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  1. Replacing the cache continues the issue. Placing an NA on the cache would send a better message. Cache owners should maintain their cache and listing or that listing will end up archived by the community, not propped up.
  2. People do this a lot when group caching. Often the cache is not seen by everyone, maybe one or two cachers sign for the group. I've complained a lot about this practice but get shouted down every time. You will have to decide for yourself how important it is to you to have caches on your found list that you didn't actually hunt for and locate. Many would log a cache that they haven't found themselves and many sanction this practice especially when caching with others. An example might be an island cache when one person kayaks out and signs for everyone in the group (which is similar to your situation but rather than a boat ride to an island on a lake, it's a plane ride to a country). Or when someone climbs a tree and signs for everyone in the group. Or when a group divides up and everyone claims the day's finds. Or power trails where groups leap frog. Maybe, if you want to make it feel less like "cheating", use FaceTime/WhatsApp so you can virtually be there when he signs the log.
  3. So why didn't the cache owner visit when there was no snow on the ground, any time between 2016 and 2020? Seems like they placed it in a spot they did not enjoy going back to (you'd think the cache would be a nice excuse to go back occasionally if they placed it in a nice location). It seems like they never intended to go back. Did they ever go back? Was the cache container still there?
  4. Here are the last few caches that I found before I stopped bothering to spend my time and money geocaching: Just a crushed painted juice bottle that was repeated logged as a found with no Needs Maintenance log. Tabs broken off this so that the lid just rested on on the container. Found It logs reported it as 'wet' for over a year but no NM logs. Found It logs reported it as broken into pieces but no NM log. The state of caches in my area was the big reason for stopping. The other was being called a 'cache cop' a number of times for reporting caches. But I'm really glad to see a couple of staff members in the Groundspeak ranks taking the issue a little more seriously.
  5. I think there needs to be an expiration date to refresh the game and get rid of the caches that are no longer being monitored by cache owners that never plan to maintain. IMO you are very conscientious rarity when it comes to ownership and maintenance. Are there any other cache owners in your area maintain caches as well as you do?
  6. The GC code especially old codes. They are coveted.
  7. I think that the meme is too general and the uptake is that cachers who log NMs and NAs are offensive informers who get cache listings archived. NMs/NAs should be the prerogative of the Reviewer (the professional), not the community. And this extends to DNFs because logging a DNF can result in a low health score which can result in getting a cache archived. The cache owner who abandons his cache and listing receives little or no disciplinary action, instead scorn is targeted at the person logging an NM or NA on a cache that needs reviewer attention. Thankfully, based on the forum discussions lately, I think that attitude is changing.
  8. Here's an example of maintenance irk that happened to me...being called a 'cache cop' (a term that was regularly insinuated to me in the forums): I logged an NA for a neglected cache, explaining "No response to September's NM, December's NM and April's NM". Here's what the cache looked like: Then the next person to visit left a throwdown. (I hope they cut off the zip tie that's girdling the tree). 3 months later the owner posts an OM (probably because they got a health notice). The CO's OM log says: "Everyone seems to be finding this one, so no idea where there is a NA. Maybe the "geo-police" should relax a little... or at least actually visit the cache before logging a NA." -------------- This meme was regularly posted in the forums when some advised posting NMs/NAs or contacting a reviewer: I think it was a factor in the decline of NM/NA posts. The decrease in DNFs I attribute to the Health Score. And the way the app hides NMs and NAs in the "Report" option is another factor. The term "report" may also give the feature a 'tattletale' feel.
  9. In my case, I'd still find the red wrench filter useful. If the cache has a red wrench it means that the cache is probably only hobbling along and not a good quality cache. If it's a good quality cache owned by an owner who wants to provide a quality experience, I wouldn't expect that they would be the type of owner who would not pay attention to the red wrench that remains on their listing. I would find the red wrench filter of no use if the wrench was removed when the community "maintained" a cache. I prefer not to spend time looking for caches an owner has abandoned. It's unfortunate that TPTB are not concerned about a database that is so full of cache listings with long standing red wrench attributes.
