When I started geocaching in 2010 I was learning something new all the time. Different cache types --> cool! When I heard about webcam caches, virtual caches and locationless caches I thought "Why there isn't any near my house?" Then this newbie geocacher got his first dissappointment: no more can be done.
Later my opinion about the locationless caches changed. I agree that they actually aren't geocaches. Webcam and Virtuals are cool cache types as the caches with containers. I don't see any reason why can't a geocache be a geocache without a container? If EarthCaches are allowed too this container argument has lost its power. When the virtual caches were grandfathered I understand that there was some kind of problems out there but so the traditional caches are having problems too. Containers are lost, somebody can cheat in logging (friend logs a cache for him/her), the cache is actually a micro in a traffic sign (Wow-factor)... So should we grandfather traditional caches too?
When I started reading these conversations about bringing back grandfathered caches I see that people are worried about the logging. I say that if I log every geocache in the world now most of the logs are not going to be deleted. It would be my own shame. The idea of geocaching is to entertain ourselves by getting some finds and see places which wouldn't have been seen without a cache. This should not be a competition! If someone really gets satisfaction by cheating so be it! I don't see the funny side on it...
For example think about a webcam cache. "How a great idea!" - Thinks someone who has started the geocaching.
Some people are against the bring back grandfathered cache types operation, some people are dreaming to get them back. As I said the geocaching is a hobby where you should get some entertaiment so if some people are against it why should we ban the other cachers' joy? If you don't like them, don't log them. Easy and simple to do! This game should not be forcing anyone. If these cache types mean so much to someone, why we have to spoil the joy? The Waymarking is not so popular and it is not the same (Waymark published 2 years ago --> Last visited: never). People are interested in geocaching. I say that I would have never experienced the EarthCaches if they would not have been brought back.
I think that these conversations should be taken seriously. Geocachers are keeping this hobby alive and we should be listened. For now I am a premium member but I figured out that I don't actually need premium membership it is more like support for this awesome hobby. So one idea could be that Groundspeak allows the Virtuals and Webcams for the premium members.
Let's make this game even more awesome!