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  1. I recently received an email from a person contacting me through my geocaching blog asking to syndicate my content on his site, OutdoorHub.com. According to his email, he found out about my blog on outdoorblogs.net - which upon investigation turns out to be yet another one of this guy's many spam sites. If you have a geocaching or other outdoor related blog, I'm not going to tell you what to do or how to respond, but I am going to tell you to please be cautious in dealing with guy and this network of spam sites. From what I can tell, this guy sets up dozens of outdoor-related websites like the ones mentioned above, and then simply slaps advertising around other people's content to make money. In addition, if you look at the "terms" associated with agreeing to "publish" your content with him, you'll see statements like these: "Although Outdoor Hub will not be liable for your losses caused by any unauthorized use of your account, you shall be liable for the losses of Outdoor Hub or others due to such unauthorized use." "You further agree to give us the royalty-free right to use, incorporate, exhibit, reproduce, distribute, promote, publicize, and otherwise exploit your Likeness in any and all media, now known and hereafter devised, throughout the world and in perpetuity in connection with your Contribution." "The above licenses granted by you in Content you submit to the Service are perpetual and irrevocable." This stuff is bad news, people. If you get contacted by them, please think twice before you get involved.
  2. Yep, my find posted to Twitter today. They must have fixed it.
  3. I just opened a support request about this too.
  4. Wow! 6 years later and this thread is still hanging on! For those of you who are not on the original list (and those of you that are and want to be relisted again), I am in the process of creating a *new* version of my Geocaching Blogs list. If you want to have your blog site listed in this new list, now is the time. Either post a reply to this thread or comment on my original post (Adventures in Geocaching: Geocaching Blogs) with your geocaching name and full URL to your geocaching blog. @MTPgeo Adventures in Geocaching
  5. Got any links to the articles and follow-ups? I'd love to see how they compare.
  6. 144 votes and 75 comments so far. Keep em' coming!
  7. Thank you all for your comments. There are now over 123 single-star votes and 67 published comments. I hope KXXV gets the message.
  8. This article has 84 negative votes so far. The 2nd and 3rd place "hot items" contain 5 votes and 4 votes respectively. KXXV has apparently stopped approving new comments again, but please keep those 1-star votes coming. http://www.kxxv.com/Global/story.asp?s=11890676 If you'd like to email Loren, do so at lkorn@kxxv.com. If you'd like to call the station, do so at 254.754.2525. If you'd like to email the station, do so at ideas@kxxv.com. (All email addresses and phone numbers were obtained on KXXV's public website http://www.kxxv.com.)
  9. I just did. http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_detai...9f-6e086cd66cba
  10. If you have time, please vote this garbage down by giving it 1 star and leaving comments as you desire. So far, they are rejecting all comments, but at least they see our stars. http://www.kxxv.com/Global/story.asp?s=11890676
  11. You know... I had that exact same thought. I know, maybe we could have an "attribute suggestion" tool.
  12. Among locals, sure. But what about those caching outside of their local area and who rely on accurate information in cache descriptions and attributes? Prime, I am totally in favor of allowing cache owners to decide what gets posted in their cache description, but we both know that doesn't always happen. Groundspeak and you guys get veto power. Even in attributes, this idea of complete "owner control" has already been somewhat violated with the "Needs Maintenance" attribute. However, to further this "Needs Maintenance" example, whenever a user suggests "Needs Maintenance", the owner can always override that attribute if he/she wants to. All I'm looking for is a suggestion mechanism with optional automatic application. Just like the NM attribute, if other attributes get suggested and automatically applied, the owner can always go in and remove any applied attributes. Ideally, if someone suggests an attribute and the cache owner agrees, he/she will go ahead and apply the attribute without having to resort to the automatic application. M-T-P
  13. I'm sorry if this has been suggested before.... oh, who am I kidding. I don't care, I'm suggesting it anyway! I'd love for cache finders to be able to suggest attributes for caches, and if enough cachers suggest the same attribute have it applied automatically. In essence, attribute "voting". Technically, this is already possible with the "needs maintenance" attribute. We just need it available for all attributes. Here are two examples: 1) If a cache location is surrounded by Poison Ivy, but the cache owner doesn't set the "poison plants" attribute. (This could really help out a lot of cachers allergic to the stuff.) 2) If an urban cache is hidden in a restricted daytime-only area, but the cache owner doesn't set the "not available at night" attribute.
