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  2. I don't mean to sound naïve but I've never seen or witnessed the type of backlash your describing. Why someone (whos' clearly in the wrong) would attack a cache owner for deleting a log is beyond me. I can see questioning why it was deleted and asking to have it re-instated but to verbally attack the cache owner over a find.....Mind boggling. I guess fly-by-night cachers to me are people who think owning a cache is a novelty and don't really care too much about what they put out and how they maintain them. As far as the 500+ listing people are concerned, as long as people continue to post dnf's and NM's on caches sooner or later the CHS will catch up with them. I'll assume your reviewer is a straight shooter so is the problem more of a lack or fear of posting the correct logs by your local geocaching community? Sounds like it's time to start recruiting some new blood into your club. Maybe a "Geocaching 101" or "Learn to hide a cache" event. Some fresh faces and new ideas may be just what you need. Besides there's strength in numbers.
  3. That's the case where I live too. The veterans are placing set-em-and-forget-em caches and lots of them. There are very few new cache owners, so I'm seeing less fly-by-night place-a-couple-and-never-cache-again owners.
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  5. The general wisdom is that it's better to let abandoned or neglected caches go through their life cycle by posting NMs on neglected caches and then NAs once the neglected cache can be considered abandoned. After the old cache is archived, you can plant a nice new cache there, as much like or unlike the original as you want it to be.
  6. Same here.
  7. Playing the game accordingly and posting DNF, NM, and NA's has caused me all kinds of backlash from cache owners. Maybe that is why I'm seeing those found the location, but no cache present in finders logs, and the CO's let those stand. Most every time I've deleted a found it but didn't sign it log from my listings it's followed by a nasty email, and now my response is only to ask that they remove the didn't sign it part of their fake armchair log just to avoid confrontation. I'm not sure what you mean by a fly by night cacher, but locally it's the veteran cachers that have left the game or can no longer maintain their caches and a few that own 500+ listings that they will no longer even visit the cache page when concerns are posted. It seems that the event hosting group cachers are the best CO's locally, but I'm not into that style of copy/paste for the numbers runs. It's kinda dwindled down to one small group of friends that created a geocaching club and a FB page that are only finding each others caches.
  8. Thanks for your reply - I've found the thread too. Sounds perfect!
  9. I guess it's different for different areas. The cachers most into geocaching in my area love the quick drive up finds. From what I can tell, most of them like hiking, too, but they don't limit themselves to finding or hiding caches out in nature. This is as true for the old timers that have cached since the beginning as well as the newer cachers that have only been seeking and hiding for a few years. No matter which kind of cache I look for, I find the logs dominated by names I recognize. Oh, yes, there are a lot of casual and temporary geocachers, but not so many that I noticed them unless I think about it.
  10. I have a message that shows up in the app with a yellow dot indicating that this is a new message. I cannot click on the message and get it to display in full. The yellow dot therefore does not go away and it continues to show as a new message.I have opened and read the entire message on the website but that did not clear it in the app. The attached picture shows the yellow dot on both the message and on the Messages icon. Can anyone help me with this?
  11. I think boisestate has a point... Have you noticed a difference in find totals between your own 1.5T caches and the 2.5T that's "a short walk down a good trail" ones? Maybe your T rating's too high for a short walk on a "good" trail, and folks who normally filter higher ratings are simply skipping what is really an easy walk. Realize that the official app, what most start with in this hobby, a basic membership ends at 1.5/1.5, with your 2.5T caches classified as "advanced" . They can't see them without a PM. So if you're noticing your friends 1.5T caches hit and yours aren't , that's another possibility.
