Talk:Proposed achievements

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The Achievements talk page is quite crowded with both lengthly-discussed and small ideas for new achievements under #Ideas and #Award_Suggestions, although it says there "This page has been superseded by Proposed achievements.", so does anyone mind if I move them here, and then the task of creating proposal pages for them will maybe also be launched into?! Also, some achievements there seem to have been rejected already and could be put into Category:Rejected achievements right away, just to save the discussion on it so that it won't come up again... --HiroProtagonist 17:02, 30 January 2010 (UTC)

Go ahead, I say. :) I think however that some of the suggestions were never as elaborated as to be called a "proposed achievement". I guess one would have to decide on a case basis. -- relet 17:26, 30 January 2010 (UTC)
I agree that some of those are little thought through, but I would prefer to keep the ideas on this page in case someone comes up and tries to make it into a real achievement. --HiroProtagonist 17:36, 30 January 2010 (UTC)
Done! If just the idea of the achievement was mentioned, I put it under Miscellaneous short ideas. everything else got its own section. --HiroProtagonist 21:17, 30 January 2010 (UTC)

Achievement ideas and discussions

Miscellaneous short ideas

  • Now that we have a 2n achievement, how about a Fibonacci number achievement? I propose maths. Please respond with romance or sarcasm. --Sourcerer (talk) 14:52, 4 October 2015 (EDT)
Would the n here be the maximum n for which Fn is less than or equal to the number of points successfully visited? For example, someone visiting 8 or 9 points would get level 6 because F6 = 8, and then when they reach 13 they get level 7, etc? I propose the version of the sequence with F0 = 0 so everyone gets a number, even if you've never geohashed! Yes, I support the idea, especially since (a) the progression from level to level is more gentle and achievable - the ratio of successive terms quickly converges to ϕ, the golden ratio; and (b) that it appears all the time in nature, just like geohashers do. I've updated our user page to demonstrate this suggestion! Tongs (talk) 18:20, 4 October 2015 (EDT)
  • Hunter gatherer achievement During an expedition, find and eat wild herbs, nuts, berries, fruit, roots, mushrooms, fish, shell fish, game or road kill. Scrumping and theft from farms or gardens would not be allowed. What could be better? Reach a hashpoint and get free food. --Sourcerer (talk) 19:24, 30 September 2015 (EDT)
  • Relet wants someone to iron laundry at the geohash and get a ribbon for it: Template:Irony
  • James Castle Award: I saw an exhibit of James Castle art at the Philadelphia Museum last year, and he's been featured on television once or twice. He was a self-taught artist who specialized in making things out of found objects and other materials most people would consider trash. This got me thinking: how about an award for art made from stuff found at/around a geohash?
  • Paul Erdős achievement: How about something like a Paul Erdős achievement -- that would be, I suppose, a variant of the meet-up achievement, where you meet a complete stranger at the geohash and then discover an acquaintance that you have in common. (E.g., Darcy and Zarah met at the first LA geohash and discovered that a friend of Darcy's from grad school was a friend of Zarah's from undergrad.) --Darcy 09:45, 11 January 2009 (UTC)
  • Bullseye Achievement - for visiting the exact centre of your graticule, i.e. X deg 30'.000, Y deg 30'.000 en route to or from the geohash. Maybe I'll probpose it properly later. Just wanted to save the idea. -Robyn 22:02, 27 April 2009 (UTC)
  • How about something for those special dates? Pi Day (3/14), Mole Day (10/23 between 6:02 AM and 6:02 PM), Darwin Day (2/12), Square Root Day (3/3/09), Earth Day (4/22). Or any other " special" date deemed significant by the masses. Mr. Bow Tie 01:48, 22 February 2009 (UTC)
  • Passing Through - went through geohash but couldn't stay. Examples include going through it on a train, plane, or chased by wild animals
  • Party Crasher - Interrupted a social event (i.e. wedding) - Good idea
  • Hammer Time - Reached geohash using the MC Hammer Slide
  • Tape Measure Geohash - Have a tape measure extending contest at the geohash
  • Cross Country Geohash - Travel from point A to B at the rate of one Lat/Lon quadrant a day, reaching the respective Geohash each day.
  • Wedding Geohash - Get married at the geohash. Wouldn't that be hilarious? Issue invitations that explain the algorithm, but no one knows exactly where it will be until the day of. You might have to rent a boat, even a helicopter. Obviously I'm not serious. This sounds like a perfect achievement! It could be extended to a "Rite-of-passage" achievement. So I'd like my funeral cortège to travel via a hashpoint! --Sourcerer (talk) 10:44, 8 October 2015 (EDT)
  • Midnight Madness Multihash: special multihash for going to a geohash for Friday or Saturday), then at midnight travelling to the Saturday/Sunday geohash as quickly as possible.
  • Idol Geohash: meet a famous person, such as a band member or an actor. --> Is being discussed here
  • "D20 Hash" or something of the like for role playing or a "Board but not bored Hash" for playing board games at the hash site.
  • Time-Travel Geohash Award - coordinates fall in a "renaissance faire" or going to to a geohash site of some date in the past, preferably in period garb. (the only people interested disagreed on what a Time Travel Geohash would be)
  • What if the geohashers play guitar hero at the point? GHHGH! (no interest, few locations have electrical power)
  • White Rabbit Consolation prize - We've got a "Time constraints" result code for expeditions. Most of the other result codes have a ribbon, so it would seem to make sense to add this one. Jiml 21:00, 1 May 2010 (UTC)
  • Astronomy Geohash When I first read about the midnight geohash achievement, I thought about bringing my telescope with me so I could take advantage of getting out of the city that late. However, I think that reaching the hashpoint at night with some sort of observation device could even serve as a requirement for an achievement. The T-Man 23:22, 24 May 2010 (UTC)
  • Freefall geohash achievement - Freefalling at the geohash coordinates
  • Corliss achievement - Wingsuiting through the geohash. (also, see XKCD#962 for the ribbon)

