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Geocaching.com site update March 8th 2011

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After several feature-heavy releases it was time to circle back and fix some bugs. With the help of geocachers providing feedback on User Voice we identified some high-visibility issues and did a little house cleaning. This also gave us time to monitor site performance and plan for future feature enhancements.

 

The Beta Maps introduced before the winter holidays continue to perform well under load. Soon we'll begin more closely integrating them into the rest of the site, as well as add a few more tools to make them even more useful. Thank you for all the feedback so far!

 

Geocaching Videos

 

For over a year the Groundspeak video crew has traveled far and wide to create dozens of entertaining and engaging videos. Check out the new videos page, share it with friends, and go geocaching vicariously while the boss isn't looking*.

 

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Where did the benchmark link go?

 

If you're looking for the benchmark navigation link, fear not. It's been repositioned in the footer of every page. All links to nearby benchmarks on cache pages remain, and the stats appear in your profile as always.

 

 

Introduction to Geocaching Presentation

 

Groundspeak's Introduction to Geocaching is a PowerPoint presentation designed to teach first timers about geocaching. It explains geocaching basics, including what's in a cache, cache types, Trackables and more. If you wish, you can co-brand the presentation by adding your organization or company logo in the white rectangle at the bottom of each slide. Download the presentation package here.

 

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What Else is New?

 

24401: Move Lost & Found videos onto a new video page

Added new Video page and link in left-hand navigation

 

23911: Adding Norwegian Bokmal to geocaching.com

Added translations

 

24829: Adding Estonian Language to geocaching.com

Added translations

 

25140: Default map view is home location, if set

Beta map will now default to home coordinates or Seattle if not chosen

 

25229: Remove inactive PQ limitation from PQ Page

Increased maximum saved PQs to 1000

 

23026: Addition of "Intro to Geocaching" Presentation to Resources Section

Download a slide presentation for use when teaching others about Geocaching

 

25244: Create Counties for Hungary

Added 19 counties including the capitol

 

Bug fixes

 

23745: Upload of large image to cache or log produces server error

Increased allowable image size to prevent server error

 

23599: Activation Code Retrieval - request exceeded error received

Resolved throttling issue with activation code retrieval tool

 

25409: When a Travel Bug has 100+ cache visits, the 3-digit stop number exceeds the width of the marker on the TB map

Fixed

 

25793: Extra, unneeded blank line below disclaimer on cache pages

Removed

 

25533: Need to provide "-Search All-" option to states list for France

Added

 

25568: Open "About Favorites" in New Tab

No longer loading "about favorites" in the same tab when viewing favorites dropdown on cache page

 

25716: Table borders in HTML are removed from printer friendly pages

Fixed

 

25720: Archived find logs appear to be counted when figuring ratio of Favorites/Premium Finds

Fixed

 

25721: Paging control for favorites shows "Total Records 1 - 0 of 0" when no results

Fixed

 

25154: JPG uploads being converted to PNGs

Images uploaded by the cache owner are no longer converted to PNG

 

25889: Hover text on distances is wrong

Fixed hovertext for distances in search results

 

25552: "Pending field notes" message box continues to display on account page after Field Notes all removed

Fixed

 

25571: Link to sender's profile in emails sent through site uses old style link rather than coord.info link

Now linking to user profiles using coord.info short URL

 

25791: When log is edited, edit time displayed is server time and is not identified as such

Edit time is now displayed in UTC

 

26151: "Afrikaans" misspelled as "Afrikaan" in list of cache notes on Hide & Seek page

Fixed

 

25538: Watchlist Box should disappear if no watches

Box will now collapse if no one is watching the cache

 

19822: Text Change: Use of "enabled" and "disabled" on geocaching.com

In PQ creation, changed "is active" and "is not active" to "is enabled" and "is disabled"

 

24291: Should bold row and column with most total finds on "Finds for Each Day of the Year" table

Added bolding for the highest count (day and month) in profile statistics

 

23785: Remove country that does not exist from search dropdown

Farewell "Burxina"

 

