Joined: Oct. 2003
||Posted: Nov. 08 2003,2:02 pm
First I'll say the positive stuff. I like the look of the site overall, and the cache pages are fine. I love the facilities icons idea and the scoring system, much better idea than the other place.
The Forums are slick and fast, also much more reliable than the other place. I also like the fact that the entire database is available in xml, as I use autoroute (S&T) and with a quick tweak through Excel, I have precise arkers for every Navicache in the world, much better than 20 at a time, unless you pay $3 a month and still then it's only possible to do them 500 at a time through EasyGPS.
I also relish the idea that I can find a few caches here and there that some of he "elitist snobs" that can be found elsewhere will never find because they won't look here. (please don't think I mean everyone at the other place, but there are a few geosnobs around)
Now, for a little of the negative stuff. I see a lot of provisions for functionality in the pages that are not enabled yet. Whilst I understand that these things take time and also that its nice to know what's coming, a lot of people may come here and give up on the site, as "half the site doesn't work" strangely enough, human nature would rather have a full small glass than the same measure in a larger glass.
I'd also like to see some more functionality for Hitchikers and waypoint downloads for EasyGPS. I have worked out how to do this, but it's not as easy as downloading a .loc file.
I like the search facilities, but I'd like to see search by type/size added, also some indication of this on the search results.
Overall, I can forgive the negatives, as there are plenty of positives, I think this is a great site, and I ully intend to do whatever I can to help it up there head to head with the "other place"
Here's a suggestion for a "one up" how about a translation tool of some kind. I know everyone has a right to use their own language, but this sport is about a worldwide community, and the most widely spoken language is english. I am sure I will go caching when in foreign countries, but I'll have totranslate the cache page somehow.
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