Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – April 20, 2011

Keep Geocaching Spoiler-Free


It is hard to say exactly what makes geocaching so addictive. Is it the fresh air? The exercise? The amazing places this activity has taken you? It’s most likely all of the above and more. We’re willing to bet that one of the many reasons you love geocaching is that each geocache you find feels like a small victory; you had to meet and overcome a challenge in order to find that cache.

The challenge for you might be in solving a puzzle to determine the coordinates for a Mystery/Puzzle Cache, surviving the journey to the cache location, discovering the cache, and/or figuring out how to retrieve the logbook from a tricky cache container. Cache owners spend a lot of time and energy designing these experiences. You can help preserve them for others by keeping information that might spoil such moments private. This could include videos of a cache find or the answers to Question and Answer stages of a Multi-Cache.

If you would like to contact a cache owner to request permission to post spoilers publicly, you can email them through Geocaching.com. Thank you for helping to ensure that the experience at each cache you’ve found remains just as it was for you!

  • Haggis Hunter

    A good post, but when will we see the long waited promise of cache owners being able to remove spoiler photo’s themselves? This will help to preserve the hidden surprise and answers to questions for cache owners.

  • Coopsquared

    You already can, by deleting their log entirely and asking them to resubmit it without the photo. I’ve done that a few times when the polite email asking them to simply remove the photo yielded no results.

  • Larry L. Lehmann

    My motto for Geocaching is “Fun for Everyone”! Why spoil it for the next cacher by making the cache an easier find? i have always liked the challenge of hunt and find.

    Fun for Everyone

  • Haggis Hunter

    I had already covered that option when I first made this request over 2 years ago on the main forum. Deleting an entire log with all pictures can be drastic just for one picture. Surely it’s better to get rid of the one picture than everything. Groundspeak have said that they will bring this in, but when is the question as we have had many big updates since they first said yet still nothing.

  • Is it just for me, or … ?

    Lately, when clicking the “(Decrypt)” link in comments, the page just reloads, but the ROT13 isn’t decrypted.
    (Same thing re the “smilies”.)

    Same result in both Ubuntu and Windows 7 (Firefox in both).

    That being said: In my opinion – spoilers are fine, but keep them encrypted!
    “Cryptic formulations” are ok too, “when done well”.
    Photographs containing spoilers should be marked as such.

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  • Sunee333

    The geocache site is having a technical problem at this time. All caches show not found!

  • chuckswaggin

    How can I get my found cache smilies back? They just disappeared!

  • Photos like that make geocaching easier!!!!

  • Smartypants

    I have been reading much on this topic lately and if it were one of my caches and someone wouldn’t remove it I would be angry. Keep up the good work for this great hobby.