Lost Something While Geohashing Consolation Prize

I've created a (Almost) Lost Something While Geohashing Consolation Prize/honorable mention ribbon - what do you think? the ru 09:34, 10 February 2009 (UTC)

That's amusing. You need an icon from XKCD#71, or Lost, Lost in Space, maybe Land of the Lost. --Jevanyn
I'd support a Lost consolation prize. Is this for people who do or do not reach the geohash, or both? You need to make an achievement description page too showing requirements for proof and whatnot. The standard geohahshing icon is pretty boring for the ribbon, though. How about from one of those bubble in space comics? Might be #71, I didn't heck Jev's link. -Robyn 16:43, 10 February 2009 (UTC)
71 is "I lost you in the trees". IMO it could be used for any expedition, successful or not. It would be hard to reach the coordinates if you had lost the GPS receiver, for example. It's more intended for amusing trivia than as a serious prize though. I'll make a real icon if enough people are interested. The only problem is where I should put the ribbon - maybe I shouldn't clutter the Template: namespace with silly things, yet keeping it under a User: isn't very elegant. --the ru
"Serious" doesn't describe many of the achievements, so I wouldn't worry about that. It could either be in Achievements#Challenge Achievements#Single Geohash Challenges for "reaching a geohash despite getting lost/losing something" but I think it would best fit in Achievements#Consolation Prizes for "losing something while geohashing, even if you did get to the point." -Robyn 18:33, 11 February 2009 (UTC)

Highlander Geohash Achievement?

As a fencer, I may be biased in considering this idea mildly awesome. Further, there are definite safety, liability, and standardization concerns which need to be considered before it could be successfully implemented.

