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  1. On 4/12/2022 at 6:44 PM, Keystone said:

    People do things like this in order to attract attention and to get a rise out of people.  The less reaction there is, the faster they get bored and move on to trying to ruin something else.



    On 4/12/2022 at 8:34 PM, Goldenwattle said:

    I'm wondering if this is just an armchair 'nutter', and they haven't visited any of those caches.

    I'm sure that's the case. I regularly see DNF logs from 0/0 players saying things like, "Someone stole it". It's just somebody sitting at home, using the free app, pranking us. My usual response is to make the cache PMO and watch the logs for any legit DNFs. 


    The sad thing is, I went from saying I'd never make any of my caches premium to someone who makes almost all their caches premium. :mellow:


    I'm curious if you've seen anything similar from a different user name. While HQ banned them, they can easily create another free account and keep going. 

  2. 19 hours ago, MJ_GG_Allin said:

    I thought mine was premium but I’ll check.

    Nope, they're not.


    When I started caching back in 2004 I don't think there was a premium cache with 200 miles. I still remember how offended I was when one showed up nearby. I swore I would never make any of my caches PMO. Times change, in 2004 you needed a $200+ GPS to play, now it's free. Anyone with a smart phone (which is pretty much anyone over 6 years old) can download the app and start caching (or pranking cachers). These days almost all my caches are PMO, it's not a cure but it helps cut down on all sorts of issues. 


    Out of curiosity I ran a PQ of caches near his one find. (can you tell I'm retired)   I put them in GSAK and searched for any logs by the user and, out of around 700 caches, the only one was his single "found it" on your cache. No bogus NM or NA logs or anything like that. My take is that he's a bored kid sending messages and seeing who will respond.

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  3. 2 hours ago, MJ_GG_Allin said:

    I have placed just a few caches in my area, and one cacher has sent me messages about them, including someone stealing my cache.  Yet, when I go to check the cache, it's still there.  In one case, he sent me some spam, and lo and behold the next day the cache was emptied out and moved.  Very suspicious.  I've attached images of the messages.

    I think this is someone , sitting at home, messing with you, hoping to get a response (which is working). Maybe he damaged your cache or maybe it's just a coincidence. I'm betting coincidence. 


    When I was a kid (some 60 years ago) we sometimes were mischievous and would play pranks such as ringing a doorbell and running away or call random numbers and ask if their refrigerator was running. With video doorbells and caller id neither of these is much fun these days but anyone can create a free GC account and start posting fake logs to mess with the cache owner.  In my area I regularly see, "Someone stole it!" logs from 0/0 cachers and invariably the cache is still there. Rarely do these folks actually go out in the field and damage or steal anything, it's more fun to sit around the living room with their buddies and post logs. 


    If it was me, I'd:

    • Make my caches premium member only.
    • Block the user in the message center.
    • Quickly and quietly fix any problems. Again these people are looking for attention, don't give it to them
    • I wouldn't bother reporting it to HQ. Even if they lock the account he'll just create a new one and again you're giving him the attention he's after. 


  4. 7 hours ago, SkipperL said:

    All I can do now after reading some of these replies is simple.  Go to user t00lrep1 profile page, highlight the page and see if you see those letters I mentioned above.

    Thanks for providing the example profile. I went to the page and (like others) can confirm that I can see the letters both highlighted, and in the page source (but it is tricky, see barefootjeff's post). Very clever and well done on the CO's part.

    Based on the above, I believe your original contention that the puzzle is "broken" isn't correct. That said, I have no idea how to get the coordinates from "jsjmlnubkmfiamijhykchcgwnfoagjjye" but that is a completely different issue from the letters not being available in the profile.

  5. I've never been able to see white text on any of my iOS devices so that's to be expected. It's a limitation of the device not a bug at Geocaching.com. 


    On 3/18/2022 at 12:58 PM, SkipperL said:

    I then tried 4 different browsers and 3 different windows versions, 10, 11 and 7.  Three different computers and my phone.

    So if it works somewhere up north, I'm in Florida, what could possibly be causing this.  Do different regions of the country have different servers?


    If it's working for other people but not you, it makes me think the problem is at your end and not with Geocaching.com but, again, without actually seeing the cache(s) it's hard say. 




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  6. Just now, kunarion said:

    Did you then delete it?  If not, where would it appear?  I couldn’t find invisible text by highlighting your profile, but this was with my iPhone just now, and the iPhone doesn’t always work well with that kind of thing.

    You're right, I've never been able to see invisible text on my iPhone or iPad. I have an app on the iPad that shows the page source and it's visible there.

  7. 8 minutes ago, niraD said:

    However, that doesn't mean that font colors are still allowed on profile pages, and the old profile page code was retired more than a year ago.

    I could be wrong but I think that thread was about what we now call the Dashboard and not the public profile page that other cachers see.  Regardless the editor for the public profile page allows text colors.

  8. On 3/18/2022 at 12:58 PM, SkipperL said:

    On two puzzles from the NE area of the US the answer to finding the coords both were solved by finding a fake CO user name, going to their profile page, highlighting the page and the coords would appear.  

