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  1. I would agree; that's the term I think of, too, swimsuit notwithstanding.
  2. I'm not surprised GS is vague about exact sizes; how could they not be? In my country, MOST people wouldn't be able to DEFINE a milliliter, much less use a size of "10ml" to discriminate between the different sizes of Bison-type tubes, and I'd wager that most of the rest of the world wouldn't be able to work with ounces. Aw, who am I kidding - most Americans can only identify TWELVE ounces all together because that's size of a can of Coke. Heck, in Texas, there's even a thing called a "ten-gallon HAT"! Look it up! (But, that's what they're like in Texas, anyway.) NO sense of volume definition. Anyway, my point is that reading down to this point, it's apparent that everyone has their own idea about what type of containers should be the ones in the 'rating pictures' in the Help Center because they're SO common, almost 'standard', but the most popular size of gum or breathmints in YOUR country may be unheard-of in MINE, so practical image standards would be just as hard to pin down as the conceptual ones we're complaining about. 'Minties'? 'Sistemas'? I had to look them up; they're not here in the US. So, D&T ratings are approximate and subjective; why shouldn't container sized be as well? I know people have a hard time labeling THIS small box the same as this TEENY-TINY one, but the idea is to get you to have a sense of what you're looking for, not necessarily the specific dimensions. And, if a CO chooses "Other", then I just take that as a slightly harder and better hunt.
  3. But, by performing this particular 'gaming of the system', you break the established D/T mechanism and violate the universally understood, commonly used intended purpose: to let cachers filter the caches they seek by the factors of Difficulty and Terrain. The descriptions of caches created like this would be by definition unreliable. Worse than the dreaded 'soft coordinates', these could be blatantly, intentionally false. Yes, I know "D/T" ratings are subjective, but they should be subjective within an honest rating attempt. What's 'easy' for a six-foot 25 year old may be impossible for a five-foot sixty year old, but that difference is an accepted part of the game. Unless you're just pointing out that hiding legitimately-high-rated caches creates a de facto, coincidental 'intermediate' cache class as you've called it, I think this is poorly-advised practice. In the IT shop in which I work, this kind of bending of a system to make it work outside of the intended usage is known as "Phone Number in the Middle-Name Field."
  4. I've had that happen several times in the last few weeks. I switch map types, then back again and all seems well.
  5. Yes, and yes. I'd trade for those. Maybe put them in a baggie with a note encouraging a TRADE, not just a TAKE.
  6. Wow - So much aggression! Ed, I fear you've taken my very narrowly targeted opinions and interpreted them very broadly. And, you're wrong in your assumptions of "what I'm against". That specific topic I've written about before, with pretty well defined reasoning. (Is it 'Ed', btw? Mine's Bill.) As for your last "Why Don't We" paragraph: also based on a misunderstanding of what I wrote. It isn't 'change' that I'm against, it's the trend to make all technology look like all other technology with no regard to the effect it has in a specific instance. I don't care if a change makes things easier or more comfortable or more familiar; rather I'm concerned with whether or not it's in line with the best interests of the hobby. And that's "As I See It", as you rightly pointed out. I've long held the opinion that the online side of geocaching should take a back seat to the 'field' side of the hobby, and I'm losing that argument. You can now have a very prolific caching career without ever sitting in front of a computer, picking up a GPSr, a map or even turning on Location Services on your phone. All you have to do is look at the pretty picture, and you can see exactly which lamp post skirt you need to lift. Scandalous! The other side of that, which you sort-of ranted against (with my agreement), is the change in hiding habits, but that's just people. Players are now being encouraged to disregard cache writeups and to display Hints as soon as they open a cache in the app. Describing specific maintenance issues is discouraged in favor of blindly posting ONLY a "Something wrong here" log because apparently it was too confusing or too much work to both claim a find AND tell a CO that their Altoids tin is full of water. There are PLENTY of things that GS has gotten right, and I'm appreciative of the VAST majority of how they've engineered the hobby as played through their website, but do I expect the 'online' side to continue the march toward social media-ness? Sure.
  7. Of course, the use of magnetic electrical plates and birdhouses trains the geocaching public to attempt to dismantle actual electrical equipment and real birdhouses. Perhaps there are less, um, 'consequential' real-life objects that can be spoofed to appear as everyday items.
  8. Because that's not the purpose of the Message Center. Want to have a social time? Go to social media. Want to contact a Cache Owner about their cache? Use the Message Center. If you start allowing group chats, then the server people at GS are suddenly in a different business. Most likely, the Message Center would have to become a Premium Service with an additional charge to pay for it. Then there's the angst involved in that kind of utility. Don't need it; don't want it. We need to keep advocating AGAINST the constant push toward this becoming Facebook. Upvoting, downvoting, virtual downvoting, exclusionary filtering: all recent "Why Don't We" topics in the forums. Not always successfully argued against, to the detriment of the hobby's website and app focus.
  9. Be wary of that last "See ALL" - you still won't see hidden hidden waypoints and Puzzle/Mystery cache 'final' locations. What you WILL get is an enhanced sense of belonging in the community and the knowledge that you're helping to support the massive machine that is Geocaching.Com. Everyone can play at a basic level for free, and that's pretty unusual. To ME, that's the most important reason for staying a Premium Member (with Platinum Status).
