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#1 Baytown Bert

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 05:18 PM


Dear Geocacher,

In our effort to inspire outdoor play through Geocaching, we are often faced with decisions about what to focus on next, and what to focus on less. It is through these decisions that we explore opportunities to grow the global game of Geocaching.

Occasionally, during this process, we are faced with the reality that certain ideas don't catch on as we had hoped. In these situations we owe it to ourselves and to you to make tough decisions about the future of every project and the resources to be applied to each. Sometimes, as a result, cool features must become casualties.

In this spirit, we have decided to retire Geocaching Challenges.


This means that, effective today, we have disabled the ability to create new Challenges. We have also removed the Challenges application from all mobile application stores. In approxim ately 7 days, we will be removing all traces of the Challenges functionality and related content from Geocaching.com.

On an office wall here at HQ is a sign that reads, "Let's make better mistakes tomorrow." By accepting that we will sometimes get it wrong, we can allow ourselves to learn from and imagine new opportunities in the world of Geocaching. Our hope is we can take the lessons from Challenges and create better tools to guide you on your next adventure.

Sincerely,
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#2 heftydude

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 06:47 PM

I just got that message myself. I gotta get one more to qualify for Kevin's challenge cache in Galveston. Looks like I will do a World Wide one tomorrow.
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Posted 04 December 2012 - 06:48 PM

Hmmm. Maybe we can get virtuals back now???
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Posted 04 December 2012 - 06:58 PM

I just published like 10 challenges. Man that just sucks. I know they were not a big hit but they were just starting to take hold. Oh well.
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Posted 04 December 2012 - 07:15 PM

I like them. I think it is another of GC's unwillingness to do what it takes to make a new easy to play and impatience with it member for not picking up a difficult to play game. Just the fact that you could not easily look up all the challenges in the city nor get a GPX made them difficult.

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 09:06 PM

Personally, I didn't care too much for most of the challenges.
I think that stopping at Buc-ees and taking a photo of you and the beaver, is not in the spirit of geocaching.
How does that require the use of a GPSr?

At least with the virtuals, you used a GPSr to get there, and then maybe saw something neat or learned something new.

Bring back the virtuals!
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Posted 04 December 2012 - 09:20 PM

BRING BACK VIRTUALS!!!!
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Posted 04 December 2012 - 09:28 PM

Challenges reminded me more of locationless caches than virtuals. Except locationless caches actually required a GPSr...

I won't miss them either way.
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Posted 05 December 2012 - 04:51 AM

I like to post them in conjunction with a cache as a tool to get people to cool places and score a smilie. I think it is a step backward myself. Heck, GC.com had some silly ones. they should have rempoved them with a letter and waited for feedback before hyper anal-izing the mousetrap.

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 03:06 PM

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I think that stopping at Buc-ees and taking a photo of you and the beaver...


Can't believe ThaCatfish hasn't jumped on this yet...

I never really got into the Challenges either...they seemed a little too free form and outside the game as I know it. However, they didn't bother me as I just ignored them.

Restoring the ability to publish more webcam caches and virtual caches, however, would be a good thing IMHO.
Why am I all sweatty and late? Umm...

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 03:07 PM

Now we just need to get challenges removed from a couple of challenge caches in the area.

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 03:54 PM

I have many pictures of myself and a lot of different beavers.....
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Posted 05 December 2012 - 03:55 PM

My personal challenge though. Not a gc.com challenge...

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 05:33 PM

My personal challenge though. Not a gc.com challenge...



What the ??!!!
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Posted 05 December 2012 - 06:20 PM

thecatfish does go down and dirty. LOL
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Posted 05 December 2012 - 07:25 PM

Truer words have never been spoken Bert Marshall
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Posted 05 December 2012 - 08:19 PM

Personally, I didn't care too much for most of the challenges.
I think that stopping at Buc-ees and taking a photo of you and the beaver, is not in the spirit of geocaching.
How does that require the use of a GPSr?

At least with the virtuals, you used a GPSr to get there, and then maybe saw something neat or learned something new.

Bring back the virtuals!

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Posted 21 December 2012 - 01:12 AM

I was curious why they launched challenges to begin with.

If you walk down the hall at GroundSpeak you will find something called a Waymark. (I'm not sure if it is really down the hall, could be around the corner) A Waymark and a Challenge are the same thing. If you liked challenges, go to waymarking.

I'm sure I am not saying anything that anyone doesn't all ready know, but I thought I'd say it any way.
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#19 Baytown Bert

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Posted 21 December 2012 - 04:40 AM

I didn't know that., but there are a lot of things I don't know. Learn something new every day on here.

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Posted 21 December 2012 - 07:34 AM

I was curious why they launched challenges to begin with.

If you walk down the hall at GroundSpeak you will find something called a Waymark. (I'm not sure if it is really down the hall, could be around the corner) A Waymark and a Challenge are the same thing. If you liked challenges, go to waymarking.

I'm sure I am not saying anything that anyone doesn't all ready know, but I thought I'd say it any way.


Waymarks and Challenges are not the same. They are close. A challenge requires a pic for verification. Waymarks require nothing. Waymarks are another one of groundspeaks lost ideas.
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