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  1. I like the fortune cookie fortune idea. It's more fun to pick up TBs that have fun or interesting goals. This week a TB got me into a bike shop I hadn't been in for several years, because its goal is to be photographed in bike shops around the country. When I explained why I wanted to take pictures of a stuffed animal on a bike, the guys there were very interested and wanted to know how to find the geocaching website. Another TB got me to stop by the local skatepark (which I'd never visited, even though there is a cache there) for a "photoshoot" recently. I've been back several times since, mostly because it took a couple of tries to be able to actually look for the cache, due to soccer tournaments in the end of the park where the cache is located. And when I picked up a monkey TB last summer (my first TB find) I took him to the zoo with my granddaughters and to the midnight showing of Pirates of the Caribbean 2 so he could watch the monkey in the movie. I took his picture both places (before the movie, with family & friends dressed as pirates, not during the movie!) It does surprise me how few people actually tell what the bug did while they had it, or take & post photos. (But then, maybe I just have too much time on my hands... HA!) If you want to use a little notebook but are concerned about dampness, you might want to try a waterproof notebook that can be purchased at sporting goods stores. The paper is waterproof and very durable. I recently saw them in several sizes and styles at REI. They're more spendy than the regular little spirals, but it might be worth it for a TB or as a cache log book in a moisture-prone cache.
  2. Thanks. There aren't really clear instructions for how various logs work & what they do, so it takes time to figure it all out - and there are some cases that you really can't just learn by studying others' logs. I didn't even pick up any bugs until I was fairly sure I had it figured out, but I assumed that if a retrieval was deleted the bug would go back to the cache's inventory. It seems like it should. Some things you just have to learn by experience, I guess! It seems like a detailed "how-to" & "what if" section would be a good addition to the site, rather than having to search the forum listings to see if a particular question has already been addressed. There is a list of definitions of terms, but there are several terms not listed which my husband and I still haven't figured out. As a newcomer myself, I've still found myself explaining to newer - and sometimes not so new - cachers how to use the logs, yet I still had an unexpected result in this case.
  3. I have a logging problem - Today I logged my visit to a cache (a micro) at a skatepark and "dropped" a skateboarding TB, then retrieved it. So far, so good. Then I noticed a minor typo, and went to fix it, but was distracted by my granddaughter, and deleted the "retrieved" log by mistake. I figured, no problem, I can just re-log the retrieval. The problem is that even though the last log entry showing for the TB says that I dropped it in the cache, the "recently spotted" says it's in my hands, it is listed in my inventory, and in the cache's history rather than its inventory, so I cannot enter a new log to show I retrieved it. I'm not sure whether to: 1. delete the "found it" log for the cache, along with the "dropped" log for the TB (maybe that disappears automatically if I delete the "found cache" log?) - this is what the TB owner thinks would be best, but I'm concerned that that might either keep me from logging the find at all, or give me double credit for this cache - Can anyone tell me what will happen if I do this? 2. post a note for the cache to re-drop the TB and then "retrieve" it again - but then the TB will have 2 logs showing I dropped it in the same cache - If I do that, can I delete one of those "dropped" logs without creating a whole new round of problems? Or is there something else I should do, or someone I should contact who is able to un-archive my original post?
  4. I am ready to submit my entry for October, but I am a bit confused - the rules say the picture must be a .jpg or .tiff - mine is a .jpg - and can be up to 4 mb - mine is 2.38 mb - but when I was going to submit the file, the form said the same thing at the bottom of the page that it says for uploading any photo for a Geocache log - "File upload supports the following formats: jpg, gif, tiff Some Tips * If your original image is under 125k or 600 pixels wide, the largest image will not be resized. * It doesn't do the best resizing job. Editing your own larger image is preferable. * Final images will always be converted to jpg." I already made a smaller version of the image for emailing purposes, but as I read the rules, using that resized version would violate the rules, in addition to being lower quality than the original. But if I upload the original and geocaching.com resizes it - and in their words, "doesn't do the best resizing job", then it's been altered and the quality has been reduced even more. So am I misunderstanding something here? How and where should I upload my picture? I assume that I should use the "Upload a Contest Photo Entry" link on my Jeep's page, and I don't see any other way of doing it, but it appears that doing so will resize my full-sized 2.38 mb picture to 600 pixels & 125k.
  5. I am ready to submit my entry for October, but I am a bit confused - the rules say the picture must be a .jpg or .tiff - mine is a .jpg - and can be up to 4 mb - mine is 2.38 mb - but when I was going to submit the file, the form said the same thing at the bottom of the page that it says for uploading any photo for a Geocache log - "File upload supports the following formats: jpg, gif, tiff Some Tips * If your original image is under 125k or 600 pixels wide, the largest image will not be resized. * It doesn't do the best resizing job. Editing your own larger image is preferable. * Final images will always be converted to jpg." I already made a smaller version of the image for emailing purposes, but as I read the rules, using that resized version would violate the rules, in addition to being lower quality than the original. But if I upload the original and geocaching.com resizes it - and in their words, "doesn't do the best resizing job", then it's been altered and the quality has been reduced even more. So am I misunderstanding something here? How and where should I upload my picture? I assume that I should use the "Upload a Contest Photo Entry" link on my Jeep's page, and I don't see any other way of doing it, but it appears that doing so will resize my full-sized 2.38 mb picture to 600 pixels & 125k.
  6. Why not Antarctica? Even if there's no cache there to log the miles (I didn't check to see if there is), maybe your bug could visit & have it's picture taken and posted on the bug's page. The "culture" of an international station where people live in confined quarters in a frozen land that is dark for half of the year must be very unusual. There would be plenty of interesting caches to be logged into between here and there, too.
  7. First enter your log saying that you found the cache. Then go to the log - as long as you are logged in, it should allow you to upload an image. If you are on the cache page, the upload link is below your log. If you are looking at your log on a separate page, the upload image link is in the upper right corner of the page. Then you browse for the image you want, and add a caption &/or description. Both are optional, but if you don't put a caption, the file name will show up instead. You can add more pictures to any of your own logs at any time, as long as you are logged in on your account. I've added pictures to most of my logs, even though it wasn't required for them. (looks like someone else answered this while I was typing...) b-strong
  8. My daughter (15) wants to sign up under one of her nicknames (Suzo or Suz) but both usernames are taken. One person only logged 2 caches last year, and the other never validated her 2002 account. Do inactive usernames ever become available again? Should we try to contact these users through the site? Or can old accounts ever be deleted if a person is no longer interested (whether by them, or by the site managers)? I guess that would mess up the logs on all of the caches they've found, wouldn't it?! She's trying to decide on another username that she'd want to keep long-term, in case there's no way to have one of the top choices. She's already found several caches with caching members of the family, but hasn't been able to log her finds yet, and she'd like to send out a travel bug of her own. b-strong
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