Quote from Scout, posted on Nov. 30 2001,10:06 am
Geocaching Web site search engines will support searches by date placed or date of last successful find log, so that hunters can filter out old and presumably extinct geocaches, either to ignore them or target them for recovery efforts. Other filters will also emerge to help cut through the clutter. For example, filters to allow one to list, say, only virtual caches, or only caches hidden by still active geocachers, or only caches rated highly in find logs (first, we need a rating system for this to happen, hint, hint), etc.
After my initial ramble I'll try to give this topic some focus.
My primary concern with the expansion of geocaching in the future isn't necesarrily having to filter through pages of old and new ones or anything like that. It's more of a concern with the actual physical landscape. If there is caches all over the place geocaching may quit becoming a sport and become pollution (that may be to strong of a word but, hopefully you all understand my point). Eventually aren't we going to get to a point when we say enough is enough. This is especially true with regards to many of the caches out in the world today that are (IMHO) subpar. Me and a budy just came back from caching in Ohio, out of the 5 caches we went after only 1 was really worth it. By a cache being worth it I mean it has either (whorthwhile scenery, a challenging hike, a mental or intillectual challenge, etc). To many caches are ok here's a point you park walk down a trail for 10 minutes and it's there. If the sport continues to grow as it has they are going to be everywhere, what then? As we were heading out to Ohio we were wisihing it was possible to do this for a living, on the way back (since most of them had been disapointing) we were joking about how subpar caches could be kept undercontrol. If the future would the (I hate to even say this) but need to be removed to make room for more quality caches, of course that can't happen as one man's treasure is another's trash and all that, still though I think there is some agreement as to what sets caches apart. I think a rating system would definately be great, maybe it would force cache placers to think about their locations, ideas, etc. more instead of just dropping boxes off all over the place. Just my (somewhat more focused) two cents.
"...Not all those who wander are lost..."