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  1. NYpaddlecacher- This website I'm thinking of using is java enabled and is probably used to run their games. I wonder if there is someone at headquarters who could look at my the webpage before I publish it. Don't know about running it by a reviewer- would they be able to tell me whether or not it's a good idea.
  2. I'm just thinking about the time I downloaded some music into a well used website and told someone to look at it. They got back to me and said to send it to them in an email. When they went to the website all kinds of bells and whistles from their antivirus went off. I know if I go to a website without the "s" on https in the URL my antivirus tells me I could be heading for trouble- not that there is trouble- only that the website could be compromised because there is no security "s". The program I want to use is run as .html. I don't now how to make an app- not that computer savvy.
  3. Hi all, If I wanted to do a puzzle cache and it involved playing a game on another website or doing some computations on another website to get he answer, would you be willing to do it? Would you be risking getting a virus or tracking cookies or malware? Would having an antivirus on your computer be enough for you to want to run it? Would it make a difference if it was a well used website by many others and not some flybynight?- maybe even get my own website, but not sure if I'd have protection with that? Am I even allowed to do that?
  4. I do see how to download each one. I used to be able to download multiple caches, but now I can't see how to do it. Did they change it? (since you're both premium members maybe your search pages are different.)
  5. Do I have to be a premium member to download waypoints?
  6. coachstahly,- I do that too....usually. I thought I'd be far enough away that I didn't need to, but apparently 528 ft is a lot farther than I thought.
  7. arisoft, I had a problem checking the map. The stage coordinates didn't show up as too close when I typed them in. Nothing showed up until I typed in all 11 stages. It wasn't until I typed in the final coords that they then all said I was too close. Then I came here:) Being new to the new system I thought maybe the problem was that I couldn't place my physical stages so close together, not that I was too close to another cache. Maybe I need to start with the final coords first so I don't have to do all that typing?
  8. Yup that was it. It was too close to another cache. Oh darn. It was on the opposite side of the road, but still too close. Interesting, I used the new mapping system to see how close my coordinates were to other caches. With the old system I could type in the coordinates of one of my caches and it would tell me how close to any other caches (but not any hidden stages of those caches) those coordinates were. This new system doesn't do that. The old system says one of my stages is 178 feet from Tundra Wolf's cache, Wolfsbane. Wow, one more reason not to like the new mapping system, but then I wonder if the new mapping system is designed more for smart phone use. Does any one know if there is a way to use the new system and learn distance to other caches?
  9. Nomax, I can't think of any that might be in the middle of the area where I placed the caches although it might be too close to Tundra Wolf's cache. Hmm I'll have to check. Being on the opposite side of the road it didn't seem so.
  10. I don't remember having to put stages for a cache 528 feet from each other. I believe I used to only have to keep caches that far apart from other caches. Now it says I have to put stages that far apart as well. When did this change or didn't it? Might as well skip stages all together and just make caches. Guess I can just forget the multi I'm working on. I spent yesterday working on placing stages in a small enough area where a group of people could wander around and spot the hidden hints as well putting the coordinates in their GPS to where they were located. 528 feet apart is an awful large area to have to cover when you have 11 stages.
  11. What I do and I do not like about the new maps. I had no warning about the new system being tried out. I have a message box, but don't believe I ever got a message from headquarters so was surprised when I came to the website and found myself with this new system and no trace of the old. Couldn't figure out what was going on so went to the forums for help. I was directed to the release report about the new system. Ok, so on to my opinion about the new system...since you asked. As a cache hider I'm concerned that people are not going to look at the cache page. The information they show about the cache in the description on the new map page at times seems limited from the original. Sometimes it is imperative that they look at the info on the original cache page (not that they necessarily do anyway) because that is where I put notes with things they need to be cautious about like property lines that could get them in trouble if they cross them, places where they are not permitted to park or anything that might be dangerous like a big cliff drop off near the cache, etc.. I'm not sure whether that info is transfered in the description on the new map page . For my cache, James Fenimore Cooper's Town, it left off the short description which tells how the cache works. Not sure if the short descriptions for any of my caches were included. Looking at the size of the new map cache information it seemed maybe you were trying to make it more in keeping with something that can be used (size-wise) with the phone apps. (I don't own a smart phone. I have a Garmin GPS.) My caches don't show up as stars on the new map. Had to click on several smilies before finding it. When I put my zip code, 13820, in the search box for caches one came up. We have more than one cache at that zip code. When I put Cooperstown's zip code, 13326, in it said it had no matching results, but then I moved the map around until I found some. Apparently if the map opens up to an area where there are no caches you have to move the map around until some show up. That could be confusing. I do miss having a listing of the caches for an area. If I am searching for a cache it seems a lot easier to find on a list, but then when I make a list of caches that I need to look for I usually make that list using the map anyway rather than the cache listings. I am so glad the map shows ALL the caches as I move along a route so I don't have to try to figure out how to see those caches where the route extends beyond only that area that shows caches. I guess if I still want a printout of the cache page (With my Jame's Fenimore Cooper's Town cache I tell people to bring one) then I have to go to the original cache page. I don't see any way to print things out from the new map page. It seems the hints I had encrypted on the original cache page are not encrypted in the hint on the new map page. For that matter nothing is encrypted.
