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  1. I think sometimes the NM gets used by a cache owner because if they post a Disable, it's likely that a reviewer will come along and post a Reviewer Note a month later. If nothing gets done within another month, the cache may be archived by the reviewer. I see evidence of this, in the OP's case. The NM gives a cache owner much more time and may alert a finder to bring along a replacement logsheet and/or container.
  2. What a clever idea! And it is also true. Official way to ask finders to help.
  3. I find it hard to see how/why this would be subject to abuse. Maybe not. But why was the option removed? From my observation, GCHQ has removed options and types for a reason. If not abuse (or the lesser charge of using a tool as it was not intended), then why was it removed as an option for owners? -------------------- Addendum: Did some searching and found the announcement (I bolded the part that sort of explains why. It seems to suggest some misuse and confusion that affected the community): An example of abuse I found while searching for the answer for this one:
  4. Good to have someone else acknowledge the problem in Ontario.
  5. I don't see the option, when creating a PQ to exclude an owner's caches. But I think I'm misunderstanding.
  6. In Cachly, you can exclude up to 5 owners in the Filter Options. I don't know if that's an option with the official GC app. And I don't think you can block owners via the website.
  7. Hzoi's suggestion seems like an easy workaround for those COs who really want to leave an NM on their own cache, instead of making a personal list, or logging a disable. ----------------------------------- The disable is the owner-tool that does the job of the NM finder-tool. If a disable is too much, then I'm not understanding why an NM is not also too much to apply to a cache that has minor issues like camo tape coming off? For those minor issues, a personal list seems to me to be a very good option.
  8. Perhaps I'm not understanding, but you can do that.
  9. When an owner uses a piece of junk as a container. Something that in no way will keep the contents dry. Then throws a paper scroll in a baggie and calls it a cache. Example, an (old broken) wicker plant basket. Irk #2 - It has 12% favorite points
  10. We would be changing the function of the tool. It's a tool for finder's to alert owners of a significant problem that needs owner attention. It would make a reviewers job harder when the tool is misused. Perhaps we need more cache owner tools, but separate from finder tools so it doesn't confuse.
  11. Absolutely agree. It adds another layer of fun and anticipation. I've found some very interesting things in caches. I've also had fun for a couple of years by collecting those plastic animals. I had no use for them (except I used a few for some craft/art projects), but it added to the fun. How many different animals could I collect? Will the next box have an animal I didn't currently have.
  12. If the OP wants to keep the listing alive, he can ask the CO if he would like to transfer ownership. Then the OP can replace and own the cache. If the owner doesn't respond, the next step after the NM would be to log an NA (needs archived) and then, one it is archived, the OP can place their own new cache there.
  13. Yes he is out of state . But he can still monitor his cache listing and archive it himself.
  14. Log a Needs Maintenance, explaining the problem. It's the owner's responsibility to respond.
  15. My guess, COs were abusing NM so Groundspeak had to remove the option.
  16. As a premium member you can make a list. https://www.geocaching.com/help/index.php?pg=kb.chapter&id=7&pgid=283 You can also access those lists from an app. Or create a PQ from the "My Caches Need Fixing" list.
  17. Sometimes the owner wants it logged. There have been owners who got around the distance rule by archiving but leaving their cache, then placing another cache nearby, within the .1 mile rule. Then they let others know that the initial cache was still there and could be logged.
  18. It was because of abuse that locking has happened. Caches that helped with stats would be logged as “found” even after it had gone missing and archived by a reviewer (CO no longer playing for years), or the missing cache with a long-gone owner would mysteriously reappear (throwdown) so people could continue to log finds, or a cache was removed and archived by a CO but people kept logging it as found. I asked a reviewer to lock one of my letterbox listings because after I removed and archived it, it was still logged as found because it was needed to qualify for a few LB challenges.
  19. One of mine was almost a kilometre away from a PT rail trail and still got "Thank you PT owner for your contribution" cut n paste logs.
  20. Going back to the original premise about what constitutes a find and where you/we/Groundspeak personally draws the line. Tree climb. Bob calls his friends who regularly group cache together. He calls them to come watch as he climbs a tree. He will climb the 20 feet up the tree, no ropes and ladders needed. Bob signs the log with his name only. 15 people show up at ground zero and watch him climb. Bob signs "group of the day" and 16 people log the find (Bob plus the people watching from the ground). 2 more people from the group that Bob contacted show up afterwards at the pub for a beer with the group. They each log a find. 2 more people couldn't make it at all, but log their "group" find. 1 person couldn't make it to ground zero but asked one member of the team to stream it live for him. He logged a find. Susan happens to be a geocacher who stumbled upon this climbing event and watches Bob climb the tree. However she is not part of the group. She logs a find. Mary shows up 10 minutes after the group left. She looks up into the tree, like 15 people before did 10 minutes ago. Sees the cache, like 15 people did 10 minutes ago did. She logs a find. My opinion, the most cut n dry, the most authentic, legitimate find is Bob's find. The rest log notes (or DNF, or nothing). Where do you draw your line and why?
  21. It's all part of the +1 behaviour. The slippery slope. An increase in the find count at any cost.
  22. I retrieved my caches and stopped hiding because of behaviour like this. I enjoyed creating and hiding caches but the above behaviour started to become the norm rather than the exception. I did not want my caches feeding into it.
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