Comments on: 25% Growth in Cache Listings Geocaching Can be Addictive Mon, 25 May 2015 14:52:06 +0000 hourly 1 By: CraigRat Mon, 06 Dec 2010 00:34:07 +0000 @teamvoyagr:
I’m only a casual cacher nowadays, and I tend to use the ratings and recommendation systems for my own caching quite a bit.

Our site allows you to rate and recommend GC caches as well as GCA ones, so you get a good feel of what caches are ‘must do’ when you go in to a new area.

Of course it’s not comprehensive as a lot of people don’t use the system, but at least its something.
I am perplexed as to why GC don’t have this type of system, even a straight recommendation system as opposed to a rating system would be beneficial. Bookmarks etc are NOT the same thing.

By: teamvoyagr Sun, 05 Dec 2010 21:36:44 +0000 @CraigRat, do you find that rating caches has an impact on whether or not people will visit them?

By: CraigRat Sun, 05 Dec 2010 20:58:29 +0000 With regards to quality on the (supposed) decline:
The urge to hide a cache when you start is high…very high.

People often say you shouldn’t be able to hide until you’ve found x number of caches but I think that’s too arbitrary. What if by 100 caches all they have found is LPC’s??
Some of the best caches I’ve done were from new players. Some of the worst are by some of the most established players in the region

I don’t believe that percentage wise the ratio of good to bad has changed, it’s just theres *n numerically* more bad caches so it seems like it’s getting worse.

Perhaps on sites that do pre-listing reviews they should do more scrutiny on a persons first few hides and be able to offer some kind of extra feedback to get it up to scratch before hitting the go switch?

Our site is self-publishing based, but we have this come up fullscreen before they enter their hide in to the system:
Some items you should consider to ensure your new geocache is of the best quality possible:
Is the cache in a legal location?
Is the cache in a National Park or environmentally sensitive area?
Are there other geocaches close by?
Is this cache one you would do or would be proud to show others?
Will others want to seek this cache?
Are you able to maintain the cache in a reasonable timeframe?
Is the cache container appropriate for the cache’s location?
Is this cache already listed on another site, such as (if so, Click Here)

Please review the Geocaching Best Practices section of the Wiki, and the Geocachers’ Creed

I think the “Is this cache one you would do or would be proud to show others” is a key thing that hopefully makes people pause and think about their hide.

Does it work? Sometimes.

(We have other stuff in place beyond this to try to boost the quality of the listing and weed out the grossly obvious mistakes like proximity to GC caches etc)

As more players come in , there’s going to be more bad (and good) caches and we as geocachers need to provide feedback in a constructive way (such as suggesting new co-ords instead of just posting a TNSL) and try to engage them with the community.