Off the top of my head: (no pun intended)

-Safety concerns being most important, it should go without saying that only practice weapons are permitted. Standard padded practice attire (or acceptable analogues thereof) and facemasks for both participants are also a necessity. There are some concerns specific to fencing outdoors like weather conditions, ground conditions, heat stroke in the warmer climates, and public safety which must also be considered. Further, it stands to reason that attempting to attain a Highlander achievement would increase the likelihood of the geohashers involved satisfying the requirements necessary for a Police achievement. Thus, it would behoove any such geohashers to know their rights beforehand, and conduct themselves with the dignity, honor, and respect that their noble schools have no doubt instilled in them. Note, however, that it is always unwise to challenge an officer of the law to any duel or fencing contest in response to a perceived lack of the above mentioned virtues on their part.

-Different weapons and scoring techniques would make competition between foil and sabre practitioners (for example) difficult to judge. This problem would only be compounded by the inclusion of Kendo or other fencing traditions, yet their inclusion is essential to a true replication of highlander conditions. Possible solutions might be standardized rules of engagement, inclusion of other geohashers as arbiters, or agreement on specific terms before the contest. A combination of these solutions may be ideal.

-Really, anybody who bouts at geohash coordinates deserves an achievement, yet there can be only one. Perhaps there might be one achievement ribbon for the victor, along with a slightly less cephalic ribbon for the less fortunate participant?

-Depending on the size and population density of the naval craft being used as a venue, it may be inappropriate, unsafe, or illegal to attempt to earn both the Water achievement and the Highlander achievement in one go. That said, given the existence of a Restricted Area achievement, a "Swashbuckling" achievement for the few pirates who have the means (Oil drill workers? Cruise ship crew? Messiahs?) seems to be indicated.

I look forward to the day when graticule pages come complete with the names of local duelists, so as to facilitate travel for epic battles in far-away lands ^_^

Zoological Awards

  • Heffalump award: for getting a picture of an "unusual" animal. Unusual as in, squirrels and alley cats don't count. Animals in a zoo also don't qualify, unless the geohash is in their pen :-)
  • Old McDonald award: for farm animals
  • Audobon award: for pictures of birds taken near the geohash. Minimum 3?
  • Jacque Cousteau: for pictures of aquatic life taken near a geohash. The geohash doesn't have to be in the water, but should be relatively close by.
  • Go Diego Go award: for helping a wounded animal near a geohash.

BTW, I'm also looking for pictures of animals to add here. With geohashers on 5 continents, we should get a pretty good assortment :-). -- Jevanyn 16:31, 19 February 2009 (UTC)

I'd support an award for finding an animal at the geohash, but I think cats and squirrels should count. An animal just on the way, meh. I was also thinking of a more general "Look What I Found!" achievement, for when you get to a geohash and just want to tell the world what was there, without having to create an achievement for every bizarre thing that could be at a geohash. Maybe divide it into Animal, Mineral & Vegetable? -Robyn 17:35, 19 February 2009 (UTC)
I don't think we need an achievement for interesting things/animals found at the hash. Also, even seemingly ordinary soil could be exciting for a geologist. Such an achievement would just be too subjective. If you stumble upon something unusual during your expedition, write about it in your expedition report. If it's unusual enough, you'll get a place in the Hall of Amazingness anyway. But I wouldn't oppose creating a "Look What I Found!" gallery page (similar to that recently created Wildlife gallery page). --Ilpadre 17:50, 19 February 2009 (UTC)
I understand the desire to put the brakes on too many "what's the point?" achievements, but you've just expressed an interest in a gallery of 'hey look at that' stuff. One of the advantages of achievements is that people like them, they collect them and thus without even knowing it, add themselves to a list on the category page. Compare the number of people listed in the "Winners" section to the number of Users linked to the category for any award, and you'll see what I mean. Perhaps we need a new category of ribbon that isn't an achievement, isn't a consolation prize, it's just there Serendipity Ribbon? It would include the Easy Geohash the Animal (and Mineral & Vegetable) ribbons and so one. I don't see anything wrong with a geologist having a ribbon on his page commemorating a special kind of granite. Once upon a time I said that the relative difficulty or specialness of the achievements doesn't matter because people can compare for themselves the difficulty of parachuting onto the geohash versus writing a postcard there. And then someone independently created a postcard achievement and it's great. -Robyn 18:20, 19 February 2009 (UTC)
I love the idea of a 'look what I found' award. We could have a ribbon like the one for global hash achievement, where each section becomes colored as you achieve the individual portions. --Kate 21:12, 23 February 2009 (UTC)
Oh, I'm with my hashing buddy Kate, that sounds like fun. Just think of what the ribbon would look like...-- UnwiseOwl 22:31, 23 February 2009 (UTC)
The idea of a "Look What I Found!" achievement is now being discussed here: Serendipity Achievement

