Were event cache guidelines ignored?

Groundspeak recently published event cache GC27P27 – Going Ape This event is one of the many front end events leading up to Geowoodstock VIII. What caught my eye, was this event cache was to ‘Take a scenic hike to the last remaining Project APE cache in the United States – Mission 9: Tunnel of Light (GC1169)’

The ‘Project APE’ cache is the last remaining one in North America. These caches were used in promotion of the 2001 remake of ‘Planet of the Apes’  The caches also originally contained props from the film.

Almost immediately, more then a few ‘danger, danger, Will Robinson’s’ went off in my head.  I headed for the guidelines for placement of event caches and found the following.

Event caches are gatherings that are open to all geocachers and which are organized by geocachers. While a music concert, a garage sale, an organized sporting event, a ham radio field day or a town’s fireworks display might be of interest to a large percentage of geocachers, such events are not suitable for submission as event caches because the organizers and the primary attendees are not geocachers. In addition, an event cache should not be set up for the sole purpose of drawing together cachers for an organized hunt of another cache or caches. Such group hunts are best organized using the forums or an email distribution list.

So the next question, is why and how this is approved, when the guidelines clearly state this cache should not have been approved from the start?  I understand the ‘special nature’ of this event, as they are trying to mitigate environmental concerns and it is around a mega event.  But in my mind, this event clearly breaks those guidelines.

What are your thoughts.  Are the guidelines not enforced consistently?
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5 thoughts on “Were event cache guidelines ignored?”

  1. Well, in this case, it passes the guidelines, because when you scroll down to the publish log, it says “Published with special permission from Groundspeak.”.

    The listing guidelines state, “Groundspeak can promote Geocaching through events that may be an exception to the guidelines, if we deem that is necessary to further the game.”. And in another spot, “Note: Exceptions to the listing guidelines may occasionally be made depending on the novel nature and merits of a cache. If you have a cache idea you believe is novel, contact Groundspeak before placing and reporting it on the Geocaching.com web site.” (as well as similar wording under Commercial guidelines).

    So essentially, if Groundspeak gives special permission for a specific listing that they feel has merit, then it’s fine. This is their prerogative as owners of the site. 🙂

  2. I think that the rule is kind of strange anyways. I organized an event that was just a gathering and it was truely a thinly veiled attempt to hold the same kind of event as this. We hiked up the mountain and found caches along the way. An event cache really seems like a better way to organize a gathering than a forum because not all are geocachers monitor forums but they all watch for events. What’s the point of thwart geoundspeak rule anyways?

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