Cache attributes were implemented today. They were tested over the last week with a small group of geocachers and smaller tweaks were made in the code.
Initially only 10 attributes will be allowed per listing. This is to encourage accurate (and important) attributes selections for each cache listing. Hopefully folks will know that you don't really have to choose 10 for your listing but I bet that most will anyway.
Will attributes be searchable?
Attributes will not be searchable for a while to allow people to update their cache listings with the appropriate information. We will be providing an email update to cache owners so they can add this information to their listings. The search capabilities will be in development for a while anyway.
Will attributes be available in Pocket Queries?
Pocket Queries will not contain the attribute information until we update the specification for the GPX to allow this info. We did create an attribute feature in 1.1 but we'll most likely change it to another version to accomodate some new ideas.
How do I know what the icons mean?
Hover over each icon with your mouse. Each icon will tell you what they mean.
ed: If we get enough requests I will add a legend link that will show all available attributes for that cache type.
How do attributes show up on the print friendly page?
They show up as the text descriptions that match the hover text when you mouse over the icons.
How are the attributes ordered?
They are in no particular order. There is currently no feature available to order them.
Can I suggest a new attribute?
Yes, though not in this thread. I'd like to keep this to questions about the new feature and not requests for new attributes.
Post to suggest a new attribute
As for new recommendations, we're trying to keep the number of attributes at a minimum so it doesn't get too crazy. However, since we can now apply different attributes to different cache types it allows us to be flexible with type-specific attributes (like, say, potluck attribute for events, or BYOB). Also try and keep your requests broad so they can cover other similar requests (for example, we removed cactus to add "thorns" since it covers both cactus and blackberry bushes)
Where do I post questions about attributes?
If you have questions about attributes, post them here and I'll try to provide you with answers if I can.
This post has been edited by Jeremy: 17 January 2005 - 03:37 PM