The future of Best Kept Secrets Should the category be changed?
Posted 23 April 2012 - 07:23 PM
In the past two days, I have turned down two submission because they failed to have a verification question or be in the spirit of a virtual geocache. Both may even have passed the "Best Kept Secret" standard of bringing you to a place you would not have known about otherwise, though the rock outcrop that was already an EarthCache was a bit iffy.
The name Best Kept Secrets attracts a lot of these "cool place that not many people know about" submissions. And when the waymarkers who submit them have limited experience with virtual geocaches, it's hard to explain why a Waymarking category has this strange requirement for a verification question and being a specific GPS target.
In light of Geocaching Challenges, particularly the yet to be released Discover Challenges, it becomes harder to justify this unique type of waymark. There seems to be some demand for a category that exposes some aspect of "wow-ness" and in particular the "I would never had know about this if it weren't for the waymark". I wonder if the Best Kept Secrets category should change to become this category or if there is a demand for continuing to try to recreate virtual caches as a category of waymarks.
Posted 23 April 2012 - 11:22 PM
Wamarkers usually want to document locations. The idea of just NOT telling the main thing runs counter to the average waymarker's mindset. But it is a nice idea and categories like this do have their space within Waymarking.
The main question is: Do you like the way your category has developed so far? Would you like to receive more submissions? or better submissions? When you feel comfortable with what you have, then don't change it! When you see potential for improvement, then try it!
Posted 24 April 2012 - 08:39 AM
On one hand, I wish I could submit something to this category, but with the requirements as is, I just can't find anything nearby. It's a category I find intriguing.
You have asked some good questions!
Posted 24 April 2012 - 01:30 PM