Joined: May 2007
||Posted: May 10 2007,7:46 am
Found out about this site last night while trolling through a GPS FAQ trying to figure out how to replace the protective screen in my Meridian.
I never figured out how to replace my screen, but I was stoked to find an "alternative" caching site. My brother an I are avid cachers, and for years we discussed starting a caching site, simply because we both feel that the GC.com site has gotten a little too large and therefore politically correct and sometimes the hoops you have to jump through to end up with a nice cache is more trouble than placing the cache itself. We both thought a smaller community would roll back the clock some. It seems that I got my wish without having to write a single line of code.... Yay, me!
My conundrum wrapped in an enigma:
Should I move some of my listings over? I know that it would help populate the listings for my area some but I don't know how helpful this would be. Who benefits? There's very few active cachers from my area on this site, so I don't think it's helping out any existing members.
Also, both sites having the same content wouldn't help Navicaching IMHO. Any new visitor is likely to end up at GC.com first, and once they see all the bells and whistles, we're unlikely to lure them away. Any guys playing both sites will eventually tire of finding dupe caches and will just stick with one site.
So what does it?
If you can't compete with features, than you have to compete with value in content. My thoughts for any Navicachers who play on both sites:
When you place a cache for one of the sites, place another cache for the other site in a nearby(but different) location. This does a couple of things:
1) When you notify your buds on one site that there's a second cache listed on this site nearby, your local member base will increase. A lot of cachers are suckers for numbers, regardless of the site.
2) Maintenance: When you're checking on one, you're close to the other.
As more people know to come to this site to grab an extra cache or two, the local participating group will grow, and the activity level will begin to increase. As it is now, I couldn't cache exclusively on this site if I wanted to. There's no caches! If I can get the same caches on this site as I can on the other, I'd use the other site to send them to my phone, and if I'm feeling especially slimy, I'll log them at both sites, which would make me a weasel.
I'm going out today to finish a multiple stager for the other site today, and I'll be placing one for Navicache while I'm at it. I'm then going to notify our buddies to let them know and to see if they want to play on the new site. I'll then see how my theory works.
I would be very interested in any thoughts you guys might have on this matter. Do you guys do it? Do you feel dirty when you do?