My thoughts on attributes -We often use cache attributes but they ARE actually hints. For example winter-friendly often would indicate (in my opinion) that it is hidden at least slightly off of the ground OR very near a regularly cleared pathway. If one is searching in spring, summer, and fall why should that attribute be listed? If caches were all meant to be easy we'd just litter them every 500 feet or so instead of putting thought and effort into them. Thats what we liked about many of PBD's caches. Small to medium containers hidden in evergreens, winter-friendly, well hidden, and accessible year round. We needed those for winter caching fun. (Though we struck out a few times with those as well).
Then there is the poison ivy thing. I still don't know it's there until I come down with a good case of it. So...should I click it on any that are off pavement? I do get confused by some of the attributes. Like kid friendly. Ahem. Most are more kid friendly than adult friendly unless they are in the middle of a busy intersection. Or does that mean LARGE caches with great swag (RARE)? I think I liked it better when there were NO attributes. And the dog (hmm) so would someone actually take a dog to a cache in the middle of downtown if that icon were clicked? Now I admit clicking "washrooms nearby" is great when caching in a big city and walking a couple of miles. But it is only good for paper caching isn't it? Ii haven't figured out how to GSAK attributes yet but I'm sure there is a way.
When we bulk download caches we never have the attributes at all so most caches we do we have no idea if there is poison ivy/ or kid friendly/ parking/swimming or anything unless it says it in the description. If it has been found recently in winter that might mean it is winter-friendly.
Frankly each cache belongs to the cache owner and if they wish it can be a white micro hidden on the ground with no hints hidden in a 2000 tree forest under 6 feet of snow. The cache owner may have hidden it in a tree in a knothole but if it was tossed by a squirrel just before snowfall who would know? What is winter-friendly one year sure isn't the next!
What we do is try to think like a particular cacher and figure them out and then...we find it - at least our average is probably higher than 9 times out of 10 even when one of us caches alone.
The only reason to put an attribute like winter-friendly would be so that someone who downloads bulk caches and ONLY wants to do winter ones would hit on ours. We do presume if hidden in winter it will be somewhat friendly.
What I really wish is that those who hunt in the winter would create extra trails to confuse muggles. We ALWAYS try to do this so it is less obvious where the winter cache is hidden. But that is the chance you take hiding in winter.
Just our two cents worth and of course that is probably what are opinions are worth! So smile, dress warm and grab a shovel! And of course take time to read other logs cause invariably cachers cannot resist adding hints. Another hint: run to a cache just after others have found it in the winter cause there will be tracks!