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I <3 Geocaching FAQ

Derek H on January 6, 2014, 1:28 am

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Welcome to I <3 Geocaching. Premium Members can experiment with one Lab Cache during this test.

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What is I <3 Geocaching? For the month of February every Premium Member will be able to hide one personalized, temporary geocache for one person. Once the geocache is found and logged by one account it is automatically archived. Choose your personal geocaching adventure, and its recipient wisely…check out this blog post for ideas.
 
What is a Lab Cache? Lab Cache is an experimental and extremely rare geocache type. These geocaches are a way for us to innovate and test new ideas to make geocaching even better. By creating and finding a Lab Cache, you’re helping shape the future of geocaching.
 
Does my I <3 Geocaching personal Lab Cache have to involve a container? Are there other limitations (multis, etc.)? Not necessarily, and are you ready for this? Your personal geocache can even be indoors, even in your house! The person you share this geocache with will need to discover a code to unlock the find. Looking for some inspiration? Check out this video.
 
Will a geocaching community volunteer be reviewing my geocache before it’s published? Your personal geocache, is just that, personal. A community volunteer will not be reviewing your personal geocache. Continue to follow all laws, local regulations and just common sense when placing your personal geocache.
 
How do I preview my personal geocache creation? By visiting the link generated at the end of the building process you can view the geocache as your friend will see it. Be careful not to test the Find Code with any account but the one you used to build the cache since these Lab Caches can only be found once.
 
How do I share this personal geocache with my intended friend? Simply copy the link generated at the end of the personal geocaching building process… and share it with your player.
 
Do I earn a smiley if complete a Lab Cache? Yes – when you find a Lab Cache you earn a find and smiley. Congratulations.
 
Does a Lab Cache effect the statistics on my Geocaching profile page? The short answer is, “It will in the future.” The current statistics system does not support Lab Cache finds, but it will in the future. We’ll keep you posted. For even more information check out our Help Center.
 
Does my hide count go up if I create a I <3 Geocaching Lab Cache? Not yet. In the future, we’re planning to roll Lab Caches into your hide count at the same time we reflect Lab Cache activity on your statistics profile.
 
Who can view the Lab Cache I create? Anyone who knows the URL address of your Lab Cache can see it, so be careful who you share it with!
 
I want others to play the geocache I created, how do I share it with them? I <3 Geocaching is meant for one special person. This is a free test of a potential new feature. You may be able to create personal geocaches in the future in a very similar way.
 
My personal geocache was accidently logged by (a tester, another friend, an alien) how do I reset it? Unfortunately there’s no way to reset your hide. Once the find code has been entered by another geocacher, it is automatically archived.
 
If I become a Premium Member during the month of February will I be able to create one for a friend? Yes
 
How do I share my story of the awesome hide/find? Join the discussion on our inspiration blog post or join us on Facebook.
 
Why can only 1 person log my Lab Cache? I <3 Geocaching is a test, and as a test, we’re limiting the scope. So take your time creating and playing. You have until the end of February to complete an I <3 Geocaching Lab Cache.

 

Interested in even more information about I <3 Geocaching check out an expanded FAQ on our Help Center.

Ready for some I <3 Geocaching inspiration? Check out this blog post and share your ideas for an amazing I <3 Geocaching Lab Cache.

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  • Min Heo

    It’s great idea!! One of my friend are going to Annapurna Base Camp this month, and I placed this cache for him. When he goes there and take a picture with local guide, he can get the FOUND CODE. The cache should be memorial, I believe.

  • Geojaxx

    Before I take part in the February lab caches – I want to guard against problems with our stats in the future should these I Geocaching labs not go in to production. The fate of the old challenges springs to mind.
    I want to make sure that any finds I make of a lab cache will STAY on my find count for ever even if the concept is later dropped. Otherwise milestone caches could be adversely affected

  • Jim Leistico

    fwiw, I like it in general, and I like the opportunity to help give feedback for the future of a hobby (and website) that has provided me with so much fun for 4 years now

  • http://blog.geocaching.com Eric Schudiske

    Jim… thank you, definitely let us know how you plan to use the Lab Cache, and how to improve for v2.

  • http://blog.geocaching.com Eric Schudiske

    Good question – and the answer is “yep!” A find is a find is a find. Your finds won’t be suddenly eliminated because they were Lab Caches. And we’re working to make sure Lab Cache’s count in your stats in the next few months!

  • http://blog.geocaching.com Eric Schudiske

    Keep us posted… We’ll be updating the inspiration page on the blog with great stories, and would love to include an nice Valentine’s Day story too!

  • Geojaxx

    Can you clarify what will happen to my milestones as they show on profile but not counted at present on the stats – If I do a lab cache as my 2000th milestone will it show as such, or will it actually be my my 2001st cache that shows as the 2000th milestone. If the way they count on stats is changed in a few months will this change any milestones reached in the meantime?

