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jzboggs

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  1. As a relatively new cacher, this thread boggles the mind. Although, makes me wonder if I was wrong to log a cache as found if I hadit in my hand but couldn't sign the log? On one, the log was soaked and falling apart. On the other, I forgot my pen. On both I went back later and fixed the situation, but should I not have logged them as found the first time?

     

    Log soaked -- not your fault, yes you found it, possibly mention it in your log or issue a NM.

    Forgot your pen -- try to make some mark, with mud or grass or something --- and yes, you did find it.

     

    After being in the same situation a few times I make a "kit" that I keep in my car. It is a quart size ziploc bag with some extra logs and bags. If I find a damaged bag or wet log I will replace it. I also keep a couple of extra pens in it for the inevitable time that I don't have one.

  2. More .02 from a newb

     

    I discovered geocaching using the free intro app. I use my smartphone because I already own one and didn't see the need to spend more $$ up front.

    Personally, I have made every possible effort to be responsible, get informed and play nicely. Within a week of my first hike (DNF and logged as such) I had assembled a bag of swag, pens and spare logs to add to the caches I find.

    I see people complaining about newbs using the free app but, I also see people talking about other cachers knowingly breaking the rules. So clearly the rude and selfish cachers are not all newbs on smartphones.

    I have zero familiarity with gps devices and would never have discovered this great game (yes it's a game for me)if not for the app.

     

    The point I am trying to make is, the free app itself is not the problem. I think it's needs to be tightened up a bit to dissuade lazy and destructive people from participating but, there is a place for the app and I think it should stay.

     

    +1 on the following:

    Many people suggested email validation to use the app at all. This seems like a no brainer.

    Somebody suggested a 5 cache limit before having to upgrade.

    Somebody sugested .99 or $1.99 instead of free (not a bad idea but, I think it should be free for troop leaders who will provide a controlled environment to young people learning the game)

     

    My idea: What if the free version only made "log only" caches available until a certain threshhold is met? Perhaps 5 finds plus email validation and forum registration ?

     

    Anyway, that's my .02

    Thanks to all the people who hide the caches. I'm having a great time.

     

    Welcome to caching. If all users, new and old had your positive attitude, there probably would not be any need for this thread. :rolleyes:

  3. I like the idea of limiting which caches are visible in the intro app. When a new cache is create one of the choices could be whether you want to make it visible on the intro app, or just the paid one. Maybe limit them to 1/1 caches.

     

    I also like having to verify your email before any cache info is visible.

     

    For those that spent money and time creating caches just to have them tossed around by clueless users that have not taken the time to learn, it seems like little to ask.

  4. I am from Oregon. I currently live in the Rogue Valley. I found my first cache about 4 years ago. I have been more of an idle searcher. 1 here one there. I have recently been spending more time hunting. I have gotten more caches in the last 4 months than the last 4 years. I started with the iphone app, currently my android app. I just recently bought my first GPS.

     

    Most of the time I go with my kids. My daughter especially has been having fun searching with me.

     

    We look forward to more hunting, happy caching.

  5. On a side note: In our area there are alot of blackberry bushes in areas where caches are placed. I am planning on going back when they are dormant. Should I log them with a DNF and a reason, or should I just leave a note?

     

    I'd go with the DNF and a note. I am guessing that the reason that you didn't find the cache is because once you got to ground zero you discovered that the blackberry bushes were too thick. Posting a DNF would tell other potential seekers of the cache that they might want to wait until the bushes are dormant as well. Of course, a note would do the same thing, but a DNF log makes it a little more obvious that you got to ground zero and attempted a search.

     

    That is what I did. I will change it later when I can go back. Thx.

     

    Actually, what I meant was a DNF log and an explanation. Many cachers won't change a DNF to a Found It if you come back later and find the cache. Each search attempt is a distinct event and can have distinct logs. For example, If you think other cachers would benefit from a DNF log posted in the summer which indicated that you didn't want to search because the blackberry bushes were too thick, then came back in winter and found it, changed the log (and log date) to a find, the fact that you DNFd the cache in the summer would be lost. Someone considering looking for the cache next summer might benefit from a log which indicates that the blackberry bushes are thick that time of year. There really isn't any good reason to change a DNF log to a found it. A DNF log doesn't count against you. It's just a factual account of your experience and part of the caches, and your geocaching history.

     

    Good point, I hadn't thought of that. When I go back, I will make a new log. Thanks.

  6. On a side note: In our area there are alot of blackberry bushes in areas where caches are placed. I am planning on going back when they are dormant. Should I log them with a DNF and a reason, or should I just leave a note?

     

    I'd go with the DNF and a note. I am guessing that the reason that you didn't find the cache is because once you got to ground zero you discovered that the blackberry bushes were too thick. Posting a DNF would tell other potential seekers of the cache that they might want to wait until the bushes are dormant as well. Of course, a note would do the same thing, but a DNF log makes it a little more obvious that you got to ground zero and attempted a search.

     

    That is what I did. I will change it later when I can go back. Thx.

  7. I have 2. The first one was a chapstick tube inside the post to a phone booth. It was one of my first finds. When I went back, it took me like 30 sec. More recently I was having trouble finding a PB jar attached to a stake in the ground. If you know where to look, you can even see it from the street. I couldn't find it because I was looking at my phone's GPS backward. I kept looking at green arrow for the cache as me, and the blue dot showing me as the cache. I couldn't figure out why I kept moving away from the cache.

  8. I am loving reading the logs from the people who didn't really find a cache. I don't quite get the logic. If you didn't find it, you didn't find it. I will not log a cache as found if I didn't find it. My frustration is when DNF logs are logged as found. Now I have wasted my time searching for a cache that is not there. On a side note: In our area there are alot of blackberry bushes in areas where caches are placed. I am planning on going back when they are dormant. Should I log them with a DNF and a reason, or should I just leave a note?

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