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  1. I've been caching since 2006 and I noticed long ago that a lot of bogus finds are by experienced cachers with thousands, or even tens of thousands of "finds". Some of these high volume cachers just *cannot* let a find go unclaimed, so some of them probably account for hundreds of bogus finds, surpassing the newbies who record one or two and then give up. There was one notorious team of high volume cachers in NY who would swarm through an area and drop throwdowns on anything they couldn't find quickly. Often the caches were still there. I personally removed a number of their bogus throwdowns. One of my favorite all-time logs from an out of state cacher with thousands of finds who couldn't find one in Central Park went "If it had been there I would have found it so I'm claiming the find", It was found several times over the next few days, There were some dnf's but no bogus finds by newbies.
  2. Thank YOU for getting some trackables into the wild!
  3. Wow! I found that one back in 2011. When I read the description I remembered it clearly. Thanks for keeping it going!
  4. Good to see you back! When I first started in 2005 you were one of the more prolific posters to the fourms and provided many hours of interesting material. I remained heavily into caching until just a few years ago. I have been nearly out of it for the past two years. Until today! I went for a walk in the desert outside of Las Vegas and found 8 caches which is the most I've found in a day in many years... So maybe I've got it back too. We'll see...
  5. when I drove taxi 20+ years ago, standard tools were a map book and a telephone directory. Radio dispatch would give you an address but you didn't dare ask them how to get there! (Standard response to that was, "Go play the shopping center." You didn't need a radio to do that)
  6. Didn't know it was removed. Glad to hear it. This stupid feature was one of the reasons for my decline in playing in the game. I used to love moving travel bugs and following their progress on the maps. People logging every bug into every cache they went to (even if they didn't actually find the cache) made following a particular bug virtually impossible. I used to sarcastically write "I have a new logging method for TB's! I log it once when I find it and then again when I drop it off!" After awhile though. I just gave up.
  7. I could see doing any of the four options if claiming a find I would justify it with one of these rationalizations that I have actually seen on various caches over the years: I'm a long way from home and won't be coming back this way so I'm claiming a find. The cache was too hard to get to so I left a replacement in an easier spot. Couldn 't log a dnf cuz it wasn't there to be found (my favorite) Just kidding! In this exact circumstance I would not have logged anything. But, then, I'm getting old and lazy...
  8. Here's another somewhat extreme solution: You can create a bookmark list called, "GARBAGE AND NEEDLES" or something and put this cache on the list. The CO cannot delete a bookmark list and it will show up anytime someone goes to the cache page.
  9. I've used fire tacks with good success. I think their use is declining simply because people aren't hiding long night caches much anymore. Can you point to anything in the guidelines that prohibits fire tacks? They have been used for years by hunters and other outdoors people and there is no evidence that a fire tack has ever hurt a tree.
  10. You guys are doing fine. No conflict. It's nice to see someone doing some responsible land management combined with geocaching. The preserve could have just banned geocaching completely. Some people just have too much time on their hands...
  11. in my 16 year experience I have found that "other" usually means "micro" hidden in an unusual way. I learned long ago that a "micro" might be inside a rock, lump of wood, fake spider or any number of other objects. Sometimes hiders list their hides as "other" simply because they don't want to admit that they are "micros". New players to the game are always going to miss some types of hides that they will find easily later. No need to protect them from mistakes by mislabeling hides as "other". They won't know what you're talking about anyway.
  12. This is one of the reasons I rarely look for a cache in someone's yard or within sight of office windows. If I do happen to be near one of these and don't find it immediately I will just walk away with no log of any kind. How I play the game is none of your business and I really don't like you passing judgment on people for how they respond to your cache.
  13. Actually, this has been pretty mild... but it sounds like you really do want to play the game so I've fixed your problem for the next year. Go find all the caches you want, fix up your current one and place some more. If I ever get to your location I'll be sure to hunt them down!
  14. Right. Because these are just a bunch of hippies living for free in the Ballard district of Seattle. How dare they ask for Mo*ey? In fact, they should be sending you reports on your travelers' adventures every week. It's the least they could do for the time and effort you put into it.
  15. It seems like folks are not answering the question you are asking. Looking at some of your recent finds, I think the real question is, what's a "fab bacon butty"? NO! wait, that's not it... It looks like someone actually wrote in their log that they moved it to match the D rating. And, no, they should not have moved it without checking with the owner. If it was out in the open you have to give it a little cover but if you don't know exactly where it was you should not move it "nearby." Your instincts were correct.
  16. I do it for the $100 bonus that headquarters gives you. You have to ask for it, though. If you were away for four years maybe you missed that. OK, just kidding! I have maybe a couple of dozen FTF's over the years, but only a few have been "jump up and run out of the house" events. Back when I started caches could actually go two or three days before the first find. In my home area the locals were not very competitive about this. There was a guy for a while who used to get FTF's and then taunt us that nobody could beat him. When he realized that nobody cared he left the game. This guy also used to not log online until someone else found it so he could gloat. Once I wrote this online log: "FTF!! I ripped out a bogus sig that must have been in the logbook from a previous use. Couldn't read it anyway." The guy went ballistic. Reported me to Groundspeak. That was fun once but I didn't do it again.
  17. I agree with this. (I hope that doesn't contradict something else I've said ) I don't use premium features as much as I used to, but I've never thought about downgrading.
  18. Seems like the insurance of having a premium membership would be cheaper than the cost of the cache. I think it would provide SOME measure of added security, but certainly no guarantee. Also, if it's a difficult mystery cache and a casual app user points his compass at it and finds it without knowing anything about the game, it IS likely to be broken in a month. I'd say spring for a one year premium and have fun!
  19. Are these threads you're starting for a school project or new you tube channel or something?
  20. What does krispe24 say? BTW, you should change your log on the multi to a note until you actually find it.
  21. Today I looked for a cache that had several DNF's and an old log that said, "Accidentally dropped it in the water." I wanted to log either a "needs maintenance" or "should be archived" but when I clicked the dropdown list I could only choose found it, did not find it, or write note. When I clicked on "go back to the old way" I was able to choose the other options. I don't recall this being discussed but before COVID-19 days I would sometimes go a long time without looking at the forums. Is this old news?
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