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  1. The mandate about virtual caches was not democratic, in the sense that it wasn't the subject of any sort of vote or poll. There was a lot of discussion about virts in the forums, and three main lines of argument against them emerged. First (as with all cache types) some of the virts posted were pretty poor quality. Second, it became apparent that a number of cachers, who are often very active in the forums, were (and are) adamantly opposed to virts as being too far from the original spirit of geocaching. Third, there was some perception that virts were "blocking" placement of traditional (and, in their eyes, "better") caches in some areas. Whether The Powers That Be decided to restrict virtuals due to the opinions in the forums or not, I don't know. I know that advocating virts too strongly here is a great way to get insulted (perhaps the new mod rules will tone that down), and not at all effective in getting the policy changed. The decision has been made, and the best we can hope for is that virts will eventually get their own section to evolve in peace. Remember that this is not a democracy, but a business. For whatever reasons, Jeremy et al have decided that the set of their customers who prefer traditional caches should carry the day. TPTB are entitled to make such decisions, and, having done so, do not appear to be swayed by arguments in favor of virts. Although I am (clearly) a fan of virtual caches, I've tried to be factual in this post. I've given up on trying to get them re-instated, or even valued, by the establishment here. The loss of virts is, however, one of the reasons I have stopped placing caches - if I can't place what, in my judgment, is the best cache for a given area, then I won't place at all.
  2. Broken link - try this one. (no quote at the end).
  3. What, like this one, which I created before the virtual ban? It doesn't quite fit the sort of thing you're thinking about, because it has a definite target, not just a place but a physical object. I was going to do another one like it, about Madeline Smith (a notorious murder suspect from the Victorian era), but I find the idea of telling the entire story and then having to set up a pointless Tupperware box at the end just to satisfy the rules to be an anticlimax. Maybe when virtuals are kosher again, if ever...
  4. Barely noticed the "very"...it's been far too long since I spoke Spanish for any length of time, and the English words just slip by me. "Spanglish" is what we used to call it when we English-speaking students of Spanish tried to mix the two languages. It looks like this cacher was going the other way, from Spanish to English. Maybe call it Espangles? Inglen~ol? (how do you get a tilde over the n?) I'm very glad that minstrelcat isn't going to have to rely on my Spanish to get her through, though!
  5. Looks like Spanglish to me, with some strange idioms. P'a seems like an abbreviation of para (to, toward), while guell and jaus are pronounced well and house, and may be intended as English words. They both make sense in context. My Spanish is rusty, but I suspect it's: "I take it with me to go to the Iberian peninsula. I don't know where I will place it, but for the moment it is very well in my house. I will make a communication where I leave it." I can't promise to do a very good job of translating English to Spanish, but if Plan B doesn't bear fruit, I may be able to help you with an email to the finder. (His grammar isn't anything to shout about either...)
  6. Out here that is what would happen. Everything, living or not, is a target!!! So write the info on a sheet of paper, roll it up, and put it in an empty shotgun shell?
  7. Fantastic. I'll get my bathyscape ready right away. I'm surprised none of the logs end with long, drawn-out gurgling screams, though...
  8. Amen. I, too, tend to go caching using public transport. And the caches I have set are all urban ones, mostly aimed at tourists and out of towners. Since I don't drive, I have Clue Zero about where one should park to do the caches in question. I'd love to see more urban caches provided with public transport information, but I'm not holding my breath. A more fundamental point, which ties into some of the varying responses here: how much is the cache setter trying to provide a "caching experience" (such as a multi that leads you on a particular route) and how much are they simply creating something for people to find? I suspect that the different answers to the parking co-ords question match how much people expect the setter to arrange the overall effect. (Neither approach is better or worse than the other, IMHO, but they are different mindsets.)
  9. Merry Christmas indeed...let us all eat so much that we're forced to go out caching to lose the weight! A big thank you as well to the Scottish cachers who have, in one year, turned Edinburgh from a three-cacher town into a caching mecca! What a change it's been. Keep it up, guys...when the sprog is born and big enough to go into a carrying pouch, I'll have to get hunting again.
