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Geocaching.com Answers Our Questions!

Like a speeding bullet, Geocaching.com has provided us answers to some questions we put to them just an hour ago regarding the new Geocaching Challenges!

Who produces/oversees/manages the video clips? We’d like to give that person some kudos.

Answer: The videos are a collaboration of a team of Lackeys Reid, Jen Sonstelie (We have 3 Jen S’), Kelly, Roxxy from our art department and myself [Eric Schudiske].

INATN: Well, kudos to Reid, Jen, Kelly, Roxxy and Eric. We think the videos you guys are putting out are awesome and spot on for the crowd. I’m sure I heard management saying you would all get pay rises this year! 😉

Will the free apps for smartphones be simply information access points or will they have navigation or location-based functions?

Answer: The apps will be functional versions of Geocaching Challenges. Geocachers will be able to search, complete and log Challenges from their apps.

Are there plans to produce an app for the Blackberry?

Answer: Not at the moment.

INATN: Pretty pleeaasseeee???

Are there any guidelines or inbuilt functionality to the Geocaching Challenges for how Action type completion can be verified?

Answer: Completion of an Action Challenge is on the honour system. Since, as your blog implies, It’s Not About the Numbers, the only person someone who faked a smiley would by lying to, would be themselves.

INATN: Fair call and probably the best way to do it. If you want to have some form of completion verification, then you will need to build it into the challenge.

Will there be some kind of smileys total somewhere?

Answer: There are certain screens where the total numbers of a users smileys will be combined. The smileys for Challenges will appear separate from geocaches in user profiles, but will be part of your found/completed count.

It’s assumed basic members will be able to play challenges – can you confirm this?

Answer: Basic members will definitely be able to play.

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  1. Eddie

    The ‘honour’ system is engaged when the results will add to the overall smiley count? Hmm… I see a lot of faking it in the future. Yes, they’re only cheating themselves, but since when has that stopped fake loggers in the past… Which diminishes the value of these challenges in my mind, as you could be logging your real find amongst hundreds of fake logs.

  2. Papa

    Are there plans to produce an app for the Blackberry?
    Answer: Not at the moment.
    INATN: Pretty pleeaasseeee???

    Ya poor thing!!

  3. CraigRat

    Time to drop that Crackberry, Cumby.
    Come join the Dark Side 🙂

    1. Cumbyrocks

      Hmmm, will you slice off my hand and tell me you’re my father if I yell NEEEVVVVVEEERRRR!!??! 😉

      I’m secretly very glad that CacheSense is being developed for Android as I suspect my next phone will be one. However, I think I’ll always keep the Bold as a GPS unit until it dies.

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