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Challenges - Thoughts?

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Re: Challenges - Thoughts?

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Re: Challenges - Thoughts?

Postby halijusapa » Thu Aug 18, 2011 4:51 pm

Well, for the heck of it, I just published a challenge, but only because I think it is a neat and unique little place and there used to be a cache there (and in a spot that's a great starting point for finding other nearby caches):

http://www.geocaching.com/challenges/view.aspx?cx=CX404

I see they have new CX numbers like the old "GC" numbers. So does this mean in 10 years having only 1-4 digits after the CX will make it a "shrine"? :lol: :P :oops:
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Re: Challenges - Thoughts?

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Is your culture a counter-culture or an over-the-counter-culture?

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Re: Challenges - Thoughts?

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Re: Challenges - Thoughts?

Postby Child Of Atom » Thu Aug 18, 2011 8:07 pm

I don't understand their criteria for what is staying and what is going... they deleted the "find a cache one." But they seem to be okay with "." Ruth issued a challenge to place a non-nano or micro on Manhattan, and it was deleted... which I guess I can understand since it wasn't location specific? But they also deleted one that was to play a game at the Chess and Checkers house in Central Park... which is essentially the same as the Challenge they are using as an example (Playing a game of chess at some museum in Seattle.) What was wrong with that one? I'm mystified by all this.
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Re: Challenges - Thoughts?

Postby addisonbr » Thu Aug 18, 2011 8:23 pm

Fail.
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Re: Challenges - Thoughts?

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Re: Challenges - Thoughts?

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Re: Challenges - Thoughts?

Postby Child Of Atom » Thu Aug 18, 2011 8:39 pm

Spoke too soon. The "Find 5 Caches" one is gone.

I think we have determined that they certainly DO NOT want these to be related to standard caching.
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Re: Challenges - Thoughts?

Postby addisonbr » Thu Aug 18, 2011 9:44 pm

The last few months, I just don't get it. They're plowing all of their resources into trying to be some sort of other kind of social media site. Did anyone ever actually ask for souvenirs? And these challenges are just a hot mess. There are lots of crappily thought-out location-based games out there, I guess I should try some of the others to see if there's anything out there that is more up my alley than whatever it is that geo-foursquare-facebook is becoming.

Have you noticed that dates for cache logs don't show up anymore? When I look at the logs for Snug as a Bug, now instead of 4/15/2011 it says something like "about four months ago". Why? I can only imagine because that's how Twitter and Facebook do it? And so... what the heck?
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Re: Challenges - Thoughts?

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Re: Challenges - Thoughts?

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Re: Challenges - Thoughts?

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Re: Challenges - Thoughts?

Postby Child Of Atom » Fri Aug 19, 2011 7:37 am

I think they made a simple but huge misstep here: Releasing this with only "Kiss a Frog" in the database. It set up the wrong expectation, and as we've seen people mimic what they are shown. The caches you find are the caches you hide. If they had taken the time (5 minutes?) to set up 20 or 30 acceptable Challenges around the world, in the caching hotspots so that people could see what the hell this is supposed to look like they might be getting better returns now.

So, instead of the virtuals that everyone (not me.) wanted we got a huge replacement for locationless.
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