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  1. A couple years ago, I was walking along a very popular path on a weekend and came upon a 6ish-year-old girl. She was alone, apparently lost, and crying loudly. Dozens of people walked by. I knelt beside her, calmed her a bit, and tried to figure out the situation.


    Before too long, her parents came running up, grabbed her, glared at me, and led her away. I guess I should be thankful that they didn't call the police.

    I would be conflicted in that situation. On the one hand, a crying, lost girl should get help finding her family.


    On the other hand, she is in no immediate danger and I do not want to appear like a child abductor. That is what those dozens of people were thinking as they walked on by.


    I wonder if this is an American problem. I think other cultures are more trusting.

  2. While considering challenge cachers might be the Kindest approach, the bottom line is that the cache should be rated properly.

    I agree with this. Most people are not trying to meet challenges, so they would be concerned that the rating is correct, and they would not care if the rating was changed to make it correct. Even for the minority who are attempting to meet challenge requirements, they are probably not using that particular cache.


    I will add that in a situation where the ratings are mostly correct, it would be better to not adjust them by a half-star, just in case someone is depending on the ratings to stay the same.

  3. I recently found one that was under a lamp pole base, behind a CVS drugstore. Nothing was especially interesting about it. Apparently it was put there because the hider's mother works here.


    Out of 121 finders, one of them favorited this cache. It was find number 500 for that finder.


    A special find for him, but for the other 120 people, just another LPC pill bottle.

  4. When the containers are gone, they are archived.

    Yup. Definitely one of the worse decisions by TPTB over the years, in my opinion.

    I was not around back in 2003 so I am just wondering about this. Are these really special? What would I expect to find? I am imagining a cache box with a monkey face on it. I guess there were web sites that went along with the movie and "Project APE." The caches used to contain props from the movie, but those have to be gone by now. It was probably exciting back then, but now that's all in the past and I don't see what the big deal is now.

  5. I am curious about which cache this is?

    Never mind, I found the log.


    Clearly he was annoyed and did not have fun trying to open it. Maybe he did not read your page, which makes it clear that this cache will take some time to open. It is difficulty level 4, after all. If he did read your page, and then got annoyed anyway, that is his own fault. You might change this to a mystery type, if you want. I am not sure if that can be done in the system though.


    On the topic: He could have written TFTC but he left a longer log! That's feedback!


    He said in the online log that he did not sign the log, and he never would. I have not checked the physical log to see if he was joking, but I don't think he was.

    If I delete it, I would be a little concerned that he would smash the puzzle box in retaliation, since in his log he said that he didn't smash it just to sign the log.

    I am curious about which cache this is? Looking at your caches, you only have 1 mystery cache, which doesn't seem to be the puzzle box kind.


    Some people seem to believe that any cache listed as a traditional should be located at the given coordinates, and it is not necessary to read the cache page before trying to find it. Apparently, it is more fun for them to not know anything about what they are looking for, so they just download coordinates and head out. These same people say that a cache that requires reading the cache page must be listed as a mystery type instead. If the cache is not located at the coordinates, they get annoyed because they were looking for no reason. Maybe he found the puzzle box, and then was annoyed that he did not have the right information to open it. I do not agree with this, so I always read the cache page.


    It is pretty cool that almost all of your caches have at least one favorite point. Good work!

  7. I'd tell you what to bite if it wouldn't get me a forum vacation. You have a lousy sense of humor. <_<

    Trollllll !!!!!! Hahahaha :anitongue:

    Please play nicer, both of you.


    It's an interesting idea, to submit pictures of new caches. But it does seem like an unnecessary burden. We should be able to depend on cachers following guidelines. If not the person who placed the cache, then the people who find them should speak up.

  8. Sounds like a good plan to me. Sort of like a drug vending machine. Dealer stocks the cache with product, user comes along, deposits the appropriate amount of money and takes his product.


    Hmm. What if the dealer sold the GPS coordinates anonymously on a website? Then the buyer can go out and find the merchandise without ever meeting face to face.


    Of course, the buyers without GPS receivers would have to resort to using Google maps or something...

  9. He turned out to be a muggle after all.

    As far as I know, when I think someone is a muggle, they are one. Could be wrong, but I never attempt to find out for sure.


    There was a time when a cacher walked up to me during my search.


    Another time, I thought someone might be a cacher, and I was right.


    Most of the time, you can guess if someone is looking for a geocache or not.

  10. I guess it's just me, but why would anyone care what a "prisoner on a chain gang" would think? :huh:

    Actually, we care about what the prison staff would think.


    I remember hearing a story about geocaches getting a bad reputation because they contained "weapons" and prisoners might find them.


    Even a small pocketknife could be a problem if a violent prisoner found it.

  11. I have found three near the owner's house.


    First, a plastic box stuck in the hedges at the property line. That one seems like poor judgment, because the seekers have to poke around in the hedges trying to find it. The neighbors can easily spot them there.


    Next, a film canister sized plastic container which was zip-tied to a tree at the property line. Just have to park on the street, get out and look around for the white zip-tie on the tree. It does not require leaving the street, and it is easy to spot it. However, it is a rather low creativity factor there.


    Most recently, and this one has eight favorite points, a little "gnome house" door in the base of a tree. The door is glued on and does not open, but there is a rock in front to hide the cache. It is a tree right between the road and the sidewalk. It cannot be seen from the road, but people walking on the sidewalk would see it. A muggle would just think it's a cute decoration and leave it alone. The cache page has the "not recommended at night" tag, and cachers are requested to not come by during sleeping hours.

  12. This will be a controversial idea, because it is a change, but I think multicache finds should be tracked per stage. There should be software support on the site and in the aps for logging each stage of a multi, so that others can see logs for each stage, and so the owner can get feedback on the health of each stage. Each stage should count as a find and a smiley should be awarded per stage.

    Why do you like this idea? Give specific reasons.


    More smileys might be a good thing -- it could get some more visitors to the multicaches.


    Feedback on the health of each stage? Well, maybe. The current system lets people write whatever they want in the logs, so feedback certainly is not lacking today.


    I think you need better reasons.

  13. I once found a film can hanging from a hook inside a hedge in a cemetery. I took it over near the entrance to sign it because there was a flat surface at the welcoming sign. As I was getting ready to return it, a police car rolls out from the back and parked right next to the hedge. I took a walk around the cemetery, but he was not going to leave.


    What a quandary I have found myself in! I can't wait too long, since I am on a lunch break.


    I came back around and I was thinking of just telling the guy what I am going to do. But he did not look at me, so I just replaced it and he did not stop his computer work in the police car. Guess he had more important things to do.

  14. A previous finder forgot the combo after they opened the lock and so they, apparently, couldn't be bothered to figure it back out

    So, you need the combination to unlock and to re-lock? That's strange.


    The combination locks I have seen just click closed and lock without needing to enter the code.


    Either get one of these Master brand locks, or write the code inside the cache. Make it easier to do it right and maybe they will.


    Or, just find some other universe where people always do what you want.

  15. . . . and write something more substantial in the online log where everyone can see it.

    I would rather have the log online where it can be downloaded and read anywhere by anyone.


    The paper log may be lost or ruined, but the online log will last as long as the site does, or longer if someone keeps a digital copy.


    So, even if there is a huge book of blank pages, I will not write more than a line or two in there. Sometimes I will add a photograph or two to the online log, but I cannot draw very well, so the paper log will go without pictures. Sorry if you were hoping for a nice physical log book, with neat handwriting from my fountain pen and a wax seal with my family crest.

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