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  1. 17 minutes ago, bigjim4life said:

    I know there is the "adoption" option, if an active CO wants to let someone else "adopt" the cache and maintain it.  But what about for inactive CO's, the ones that haven't logged online in forever - is there a way to, if someone wants, instead of having the cache completely archived and then starting anew - have a Reviewer or someone at Groundspeak - transfer ownership of the cache to someone who is willing to take on that cache? 

    So the original CO hasn't logged online in forever, isn't taking care of a cache local to you, and at the rate it's going, it's in danger of being archived.  However, you like the location, you want people to keep finding it, and don't want to lose that particular cache (for whatever reasons, sentimental, logistic, etc).  Instead of having it archived, have the reviewer or someone at HQ try to reach out to the original CO - if there's no response from the CO, or they're not interested anymore - then transfer the cache (instead of a mutual adoption) to someone who is interested and volunteering to maintain it.  Is this a feasible thing?

    No. Mainly because no one knows why the CO has been inactive for so long. Maybe they come back in a year after something out of their control and find out their cache has been adopted to someone else by Groundspeak. 

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  2. 9 minutes ago, arisoft said:

    Everyone in this thread has their own specification for this "issue" which you are referring.

    My version of this  "issue" is specified here

    I know that this topic generates lots of quick statements. It can be easily misunderstood when the subject is ambiguous. Blind throwdowns are not maintenance at any level, but it happens that they are used as the argument when explaining why not to do any maintaining voluntarily.

    If you want to clean out cache containers, replace logbooks, and repair containers that's on you. But you're missing the bigger picture. Its the CO's job to do that stuff, and by you doing those things for them it promotes lazy CO's who generally rely on other cachers such as yourself to maintain their cache for them. 

    You may see this as preserving the cache or keeping the game alive but once the CO decides he's not going to lift a finger to maintain his/her own cache, and then totally disappears from the game, the cache containers are left out there to rot, and then when they finally come up missing, then what? Finally archive it? All those NM logs go unanswered for months on end except for the times when you come around and prop it back up only for it to get archived months later due to CO inactivity. To each their own. 

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  3. 6 minutes ago, arisoft said:

    For me this classifies you as a whistleblower :)

    Do you have any estimation how many of those 46 caches could have been saved by a simple maintenance effort like draining the container?

    I don't know. Lets ask the cache owners who haven't logged into GC.com in several months, and haven't actively found a cache in years. 


    The issue isn't just as simple as dumping out the water, arisoft. The issue is the cache container itself needs replacing and it's the CO's job to maintain their own cache. 

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  4. 3 hours ago, GO Geiger said:

    I wish the news media were as clear on the frequency of total eclipses.  Sometimes it seemed they were expecting something rarer than a mermaid riding a tap-dancing unicorn, instead of something that happens every 12-24 months.

    But, that being said... I live exactly 1 mile off the exact path of totality for 2024's eclipse and I am an acquaintance of someone whose front porch is directly along the path of totality.  (Really, like 0' away.)

    Woohoo!  (But I agree - no need for a souvenir.  Put down the GPSr and go watch the eclipse!)

    Hopefully the crowds will stick to Buffalo and Rochester and Batavia, although I could probably make a little cash renting out the back yard as an eclipse viewing site... if the snow melts by then.

    The media's job is to hype things up and get folks excited. People around Washington set out Thursday to get prime spots to see it in Oregon and the media was reporting that gas stations were running out of gas, and stores were running out of food. The media has a way to make people think that things are happening when in reality, it's not that big of deal. 

  5. 9 hours ago, WarNinjas said:

    I have to say those are some great containers!  I really like the custom stickers as well. Thanks for taking the time to make them so cool!   I am glad to hear there hasn't been problems with brute force to get to them as that was my concern.

    As for all the paranoia about having a lock picking set I don't see it as being a problem. (unless there is a law in that state that you can't have one)  There would have to be several things that would have to happen for you to be arrested for it. First you would have to be found by a cop trying to open it.  Then would have to be caught having the lock picks.  Then not being able to explain what you are doing. Then....then...

    Unless you have a criminal record I can't see a cop taking you in for it.  I think I would have a better chance of winning the lottery then all those things happening to where I ended up in court over it.


    Right?? Thank you, WarNinjas. :lol:

    Picking a lock that's attached to a geocache is a lot different then picking a lock that grants you entry into someone's home. Or car. Or business. Or whatever. 

  6. 8 hours ago, arisoft said:

    My experience turned out to be the opposite of this particular case. Could you tell me about a real case where this has happened that the repair has not worked.

    No, I can not tell you about a real case that the repair has not worked because I do not involve myself in fixing up others' caches for them. There has been plenty of opportunities to assist but like I said. It's the CO's responsibility to ensure their cache is in working order. So far I have NA-ed 58 caches due to lengthy inactivity or severe maintenance issues and only 12 have come back into play in my area. What does that tell you.

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  7. On 8/19/2017 at 8:20 AM, arisoft said:


    Seven years ago, when I was a newcomer in this hobby, I realized that a cache which a have not found yet, was damaged recently. I took a new box with me when I went to search the cache. Some animal has made holes to the box and the logbook was wet. I replaced the box and dried the logbook. The cache is still there after these seven years. In this case, I do not see this "bigger issue which will remain" as stated earlier in this thread. 

    Yeah, and if you keep doing these kinds of things you'll be taking new containers out to every cache owned by a nonexistent cache owner, and then when you get tired of replacing caches, log books, dumping out containers full of water, plastic baggies and whatever else then the problems with those caches continue to remain. 

