Let’s talk about geocache quality

Today, we’re inviting you to join a community conversation about geocache quality. You have the opportunity to share thoughts about how you define geocache quality and what you think the community or Geocaching HQ can do to improve it. But before we get into specifics, let’s talk about why we think this conversation is necessary.

Cache quality has always been an important topic. In order for geocaching to continue to thrive, people have to enjoy what they’re finding. Here at Geocaching HQ, we’ve taken steps in recent years to bring cache quality into greater focus, including: the Geocache Health Score, the introduction of Virtual Rewards, recognition of great cache hiders in the Geocaching Blog, and more. If we’re going to do more, we’d like to first give geocachers a place to make their voices heard and see how others in the community feel about cache quality.

We have opened a new thread in our User Insights Forum. (We’re also opening dedicated threads for German and French speakers. For all other languages, please answer in the English thread and we’ll translate when compiling the feedback.)

There are four questions to answer:

  • In your mind, what is a high quality geocache?
  • In your mind, what is a low quality geocache?
  • What steps can the community take to improve geocache quality?
  • What steps can Geocaching HQ take to improve geocache quality?

The threads are open for three weeks. After compiling the feedback, we expect to follow up with a survey to gather more information.

Geocaching is played by a vibrant community of millions of people across the world. We hope this conversation will help identify common themes and possible next steps as we continue to build tools and services for the game.

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Jardin du Tripot — Geocache of the Week

Traditional
GC5G0BH
by scrouny
Difficulty:
1.5
Terrain:
1.5
Location:
Basse-Normandie, France
N 49° 25.128 E 000° 13.967

In the heart of Normandy, overlooking the southern bank of the Seine, lies the small medieval town of Honfleur. Its history can be traced back to 1027 in a letter from Richard III, Duke of Normandy. The past has been preserved with the landmarks of its rich history, including a converted garden atop a retired tannery with commissioned art pieces and a hidden logbook for this Geocache of the Week! Continue reading →

Woest Willem – Geocache of the Week

Traditional
GC4Y3F1
by De Bosmannetjes
Difficulty:
1.5
Terrain:
1.5
Location:
Noord-Holland, Netherlands
N 52° 55.927′ E 005° 00.071′

What do geocachers and pirates in common? They both treasure the treasure.

Avast ye landlubbers! Join us for another wild ride and learn more about the adventures of Woest Willem (Wild William), a once fierce scourge of the seven seas in our Geocache of the Week.

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