  • Jori Palomäki

    Bring back webcam and virtual caches instead of this.

  • Dave S.

    I started to create a I <3 Geocaching Lab Cache the other day. I believe I left in a "draft mode" (I wasn't finished with it). How do I get back to it? I'm not seeing it linked anywhere in my Groundspeak profile. Don't think I can start over since the site doesn't know that it isn't good to go and that I've not already sent the link out. Help!

  • joanne

    can i start geocaching in my country? i live in India and unfortunately nobody geocaches here. So how do i start it in my city??

  • Bruce Pratt

    It keeps changing the coordinates that I put in. It changes them by about 50 yards or so and that puts me in the wrong yard.

  • ciarmer

    Hello. I have a question.
    Once I create the Lab Cache, it goes into test mode.
    I am assuming that if the Lab Cache is accessed by anyone other than me, it will not show up as being in “Test Mode”. Is that correct?
    Also, I haven’t found a way to edit the contents of the Lab Cache while it is in “Test Mode”. Is it true that no edits are possible?
    Thanks!

  • 2luv2dance

    How do I get rid of the large brown column on the right side of the FAQ page? It’s covering part of the first 11 answers. There’s no x to click on to close it & it won’t slide away. Thanks!

  • Don Jag

    So this is the future of Geocaching? Temporary, private, possibly virtual caches with code words? All four of which violate the current guidelines. Plus, they don’t get reviewed? I hope no one places an ammo can on the front porch of a Crackle Barrel.

  • caching couple

    It’s called planning. Think of the problems before they occur. I share an account name and was very disappointed since the system let me create the lab cache, I thought my account partner would be able to find it. Plan better before you roll out.

  • caching couple

    I didn’t see anything in the explanation about this problem. If you are going to continue this, please find a solution.

  • Jeremy Irish

    The three possible solutions during the current test:
    1. Create separate accounts and find it with the new one.
    2. Create a second account, upgrade to Premium, and create a geocache.
    3. Find another Premium Member and exchange caches with them.

  • Jeremy Irish

    Yes. Other users will not see the page in test mode.
    You can edit the contents of the Lab Cache at any time.

  • ivorybilledbirder

    The reason, I assume, was the matter of the rate of placement. Think about it- with webcam caches, you don’t even need to be near the location, you just post a link. Virtuals are similar. Mainly, though, there is no container, so they are almost never archived, unless the webcam goes down or the place is removed. They were probably published much more than they wee archived. Think about it- the last surviving old caches are virtuals.

  • Therugger (Mike)

    If I the creator of the Lab cache enter the code will the cache no longer be able to find for anyone else who has the url?

  • Jeremy Irish

    The creator of the lab cache cannot mark it as found. It will be in test mode for them. This is to make sure they don’t accidentally “find” the cache.

  • Msmandidoesgeo

    I personally had a blast creating a lab cache for my fiancée. Sure, there are kinks and whatnot, as with everything new. Not all caches are for every cacher, the complainers just need to give it a chance. If you don’t like them, there are 2 million more to find!

  • Eddie Robinson

    We decided as a group, on person would place a cache /gift (around £5 in value) for the next person (drawn randomly from a hat) on the list, not many embraced the idea, but those that did have enjoyed it so far. Well I found the cache that was placed for me today, and Im happy with how it worked out, and have recieved a nice coin, Ive placed my gift (six cache containers and a travel tag)
    Theres a couple of little things bugging me, the lab cache doesnt show on the “your profile” page, and although it counts to the numbers there, it doesnt on the statistics/caching chronology page, so theres a bit of a mismatch in the numbers

  • Therugger (Mike)

    So if I log the code the other cacher can still find it and log it?

  • Jeremy Irish

    If you enter the code when you are in test mode it doesn’t count as a find. Another geocacher can still find and log it.

  • Therugger (Mike)

    thanks you

  • wwdig

    How do I edit the contents? I created one, and I made a simple code word but no matter what I try is says the wrong code is entered. So I wanted to edit it and change the code but I can’t find anywhere I can edit anything.

  • Jeremy Irish

    You should be able to edit it at any time from the I <3 Geocaching page. Here's the link: https://labbuilder.geocaching.com/iheartgeocaching

  • wwdig

    Thank you, that was the page I couldn’t find, I got it to work now :)

  • SylverWinged

    Hi there! Just curious – it’s almost the end of the month and I know this is a limited time offer. I have a lab cache ready to post for a friend but there are only a couple days left – does he need to find it before the month ends, or can he find it at his leisure as long as I make it available before the month ends? Thanks! :)

  • Jeremy Irish

    The test ends officially at the end of the month, so your friend only has until then to log the geocache. Hopefully he can find it under the wire.

