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  1. I do or have done all of these. 


    As long as we're looking at all of these, except #2,  as suggestions.  In no way would I expect anyone to do any of these except replacing the cache as it was found. 


    #1 is always nice but optional.   #4 is prudent.   The rest are the cache owners responsibility and I wouldn't want, even an experienced cacher, to think they were obligated to do anything but sign the log and replace the cache.   


    In most cases a Needs Maintenance log is usually the best action.  


    There's nothing wrong with helping out other cache owners as long as the "helping" doesn't become the maintenance.        



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  2. On 4/19/2021 at 9:10 AM, GeoElmo6000 said:


    I don't have any advice for you but wanted to say great job on the cache containers!  Well done.

    Thank you for the comment.   There seems to be no right or wrong answer to this question so please feel free to let me know what you would do. 

  3. Replacing a single cache may or may not have the intended effect depending on the cacher and where the cache is placed. 


    All 22 of my active caches are part of 3 series.   A single trip would give the cacher 6, 7 or 9 smiles as well as new cache hides to find.    This approach may be incentive enough to get people who've already visited an area reasons to return.    For some,  hiking a mile to get 1 smile may not be worth it.  For others finding a replacement guard rail cache may not be either.


    I don't know the numbers regarding new cachers in the game but if what I've been hearing and seeing is any indication,  replacing existing caches from time to time may be the way to go if we're going to keep Geocaching alive and healthy.       

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  4. I started in 2010.   Today there are still plenty of caches in my area to find but many of them are of the urban, guard rail variety which I tend to pass up.   


    Your question leads me to another topic.   Archiving older caches for new hides.   I've wrestled with the idea of archiving some of my older caches and placing new ones around the same general area.  


    Half of me want's to preserve my older caches for new cachers to enjoy.   The other half want's to archive those caches and place something new for existing cachers to find. 


    There are still areas around where I could place new caches.   The issue for me is having to many caches to properly maintain.   I only have about 22 active caches but most are somewhat elaborate and are located along wooded trails.   I find maintaining my 22 caches to my standards is about the right number for me.   I enjoy the process of creating interesting hides.   This past weekend was the first time in a long time I was able to make something new and I realized how much I miss the process.    



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  5. I have a unique hide that's right in the middle of a series.   It's made of natural materials that have degraded over time and needs to be replaced.


    The resources to duplicate the original hide are not available in that location.    The cache has 68 favorite points primarily based on the uniqueness of the hide.  


    The replacement container will also be a unique hide but not quite the same.


    Should I just replace the cache and keep the listing or archive it and place the new one? 

  6. On 4/8/2021 at 11:43 AM, TeamRabbitRun said:


    Just let your phone sit stationary for a LONG time before noting the coords, and do it a few times at different times to get different satellite constellations, approaching from different directions, then average your several readings. 

    GPSr's are typically better at quicker geo-dips than phones.


    I'm sure you know this; I'm writing for the kids watching.

    Thanks.   Always appreciate information.   Using the Oregon 450, my  coords have always been good.    I used GPS Point for this new one.   Any experience with this app? 

  7. On 4/5/2021 at 8:06 PM, TriciaG said:

    And some of us won't ever get a GPS receiver. ;)

    Had a Garmin Oregon 450 that finally died on me.   This weekend will be the first Geocache I've placed using only my phone.   If all goes well I may not replace mine although I think I'm going to miss it.  

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  8. I must admit having all my caches available to everyone dose increase the amount of maintenance but not enough for me to consider converting them to premium.   


    My reason for hiding caches is to introduce people to the activity so I anticipate a little extra work. 


    Reminds me of an old saying.    "To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid."  

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  9. On 1/13/2021 at 5:09 PM, thebruce0 said:

    Thankfully that's not what's happening. (assuming you mean by HQ)


    That is, I think, what HQ is encouraging people to think about. :antenna:

    I guess the decision to archive and replace (or not) comes down  to what's most important to you.   keeping long standing hides for new cachers to experience or replacing them with  new hides for existing cachers to find.   All long time cachers  eventually get cached out of their local area.   Finds and favorite points aside,  it seems like a good idea to archive some hides and replace them with something new to keep the game fresh and new for everyone.   


    Something to consider.            

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  10. Can't say I'm in favor of archiving perfectly good, well maintained caches due to lack of finds or favorite points.


     I will say I've considered doing just that with some of my own caches.   


    Look to create something new and in the process give previous visitors a reason to come back and enjoy the area again.


    Something to think about. 



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  11. By not immediately deleting the find I think you're already show good judgment. 


    Reaching out and offering guidance to a new cacher is always a good thing.  


    In the end it's up to you to decide if the find stays or geos.  You are after all the cache owner. 


