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  1. I am having simular problems. Here is what I do.


    I created a gpx file that has the route in it using Expert GPS.

    Load the GPX file into the caching within a route page, it shows the preview fine, I save it.

    Looking at the route page it shows the correct distance but now the it shows "Route Turns: 0"

    I select to create a PQ, leave everything default and upon submit


    Server Error in '/' Application.



    Queue empty.

    Description: An unhandled exception occurred during the execution of the current web request. Please review the stack trace for more information about the error and where it originated in the code.


    Exception Details: System.InvalidOperationException: Queue empty.


    Source Error:


    An unhandled exception was generated during the execution of the current web request. Information regarding the origin and location of the exception can be identified using the exception stack trace below.


    Stack Trace:


    [invalidOperationException: Queue empty.]

    System.Collections.Queue.Dequeue() +110

    Groundspeak.Web.UserRoutes.UserRoutePoints.EncodeSignedNumber(Decimal num) +269

    Groundspeak.Web.UserRoutes.UserRoutePoints.EncodeLatLong() +240

    Geocaching.UI.URQuery.ShowQueryInfo() +713

    Geocaching.UI.URQuery.UpdatePocketQuery(Boolean IsNew) +5417

    Geocaching.UI.URQuery.btnSubmit_Click(Object sender, EventArgs e) +663

    System.Web.UI.WebControls.Button.OnClick(EventArgs e) +108

    System.Web.UI.WebControls.Button.System.Web.UI.IPostBackEventHandler.RaisePostBackEvent(String eventArgument) +57

    System.Web.UI.Page.RaisePostBackEvent(IPostBackEventHandler sourceControl, String eventArgument) +18

    System.Web.UI.Page.RaisePostBackEvent(NameValueCollection postData) +33

    System.Web.UI.Page.ProcessRequestMain() +1330


  2. I have very little use for the Ignore feature. But, I would probably be hurt if I saw there were a bunch of people Ignoring my caches, even if the reason was because they didn't want to see there was a cache out in the hills on a hiking trail . . . :ninja:
    Why would you be hurt if people had different tastes than you?

    On caches I tried to find and disliked so much I added them to the ignore list, I also posted a fairly blunt DNF that would probably hurt there feelings more. I am sure that ppl who place caches on tops of mountains, places you need a boat to get to or any other difficult location will not be alarmed by the number of cachers who ignore there cache.

  3. If your goal is to inform a user that their cache is bad you can just say that directly instead of hiding behind an anonymous statistic on a cache listing. Though being constructive is helpful.


    Otherwise you don't know what the intent of the ignore was. Some people ignore caches they helped place.


    Personally I don' t think ignoring a cache necessarily means that its bad, just impossible to find. Examples of caches I have ignored, one is out in the bay and you need a kayak or small boat to get, and I don't own one. The other is in a fence covered with ivy (picture a very long wall of ivy), its close to home, I tried twice, it was painful, tedious and gave me a rash, I did not want to try that one again.

  4. I think its a great idea and I think everyone should be able to see it, not just the cache owner. I don't think I would automatically ignore a cache just because lots of other cachers did, but it would be useful information on if I should try and how long should I continue to search if I can't.

  5. Like CoyoteRed I also get the complete set each week. Since archived caches don't appear on the standard PQ's the only way to tell a cache is missing is that it has not been updated in a week. Personally I wish the 'updated in last 7 days' option would not include caches that were just found by someone because that fills up the 500 cache per pq limit too quickly, but would include caches that were archived since I would really like to know the cache has gone away and I should not try to find it.


    The best work around I have found is to use the notifications. Upon receiving each notification you can open the cache page and manually download the gpx for it. It can be a bit tedious at 5 clicks per cache.

  6. It's more fun to find the cache without any hints/logs! :D


    Well, if I had 2,000 finds, I suppose I would feel the same way! :D But as lowly newbies to the sport, we(desperately) need all the help we can get!

