Here is an interesting article and imbedded within it a link to a survey about why people like to cache and what they do and don t like about caches, amongMessage 1 of 2 , Aug 6, 2011View SourceHere is an interesting article and imbedded within it a link to a survey about why people like to cache and what they do and don't like about caches, among other things:
What do you think about the results?
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Subject: [CentralTexasGeocachers] Why People Cache
Date: Sat, 06 Aug 2011 20:04:13 -0000
Here is an interesting article and imbedded within it a link to a survey about why people like to cache and what they do and don't like about caches, among other things:
What do you think about the results?
I'm with Eddie, the first comment I saw. Especially about the dodgy caches -- we find more of them because they come (and then go) faster in, well, near-by accessible locations. We see more of them because there ARE more of them (especially as the general number goes up -- and the number of new and naive players increases... so desu, people learn or quit as well). Sturgeon's Law says "Ninety percent of everything is crap." But Holzgrafe's Correlary comes in: "But that which survives is usually pretty good."
Also, as we grow with the sport, our calibration of good, great, and meh changes (the first lampskirt was a revelation -- but now, though I don't HATE them, they are quickies and generally unmemorable).
And while we would all like to place brilliant caches -- law of averages just won't support it, and I'm not into snobbery (except inside my own head, and I'm stuck with that).
Is it about the numbers? Eh, if it were JUST scoring, I think I would have given up years ago (and surely wouldn't log as I do). But the numbers ARE fun ... if only to track how far I've been. The numbers, I guess, are what you make of them. I like long runs, even with semi-mindless hides ... though *prefer* them changed up, or with a gimmick (like Doc Hogg's LIH and Cybercat's similar (sorry, brain ephasia) series). And *prefer* them even more with the companionship of good geofriends.
Love the memorable cache -- but if life were all gourmet chocolates, even those would seem mundane. So the game takes all kinds... and the kinds I do NOT like (like bushwhacking through real brush to an ammocan by a tree -- to ME the pointless cache) I can forgo. I *do* like micros and nanos, because they're often tougher hides, and I'm not interested in most swag (interesting swag is another matter... but even that is eclectic, and tends toward sig items). For me it's about location and, ultimately, logging. For ME. Your mileage may (and maybe should) differ... and, in MY OPINION, the sport should remain flexible enough to accomodate (safely and sanely) the diversity of appreciation.
And, in a strange place, a little 1/1 cache is JUST the ticket to say I've been there. Yes, it's a nicer experience in a cool spot or with a clever container -- and let us all aspire to make hides interesting in that regard -- but the smiley is just as golden. [Just don't ick me out, thanks... but some people, I suppose, like THOSE, too... so... I can just not get that one, eh?)
It's using data like that to enforce some ONE's idea of what the sport REALLY OUGHT TO BE that I Resist with a capital R. There are certain things that we have learned just oughtn't be done -- placing caches in security sensitive areas so muggles are truly spooked, putting food, food smelly, or non-family friendly ... or non-diversity friendly ...items in a cache, dangerous placements without adequate terrain ratings, placements where cachers will tear up things of natural or historic (or any) significance, cemetery caches that forget that, for some, cemeteries are HALLOWED ground... I guess most of this lumps under disrespect for hide locale -- forgetting, even on public lands, that we ARE 'guests' -- and there are FAQs and Approvers who attempt to cover these eventualities....
BarbJ - Just rambling - Tygress
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