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  1. Wow, mellow crowd! Not even a "yeah that bugs me a little, too", or "I wouldn't do it".
  2. I've noticed a few cachers sometimes replace their muggled caches with a brand new cache with a new number, rather than just replacing their old cache. What do you guys think of that? Here I am, opinionated Ron, stating my opinion for one such cache: http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_detai...0b-1b02c15f88cb From the previous logs, no one made a negative comment at all, so I presume this is considered perfectly fine and normal. Despite my post and log I'm really not that bothered by it, just a little. But I suppose there's nothing I can do about it, just like a recent rash of nuisance urban caches!
  3. Big congrats to Chuy and Kwver on hitting 5000 caches! That is a HUGE number.
  4. Wow. I can't believe I read that whole thread. For what it's worth, I don't want Archived caches in my PQs. I already use the best method which is load all the new data and use the "last GPX update" feature in GSAK.
  5. Whoo Hoo!!! Congrats! Big number! I bet you've cleaned out the SD area pretty well. You are ranked about #200 worldwide now, not that its about the numbers...
  6. Where did you hear the news?, I'm looking for something on-line... I didn't know of any caches there.
  7. Signature items are cute, but they are also trash after a while, as they fill up a cache. I don't add to it.
  8. I see a lot of caches that have a lot of DNFs or other complaints and the owner doesn't seem to be responding to them. So I put in a lot of "Needs archiving" reports because I don't want to have the situation continue to cause frustration to everyone, and for the cache to keep turning up on my PQs. NOMEX is usually very quick to respond to these, by disabling the cache. The owner, if they are still around, can still fix them up. I asked our M Ramius and he said that Nomex gets all the "Needs archiving" requests so that's why he does most of them. I haven't seen anything he's done that's been out-of-line. I think its appropriate to bring in the administrators more often than people do, because there are a lot of owners that just aren't active on geocaching.com anymore. I was just geocaching in Florida and found a couple caches that were over 50' off the coords, one was 130' off the coords, and people had been complaining in every log for over a year. I wrote a "Needs archiving" log to get the admins attention with a request to update the coords, and the coords were updated within a day. I think getting missing caches disabled quickly and disabled caches archived in a reasonable time keeps up the quality of caching experience for everyone.
  9. I don't think I ever met Yrium, so my first encounter with him was when he found my first cache. I remember reading his log over again many times and showing it to everyone I could think of. You can read that log here. Wow, that guy was a great writer! What a wonderful log.
  10. It worries me that the growth curve can't just keep going like that without loss of quality. I guess it has already happened, but it doesn't seem terrible, yet. But eventually, if the growth keeps up, won't there be a cache in a lampskirt or transformer every 0.1 miles in urban areas, and caches every 0.1 miles along every possible path in every park or open space, and caches that require bushwacking in every open space that doesn't ban it? I'd guess that there's a cache in every major scenic viewpoint in San Diego county already, for example, and I'm not bothered that there are a few more to grab on the way to those spots. But where does it stop? There's really no need for caches every 0.1 miles of every trail to every scenic spot. I have been hoping that I'd see a slowdown of the growth curve after geocaching found most of the hikers and geeks, but it hasn't happened yet. Until you have been on the trail, like the one that starts at "And so the adventure begins . . . , "please don't complain about having a cache nearly every .1 of a mile. If the rock formations along that trail were in Iowa, or Kansas, the area would have been turned into a National or State Park. I highly recommend the caches along that series to anyone who can walk that distance. It is not that difficult a hike . . . really, especially on a nice cool day like today. And, if you are into numbers, you get lots of smilies while seeing some awesome country. I browsed a few of those caches before, I'm definitely looking forward to hiking that trail! And certainly not all hikes are created equal. Also, I have to admit that I've squeezed a few caches in between other caches at 0.1 intervals myself. But just a couple!
  11. It worries me that the growth curve can't just keep going like that without loss of quality. I guess it has already happened, but it doesn't seem terrible, yet. But eventually, if the growth keeps up, won't there be a cache in a lampskirt or transformer every 0.1 miles in urban areas, and caches every 0.1 miles along every possible path in every park or open space, and caches that require bushwacking in every open space that doesn't ban it? I'd guess that there's a cache in every major scenic viewpoint in San Diego county already, for example, and I'm not bothered that there are a few more to grab on the way to those spots. But where does it stop? There's really no need for caches every 0.1 miles of every trail to every scenic spot. I have been hoping that I'd see a slowdown of the growth curve after geocaching found most of the hikers and geeks, but it hasn't happened yet.
