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  1. I dislike multis because it seems unless they are pretty recently placed they mostly have a missing piece.


    Therefore I do not look for them. Problem solved and I never complain about them. :D


    You just did. You complained about them because they mostly have a missing piece. :blink:


    That was not a complaint. It was a comment and personal opinion. ;)

  2. Why don't they implement a system similar to travel bugs where upon finding the actual cache you must write a distinct code that would either accept or reject your log post similar to posting a trackable!!

    This would guarantee people actually do visit the cache

    At this point I could pretend to have found a cache and post a log


    Just another puritan wanting excess controls on something that should be just for fun.


    Does your car ask for a 10 digit code everytime you sit down in it to make sure it you you that is really driving it?


    Does your house have an electronic lock that requires a passcode to get in to verify it is you?


    Does the local carnival have a fingerprint scanner that matches your drivers license to make sure you are who you say you are just to ride the rides or visit any events?


    See how stupid it all sounds? Just let people have fun, and if theres a question about somneone finding your cache, match the written log with the online log.... just remember that not everyone uses the same info on paper that they do on the website... Sometimes I use kzrclan if I am geocaching with my daughter instead of my website name...


    Calling someone a "puritan" is a bit insulting.


    Cars need keys to start them.

    Homes need keys to enter them.


    See how normal that sounds?

  3. It's like me creating a "guideline" on my cache page saying you must take a picture of you in a clown suit.

    Then saying it isn't an ALR, it's just a "guideline".

    Guidelines have some wiggle-room, which can be applied at the reviewer's discretion. Your example "guideline" stopped being a guideline when you used the word "must". That makes it a rule.


    To continue with your board game analogy: If you come up a dollar short in Monopoly, you're out of the game. Period. That's because the game has rules. But if you come up a foot short when placing your cache, it may still be published. Got it?


    No need for rudeness.


    The word "must" is used in the same context in the guidelines.

    Does that make the "guideline" a rule?


    And the board game analogy was not mine. I merely commented on it.

    It's OK though. Everybody makes mistakes. :blink:

  4. I like about 90% of the micros I have found.

    About 99% of the ones I have found were listed as micros.

    If you do not like micros, do not look for them.


    Pretty simple really.


    I dislike multis because it seems unless they are pretty recently placed they mostly have a missing piece.


    Therefore I do not look for them. Problem solved and I never complain about them. :unsure:

  5. I was playing Scrabble with this group of senior citizens and I won because I played the word 'XZQQZXLLDRBB" on a Triple Word score. They all got mad and said we should check a dictionary to prove whether it was a real word or not. I told them, "We could do that, but why do you care so much about people using words that are perhaps not real words?"


    Scrabble has rules and the point is to win.


    Geocaching has guidelines and the point is variable from cacher to cacher.


    See the difference?


    I agree with you about Scrabble being a game that has rules and the point is to win but,

    Geocaching has "guidelines".

    These "guidelines" that are not rules can make a cache that you hide not posted on this site because it does not fit the "guidelines".


    There are several "guidelines" that can define what is allowed in this game.


    Can someone tell me how the "guidelines" are different than rules?


    The old "these are guidelines and not rules" saying is getting a bit silly.


    It's like me creating a "guideline" on my cache page saying you must take a picture of you in a clown suit.

    Then saying it isn't an ALR, it's just a "guideline".

  6. They beat the heck out of micros in lamp post skirts.


    This is the correct answer. :laughing:


    Micros in pine trees? Between being hard to spot, getting pricked, and pine sap, yep, they can be annoying. I'll give them 5 minutes before going with the DNF, usually. And I'd roll with the term Conifer. I've been corrected too many times referring to a Spruce as a Pine. :D


    The answer is 'evergreen' my friend.

  7. I tend to listen to my head. My gut only tells me I'm hungry or in need of beer.


    By the time your 'gut instincts' tell you something, it is usually already too late to react unless you have a plan in your head.


    I do carry pepper spray and a collapsible metal baton when I cache off the path.

    I prefer to use my mind though to get me out of situations I want to leave.

  8. I've got this 100 cache power trail (or power logging road) waiting for me once I get my licence and my jeep. It's the VLH series on Vancouver Island, BC in Canada.


    Why can't I get a REAL powertrail like that...


    If someone placed a powertrail like that where I live I would archive all of my caches, and stop geocaching locally. Seriously.


    Yep, geocide the answer to all problems. If it happens make sure you fill out and submit form RK-666.


    Ooooh! message me when that happens. I love a good geocide!

  9. Well me and the wife were looking to place our first Cache and the spot we scouted was fine... but the she said he look at that hole in the fence... we were behind a shopping area.. it look perfect but when we went in.. in the distance i could see what look like a camping area... and i said to my wife people are living here lets get out of here.. and she started commenting to me how sad it was the people are living here and when we turned to leave 2 pretty big guys... walked in... my wife actually let out a scream because she was startled.... This was the first time I had wished i brought at least a knife with me.... they right away asked if we were looking for someone... and my wife tried to explain why we were there.. and we would not tell anyone about where they live.... now it went ok... but i could work out the situation in my head on how bad this could have went..... my first instinct was not to go in... and we live in a really nice area...and when looking at the sat view of this area there is a lot of woods here..... i was not very happy with my wife because she insisted we look and.. my instinct was to not... so right now i will always carry a knife with me when caching..... because something that was innocent turned into a possible tragedy... just my opinion...but i just want people to know they must be careful with our hobby.....




    Yes this situation could have been uglier. I do carry a firearm, but nevertheless it's best to have good verbal skills in these situations than a quick draw. To someone who is that defensive about their territory and doesn't know anything about geocaching, the explanation is going to sound doubly like bull. However, when confronted with threatening speech or body posture, responding with what could be perceived as a return threat or a spin will only escalate the situation. Keep a non-threatening posture, and speak calmly and firmly. Take all insults and don't respond to accusations defensively. Rather, continue explaining your business. Some things inevitably become physical, but by and large if the person encountered isn't planning to use force in the first place it won't get to that point unless provoked to it. Try to figure out what is causing the other person to be aggressive or defensive and work the conversation about alleviating that.


    After 10 years of working in the prison system, I've learned the best protection you can have is interpersonal skills.


    Excellent post.

  10. This is obscene. Unless the other CO is planning something really spectacular, a-la "Psycho Urban Series", it should not take more than a week to plant your cache and write up the description.

    Many geocachers take far longer than a week to set up their caches. The permission process for some land managers may take months. Event organizers begin hiding event-related caches months in advance of their event, often involving a puzzle or scavenger hunt requiring elaborate preparation. Those efforts can't be foiled by a roadside throwdown two weeks prior to the event.


    So, please avoid sweeping generalizations and dramatic labels like "obscene." It's only a game.


    I agree but should the reviewer not tell the person wanting to place a cache there the reason they can't ?


    Maybe say "hey... a person is working on this location and it may take awhile..."?


    And yes, It is just a game to us. But to Groundspeak and the people that represent Groundspeak it is a business.


    A little customer service is never a bad thing.

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