I've proposed a new achievement called the Red spider achievement, that might cover some of these suggestions. Splitdipless 20:47, 2 September 2010 (UTC)


... hey, if you have an award for getting laid, why not one for throwing a spontaneous party?

Just do it. Shiny ribbons will follow. Also, if you're popular, you might aim for the (original) Migration Achievement. :) -- relet 21:42, 12 March 2009 (UTC)


What about one for visiting the decihash? I ribbon with a number option to say how often you've narrowed the play area down. See Decicule. By Splitdipless 20:01, 24 June 2009 (UTC)

A decihash is never a true geohash, also it is far too easy as there are 100 times as many points to choose from in the same area. Visiting such a point will always count as "Coordinates not reached" as these are not the official coordinates. Such a visit is not really a geohashing expedition, and a true geohasher wouldn't call it one at all. --Ekorren 20:15, 24 June 2009 (UTC)
We have an achievement for the Globalhash, and by the same logic it too is not a true geohashing expedition. Or perhaps make it like reverse-regional where it's the number of decicules you get in a graticule. Me, I'm just tired of seeing the hash land in Lake Ontario. By the same degree, for an up in challenge, the decacule: 10° by 10° play area. Splitdipless 03:11, 25 June 2009 (UTC)
The globalhash is over 100,000 times harder than the geohash. A decihash is 100 times easier. It's just too trivial. Vancouver (and right now me in Fort Nelson) shares your pain over waiting for an achievable geohash, but therein lies the challenge of geohashing. -Robyn 04
14, 25 June 2009 (UTC)
You know, thinking it over, there is the problem that the areas are too small and allows for too much abuse in choosing the area in which to go hashing. Okay, I'm convinced. Nothing for decicules. Splitdipless 22:44, 25 June 2009 (UTC)
An achievement for visiting every decicule within a graticule? -- Jevanyn
Kind of like the Minesweeper achievement, but on a smaller scale. It would have to implement the level system, as I can imagine most graticules would pose problems that would render a statistically significant amount of the decihashes unachievable under any circumstances. Perhaps a level after every 10 or 20, and the full award after 100 sucessful mini-visits. Splitdipless 19:39, 27 July 2009 (UTC)
I would not oppose this if and only if the points visited were the official graticule coordinates. Other than that, you you end up encouraging people to go on expeditions which aren't the official geohash, and we still end up with the community fracturing issue which was part of the reason the deci/centicule hashing algorithm was rejected. I realize graticules are an arbitrary boundary (as are political ones usually), but graticule boundaries have an official meaning in geohashing, and political boundaries have a meaning outside geohashing. The whole deci/centicule thing just seems to me to be that one step too far into the arbitrary. --aperfectring 20:03, 27 July 2009 (UTC)
That suggestion brings up a good point, as it makes it more like the reverse regional achievement. It would promote people to leave their 'comfort zone' and go for hashes outside of the decicule they may live in.

