Oh no! Does this mean all logs now have to be TFTC?
Of course not. On February 2, 2016, Groundspeak is switching to Markdown as the new language of logging your geocaches. You can read the full article here. If you have no idea what this means, its ok because you don’t have to learn anything new. There will be a window to preview your logs and easy to use editor tools much like you would see with any modern email service.
If you, like us, have spent time learning HTML and BB code to gussy up your logs…meh, this will still be easier. It also appears according to the practice site that you will now be able to add a header and photos directly into your log.
Try it (here).
Unfortunately, any old logs that had BB code or HTML will display all wonky until you go back and convert them yourself. This will not be an automatic switchover as the logs will no longer output these languages after February 2, 2016. Go ahead, yell and scream for a minute that you are not going to go back and update your logs. Go ahead, I’ll wait….
Ok good, now that you have that out of your system you just have to accept that you will eventually update your old logs so that they conform to the new format.
So what does this mean for us as geocachers?
- Easier enhanced logs for those of you that like to go the extra mile
- This will not affect any cache pages so your puzzles are safe
- Those TFTC logger can… OK they won’t change
- Some cachers may need a little assistance in switching over*
- Wherigo will get an update**
*If you have cachers in your area that are resistant to every single change made by Groundspeak, you may have to ease the transition a bit. We will likely host a workshop event covering these changes. Coffee and talking about geocaching logs sure is an easy way to earn a smiley.
**Ok, I made that part up.