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  1. In case this is all forgotten now: A "classic" lab cache is physical, temporary and often experimental to its nature, therefore the term "lab". Now I have an ALC credit like everybody else. I am totally uninterested in making another stroll through the town counting windows (there are plenty of these anyway) but making real LAB CACHES for a bigger event would be just great! Can I do that?
  2. I don't see your point. Caches are owned by people, and much work may be put into it. Account names are just letters, they are not people. Caches are things made by people. So in order to be nice to people, inactive accounts could get some letters appended to free up the names for active people. Other services would delete the accounts. So we should only care about the digital property but not the physical? Isn't it super nice to see that your best caches are still in place, being maintained, when you come back after 10 years?
  3. I suggested 10 years. In just about any other activity, you can't expect things to remain after 10 years. I had a MineCraft license all the way back to the beta stage. It has expired, totally gone. Many online services expire weeks after you miss a single payment. Even bank accounts expire. Here it is just a matter of changing the name by appending _inactive. The member that came back, isn't that just a matter of returning the remaining adopted caches, if any? After 10 years, the most likely thing that happened with the user's "property" is that it was ruined by sun and rain, was archived and then taken away as trash. In many cases, an adoption would save the cache, not "steal" it. What happened to my property? (1) It has been taken care of by another user. Do you want it back? (2) It was forcibly archived five years ago since it had a wet logbook. It is still there but you can not unarchive it. What sounds nicest to you? Caches are archived within about two months after an NM. So we should be super nice in one way to people being totally inactive for over 10 years, and penalizing heavily in other ways after two months? Does this make sense to you?
  4. In my area we have 13 caches with more than 2000 days (5 1/2 years) since last find, and 47 with more than 1000. 151 are not logged for more than a year. Is that a lot, do you think?
  5. Good that it worked out in this case. But it is a bit unnecessary that IDs that are abandoned for many years are reserved, even ones with little activity. Wouldn't it make sense to "archive" a user after, say, 10 years of total inactivity (maybe including after the last hide is archived)?
  6. Many funny logs, but let me remind you: Newcomers are valuable, and they are inexperienced, so please respond in a helpful and polite way. Not least, newbies will often misuse NM, DNF and NA. They are just selections to them. And they will log found on a cache they have seen but not reached. I always reply as nice as I can and explain the rules as needed. I got a "standard newbie" log yesterday: Found it but had no pen. No photlolog, just "Found it". Hm, not quite how it is supposed to work.
  7. 1. how did you get into geocaching? Introduction at a scouting camp. 2. why do you do geocaching? - Get out to get exercise - Gratification succeeding in finding/solving. - Creativity, building custom caches, and the gratification for that when visitors like them. - Get to new places that I wouldn't see otherwise. 3. what made you want to continue on geocaching? I will make my own interpretation of this. We all have moments where we feel it can be time to move on. For me it was in 2016, after putting a lot of work into a mega event. I had decided to take a break to see if it was time to do something else. A month later or so, my body screamed for getting out. I went out and solved a looong reflex trail. Then I felt better... so let's get back in action.
  8. I can't really see the problem. Having visited the place months before submission is very generous. I would expect "yesterday" to ensure that the location is exactly as described. 20 favorite points? That should not be hard to get unless you are in an area with very few geocachers. A CO with very few FPs might not have any ambition to make the virtual interesting.
  9. It is meant to be, but caches published after a big event where it is supposed to be an important asset are very sensitive. I made such an event recently, with a number of caches. They are custom built. Having them muggled before the event would be a disaster and the risk goes up a lot if it has to sit there for weeks. Everything worked, they are still in place and in good shape, and maintained, but now the critical time has passed. When you have 100 people looking for the cache at a given time, you want it to be fresh. You want to place it the day before or even the same day.
  10. Wow! That was really high! I would be happy if I could bring the average over 3. I am fond of high-T caches so taking it up in that region would be managable. But bringing both D and T up that high sounds impossible. But I might try.
  11. Sorry, I mean when having a pre-defined publication time. What is that called in english? I could get a coordinate check, but if I wanted the cache to be published, say, a month from now, it had to be in place the whole time. So in practice I had to delay the review to as little time as possible (one week) to avoid having it exposed for too long.
