Since launching OpenCaching.com two weeks ago, the geocaching community has had a lot of interest - over 6,500 geocaches listed, thousands of new users and hundreds of thousands of cache finds logged - and we've also had a lot of questions. Some of those questions have answers. Who is that funny blue guy running around the site? (Opie) How much does it cost to take part? (nothing) Can I use your logo to create and sell merchandise? (please do) And some of those questions are still unanswered, because we're counting on the community to come up with them. You create the caches; you create the excitement; you should be able to help create the policies and processes. We're rolling out one of the most asked about processes today, and we're looking for your feedback in continuing to shape our peer review system.
Newly created caches will spend 12 hours at http://www.opencaching.com/#review before they make it to the rest of the site. On this review page, anyone with an account will be able to vote on the caches, answering the question “Is this geocache following the guidelines?” Yes votes score as +1, No votes count as -3. After 12 hours, if the cache has a positive score, it gets published. Again, we want the power in the people's hands. And as we all know, with great power comes great responsibility. In this case, experienced cachers have a chance to teach newcomers the best ways to create and place a cache. So please use the space for comments to explain your vote and offer constructive advice for placing the next cache (maybe even by remembering similar missteps from early caches back in the day). Or, if there's something in particular you really like about a cache that you're voting Yes on, let the cache owner know. We're all involved in this to help geocaching grow in a safe and productive manner so that we all have more fun along the way. So stop by the peer review page today and make your voice heard.