25759: Text of deletion confirmation dialog for deleting Bookmark list does not match button optioins

Changed text to match the actual options "OK" and "Cancel"

 

25427: Footer cuts off in German and other languages

Fixed styling issue on page footers to text no longer overlaps

 

16670: line breaks not honored in Short Description

No longer stripping line breaks from cache short descriptions

 

25702: Text change: Twitter text on /my/

Updated wording to include all Live-enabled applications

 

25923: Shop Groundspeak: New Distributor

Added distributors: deine-dose.de, cache-corner.de, geo.scientiakonsult.se, geocacher.sk, debbiedoesdecals.com, stores.geowyrm.com,

 

24737: Archive and Unarchive notes should be automatically deleted when a cache is published.

Fixed

 

25578: "People's Democratic Republic of Yemen" has typo in abbreviation: "People Den Rep Yemen"

Removed duplicate, now only Yemen is offered as a country option

 

25672: Flag and country name not appearing for some countries on statistics maps

Fixed

 

25649: Stat bars don't line up

Fixed styling of "finds per month" stats

 

25550: "Hotels" link on cache details page present but not functional in several countries

Fixed

 

*Groundspeak in no way advocates loafing, dilly-dallying, or slothful behavior when you should be working. However, if you must goof-off it may as well be constructive. Cache on!

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Always look forward to the new updates. Will enjoy the videos and can't wait to DL the presentation slideshow. Thanks for everything guys.

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Darn, still no API.

 

We have onboarded a couple 3rd parties who are developing against the API as we speak. Once we are confident it is stable and secure we will be extending more invites before finally going live to the public. We're getting closer every day!

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Hi,

 

is there a checkpoint for restarting the site ? When will geocaching.com be on air again ?

 

Greetings

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Hi,

 

is there a checkpoint for restarting the site ? When will geocaching.com be on air again ?

 

Greetings

 

If all goes well we should be back online in about 15-20 minutes.

 

Edit: We're back up! Thanks for your patience.

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25229: Remove inactive PQ limitation from PQ Page

Increased maximum saved PQs to 1000

 

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That was a pretty unexciting update after the last few. But I guess it was neccesary.

 

Are site updates now every 6 weeks? I thought up until Nov or Dec 2010 it was monthly...

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25229: Remove inactive PQ limitation from PQ Page

Increased maximum saved PQs to 1000

 

25793: Extra, unneeded blank line below disclaimer on cache pages

Removed

 

25552: "Pending field notes" message box continues to display on account page after Field Notes all removed

Fixed

Thank you, guys. Especially for the above!

 

*Groundspeak in no way advocates loafing, dilly-dallying, or slothful behavior when you should be working. However, if you must goof-off it may as well be constructive. Cache on!

:blink::lol:

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25409: When a Travel Bug has 100+ cache visits, the 3-digit stop number exceeds the width of the marker on the TB map

Fixed

 

 

AWESOME!!!

Fix confirmed!

 

Way to go Hampsters!

 

~ Dr.MORO

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Are site updates now every 6 weeks? I thought up until Nov or Dec 2010 it was monthly...

 

It really depends on how much we undertake in a single release cycle. We shoot for monthly updates but occasionally have to throw in an extra week or two to account for bigger projects or surprises (and I don't mean the oh-look-you-got-me-flowers kind of surprise :anibad: ).

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23599: Activation Code Retrieval - request exceeded error received

Resolved throttling issue with activation code retrieval tool

 

WHOO HOOOO!!!

 

And the 1000 PQ's too....GREAT! Way to go!! :) :) :)

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I got a notice from the Feedback Forums that the Beta Map Search now defaults to your home location (if set) instead of Seattle, but I didn't see that on the list of updates.

 

I have my home location set, but when I go to the Map Search then click the link to bring up the Beta Maps it still takes me to Seattle. Refreshed but still in Seattle.

 

Am I missing something?

 

Using IE8 if it matters.

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sorry it was a mistake

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Are site updates now every 6 weeks? I thought up until Nov or Dec 2010 it was monthly...