  12. IMHO the cache must be in place when it gets published. I have been hunting FTF on caches not in place at least twice. Published = available. But this can be hard to do for a beginner. In both cases, this happened to beginner COs. A beginner simply can't predict how reviewers work. I fell in that trap myself on my second cache. I submitted it, got a no from the reviewer, it was too close to an ancient remain. So I went out to take it in, and asked the reviewer what to do, and that the remain was completely overgrown and not visible, expecting some kind of instruction about where to place it. Suddenly it was approved! Oops! I ran out and met the FTF hunters with the cache in my hand. (Don't look while I place it!) What I am not so fond of is that the cache must be in place when I ask for a coordinate review. I can't see why it should sit there for weeks before publishing.
  13. I have one, given to me by a reviewer at a mega event, where I was cache builder. It happened when I was out checking the cache stages for maintenance needs. Very nice, and I almost didn't know what happened in the dark.
  14. I have had past goals like getting a higher D or T average than any earlier year. They are not allowed as challenge caches since they make me skip caches to achieve the goal. Another one was to log more than one cache per day on the average. Also not allowed as challenge cache since... oh well. This year, I had two goals: Full calendar with traditionals (fulfilled today) and double calendar (can be finished two weeks from now). Both are allowed as challenge caches despite that they make me skip even more caches to achieve the goal! Challenge caches are weird so I make my own goals. I make no goals that require long travels. I don't want to waste resources on long travels that are made only for caching. If I have some other, more important reason, then the caches will be a bonus.
  15. That is very much the case, the ones that takes some planning and effort to reach get few visits. I even missed more than one myself in my area since they were challenging to take on. Pity when it sounded fun, but it takes the right day, usually summer, nice weather etc.
  16. You mean newbies? Of course, they will use NA, NM and DNF differently that we expect.
  17. Like others have said above, the feedback is important. Good logs which tells me something, not just "we logged 100 caches today and this was one of them". Just a few relevant words and it makes me feel happy. Photos often make it even better, not least for the more daring ones, high T ones. FPs are nice, but I think the really good log tops it. Of course, the two often come together.
  18. Indeed, a battery can last a long time if it the contaner is well built. I made one with a 9V in 2016 and expected it to last, maybe a few weeks since the insulation was very improvised, mostly a matter of wrapping some plastic around the electronics. I might have changed the battery once, not more. It just keeps running.
  19. I have several of these. Over a certain distance, I do not recommend swimming and then it is a T5, boat only, otherwise T4 or T4.5 and swimming attribute. If it is possible to wade, the wading attribute will be used. Also, if you need to cross dangerous water (much motorized boats, dangerous streams) I would think twice. Maintentance can be tricky, of course. It takes extra time to maintain this kind of cache unless you have your own boat in the water.
  20. It was indeed from a reviewer. It was well documented that the cache was in a bad shape and that the CO did not respond to multiple attempts and was inactive since a long time. I was told that it was not OK, it should be NM. The cache was archived about three months later (not 4-6 weeks). So the rule that the reviewer gave me was only to log NM in such a case. IMHO, NA is a strong recommendation for archiving, not just reporting of violations, but that was not the case.
  21. I find the "XXL Petling to be an exception. The normal ones are definitely micro. I have logged a "Petling" that was about 5 or 6 meters long and big enough to crawl into, and you needed to be three people doing that. It was called a "Mega PET". Amazingly, it was classified as micro... but I guess it referred to the container with the log book, inside. https://coord.info/GC7Z6NP So, there are exceptions, but the common ones are micro.
  22. According to reviewer comments, it seems to me that NA is only supposed to be used if there are complaints from locals or the cache is in violation to laws.
  23. You mean electronics caches, obviously. I have used three different methods: Fixed battery, 9V or 18650. Can last for a long time if the container is well built so it doesn't take in moisture. Should be in placed where the maintenance is reasonably easy since you need to check it fairly often. Visitors bring their own 9V. Bad, positively needs a proper protection diode to protect the circuitry from getting the power in the wrong direction. Also, the connector is likely to rust if it sticks out (I have a friend who did this and it didn't last well). Visitors bring their own power banks. This has worked very well. I have used this for four builds. A slight risk that the connector will wear out if visitors are careless but that has not happened yet. A fourth method is to use a solar cell. I have seen one that used that to charge a battery, which has worked remarkably well. I never used that myself. However, I made one that was powered by a solar cell directly to drive a motor. I can't really recommend that since the power was too low and it broke down multiple times.
  24. So all that was easily visible? Interesting. The "few by reviewers" should be quite a few just the last two months. After that, I archived four myself just to avoid more irritation.
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