minutes ago, Touchstone said:

How would the Earthcache Reviewer verify that the content in the Cartridge fits within the spirit of the Guidelines?

That's true... but if you could confirm with a video of you emulating the cartridge it might work... I'll put it up and see

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Wherigo caches have a physical final location with a log to sign.  Earthcaches do not;

 

Wherigo caches also normally require multiple choice or keyword answers.  Typically earthcaches should invite more discussion.

 

That said, if you wanted to design a Wherigo that acted like an earthcache but required only succinct answers, you could create a Wherigo to do this, and potentially also create an earthcache at the same location with virtual stages that corresponded to the zones on the Wherigo and went through the same general concept, maybe with more details on the earth science lesson. 

 

I would recommend setting them up so that they can be done both in concert and individually.  In other words, such that while a cacher could go through the Wherigo and fulfill the requirements of the earthcache at the same time, they are separate - someone who doesn't have the capability (or interest) to do a Wherigo can still complete the earthcache, and someone who just wants to do the Wherigo and not submit more detailed answers to the earthcache can just go find the Wherigo final.

 

If that's the way you wanted to go, I'd recommend working out the earthcache first, then building the Wherigo cartridge, and finally asking that both be published around the same time.

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