  12. Awesome job! Congrats on all those puzzles (without help) and the 1500 finds. Your daughters are ADORABLE!!! Have fun!!! Thanks, guys!! 'cept I only LIKE to do them without help but I don't always succeed. Some of those were definitely not without hints. And I tell ya, for some of the ones that I have left I'll be needing hints for sure. And my wife sure has good ideas sometimes. In the end, the only thing you can say about those of us that have high puzzle counts is that we enjoy them, not necessarily that we are good at them.
  13. We just couldn't get moving that early, sorry we missed everyone!
  14. What, you can't wait a day to post your logs? poor you! I'm always amazed at how entitled some people feel for having paid $30. $30 won't even buy you a good piece of clothing or a good meal. And comparisons to Amazon? Please. Amazon is a fortune 500 company with billions of dollars in sales.
  15. Sweet! Congrats on the 500th puzzle, Tom! cool log!
  16. At any given time, my Ignore List contains about 2 to 5 caches. There are three reasons that a cache could appear on my Ignore List: 1) There is very strong evidence that the cache is gone. This will be after an honest effort on my part to find it, and a long period of no finds and conversations with previous finders that indicate that, yea verily, the cache is AWOL. These leave my Ignore list one of three ways: Either someone finds it; the owner checks on it and confirms that it is there; or it gets archived. The last outcome is the most common. (I put these caches on my watchlist so that I see any logs that appear...) 2) The cache is not one that I will ever be able to do. An example of this ilk is "Yukon Diving". I have not the training or certification required to retrieve this cache safely and for various reasons, it is unlikely that I ever will. 3) The cache requires behaving in an illegal or unethical manner. Obviously, this is squishy ground, but for what it's worth, every cache that met this criteria has subsequently been archived for related reasons. Sounds like I use the ignore feature more than others. I just don't like seeing the same caches come up again and again on my lists. Better to just ignore them mentally--maybe I'll get to that. I haven't put any caches on the list for being behind no trepassing signs, yet. I sometimes put in the "unethical" category the ones that require me to do a lot of bushwacking across environmentally sensitive areas, but sometimes I'm just a slave to the arrow. Rather than put a cache on my ignore list if I'm sure it is gone, I sometimes mark it as "Needs Archived". This triggers NOMEX to look at it and usually it gets disabled soon after that. It seems some owners don't pay attention to their logs, or are inactive, so the "Needs Archiving" attribute will either get the owner's attention or the administrator's attention. That'll get it off everyone's list. My "Needs Archived" count is up to 25 (look at it My account/My logs/Need archived).
  17. Hmmm, this thread is slow. How about a new topic or two? Maybe one of these will perk things up a bit! o Radius Slaves - A lot of geocachers seem to have a goal of clearing out an area of caches within a certain geographical radius of their house. I call them "radius slaves" because they are slaves to anyone who decides to drop a lame cache anywhere in that radius. Now I like to see a bubble of clear space around my "home" icon too, but I'm not rabid about it. When I have a chunk of time, I'd rather do a day trip to somewhere beyond my radius that is scenic. For example, I recently did a mountain bike trip in Daley Ranch in Escondido and it was way cool. Incidentally, I'm almost done clearing out a radius of 5 miles from my house, but I have a dozen or so on my ignore list. So, OK, OK, I'm a semi-radius slave too. I did a pocket query of all new caches placed in Feb-May 10 2007 (approx 100 days), within 10 miles of the I8 and I15 interchange. It came up with 119. This wouldn't include ones already archived, so add another 10, as a guess, for a total of 129. So assuming you cleaned out that 10 mile radius once, you would have to have a find rate of 1.3/day to keep it clean. That's equal to some people's find rate! And almost half of a pretty good find rate of 3/day. At a find rate of 3/day I calculate that a cacher in the San Diego area could only keep a radius of 15 miles clean. No thanks. o Web Cam caches - I think these are pretty lame from a geocaching point of view. I've been avoiding them and now I've decided to put all of the local ones on my ignore list. It's not like they take any effort to find, the effort is getting the software, finding them when they work, getting someone to manipulate the camera for you and being patient while they battle for control of the camera and get it positioned right. No thanks. o Ignore list - If I don't like some lame urban micro (or a trample the environment cache, or a front yard cache or whatever) I put it on my ignore list. Half of them seem to get archived after a while anyway, and in the meantime, they don't keep showing up on my GSAK and GPS. Actually my list is only 25 long now that I removed the archived ones. Do people use this feature as much as I do? o Cache maintenance - Can people really maintain 100 to 150 caches with any sort of diligence? It seems like some people drop caches like they are disposable diapers. Maybe someone can think of a better analogy... And I suppose the answer is "yes" for some cachers! o Best mountain bike caching - I took my new mountain bike to Daley Ranch in Escondido and had a blast. It had a great combination of hills and scenery, single track and wide dirt roads. I've mountain bike-cached in part of Mission Trails and Rancho San Diego, too. Can anyone recommend other good areas? I have my eye on the Sweetwater area. o Go Bolts Caches - I get a real kick out of his Terrain 2+ caches in random areas. They make you think and they make you work. Many of them could be subtitled "fear factor". Anyone else enjoying these?
