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  1. Agreed. Most of the postings have been about WHERE or WHEN an encounter occurred - playgrounds (especially when children are present), cemeteries and park-n-rides (especially at night), etc. There have been dozens of threads about police encounters, where similar stories abound. The OP seemingly wanted postings showing that only WHO the cacher was determined the encounter.
  2. This one pops into my head some times when I reach the far end of a long trail and have to head back....
  3. I took a shot at this, and there's an issue: Since there are 6011 unfound caches within 50 miles of home, I set the cache counter at 6500. I get a notice that 1000 is the maximum I can request. Suggestions?
  4. I believe this has been mentioned once or twice, but I would like to emphasize it: On the old dashboard, under Search Options was Search for Geocaches, and two subcategories - "near your home location" and "(filter out finds)". Part of my morning ritual was to click on "(filter out finds)" to see if new caches have come out. (I don't like getting the email notifications since they can clutter up my email, especially if someone plops a new powertrail all over my area.) The old search went out to 50 miles, while the new one is limited to 10 miles. Yes, I can change the filter to 50, but the old way was more convenient. Can you add a feature, perhaps under our Profile, that lets us set some specific filters instead of your default values?
  5. Tan rock. Gray Rock. Is there a lot more of one than the other? And are they different types of rock? Might be a volcanic intrusion. Not uncommon in eastern Sierras.
  6. These are just different options for the same process. When I planned a quick cache run with the goal of scoring several new counties, I used the OpenStreetMap feature to follow a route and could see in which counties the caches along that route lived. If you have the time to travel anywhere in a county, then a list of the most interesting caches might be more useful. Just depends on how you plan to cache on that day.
  7. Switch to the "OpenStreetMap Default" map instead of the "Geocaching" setting. It has county boundaries on it.
  8. My 2 cents: I once found a similar situation - a local EC for a fossil site had the rock stratum misidentified. (The layer he mentioned was several thousand feet below ground level.) Rather than call it out on the cache page, I sent a personal message to the CO with evidence of what I was saying, explaining his error. He was very appreciative, and made the correction. If in your case the CO is resistant to correction, then I would contact the Geoaware. A Needs Maintenance log is a very public way to say someone is wrong, and his embarrassment could bring hard feelings.
  9. So, if we don't define "lonely" or don't even mention the word "lonely" do you think there would be a better chance? Define the challenge as "Find 5 caches where the total months since the previous log is 50 or more". With judicious selection of caches, a cache that hasn't been found for 1 or 2 months might still be used to qualify. 1 or 2 months is hardly "lonely".
  10. I wonder if cachers in some areas might be able to make a stronger argument for this type of cache. Within 50 miles of my home there are 288 caches that haven't been found for over 2 years. By the end of the year, 24 more will qualify. If the challenge is to find, say, 5 caches that have not been logged in over 24 months, then the pool is replenished almost as quickly as it is depleted. And that would be for cachers with NO caches that currently qualify.
  11. If someone with only a few caches logs one of my EarthCaches, I check their profile to see if it is their first EC. If so, I give it a couple days then send my newbie boilerplate: Hi - You recently logged my geocache near xxxxxxxx called xxxxxxxxxx. This cache is a special type called an EarthCache, which is designed to provide an earth sciences lesson. Since you haven't logged one of this type before, you might not be familiar with some of the requirements. While you visit the location, you need to find answers to some questions listed on the cache page, and send those answers to me, the owner of the EarthCache. See the description in the first paragraph of the cache page, or visit https://www.geosociety.org/GSA/Education_Careers/Field_Experiences/EarthCache/GSA/fieldexp/EarthCache/home.aspx for more information. Please let me know if you will be able to fulfill these requirements. If not, by the EarthCache rules, I must delete your log. Thanks egroeg If it is someone with EC experience, I have a different letter that is shorter and just reminds them that they haven't sent in their answers. If I don't hear from anyone after a few more days, they get this: Hello - Since you have not responded to my previous email, nor have you supplied the information necessary to log the Earthcache xxxxxx , I am required to delete your log. If, in the future, you complete the requirements, you can create a new cache log. egroeg
  12. Agree, 100%. I had to skip several ECs early in my caching history because I did not read the description beforehand. Now, it's something I always try to do, even if it's to carry a tape measure or some other measuring device. After doing a couple of ECs where a temperature measurement is required, I spent $5 on a small kitchen thermometer about the size of a pen. Fits nicely in the pack. I also think that a temperature measurement truly can be part of the lesson. I did one where the temperature of a stream changed depending upon how recently it rained, and whether you measured temp above or below a feeder stream. I did another one on Mt Rainier where you picked up a logbook and thermometer at a Ranger station and made several measurements along a hot springs walk. You record the temps in the logbook as part of a long-term monitoring of these springs. Again, part of the lesson.
