+LifeOnEdge! Posted June 7, 2008 Share Posted June 7, 2008 (edited) I have been caching for nearly three years now and have about three years of finds under my belt. My very first geocache find (and the next 26) were in a state where I was temporarily working. I have since traveled, come back home, and revisited the state of temporary employment where I started this interesting hobby. During my last return visit, after attending two good friend's wedding, I stayed and cached for about 13 more weeks, enjoying the cooler weather, friends, and personal freedom. As it happened last May and the summer before, this May/June I have been planning another geocaching trip and doing some research on caches. I keep up with the cache activities in this other state and correspond to several cachers who live there. While researching, I commonly either contact cache owners or post questions for what appears to be trouble caches in a written cache log. I also try to troubleshoot situations that I see as they arise. Each spring, as I am doing my research, I have ruffled a few feathers with my queries. "What do you know about this cache?" "When do you expect it to be placed back out to be found?" (In this area, it is common for cache owners to disable their caches over the winter, pull them, place them back out in the spring, and enable their caches.) And other, similar questions, designed to gather information about potential caches and to make contact with some of the locals. Some percentage of cachers are offended by my questions. Some other percentage of cachers reach a tipping point and lash out with mean and hateful comments like "When you move here you can be worried about these things. Until then don't worry about it." One of my comments was followed up by another out-of-state cacher with a rude and hateful comment, trying to get this new cacher to come to arms against me. On the second follow-up post, I e-mailed the out-of-stater, saying that I did not appreciate that online attack, that their comments were akin to a forum post and inappropriate for a cache post, as well as courtesy copying this e-mail to geocaching.com and creating a formal complaint against this person. I realize that some people are very territorial. I also realize that a lot of people feel like questions from the outside (in my case, out of state) are akin to telling someone what to do. We all knows how this goes over with cache owners. And I also realize that more than one or two posts of this nature make some cachers nervous. My questions are: - Are these reply logs common? - Are they tolerated by the general populous? - Are they tolerated by geocaching.com? - What is the appropriate response when attacked in the manner? I don't tend to e-mail cachers who I have not met personally. A great number of e-mails I have sent have been taken as an invasion of privacy and not replied to in a kind fashion. I also rarely get e-mail from cachers who I have not met personally. I think it is easier for most to attack from the anonymity of a gc.com game name than to contact me directly. I tend to be very direct and sometimes dry with my questions, failing to soften things up or add obligatory Smileys to keep the hairs on the backs of a cache owner's neck from rising. Common sense tells me to just ignore the pesky retorts and not feed the pests any sort of response. I don't owe anyone except possibly the cache owner any sort of explanation, but I tend to want to explain and get the next word in (which usually does no good since I will rarely convince someone of the merits of my position.) ______________________________________________________ And yes, I halfway expect some of these persons to come out of the woodwork on this thread, reasoning that "If I shake the trees, some nuts are bound to fall." Edited June 7, 2008 by LifeOnEdge! Quote Link to comment
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