  14. I think it is a great thing - especially with the Twitter integration. I just wish each user had a little more control of the messages sent to outside services like Twitter.
  15. Since it appears that no Groundspeak employee commented on this thread to acknowledge this feature suggestion, is there a more appropriate place to send suggestions like this? Or better yet, is it possible to send a specific suggestion for a particular feature to the particular person(s) who developed that feature? Thanks! M-T-P
  16. First, let me say thank you for creating http://coord.info and the sharing feature of the geocaching website. I'm glad to see geocaching moving into the interconnected and social world of Web 2.0. However, I would like to make one major suggestion. Is there any possibility that you would allow members of Geocaching.com who use the "Share" feature to publish data to Twitter to customize how those messages are sent? It is very apparent that the designers of this feature ultimately had Facebook in mind as the final destination of these updates, but not all of us normally tweet in the "... is doing something" format. In fact, most Twitter users in general do not begin each tweet with a verb. I'd really like the ability to control what message is sent to Twitter. For example, I would much prefer to tweet "I'm heading to geocache ..." instead of "is heading to ...." Other users might like to begin tweets with a verb and could leave the default message. Ideally, I'd like to see a user configurable options screen that has 4 blanks (Found, DNF, Heading To, Leaving From). In each of these four blanks would be your prefilled "default" messages as such: Found - "has found the geocache %NAME% %COORD%." DNF - "did not find the geocache %NAME% %COORD%." Heading To - "is heading to geocache %NAME% %COORD%." Leaving - "has left the geocache %NAME% %COORD%." Using this screen, users could customize each of those messages like this: Found - "Found the geocache, %NAME%. %COORD%" DNF - "I couldn't find %NAME%, %COORD%." Heading To - "I'm heading out to geocache, %NAME% - %COORD%." Leaving - "I'm leaving geocache, %NAME%." This would also give those of us who use the Facebook App "Tweeter" to continue using our customized prefix messages. For example, all of my Facebook status updates from Twitter.com using Tweeter are prefixed with "says:" and look like "John Doe says: The weather in Texas is nice today!" Right now, these updates that begin with a verb look like "John Doe says: is heading to the geocaching ...." Thanks so much for this fantastic new feature, and thanks for considering this request for future enhancement! M-T-P (member since 12/2004)
  17. Wow, this is really cool! I just linked it up with my phone, and have already posted a find using SMS to GC.com, Twitter, Facebook, and Fire Eagle!!! And no... you don't need any sort of expensive phone to do this. Any phone with SMS (text messages) will work. I'm using a cheap throw-away VirginMobile phone ($9.95) with no fancy features at all. Jon, thanks for pointing me in this direction.
  18. Wow, this is really cool! I just linked it up with my phone, and have already posted a find using SMS to GC.com, Twitter, Facebook, and Fire Eagle!!! And no... you don't need any sort of expensive phone to do this. Any phone with SMS (text messages) will work. I'm using a cheap throw-away VirginMobile phone ($9.95) with no fancy features at all. Jon, thanks for pointing me in this direction.
  19. Join me on Saturday, June 23, 2007 - 6:00pm at George's in Waco, TX to celebrate the FTF on the Texas County Challenge by txoilgas! The event location will be at a Waco landmark since the 1930's and made famous again in 1999 by a Texas songwriter and Grammy nominated country music artist. We'll be celebrating "txoilgas" and his FTF on the Texas County Challenge. The famous "bottom-of-the-lake" log book and all three coins in the Texas County Challenge commemorative geocoin series will be there. In addition, txoilgas will be presented with a commemorative gift for being one of the first 5 finders. So mark your calendars and come on down to Waco for the Big O Party!
  20. Ditto, still having problems. Members only caches won't display, hidden/found/bookmark flags won't display, and can't bookmark from page.
  21. I personally like the "go take a flying leap" comment! Give us a break!!!
  22. I never "track" even trackable coins that I buy or get through trading. I only log and track those that I find in caches and move along. I guess I'm just not into the icon thing as much as I am the coin thing.
  23. I just found my wooden nickel on sale on ebay! Woo hoo! Good for them. I'm amazed at how many metal coins are there, but how few wooden ones are available. Is this the norm? Are people really not interested in wooden coins or are they just SO popular that they aren't being sold on ebay? I even came across one of the limited edition 2005 Texas Autumn geocoins that ends in about 30 minutes. There are some major rip-offs on there, but some really nice coins too! How many of you have found one of your coins being sold like that?
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