Duplicate pages on Geocaching.com — a peek behind the scenes

As you may know, there are a number of duplicate pages on Geocaching.com. For example, the old/new profile page, the old/new dashboard, and the old/new logging flow, to name a few. In this blog, you’ll learn why duplicate pages come into being, why some have not yet been retired, and our future plans.

Why are there duplicate pages?

For every newly created web page, teams at Geocaching HQ spent a lot of time researching player behavior, feature requests, and best practices for user experience (UX).

Eventually, we plan to retire duplicate pages, but there are reasons why this is not always possible or desirable right away, including:

  • Ease of transition. We want to make sure that transitions are not disrupting players so when possible, we allow for a period of time when both pages are available.
  • Player feedback. We sometimes receive feedback after a new page is released that reveals unexpected feature gaps that we want to fix but would delay other planned projects.
  • Admin functionality. Some pages have features that are only available to lackeys or reviewers, such as the Reviewer Note log type. Since we prioritize player functionality, it may take time to incorporate admin functionality at a later time.

Looking to the future

Going forward, we plan to be more proactive about addressing the reasons that are blocking the retirement of duplicate pages. We are planning to do that with the following steps:

  1. Implement known feedback where possible.
  2. Set a retirement date and communicate that to the community.
  3. Give opportunity for feedback.
  4. Assess existing and new feedback to continue improving.

The first page that will go through this process is the profile page. To give feedback, please join the discussion in the Geocaching Forums. Thank you for your continued support and for joining the forum conversation.

Guest writer for Geocaching.com's blog