    In 10 years of Geocaching I can only remember deleting 1 find.  I've had countless "Didn't have a pen to sign the log" finds but I don't have the time to wallow in the "everybody's  trying to get away with something" crowd.       

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  12. My reviewer has been very understanding regarding issues with my caches.   I'm sure the fact that I've continued to post my maintenance intentions has a lot to do with it as dose my past ownership history.   As long as you show your active and working on the issues I think most reviewers will give you a lot of slack.  Of course at some point you have to follow through with your promises.   I do believe your cache ownership history (or lack of) plays a role in all of this.          

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  13. Anyone out there know who the reviewer is for central Massachusetts?   Or maybe someone knows the answer to this question?


    I have a cache that had to be archived (the tree came down during a recent storm)   I'd like to place another cache in the same general area and I wanted to know if new cache submissions are being processed.   I set up a new cache page and left a reviewers note with this question about 2 weeks ago.   The new cache will take some time to make and I'd rather not waste my time right now if it's not going to be published.



  14. On ‎3‎/‎13‎/‎2020 at 12:35 PM, ecanderson said:

    Caching could well be one of the safest forms of entertainment left to some folks.  Outdoors, no crowds.  Pay a little attention to handling things is all.  If really concerned, gloves are still widely available most places.  I certainly wouldn't be disabling any of mine, though I can see where people with 'library caches' and similar in some parts of the world probably won't see very many finders in the near term.

    I've seen an actual uptick in my cache finds over the last month.   I hope the trend continues after we're through all this.    This weekend was cache maintenance weekend and I found myself enjoying every minute of it. 

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  15. 11 hours ago, Keystone said:

    Cache difficulty and terrain are taken into account when the cache health score algorithm is calculated.  Observations from looking at thousands of caches since the algorithm rolled out:

    1. There will always be some false positives - if I see inexperienced geocachers logging DNF's on caches that experienced cachers are finding, I take no action.
    2. There will always be some false negatives - a 3/3 cache whose health score degrades too slowly, when I know deep down that the three experienced finders are right.
    3. It makes sense, therefore, to have a human (or dog) look at the cache before formal action is taken.
    4. The judgment of any human (or dog) will always have an element of subjectivity.  No system is perfect.
    5. The cache health score algorithm is a preferable replacement for community inaction on caches in need of maintenance.
    6. Woof.

    I'd assume that most reviewers take into consideration caches that are hidden in snowy areas.   Many of my caches could rack up multiple DNF's due to snow cover.  In fact I had one DNF last week where the cacher mentioned snow cover as a possible reason in their log. 


    Dose the CHS take into consideration caches without the "available in winter" attribute?  

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  16. Dress warm, bring plenty of fluids and try to ignore the previous cachers tracks.



    Although if it's a particularly difficult cache,   those tracks can look like something out of a Family Circus comic strip. 



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  17. On ‎11‎/‎19‎/‎2019 at 9:32 PM, spacemule said:

    Scenario: small log sheet.  People signing with a stamp that takes up 5 lines or they skip lines.


    Am I the only one that finds this behavior annoying, self-centered, and tacky?

    Annoying?  maybe.  Self-centered, and tacky would depend on the experience of the finder.   I anticipate things like that (and many others)  from new cachers.   I'd hope an experienced cacher or cache owner would bet a little more understanding.   Of course if I knew then what I know now,  I'd have made my caching name "ARF" and saved myself many signing problems:)   

  18. How to properly log a Travel Bug.   First cache I found had one in it.  I took it with me not having a slightest clue what to do with it.  It's no surprise I logged it about as backward as one can (picture of the tracking # included.)  Thankfully the owner of the Travel Bug was watching it.   He fixed it up for me and sent me detailed directions on how to do it along with an open invitation to contact him if I had any questions.   He was the first cacher I had any contact with and his patience and understanding went a long way.      

  19. 15 minutes ago, niraD said:

    Finding almost 100 caches didn't teach me any of that. Finding a hundred more caches wouldn't have taught me any of that.

    It shows me you were likely to stick around and that's all I'm looking for.    I found more than 600 before I took the plunge. 

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  20. 15 minutes ago, dprovan said:

    With all the broken containers, poor coordinates, and missing caches I've encountered, very, very few of them were negative experiences to me.

    You and I are in agreement here.   To me this isn't a matter of what's quality and what isn't.  It's about understanding that to become a cache owner you're agreeing to do all the things a cache owner needs to do.   It's about being willing to make good on that promise before you hide the cache and following through when you're all done.   Where is the distinction between the person who hides a cache and walks away 3 month later and the person who's maintained a cache for years?   Both share the title "Cache Owner"   One in mind and one in spirit. 


    I consider cache ownership an honor which is why I don't think anyone should be able to hide one right out of the box.   



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