Kirbert Posted October 3, 2010 Share Posted October 3, 2010 1.2 million geocaches out there sounds like it's late to suggest a change to this game, but I'm going to anyway. I would like to suggest that geocaching.com begin promoting the idea that every trade item in a geocache should be packaged in its own baggie. There is one area I have visited where this practice was popular -- Gainesville, FL -- and you simply wouldn't believe how much better it makes this sport. Rather than a whole bunch of rusty and worthless junk in the bottom of an ammo can, you find neatly packaged toys in pristine condition. For those unaware, to outsiders that's one of the biggest criticisms of geocaching. "Why would I care about finding a box full of trash?" It's even nicknamed "geotrashing" by some of our critics. And, as you oldtimers know, it's been getting worse over time -- geocaches today tend to be far trashier than they were a few years ago, partly because the nice trade items tend to get replaced with lousy ones and partly because all the trade items deteriorate so badly in the caches, but it's evolved to the point it appears that geocachers are actually dropping off worthless trade items as though it's standard practice. Gives a whole new meaning to CITO. Besides protecting the trade items, encouraging the bagging of every trade item would also discourage leaving stuff that's utterly worthless to begin with. If it's not worth a baggie, why leave it at all? Just throw it away. I believe this idea calls for more than just a suggestion here on the forums. It calls for a guideline on the "getting started" page on geocaching.com (which doesn't seem to mention trade items at all, actually) and a one-time announcement sent to all geocachers. And the policy should be established that all non-baggied trade items in a geocache should be removed by the next finder and either cleaned up and baggied for dropping off somewhere else or just thrown away altogether. The rusty junk commonly found in geocaches today isn't doing anyone any good and it's harmful to the reputation of the hobby. Quote Link to comment
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