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  1. Or he could have been in an airplane. It would be completely possible to have done some caches before and after the plane ride, especially if a layover or something was involved. Of course, if there are lots of "layovers" then I would simply ask, "Are you sure you are logging on the right cache?" Maybe even throw in an obvious "verification" question that he would know the answer to had he been there, such as about the parking lot or something. Something like, "Hi, thanks for logging. Please double check to make sure you are logging the right cache. For verification I ask a simple question related to the cache. Was the parking lot a circle or square shape?" You know something obvious and easy, if you had actually been there.

  2. Yes, life does get in the way of logging online. I have a lot higher find count than what my stats show. I did log the paper log, I have not gotten around to logging others. If I find the find logs later I might go ahead and put them in. They would be for finds up to two years ago.

  3. Hi, I am the cache owner of the Cache Across America - South Dakota listing. I need somebody to adopt this cache as I am just not active in geocaching at this time. Is there anybody in the Watertown area who would be interested in taking over this cache? It is part of the 50 state cache series with the final, secret cache hidden in Washington D.C. It cannot be archived since if it is, nobody else will ever be able to complete the national series.


    If interested, please send me a message.



  4. I personally did it because I know that servers, bandwidth and software developers aren't free and wanted to support the site.


    I've since become quite dependent on pocket queries and the caches along a route features. Some other benefits are paperless caching and instant notification of published caches (great for the FTF hounds).


    Boy, even the volunteer moderators have to pay for the privilege? Time for a new contract.


    At any rate - become a premium member. The pocket queries are well worth it. Caches along a route are well worth it. The ability to visit off-topic is very much worth it.


    I can't really think of a downside unless you honestly can't afford $3 a month. If that's the case I would suggest collecting aluminum for an afternoon. :anibad::D (You could even make it part of a CITO or something)


    Bottom line is that I guess that I like good guidelines, and I also like flexibility in enforcing them! I never worry too much about consistency or about what sets a precedent and what does not. I remember back when I was in grad school in the early nineties, the professor who was my thesis committee chairman was a Polish immigrant who had endured amazing hardships to move to the USA and to earn his PhD; he useta love to say to people "Don't try to be consistent! The only consistent person is a dead person! Instead, learn to be flexible and have fun!" I think that a smidgen of that advice might apply here....!


    I wish more people would develop that as their life philosophy.

  6. It's probably best to just not do it.


    However, I freeze my bottles all the time, on purpose. I've even heard they're *designed* to be frozen. But I won't swear to that.


    As for tampering, it seems to me you're MUCH more likely to get a tampered bottle off the shelf of Quik-E-Mart than in a cache. Hasn't stopped me from buying one yet.


    Yes, only one kind of weirdo typically visits a cache. :laughing: All kinds of weirdo's goto in the gas station. I'm not sure I would drink it however... Interesting questions.

  7. This begs the question, would Jesus even need a GPS?


    What would Jesus cache?

    And... WKCWJP ("What kind of cache would Jesus hide?")...


    all I know is that it wouldn't be a micro. Seriously, I think it's considered a sin.


    And just think - he could it hide it anywhere - from the deepest ocean to somewhere way out in space....

  8. Muggle - Comes from English slang. A "mug" is somebody who is easily fooled.


    Cult - Adherents of an exclusive system of religious beliefs and practices


    For the Record:

    The author nor her "followers" belong to any cult organized by the author. I enjoyed reading the books - that does not make me a member or believer of any of the events portrayed. I have this ability to read about made-up things and understand that they are made-up and not real. I don't think I'm the only one...

  9. In a recent topic I started in newbie forum, there were comments about how multi caches aren't as popular as singles. I sort of noticed this as my first cache placed is a multi and hasn't gotten nearly the traffic I expected for a new listing. Great reviews but slow traffic. (Although part of the reason could be the area itself is tricky to find and I suspect there have been a number of unlogged DNFs.)


    So, pardon me if this is an old, tired topic. Mods can zap it if they want to. But I AM curious about why multis aren't as popular as a single.


    From my own (rather limited) experience, I have found most multis give you a great walk (exercise!), often are placed in woods (beautiful!) and you get multiple hunts/finds for the "price" of one! What's not to love about that? Now, I do recognize that multi's take more time than a park and grab...you might get one smiley for an hour's hunt vs. several smileys for a bunch of parking lot micros. But...if the idea is THE HUNT...wouldn't a bunch of hunts rolled into one be a lot of fun? And you can be so creative with the different stages!


    One of my first finds was a multi and I had a great time walking, finding creative hides with a nice ammo can at the end. To my way of thinking, a multi gives you more fun than a single: "Ok, I found it...I'm done."


    Is the time factor??


    Don't get me wrong...I like singles too...even micros that are creatively and thoughfully placed. But I'm really surprised to find multis are unpopular.




    I would rather do 1 multi, then 10 regular park and grabs.

  10. We have just passed our 100th find, and we love our new hobby!!! Along with loving our new hobby comes a bit of passionate feelings. When we go out for a day of geocaching we take along a backpack (yes it is cammo) filled with supplies. By supplies I mean that it contains such as a cache repair kit (extra containers, ducK tape, cloth for drying damp containers, extra log sheets) and various sizes of tradeable items, oh and Bug Spray :laughing: We carry from tiny items to larger items. My point is this.....We have seen some, for lack of a better term, TRASH in caches. We just find it dissappointing that someone that enjoys the same hobby as us would leave this "stuff"!!! We feel as though if you do not plan on leaving something that someone else would enjoy finding, do not leave anything at all and just sign the log. This is such an interesting and entertaining source of enjoyment for all of us that we should tighten the reigns and be proud!!!


