+Waldo_Mudd Posted April 11, 2009 Share Posted April 11, 2009 Ok, this has a very simple, but complex answer. This used to be a free market, seller (Cache owner) providing what buyer (cache finder) wanted. When the buyer didn't want what the seller had, he didn't buy. He walked past the fruit (geocaching) stand and the seller's fruit all spoiled (no one logged his cache) causing the seller to change how he sold his fruit, but now you have people addicted to the fruit so the seller can sell it anyway he wants, rotten, moldy, mind altering fruit (pictures, lengthy logs, hoops and whistles) and the addicted buyer will still eat it and then complain to the government (ground speak) that the seller had rotten apples and they knew they had rotten apples, but they still bought them, and please oh please GS can you save me from the evil seller who wishes to do me harm, so you have GS (Government Sensors) dictating what the seller can sell to the buyer and how he can sell it, to protect the buyer from a bad apple or two, but stopping the sale of a funkadelic apple, that may have been the addicted buyers favorite apple of all time. I wouldn't expect someone from the all liberal Michigan to understand the free market and why it's important, so I broke it down all fruit style for you. Ah but if only placement of caches were a free market. Perhaps some hiders place caches with intention that other cachers will enjoy them. And perhaps if they get few people finding there cache they will decide that people aren't enjoying their cache and will either change it to be more enjoyable or will archive. But I would contend that many people do not really care how many people find their cache. They place a cache that they would enjoy themselves and hope that others will enjoy it. They don't count the number of thank you logs they get and in many instances they never get any complaints since people general ignore the cache they don't want to find. But what has also happened is that there is a small number of hiders who for some reason don't care at all whether others will enjoy their cache. Perhaps some of these hiders get some kick from seeing a lot of DNF logs or perhaps (in the case of ALRs) they get a kick out of writing a requirement where they can delete logs because no one is going to actually do the requirement to the letter. In addition TPTB determined there were some things they didn't was cachers to require in an ALR, because they felt the Geoaching would be better off if these task were voluntary. For example, TPTB would not publish an ALR to hide a new cache in order to log this one or and ALR that reserved FTF for a particular person. In the OP, Miss Jenn apologize that the new guidelines mean that some cool ideas would be lost. The guideline was put in place because (to use your free market analogy) there were a few AIGs and Lehman Brothers out there making bad ALRs and ruining the market. A few AIGs and Lehman Brothers? Every failure in our economy can be traced straight back to government control and the response of the free market to follow the rules, but figure out how to make the rules work for them. The housing crisis is a direct reaction to a government regulation that made banks loan money to people they knew couldn't pay it back, but to lesson the risk they let others wager on the outcome (derivitives), that was great if only a few people defaulted. Once a large number defaulted which was caused by OPEC making us pay at the pump, the banks were forced to A) confiscate property, and no bank wants to own property not recieve money from the home owner and C) have to pay out on the derivitives for the people who bet on the foreclosures. That's really what the first bail out was about. It was so the banks could make good on deals that were struck. If the Clinton era regulation of allowing more people to have the american dream was never instituted, you don't have our current crisis, but with liberals, it's always the intention, never the end result. Everyone's always trying to help me, but I don't want the help, don't protect me from anything Groundspeak. Quote Link to comment
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