Updated Geocache Hiding Guidelines in General geocaching topics Posted September 9, 2017 21 hours ago, thebruce0 said: With a guideline such as this, it's protecting the lowest common denominator. A cache may still get published as an exception even if it appears to break a guideline. But if a cache doesn't break a guideline and it doesn't get published, it can be appealed. Essentially, the reviewer has complete leeway to follow the guidelines to a T, but they have the right to make an exception if they feel it's feasible in this case. However, defining "near" to explicitly explain the concern of ticket-restricted areas would be prudent, since that's no longer just a matter of distance (implied by 'near') but actually accessibility. Two very different things that fundamentally aren't regional/cultural. One can not break a guideline. A guideline is a basic rule of thumb or a suggestive direction. At best a recommendation. A guideline is not law.