  10. I had one like that. Looking for a cache in a trailer park, and my GPS swore it was in the lot right next to me...then a car pulled up and two people got out. They unloaded groceries and went into the trailer in question. After two passes by the area to confirm that my GPS wanted me to go into their lot, I noticed the couple watching me from their trailer window. I left and logged a DNF rather than poke around in their front garden right in front of their eyes. Got an email back the next day...it turns out they were the cache owners, it was in their lot, and I just was being too inconspicuous with my GPS, so they weren't sure I was geocaching. This was all complicated by the fact that the cache was in the Netherlands, and I don't speak Dutch. Most Dutch people do speak English, but the thought of explaining geocaching to Nethergeomuggles daunted me too much to try.
  11. One I had that I won't be setting up any time soon...a children's multicache. There is a kids' book called The Gruffalo, where a mouse walks through the woods, meeting various predators who think it looks tasty and invite it back to their places for a meal (of mouse). It claims it's going to lunch with a ficticious creature called a Gruffalo, and therefore can't take them up on their kind invitations. Then it actually meets the Gruffalo, who also thinks it looks tasty. But the mouse convinces the Gruffalo that it's a scary predator, then leads it back through the woods. Each of the predators they meet sees the Gruffalo behind the mouse and runs away, convincing the Gruffalo that the mouse is indeed a scary monster. The book ends, "All was quiet in the deep dark wood. The mouse found a nut, and the nut was good." My idea would be a multi that leads you through the encounters in the book. Each stage would have a few pages of the book, amended with the coordinates of the next stage and laminated for damp-proofing. You could either lead the cacher back near the first three stages after the meeting with the Gruffalo, or else lead him/her onward if you can find the appropriate landscape. The final cache should have child-appropriate toys.
  12. quote:Originally posted by Pharisee:I've had one of these 'in the field' for best part of a year now and the only problem I've had is that the acrylic paint I sprayed it with didn't stick too well and is flaking off. You don't watch enough DIY shows. Try sanding it lightly to get a "key", or using an any-surface primer... evilrooster http://www.bookweb.sunpig.com -the email of the species is deadlier than the mail-
  13. I have one username that I use all the time (except on ebay, where it was taken...I'm thefoulfowl there). I then have a variety of passwords, depending on how secure I want to be. Sites where all I'm doing is making a fool of myself verbally (like this one) get a low-security password. Sites where actual money is involved get their own, more secure passwords, but there are only two or three of those. Work passwords, which change every month, get described (not spelt out) in a silly little alphabet my best friend and I invented when we were fifteen, in my work notebook. I think passwords as such are a temporary thing - our children and grandchildren will probably use some other means of identification, either biometric or something else. Unfortunately, we have to limp along like this... evilrooster http://www.bookweb.sunpig.com -the email of the species is deadlier than the mail-
  14. Yay Silver Fox! You've done well by us as a spokesman. I was going to volunteer, but my mobility getting to caches is not what it could be at present, with the bump and all. Flynn, please do give us advance notice when the article comes out so we can all read it....ta. evilrooster http://www.bookweb.sunpig.com -the email of the species is deadlier than the mail-
  15. Well, as one of the Edinburgh geocachers, let me just say WELCOME! There are a fair few good caches in and around town to do, plus some nice ones just outside. But the place is by no means crowded. So do a few, get the hang of it, and feel free to hide some of your own! If you find yourself stuck in any way, I'd be glad to answer anything you come up with. Email me through the site if you need to. You'll find the other Edinburgh cachers pretty friendly, but we don't always hang out in the forums enough to answer questions posted here. Again, welcome! evilrooster http://www.bookweb.sunpig.com -the email of the species is deadlier than the mail-
  16. I am not convinced that accusing the admins of dishonesty is going to do much to advance the cause of virtuals. The admins do a tremendous amount of work, unpaid, and get a lot of flak for it. Personally, my concern is with the policy itself (and its communication), not with how it's applied by the approvers. I'm actually very grateful to the approvers for the hard work they do on this site, and for the way they make geocaching possible. I'm sure there are some admins who feel that rank hath its priveledges. I'm also sure that there are cachers who are economical with the truth. These things happen in any community, but letting them distract from what we're talking about is not productive. It's as useless as name-calling. Can we not do it, please? evilrooster http://www.bookweb.sunpig.com -the email of the species is deadlier than the mail-
