The Virtual Reward
There are hiders and there are hiders. There are those people that do amazing work have a great many fantastic caches that people tip their hats too. We all know there. There are a few in every area. Perhaps they specialize in the Earthcaches that are interesting, it may be the gadget caches that keep others entertained. Other cachers may place caches in locations that make others ooh and ahh at the scenic beauty. So now there is a reward for some of them.
First I had nothing to do with it
As a reviewer, we were not asked who, how, or what should be included in the algorithm. So don't contact any reviewer mad that you did not get one. We had no input. A small group of lackeys sat down and (I am sure) pounded out the thoughts of what should be included, and what should be weighted.
However, I know people will ask. Why was cacher X chosen, and not Y? Well, obviously the most good looking, smart, and happy cachers got chosen. So when you are asked, that is the answer that should be given. That seems simple enough. Well, I can't say that, because I do not know who was chosen. No one has even shared that with me. So once again, I am no help.
You got an email
So you will have received an email from HQ if you got it. Other than that, I don't know much. The caches are supposed to go out to the top hiders, not in your area, but worldwide. Some people you may have been sure to get one, may not have, and I am expecting people to be surprised at others. That seems to be how a computer will spit things out. Congrats enjoy the day, you have a while to use it and get it listed.
If you did not get an email
Not much you can do this time around. There will be a lot that does not get them, I have no great advice. Place better caches? Place some? Just enjoy the new ones? The cache pages are not adoptable, so I am assuming that some people will not even use the ones they have.