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  1. On 10/13/2021 at 2:18 PM, ChriBli said:

    So Groundspeak uses IE for their website testing? That would explain a lot...


    I would assume any viable implementation would include testing every major browser, even IE. So if something is wrong I wouldn't jump to conclusions.

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  2. On 9/30/2021 at 10:37 AM, Max and 99 said:

    1. MY cache changed, so I updated T and get NASTY emails complaining that I've wrecked someone's DT grid. To them, their grid is more important than my cache having an accurate  D/T rating. Stats are everything to some people.


    I am not sure what is worse. The nasty emails we get upon DT change or the intentionally falsely rated caches so someone can accommodate their friend's stats.

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  3. On 10/17/2021 at 5:16 PM, GeoElmo6000 said:


    There is some controversy to his numbers because in the interview (around the 57 minute mark) he does mention working in teams that split up and claim finds as a group.  I don't believe that's a big number of caches and it's done as part of these multi-geocacher adventures he's part of.  But if you're interested, here's the interview I did.  



    I cannot confirm with 100% certainty but mondou2 and almogul have been accused of tag-team caching.. while on opposite sides of the country. I HAVE NO IDEA IF ITS TRUE OR NOT. Nor do I care about someone's find count. Though I would hope that honesty should be the best policy.

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  4. 10 hours ago, mustakorppi said:

    Funny how a thread with this title is full of stories of geocaching while white.


    Why is it funny? If there is no one here to offer legitimate non-white experiences then others have filled the void with their own stories. Your baiting isn't necessary.

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  5. On 7/20/2021 at 1:54 PM, thebruce0 said:

    Can we not agree that the middle ground is generally the best position for people to be in for the sake of this community, self, and hobby?


    No. Humans instinctively take the path of least resistance, even when the choice is unethical or immoral (watch the news lately). Not that geocaching is at this same level.. but you're either good or your bad. If you're good then stand proud and loud. If you're bad, well then, pay the consequences even if that's just karma.

  6. On 7/4/2021 at 9:30 AM, chooknchunk said:

    Following on this topic (and apologies if it has been discussed before, but I have trawled the threads) ...

    I own a Wherigo cartridge that was originally programmed on Urwigo.

    I have lost the original .urwigo file.

    I need to change some text that is displayed in the Wherigo and alter one waypoint point coordinate.


    I have the GWZ file.

    I have unzipped it and I have tried to read the .lua file in notepad (I am no programmer - I think this may be obvious now).

    I think I have managed to change the coordinates.

    It looks like the various text/description boxes are coded with numbers.

    eg: 014\072\102\037\022\033\037\022\033\037\059\122\033\060\055\006\033\056\034\033\059\102\006\033


    Is there an easier way to edit the GWZ file?

    Or is there a way I can read text descriptions in the .lua file?




    There should be a byte palette in that same file. Consider that "palette" a zero-based array. Use your above string as a sequence of indexes to the palette array. Lookup in the palette the transformation. \014 is the 14th item in the palette. I might be over simplifying it, but that's the general idea. I have software that does the job for me.

  7. 13 hours ago, Max and 99 said:

    Looks like after today we might have a new round of adventure lab credits.


    It would be fun to be awarded another. @Groundspeak I know a large group of people in my home area are sitting on credits and never plan to utilize them. I wonder if that is factored into whatever algorithm is being used at Groundspeak? Does no deadline mean they NEVER expire, ever?

  8. False finds don't change my life one iota except for the fact that I don't want to be knowingly associated with anything deemed to be based on a lie or phoney or of poor character or taste. I find it amazing that people will go out of their way to make themselves look good based on fake finds but then don't give a rip at how lame they look when it is revealed (and proven) that they've cheated.

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  9. On 2/10/2021 at 1:54 PM, Ranger Fox said:

    I know you're playing around.  I still want to reply to that.


    As a cache owner, your responsibility is to craft an experience that is more valuable than the number people get for signing the log.


    I was just playing around. You've likely seen my profile and know I've hidden a Wherigo or two in my day. So I feel the pain of cheating and coordinate sharing. You and I know it is impossible to stop cheaters. So focusing energy on the Wherigo experience so one doesn't want to cheat in the first place is THE best course of action.

  10. 2 hours ago, CachedIronSkillet said:

    What is the ratio of crappy caches to cool caches do you encounter?  If I was King (and you'll soon be happy that I'm not) I'd make a few changes to the game.  I'd limit the number of caches that can be owned in some way.  The formula would take into account many things and would not limit cache creation to only those who discover hundreds of caches.   Again, I'm not King.  I'd probable limit the number to 5, plus 5 at the end of each full year in which you discover at least 10 caches capped at 50, plus another cache for every 10 favorites earned on caches owned.  You want a lot of caches?  Have them earn favorites.  This is just a stab in the dark... I'm sure as King I'd have servants like you to help me refine the formula.


