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  • Dylan Mahan
    I did 2 virtuals this past weekend. Love em. I want the category reinstated! Thank you MCP! Pyckle
    Message 1 of 9 , Dec 5, 2012
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      I did 2 virtuals this past weekend. Love em. I want the category reinstated! Thank you MCP! Pyckle

      On Dec 5, 2012 5:32 AM, "Cheryl" <cheryl007@...> wrote:
       

      We loved virtual caches especially when visiting someplace new. They are a great way to learn about a new city or state.
      Cheryl
      1/6th of Team Tracker

      Sent from my iPhone

      On Dec 4, 2012, at 11:47 PM, J Crozier <mrscaptainpicard@...> wrote:

       

      Here's a great idea for them...........


      BRING BACK VIRTUALS!!!!!!!!!

      Cheers,
      Julie
      Mrs. Captain Picard


      On Tue, Dec 4, 2012 at 6:07 PM, semperquestio <sqcaching@...> wrote:
       

      For those that missed it, I thought I step back out of the shadows long enough to pass this along from Groundspeak...

      Dear Geocacher,

      In our effort to inspire outdoor play through Geocaching, we are often faced with decisions about what to focus on next, and what to focus on less. It is through these decisions that we explore opportunities to grow the global game of Geocaching.

      Occasionally, during this process, we are faced with the reality that certain ideas don't catch on as we had hoped. In these situations we owe it to ourselves and to you to make tough decisions about the future of every project and the resources to be applied to each. Sometimes, as a result, cool features must become casualties.

      In this spirit, we have decided to retire Geocaching Challenges.

      This means that, effective today, we have disabled the ability to create new Challenges. We have also removed the Challenges application from all mobile application stores. In approximately 7 days, we will be removing all traces of the Challenges functionality and related content from Geocaching.com.

      On an office wall here at HQ is a sign that reads, "Let's make better mistakes tomorrow." By accepting that we will sometimes get it wrong, we can allow ourselves to learn from and imagine new opportunities in the world of Geocaching. Our hope is we can take the lessons from Challenges and create better tools to guide you on your next adventure.

      Sincerely,
      Geocaching.com


    • Jay Bingham
      I add yet another second to the motion to bring back virtual caches. I enjoy them for the most part and finding them has taken me to some very interesting
      Message 2 of 9 , Dec 5, 2012
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        I add yet another second to the motion to bring back virtual caches. I enjoy them for the most part and finding them has taken me to some very interesting places and shown me things I would not have noticed otherwise, like this one that I recently found with one of my sons in Virginia: The Lost Day. This is a good example of a virtual that is done well. To claim it you have to notice something that you would probably just overlook under usual circumstances. This cache could not be done in any other way even if it were not located in a national park.

        Another that I enjoyed, located at another national park, is To Bind Up the Nation's Wounds, while not as strong of an argument for virtuals as The Lost Day since it has no logging requirements and the coordinates seem to be a little off, it none the less takes you to a very interesting place, which I might have overlooked had it not been for the cache.

        This virtual, 1886 Turbine, is one of my favorite virtuals because I almost certainly would not have stopped here if the cache had not been here, but I am glad I did. It requires strong investigative skills to determine the answer to one of the logging requirements. Most people will never find out that bit of information unless they are geocachers. Another well done virtual that would be less interesting as any other type of cache.

        While most virtuals are on the low end of the difficulty/terrain spectrum I enjoy finding them because I usually find something that is interesting and worth seeing. However, I understand why some people don’t like them, emailing the answers to the owner can be a pain at times and some of them can be quite lame, fortunately most of the lame ones are now gone. Unfortunately some of the not so lame ones are disappearing too because the owners loose interest and Groundspeak won’t allow them to be adopted or because the owners get fed up with the inability of geocachers to follow instructions as happened recently with two caches on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon see: Cape Royal and Bright Angel Point. These two caches had 15 and 62 favorite points respectively, so they weren’t lame.

        Well, I have ranted on too long so I will stop now.

        Let me close by saying that I hope that Groundspeak comes to their senses and implements virtuals in a format that integrates well with other caches and retains the best characteristics of what the original virtuals were while eliminating the characteristics that caused them to be banned. Maybe the third time will be a charm. They have tried unsuccessfully twice already.

         

        --| Jay /\ Bing-GTX
        |+| Georgetown , TX USA
        |-- “What you see depends mainly on what you are looking for.”