  10. Condolences. Almost all of mine are missing.
  11. There could be many answers to that question. Most likely, the person who created the listing didn't put the brainpower into it to evaluate whether or not all the proper information is present in the proper form and in the proper place. A cache like that is a little more complex than a simple traditional, and most people just aren't used to organizing and presenting information with a purpose. Could be that the tool is available in the field, and part of the 'puzzle' (regardless of whether or not it's a 'puzzle cache') is figuring out that the random piece of wood laying next to the hide is in fact the required pokey-stick. Perhaps they have a different 'method' than you. Maybe when THEY cache they ALWAYS look at the hint first! If that's true, then they wouldn't see the problem. FYI, I cache as you do: I never look at the hint until I'm flummoxed in the field. That's a great phrase, isn't it? Maybe they just didn't care enough. They think they're doing you a favor by putting it in there SOMEWHERE. This is akin to people who put out "WHAT NUMBER AM I THINKING OF?" puzzle caches. A pox on them and their kin.
  12. It also serves to remind COs looking to place caches in the same area that permission is still a thing to be considered. Combats "Frisbee Rules."
  13. I would think the 'business end' is what would matter. A telescoping pole is a telescoping pole, but on the far end, do you need: A hook to lift something off a nail and put it back? A basket to carry something down and put it back? (My Dad had a basket on a pole with wire 'fingers' over it to grab and pull peaches or apples off a limb and fall into the basket.) A forked device? A magnetized device? An imaging device? (THAT would be cool - take a picture twenty feet up to read the next stage's coords! Hmmmm; I feel a multicache growing ion my head!) A nudging device? An angled device? A grasping device? Anyone else? Add to this list.
  14. Boy, I remember the first time I rode that particular roller coaster back in '78 (I think), a Disney employee pointed out to me that for a moment I was higher than anyone else in the state of Florida, to which I replied, "I wish!"
  15. Also a problem that the tallest mountain in your state is SPACE Mountain, right? <chuckle>
  16. I get the whole 'Lonely Cache' thing and think that highlighting them for hunting is a worthwhile thing for GC to do. I would suggest that the 'Loneliness' exclude the current day. If two cachers independently go out to snag the same Lonely Cache at the end of an ordeal (long hike, complex field puzzle, etc.) then one person is going to be mightily disappointed after putting in a lot of effort. Likewise with two people going out together; only one of them would be able to claim the 'Lonely Find', whether it's just sayin', or a Challenge, Souvenir or whatever. A find 'yesterday' would make it no longer lonely. A find 'today' wouldn't reset the clock. Yes, someone could see someone's 'find' in the morning and decide to go get it themself later in the day because they now KNOW it's there, but I'd consider that gaming the system and wouldn't do it for a Challenge. And no, this isn't the same as a FTF. For THAT strictly conceptual prize, you have to have your name FIRST in the paper log.
  17. oh, I hit 600 yesterday, and it couldn't have been more inauspicious. Conventional supermarket LPC about three miles from my house, with yellowjackets coming out of the open wiring post on the side. At least it had an on-board pencil. <sigh>
  18. But, with your example of a 'training cache', they searched for and found the cache! in a case where someone is there when it's placed, they did neither.
  19. When caching, how many do you care to find?
  20. Opt-out or Opt-in? There's another effect in this, too in addition to what I wrote above. By having such a policy, GS would be removing any pretention of responsibility from COs. "I know that if I get to the point where I don't wanna deal with this anymore, then the company will take care of it. They'll just give it to someone else to deal with the crap at the site, or the ants, or the bees, or when I graduate and go home, it'll be given to someone else. GS says it's OK for me to just ... walk away."
  21. Ladies and Gentlemen, a SEVENTEEN YEAR bump! AND, it's ON-TOPIC! Well done.
  22. Well, I'm a mostly-solitary non-retired occasional cacher with no family or friends in the hobby and only accompanied by my wife when there's absolutely nothing else to do, or we're on the road. And, by the way, that's the way I want it. So no, nobody in the local GC community would that know I'm out. If it was that serious, then geocaching would be pretty low on her priority list. (I HOPE!) You said that the local reviewer wouldn't transfer your cache out of the local community, but how would the word 'local' be defined? Would that be part of the rules? Then, where would it end? Once GS is no longer JUST a listing service, could the rule expand to include punitively 'taking' a cache if you break the rules? What about the caches listed on more than one website? What about my cache, located in my front yard or at my place of business? Would you have HQ reassign a cache on my property? How would they know? If I got permission to place a cache, then will the reviewer check that permission would then be granted to the new CO? The number of caches owned by someone with no investment would skyrocket. "I don't want to create something; I'll just see what used cache I can get from GS!" Where's the hobby go from there? If GS 'awards' a cache to someone and something goes wrong, where would their liability end? If you owned Groundspeak, would you change your company in this way? Would your lawyers let you?
  23. Oh, that would never work. I put out a fancy, expensive cache, then get sick, have a family tragedy: something that takes me OOS for an extended period where my occasional hobby is nobody's priority. Some reviewers are quick! Two months later, a reviewer hands my expensive gadget over to someone else. I come back, and want my stuff back. Now what?
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