I think it works contrary to what the purpose of the original suggestion though, which is to show that when the hash is no way achievable within a graticule to a participant, that people are still willing to go to a semi-random point which is based on the original algorithm (so far, using the decihash corollary). I agree that an achievement for getting to a decihash is too easy and can be gamed for an achievement on it's own, so perhaps we're focusing to much on decihashes. What about a consolation for heading out with GPS in hand with no intention of ever getting to the actual hash, but using the algorithm in some way to generate an adventure? Something like 'willing the end but has not the means.' Splitdipless 16:00, 29 July 2009 (UTC)

There is nothing preventing you from going out on trips to deci/centicules if you wish. However, the only part which is actually using the algorithm is the official geohashing point for that day. Achievements should be based on expeditions to that point and only that point, since this is the geohashing site. Going out on random adventures is great, but we shouldn't make achievements for non-geohashing things, even if they use an algorithm which is very similar to/based on the geohashing algorithm. Even if you know you will inevitably fail for the hashpoint, you can usually still make an expedition out of it. I have done that multiple times, and those times have been at least as much fun as the ones where I actually reached the point. I fully understand the frustration with having hashpoints which are unreachable, since over 80% of all points in my graticule fall in that category, but I will oppose any achievements which are about going to any point but the official one, and that includes the globalhash. --aperfectring 13:34, 30 July 2009 (UTC)
You brought up the same point I did. The algorithm doesn't provide for a globalhash, but we have an achievement for it. Some people think that the globalhash is deserving because it is a heck of a lot more difficult then a geohash. However, the cat is out of the bag when it comes to using the algorithm for expeditions not involving the geohash the globalhash as a prime example. Also, we have consolation prizes for when you set out and do not get the geohash and potentially going to a decihash would be an example of expedition and not getting to the geohash. Splitdipless 18:29, 30 July 2009 (UTC)

First of all, we have consolation prizes for trying but not succeeding. We do not have consolation prizes for not even starting but knowingly doing something totally different. Second, the globalhash is seeing the entire planet as one graticule, which is not only much harder, but also a non-arbitrary division - the non-division, so to speak. This is meant and seen as some kind of ultimate challenge, and it is a surely global thing. The decicule is none of these. It's just a very small totally arbitrary area which has no background whatsoever. So why just a hundredth of a graticule? Why not an area that covers 7.91 graticules instead, i.e. divide the earth in a 32 by 64 grid... would be nice, wouldn't it? But totally senseless at the same time, wouldn't it? While I think the globalhash is a good idea because of it's globality and uniqueness, the decicule is nothing. It wouldn't even be worth discussing, usually. --Ekorren 19:29, 30 July 2009 (UTC)


This occurred to me today, after noticing that there was a webcam that probably captured my image as I passed by twice, on my way to and from the hash (it was on the ferry pier at Hythe). I'm not sure how often it would happen, but I'd suggest that getting an image from a webcam showing you actually at the hash point as proof would be a noteworthy achievement, and perhaps should have a ribbon. This would be achieved in one of two ways, I think:

  1. by prior knowledge of the webcam and arrangement of a capture by software or accomplice, or
  2. by finding the image afterwards on a webcam that has an archive page

As many webcams timestamp their images, it's quite possible that this would count as good proof of co-ordinates reached in many cases. Honorable mention would entail getting a webcam image of you on your way to or from the hash point. --macronencer 00:00, 11 August 2009 (UTC)

