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Everything posted by justintim1999

  1. That's your opinion and I respect it. My opinion still stands. I don't expect the CHS to be going any where soon. In that case I choose to change how I log to support what GS is trying to do. I'm sure the OP can view both sides of the issue and decide what the best course of action will be.
  2. In your case I'd write a note explaining your situation. With the creation of the "cache score" a DNF could negatively effect a cache that's perfectly fine. I only log a DNF when I've reached GZ and actually searched.
  3. I feel ya. You can except an animal or mother nature destroying one of your caches but I never understood why a reasoning brain would think doing something like that was somehow a good thing. Just picture your cache on fire and Yogi Bear coming along to put it out.
  4. Was the cache well concealed after this find? Did you reach out and ask them about it? If they were truly bad cachers I'd bet you'd notice a few NM logs after some of their other finds. Seems odd to go through all that trouble to find a cache just to vandalize it. I tend not to jump to conclusions on things like this but to be honest I've never had something like this happen to me. Most of what I see looks like inexperience or simple mistakes. I think most people who understand the game have more respect than that......but I'm sure there are exceptions.
  5. No... what I said is I'm all for playing the game right but I'm not going to put a bunch of time and effort policing those who choose not to. I take care of my caches and when finding a cache I'll post the appropriate logs according to the situation. The rest I leave up to the reviewers to handle. The only way to encourage "good practices" is through example. The only way to discourage "bad practices" is through logs. What I won't do is get upset or discouraged over something I have very little control over.
  6. I think most people who hid and find caches do so because they want to not because they have to. I also think that the vast majority of them are responsible and try to to the right things. For those reasons I don't think a hands off approach would spell the end of the hobby. I'm all for playing the game right, I just don't let those who choose not to effect my enjoyment of it.
  7. Same as you. If it's all about the smiley, a caching streak or some sort of challenge I can see how one would be "effected". I pretty much know the solid cache owners in my area so If I'm involved in something like that I'll try and choose a cache I'm relatively confident will be there and in good shape. I enjoy the find as much as the next person but it's not the primary reason I cache so false find logs, wet caches and missing travel bugs don't bother me all that much.
  8. Just had a discovered log on a travel bug I've had in my possession for over three years, even though it states on the TB page "No virtual logs please". No in depth investigating needed on this one. I just deleted the log and moved on. Obsessing over cheaters just ruins the game for me. I have better things to do with my time than police the Geocaching community. In my opinion you can't legislate morality and trying to do so is a huge waste of time.
  9. Are you sure it was a fellow Geocacher? Could it have been a muggle or an animal? As for me I still can't think of any bad cachers.
  10. My comment was responding more to deleting a find because of the "I didn't have a pen" thing. In your case I don't agree with having your find deleted. I also think one smiley isn't worth the time and effort.
  11. I have no problem with someone following the guidelines to a T. If you are a cache owner I'm sure you've had your share of "Didn't sign the log. Forgot a pen". I can't remember the last time I've forgotten a pen but if for some reason I didn't sign the log I wouldn't expect the cache owner to let it slide. They have every right to delete my find and I'd double check my bag to make sure I had a couple of pens with me next time. I consider myself a responsible cache owner but I can count on one finger the number of finds I've deleted. I guess I'm just to darn trusting. I could never be a judge (or reviewer).....everyone would be innocent.
  12. I wonder if calibrating your phones compass would help? Find and improve your location’s accuracy - Android - Google Maps Help
  13. I just can't get all worked up about all that. All you can do about most of it is log your NM and move on. The only thing I can really control is my own geocaches. Lead by example and sooner or later people with notice. I think you'd be better off if you'd stop obsessing about what others are doing (or not doing) and concentrate on enjoying the experience. People choose to play the game all kinds of ways. Why not just let them do that?
  14. I just started using my phone & the Geocaching App a couple of weeks ago. So far no issues. This came about because my Garmin Oregon 450 finally died. It's the only GPS I've ever owned and I'd recommend it for any level of cacher. I've seen used ones for around $150.00 and new ones for about $325.00. Since your new to the activity I'd suggest you stick with the app, at least for a while. Some time down the line, if your still enjoying caching, think about a stand alone GPS. I found my Oregon 450 especially handy when I decided I wanted to start hiding caches.
  15. All that really matters is it's now in the correct cache. Problem solved. Nice work.
  16. Brilliant!!!! Why didn't I think of that. I'll have to put some thought into this one. Maybe figure out how I'd go about it and share with you some of those ideas.
  17. I've never thought about changing it........ Probably because I don't see the word as in any way negative. The way people use words can be offensive. The actual words are not.
  18. I try not to confuse "Bad" with "Inexperienced". I can't think of any bad cachers.
  19. Some are the container. Others have to do with location. Some are interesting things that happened along the journey. I've awarded 518 favorite points and I think I have one right now I can give. For me all a cache needs is a log.
  20. I'm lucky. There are plenty of caches in my area I can find with the free account. Some may argue that premium only caches are typically of higher quality and are maintained better. I'm up in the air on that one. I'd consider a premium membership if the number of them in my area was worth it. I enjoy the hike and the locations so the quality of the cache (or lack of it) is secondary to me. I have nothing against premium only caches but I myself would never hide one. I choose to be a premium member as a way to support Geocaching in general.
  21. Challenges may be a good way to accomplish that. I remember doing a cache called "The Motherload" which was a mystery cache. It involved finding around 30 or 40 caches. Each cache had an off set number in it pertaining to the missing east and west coords to the Motherload. That was one of my favorite series of caches and although it tool a little time to finish, I wound up with a bunch of finds and a boatload of memories. The secret is to cache as long as your having fun. If it becomes a chore, put it down for a while and focus on maybe hiding a few of your own. Cache ownership can be just as rewarding. Good luck and stay safe.
  22. The beauty of this activity is you can put it down and pick it up any time you'd like. For the past couple of years I've focused on maintaining my caches. Just last week I found my first cache in over a year. My intention was to grab a single cache in an area I frequent often. Wound up traveling to a location close by and grabbing three more. If I hadn't had things to do at home I'd probably still be out there. It was nice to still get that same feeling after all that time.
  23. Now you've done it. You've passed the point of no return. 300 is a great milestone. Wait till you see what the next 300 will bring.
  24. I think today this would involve a conversation with your reviewer. I can't say I know exactly how the health score works. I think the system generates a generic e-mail making the owner aware of a potential issue when a cache score falls below a certain level. From what I understand the system doesn't disable or archive caches, reviewers do that. To have a cache published you have to describe the hide as well as the container. I'd think most reviewers seeing the title of the series along with the hide info will have a pretty good idea of how difficult the caches will be. Also, the difficulty and terrain rating will have to be accurate. A little understanding between the hider and the reviewer regarding multiple DNF's should solve the problem. You may not be able to avoid the automatic e-mail but the reviewer should be less inclined to disable the cache because of a bunch of DNF's. That being said there should be an agreed upon number of DNF's that will trigger the owner to take a look. Having a bunch of tough or remote caches doesn't absolve the owner of some sort of maintenance plan. This is one of those examples of when having other people help with maintenance would be beneficial. Again if I'm wrong about how the cache score system works than all this is out the window.
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