  13. There's a cache atop an unclimbable 50 foot concrete monolith on the campus of Wright State University. A group of us tackled this cache by getting a line over the top and knocking the cache loose. It was returned with a running line and a release knot. Are the purists saying that only one person can legitimately claim the find? And that all the others should have taken turns knocking it down and then replacing it for the next one in the group? Ridiculous. There's a multi-cache that requires you to collect numbers along the way that are the combination to the lock on the ammo can. Does the first person unlock the cache, sign in, then relock and replace the cache so that each person does the cache "the way it was intended"? Ridiculous. Yes, the original post that described the people who never left home but logged the cache is an example of unacceptable behavior. But in-person group hunts where all contribute are another matter altogether. If you choose to go on group hunts, then be prepared to stretch your "ethics" a bit. How much stretch is, of course, up to the individual.
  14. Another view of urban caching in Pittsburgh... From one of the many bike trails right outside town...
  15. I'm thinking along the same lines as hzoi. The nodules might just be a harder material that weathered more slowly than the matrix. There's one large nodule in the bottom right that looks like it is ready to pop out of the matrix. Are there any holes where this might have happened? Is the surface shown horizontal or vertical? It seems odd that the nodules would line up like that, unless this is a vertical surface and we are seeing bedding.
  16. 1. Are the nodules generally aligned in the direction of the glacial flow? 2. Are the nodules a harder material than the matrix? It could be unequal glacial polish of the two rock types. Any broken exposures nearby for comparison of bulk vs surface?
  17. Why are you insisting on a photo requirement when your original post says that this might not stop the behavior you are talking about anyway? This cacher would log a cache without a photo, or with an unrelated photo, and get his souvenir. He does not care if the log is then deleted - he has his unearned souvenir. Sure, we can then look at his profile and see that he has no caches in that country. But he has the souvenir, so he doesn't care what you say!!!
  18. When choosing between technical terms or the vernacular names, I have often seen (and used) this: early in the write-up, add a sentence where you define the term and say you will be using one or the other. Something like "Granite is a multi-colored igneous rock where the different colors are small crystals of various minerals. These crystals, also known as grains, ....." (Sorry, not my best prose, but I hope it gets the point across.) I wonder if the objection to using "grains" is because a rock like sandstone also is grainy, but those grains of sand are easily abraded from the surface, while the "grains" of granite are not???
  19. Your diagram is the theoretical distribution of UTC zones, and you know that in the real world they follow political boundaries instead. But using these zones of 15 deg longitude still doesn't give us one date. Look closely at the diagram you linked. The UTC 12 zone is split into +12 and -12 with the date line as the divider. At 1159 Monday at Greenwich, it is 2359 Monday night to the west of the date line (UTC+12) but 2359 Sunday night just east of the line (UTC-12). When it turns to Tuesday in UTC+12, it turns to Monday in UTC-12. From UTC 1100-1200, 23 of the zones would be Monday - only the UTC-12 would still be Sunday. From UTC 1200-1300, 23 of the zones would be Monday - only the UTC+12 would now be Tuesday. I suppose you could plan your event for exactly UTC 1200, but I would bet that you'd hear from some philosophical purists about whether 2359 turns to 2400 or to 0000 and that particular time has no date. Or even both dates. Purists can give me a headache.
  20. If you want everyone to have a flash mob on the same date, it's more complicated than you thought... If the German flash mob is at 3 AM on, for instance, Saturday, then in America it will still be Friday. That pesky International Date Line is going to mess things up. Also, there are actually 38 time zones (UTC +14 to UTC -12, including fractional zones),and the range of 26 hours means that there isn't a time when all the world is on the same date. You'd have to choose how much of the world you want to cover, then assign times based on that. Or, I guess you could say " At 12 noon local time in each time zone" but that is an artificial simultaneity.
