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  1. Really good points. + = + = + = The current LBH cache type icon tells us nothing about the actual cache type. -----
  2. One thing to consider is the original owner of a highly favored cache loses that cache from their cache hiding history once they transfer it to someone else. It could also substantially change under a new owner.
  3. Here's the help page from 2012. I've highlighted parts in red that are relevant to the FP tool being a community tool: 1.6. Favorites [Updated August 2012] Geocaching Favorites is a simple way to track and share the geocaches that you enjoyed the most. For every 10 geocaches that you have found, you will be able to Favorite 1 exceptional geocache in your find history. The Favorites accumulated by a geocache are displayed in search results and on the geocache page so everyone can see which caches stand above the rest. What does it mean when people say a geocache is a Favorite geocache? A Favorite can mean many different things. It could mean that the location is interesting or unusual in some way, or that the hiding place or geocache container itself reflects the creativity of the geocache owner. The one thing you can say for certain is that the overall quality of the geocache is likely to be above average. Who can earn Favorite Points? Only Premium Members earn Favorite Points. They get one point just for being a Premium Member, then further points by logging geocaching finds, at the rate of 1 Favorite Point per 10 finds. Can Favorite Points be spent on any geocache? Not exactly. You need to find a geocache in person and log your find on the website before awarding a Favorite to that geocache. To award a Favorite point, go to a geocache listing that you have logged as found; on the right side you'll be able to click "Add to your Favorites". We want geocachers to trust Favorites, and who better to gauge the quality of a geocache than someone who personally found it, and returned to tell the tale? If I purchase a Premium Membership later, will I be awarded Favorite Points for the geocaches I found when I was a Basic Member? Yes - for first-time subscriptions! If you upgrade to Premium Membership we will add up your past geocaching finds and award Favorite Points accordingly. From there you can visit the geocache pages you found while still a Basic Member and "spend" the Favorite Points on the best ones. However, if your subscription lapses for any reason, you will not be granted Favorite Points until you renew your Premium Membership. At which time the Favorite Points will start accruing again. You are only prorated Favorite Points the first time you subscribe. My Favorite Points total doesn't seem to match my find count. Why? Only the first "Found it!" log (or the equivalent "smiley" log for Webcam and Event Geocaches) that you post to the geocache page counts toward your total Favorite Points; duplicate finds are not calculated. Finds on geocaches that you own are also not included. The result is that your Favorite Points count may be slightly less than 10% of your total geocache finds. I had a great time at a geocaching event recently. Can I Favorite the geocache? Since the point of Favorites is to recommend great caching experiences to others, it doesn't really make sense to spend a Favorite point on an event which has already taken place. For this reason Event Geocaches do not accept the awarding of Favorite Points. Be sure to tell the event host how much you enjoyed the event in your geocache log. Can I get the Favorite Point returned if a geocache is archived? When a geocache is archived the Favorite Point remains with the geocache. Removing a Favorite Point from an archived geocache and awarding it to a new one is up to you. Visit your Favorites List and look for geocaches with the red strikethrough indicating that they are archived, and then remove the geocache from your Favorites List to free up the Favorite Point. There is nothing wrong with leaving a Favorite Point on an archived geocache if you prefer it. How can I find geocaches near me with the most Favorites Points? Do a search for geocaches the way you normally do, then click on the icon at the top of the list. This will allow you to see the geocaches within your search that have the most Favorite Points at the top of the search results. You can access your Favorites List by going to http://www.geocaching.com/my/favorites.aspx To learn more about the features of your Geocaching Premium membership, go to http://www.geocaching.com/my/subscription.aspx.
  4. True, not the same funtionality. Based on that reasoning, perhaps we need cache type icons for : night caches, UV caches, CHIRP caches, tree-climbing, so people who like these types of caches can find them on the map at a glance.
  5. When FPs were first included in the database, the help centre specifically said they were a recommendation tool to help others find great caches. For years people asked Groundspeak to give us a system where we could find better caches. We wanted a way to separate the "wheat from the chaff", no one said, give me a way to create a list of caches I like. That was already available. Every PM can create a list of caches they enjoyed.
  6. Also Mystery caches show up on the map. A mystery cache with a stamp shows up on the map as a Mystery cache. You can then filter for stamps using the filter options.