    On both of these puzzles, I was unable to see the text or locate the coords in the source code.  I verified this by exchanging my source code data with someone that could see this data.

    I've solved many puzzles where the answer was in white text on the cache page. You could either highlight the line to see the text or view the page source.


    I had not heard of it being done on a profile page but I just edited my profile and was able to hide white text that was viewable when highlighted and also visible in the page source as you describe in the OP. 


    Since you haven't shared any of the puzzles it's hard to say what the problem is, but what you described in the OP is possible create and have work. Maybe check with one of the CO's and see if they'll give permission to post the cache here? 

  9. On 1/21/2020 at 4:52 PM, Team Waldron said:

    I’ll be going to Vancouver for a couple of days and there is an Adventure Lab near where we are staying. I wont have online coverage once I’m out in the field

    LOL  Too late to help the OP but there are some workarounds for doing a (non sequential) lab offline. Linky

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  10. Sorry, my bad, I didn't notice your computer and browser info. 


    I don't use Opera so I can't help you there. Still my best suggestion for FF would be to delete any cookies or stored webside data for both geocaching.com and reCaptcha. 

    In FF select tools/settings/Privacy & Security/. Under Cookies and Site Data select Manage Data and search for both reCaptcha.net and geocaching.com. On my computer I'm not showing any cookies for reCaptcha but it does show 48KB of data. For geoaching.com I have 64 cookies and 478KB of data. 


    The other possible problem on your old laptop is that Win 8 hasn't been supported in several years.


    I'm sure this is frustrating, I hope you're able to resolve the problem


    4 hours ago, searcherdog said:

    I have managed to get Chrome onto this aged laptop and that seems to show the checker OK.

    What browser are you seeing this problem with? You say Chrome works okay but don't say what browser isn't. Also what version of Windows are you using? 


    Looking online it appears this problem may be caused by out of date software. Is your browser up to date? My personal experience has been that deleting cookies cures a wide range of strange problems so I'd suggest pursuing that further. If I knew what browser you're using I might be able to help.

  12. Here is one to look at: https://adventurelab.page.link/AT3P


    The app shows it as taking 0-30 min.


    The lab owner describes it this way:

    This Adventure Lab is NOT a walking adventure, but rather an adventure of LONG, scenic drives! If you do not like long drives, or waypoints that take you far out into the woods, this Adventure Lab is NOT for you! Completing it in multiple days works best for this Adventure! (Min. of 2 days ~ Day 1: Rock Creek, California Creek, Little Spokane. Day 2: Mill Creek, LeClerc Creek, Bonus Cache.)


    When I did it I took 3 days, spaced out over a couple of months. I don't believe anyone has done it in less than two days but I could be wrong.



  13. 13 hours ago, Goldenwattle said:

    I have DNFed caches like that. I have spent so long searching every nook and micro sized gap in boulders, cliffs, tree bark, etc, because I thought I was looking for a micro sized container, I have given up. Once I know I am looking, not for a micro, but a larger object, I have returned for a quicker find. I like to give favourite points, but I would be very unlikely to give one to those caches, marked micro, when they are not. Annoying.

    I understand that. I own a few similar caches and I list them as "other". In the description I say that it's a micro hidden inside a larger object. That lets people know that there is no room for TBs and gives them an idea what they're looking for. Hiding a micro (bison, film can, whatever) in a larger object and calling it a small is equally annoying. 

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  14. 44 minutes ago, Bundyrumandcoke said:

    Mate, sometimes thats all part of the fun of the game. I had a "small" that was a garden gnome that stood around 600mm high. The cache container was a film container, one of many, inside the much larger gnome. But the container itself was a small. 

    That's sure not how I see it. The container is the film canister (a micro) you may have camouflaged it in something larger (a garden gnome) but the "container" is still a micro. The best cache type to select for these (if you don't want to say micro) is "other". IMHO  

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  15. 2 hours ago, CAVinoGal said:

    You need to visit the posted coordinates to work out the final.  With a puzzle, you don't necessarily have to visit posted coordinates.

    That's the way I see it too. 


    For a multi-cache it says: (the bolding is mine)


    If the cache includes a projection, the projection must be calculated in the field using bearing and distance from one of the stages.


    For mystery cache it says: (again the bolding is mine)


    If the cache includes a projection, the projection may be calculated based on the posted coordinates without visiting the location.


    I think the intention is that, with a multicache, there is something to actually find at the posted location; a stature, a sign, a monument... whatever, that you make the projection from. With a mystery cache the coordinates are just coordinates, a random location, nothing to find, no reason to go there. 



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  16. I tend to write unique logs for unique caches. Run of the mill, cookie cutter, caches tend to get simple, "Found it. Thanks!" logs. 


    If anyone's interested ProjectGC has a couple of stats for logging. 



    For log similarity, the higher the percentage the more similar your logs are. A lower percentage means more different/unique logs. 

    A shortest log of zero, probably indicates a log that consists of nothing but emoticons. 


    I'd still like to know who the OP wants to honor. 

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