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LonelyCache Knowledge Book

Chapter 3
The Scoring System

The heart of LonelyCache is its geocache scoring system. This system is based on the ChallengePoint Scoring System pioneered at the DeepSouthwest Geocaching Project in 2004. The basis for the scoring system is the Effort Avoidance Theory. In a nutshell, this means that the more effort it takes to do something, the fewer people will do it. Applied to geocaching, this means that the easier it is to find a cache, the more people will find it and as the effort needed to find a geocache increases, the number of people that find it will diminish. So, here on LonelyCache, caches that take a greater effort to find, those that are found less frequently, are worth more points than those found more often.