  17. Have a look at this thread - it has a list of all the locationless caches sorted by category. evilrooster http://www.bookweb.sunpig.com -the email of the species is deadlier than the mail-
  18. End first, then back the way, taking about 15 - 20 minutes to get a "settled" reading. Revisit each point at least once more, and average the three results. Then I got a friend to try it out, while I followed behind and kept my mouth shut and let them work it out. evilrooster http://www.bookweb.sunpig.com -the email of the species is deadlier than the mail-
  19. quote:Originally posted by leatherman: quote:Originally posted by Renegade Knight:That could never happen with a virtual eh? _NO._ Please tell me you're kidding. That's the point of a good virtual cache, IMHO. Certainly, neither of the two I've placed are about obvious things. The object of one quest is about the size of a dinner plate, hidden between a statue and a wall. The other is substantially smaller, at the back of an exhibit that even most locals don't know about, much less the tourists who pass by every day. I made them virtual because I wanted people to find those specific objects, as well as go to a given place. evilrooster http://www.bookweb.sunpig.com -the email of the species is deadlier than the mail-
  20. quote:Originally posted by mtn-man:I don't see a final container as a let down but rather as a place to write my impressions of how good the cache was so the cache owner can see it later when he checks the cache. I like to read the logbooks in my caches. Whether or not a final container is a letdown probably has a lot to do with the structure of the cache as a whole. In some cases, I'm sure it is perfectly suitable, in others, a complete anticlimax. As to the comments, surely the online logging, plus the private emails to confirm the location, can give you the same pleasure? I actually find that my virt emailers are more responsive and interesting than my trad cache loggers. By the way, I do make my loggers in one of my virts sign a visitor's book (and I do check), but due to the nature of the book, comments are generally limited to a word or two. The emails and online logs have the good stuff. evilrooster http://www.bookweb.sunpig.com -the email of the species is deadlier than the mail-
  21. quote:Originally posted by Beatle Bones:i agree totally but as my question has remained unanswered who cares. Which question? This one, from another thread? quote:As a newbie, I wondered if the virtual caches have a .1 of a mile restriction placed on them. For example, if I was to set a virtual cache, and it was not possible to place a container because of area, or because permission was not able to be granted within a .1 of a mile radius. Would it be allowed even though a real cache could be placed lets say .2 of a mile away. I didn't answer because I expected an admin or approver to, but in their absence, the answer is YES. The .1 mile restriction applies to both virtual and traditional caches. So if you have a cache, virt or trad, in a given location, then nothing can be placed within a .1 mile radius circle of it. So you could place something .1 mile + 1 foot away, but no closer... Hope that helps. evilrooster http://www.bookweb.sunpig.com -the email of the species is deadlier than the mail-
  22. quote:Originally posted by RuffRidr:I think you can blame the current stance on all the makers of the crappy virtual caches out there. For every good virtual, there are 3 or 4 bad ones where there is some marker that you drive up to and take a picture of. --RuffRidr ...As opposed to all the crappy physical caches? evilrooster http://www.bookweb.sunpig.com -the email of the species is deadlier than the mail-
  23. Threads like this one, to pick a relatively recent example. Among the views expressed, there's usually a school of thought that the park managers are too restrictive, and have no right to limit geocachers' activities. I found it by doing a search on the word "permission" on the general forum, if you want to find more, similar examples. evilrooster http://www.bookweb.sunpig.com -the email of the species is deadlier than the mail-
  24. quote:Originally posted by Prime Suspect:And you didn't mention if caches also have an aura. Perhaps I should start trying to find caches by sensing their phychic vibrations... So that's how my GPS works. I thought all the "satellites" talk was mumbo-jumbo... evilrooster http://www.bookweb.sunpig.com -the email of the species is deadlier than the mail-
  25. I find this thread an interesting contrast to the ones where people express their opinions about park managers and their rules about hiding caches on public land. evilrooster http://www.bookweb.sunpig.com -the email of the species is deadlier than the mail-
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