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Monday, June 2, 2014

Hello paperless caching, Goodbye creative cache pages!

In my half century of life, I've learned to “change with the times” and be flexible.  I use to get all pissed off when things I cherished would change. Not anymore. I roll with it and at times even embrace the change. I’m a changed man, so to speak! One change that technology recently took away from me, were the days when folks would actually read the cache pages on Geocaching.com. It was the only way at one time. You would log on, find the caches you wanted to do, then read and print the cache page and go searching with a whole pile of papers. Do you remember that? I had cache pages all over my car! I use to carry a clipboard full or had them all folded up in my pockets.

Not anymore. Today you can bring up local caches with a quick search on many different apps from your phone, GPSr or other devices that support GPS technology. Everything you need is right there at your fingertips. No more printing, shuffling papers, killing trees or reading stupid cache pages. 

No reading cache pages? Say it ain’t so!

I have had the wonderful experience of creating  geocache pages for my hides that are just as cool as the caches themselves (I think so anyway). I spent hours tooling with HTML codes to make it just right so that when a geocacher went to my page, they knew right away they had to find that cache, my cache. OK, sometimes I went wayyyyy overboard. I have been criticized by cachers that say, “Just give me the facts man, just the facts”, but that never seemed to stop me. Every once in a while I would get a complement on the cache page or the story but, not anymore. People have just stopped reading, period. The thought processes is to get as many as you can and as fast as you can. Stopping to read the cache page is just a waste of precious  time. A hindrance in achieving the goal of getting the numbers, not finding that special geocache.

Creative "cache paging" is a dying art that is practiced by only a handful of people that I know. I love to do them and have even done some pages for friends and family so that they can show off their cache pages too. However, once again, I have caved in and started to do things differently. I got away from some of the elaborate pages and I just add a small graphic and basic text these days. In my most recent hide, “The Salty Dog”, I blended basic text with hyperlinks and a jpeg story that is there to enjoy if anyone wants to read it but, who has time for that? All they really want are the freaking coords and a damn smiley anyway. And, if it’s a “cache and dash” so much the better!  Don’t even get me started......

So, I’ve hung up my HTML brushes and packed my stories away for a different audience and have joined the masses of geocachers who really don’t give a second thought to typing a few lines, maybe a hint and that’s about it. It’s sad really, but why should I toil over an HTML puzzle for hours if no one will ever even know the difference? Who cares?

Goodbye creative cache pages, you’ll be missed by me, while others may never even know the pleasure……..

Here is a selection of some of my unique geocache pages. Enjoy them while you can before Groundspeak "changes" and limits the cache page data limit and only “allows” text to save money and free up space. Our game is changing and I'm changing with it but, I don't have to like it! 
BH







THE END

5 comments:

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

Say it ain't so my friend. One of these days I hope to get out your way and do some of your amazing caches. Keep up the good work for those of us who appreciate the effort you made. I, for one, always try to leave a great log for a fantastic cache and a fav point as well.

As for my own hides, I feel downright let down if someone writes only TFTC and no nice comment on a special cache.

Yes, it's true, a lot of cachers are in it for the numbers and the smileys. I am guilty of that fact myself on occasion, but then, that's what park n grabs are for, right? But given my choice, I go for the special caches when I have the time to do them, so don't deprive the geocacher s the thrill of a great hide and cache page because a few don't appreciate them.

Heather Cook (Lady-Magpie) said...

Oh so right Bloodhounded, I've also had to change. Gone are the days of sitting down and writing a story of a cache you've put out, the history of the place your fellow geocachers are visiting or the reasons why you have chosen this place.

Like Kim I do enjoy reading peoples logs and get so frustrated when you have spent time telling others about your cache and someone just logs - FOUND. It may be that I suffer from verbal diarrhoea and can't understand others that don't.

One thing I do agree with, thank god I don't have to print out pages of trees. Enjoyed this blog.

Dave DeBaeremaeker said...

I am all for simply laid out cache descriptions. Unless it is required (say, for a puzzle cache), there is no real need for fanciness. It just gets in the way. It does make it harder to ensure it will display properly on whatever device the cacher uses. If you don't make it compatible with all of my devices, your description becomes a burden to me.

It would be better if Groundspeak would offer both a fancy "web" version, and a text-only version, so we are guaranteed compatibility with whatever tools we use to display caches, but since they don't, it is easiest to stick to the simple version, as you know it will work everywhere.

I have rarely seen HTML cache pages where the HTML made one iota of difference to my enjoyment of the cache. Text is best.

CrazyCris said...

Sad! I haven't even started yet but I'd much prefer caches with a story to them! :o(

BigAl said...

I too like to write a long log, unless it's just a P&G. Long live the long logs. Tell a story and make it fun. Besides, if your story is long enough we might just feature it here. Hahahaha.

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