  21. I'm not sure they are covered in Oz. The regs are only concerned with those "establishments" that control and process data. From Article 3 "Territorial scope", there are three cases where the regs apply : - establishments in the Union, whether or not processing takes place in the Union - establishments not in the Union, but which process data of subjects "in the Union" (but only for limited uses of the data) - "...applies to the processing of personal data by a controller not established in the Union, but in a place where Member State law applies by virtue of public international law." I have no idea what the legal mumbo jumbo of that last one means. We come back to the vagueness of whether "in the Union" means anyone physically in the Union, or if it means a citizen of the Union. That's how legal firms rack up the billable hours.
  22. Maybe. They certainly want it to apply to you also, but whether they can enforce it is another issue. Resolution 2 of the introduction: The principles of, and rules on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of their personal data should, whatever their nationality or residence, respect their fundamental rights and freedoms, in particular their right to the protection of personal data. (Emphasis added.) And from Article 3: This Regulation applies to the processing of personal data of data subjects who are in the Union by a controller or processor not established in the Union, where the processing activities are related to: (a) the offering of goods or services, irrespective of whether a payment of the data subject is required, to such data subjects in the Union; or (b) the monitoring of their behaviour as far as their behaviour takes place within the Union. (Emphasis added.) But now we have the question of whether a person is "in" the Union (geographically) or "in the Union" meaning a citizen. See nariD's comments about vagueness of the law.
  23. From Chapter 1, Article 4: ‘personal data’ means any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person (‘data subject’); an identifiable natural person is one who can be identified, directly or indirectly, in particular by reference to an identifier such as a name, an identification number, location data, an online identifier or to one or more factors specific to the physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural or social identity of that natural person; It's the "relating to" that could be considered vague, but perhaps not by the authors. A post to a forum does not necessarily "identify" a person from the information they voluntarily contribute, but could be associated with the IP address and/or location of the sender. THAT is what I think they are concerned with, not the info in the post. From Chapter 2, Article 9: Processing of personal data revealing racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, or trade union membership, and the processing of genetic data, biometric data for the purpose of uniquely identifying a natural person, data concerning health or data concerning a natural person's sex life or sexual orientation shall be prohibited. Except that this provision does not apply "... to personal data which are manifestly made public by the data subject;" So we circle back to my original post, where I thought that info you voluntarily provide is not protected. Perhaps we should ask for some input from Groundspeak's attorneys (from the venerable firm of Dewey, Cheatem, and Howe).
  24. I think a lot of the opposition earlier in this thread came from a misunderstanding of the GDPR regs. I imagine that few people are opposed to protecting their personal data (name, email, address, ID numbers, memberships, location, IP address, cookies data, browsing history, etc.) when these data are collected surreptitiously, then passed along to the data miners. The tone of many previous posts seemed to be that people thought the regs were far wider in scope. I don't think that data which are "...manifestly made public by the data subject..." are covered. If you voluntarily post about your "xxxx shop on xxxxx street in xxxx", then you aren't protected. But if you post "the sun is shining" and the data miners determine that you posted from your shop on some street in some town, then you can get THAT data deleted from the miner's files. But, again, that's just how I am interpreting Article 9 of the regs. I can't figure out if, having voluntarily posted the info about your shop and street, and you suddenly realize you didn't want to say that, then these regs allow you to call for a do over, and get your post deleted. I also am not clear about whether you can get a post deleted if you gave NO personal information, but you just expressed an opinion that you now regret.
  25. I thought the GDPR regs were for data that were collected from the users interactions with a website, whether the user knew it or not. Things like: name, email, address, ID numbers, location, IP address, cookies data, browsing history, etc. In fact, if you look at Article 9 of the GDPR, section 2e, it specifically says "...personal data which are manifestly made public by the data subject" are not covered. At least that's how I read it. So, a post in a public forum might not be covered. Then again, the sum of my legal experience is watching reruns of Matlock.
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