  12. False premise. Anyone that claims that the power trail mentality hasn't had an large impact on the way the game is played today is fooling themselves. With the monkey-see/monkey do impact the power trail mentality just grows in an area which has an impact on the types of caches available to find, blocks large swaths of real estate for any other type of cache to be placed and leads to a focus on quantity rather than quality. How does that not impact the game? If a trail is saturated with 300 cut-n-paste cache with no room for any others the geocacher that prefers to find caches which demonstrate a smidgen of creativity can't enjoy geocaching on that trail unless they hold their nose and find the PT caches. How is that not affecting them? When a PT is published and 300 notifications messages sent out, because there isn't a PT attribute nor the ability to exclude notifications based on a co name or attribute isn't available the only way to stop those messages is to create a filter *after* the messages start getting sent. If all 300 are published on the same day there would be no point in creating the filter because the messages are already in ones in box. For someone that wants to do those PTs there isn't a negative impact. For someone that doesn't they have to jump through hoops to avoid them. I qualified my statement,,
  13. I agree. I would like to clean up my message list too.
  14. At 10:57AM on Feb 22, 2018, all ghost PQs have cleared. It took 9 days for the PQs to automatically vanish from the web site and/or App.
  15. I just don't agree that geocaching is more popular. Yes, there are a lot of people coming in and trying geocaching. It's "cool" and different at first but most of them don't end up staying too long because of the caches they're finding. I think it's simply that they get bored because they're pretty much only finding micros in uninspiring locations.Sure, scoring is probably fun for a while too but even that gets old for many when they realize those numbers don't amount to much. Guess you could say in a way, that geocaching is popular because more people know about and are trying our hobby. But imo, being more popular today means that there are more people actively enjoying our hobby than there were yesterday, or the year before. Of course there are more people than ever signed up but, how many are active? Popularity (geocaching activity) in our area has dwindled tremendously and i suspect a lot of areas are seeing the same.
  16. Though it does say "2 posts" under your name, when looking at "See the Forum Posts for This User" on your profile page, the only one showing is this Introduce Yourself post. Often when we see posts or threads vaporized is when something inappropriate or violating the Terms of Use was posted, and a mod simply removed it.
  17. When I notice such OM next time I'll probably complain with NM saying "OK, but until then it still needs maintenance" so the red wrench goes back.
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  19. I,m with you all the way Crow-T-Robot,quality over quantity anyday. Its true that the way of geocaching has leant towards quick easy finds that don,t require much effort and it doesn’t,t seem to matter what the container is or if it has any regional significance or particular attractiveness. i have several hides in the town where I live and the most finds are close to town. And as you say multi and puzzle caches are not the preferred cache of choice for today’s time poor cacher, which is a shame because i think that hiders of these cache types put more thought into the cache container and want seekers to have a better caching experience than a simple mint tin or lock and lock container. though as you rightly point out the best found it logs are from cachers who have made the walk or have taken the time to solve the puzzle and posted their experience as a fun time and recommend to other cachers. Sadly I think attraction to geocaching seems to be diminishing as most of my new hides are found by repeat cachers and that there seem to be lot of cachers that find a few and then lose interest.
  20. In my country power trails are quite new phenomenon. Some years ago our reviewers did not pass anything which seems to be a series and could be made with a single multi-cache. Suddenly things changed and more and more power trails appeared all over the country. Practically all of them are placed in the woods near nature trails. Power trails seems to attract visitors. Sometimes too many, which had led to archiving of some of them due to erosion at sensitive area. I can see only one reason for the popularity, number of finds earned. For the same reason, areas with multiple caches also attract visitors. When those power trails were new, a friend of mine studied what is the impact to the players after completing a power trail. It seems that many of the newly started geocachers stopped their hobby after this experience for some reason. I think that more experienced players can to adapt to the situation more flexibly but my own concern is directed at beginners for whom such experience offers a far too unilateral image of the hobby.
  21. As cache owners we all love to hear how wonderful our cache is. Some people like to write long descriptive logs. Others choose to keep in short and simple. Just because someone doesn't write about it in a log doesn't mean they didn't enjoy the experience. When I first started I wrote short logs as I think many newbies do. As I look back on it today I realize that those caches were some of the most amazing I may ever do. Try not to take a short or generic log to heart. Realize that these people were outside enjoying themselves today and your cache was a part of that.
