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  1. Sounds fun, but what would be the photo requirement? The source of the smell, as a factory chimney, a shrub in blossom, or a sulfated natural spring? Also, most of the smelly locations would be weather or season dependant. The visitor wouldn't experience anything unusual if visiting the location on a windy day or out of the blossom season.
  2. That one would be also valid for Waymark Sticker Seekers :D
  3. Also thought that there was a category for Pet Hotels... looks like you can create a new one. I would definitely recommend not limiting it to dogs and include all pet boarding facilities (although I can't imagine a cat hotel, our cats would get upset and wouldn't talk to us for several weeks if we would put them into one).
  4. Have you tried Permanent Charity Donation Locations?
  5. I would say if the waymarker does the research on the person and puts together some non-trivial description about that first settler or 19th century teacher and culture activist, then the waymark would be well justified. Yes some streets can be long and duplicates may not pop up during the review, that would be another challenge for the officers.
  6. That was my first thought but if the "The person the street is named after should have played a role for the town/city" rule would be strictly observed, it should eliminate the Lincoln etc. streets in every town. I like the proposal.
  7. The instructions are ok but in practice the "Note that this category is intended to include only signs that point to distant places." statement is being ignored, see most of the Czech hiking signposts there.
  8. You keep it now but we plan to retract them in future releases. But really, why would you do this? Happened to me this Sunday: I was logging my Saturday finds, forgot to edit the date, and got a large colorful reminder I edited the date but the souvenir remains in my profile - ok, so I won't care about it and will wait for a cleanup in the future.
  9. log ID number. Jim Not even that: if you take look at caches found by me, the 6/14 log #74103942 is above the 6/17 log #74409114. In general, browsing back works: 10 pages back I see my finds from Oct-Nov '08, but the order on that 10th page is also random.
  10. Sorry to hear that your TB has gone missing here in CZ. I can help you communicating with Czech cachers, or post a Missing TB thread in the forum at Czech geocaching site - please contact me so I don't bother the same cachers who replied to your inquires already. According to the cache logs: Oct 1, Delfini and smith777 say: "there is only a plush toy left from the TB" Oct 10, petr1868: "there are no tags in the cache but the plush toy was there" Oct 25, odobenus reports in English that Husky is not there.
  11. I think I might have found a bug - can you please check if the notifications are working properly when a user logs a cache or drops a TB through wap.geocaching.com? In the past there were few cases when I didn't get an owner notification for my caches being found, particularly with one local cacher who just bought a new WAP-enabled PDA and was using it for logging directly from the cache site, but I was not sure if it was an e-mail glitch on my side or a bug. Now we have started a TB competition, with two groups of cachers trying to capture the TB and placing it to a cache on their own territory. On the TB page we encouraged players to log the TB as soon as they can and suggested using WAP - when the first cacher did that, neither me (the TB owner), nor anybody else who has the TB on their watchlist, got the notification. If it helps, the log that failed to be sent is this one. Thanks for investigating!
  12. GCN9WC 2nd Czech CITO Event - Kralupsko Woods and trails cleanup close to the city of Kralupy, 20km north of Prague. The City Hall provided a tractor with a driver, we filled two trailers: A sample of trash we have found: leftovers after cable thieves, who steal the copper cables, clean off the isolation and sell the insides. A "memorial sign" at the hiking trail post "This area has been cleaned by geocachers, please don't dump any more garbage here" Short picnic after the cleanup:
  13. The locked thread was about fundraising at geocaching events. I know this is prohibited in the US, because people would start collecting money for the KKK, as pointed out in another thread, but this practice seems to be tolerated in other parts of the world (the initial poster was from Sweden).
  14. Hey Danny you told me yesterday on irc you found one cache in CP, but you didn't mention it was your #100! Congrats!
  15. I don't know where does CheaperThanDirt get their ammo cans, but when I was ordering from them in May before I left the US, most of the cans had some writing in Dutch on them (like "Patron voor wapen met inert projectil"). Quite a joke to get them transported twice over the Atlantic :-)
  16. That would be cool for my Amerika cache (the theme is US geocaching memorabilia and generic americana) - can you put one aside and bring it next time you come here?
  17. geocaching.cz Click on the Brithish flag in the top right corner to get an English interface. No route search though, just a zoomable map with all CZ caches, links to local topo maps and search by city.
  18. I had a similar experience when I bought an eTrex Legend at Circuit City: walked to the parking lot, put in the batteries and noticed there is a track log, something under 100 miles on the odometer, some maximum speed like from a car and a few waypoints in the local area. I was quite surprised and took it back to the store, asking if it was a used unit. The guy assured me that they don't sell used stuff and gave me another Legend - when I switched that one on in the store, it showed Taiwan as the current location, so I believed him it's a new one from the factory and took it. The first one was probably a returned unit - it was in the original packaging, even with the slide over the display - as I didn't know what was the reason of the original owner to returned it, I was happier with the real new one ... well, meanwhile I got a replacement for my broken Geko and gave the Legend to my sister, but that's another story :-)
  19. ok it looks the db is being brought up. Just got an interesting error: Cannot open database requested in login 'ASPState'. Login fails. Login failed for user 'sa'. Now, I have never worked with MS SQL server, but I remember it is based on Sybase and 'sa' is the Sybase superuser account... does it mean the website is accessing the db with db administrator privileges? Just curious.
  20. Congrats Dave and girls! I remember we have hit our #200 at the same event in June, another 200 since then is quite an achievement.
  21. haggaeus

    Bear Mtn

    Bear Mt. Inn - Doodletown and back should be easy enough with kids, I did it with my son when he was 4. It took some 4-5 hours though, with resting, photographing and caching.
  22. A related funny story (sort of): Vast majority of the caches in my country is listed on gc.com only. This week I have placed a cache in a remote area, and as it is quite close to Germany, where the Navicache site is also popular, I decided to crosspost it on both sites. The day after it was approved, there was a post in Buxley thread in our local forums: "Hey, looks like they have finally reached some kind of agreement - after six weeks of no updates, there is a new Czech cache at Buxley's!". I felt bad I had to calm the excitement down.
  23. I guess the overload issue is being exaggerated. Let's count how many pages Buxley needs to download: 210+50 country+state pages to get the list of new caches (with Canadian and Australian provinces, plus some large states which have more than one page of new caches, let's say the total is 400). The update was happening twice a day = 800 hits. There are currently about 250 new caches approved daily (I counted the average interval between 1000 caches for a few recent cache IDs). It is probably more after a sunny weekend... 500? Buxley needs to get every cache page once. This looks like 1300 hits in a day. Was this traffic really killing the website? One hit in a minute? If this is the case, then Buxley can use the $10 donation I sent him and buy Groundspeak a new dedicated server, I got my Sparcstation IPX for $5 off eBay.
  24. this could be even semi-automated, removing the need for an e-mail: you could enter a waypoint name and it would be queued up for refreshing the cache status (remember how the inaccuracies have been handled at Dan's stats page?)
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