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  1. You mean writing implement vs no writing implement? Sorry, but I don't understand how that plays into it at all. The new system would be a simple change from the current one, just adding 10ml as the dividing line between nano and micro: nano: 10ml or less micro: 10 - 100ml small: 100ml - 1000ml (1L) regular: 1 - 20L large: 20L or more
  2. We already have a definition. From the Help Center article Cache container sizes, "If a micro cache is less than 10 milliliters, it’s often called a nano cache."
  3. True, but if the CO wants to provide an indication, then that can be in the cache description (e.g., "a regular-size object, but there is only room for the log sheet").
  4. Whether you drill a boulder or stump of your own and bring it to the site, or whether you drill an existing boulder or stump (WITH PERMISSION), I think what matters is whether finding the "host" object reveals that you've found the geocache, or whether you need to find the micro-size container within the "host" object before you know that you've found the geocache.
  5. If the "host" object really is camouflage, then I agree with you. If I find the "host" object and don't know that I've found the cache, then I'm really looking for the micro-size container, not the "host" object. In that case, listing it as micro makes more sense. But sometimes it's obvious that the "host" object is the cache, but the actual container inside is micro-size. I'm looking for a larger object with a micro-size container, so listing it as other makes more sense. I don't think it matters how "firmly" attached the container is to the "host" object. A tree stump with a bison tube is still pretty much the same regardless of whether the bison tube has been epoxied into a hole, or whether the bison tube can slide in and out of the hole.
  6. When I find the larger "host" (the concrete bear or the concrete stone), will I know that I have found the cache? Or will I have to find the micro-size container hidden inside the host before I know that I have found the cache? If I'm looking for the larger host, but the actual container is micro-size, then I would list it as Other. If I'm looking for the micro-size container, and finding the larger host doesn't reveal that I've found the cache, then I would list it as Micro.
  7. I expect the CHS to be around for a while myself. But supposedly the algorithms have been updated, and will continue to be updated. Most geocachers are completely unaware of the CHS and its interpretation of what logs may or may not mean. They aren't going to change the way they log to suit the CHS. If the CHS is going to become more aligned with the way geocachers actually post logs, then the change must come from the CHS algorithms because the majority of geocachers are not going to change.
  8. If the CHS system can't deal with the way people actually post logs, then the CHS system needs to be fixed. Most people will not change the way they post logs to suit the CHS system's limitations.
  9. I look up their profiles on geocaching.com and send them individual email. Then I wait until they reply with their email address before I send email to multiple recipients. Or, if they all let geocaching.com show their email addresses on their profiles, then I can skip all that and just send email to multiple recipients.
  10. If you want to have a second conversation with that cache (e.g., about a different topic), then oh HECK no!! And so on. I find the email works so well for conversations with geocachers that I see no need to use the Message Center with all it's limitations.
  11. This forum really needs a "Sad" response.
  12. I found a LFL cache that used a fake book. The original fake book cache container had been taken. The replacement couldn't be taken. It was a wooden drawer built into the LFL that looked like a book. There were real books stacked on top of it, something like this:
  13. Those are some of my Favorites as well. I've found a few that simply replicated part of a structure, and made the replica the camouflage for the cache. I also enjoy caches that feature local history or public art.
  14. When location-based Souvenirs came out, people were confused/upset when they got the Souvenir for a place that they had never visited. So an exclusion list was created to prevent people from getting the Souvenir for caches that had moved (grandfathered traveling caches and things like that). Geocachers didn't want Souvenirs for caches like this, so Groundspeak created the list.
  15. Reread Keystone's reply to your original post. In particular, his first point: When you look for caches in Groundspeak's Geocaching app, you will not see any cache with difficulty greater than 2 stars, or with terrain greater than 2 stars. However, when you try to create a new cache listing, those "advanced" caches with higher difficulty/terrain ratings do affect the saturation of the area, and you will see red circles around their locations. If you view the map on the web site (not in Groundspeak's Geocaching app), then you will be able to see these "advanced" caches that the app hides from you.
  16. One of the things I appreciate about Groundspeak is the way they have resisted creating any incentive to hide a cache other than the desire to own and maintain a cache. If they were to offer points for placing caches, then caches would be placed by people interested only in the points, not in owning and maintaining the caches.
  17. I've seen a number of mystery/puzzle caches that were more than 2 miles from the posted coordinates. Some were published before the 2-mile limit was being enforced. Some were approved as exceptions. All are grandfathered.
  18. If you don't trust your coordinates, then test them. Enter your coordinates into your device, and then approach the cache location from at least 100ft/30m away. The arrow should point right at the cache location as you approach. Repeat the process, approaching the cache location from various directions, from at least 100ft/30m away each time. No matter which direction you approach from, the arrow should point right at the cache location. If it doesn't, then adjust your coordinates until it does. Bonus points for repeating the test on another day when the GPS satellites are in a different configuration. Also, the Help Center article How to Get Accurate Coordinates should prove useful.
  19. Also, tricky-to-find caches should be reserved for locations that can withstand repeated intense searching without damaging the landscape or anything else.
  20. FWIW, in the Help Center article Camping Event caches, it says, "The event listing should occur on one specific calendar day, and have a set beginning and ending time." I would expect similar rules to apply to other big "multi-day" events, and sure enough, the Help Center article Mega-Event classification says, "Mega-Events must take place at one main location and held on one day. Mega-Events must be a minimum of four (4) hours in duration. Events occurring on days before and/or after the main event day are side-events." It looks like the fault is with the mega-event organizers, for advertising their event incorrectly.
  21. Other than a blank log, no. Caches in busier locations get muggled more frequently. Bigger caches in busier locations get muggled much more frequently. The reason such locations have so many micro-caches is that those are what survive. One pattern that I've seen many times is an urban/suburban park or other location seems to call out for a cache. So a series of larger caches are hidden there, each lasting only a short time before it is muggled and archived. Eventually, someone hides a micro-cache, perhaps even a puzzle micro-cache, and that's what survives. And that's why the urban/suburban cache scene has so many micros. Keep in mind that muggles can spot a cache not only when it's in its hiding spot, but also when a geocacher is searching for it, or retrieving/replacing it. Even if a larger cache won't be spotted when it's in its hiding spot, will geocachers be able to find, retrieve, and replace it without drawing undue attention to it? Other than muggling, maintenance is mostly a matter of choosing a container and camouflage that can stand up to the elements. And that can depend on your location. Some containers that are fine in the desert do poorly in humid locations, or in locations that get snow and hard frosts in the winter. And so on.
  22. What kind of cache do you want to own and maintain for the long term? What kind of cache do you want to be known for among the local geocaching community? I've started mine with a few trinkets, but I haven't tried to fill them up, and I haven't put anything particularly valuable in them. I used either trinkets that I had on hand, or inexpensive trinkets that were somehow related to the theme of the cache. Craft stores often have assorted wooden shapes (painted or unpainted). Have you found enough that you know what kind of cache you want to own and maintain for the long term? Have you found enough that you know what kind of cache you want to be known for among the local geocaching community?
  23. I've made multiple trips before when the cache required a special tool and the description didn't say what kind of tool was required. The first trip was specifically reconnaissance to see what kind of tool was needed, and the second trip was a retrieval trip with the appropriate tool. I don't think there's anything wrong with that, although it might irk someone. But that's another thread...
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