Hashpoints don't usually end up in front of a webcam. Actually, the chance they do and it's not just a "view from that peak down into the valley" cam (i.e. the chance that you will be more than one blurry pixel on the picture), is close enough to zero to call it virtually impossible. Capturing an image while you are out is either expensive technique (like a laptop with mobile internet access) or a whole annoyance. I'm sure I wouldn't even try to research webcams prior to starting for a hash. --Ekorren 00:11, 11 August 2009 (UTC)
I see your point, but we have a couch potato award with odds of several million to one against. Is this really so different? I actually know the locations of quite a few webcams in my area, and the chance of a hash turning up in one of them is much higher than the chance of it turning up in my home. You are right about the blurry pixels problem, and perhaps this should not be acceptable as proof of co-ordinates reached - but I see no reason not to make it a ribbon, at least. --macronencer 00:18, 11 August 2009 (UTC)
In german we say, "you compare apples and pears", if you compare two things that can't be compared. The couch potato achievement serves as a good and funny "end of the line" lucky location, even if noone ever will claim it. If it ever happens, it will people drive crazy and will be celebrated by the entire community. There's nothing so much special in about standing before a webcam. Also, there is a honorable mention of the couch potato achievement, which has been claimed a number of times, and is something you recognize when looking at the hashpoint map immediately, getting basically everyone to try that hash no matter what.
In geocaching, there are a number of so called webcam caches which require exactly what you want: Capturing an image. Organizing that the image is captured while you are there, with yourself being recognizable on the picture, is difficult enough if you know there is a camera, know the exact point where to stand to be well visible, and can plan and schedule the whole action to your needs. Nothing of this is usually given in geohashing. Doing lots of time-consuming researches whether there might be a camera to keep the hope to find one some day, with a probability that's near zero that it actually works out, and then organizing not only to get there but also to capture that image just in time is such a nuisance that it won't be done. Btw, capturing the image would, strictly speaking, often even be illegal for copyright reasons. So, what I want to point at is lack of usability combined with lack of probability, but emphasizing the former. --Ekorren 08:21, 11 August 2009 (UTC)
"Comparing apples and pears" - oooh, we have that phrase in english too! or sometimes it's apples and oranges :) --sermoa 12:10, 11 August 2009 (UTC)
I'd like to add that I like the idea and think it would be quite funny if someone actually would be able to make a proof photo by using a preexisting webcam. I just don't think that we should make an achievement out of this beforehand, especially since the chance is so low and the preparational issues so large. If you make it, make yourself a gratuitious ribbon and tell us all about it. Your story will be appreciated, whether there has been an actual achievement for a few years or not. Not everything funny you can do has actually to be an achievement, has it? --Ekorren 09:27, 11 August 2009 (UTC)
I'm intrigued by the idea. I know it's unlikely to be something I get, but it could be a bit of fun --mykaDragonBlue [- i have no sig -] 02:03, 11 August 2009 (UTC)
Definitely in favour of the webcam idea but i'd like to extend it to not actually having to be there. Like a geohash by proxy. Quite often i look around the peeron map, zoom in and pretend i'm there. I went (virtually) to a lovely beach on the west coast of cornwall on sunday! If i could find a webcam that points at a geohash and post footage, wherever it is in the world, then i could claim to have experienced the geohash. It could probably only happen in town centres, and it's still quite unlikely, but if somebody actually found one, surely they deserve a ribbon?! I bet a lot of people would want to go on the webcam to have a look! --sermoa 07:14, 11 August 2009 (UTC)
Trying to meet my own challenge now ... there is a geohash in nottingham tomorrow in a car park off mansfield road which might possibly be on a webcam. choose Mansfield Road in the first dropdown and then Valley Road / Mansfield Road in the second dropdown. I'll have to wait until tomorrow morning to see whether the exact location is visible, but it'll be pretty close! --sermoa
If the Hashpoint actually ends up in front of a webcam, I'd accept an image from the webcam as proof, if you (or somebody you know) goes there without a GPS and holds up a XKCD sign. I don't think we'd need an achievement for this either. Simply showing the webcam image, without actually going there or sending someone might make a nice "expedition report", but it shouldn't count as coordinates reached, then, imho. Koepfel talk 09:46, 11 August 2009 (UTC)

Thanks everyone for your contributions so far. There are good points for and against this. If capturing the images is actually illegal then that would present the biggest problem, I think. I'm not sure of the status of such things, nor how to find out the situation. I do think it's worth a gratuitous ribbon at least if it happens - and since Sermoa has fortuitously found a potential webcam hash tomorrow, maybe we are about to discover exactly how difficult it is to achieve. I noticed that the webcams on that page refresh quite infrequently, so to be sure of a picture, someone is going to get rather tired arms holding the XKCD sign up for a couple of minutes ;) Apart from the legal issues, I'm still fond of this idea, but I'd be quite happy to be outvoted or have it made into an optional gratuitous ribbon really - what counts for me is that the idea is out in the open, and maybe someone will now do it, which will be fun! --macronencer 21:48, 11 August 2009 (UTC)

