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  1. My wife and I just returned from Germany and Czech Republic where we found earthcaches and others to be in local language plus English or local language only. When no English was provided Google Translate quickly provided a crude, but usable, translation. So there's no need to stop caching if you can't read the local language.

  2. I just noticed one slovak Earthcache published today with listing in local language only :unsure:

    I contacted owner and thankfully she replied that English part is being written and added very soon. However, she also mentioned that English description is not mandatory any longer ... ! Bummm! I re-checked EC guidelines quickly and she seems to be right - only local language is required now as must-be:


    7. The EarthCache text and logging tasks must be submitted in the local language. Additional languages are encouraged, but the local language must be listed first. You may be requested to provide text in a language understandable to your reviewer to assist with the reviewing process.


    Maybe this is an attempt to make Earthcaching more accessible in all the countries, even without knowledge of English language .. but totally wrong one <_< I'm travelling quite a lot and Earthcache is 10 times more in my eyes than regular cache. And understandable listing is vital part of it. I can forget about earthcaching in Italy, France, Germany if listings will be in their local languages only. Not even talking about other minor languages.


    We can just believe that owners will be so "enlightened" to include English eventhough it is only optional now. But we know how it goes ... to write good quality listing in English with all the geological terms is quite complicated task for non-native speaker. If it won't be mandatory, 90% of listings will be only in Norwegian, Czech, Estonian, Indian, Portuguese ... etc.


    I fear this game will slowly (or very soon?) lose its global aspect ..

  3. Lots of earthcaches are in State and National Parks which require an entrance fee. No problem there. And I've been to several in commercial enterprises that require an entrance fee. I have no problem with that either. But what I don't like is to show up at an earthcache and be surprised that a parking fee or some other fee is required. As a courtesy to other cachers, I suggest always stating in the cache write-up if a fee is required and what it is. There should be no upper limit on a fee as long as it is clearly stated. Then the cacher can choose to participate or not.

  4. I've seen some fine ECs where entry into a museum/visitor center is required to view the geology exhibits and answer questions based on them. Other ECs requiring entry are really lame. I get especially agrivated when the museum is closed and I made a special trip there for nothing. There does seem to be a policy prohibiting such entry ECs. This just one of several examples where rules are inconsistently applied. I sometimes feel that some reviewers are unfamiliar with the rules/policies. I think some training for them is in order.

  5. The learning is better if the cacher must process the info on the sign before answering the question. Just copying the sign suggests little processing and, hence, little learning. I would discourage this type of answer by expressly forbidding it on the cache page. Otherwise, you have no choice but to accept the answer because they did answer it.

  6. A cacher's learning isn't complete until he/she knows if the answers are correct or incorrect. Therefore, it's important for COs to respond to all e-mails. My policy is to respond to every cacher. If the answers are correct, I say so. If not, I give the correct one.

  7. Earthcaches are supposed to offer an educational experience. So I always respond to the required e-mail. If the answers are correct, I say so. If not, I give the correct ones. I sometimes ask questions that don't have easy answers. So I get a lot of wrong answers. But if a cacher shows he/she was there and makes an honest attempt to answer the questions, I let the log stand. I wish other cache owners would reply to my e-mails. If I don't know if my answer is right or wrong, I've lost an opportunity to learn.

  8. Hey all...I have a question for all of you.


    I had a person visit this EarthCache of mine recently. They were obviously there because they took a picture but out of four questions they got three wrong. I sent an email asking for the correct answers.


    My question is this...would you delete a log for wrong answers even if the visitor took pictures?

  9. someone mentioned removing cookies because they were having to log in a lot. Maybe it might work for that too.

    Try clearing any cookies related to these sites:






    I deleted ALL cookies, but it didn't help.
  10. I always reply to e-mailed answers to my earthcaches. Earthcaches are supposed to be educational. So I let the cacher know if he/she has answered correctly. If the answer is incorrect, I give the correct one. That's part of the educational process. I'm not the geocache police. If a cacher makes an honest effort to answer a question, I allow the log to stand, even if the answer is wrong. Cachers who don't e-mail any answer get a reminder. If they still don't answer within a week or so, I delete their log.

  11. It's only fair to the former cache owner that you not plagiarize his cache even though the cache has been archived. But you can easily rewrite the cache by using your own words, adding some original material and updating the logging requirements. That makes it your own. Minor edits aren't good enough.

    Writing an earthcache, especially your first one, can be a time-consuming task. But it's a great learning experience for you and your fellow cachers. Hang in there. You're on the right track.

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