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Hints that are too long to fit into my 30 character limit on my GPS.

"The cache is located next to a" :P

Your equipment limitations are not the problem of the CO. That is your problem. If you don't like this, bug the manufacture for new firmware.

 

Hints should be "to the point" to assist those who still do things by hand. When submitting a cache, Groundspeak even specifically mentions this:

 

Please keep your hints short, so decoding it on the trail is easier.

 

So, even if the limitation of the equipment were removed from the equation, the hint would have been better stated as "next to a...". After all, if I am decoding a hint it is already somewhat implied I am looking for information about the cache's location so throwing in "The cache is located..." at the beginning is just useless.

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How's this for a useless hint?

 

After reviewing 5 photos, each taken at GZ and in total capturing a 360 degree view... the CO indicates "it's to your left"

 

Left of WHAT?? Left while facing South? North? East? West? somewhere in between?

 

Completely useless!!

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My favorite so far was "Well Hidden". I facepalmed when I read it. Still havn't found it either.

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One of my hints is "if you need this, you are on the wrong side of the river".. although it seems like it wouldn't help, everyone finds it helpful when they are looking!

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One of my hints is "if you need this, you are on the wrong side of the river".. although it seems like it wouldn't help, everyone finds it helpful when they are looking!

 

Or that your coordinates are off....

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One of my hints is "if you need this, you are on the wrong side of the river".. although it seems like it wouldn't help, everyone finds it helpful when they are looking!

 

Or that your coordinates are off....

 

Nope. It is a very small creek right beside the hiding spot. People often start following the gps on the other side of the creek because it is the larger more immediately accessible side of things.. However, as they start to get closer they usually realize they have to cross the creek. For those who don't figure it out, the hint is helpful! Plus, the cache is quite obvious when you are on the right side.

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First you say "river", now it is a "very small creek"... Never seen a river that is less than 5 meters wide.... :(

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Speaking of useless hints and rivers:

 

Did a cache recently where the hint was "It's beside the river." Well duh, the coordinates already told me that!

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The time has come to draw attention to useless hints. In reality, this isn't a major issue, rather just an irritant for many I have spoken with.

 

That being said, lets throw out the best of the worst here. Although I don't have any recent dramatic examples, my favorites are:

 

"spruce tree" in the middle of a forest

 

"don't get STUMPED" ...duh, I wonder what that means...

 

and my alltime favorite...

 

"no hint"

 

What's your favorite??

I love it when the hint is in German - which is useless to me -but if you live in Mallorca that is usual.

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One that always makes me smile is 'just above eye level'. Mainly because my geocache partner is my 9 year old 48 inch tall son. I read him the clue, then say 'just above my head' because I know he will start looking around my belly button height. :D

Unless the cache owner is closer to your son's height. :D

 

...ken...

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First you say "river", now it is a "very small creek"... Never seen a river that is less than 5 meters wide.... :D

 

It's creek.. :D

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