It can't be illegal ... or if it is, then google streetview is in a phenomenal amount of trouble! --sermoa 22:33, 11 August 2009 (UTC)
What has google streetview to do with that? The point is that the picture is property of the operator of the camera, and copying it to somewhere else than the page where you found it needs permission. --Ekorren 23:25, 11 August 2009 (UTC)
Yes, unfortunately Ekorren is right, as Sermoa has now reported on the meetup page that the images are copyrighted so we cannot upload them. That does not prevent anyway from having a look to see whether they can see their friends, and even capturing the images locally, provided they are never published. So I have been persuaded: I now think this should just be assigned a gratuitous ribbon, assuming it can ever be achieved. --macronencer 14:37, 12 August 2009 (UTC)

Geohash in costume achievement

I wasn't sure where to put this, but I had an idea for an achievement as I was reading the Cover Stories page. Could we have a Waldo or Carmen San Diego achievement for those people who find someone dressed as Waldo or Carmen San Diego at the hash? Maybe even if they dress up as one of the characters themselves. Just a thought... Crazycaveman 16:12, 3 April 2009 (UTC)

It goes over on Talk:Achievements. I'll put it there. I think it's one of those that falls in the category, "do it, and we'll think about giving you a ribbon." I imagine a "reach the geohash in costume" ribbon would go over well. - Robyn 16:49, 3 April 2009 (UTC)
I like the idea of a costume achievement. Maybe if we made it a Halloween specific holiday achievement? You'd be more likely to run into other geohashers in costume on Halloween, and it's more "socially acceptable" for an adult to wear silly costumes on that holiday than the rest of the year. Just my thoughts Mystrsyko (talk) 10:28, 7 May 2014 (EDT)

Wikipedia Achievement

How about a Wikipedia Achievement? It goes like this: You gather a piece of information while you are on an expedition. This piece of information qualifies for a serious edit to an article on Wikipedia, so you go ahead and put it into the article. It may even be a completely new article, but any joke articles or vandalism to existing articles is strongly discouraged -- Wikipedia is real stuff, after all, and different rules apply compared to this fine Wiki. The achievement will probably mainly happen because of photographs taken during expeditions, but I'd like to keep it open to anything that clearly came from the expedition and qualified for a serious contribution to Wikipedia, and not have it limited to only the English Wikipedia. Proof is done by a link to the Wikipedia article that the contribution has been put into. Example: Pictures for Mammendorf on Wikipedia (de) were taken during 2009-04-03_48_11. The article still is really short and doesn't have a lot of information in it, but the pictures were a small improvement anyhow. I like the idea mostly because it is useful to the public, but also because I had fun finding stuff that qualified for Wikipedia during expeditions.

--Zb 18:57, 29 April 2009 (UTC)

But it doesn't work because Wikipedia disqualifies original research. Everything is supposed to be based on citations from authoritative sources. They delete original research. So unless you go to a library, which is too obscure, doesn't work. -Robyn 18:59, 29 April 2009 (UTC)
Well, it seems to be o.k. for pictures. Like, the churches are there and the fact they're there is proof enough, I think? Aren't pictures proof and self-explanatory enough? (BTW: Reading your concern, it seems like I've already picked the right picture for the ribbon, eh?) --Zb 19:02, 29 April 2009 (UTC)
I like the icon, and lots of icons to have around for Gratuitous achievements are good. Whenever I've put up pictures of places I've been to illustrate Wikipedia articles they have been taken down. I really don't think they like that sort of thing. So if you proposed this according to the proposed Category:Proposed achievements system I'd give it a "do not oppose." -Robyn 19:17, 29 April 2009 (UTC)
I see how your concerns exist for a reason. My experience has been different, however. Here's another example: After I went on 2009-03-28 48 11 and took a picture of the yellow engine, I looked at this wikipedia article, where there had already been a section about the few remaining engines of this class, mentioning the yellow ones used for construction work. I uploaded the picture and it has been accepted. Maybe it really depends on the subject of the article. Especially with pictures, though, I think Wikipedia depends on original work by contributers because stuff from books or other websites is copyrighted, with few exceptions. For this reason, mainly, I think it's really weird your contributions have been turned down. --Zb 19:31, 29 April 2009 (UTC)
I oppose the achievement because I think it encourages adding non-significant or misunderstood details to wikipedia articles. If you happen to find out something that should be mentioned there, do it for the sake of the truth, but don't just write something to get a ribbon. --Ekorren 19:39, 29 April 2009 (UTC)
Agree. Pro: The Achievement might encourage people to contribute to Wikipedia in a helpful way. Con: The Achievement might encourage people to put strange stuff into Wikipedia. I've already named the concerns above and would definitely include them into the rules, and I think people should be able to distinguish between a game (here) and serious stuff (Wikipedia) and still do something useful, but I still see how folks might get it wrong. Let's see what others say...--Zb 19:49, 29 April 2009 (UTC)

