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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Behind The Scenes: Geocaching Podcast - #218 Geocaching Challenges Update

Tonight's show was one of those shows which is a bit bitter sweet. We once again were fortunate to have Eric Schudiske from Groundspeak. The discussion topic was the new Geocaching Challenges and how things were progressing. The sweet part is how Groundspeak is attempting to introduce a new type of geocache. The bitter part is that the geocaching.com community is not exactly taking to the concepts with open minds.

IMHO, one of the main issues is geocachers want virtuals, the new Geocaching Challenges are not virtuals. Then you have people getting either confused about what Challenges actually are and others trying to make the Challenges "fit" to what they want which will also not work. This can only promote negative feelings which is not what Groundspeak wants.

This also makes an interesting situation when trying to conduct an interview. It's not Eric's fault, he is really a great guy and spokesman for Groundspeak. It is the situation that is difficult to balance and yet get good information and content out of.

I highly recommend you give this episode a good listen. I think it will answer a lot of questions you may have about Challenges and the reasoning behind them via Groundspeak.

The Geocaching Podcast is recorded each and every week at 9:30pm EST. Be sure to meet up in our chat room and not only listen to the show as it is being recorded but also contribute your insights. We look forward to seeing you there.

NOTE: Next week is our Cacher Coffee. This is when we open up the chat room mikes to our listeners to talk about a whole host of geocaching discussions. See you next week.

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