  18. Congrats to Flagman for finding every puzzle/mystery/unknown cache in San Diego County! (I believe, based on he said he had two to go and I noticed he found them.)
  19. I generally don't like the front yard caches either! I hate getting there and looking all around, not knowing if it is a legitimate hide or not, and then neighbors start looking suspiciously at me. Here is one good exception: http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_detai...d2-cd35b4b801d8 Oooops, Miragee already listed this one.
  20. So how many caches does this affect? Will we be seeing a wave of archivals? When will this occur? Should I rush and do a few of the special ones before they are archived? I haven't done a lot in AB.
  21. Love using my 60csx in the airplane, sometimes surreptiously. I like to see where I am, or to mark a waypoint over some interesting feature so I can see what it is later. I've noticed it takes sometimes 5 satellites to get a position when they are all out the same window. I thought it would be four, but the Garmin folks must have an algorithm that takes into account the position of the satellites or something. I sit there with my GPS up against the window waiting for a position for a long time, sometimes. The worry about electronic devices on airplanes is over-paranoid in my opinion. And I worked for Boeing on commercial airplanes for 9 years making sure the probability of a serious event was 1 x 10-9. Hmm, I forget the units. Here's a question about flying across country. If you are flying to Miami, say, stopping in Houston, say, do you load your GPS with waypoints for Houston just in case you get stuck there for the night?
  22. It is true that those participating in the challenge might not get a lot of work done for a few days.
  23. Well, it could just be a general puzzle challenge, then. Maybe each puzzle cache is prefixed with "PZC: (name)", instead of "FPC: (name)". The idea of limiting it to a certain area is to give the series a geographical focus, and to not make it about long hikes or long drives. Altho it does disadvantage the RSD or Murrieta people slightly. The idea of limiting the difficulty is so that they are truly solvable by a wider range of people. And so the cache owner doesn't have to email hints and walk people thru solving it step by step. I'm still not sure about the idea of "winning". Having one meta-puzzle might be too tough to arrange across so many people. Well, maybe not. How's this: everyone who wants to submit a puzzle emails me. I'll send them a value that is an offset for one of the digits. Maybe its Nxx x(+5).xxx. They put it in their puzzle cache. Then, the day after the deadline when the puzzles are published, I publish the meta-puzzle with a set of offsets, that added together with the individual offsets, total the coordinates. That way if someone doesn't make the deadline I can adjust the meta offsets appropriately. (same thing if any "PZC:" puzzles get archived). And maybe some people get offsets for the same digit so no one knows for sure they know the digits until they get all the puzzles. Of course, I wouldn't be able to claim the meta puzzle, but, oh well. So people who like to make puzzles (Flagman, Devhead, LLOT, Jahoodi & John, Adelos, ThePolarBear, Duncan, QDman, Zatyko Snake & Rooster, and anyone else), would you guys be willing to come up with a puzzle by a certain date (tentatively March 15?) for this challenge? If not enough people are interested in making puzzles on a schedule then the idea is probably a non-starter. But I'm just brainstorming here. Ideas?
  24. But speaking of puzzles, what do people think of this idea: Have a "Flagman puzzle challenge" where anyone who is interested creates a single puzzle, in honor of Flagman, since he so dearly loves puzzles and he does so much for the geocaching community. We all arrange for them to be published on the same day, say March 15th. We all hide them in roughly the same area, say the Scripps Ranch area (plenty of hiding places still up there). Or maybe the Tierrasanta area. I would suggest a few rules to focus things a little (or maybe not, we can talk about it here). Such as limit the difficulty to 4 or below, any size containers, armchair puzzles only (no "go there to figure it out" type puzzles), no teams (that aren't already a team by virtue of their geocache name), no hints outside the cache page, no super tricky hides. Just a focus on puzzles. Then let the best puzzle-solver solve and find the most the quickest. Anyone can participate in the solving (of course) whether or not they created a puzzle for the challenge. And then maybe the contest ends after April 1 and the "winner" declared. Or perhaps each puzzle cache has one digit to a meta puzzle, and the winner is the one that finds the meta puzzle first. What do people think?
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