    I'd also create an ownership transfer request system that would allow active geocachers to request ownership over caches that have owners who have no maintained their caches.  These would be limited in number, and caches over a certain age would be exempt.  In reality, I suspect there would be little to no HQ involvement necessary.  Two years without a maintenance log?   Those eligible to make an ownership transfer request could trigger a warning to the owner that they have 90 days to either transfer ownership to someone else or maintain the cache.  Failure to do either in 90 days would cause the cache to auto disabled and ownership would be marked as disputed.  During the next 30 days the person requesting ownership or the original owner would be able to establish or reestablish ownership by either archiving or reenabling the cache.  If ownership was manually transferred to someone else by the original owner during the initial 90 day period the new owner would have an additional 90 days to enter a maintenance log or the above scenario occurs.  Arguments over ownership would result in a duel to the death.  As King you can do things like that.




    So glad you are not king. All evil kings and dictators eventually fall ;-)


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  11. On 6/7/2021 at 11:40 PM, CachedIronSkillet said:

    Here is a video of a gadget I have on a PA GeoTour.




    Cool. Seen this done similarly twice. Once was my own cache several years ago.

  12. On 6/2/2021 at 6:47 PM, yorkmapper said:

    Someone has created too many caches and therefore has denied opportunities for others to participate in geocaching.  A brand new rail trail just opened up in our area.  Friends of mine live along the trail and have just gotten the geocache bug.  They wanted to hide their first one on the trail near their house but there is no room now.  To be clear, the trail is new and someone just puked a ton of hides all along the trail.
    This is wrong.  The reviewers should not have allowed this.


    Hiding guidelines on the official Geocache site:

    "Pick a unique location and get accurate coordinates

    A quality cache brings the community to an interesting location."


    Please rectify this poor management.


    Assuming your friend lives in the same area you do, I see places to hide caches all over the place.


    And it is not wrong or poor management just because you say it is. I find that most cachers that are sore about an area allegedly being "filled up" just want to take the path of least resistance and spend zero time scouting their own hiding spots. I live in one of the most cache dense cities in the country and I have no problem hiding new caches. You just have to work at it and get creative. It's not everyone else's fault you and friend may be slightly late to the game.

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  13. 19 hours ago, fizzymagic said:

    If you think the value of that icon is only from being at that location, then I don't know what to say.


    The idea of the OP here is basically the equivalent to saying we should have event caches where people just drive by a spot in their cars and log it.  No, that is not an event.  And no, signing a log in the street outside of the building in which HQ is located is not a visit to HQ.


    I didn't expect you to say anything. I am talking about my own experience. Inside or outside HQ, the experience for me was the same. It's not that I don't love the gang that brings me the hobby I enjoy so much. But I work in an office that does software development so for me it didn't compute to being some life-changing experience. But I'll take the icon because that's what some of us do.

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  14. 5 minutes ago, frostengel said:


    I don't know why this should be an ego thing? Someone with many finds isn't better than someone else and - we all know - numbers aren't everything.

    It would be the same if they asked how long are you caching: less than a 1 month, 1 month, half a year, one year, more than one year? Everybody would fit in any section but an old veteran from the beginnings wouldn't feel as if he fit in.


    The problem is - or I correct: my problem is - that in these cases I don't have the feeling that I am target person of this survey. And if I have the feeling that this is a survey for others (beginners, people with not so many finds, young people, whatever) but not for me I might not take part in it. And therefore - just my opinion - they might lose a(n important??) group of cachers.


    Just saying - I don't care too much about Groundspeak's surveys. I usually answer them to do my part but that's it.


    Perhaps Groundspeak already knows that the information they're trying to derive isn't going to improve by adding higher find categories.

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  15. On 3/17/2021 at 5:25 PM, frostengel said:


    but perhaps give that small group (?) of crazy cachers a number to identify with. Make something like "500-1999", "2000-9999" and "10000+" instead of "500+". 



    Inventing things so "we all fit in". For God's sake don't do this for my sake. at 18,000+ finds I am not offended, but embarrassed by the notion that a category other than 500+ needs to be created so that egos get some stroking.


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  16. On 3/2/2021 at 7:40 PM, BlueRajah said:

    I would say many people that call these people cheaters would not be able to do it, or would not be able to without cheating.


    That's right. And while I might not be 100% pure (replace a cache fix a cache there) I refuse to perform such a challenge as streaking for 1000's of days knowing it isn't true and then publicly claiming success. MY blanket statement is strictly referring to our geographically local streakers claiming a streaks on the order of 1000's of days.. 2000, 3000, and higher. I am not suggesting it isn't possible for someone to complete.. just that nearly all our locals with streaks this high HAVE cheated.

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  17. 21 hours ago, mustakorppi said:

    ...there are like 3000 caches within 10 mile radius of Minneapolis alone, over half of which are trads with D and T of 3 or less. What am I missing?


    I did not suggest there was a lack of options. I suggested those with significant streaks for sure cheated.. for whatever reason. Weather, laziness, other? Stockpile a load of finds on a weekend and then log them with new dates during the work week.

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  18. 21 hours ago, NYPaddleCacher said:


     I can alway count on you to post your opinion that due to the number of posts I've made, my opinion doesn't matter.   Your entire post added nothing to the thread.  At least mine referenced to the topic of large scale geo-art, but for some odd reason, you seemed to be more offended by it than the OP.


    We all already know you prefer quality over quantity. But still 100% irrelevant to the topic at hand. Not every thread needs to be derailed with your geocaching preferences.

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