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Release Notes (Adventure Lab® App: Time to complete Adventures) - November 19, 2021


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Here is another odd one that shows 0-30 min.:

We created this recently, and when initially listed, it showed 0-30 min.

 

Now it has 1 completed, and it still shows 0-30 min.

 

We tried to find out how long it took to be completed by the first participant, but the Statistics page in labs.geocaching.com/builder/adventures/statistics shows the date, but not the time ... (all showed "11/21/2021 UTC").  So can't compute the time from this :(.  Is this another bug on the Statistics page?

 

Incidentally, the actual time to complete all locations will be understated, since we are not sure if the algorithms do in fact log the actual "start" time, or not?  We suspect the calculation may just be calculating the difference in time between the completion of the first and last locations, so missing the time between the actual start and the completion of the first location.  Nor is it useful to log the first time the "Start" button was pressed, since in many situations, people might simply press the "Start" button at home and well before they "started" to look for the first location.

 

All in all though, this is a useful enhancement to give an indication of what the median time it takes for previous players has been.  While it is simpler to show the actual median time, we are in two minds as to whether to show in time buckets or not.  The use of time buckets reinforces the intent for this to be of "indicative" nature only, rather than being too precise about the actual time.  If that is the case, then even broader buckets might suffice:  <= 30 mins, 31-60 mins, 61-120 mins, > 120 mins.

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9 hours ago, Moun10Bike said:

That must depend on your screen size. The "Start" button floats, so content underneath it moves as you scroll but it stays put. Here's what my screen shows on my phone, where you can clearly see the "Read more" text:

 

This was done because a remarkable number of people are new to the game and literally don't understand how to start an Adventure.

Well Groundspeak doesn't provide an instruction manual for the App so don't be surprised...

 

That's why on the AL Facebook Forum there are regularly a post about what that ''gear thingy'' means or how to delete a test version...

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7 hours ago, Gill &amp; Tony said:

Even if you use a fake GPS it still takes over an hour to drive from Wodonga to Mount Beauty.

Seems you're not aware what FakeGPS app means. People are virtually moving their smartphone to the LabCache location and unlock the Question button. Doing this five times is definitely done in less than 10 minutes from those people's sofa. :o

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19 minutes ago, HHL said:

Seems you're not aware what FakeGPS app means. People are virtually moving their smartphone to the LabCache location and unlock the Question button. Doing this five times is definitely done in less than 10 minutes from those people's sofa. :o

I am perfectly aware what a fake GPS app is and how it can be used to cheat.  Whether or not someone is using a fake GPS app to pretend that they are at the site or not doesn't affect the fact that it takes more than an hour to DRIVE from Wodonga to Mount Beauty.  Which is what I said and what you disputed.

 

 

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