    I am new to geocaching and was all excited about getting stuff that I could put in a cache when i found one. I am on a limited budget and was afraid that I couldnt' afford to leave cool stuff.....but then i went to the thrift store! Problem solved! I got tons of cool things that aren't expensive but aren't junk (cute small stuffed animals, little girls hello kitty sunglasses, decorative holiday picutre frames, ceramic candle holders with cute decorations, handpainted glass suncatcher-type artwork to hang on a window...etc) all for only 25 cents each! I wish more would do that....it woudl be better than finding a gum wrapper.


    Rummage sales are another great source of inexpensive stuff suitable as trade items.

  11. I've tried a glass jar, fishing bobber, tackle box, coin collector box and ammo cans.


    The only good one was the ammo can. (Which I now use on most of my caches. I have yet to replace the tackle box.)


    I've wondered about the new Lock N Seal containers from Glad though. They are cheap, but will they hold up?

    Anybody tried those.


    As far side conservation goes there has some really good post in this thread by others explaining why certain items offend them. I am not bothered by religion but I have a hard time understanding why some people appear to be bother by religion simply because it exists. I've read posts where someone is offended by a religious tract placed in a cache but they never go on to say why or how the tract offends them. Besides just because something is offensive is that really reason to ban it from caches? This is what lead me to the idea of the theoretical non-offensive cache. I know that there is no such thing as a 100% non-offensive cache. What I find most interesting is not the items that are being listing as offensive in this thread but the items that I have seen in caches that no one posting to this thread has listed as offensive.


    As an example as to why pencils offend me: (True Story) I was stabbed with one as a kid. It went in several inches and the graphite is still embedded in my body. Therefore I do not really like pencils and could easily consider them a weapon.


    But hey - please put a pencil in the cache since pens freeze. I might be offended, but since I am all grown up, I think I'll be able to get over myself.

  13. This thread has gotten a little off topic. If I wanted a debate on what offends or should not offend I would have dug up one of the many old thread on the topic and added a post to one of those dead threads. To help bring this thread back on track I'll give a little summary from posts that are on topic.


    List of items that offend:


    Once an item offends even one person it will not go in to the cache



    i'm sorry, i thought it was a general discussion of community standards.


    if we'd known you just wanted a list of everything that might possibly offend anyone and therefore be excluded from caches, it would have saved everyone a lot of time.


    everything has the potential to offend someone, so you'd better not put anything at all in.


    conversely, some people are offended if you don't leave anything, so your best bet is not to open the cache at all.


    but some people are offended if you visit the cache but don't sign the log. better quit caching.


    i don't think the original post said anything about a non-offensive cache. it did ask for opinion, but did not state that we were simply compiling an elimination list, which would only serve as an excercise in futility. if nobody actually discusses the opinions, they have about as much meaning as a porkchop at a bar mitzvah.


    if we are only compiling a debate-free elimination list, i would like to add that i am deeply offended by TBs, geocoins, wooden nickles, WG$, spiral bound notebooks, and blue ball-point pens. i am sent into fits of rage by any pencil other than a dixon-ticonderoga #2, ziploc bags, or foreign currency. anything pink or glittery is completely inappropriate, as is anything in hunter orange or camouflage. it is my habit to trash these things out when i find them in caches.


    you should, too.


    Good summation Flask, however I find that those things you listed are particularly disturbing to me right at this moment. My whim at what I find offensive might change later, so watch out.


    Actually I have just decided to be offended by everything, therefore nothing should go in anywhere....after all I am "just one person".


    The "just one person" claim is the most sad reflection I have ever heard.


    But hey - Have a nice day - unless you find that offensive, after all "Once an item offends even one person it will not go in to the cache".... :):o:)

  14. Well, I will say this. You are typically supportive of the site and the reviewers.


    are you guys keeping track? is there some kind of clandestine rating system that measures loyalty? are there going to be purges?




    everybody change over to your sockpuppet accounts. hurry, while there's still time. go deep.


    we'll all meet up at the safe location. you know where. do NOT speak to reviewers, moderators, or anyone that can't give you the password.


    we'll meet up, regroup, and work out a plan.


    All hail the great and mighty. All hail the hamster. All hail the milkbones.



    Honestly though - why does everybody keep picking at the rules and picking at the rules? They are fairly straight-forward without being real restrictive. It's not like this is a matter of law where life and death hangs in the balance.

  15. It wouldn't make any difference if you only got 1 increment increase in find count per cache listing.


    That would be even easier for the site to implement. Slightly altering 1 SQL statement would change it so that no matter how many found it logs you made on one cache, it would only count as 1, yet would update the found it date stamp for the person filtering on the OP method.


    Nice and clean idea, at least as far as programming is concerned.


    Edit: Stupid sphel scheker

  16. Or maybe new tags. Not just what is available now, but a found it-new and a found it-tb drop or a found it-maintenance run. Of course the opposing DNF tags would also have to get created.


    Or - and this is completely programming here - when a maintenance run or tb drop is made the person making the log would have the option to check a box indicating that yes the cache is present. This would then reflect as a "found it" for filtering purposes, but would do nothing to increase the find count.

  17. I understand you want to keep your original email address. One work-around would be to send your geocaching mail to a gmail address, and have that address auto-forward the email to your original address. Since the email in now from gmail, and not gc.com, it should make it thru your ISP's blacklist.



    You can also set up your gmail as a pop service account and just download the messages to your desktop at your leisure. You can choose to keep a copy on gmail or have it deleted after you download it. Pretty nice, and it is still -- FREE.


    I think it is laughable though that they are blocking gc.com. I run an itsy bitsy mail server for 3 companies and 5 domains with a few thousands users without problems like this. We process around a gb of mail per day, but since my mail server is correctly configured, it actually just works.

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