  7. Would you still enjoy the cache if it were listed as a "?" and had clues? Example. From ground zero, walk 75 steps to a large beech tree where you will see a small trail. Walk another 75 steps down the trail to a boulder. The cache is behind the boulder under some leaves. How does the LBH icon make the mystery cache a better cache?
  8. What are the stamps like in your area? Are they unique, or are they craft store (or dollar store) type stamps that don't match the theme of the letterbox? Generally, in my area they are any old commercial stamp found at the dollar store or in Michael's $1 bin or from the kids' toybox. Here's an example, the theme of the cache had nothing to do with spiderman:
  9. Currently I have way more than enough FPs to give, so running low on them is not an issue for me. Back before 2012, I ran out of them frequently. But I felt it was more important to use the FP system as intended, as a tool to help others find good caches. So I removed them from archived caches. One way to alleviate the guilt is to start a public list. Here's mine, I call it "Archived Favourites". Now that I have a lot of FPs to give, I leave them on archived caches but I will remove them from archived caches that ended up abandoned - generally, reviewer archived caches. I don't want my name on the list of people who rewarded an irresponsible cache owner.
  10. From the help center 2.4. Letterbox Hybrids Tribute to letterboxing Letterbox Hybrids are based on an older kind of container search, called letterboxing. Because letterboxing began in 1854, before GPS existed, the finder follows written instructions to discover the container. Each letterbox contains a logbook, and a rubber stamp. When letterboxers find the container, they stamp the logbook with their personal stamp, and also stamp their own notebook with the stamp from the letterbox as a souvenir of their visit. The stamp and logbook remain in the letterbox for the next visitor to use. Letterbox Hybrids - a geocache type The geocaching version, Letterbox Hybrids, combines the use of GPS, and the stamps of letterboxing. As with all geocaches, this cache type must include GPS usage. In addition, the cache description can contain written instructions to guide geocachers to the container. A Letterbox Hybrid container must contain: A rubber stamp A logbook Tip: It is good practice to remind other cachers on the cache page, that the rubber stamp is not a trade item but intended to stay within the cache. Cache owners must replace the stamp if it goes missing. Letterbox Hybrids and their underlying cache type When you add a stamp to your cache, the cache type changes to Letterbox Hybrid but the guidelines for the underlying cache type still apply. The only exceptions are Wherigo Caches, challenge caches, and bonus caches. + = + = + = + =
  11. Any time I suggest that LBHs be grandfathered, people get up in arms. The LBHs fall under the mystery/puzzle category, since an offset cache without a stamp falls under the mystery/puzzle category. People get upset about losing the icon, not because they love letterboxes. No one seems to care about the stamp part of letterboxing. In the official Letterboxing world, the unique handcrafted or commissioned stamp is an important part of the hobby, it proves you visited the location and collected an image of the unique stamp. People want the LBH icon. It's definitely about stats/grid-filling/challenges. We don't care about the stamp, but that's the unique definition of the LBH on the geocaching site.
  12. Archived caches keep their Favorite points. You can choose to remove a Favorite point from an archived geocache to award it to a new one. Visit your Favorites List to find out which of your Favorited caches are archived. https://www.geocaching.com/help/index.php?pg=kb.chapter&id=7&pgid=287
  13. I've made that mistake. When my gps took me to a birdhouse. No description or hint to help me pin-point where the cache could actually be. I have checked a birdhouse only to find out it was actually a birdhouse. Thankfully I didn't disturb a nest. Never did find the cache.
  14. The Pringles can caches reminds me of one I found that didn't take much effort. A frozen orange can juice container duct taped to a garden bamboo stick. Inside the frozen orange can container was a baggie with a bit of paper. It was roadside lying by a tree. It actually got a lot of favourite points. Maybe because the title was a play on the word orange... "Orange you glad you found me".
