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New Badge Idea: Geocaching Territory

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I'd love a new badge that evaluates your geocaching territory, based on this challenge checker: https://project-gc.com/Challenges//47926

Is this possible?
asked Feb 26 in Feature requests by pingurus (2,130 points)
Oh My - Took a minute to understand what this is, but I am now probably headed into a very dark alley, this is exactly the kind of challenge I love.
I have been trying to add the output from this checker to a virtual-gps using the map tool to highlight then add highlighted cache functionality... But it is not working.

I have done this with many other checkers that output a map - particularly 360 challenges...

Is something different about this checker? My idea was to create a virtual gps of all the edge caches, then export to csv and paste all the point coordinates into a KML creator with a 5 KM radius and then upload those edge points to Google Earth that will show caches with 5KM that will extend my territory and to identify areas where I cannot push any further at this time...
@diorex There is definitely something weird, and this has been working before. But it's not the code of the challenge checker causing it. All it's doing is asking Project-GC to create a map with a list of geocaches.
Found the issue, seems like it has never worked for Challenge checkers actually. The fix will be released next week.
An update - I can now add individual caches to the VGPS from the results pages, but I cannot use the select tool, draw a circle around them and then add all of them in one shot... I use this method to build lots of VGPS lists - odd that it would work on other maps but not this one...

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As the inventor of the idea behind that checker script I would love it. But I believe there are two issues:

  1. It's a bit too resource heavy to calculate.
  2. It would be hard to explain and/or show a representation of.
Personally I would prefer a badge based on the trail concept described in this Challenge: https://www.geocaching.com/geocache/GC7HAHJ_challenge-my-trail-50020-km
But it's the same there, it's a bit too resource heavy to actually use on a more global scale. Also, it would be very hard to define reasonable parameters for the badge (max distance between finds).
answered Feb 26 by magma1447 (Admin) (216,700 points)
selected Feb 27 by pingurus
I think this is a great challenge for seasoned cachers - few have concentrated on something like this, but it is a get out and explore some new areas type of challenge.

I cant comment on the resources required, but I would say that you have the opportunity to standardize the data since the only people really seeing it at this point are in the forums.

I played around with a number of different checkers and distances and found that I liked these the best:

5KM perimeter encircling an area - far enough apart that it does not require a huge cache density outside of cities, but close enough that it just does not build on its own unless you are a prolific cacher.

20KM chains - again not so close that highways would be impossible to chain, but also far enough that it would be a good road trip type challenge to cache your way to a destination.

I have been actively planning on extending both of these challenges since I learned about them.

If you were to add them under the tools section and standardize the distances (as opposed to allowing other checker writers to introduce many variations - which is a nightmare) I think this would catch on with many cachers as a new way to explore their home area.
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