  12. What happened to my old website? Can't find the cache pages- Search takes me to map. Can't find a cache listing other than the tiny one on map.
  13. So did you try to contact the owner to see if they might respond? Sometimes if they are not able to maintain cache they will agree to let you adopt it. You never know.
  14. I'm a bit of a loner. For me caching started out as something I could do by myself -and yet I wasn't actually by myself when I geocached, if you know what I mean. There was also the cache owner waiting to hear that their cache had been found. When I first started there were only three of us geocaching in this area so we'd FTF each others caches. Now-a-days to get an FTF you need a premium membership and a smart phone if you're going to get notification when the local FTF hounds do. I have to work at beating the others to the cache for an FTF today when I used to be able to wait a week before bothering to go out to get FTF on a new cache. To me geocaching has always been an adventure. I would hunt for one per day- find the cache and wander around the area to see what was there. Then one day the caches started disappearing because one of the three of us was moving and he was archiving all his caches. After that I started looking for more than one cache a day realizing caches might not always be there if I were to wait. Any more I 'll try to find all the caches that are in a general area that I've chosen to visit or I'll look for a bunch of caches hidden close to each other and check on the internet to see what else might be of interest in that area. I shunned maps. Who needed maps? You just followed the arrow on your GPS. Maps and directions took a lot of the fun out of trying to find it with just an arrow to guide you. All I needed was the cache's coordinates on my GPS and a tank full of gas. (Okay, I'll admit sometimes a map is good.) Geocaching really became the most fun ever when I met my geocaching buddy at an event. She asked if I wanted to go caching together and I said," Sure". So we met at a cache location a few days later. We got out of our cars, searched around until we found the cache then planned to meet again at another cache. It didn't make sense to drive around in both cars so we started taking turns going in one car. My friend liked old cemeteries so any trip that included a cemetery cache was great. She also liked exploring old buildings. We'd have to stop along the way so she could take pictures of any faded advertising, old ruins, old general stores, etc. and of course cemeteries. I was one to always eat at a McDonalds or Burger King when I traveled, but she'd have none of that. "They have no atmosphere", she said so we'd eat in some small out of the way places and boy did some of them have atmosphere. Old diners were always good. When we first started caching together I'd been caching longer than she had so I usually found the cache before she did, but after a while she started finding some before I did. I considered for a moment or two finding another partner, someone I could still beat to the cache, but by then she was a good friend and we had a lot of fun. Unlike me she was out going and very good at talking with people. We would meet some interesting characters on our trips and she'd strike up a conversation. There was the time we stopped so she could take some pictures of old gas pumps. She went to ask permission to do so from the two guys in the building next door. They were busy putting a boat onto a car chassis. They were more than happy to show us around the place. They built doodlebugs and held meetings of the doodlebug association in their building. Then there was the time we met someone who offered to show us an old one room school house after my friend said she loved old buildings. On the way there the lady pointed out Bob Denver's (Gilligan) old house and told us stories about him and how he'd come into town with a monkey on his shoulder. She also told us stories about the haunted house across the road. Then there was the time we looked for a cache at a museum and asked the owner about touring inside some of the old buildings that he had assembled on his property. He showed us his old oldsmobile tin lizzy that he had driven across the country. He even let my friend have her picture taken at the wheel. Having someone to share your geocaching adventures with makes geocaching so much more enjoyable. My friend moved away to be closer to her family, but we still get together and cache. This year we hope to meet at Niagara Falls and maybe get some of my first caches outside the country. I 've got my enhanced license and I'm ready to get started. I'm sure we'll have some interesting times. Look out Canada here we come.