  15. https://www.geocaching.com/help/index.php?pg=kb.chapter&id=22&pgid=718 [ I've highlighted the sections below: ] 1.6. Environmentally friendly geocaching These tips will help you protect the environment while geocaching in the great outdoors! To learn more about our environmental initiative, check out Cache In Trash Out®. Tips for cache owners Get permission from land managers Check nearby geocaches and calculate the number of logs per month. This helps managers decide if additional visitors are sustainable for the environment. Create a comprehensive cache page Choose appropriate ratings for difficulty and terrain, and include a good hint. This helps prevent geocachers from leaving unnecessary “geotrails." Mention local regulations and seasonal policies. Choose an appropriate sized container Searching for a small container in the forest is often fruitless and leads to disturbing wildlife. Don’t put food or scented items in your cache Items like chewing gum, candles, air fresheners, and the like can attract animals that may chew the container and get sick. Place your cache near an existing trail Add a waypoint for the trailhead so people won’t have to bushwhack. Hide your cache without harming wildlife No chopping, cutting, digging, or burrowing. Don’t use permanent fasteners to attach your cache to trees or shrubs. Work with your reviewer Give your reviewer detailed information about the location and placement of your cache. They’ll let you know if your cache poses problems for wildlife. Don’t leave cache trash Make sure to remove your cache container from its hiding spot when You archive your cache. You submit a cache for publication but your cache does not pass the cache review process.
  16. I agree on your points: No indication it is a cache. Looks like another piece of trash among trash at ground zero. Tossed into the bushes with appartently little consideration for location or hide, when there is a better location nearby. 20-30m away from posted coordinates. And add: Gladware is not designed for outdoor use. It is a temporary disposable container to store food in for a short period of time. There is no gasket. It is not watertight. It deteriorates quickly. The lid will crack after about 10 visits. After the first couple of rainy days the contents will be damp/wet/soaked.
  17. Thank you. I'll have a look. Hopefully I can figure out filters. This could be very useful for me.
  18. Would you be able to point me to some online instruction on how to exclude caches by Owners on GSAK. I'd like to exclude multiple owners.
  19. I just had a look at another cache I gave a favorite point to and was happy to see that I got 2 "great story" votes. L0ne.R Premium Member 3405 Found it 01/05/2019 I had an opportunity to get out and enjoy the +4C temperature. I wanted a good geocaching experience and GuelphHiker came to mind for quality geocaching experiences. I made the right choice, this cache gets a favourite point from me for checking all the right boxes. A forest find, Swag size for those finders like me that like stuff in the box to paw through, A great container (Plano) to protect the contents--everything was in great shape, A logbook and not a sheet, Pencil/pen--you even had them in a separate baggie with a note saying that we could use it if we forgot our own, and that's just what happened to me, I forgot mine back in the car. I used your pencil to write a note in that nice logbook. Left a signature item. Thanks the great stewardship-- for all the work you put into your hides, the maintenance you provide, the nice locations you choose, and the money you invest to buy a good watertight container that protects the contents. Great story (2) Helpful
  20. I looked at a cache I had given a favorite point to. It had one "Helpful" vote. The log is: Here's the log I left, it did not get a helpful vote. But few people mark a cache as helpful/great story, and it's only been up since March. I occasionally use the feature when I stumble along a good log. I have used it on the 2 caches I currently own. When used as intended, I think it's a useful feature.
  21. Depends on how often my cache gets a find. If it generally gets 2 finds a month then it doesn’t get any logs for 2 months, that’s often a sign that it may be missing. Many people don’t like to log a DNF or won’t log a DNF. So if it goes silent, I go check. In my experience 80% of the time the cache has gone missing. I have one cache, over 10 years old, that still gets found on average once a month. I check it twice a year. In the Spring after the snow melt, and in the Fall. I check to see that it’s still there, and in the right spot. I take out junk swag, then wipe down the inside of the container of leaves, stones and dirt that may have accumulated. I might add a fresh logbook if the old one is starting too look beat up. And a pencil if the one in the cache has gone missing. The closer the cache the more I check, sometimes daily. If you can, why not? It can be a fun part of the day. When you’re new at hiding it helps to ensure that the container holds up, keeps the contents dry, and you picked a good hiding spot. And it’s fun to see who’s signed the log.
  22. This is exactly my thinking too. When I use to hide caches this is how I did it. I expected cachers to find my caches. Hard to find (high D-rate) or not. I didn't want them to drive back multiple times. I don't want finders to end up frustrated. I had a D3, but I also provided a good hint. If someone logged a DNF, if it sounded like they used the hint and really looked, then I would make the 20 minute drive within a week. If I thought it might be possible they didn't look in the right spot, I'd leave it for the 2nd DNF. 2 DNFs in a row, from experience, meant it was very likely something was wrong. I think we know our caches well enough to know when it sounds like there might be a need to check. It was a relief when it was still there, not an irritant. I placed it in a nice location that I enjoyed returning to. A couple of times in 15 years it really had disappeared.
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