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  1. 2 hours ago, CommunistOnions said:

    I think you are getting this all wrong. It is about a new mechanism to build on adoption not to create adoption itself. To adopt a cache using the mechanism, it still needs the past owner’s consent.

     

    Are you wanting to put your caches up for adoption?

    If so, I'll do some maintenance for you.

     

    No sarcasm, I really will.

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  2. 2 hours ago, Max and 99 said:

    I'll try this from a different perspective and keeping with the subject of this thread. 

     

    And keeping it general...

     

    If I go to find a geocache and there's so much water in it that I have to dump it out I will wonder why the person before me who found it didn't log a needs maintenance when they knew water was getting inside. 

    I would certainly not call that person a bad cacher for that, but I would say that they should have logged an NM. This is exactly what the NM log is for. 

     

    GC930HD

  3. 16 hours ago, barefootjeff said:

     

    How is an NM hostile? 

     

    I've since expanded my point - see below. Happy caching :)

     

    On 4/27/2021 at 12:26 PM, oz_bean_counter said:

     

    Context matters and that is going to vary cache to cache. If a genuine intent for helpfulness is coming through in the logs, be they a write note, in the found it log, or in the NM log, none of these issues really matter. Sure, there are regional norms that vary, but the intent is usually clear. Good intent = good cacher, bad intent = bad cacher. 

     

     

  4. 1 hour ago, niraD said:

    The NM isn't for the wet log. It's for a cache container that isn't protecting the log.

     

    Sometimes it is just that the previous cacher didn't close the cache container properly! Frustrating, but it happens.

     

    All this is a bit of a moot point though. Context matters and that is going to vary cache to cache. If a genuine intent for helpfulness is coming through in the logs, be they a write note, in the found it log, or in the NM log, none of these issues really matter. Sure, there are regional norms that vary, but the intent is usually clear. Good intent = good cacher, bad intent = bad cacher. 

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  5. 56 minutes ago, Lynx Humble said:

    Well in my area putting a NM on a wet logbook would be putting yourself on the bad cacher list.

     

    Exactly the same here - and even more so if the cacher in question has an obvious motive for the use of NMs :).

     

    If I find a wet log , I'll replace it with something like for like, and mention it in my log, but I won't put an NM on a cache. I certainly wouldn't put an NA on a wet log. The CO can read my found it log and act on it. If it appears to be a very special logbook, I might also write a quick message to the CO. But in general, the idea here is helpfulness, not hostility... and I think that is pretty evident from how the logs are worded. We're a community of people with common interests and friendliness and helpfulness goes a long way. 

     

    That said, it probably is possible to be helpful while using NMs, especially in an area where the norms are to use them, but again that would be clear in how you write your logs. I've seen some distasteful looking write notes and some kind NM notes. 

     

    tl;dr - be helpful not hostile 

     

    Happy caching folks.

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  6. Definitely not a bug!

    I often hide a cache, leave it for a week, and ask a geocaching friend to check it for me. If all is working properly and it hasn't been muggled, I'll write up a cache page for submission. However, my geocaching friend will log it on the date he signed the log - which is going to be before the cache was published. Of course, no one claims FTF under these circumstances, but there is nothing stopping a pre-publication log.

    In this case, just a new cacher getting confused :) s/he will find their feet soon enough.

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  7. 7 minutes ago, dadoskawina said:


    You were able to do so previously as well, just by using search page. The only new feature I see is the possibility to filter on caches found by someone else. This could however be done just by adding option to search filtering instead of breaking old finds/hides lists.

     

    I've never seen the "old" search page until today! So happy to have it in the filter. 

  8. On 4/18/2021 at 10:00 AM, Hügh said:

    ...but if you're comfortable with coding, perhaps just edit the relevant parts? Then, place the Lua code in a zip file, and upload that to the Wherigo website. 

     

    You can also use Webwigo, the web emulator, to test your modified cartridge. It should accept .lua, .gwc, or .gwz files. 

     

    (.gwz = Geocaching Wherigo (Source) Zipped)

    (.gwc = Geocaching Wherigo Cartridge/Compiled)

     

    Hey - I just wanted to come back and say thanks again. I've got it working. Wahoo :) Appreciate the help.

  9. 11 hours ago, Hügh said:

    ...but if you're comfortable with coding, perhaps just edit the relevant parts? Then, place the Lua code in a zip file, and upload that to the Wherigo website. 

     

    You can also use Webwigo, the web emulator, to test your modified cartridge. It should accept .lua, .gwc, or .gwz files. 