  15. Seems like you have two reasons for wanting to have a permit- one is liability and the other is access- is that right? There is a place near here where you need to go to their office and sign a paper agreeing that you are liable for all risks if you want to hike on their land. Thought about maybe making a multi there with the first stage a stop at the office to sign the paper and get the coordinates. They want people to sign the paper agreeing to accept all risks because they allow hunting on their property. If someone doesn't have the paper then they would be trespassing. (Might be good to run that by a lawyer just to be sure it would hold up in court.) As far as access goes...it will be hard to tell those who should be there from those who shouldn't without regular patrols. I have a pass that allows me to hike on college property. Campus police will check. They patrol regularly. More often than not though, when I'm there, no one asks...unless I'm looking particularly like a troublemaker.
  16. Pokeman is in my mind similar to Wherigo. I couldn't wait to try Wherigo when it came out. The potential for incorporating fantasy and virtual clues into a hunt for an actual geocache was cool. I could surely make some really cool caches. When I tried Wherigo I found it to be very lame. The first Wherigo cache I did was one you made up on the spot involving a virtual trip to the moon. You took 10 steps forward and 4 steps back in a supposed fantasy world on the surface of the moon, maybe to escape a monster (I don't exactly remember) and there you go. You got a smiley. Guess I wanted a real cache and a real hunt to an actual location. Unlike pokeman which anyone could use with a smart phone, and many people have smart phones, Wherigo involved getting a special GPS which few people had. The second Wherigo cache I did had actual locations to go to where I think you then received another waypoint on your GPS to go to (like a multi without the hunt for the clue in a container). Maybe it even even had a real cache at the end, but it still seemed lame.
  17. Looks great, a real labor of love. May the force be with all those who go forth to conquer it.
  18. If I wanted to pass ownership of a TB that is somewhere traveling- Can I do that?
  19. I signed up for premium membership because I made a cache that took a lot of trouble to make. I didn't want to see it go missing very fast and thought it might stay around a little longer if it was premium. Since then I also placed a premium cache in an area that required people to be respectful of the property in the hopes that premium members, who were more apt to be seasoned cachers, would be more careful than nonpremium beginner cachers. (Of course I don't know whether that will make any difference. Guess I'll see.)
  20. I found a cache that was at the top of a stack of logs. You had to climb up the stack and then reach way up a branch on the top log to get the cache. I didn't know if I wanted to climb the stack because if the logs in the stack decided to move I could maybe get a foot trapped under them or worse, but I decided that they looked stable enough. I climbed the logs and reached up to get the cache on top. I wasn't tall enough. Here I had put myself in danger and I couldn't even get the cache. No wait, I could reach the container if I stretched. I could just barely get a hold of the bottom of the container. If I pulled hard enough the bottom half of the container would come off in my hand and I'd have the log so I could sign it. But how in the world would I ever get it back where it was. I couldn't reach high enough to push the container back onto the container's top that was fastened to the branch. I would meet the requirements of signing the log, but it wouldn't be right. I left the container where it was. The owner was nice and said I could log a find, but I didn't do that because I hadn't signed the log. If I were to meet the requirements to get the container and sign the log I'd have to find someone tall to help me. I tried, it didn't work, on to the next cache.
  21. Are these premium members only caches being destroyed? I would advise to pick up all your caches until it feels safe to put them out again. Just a thought. There are security cameras all over the place now-a-days. I know our police have these cameras situated around our city. Maybe you could hide a cache right in front of one. That would be one way of identifying the culprit.
  22. I have found places in public areas where I could put a very tricky cache that would blend in to its hiding place creating a very clever hide that was fun to find. Muggles wouldn't even know it was there because of the way the cache is fitted into the hiding place, but I have had to pass them up because it requires that the cache be replaced in a specific way so that it remains the tricky hide that I intended it to be. I knew that people wouldn't always replace it properly and the cache would probably end up disappearing. It was easy to see that the OP's hide was a problem waiting to happen. Doesn't mean they shouldn't place a cache that way, but I could just tell from their discription that there was bound to be trouble with people retrieving their cache. Best to consider all the problems that could happen when hiding a cache and try to find ways to prevent those problems. Realize other people will not always try to retrieve your cache the way you want and something may happen to it.
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