Talk:Geohashing

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As a definition, how is this page substantively different from the Geohash definition?

As an explanation, what are its benefits over the Main Page or the FAQ?

I think anything novel (perhaps the silliness/costuming aspect) should be moved to the FAQ, and the page turned into a redirect to Geohash. -Robyn 17:29, 17 February 2009 (UTC)

I just looked at the history and see that it used to be a simple definition. I would vote to revert to that. -Robyn 17:33, 17 February 2009 (UTC)


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[edit] ...Definitions? :)

Sorry, I'm just being silly again... I thought of this when Robyn complained "Definitions should be short." (about this page) on IRC... maybe someone has a better idea where to put it:

1 word: "geohashing".

2 words: "expeditions, wiki."

4 words: "A spontaneous adventure generator"

8 words: "Do not worry. We are from the internet."

16 words: "Visiting automatically generated coordinates on a given day, meeting others, taking pictures, writing an expedition report."

32 words: "Geohashing is a project in which people visit effectively random, but well defined points on the globe, maybe meet other hashers there, and document the expedition online at wiki.xkcd.com/geohashing."

64 words: "An algorithm generates unpredictable, but well defined coordinates depending on the current date and the latest dow jones opening value. Geeks of all stripes try to visit those points on the same day, hoping to meet like-minded others, do silly things on location and take pictures of themselves with a stupid grin, and write about the expedition on a wiki for the community."

128 words: "A simple algorithm published in May 2008 by American web comic author Randall Munroe takes a date and the latest dow jones opening value on that date, and outputs a pattern of effectively random coordinates around the world, one point for each day in every area of one by one degrees. Geeks who like the idea try to reach these spots whenever possible. They may just enjoy cycling, walking or driving and take the coordinates as an arbitrary fixed goal, or try to meet up with others there. Achievement ribbons await those who reach difficult hashes, perform tricks on location, or just get lucky. The expeditions are then documented with pictures and sometimes a video, so other hashers from around the world can cheer to each others' successes.

-- dawidi 21:52, 17 February 2009 (UTC) That's fricking brilliant (and I can verify that he came up with the first few almost instantly). It definitely deserves a place more exalted than the talk page of a disputed page. -Robyn 22:00, 17 February 2009 (UTC)

[edit] Spell checking

Google Chrome sees "geohasher" as a misspelling, and suggests "gatecrasher" as a substitute. ;-) -- Jevanyn

[edit] RFC: Geohashing as a spectator sport

(for lack of a better heading)

As near as I can tell, as of June 2012, there are about 500 active geohashers in 20 to 300 graticules around the world. This number has remained relatively stead since mid-2009. However, there have been over 10,000 downloads of the Geohash Droid app. This implies that either there are a lot of ninja geohashers out there (and they all have Android phones! lol), or a lot of people are "watching" (or have watched) geohashing, hoping the geohash will land, say, across the street. Do we have usage statistics on how often the application gets activated? Or is that too much like violating the privacy of users? For that matter, do we have stats on how many different wiki users log in each day/week/month? -- Jevanyn 10:43, 12 June 2012 (EDT)

[edit] Geohacking

I created an account, just to add my definition of geohacking.

Geohacking
Manipulating the stock market, so that the next coordinates are in your own backyard, where you throw a huge party.