OpenCaching.com: An over-saturation nightmare waiting to happen?
Like many I have been having fun playing with OpenCaching.com today and seeing what it can do. There is lots to like about this site but I also have a nagging feeling that it maybe more problematic than good. I noticed a comment on the new opencaching.com forums that expressed concern over geocaching.com caches being listed on the site and the inability to easily filter these out. As your find count increases it becomes more difficult to remember whether you have found a cache and that will make it very hard to use opencaching.com if functionality in this area is not added.
Perhaps the most concerning thing for me is the ability to completely over saturated an area with geocaches. I uploaded one of my existing geocaching.com caches, A Cross to Bare No More, into opencaching.com. The opencaching.com listing can be seen here. I also created a new cache called Newbie with exactly the same coordinates. The absence of reviewers made me think they must have an automated tool to say this area was taken as their guidelines state caches should not be hidden within 0.1 mile of each other. But it appears they don’t and as a result I now have two listings in exactly the same place.
I can only imagine what problems can be caused because of this. It’s one thing to have different caches on different listing services near each other but to have caches listed in the same service having the same coordinates is quite unacceptable.
- Game On: Garmin’s OpenCaching.com Beta is launched (itsnotaboutthenumbers.wordpress.com)