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-cheeto-
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 29, 2011 9:19 am Reply with quote Back to top

I did a challenge today in PA. Within Hazleton there is a single geocaching challenge.

It's visit the walmart and take your picture.

What I found interesting was there's a mcdonalds inside their walmart. Hadn't seen that pairing before.

Tomorrow I'm going to create a challenge here in PA. Something a bit more fun Smile
 
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beccaday
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 29, 2011 9:30 am Reply with quote Back to top

Well it's a good thing because that does not sound like a very interesting challenge to me!

And speaking of challenges. I honestly kind of forgot about them. I guess they just don't matter that much to me. How about the rest of you? Now that they've been around for a few weeks - are you doing them?

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Lostby7
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 29, 2011 9:31 am Reply with quote Back to top

I find them as I did when they were introduced.....STUPID.
 
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hack1of2
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 29, 2011 9:51 am Reply with quote Back to top

I like the new challenges, and have done a bunch of them. To me, it's a different game entirely than geocaching; but involves (usually) going outdoors, using a GPSr, and having fun. That's what it all about. I would have a problem with it if it counted towards the number of cache finds, but it doesn't. So by keeping challenges separate from geocaching, I now have two fun games to participate in!
 
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Team Black-Cat
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 29, 2011 11:12 am Reply with quote Back to top

Still don't like them, even though I created one.
There is no "ownership". What is the incentive to creating a challenge?
I have to go and do a search by location to even find my own challenge to read the logs. Too much trouble. I'll probably never see it again.
If it gets completed or thumbs down or archived, it doesn't matter to me. I don't care about it at all... It's not mine.

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CodeJunkie
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 29, 2011 11:27 am Reply with quote Back to top

Team Black-Cat wrote:
Still don't like them, even though I created one.
There is no "ownership". What is the incentive to creating a challenge?
I have to go and do a search by location to even find my own challenge to read the logs. Too much trouble. I'll probably never see it again.
If it gets completed or thumbs down or archived, it doesn't matter to me. I don't care about it at all... It's not mine.

I'm in a similar situation with similar feelings.
 
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Lostby7
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 29, 2011 11:44 am Reply with quote Back to top

CodeJunkie wrote:
Team Black-Cat wrote:
Still don't like them, even though I created one.
There is no "ownership". What is the incentive to creating a challenge?
I have to go and do a search by location to even find my own challenge to read the logs. Too much trouble. I'll probably never see it again.
If it gets completed or thumbs down or archived, it doesn't matter to me. I don't care about it at all... It's not mine.

I'm in a similar situation with similar feelings.

Same here. I also have one but could care less what happens with it.
 
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cheezehead
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Joined: 2006-07-02
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 29, 2011 11:47 am Reply with quote Back to top

-cheeto- wrote:
I did a challenge today in PA. Within Hazleton there is a single geocaching challenge.

It's visit the walmart and take your picture.

What I found interesting was there's a mcdonalds inside their walmart. Hadn't seen that pairing before.

Tomorrow I'm going to create a challenge here in PA. Something a bit more fun Smile

There was a Mc.D's in the old Wal-Mart in Rice Lake for years. plus there was already one in town not that far a way.
 
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Bassanio
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 29, 2011 1:53 pm Reply with quote Back to top

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I have to go and do a search by location to even find my own challenge to read the logs.


If you go into your profile and click on Challenges, it should have any Challenge that you published listed near the bottom of the page.

Overall, I like challenges but I'm not exactly tearing out of the house to do them. If you're selective, a challenge is almost identical to virtual caches.

I was going to state that I didn't like the fact that you couldn't see what challenges other cachers had completed in their profile but now you can.

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gotta run
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 29, 2011 2:03 pm Reply with quote Back to top

-cheeto- wrote:
I did a challenge today in PA. Within Hazleton there is a single geocaching challenge.

It's visit the walmart and take your picture.

What I found interesting was there's a mcdonalds inside their walmart. Hadn't seen that pairing before.



And here I thought you didn't learn anything from doing challenges. Boy was I wrong!!!
 
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Team Black-Cat
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 29, 2011 4:06 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Bassanio wrote:
If you go into your profile and click on Challenges, it should have any Challenge that you published listed near the bottom of the page.

Ah! Thanks. Now I might look at it once in a while.
 
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gotta run
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 30, 2011 5:43 am Reply with quote Back to top

Three reasons why these things are doomed.

1. The stats don't count. People like their numbers and without integration into the regular world of geocaching, all this is, is another Waymarking.

2. Lack of ownership. Even if you can somehow find what you created, nobody else knows. Cache owners like people to know what they created. Without creators, no challenges.

3. No new experiences. Cheeto's walmart discovery aside, most challenges I have seen take you to somewhere you already are because you are geocaching. Row to an island? There's a cache there. Paddle the wolf river? Ditto. Hug a big tree in cathedral pines? Why not just go find the cache. I'm sure there are exceptions but the majority of what I have seen are simply adjunct, "why bother" activities.
 
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-cheeto-
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 30, 2011 7:04 am Reply with quote Back to top

I'm going to create a new one today in PA that is not near a cache (geocaching.com), munzee, or a waymark. I checked. There looks to be a foursquare check-in there though Wink

I agree, it's just another way to list a waymark for the most part. If they had verification capabilities and true "ownership it would be more like the virtuals of old.

I do "watch" the one's I create but it is more "work" as you have to visit the page.

I'm not as critical of stuff like this as others here. It's just another way to explore our surroundings.

Even though they are not in your count, they are a count of doing something nonetheless that shows by each of your logs and on your profile page.
 
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Trekkin and Birdin
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 30, 2011 9:16 am Reply with quote Back to top

I haven't done any or created any, but who knows? Maybe we'll see one that trips our trigger. The benchmarks don't "count," but we still like to find and log those. Like all things in life, some will think they're great, some will think they're stupid and some will just shrug their shoulders and move on to whatever they enjoy. There's a lot more to worry about in life than these things, at least for me.

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CodeJunkie
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 30, 2011 10:41 am Reply with quote Back to top

Trekkin and Birdin wrote:
Like all things in life, some will think they're great, some will think they're stupid and some will just shrug their shoulders and move on to whatever they enjoy.

Good point, as evidenced by all those people that use the trails in the woods for just walking. Can you believe they don't geocache?

Seriously though - T&B makes a great point about the whole thing. Yes others have made it also and it's certainly worth repeating.
 
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