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  1. On 8/11/2017 at 0:25 AM, RufusClupea said:

    I'm sorry, but I don't think you're comprehending what I've been saying.  I'm disabled.  I know my limitations.  I cannot effectively/reasonably maintain more than a couple/very few sites.  Given those limitations, I think it's better to--and I'd rather--well-maintain a couple of sites than place a bunch that would likely fail in short order.

    No, I get it. But what I'm saying is to make and place your first gadget cache. See what the maintenance is really like over a few months. During that time, attend an event, meet some other geocachers, and go from there. 

  2. 1 hour ago, Mudfrog said:

    These days however, they're mainly used for keeping score since very few consist of anything more than an acronym or a couple or three words.

    I think the 'quality' of the hides also contributes to this. When I first started caching, I barely wrote anything in the logs. A few months later we hid our first cache and I learned that CO's get an email of the logs. Since then, I do try to write a short story about our experience; but there are times where you find the 5th key holder in a guard rail in one day. What can you possibly say at that point? 

    As a tangent thought, if you feel the number of "finds" you have is making it an unwanted competition, then don't log them online! The requirement to log a find online is to sign the paper log, but there is no requirement to log a find on the website.

  3. 15 hours ago, niraD said:

    But most seem to have some other reason for existence, beyond merely providing a log for someone to sign. I know mine do.

    Exactly. So why shortchange some players who will only every likely find one of them. If you really have 2 ideas that are worth putting in the time and effort to build the gadget cache, just wait to put the second one out until you find another spot.

  4. You didn't specify what app your are having issues with, but If you are using Cachly, You can set a waypoint to "is corrected coordinates" and it stays there after you have found it. You can also have it show the 500ft circle around the corrected coordinate. As a temporary work around, you can always enter the know coordinates of a cache that may be too close and use google maps to measure the distance to the location you want to hide a cache.

  5. Maybe related question:

    As a premium member, is there a way to change the default map type on the actual cache page from Open street map to Google maps? I know there is a link to open it in a new window, but it would be nice to see in right on the cache page.

  6. 9 hours ago, niraD said:

    But it was one of the reasons why some people would post multiple Find logs for a single GC code.

    I would imagine that this would now be discouraged since they are changing the logging rules to only allow 1 "Found" log per GC code.


    9 hours ago, niraD said:

    Anyway, since the point of a gadget cache is the gadget, I would encourage you to give each new gadget its own emphasis

    Right. Plus, once someone finds a cache, they would have no way to ever know it was significantly changed. I don't think players typically go back and read cache pages for ones they have already found.

  7. On 8/5/2017 at 10:52 PM, Spacemann Spiff said:

    It bugs me that the reviewer/publishers for my area (Maine in the summer; Tampa Bay, Florida in the winter) almost ALWAYS post new caches first thing in the morning (generally 5:00 am - 7:00 am).  Believe it or not, there are some people in the world who don't get up at the crack of dawn, and would still like a chance to be FTF once in a while.


    On 8/7/2017 at 1:27 PM, Viajero Perdido said:
    On 8/7/2017 at 0:56 PM, dubidubno said:

    I'm sorry, is Groundspeak's IT department staffed by volunteers?

    They're professionals on a salary, of course.  Which means Groundspeak needs to find something useful for them to do, something that can create more value than the cost of their salaries + other overhead.


    With this being said, it doesn't make sense for them to spend any time on FTF related projects. As far as I know, "First to find" is still an unofficial side game.

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  8. I wouldn't recommend 'swapping through' several designs for one gadget cache listing. I would say that it would be appropriate to re-design the cache if a part of it becomes damaged repeatedly and can be improved. I think you should visit quite a few gadget caches to see what kind of mechanisms work and which do not.


    On 8/3/2017 at 4:27 PM, RufusClupea said:

    Partnering has always been part of the plan, but so far, no takers

    As far as meeting other cachers, try attending an event close to where you live, or look for local groups on Facebook.

  9. 15 hours ago, cerberus1 said:

    Sign the logbook and return the geocache to its original location.

    I would say the the word "logbook" can be loosely interpreted as anything a player can record their name and the date found on it. There are caches out there where the log is a wooden plank, the back of a magnet, or even a car (a recent mega event comes to mind). I think the intent is there should be a way for the CO to verify the user found the intended cache by writing on something.

  10. 15 hours ago, barefootjeff said:

    Provided the Field Puzzle attribute is set, the difficulty rated appropriately (at least D2) and the description gives at least a hint that there might be something unusual about the cache, I don't see it being a problem to list it as a traditional. Attributes, ratings and descriptions are there to be used for those who want to limit their searches to easy finds. Much of the enjoyment I get from caching is not knowing what I'll find at GZ and the "guaranteed smiley" philosophy goes against my grain.

    Exactly. A PQ can exclude attributes.

  11. I think the content of the DNF log makes it useful. If I look and cannot find the cache, I write the reason ("Only had a few minutes to search", " sun was setting so we'll have to come back another time", ect). These DNF logs are useful to the cache owner. As a CO, when I see a DNF from someone with 5 finds that reads "Cache is gone", I don't put much stock in it.   

  12. We just switched from android to iphones and did a similar search. We ended up buying Cachly and it works quite nicely. It has everything the free app has plus a few more bells and whistles. You mentioned free, but I think Cachly is worth the $5. (we also have a premium membership, so I'm not sure what features don't work if you are a free member).

  13. I've found a cache that was a large high voltage magnet, but when you turned it over you signed the back of the magnet. The cache was the log. It was about 8" by 10" so it had a lot of room for signatures. As far as I know no-one ever complained about it.I would think that having a designated area to sign falls under the guideline "...or other type of log for geocachers to record their visit."

  14. There is also the official store on geocaching.com. They have some of the basic containers. I've ordered from them 4-5 times and they run a promo from time to time where you get free shipping on orders over $25. As for ebay, shipping costs and quality really depend on the seller. If it is credit card info you are worried about, just go and buy an ebay gift card from a gas station for yourself.


    I usually find myself looking in stores for containers. Walmart has an ammo can for $5 that we've used for almost a year with no issues until someone stole it. I've also gone to army surplus stores to get a decon container, and roamed around hardware stores finding neat unique containers. Hope this helps.

  15. If it is the Spring Grove geotour, I've noticed the same problem as well. Last summer we completed the 2014 and 2015 sets. The caches were amazing quality (some of the best we had ever found). We took a trim down to finish the 2013 series and there are so many in the tour that are destroyed and getting archived. I was told at the coin event last year that there would be a 2016 series but haven't heard anything yet (the coin you get is a 4 part jigsaw puzzle and 2016 and 2017 are the last 2 parts). I really hope they can get the tour back on track. On a side note, the original caches were so cool I debated duplicating some of them closer to where I live, which is about 3 hrs away.

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