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  1. I can't claim credit for noticing it, but this is easily reproducible. If zoomed out a decent amount in a cache-dense area, all the clusters are at the bottom of the map and the middle/top are empty.


    Also, if you twitch the map a little bit (just enough to trigger a refresh), all the clusters jump around.

  2. I'd love a spell checker for the forums, both for the Add Reply and Fast Reply.

    How many times have you had to re-edit a message just seconds after posting it and have that awful message stating that this message has been edited...

    ... or post the same message 4 times and stare at three awful messages.


    Spell-check on the server side is hardly feasible; just get a spellcheck add-on for your browser.

  3. That said, it's understandable that they don't have the resources for it, but with the large volunteer community of the site, it might be a good idea to 'let us loose' on the staging server before making changes to the live server. Large MMO games often do this, for example (a test server and live server, both fully public)
    I'm nearly positive that Groundspeak already does this.
    No, there is no distinction between the live server and the public test server.
  4. As it stands now you can run 5 PQ per day for 2500 cache. 7 days a week gives 17500. If TPTB gave the "aggregators" the capability to see recently archived caches so they didn't have to use full downloads that there would be less of a load on the servers? No. What people would do is use their 5 PQs per day to get 17500 cache that have recently been updated (since they don't need to get the majority of caches in there offline database that didn't change). The load on the servers would be the same and the "aggregators" will have offline database with 175000 caches (assuming 10% of caches get updated each week). This is more than 1/3 of all the active caches worldwide. Groundspeak does not want to make it easy for people to have the ability to make a copy of a significant part of the their database but they do want to allow geocachers to get a reasonable number of caches to plan there cache outings.
    Using these calculations, the value of having a one-day-old copy of the entire database of active caches is about $60/month. Allowing information to be up to a week old drops that to under $10/month. Since the big worry is supposedly someone duplicating the whole database, why has nobody done it yet? Obviously nobody wants to, because the value of the database is being able to add logs to it. This explanation is tiresome to see repeated over and over again.


    I believe MOST people would say - "Wow - now I can extend that radius to 150 miles instead" and use up the 3 PQs.
    What, exactly, is wrong with the possibility that some people might get more bang for their buck?
  5. If Geocaching were to bring back the old "Archive (no show)" category, then caches that land managers want excluded from searches could be marked hidden while other archived caches that are not in sensitive areas could be searched for. I read elsewhere where the Retract log is now used for this. [...]
    You're right: certain listings are retracted and appear as if they are never published. However, I would guess this is less that .1% of all caches. In the past year within a 50-mile radius 2 caches in my area have been retracted. I don't think problems with sensitive areas are a problem at all in the grand scheme of things, but I guess GS has to have some sort of policy to point to.


    I don't see the ability to actively find (i.e. not stumble across) archived listings a problem in that regard, and would also like to see it return.

  6. The only feasible way such a script could work is if it had a database of all the archived caches in the world. It would have to intercept calls to the map and check for archived caches in the area, then inject them into the map. That's about as close to impossible as you can get, despite being theoretically possible. :)


    Prime Suspect was able to make the scripts you have because they usually only involve adding links to known locations, such as a cache page. They can't query the GC database.

  7. That's really what the "short description" and "long description" that now exist on the cache submit form should be. But usually aren't. Nice thought though, and I agree with you.


    In my own caches I try to give the relevant info: length of walk, container type, hazards, in the short description and wax a tad more poetic in the long. Not many cache owners seem to get this idea however.

    Same here. We seem to be a rare bunch, though. Nothing GC.com does will change that.
  8. Argh, I just tried to use this today and realized it was no longer there. :)


    At least you could be patient and see if part of the slow motion rollout of v2 include a newer better way to view them
    There's no sense in removing something until its replacement is operational, unless the removal is intended to be permanent.
  9. I fully understand the challenge concept. Like someone else mentioned, the final cache is merely the hlogbook for the effort undertaken. My final was a mile in, and is a very easy hide. I made it such, seeing as the real effort was driving all over Rhode Island to find 12 caches and didn't want people having to spend ours at GZ in order to log the cache.
    No offense to your fine state, but that comment just about made my day. :D
  10. Okay. I'm not sure if this is the lock up issue that everyone is talking about, but I have a pretty serious problem with the new google maps.




    Zoom out TWICE.


    You will get message popup boxes:

    EO.Web Controls Client Side Debug Message


    The callbackk on cbAjax has failed due to a server side exception.


    Windows XP SP2

    Firefox or IE7

    I see it too, but I get a second, ridiculously long, error message before the cbAjax one. It starts "an error occured while applying the new output," and doesn't have any indication of ending before the Second Coming.


    Ubuntu Linux 7.04, running FX

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