  • SylverWinged

    Excellent, good to know. I’ll make sure to customize this one so he won’t be having to drive back and forth across town, then. :D

    Thanks for the response, it’s been a great help!

  • Trina S

    My friend and I made lab caches for each other, and I really enjoyed it. I sent her on a tour of the coffee joints in town, ending at my favorite coffee shop. Her “cache” was a gift card for the coffee shop. She sent me to one location, and told me that I could keep the container as a gift. The “container” ended up being a large collection of geocache containers for me to use, with a pathtag hidden inside one of them for me. It was fun to be able to make the geocaching experience personal. I wish I could’ve made another for another friend who just had a birthday. It would’ve been a great way to give her a gift. I would love to see this sort of cache become a permanent addition to geocaching.
    The only glitch I came across was when I tried to enter the coordinates for the cache, the program kept changing the coordinates. It made them so far off, she never would have been able to find the cache. I finally left the coordinate line blank, and just included the coordinates in the description. My friend had to enter the coordinates into another app to find the cache, making things more difficult. Just work out the bugs, and we’ll look forward to more caches like these!

  • Paolo

    I do agree with the last post, please bring back webcam and virtual caches…

  • Guest

    He did it! I had a blast trying to rack my brain and plan this out and I could tell he was having fun finding them. I was able to use some unique containers that I typically wouldn’t consider ‘rugged/camoed’ enough to last as a more permanent geocache, so that changed things up a bit and let me get more creative! The 10 cache containers were all related to things that are green – frog, Yoda, turtle, mini ammo can, etc. and I lightly camo’ed each with moss green paint so he’d be sure he’d found the right container. Since we haven’t gotten around to doing many “?” caches yet, I treated this lab cache as a ‘puzzle cache trainer’ – each stage had an encrypted word that pointed to the location of the next physical cache (shed, woodpile, trashcan, mailslot) placed around his house like easter eggs, and each also contained a number of the final coordinates. Since he only had a couple days for this one I also gave him a USB with keys to each puzzle (phone keypad, hieroglyphs, morse code, braille, etc.). The second to final stage had the last number he needed and a key – which opened a locker at the final coordinates that held the last cache. This cache contained things like a pathtag, ornate pocket watch, and of course a wax-sealed envelope with the code word for him to enter. So much fun to create this, thank you for giving us the opportunity!

  • SylverWinged

    He did it! I had a blast trying to rack my brain and plan this out and I could tell he was having fun finding them. I was able to use some unique containers that I typically wouldn’t consider ‘rugged/camoed’ enough to last as a more permanent geocache, so that changed things up a bit and let me get more creative! The 10 cache containers were all related to things that are green – frog, Yoda, turtle, mini ammo can, etc. and I lightly camo’ed each with moss green paint so he’d be sure he’d found the right container. Since we haven’t gotten around to doing many “?” caches yet, I treated this lab cache as a ‘puzzle cache trainer’ – each stage had an encrypted word that pointed to the location of the next physical cache (shed, woodpile, trashcan, mailslot) placed around his house like easter eggs, and each also contained a number of the final coordinates. Since he only had a couple days for this one I also gave him a USB with keys to each puzzle (phone keypad, hieroglyphs, morse code, braille, etc.). The second to final stage had the last number he needed and a key – which opened a locker at the final coordinates that held the last cache. This cache contained things like a pathtag, ornate pocket watch, and of course a wax-sealed envelope with the code word for him to enter. So much fun to create this, thank you for giving us the opportunity!

  • Eddie Robinson

    This is still bugging me, and Im sure many others too

    when are the stats pages going to fall into line with the found caches at the top of the page and on my profile page, on the stats page the number of finds is still one behind

  • Eddie Robinson

    I reall am beginning to wish Id not taken part, due to the fact the lab cache counts to the numbers on the “your profile” page, yet it doesnt on the statistics/caching chronology page, so theres a bit of a mismatch in the numbers which will effect milestones, groundspeak should have solved this by now

  • https://www.mirbsd.org/jupp.htm mirabilos

    No, webcam caches are a pain and a privacy invasion. There is way too much surveillance already. You need to penalise webcams, not use them to reward people.

    Nothing against virtual caches from my side. I do enjoy the occasional one. I think they just were disabled on Groundspeak’s site when people went overboard with it. And given the high number of physical geocache containers on GC.COM, I could live with GS not re-enabling them either.

  • Boomshanka

    This is a real pain… I found a labcache but now one set of stats is on 1998 finds and another on 1999 finds… I want to know which is correct for finding my 2000th this weekend! It’s been quite a while since this trial, it can’t be that hard to update a bit of code over there to fix this problem??????


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