         


        From: CentralTexasGeocachers@yahoogroups.com [mailto:CentralTexasGeocachers@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Dylan Mahan
        Sent: Wednesday, December 05, 2012 7:13 AM
        To: CentralTexasGeocachers@yahoogroups.com
        Subject: Re: [CentralTexasGeocachers] End of Challenges

         

         

        I did 2 virtuals this past weekend. Love em. I want the category reinstated! Thank you MCP! Pyckle

        On Dec 5, 2012 5:32 AM, "Cheryl" <cheryl007@...> wrote:

         

        We loved virtual caches especially when visiting someplace new. They are a great way to learn about a new city or state.

        Cheryl

        1/6th of Team Tracker

        Sent from my iPhone


        On Dec 4, 2012, at 11:47 PM, J Crozier <mrscaptainpicard@...> wrote:

         

        Here's a great idea for them...........

         

        BRING BACK VIRTUALS!!!!!!!!!

         

        Cheers,

        Julie

        Mrs. Captain Picard

         

        On Tue, Dec 4, 2012 at 6:07 PM, semperquestio <sqcaching@...> wrote:

         

        For those that missed it, I thought I step back out of the shadows long enough to pass this along from Groundspeak...

        Dear Geocacher,

        In our effort to inspire outdoor play through Geocaching, we are often faced with decisions about what to focus on next, and what to focus on less. It is through these decisions that we explore opportunities to grow the global game of Geocaching.

        Occasionally, during this process, we are faced with the reality that certain ideas don't catch on as we had hoped. In these situations we owe it to ourselves and to you to make tough decisions about the future of every project and the resources to be applied to each. Sometimes, as a result, cool features must become casualties.

        In this spirit, we have decided to retire Geocaching Challenges.

        This means that, effective today, we have disabled the ability to create new Challenges. We have also removed the Challenges application from all mobile application stores. In approximately 7 days, we will be removing all traces of the Challenges functionality and related content from Geocaching.com.

        On an office wall here at HQ is a sign that reads, "Let's make better mistakes tomorrow." By accepting that we will sometimes get it wrong, we can allow ourselves to learn from and imagine new opportunities in the world of Geocaching. Our hope is we can take the lessons from Challenges and create better tools to guide you on your next adventure.

        Sincerely,
        Geocaching.com

         

      • semperquestio
        OK. Back out of the shadows again cuz I would really like to see virts back too and we need to build support for the idea... If you want your voice to even
        Message 3 of 9 , Dec 5, 2012
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          OK. Back out of the shadows again cuz I would really like to see virts back too and we need to build support for the idea...

          If you want your voice to even have a chance of being heard in regards to virtuals, you need to sound off over on the Groundspeak forums. There are a few robust conversations going on over there about them now. It may not do a lick of good, but I'm pretty sure no one from Groundspeak is going to be paying attention to this forum.

          Here's some links to a few thread over there...

          http://tinyurl.com/at8tno2
          http://tinyurl.com/bbdfcp6
          http://tinyurl.com/b4exr7u


          --- In CentralTexasGeocachers@yahoogroups.com, "semperquestio" <sqcaching@...> wrote:
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          > For those that missed it, I thought I step back out of the shadows long enough to pass this along from Groundspeak...
          >
          >
          > Dear Geocacher,
          >
          > In our effort to inspire outdoor play through Geocaching, we are often faced with decisions about what to focus on next, and what to focus on less. It is through these decisions that we explore opportunities to grow the global game of Geocaching.
          >
          > Occasionally, during this process, we are faced with the reality that certain ideas don't catch on as we had hoped. In these situations we owe it to ourselves and to you to make tough decisions about the future of every project and the resources to be applied to each. Sometimes, as a result, cool features must become casualties.
          >
          > In this spirit, we have decided to retire Geocaching Challenges.
          >
          > This means that, effective today, we have disabled the ability to create new Challenges. We have also removed the Challenges application from all mobile application stores. In approximately 7 days, we will be removing all traces of the Challenges functionality and related content from Geocaching.com.
          >
          > On an office wall here at HQ is a sign that reads, "Let's make better mistakes tomorrow." By accepting that we will sometimes get it wrong, we can allow ourselves to learn from and imagine new opportunities in the world of Geocaching. Our hope is we can take the lessons from Challenges and create better tools to guide you on your next adventure.
          >
          > Sincerely,
          > Geocaching.com
          >
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