  22. Everything has a "norm." How much to tip, how fast to drive relative to the posted speed limit, etc. When power trails didn't exist what was the norm be for geocache hides? An ammo can in the woods. What is the norm with power trails? Urban micros with no purpose but boosting numbers. Most people who start caching don't have an experienced cacher to show them the best caches. They start off by themselves (or with other newbie friends/family) and look for what's close by. I started finding regular size caches in a park. If I had started with parking lot LPCs and power trails I would have said this is boring and not kept at it. How many other potentially good cachers were turned off by what they found when they started? How many competitive numbers hounds were drawn into something that shouldn't really cater to them? Furthermore, if you want to play a numbers-based GPS game there are now other, better options for that style of play than geocaching.
  23. I'd try using search, limiting to Florida, and the term cemetery and possibly the term Spirit Quest (because of an old series that used that term, mostly those were in the MidWest, not Florida). Here's that search, caches within 65 miles of GC1CGKG East Orange Park, all types except events and webcams, with "cemetery" in title
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  25. I can see what you mean. I've had many logs like "Found by xxx, yyy, and zzz on a fun caching day through your area. Thanks to the many COs who placed and maintained these caches." It's a letdown when I receive those logs on my caches, because it's obvious that my cache wasn't memorable to those who found it. OTOH, as an introvert and solo cacher, the best times I've had geocaching have been the couple of times I've organized a group of people for a special geocaching day. My favorite was when nine of us spent the day finding The Bridges and Arches of Central Park, spending over 6 hours and 9 miles of walking to find the iconic 32 stage multi cache. Another time a group of us got together to walk lower Manhattan to find six of the seven souvenirs of August (2014 I believe) in one go (minus the event souvenir, which was handled the day before). And I always find paddle caches in a group, for safety and for the fun. For each cache I found those days, I, as I always do, spent time writing a descriptive log describing my experience with that particular cache. My solution to the already existing PT isn't to get a group together and find them. It was just one of a few ideas, which also included ignoring them (which I do for the most part) or saving them for days where you just want to find a quick and easy cache (which I have done for calendar days or souvenirs).
  26. False premise. Anyone that claims that the power trail mentality hasn't had an large impact on the way the game is played today is fooling themselves. With the monkey-see/monkey do impact the power trail mentality just grows in an area which has an impact on the types of caches available to find, blocks large swaths of real estate for any other type of cache to be placed and leads to a focus on quantity rather than quality. How does that not impact the game? If a trail is saturated with 300 cut-n-paste cache with no room for any others the geocacher that prefers to find caches which demonstrate a smidgen of creativity can't enjoy geocaching on that trail unless they hold their nose and find the PT caches. How is that not affecting them? When a PT is published and 300 notifications messages sent out, because there isn't a PT attribute nor the ability to exclude notifications based on a co name or attribute isn't available the only way to stop those messages is to create a filter *after* the messages start getting sent. If all 300 are published on the same day there would be no point in creating the filter because the messages are already in ones in box. For someone that wants to do those PTs there isn't a negative impact. For someone that doesn't they have to jump through hoops to avoid them.
  27. I see the Cache Health Score as an attempt to do just that. Let's face it, how much control dose GS really have? They rely on each and every cache owner to do what they're suppose to do. The world is a big place. Even if they had some physical way to check up on caches I don't think it would be 100% bulletproof. All they can do is try to develop ways to identify abandoned caches and negligent cache owners and somehow get them to maintain their caches or archive them. It's a tall task which is made even more difficult when experienced cachers decide to either push back against the effort or leave the game entirely. I believe Groundspeak can't do it without us. I'm not trying to sound altruistic here but I'll be dammed if I'll let a few fly-by-night cachers ruin what I consider a great activity. I may not be able to directly stop them but I can sure as hell try to balance the scale.
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