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  1. That one really ought to be an unknown type of cache, to make sure that anyone coming by will know they need to bring a computer.


    The reviewer must have been aware that a USB "logbook" would be used, so it is "okay" in the reviewer's opinion.


    Can you log it? Sure you can. The cache owner might not want you to, so you might ask first.

  2. There is still the issue of marking it missing too soon. Some consider it giving the OK to the holder to just keep it.


    I am disappointed by this attitude because I think it means we will not address the problem.


    The problem being that if one wants to do a query to find a TB, the system will show caches as having TB items, but many of those will actually not have them.


    (Okay, so let's not worry about finding any, just go out to have fun. That is one attitude, but I think we can do better than turn a blind eye to the problem.)


    To fix this, we have to tell the database when a TB is not in a cache. That means we have to mark it "missing."


    The conservative approach is to get a responsible volunteer (Groundspeak volunteer, or cache owner, or TB owner) to try to track down the TB, find out who has it, and ask that person to log it out of the cache it is in.


    That's a lot of work, and this work is not being done. If it were, then this "epidemic" would not have happened. I do not think this situation is likely to change -- many cache owners do not maintain the travel bug inventories, and many TB owners do nothing when informed that their bug is missing. Groundspeak's volunteers are doing a great job, but I think there are too many missing bugs out there to track them all down.


    I hear your concern, but leaving all these missing bugs logged into caches makes a problem for everybody; marking a bug missing too early makes a problem for one person. Do not the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few?


    If a TB owner sees their bug is marked missing, and they are concerned about it having been stolen or not logged out yet, then that person should take on the responsibility to track it down -- not anybody else.

  3. For another thing, the cache owner may very well not know that the trackables are missing. Sometimes somebody will add that to their log, but again... that does not mean that it is missing. It only means that it hasn't been logged yet.

    I do not understand this.


    If it is no longer in the cache, mark it missing so it will go out of the inventory.


    Later on, the TB holder can log it by grabbing it.


    Why wait for the TB holder?

  4. Yes it is conceivable that if everyone trades up, you could end up with a car, house, or other high value item, but I believe that it is unlikely as economics will play a role and there will be an unofficial value limit reached where trade up would stop and trade even will take over.




    Kyle MacDonald has successfully traded one red paperclip for a house.


    Of course, the tricky part was finding people to trade with who had something he wanted, and wanted something he had. Leaving a box in the woods is not a good way to do that. There is no limit to this process; the house could be traded for a slightly better house, and that house for another house, and that house for two houses, and so on, until you trade for a private island. If you can find enough people willing to trade, there is no limit.


    Economics already did play its role, and the unofficial value limit for geocaches was reached: about $5 on a good day. There is no incentive to trade "up" with a box in the woods.

  5. That said, all you need to do (in Windows) is hold down the Shift key while inserting the CD, and it won't auto-execute anything. Personally, I like the OP's idea.

    If you have Windows 7, that is no longer necessary. It will pop up a window asking you what you want to do when you insert a CD. Choose from: Do Nothing; Browse the Files; View Photos; Run the Program

  6. An SD card would be much better than a CD!


    I found an older cache with broken plastic shards from what used to be a CD. It seemed to have been jammed in there with no CD case. I removed that and some other broken junk, to be thrown away back at the parking lot.


    The SD card would be less likely to break than a CD, and if you put it in a little watertight container, it should hold up well.


    Also, it could hold more music than a CD, and even if it was just a blank SD card, it's a useful item in its own way.

  7. I think you are saying that when you go to the following page, the page is blank, even though it was not blank before. That is, you set up a notification and then it goes away some hours or days later.



    This is not expected behavior, and I think you need help from the website staff.

    Try the form on this page to get assistance:


  8. I don't understand why anyone would be upset about the cache being archived

    I assume the issue is that this is an old listing, from the first year of geocaching. Therefore, some people think of it like a historical landmark. It has a lot of old logs and pictures, so if it was archived and replaced with a new listing, those old logs would be harder to access.


    Now, I have not received my senior discount card yet, so I do not believe in giving special status to things that are old simply because they are old.


    Just telling you why someone could be upset about this being archived.

  9. Perhaps I'm pickier than most. That would explain why I still have over 2750 Favorite votes left to place. I can't find a FAVORITE cache yet. :lol:

    If everybody was as picky as you, then no caches would have any favorite votes, and you would have nothing to complain about. I see you have a bunch of favorites actually.


    Lead by example and give your favorite votes to caches that are not "crappy."


    If you don't vote, you can't complain about those who do vote.

  10. If you can trust the gov-ment:




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