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Chris n Maria

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  1. 4) If all goes well, everything that belongs on the Waymarking site may be moved over.

    I won't be moving my virtual over to Waymarking.com. It will be deleted if it has to be. I'm not going to "maintain" anything on Waymarking.com as I have no interest in them (too many caches left).

    Same here - As I said at the start its a sad day for caching.



  2. As for tidying up after dogs - I would like to know why they bag it then put the bag in the hedge. It would be better to leave it lying around not in the bag if thats what you are going to do.

    Its something I've been wondering about for a while and I have come up with a few answers:

    • The local yobs raid the poo bins and chuck them everywhere (not very bright the yobs round our way).
    • People leave them for collection - i.e they are doing a circular walk and rather than carry them they leave them to pick up at the end.
    • They do it as a protest against there not being any bins (go figure).
    • They bagged it and discovered there were no bins within 10 feet.
    • They are stupid.

    All appear to be true at one time or another.


    As for dogs as caching companions we say YES - big time, we have never found anywhere we have wanted to cache where Boysie can't go (especially as he has a harness with a handle on the back that means you can carry him like a suitecase over styles etc.). He won't jump up you (or even take notice of you) unless you rattle a plastic bag...he thinks thats food.


    If you want a truly honest relationship..get a dog :lol:



  3. The PHP and ASPX scripting languages which are used on websites aren't 100% secure, so it is likely Groundspeak have some security functions running which detect when someone is trying to hack or exploit the site.


    Alas, these security functions sometime have a hiccup and ban an innocent user - it happens now and then on my PHP based website.

    Its not only a hacking issue, there have been cases of people writing web-scrappers that hit the site so hard they bring the servers down. IIRC The software blocks you if you make an unnatural (automated) number of requests in a short period of time.

  4. I try to rate all the caches I visit on HandCaching.com and I include a link to the site on my cache pages. The only thing we can do is keep bringing it up to try on the forums and hope other people add to the HC.com database.


    Incidentally neither we (nor any of our friends or family) are wheelchair users but believe strongly that HC.com be supported.

    ^^^^ I was going to say that :mad:

  5. Apart from the parks - I never bother with the GPS. Just plot the location on the A-z and follow that. I once got 180meters accuracy by the side of the thames - so that dosn't help you know which side of the river you are aiming for :laughing:



  6. I've been giving some thought to Waymarking and why it seems such a poor replacement for virtual cches and I think I have come up with an answer.


    When you set up a virt you don't have to tell the finder anything about the cache. So it can be a total surprise... 2 of our virts work like this and they have been well recieved.


    The whole concept of categories takes any excitement out of the game. So why not have a category of "Surprise" to provide an equivelant to virts?


    Also it is possible to setup a virtual multi on GC.com and I can see no way for these to fit in to the new site.


    Am I right or have I missunderstood?

  7. No one can say a virt is a good substitute for a physical.

    Well, not and know what the heck they are talking about.

    I can...and do...


    As far as I can see the "virtual problem" was only really a US phenomina. In the UK most of the virtuals I have visited have been much better than the nearby physicals.


    If waypoint rating is so great and helps us eliminate pointless waypoints - why not just introduce it on GC.com and leave the virts and locationless there?

  8. Yes my mistake, that only leaves the grandfathered term please.

    Since you require a Groundspeak answer, I'll answer. Grandfathering in this case is no longer allowing new (webcam, virtuals) but allowing the existing ones to be listed as long as they are maintained.

    Ahhh, so it means not backdating the rules. If only someone had said that earlier things would have been a tad clearer.

  9. How big a loss would webcams be anyway


    Personally I have never been a big fan of webcam caches..but, they were all part of the variety of the game. I didn't like them so I didn't do them.


    Now it seems that the whole concept of cache types is to disappear - the only thing allowed on GC.com will be physicals. It just seems that TPTB want to standardise exactly what a cache is, which to me will take quite a lot of interest out of the game.

  10. The problem really is one of TPTB's own making. From the very early days of GC.com they have insisted on listing pretty much anything with no emphasis on quality. I can still place a magnetic micro on a lampost in a dull and uninteresting suburban street - and it would get approved.


    People complained about this and the problem was seen as "lame virtuals" when actually the problem was lame caches (of any type). The same thing happened with locationless, rather than allow a few interesting ones loads were listed and the moaners started again.


    Now the moaners have won, anything that is not a "box in the woods" has to go to the other site where it will disappear in a sea of noise (Mcdonalds, Graves over 100yrs..etc). How easy would it be to find my very favourite virt (historic castleton) on the new site?....next to impossible. Yet again on the new site there seems to be a "list anything - no matter how dull" mentality. :P


    I, like many others, will not be using the new site. As I have no interest in locationless caches. I do like traditionals, multis,virts,webcams,mysteries,earth caches and all the other variations in between that make the game so interesting.


    Was it really so difficult to avoid caches you wern't interested in?

    A sad day indeed :P


  11. As far as I can see getting rid of the 500 limit would reduce the number of PQS dramatically. It takes me 14 queries to download the whole of the UK.


    If I could download them all with one query this would only need to be run once a month or so combined with a weekly "whats changed" query, the load would be significantly reduced.

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