Fair warning: I'm speaking as someone who has never been to a Challenge.
That said, I've been to other events, and enjoyed them.
Personally, if you're looking for upping participation, I think I'm the
demographic you're targeting. I love geocaching, I'm relatively new to
the "community," but I'm still a participant in the community. How do you
get me out to a Texas Challenge?
Well, I'd say the biggest thing that prevented me from wanting to go to
this most recent one was the distance. In short, I wasn't willing to give
up a weekend to drive to Houston (ugh), and I didn't know many people
there. However, I also know that if I fell in love with the Challenge
atmosphere, I'd be considerably more interested in it.
Therefore, how to get my demographic to fall in love? It would be easier
to get me out there if:
1. It were closer
2. (As Deb mentioned) I got smileys for the finds.
Therefore, would it be possible to do a local challenge? Something
designed for just the greater Austin area? If I went to that and realized
that I loved it, I'd be up for a weekend trip for it.
> I think you would get more participation if the caches in the challenge
> were actually published caches and you get smileys for the finds.
> If there are rule changes you'd like to see made for future Texas
> Challenges, send me an email with your suggested change.
> One example that has been suggested for discussion is only counting the
> top 80% of a team's score. The rationale behind that is if a team has
> people drop out because they were hurt, or score cards get lost, or people
> get tired and quit, then those scores won't hurt the team. There are
> plenty of pros and cons to this. The major pro that I can think is that it
> might help more people consider playing.
> Anyway, if you have suggested changes, or you want to comment on this rule
> change, please email me. Thanks.