+Dread_Pirate_Bruce Posted May 23, 2008 Share Posted May 23, 2008 I have recently seen a rather disturbing trend in hints. Rather than helping one actually find a troublesome cache, they are like puzzles. The hint "In the third tree from the left," will narrow down the search considerably. The hint "Magnetic," will narrow it down, too. Even, "It looks like it belongs there, but is just there," gives me an idea as to the type of hide. However, I've recently seen one hint that says: "Not my typical hide." That's nice, except, I've never looked for or found one of your caches and have no clue what your "typical hide" might be. And, one was: "This is a <name of local cacher> type hide." That's fine, except, I've never heard of that cacher and have no idea what his/her hides are like. Another was "Have you scene it?" ... It turns out that "Scene" is the name of a local newspaper and once you know that, you would think to look at a nearby newspaper machine. ... Well and good for a local, but useless to a visitor. Of course, there are any number of hints which are lyrics from songs. All you need to do is figure out the song or album. (These frequently refer to either bridges or trees.) If you don't know the song or album, and don't have internet access while out hunting, you may as well not have the hint. And, what's the idea with hints that say "You don't need a hint"? If I don't need a hint, then don't give one. If you are going to give a hint, make it useful or helpful and don't assume I know the local cachers or local jargon. Thanks. Quote Link to comment
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