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Joined: 2004-01-28
Posts: 2631
Location: Little Chute

PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2008 8:07 am Reply with quote Back to top

I'm thinking if the WGA community can see - during the month - that there are 20 votes cast, or 26, or 32, or whatever, they might be more willing to cast a vote, for whatever cache they might know and like.

There are over 800 members. I would think we should be able to get at least 100 to vote!

The point again, is to show how FEW members actually vote!
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Team Hemisphere Dancer
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Joined: 2006-02-22
Posts: 2049
Location: Appleton, WI

PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2008 8:20 am Reply with quote Back to top

So what you really want is a spot on the voting page that keeps a running total of votes cast. But keeping the amount of votes per cache hidden, to allow it to win on its own merits?

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2008 7:02 pm Reply with quote Back to top

We are active on the forums and from time to time have visited some of the caches on the COTM. We just dont agree on highlighting one cache, all caches hides are great to us, from the long hike to the LPH, (OK maybe not the LPH) but you can see where we are coming from. If one of our caches was nominated for the COTM, we wouldnt be rallying all of our friends to vote for us, and prob would care less if we won or not.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2008 7:36 pm Reply with quote Back to top

As Dave Letterman use to say, "This is an exhibition, not a competition. Please no wagering." Not sure why that was so funny, but I always laughed when he said it.

My own personal view on COTM is that it is an exhibition of fun to visit caches. However, in no way would I assume that a COTM was really the "best" cache of the month. "Best" is purely subjective, and opinions will vary on what is "best." Also, some of the "best" caches are rarely visited due to their remote locations or difficult terrain, so they dont get the votes for COTM. So there really is no basis for a competition, or at least there should not be.

I do, however, try to make it a point to visit COTM winners, to see what other people thought were worthy caches. Of last years COTM winners, I have visited 6 of 12, and was not disappointed with any of them. So while it is not a perfect system, it is still pretty good, and I am grateful for the choices folks have made for COTM.

As to Marc's original question of showing the numbers, the BOD discussed this last spring, and it was our feeling that it was best not to show the numbers. In some cases, people get a little too carried away in competing for COTM, and not showing the numbers seems helpful in minimizing this problem.


Opinions above are my own, and not necessarily the official position of the WGA BOD.

Keep On Cachin In The Free World.

All posts are the opinions of the poster and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the WGA Board of Directors. 
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2008 8:36 am Reply with quote Back to top

Well said, zuma!.

We agree.
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