    Well even with 3000 finds I still need all the help I can get.


    I would vote for 10 logs or at least all the logs posted in the last 7 days

  7. Cachemate does not show maps, but it is a wonderful tool, probably the best 8$ I have ever spent. My normal method includes generating a number of PQ's of an area, importing those into GSAK, using a GSAK filter to select the caches in a polygon shaped area that I want to go to and then exporting from there to cachemate and the GPS. It did take a little bit of time to figure the GSAK filters but once you do that it is a great time saver.


    To view them on a map you can export from GSAK to a gpx and then view that in ExpertGPS or Google Earth.

  8. I think this is a great idea also (and have said so in previous posts). What I would like is a big smiley (or red check mark) on the top of the page if a found log is posted, else a big frowny if a DNF has been posted.


    Of course this would not need as much if they would add an option to the notifications to only send if you have not found the cache.

  9. I like the stats, in fact I would like to see more stats not fewer. How about this as an opt in/out option. All premium members get to see the stats. All regular members don't.


    Speaking of server traffic, when you're drilling down the date ranges for each one of those PQs, how many tries does it take until you get a range you like? 3? 5? 7?


    One, and only one.


    GSAK has a macro that will set the date ranges for you based on the caches in your database.

    I am a heavy user of this technique and it takes many attempts to get it setup the first time, since you do not yet have the caches in your GSAK database.


    There are over 40000 caches in california, and getting then all in a single PQ would be a bit much. I would rather they let you combine the results of mulitple PQ's into one data set, so you could run 1 x 2500 cache PQ rather than 5 x 500 cache PQ's, or even 1 x 10000 cache PQ instead of 20 x 500 cache PQ's over four days.

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  12. While I am not a fan of puzzles, in fact I am boycotting them at the moment, I don't think this is a good idea. Solving the puzzle is part of the requirement to get the puzzle smiley. If something like this was implemented I think the cache owner should have the option of turning it off.

  13. I think it could be expanded to non flying biting insects, but it really should be in the description as the precautions you would take for ticks is different than you would for black widows. (I have seen both this season.) I agree with the comments of others that including mosquito would not be useful as it would generally apply to the entire region, where as ticks only apply if to get to the cache you have to walk through vegetation where ticks live.

  14. I am one of those miscreants that keeps an offline database of all the caches in my local area, of which here in the San Francisco Bay area are about 7000 within a 50 mile radius of my home. I then use several polygon shaped GSAK queries for each of the the several irregular shaped geographic areas that make up region. One of the big reasons I do so is that when you get a PQ, it typically only has the last 5 log entries, if you maintain your own db those past logs build up over time and you get a more complete listing of the logs. (Interstingly, if you download the GPX from the cache page itself it has up to 20 logs.)


    If they really dont want us to maintain private DB's they should:


    1) Allow polygon shaped PQ's

    2) Increase the number of caches to 1000 (many of us have GPS's that can hold that many)

    3) Increase the number of logs returned.

  15. I tried it again this morning and while it lets me lookup the coin using the code, when I try to grab it is still says the code does not match.


    Am I doing something wrong? is there a bug in the system? please advise.

  16. I dropped a geocoin in a cache today and when I got home discovered that someone else had already logged as being in there possession. I emailed them asking for the code back so I could record the drop properly, and the responded right away with the code.


    I then looked it up using the code (it worked) but when I went to record a grab from other user it said the code did not match. I then tried to record a log using the code and it worked.


    What is happening? I carried this thing from the east coast to the west coast and the new holder says they are taking it out of state. I want to make sure the distance is recorded correctly.

  17. I agree with KoosKoos, if you have an event the first saturday of each month then submit a new event each month, it will take you less than a minute. It may be at the same location but its on a different day so its a different event. If this were happening in my area I would be complaining as the event would not show up on the cache listings I use since it had been found (attended).

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