     

    (.gwz = Geocaching Wherigo (Source) Zipped)

    (.gwc = Geocaching Wherigo Cartridge/Compiled)

     

    Ohh that seems promising!!! Thanks for pointing me in that direction :)

  10. Hi, good morning / good evening, wherever you are!

    I've acquired (OK, I've outright stolen, using the goodwill of @Ranger Fox and his open source code) the lua files for not one but two whereigos I want to replicate here in SEQ. Thank you RF! However, I can't open these in Wherigo builder, or do anything useful with them. In fact, I can't even open gwc files in Wherigo builder, as the lua file is associated with cartridges. #@$#@ why God why!!!! OK, back to the topic.

    So I'm wondering if there is an easier builder to work with that is going to let me put these lua files to good use so I don't need to start again. I need to tailor them to be suitable to the local environment. I'm pretty comfortable playing around with code, so that isn't the issue, I just need a builder that... works!

    Win 10 64 bit here. 

    Many many thanks.

  11. On 1/17/2021 at 4:40 PM, CommunistOnions said:

    Hello all, in my local area there are two geocaches which owner is now inactive. I see they are at a threat of being archived and I want to acquire them. How do I contact the original owner respectfully and without getting reported or something else bad happening? The geocaches’ codes are: GC4F7QP and GC4FD46. 

     

    There is no meaningful threat of them being archived. They don't even have NM's on them.

  12. 3 hours ago, colleda said:

    Ministro is one of my reviewers. I've found him to be always fair and approachable if a problem needs to be sorted.

     

    100%

    Ministro is a decent guy, always reasonable to me as well.

     

    I can't imagine being a voluntary reviewer, unpaid, and having to put up with this kind of rubbish on a daily basis. It's a thankless role.

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  13. 5 minutes ago, barefootjeff said:

     

    On Thursday an old (circa 2009) cache at a waterfall near here, which I'd found in 2016, was archived. The owner, now in his 80s, had moved away from the area and was unable to perform much-needed maintenance on his rusted-up Eclipse tin container and decided to pull the plug on it. As I have something of a thing for caches at waterfalls with my Chasing Waterfalls series, I grabbed the opportunity with open arms and immediately set about creating a new one to go there. While setting mine, I took the opportunity to remove the old one, both as a courtesy to its owner and to prevent it being mistaken for mine. It would have been difficult for anyone to log going forward anyway since the lid was totally rusted shut and the log sheet couldn't be extracted.

     

    There are certainly some old historic caches about that are worth preserving as part of our caching heritage, but not ones like this:

     

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    This is my new one, by the way. Hopefully it'll survive in the environment a bit better.

     

    Container-GC92WV1.jpg.0d3e6896a713d040b1e47fadc0b3d07e.jpg

    Nice looking cache, Jeff. Makes me want to go visit that waterfall!

    Sure, if you're putting a cache at that location, you don't want an archived cache causing confusion. For me, if an archived cache is in decent condition and isn't going to cause confusion, I leave it there for others to find. 

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  14. 5 hours ago, DARKSIDEDAN said:

    If the Archived cache is still in play ie: it is still in the field and there is a logbook to sign, I sign the logbook take numerous photos and then claim the cache find with the photos attached. I also remove the cache and contact the owner to see if they want it back. If they do not or they don't cache anymore I keep the container or dispose of it if it cant be used.

     

    Why remove the cache? That spoils the fun for future finders of archived caches. 

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  15. I love micros. I cache for the location, for the thrill of solving a puzzle, for the entertainment factor of finding something that someone else has hidden... for the buzz of finding that really challenging evil hide. I don't really care about the swag, so for me it's just a matter of finding the cache and SL. I'd love it if eclipse tins were just that smidgen bigger so they could hold a TB, then I'd be in caching heaven.

     

    But why does anyone care what my favourite type of cache is? We all cache for our own reasons. This is a sport. If you don't want to play, don't. Go watch golf on telly or something...

  16. I am new to Geocaching. So far I have really enjoyed solving the puzzle caches that are scattered throughout my fine city.

     

    I am still learning the ropes. I think that on my second day of caching, I logged a find that wasn't technically a find. Oops, deleted. I'm also pretty sure that I have logged some DNF's on caches that are there. Hopefully I develop a bit more of a cachers eye soon.

     

    Looking forward to clearing the map around my local area (although, a few of the puzzles have me "bushed") and then discovering a few new areas that I would never have gotten to if not for cheap one dollar kids toys hidden in plastic containers....

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