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  8. 4 hours ago, noncentric said:

    As barefootjeff has already mentioned, Total solar eclipses are not rare.  They happen more frequently than Leap Days.  The next 5 Total eclipses are July-2019, Dec-2020, Dec-2021, April-2023, and April-2024.  The one in 2024 will be passing through Mexico, Texas, and arching up to the New England area. Within that time period there will also be 4 Annular solar eclipses.  It's not that rare.  Australia will be busy with 4 Total solar eclipses between 2028 and 2038:  July-2028, Nov-2030, July-2037, Dec-2038.

    There was so much news about last week's eclipse within the US because the path of totality crossed a large swath of the country, but the eclipse wouldn't be very newsworthy in other countries.

    I don't think we need geocaching souvenirs for solar eclipses.  I wouldn't be opposed to them, but I certainly wouldn't be bothered if there weren't any either.


    Thank you for posting all the upcoming solar eclipses. :)

  9. 5 minutes ago, Manville Possum said:


    Yes. But have you ever had dealings with law enforcement and court proceedings? B)  I have, and I hope it works out for you. Hope you can afford an attorney. Good ones aren't cheap. ;)

    I couldn't imagine a police officer, after a cacher shows him/her the geocache he/she is after, and explaining the game, and why he/she has a set of lock picking set, would still take the cacher to jail for further questioning resulting in formal charges, and it leading into a court battle where one had to get a lawyer. I'm assuming you have been jailed and formally charged over geocaching because of your response...I'd love to hear the story. :)

  10. 31 minutes ago, Dr.MORO said:

    Ok, so opened Win7 in Boot Camp via VMware, installed Win Google Chrome, as Win Firefox somehow did not show the form, and finally saw the form to submit. (Did NOT install nor open IE...)

    Submission was good, I think, although will not know if it was a successful one or not until I hear back from GCHQ.

    We'll all see...

    They may just announce the winners in a blog post. GS may not contact those who did not get selected. 

  11. 17 minutes ago, Manville Possum said:


    Still, you could be charged with possession of burglary tools and it could be difficult to prove your intent. What if there were a rash of burglaries in the area where the geocache was located? You could end up in court on criminal charges. Better hope the Judge is a Geocacher.:lol:

    Since the police are the ones who are charging you with possession of burglary tools, and charging you with intent to burglarize, they are the ones who must prove your intentions to do those things. Right? 

  12. 5 minutes ago, strontium87 said:

    My experience with geocaching is that it overwhelmingly white and male.

    Okay, and what does that mean? Golf is overwhelming white. NBA is overwhelmingly black. Football is overwhelmingly black. Baseball is overwhelmingly latino. What does all that mean? I guess it means what you want it to mean. And I'm sure you have stats to back up your claims just like I have stats to back up my claims.

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  13. 31 minutes ago, KBLAST said:

    Not sure what happened to Dr. Moro - but it isn't a Mac issue. I use a Mac as well and was able to see the form, fill it out, and submit it using Chrome. I'm betting he has an extension that is blocking it for some reason. Maybe try a different computer or a mobile device?

    I too am using a Mac, and had no issues. 

  14. 2 minutes ago, kunarion said:

    Because most often, coin promotions are not randomly picking, they have application slots that fill up.  Usually, I hear about it, and it says "we're full, buh-bye".  Sorry for the confusion.

    No worries, Kurarion. I just hope people don't think they're actually getting a trackable after filling out the form. 

  15. 5 minutes ago, kunarion said:


    You don't have a lot of time to hack into that form.  If it's still not working tomorrow, get with a local cacher and see if they can fill it out.  Or contact me, I'll fill it out.

    I was surprised to even see one of these forms.  Usually, I hear about it, go there, and it says, "we're full, buh-bye".  So this one's either run very differently, or it's just a way to collect contact info. :ph34r:

    Why would it be "full" when they are randomly picking 1,500 cachers to receive a Magic trackable? 

  16. 21 hours ago, Aquacache said:

    I was on vacation over the last week, camping outside of reliable Internet access, and just returned late last night. It was very disappointing to read my e-mails this morning to find out, after making sure that I received all 4 souvenirs before leaving on vacation, that I missed out on the final part of this because they only allowed you 4 days to submit the hidden word.

    It's sad that you're apparently not allowed to take a vacation during the summer, at least not a whole week, when these promotions are going on. Otherwise, the work you put into the initial segments of the promotion will be for naught.

    Who told you that you're not allowed to take vacation during the summer? Are you saying Groundspeak ought to be more consider of your scheduled vacation and run the promotions when you're home and able to complete the whole thing? If that's the case, GS has a lot of work ahead of them to make sure everyone is home and available to complete the summer promotions. 

  17. On 4/24/2016 at 6:34 PM, Mn-treker said:

    Been so long I did not notice it. But still our activities are already regarded as suspicious. Why add a strongly possible criminal element to it?

    When I asked a cop who helped using his slim Jim to get into a car. About that tool be said meer possession of such a lock picking device is considered intent. If you are not a locksmith or cop why the need for lock picking tools.

    No, intent is walking around a mall parking lot with a slim Jim down the front of your pants. That's intent. Having possession of a lock picking set on the way to a geocache that requires you to pick a lock is not intent. I can buy slim jams and lock picking sets off of Amazon. 

  18. On 4/23/2016 at 7:39 AM, MtnMutt-ProDuckShins said:

    :unsure: What happens when a Cacher breaks off a piece of Paper Clip in the key slot and jams it?

    Then the next cacher to come along would probably report a NM or put it in their DNF log that there's a paper clip jammed in the lock. 

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