  10. I see it differently, this would get me out to my cache to remove it from under the flat rock and put it back at the base of the tree.
  11. It would help if geocachers report caches that look like pipe bombs. Were there any NMs or NAs on the cache? Any photos of the cache? Anyone express concerns in their log?
  12. Is your cache actually a D5/T3.5? The D/T chart The D/T chart helps cachers decide if they can do the cache, or for many cachers whether they want to spend the time, effort, and gas to go attempt the cache. It also helps cachers prepare for the cache. A D5 may require special tools.
  13. I got a taste of what when I had a temporary mobility problem. I broke my right ankle while looking for a cache. Finally after almost 3 months I could try to cache again but I had to be careful. So I picked T1 caches. It was a lesson in frustration. I ended up driving sometimes for hours to find a cache I could do wearing an ankle brace and using a cane. I'd walk a kilometre on a nice crushed stone level rail trail and when I was 50m from the cache I'd stare down a steep rocky slope with a little 3 foot wide creek at the bottom that needed to be jumped over. Or I'd get to a cemetery but the cache would be a 50m trek at the back of the cemetery into the woods through thick brush and fallen trees. It happened far too often. I complained here in the forums but got little sympathy. Mostly the talk was about the minutiae of what T1 means. And how handicapped people need to bring someone with them to do the retrieving. Unfortunately few people can empathize with the problem. Why post a cache as a T1 if it isn't actually a flat accessible surface all the way to the cache? At least post a T1.5. Why not err on the side of a terrain rating that is a little higher (a T2+) than too low. It's probably a statistics thing. T1 is probably covetted for grid fillers and challenge enthusiasts. I agree, it is cruel.
  14. Start with a watertight container and then check on it occasionally. In your cache write-up encourage finders to report on the condition of the cache. Many good watertight containers end up with a wet mess inside because the seal was compromised in some way.
  15. I love cemetery caches because of the beauty of most cemeteries. Calm, peaceful, historical, interesting tombstones, little cemetery figurines and knickknacks, and few if any people around. But I have one experience that I considered not appropriate (but otherwise 99% of the hides I've found have been done with respect). The cache write-up said it was his father's grave. Lots of positive comments in the logs. When I arrived I found a small hill in the cemetery and on it were about 25 small flat plaques on the ground, each about 6"x12". Found his father's plaque but there was no where to put a cache, yet it had recently been logged it as found. Then I wondered... is it under the plaque? Yes it was. A bison tube pushed into the dirt under the headstone. The cache hider never maintained that cache. It was eventually archived by a reviewer.
  16. I don't think you'd have to pay them to do this.
  17. In the guidelines this type of cache is not allowed For all physical caches, there must be a logbook for geocachers to record their visit. The logbook must be Physical Replaceable Easy to sign Enclosed within a container ----------------------------------------------- > It's not a container.
  18. Is it Overspanning? It has a D2/T4.5 rating. Seems like a difficult cache to find even after putting on hip waders. A D3 or D3.5 might be a better D-rating and will likely decrease the number CHS notices you get. Also, you might get fewer DNFs if you mention in the description that hip waders are needed, so people come prepared. It seems that some come to the site without any idea that hip waders are needed so they log a DNF and have to come back another day.
  19. And Keystone included this in his closing comment: "No "replacement thread" should be started."
  20. Oh how times have changed. There are rewards now The ability to log a find on challenge caches (prize) Souvenirs (digital trophies) A statistics tab and grid to encourage competition with yourself and others (leaderboards) Project-GC to compare your stats to others (leaderboards) Cache types to use for grid-filling and challenge rewards (prize)
  21. Does the Little Free Library have a plaque with a number on it? If so it will likely be on the Little Free Library Map which will give you contact email information for the owner. Most LFLs are on the owner's property (usually on the lawn near the sidewalk) but if it's in a park and doesn't have a plaque, you might try contacting the city.
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