How about re-wording the award for performing original research that would go on Wikipedia had you been a published author. Or perhaps using your Geohashing expedition as a citation? Contributing media. I see various ways in which one could earn a Citation Needed award with and without Wikipedia. Splitdipless 19:20, 25 August 2009 (UTC)

  • Discover something of previously unknown historic importance / a new species / a UFO while geohashing.
This sounds like the Wikipedia geohash from above -- Jevanyn

Close but No Cigar

or: Close Enough for Government Work consolation - You get within about 100m and decide you're "close enough" (I see a lot of these on weekday meetup pages

  • There could be some version of this for being in the same (relatively small) mulicipality as the geohash, as in 2009-07-23 40 -74.
  • Oppose. It's not really an achievement to just reach the town the place belongs to. Also, municipalities vary highly in size - there is an active hasher living in a municipality that covers an area which equals five full graticules. And, whoever said I see a lot of these on weekday meetup pages in the original statement, must have referred to the very beginnings. Almost all of those playing today are very honest about reaching. There are enough consolation prizes to cover the not reached cases. --Ekorren 15:47, 24 July 2009 (UTC)

No "There" There consolation

Your GPS can't decide if you've found the hashpoint or not

Parting With Parts

I think this is a joke. Parting With Parts for burying and leaving your own internal organ at a geohash. Here's a summary of the discussion on the geohashing IRC

I just parted ways with my appendix.
I'll make you a special ribbon if you bury it at a geohash location.
I got five teeth removed, can I use them?
It should be organs or limbs only. If we allow teeth, people will want to use hair or fingernail clippings.
That should qualify if you had, like, a pound of them.
What if I shave my head at the geohash?

Propose a name for this proposed achievement, please

An award for playing some kind of ball game at the hash? I personally am a large fan of Jasper Fforde (anyone know the author?) and would like to have a time dilation preparedness ribbon. (Time dilations are stopped from becoming really bad shit by throwing a sphere through them. . .I don't know, obscure references seem in the spirit of the thing.)-Sean

I'm a bit of a Jasper Fforde fan, but if anyone wants to play Croquet Ffrodian style I'll have to go looking for some body armour. Let there be sport. -- UnwiseOwl 10:08, 10 February 2009 (UTC)
There is no way I'll be playing croquet Fforde style. Maybe regular style. Or some other ball game. -Sean

antipodes achievement

achieving a hash in a graticule, and it's antipodes --WhiteDragon 16:37, 21 March 2012 (EDT)

I like this. Would this be the graticule's coordinates [-lat; lon+180%360] (well, with addition and modulo defined in a way that accounts for the -0 Issues)? -- relet 17:38, 21 March 2012 (EDT)
The maps however make that pretty improbable, unless you happen to travel a lot in Chile and China. I would totally award you this if you achieve it. -- relet 17:41, 21 March 2012 (EDT)
I, too, really like the idea - but it's an achievement that will be even harder to get by anybody than a Globalhash and it cannot be designed as a gradual achievement like the Globetrotter. I think it would just be too special. --ilpadre 12:52, 22 March 2012 (EDT)