Caching => General Caching => Topic started by: Griff Grof on November 27, 2013, 05:54:00 pm

Title: Placing caches for the sake of it
Post by: Griff Grof on November 27, 2013, 05:54:00 pm
Is anyone else starting to see this is becoming increasingly common.

I can safely rule out a whole zone, full to the brim (and counting) with cache series', which is a shame as they are all so local!  :(  - but I know that they will be a disappointment, so it's a shame that now I'm going to have to travel further for a quality series :D (I do still have Wrighty ones to do, but there aren't any shorter ones left for a morning or afternoon  :-\ )

I'm just wondering if it has all gone 'wrong' - are people now just placing caches to be the one with the most hides, to get their name out there - are they really thinking why am I bringing people to this spot (for every cache!) ?

Title: Re: Placing caches for the sake of it
Post by: Gackt on November 27, 2013, 07:09:24 pm
Yes, I am seeing this.

For those just after numbers they must be loving this current plethora. There are a good 30+ caches I haven't found within 6 miles of my home, but I am not feeling the pull to get out and find them.

I don't think it has all gone wrong, there is one cache ( in the swarm that I will go out and try find soon. But that's just 1 out of 30+ out there that is attracting me. I probably will go find the others too at some point, but it will be just to get outside and get some fresh air.

I am just forming an idea as I type that might help stop this happening. Just about to walk home, I will ponder my thoughts as I walk and come back here later and let them known if I think it will would work... *watch this space* lol
Title: Re: Placing caches for the sake of it
Post by: Gackt on November 27, 2013, 10:14:43 pm
This is what I started thinking about on my walk way home... The wording is very basic, but written out just to throw the idea out there. Pick at it, laugh at it and throw it away, or make it better, as you chose.

"The CacheWalker Rating System"
Let CO's know how you feel about their cache easily. Help point them in the right direction to think about cache locations and container sizes for future hides, without having to carefully word negative comments for online logs.

Rate each cache you log using the following guide which contains four topics. Lowest score is 0, maximum score is 10. The default line at the bottom of your online find log will read something like:

"I personally give this cache x out of 10 on the CacheWalker Rating scale.", where 'CacheWalker' would contain a link to a page on here somewhere containing something like the following:

The CacheWalker Rating

The Container
0 Nano, micro 35mm.
1 Very small, but interesting container, e.g. a fake plant, fake sign etc.
2 Small to regular.
3 Large cache or something unique, home made.

The final hide location and / or location of waypoints to visit to get to final
0 Why place here? The location was horrid.
1 Why place here? Nothing special to see.
2 Interesting place or feature highlighted.
3 Fantastic view / very special or unique place.

The route to the cache
0 Cache and dash.
1 A short but pleasant walk.
2 A long walk.
3 Rewarding hike / climb / boat trip / swim etc.

The X Factor The CW Factor i.e. the cache has something truly special about it
0 It does not have the CW Factor.
1 It does have the CW Factor.

Total score meaning guide:
0 The caching community will not miss this cache. Archiving is the kindest course of action.
1 to 2 Below average.
3 to 5 Average.
6 to 7 Above average.
8 to 9 Almost perfect.
10 If all caches were like this, what a wonderful world this would be.
Title: Re: Placing caches for the sake of it
Post by: walktall on November 27, 2013, 11:29:38 pm
Interesting idea - running a BA cache through it - out popped at 10 ;D
Title: Re: Placing caches for the sake of it
Post by: Griff Grof on November 28, 2013, 08:02:53 am
Very good idea  :)

On my blog you'll see I have a page, GGSR ( (Griff Grof's Series Ratings) which is similar but for series'. For instance, categories could include 'terrain', 'cache containers' etc etc where I'd rate each one out of 10. But this idea is nicer as it can be applied to every cache you find, rather than every walk... Maybe we should start using it?  :D

I did actually suggest a similar idea to GS, of course it was ignored  ;)