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  1. I think I'd pass on a rating system as well.


    What is a crappy cache to some cachers could be the next ones 5-Star. Geocaching is a lot of different things to a lot of very different people. As such a compiled rating on a cache might be missleading at best, depending on the various viewpoints and caching perspectives of those who have rated the cache.

  2. on a handheld unit you typically mark a waypoint and then CHANGE the coords on that waypoint.


    on a car GPS you usually have a section under the DRive To menu where you can input coords directly.

  3. Ow man, honest to Pete... I was getting on here to rant about poor cache logs, in my case a bunch of nothing but smileys, and there's already a rant on here. Crud...


    I liked the idea about just putting a color or similar, only thing is that on the wap site and on GPSr's such as Colorado and Oregon the actual code would show up. And that would be WAAAAY to long. Confusing and funny but way to long....

  4. No... not realy... Almeidara is also a fine portuguese geocacher, please dont jump into conclusions and leave him alone.

    For some reason, our login in the forum area doesnt recognize the original profile... this one: http://www.geocaching.com/profile/default....36-cb8fee89fbaa


    Oh, almost forgot;

    Dude, your 'login to the forum' is what it is because that is the name you logged into Groundspeak with. I'm still smelling a troll...

  5. Now, after all the fuzz, most of the noise and some of the prejudice has gone; I want to thank you all for your valuable opinions.


    This non-Event will be held December 13th in three portuguese major cities, Oporto, Lisbon and Faro.

    We will gather around huge Christmas trees, every geocacher (or muggle invited) will bring a gift for a children.

    After the meeting we will take all the gifts to a child care institution... one in each city.


    This non-Event will be published only in our portuguese forum at http://forum.geocaching-pt.net/viewtopic.php?t=3536.


    Naturally we would have much more people if this was a real Event, published on GC.com... but, even so, we will do our best!!!


    We invite everyone around to organize such non-Events worldwide....


    Like the great philosopher Fox Mulder :blink: said: I WANT TO BELIEVE!!


    PS: Please forgive my rough english!


    I still don't have the first clue why this needs to be linked to Geaocaching??? Geocaching is about finding stuff with a GPS. I'm sure your event is very nice and all but seriously... it has nothing to do with Geocaching.

  6. Auto-complete is a browser option, not the website.


    That is not entirely accurate. Allthough it is a browser feature it is also possible to create text entry field that does not support autocomplete.

  7. I would like to see the ability to gather all my logs in a 'blog' form, i.e. so I, and other, could read all my logs in sequential order.


    It could be added as a link on the profile page and the feature could be enabled or disabled in my personal setting, similar to how we enable/disable the ability to accept friend requests.


    The feature already exists for fourm entries in the profile page, having the logs this way would enable friends and families to read about old and new caching adventures and hopefully also encourage people to write a little longer and sometimes more intrsting logs.

  8. So after reading the replies on this subject one can draw the conclusion that may all is not lost. Maybe if we keep preaching the value of DNF’s or better yet; if Groundspeak would help us by lightening up the definition of a DNF. Maybe then many of the cachers that now neglect to file that pesky DNF will come around.


    Maybe someone should post a new topic after a while “What is your best DNF?”

  9. My "personal" rule is if it takes longer than two minutes to find a regular cache, then its either missing, not listed correctly, or coordinates are off.


    I move on and find another. I not going to take the extra time to list it as a DNF, I can always come back later.


    There you have it - "I", "I" and I. Not really worrying about giving the next cacher or CO an idea about something going on with a missing cache.



  10. This is a good suggestion. Constantly griping out it in these threads has not and will never solve anything.


    Here is the FAQ:


    DNF: Did Not Find. An acronym used by geocachers to state that they did not find a cache. This is also a type of online log on Geocaching.com and is useful for alerting cache owners of potential issues. Cache owners who repeatedly receive "Did Not Find" logs should check to see that there cache has not been removed.


    The way I read this, you are supposed to log a DNF when you didn't find someone's cache and you want to alert them that it might be missing. This implies that you "really" exerted some effort and looked for it and then didn't find it. I follow this and don't alert any cache owner unless I really think a cache gone.


    I didn't say it wasn't good suggestion. Then again, I didn't say it was either...


    The point is that ‘supposedly’ everyone has read the FAQ before. I have. But somehow that do not seem to help does it? Really, it’s all in attitude. From answers in this thread and in other threads on the same or similar topic one can conclude that even many long-time experienced cachers do not adhere too much to that guideline.


    One would think that cachers with thousands of finds and tons of ‘experience’ would lead by example but that is not always the case. As for posting suggestions to how to ‘solve’ the problem sure, I can do that. But that is probably another thread and possibly in the Site Forum.

  11. I follow the geocaching.com guidelines for posting a DNF to the letter, and I believe everyone else does, too. What more do you want?


    Some common sense would be nice.


    Exhibit some. Lobby for a sensible guideline and get the community to accept it. That might help.


    lol. did you even read my post...?



    If I can't find it but know I'll be back within a week or so, I don't mark it DNF. BUT I also check it to see if others are finding it. If after a few day and a few tries and I still can't find it then I'll DNF it. It makes no sense to me to spend the time to enter DNFs if (1) I'm going back soon AND (2) others are finding it. That's not an ego thing, it's about having time to log every little thing.


    I agree tho that everyone should log their DNFs if they really can't find it, have given up, won't be back for a very long time, and/or no one else is finding it either. And do not assume that "no one else is finding it" means "no one else is logging DNFs - "no one else is finding it" means "no one is logging that they found it."


    Now I'll wait for someone to totally misinterpret what I just said ;)


    That will happen, see above...

  12. My question is quite simple; how do we change people’s attitude towards filing a DNF? In or are (Western PA) filing a DNF is quite unpopular. I know, similar discussions are going around quite frequently here on the forums but after this weekend I feel I need to bring it up again.


    Let me first start by explaining our personal take on DNFs. We file a DNF if we pushed the ‘Goto’ button and started to search for the cache. An exception could be if we pushed ‘Goto’ in order to research a certain location that we knew in advance we would not attempt that day. Like for example a cache way up in a tree or similar. But in general, if we don’t find it, it’s a DNF. If we go back and searched a second time and don’t find it, it’s another DNF. Quite simple really.


    But this is not the way it works, around here and in many other places. Cachers seem to think that DNF signals incompetence on their behalf when really the DNF is a great help to the CO and other cachers.


    We have in total filed 28 DNF’s. About 25% we went back to find again, 25% got archived days after our DNF, another 25% are currently unavailable and the remaining quarter are active yet to be found by us.


    These are all interesting numbers, I think. Especially the 25% that had NO FINDS for months before we looked for them and got archived because they were indeed missing the day after. This weekend we filed 4 DNF’s, along with 28 finds. 3 of these DNF’s had no finds for 2 to 4 months prior to our DNF, and they are all in a dense caching area where nearby caches have finds every day. I take this as a good indication of DNFobia.


    The sad thing is that the CO has no way of knowing and fixing a missing cache, all because some cachers see it as a personal defeat to file a DNF.


    And I think it goes deeper than that. There is really no good way to list your own DNF’s other than that one place on the site by clicking ‘Didn’t Find’. But there are no DNF stats available, GPX export and GSAK does not (to my knowledge) support DNF stats. It’s like the entire community have DNFobia in one stage or another. Some got it really bad.


    Sooo… how do we, as a community, encourage existing and new cachers to file a DNF when it’s a DNF and make them understand that there are indeed no shame in a DNF.


    Because, how cool is it, after filing a really annoying DNF, to go back and finally pull out that container? Some of my sweetest finds have been just like that!

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