 

It really depends on how much we undertake in a single release cycle. We shoot for monthly updates but occasionally have to throw in an extra week or two to account for bigger projects or surprises (and I don't mean the oh-look-you-got-me-flowers kind of surprise :anibad: ).

Would flowers help?

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I got a notice from the Feedback Forums that the Beta Map Search now defaults to your home location (if set) instead of Seattle, but I didn't see that on the list of updates.

 

I have my home location set, but when I go to the Map Search then click the link to bring up the Beta Maps it still takes me to Seattle. Refreshed but still in Seattle.

 

Am I missing something?

 

Using IE8 if it matters.

 

It's working fine for me in IE8. Have you logged out/in and cleared your browser cache?

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I have my home location set, but when I go to the Map Search then click the link to bring up the Beta Maps it still takes me to Seattle. Refreshed but still in Seattle.

When I click on this link to the "old" maps it takes me to Seattle, despite the fact I have a home location set. When I click this link to the "beta" maps I get a map of my home location.

 

However, and here is where joshism is having a problem, if you first go to the "old" maps, and get Seattle, then click on the "View the new Maps Beta!" link, you're going to get Seattle, because the link is designed to show the same area as you're already viewing.

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Why did you kill Burxina? :(:sad::cry:

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Why did you kill Burxina? :(:sad::cry:

Uhh, because it doesn't exist. :ph34r:

 

It was a typo of Burkina Faso, which is still an option.

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1000 PQs is great! Thanks.

 

Also, 25942 seems to be fixed now. Was that accidental? :)

 

Mark

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25229: Remove inactive PQ limitation from PQ Page

Increased maximum saved PQs to 1000

Fixed

 

This is super! Thanks! Now the natural question would be, can we get more bookmarks to go with the increased PQ's?

 

*Groundspeak in no way advocates loafing, dilly-dallying, or slothful behavior when you should be working. However, if you must goof-off it may as well be constructive. Cache on!

But some of us just don't work, so I guess it is okay if we goof-off.

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Is it just me or has Needs Maintenance been removed from the Edit Attributes page?

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Also, unless I'm blind (possible) when creating a Pocket Query, where there are the icons for Attributes to Include or Exclude from the PQ the icon is missing for Field Puzzle.

 

And less a bug than a question: why is the order of the Attributes when setting up a PQ different from the order here?

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I got a notice from the Feedback Forums that the Beta Map Search now defaults to your home location (if set) instead of Seattle, but I didn't see that on the list of updates.

 

I have my home location set, but when I go to the Map Search then click the link to bring up the Beta Maps it still takes me to Seattle. Refreshed but still in Seattle.

 

Am I missing something?

 

Using IE8 if it matters.

 

It's working fine for me in IE8. Have you logged out/in and cleared your browser cache?

 

I'm still getting the old Seattle map for both links and my home location has been in the system for over a year now. Maybe they forgot to actually merge this bug fix into the release build?

 

http://www.geocaching.com/map/default.aspx

http://www.geocaching.com/map/beta/default.aspx?lat=47.67784251720985&lng=-122.34113216400146&z=15 These coordinates are NOT my home coordinates.

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The map is really shaping up nicely. I was just moseying around with the beta and noticed a bit of a problem. There's an area nearby where I've done some hiking and found a few caches. I plan to go back for the rest, and in comparing the new and old maps, noticed that there are a few active caches on the old map that do not show up on the new map. Even zoomed in all the way they didn't show up. One of the missing caches is GC2F7QZ, should you want to check it out.

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I'm still getting the old Seattle map for both links and my home location has been in the system for over a year now. Maybe they forgot to actually merge this bug fix into the release build?

 

http://www.geocachin...ap/default.aspx

http://www.geocachin...3216400146&z=15 These coordinates are NOT my home coordinates.

 

That's the thing. If you go to the beta map from the non-beta one, you'll always end up at the same location the non-beta map was showing. Home coords don't apply. However, if you go to http://www.geocachin...ta/default.aspx directly, you'll get to your home location.

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The map is really shaping up nicely. I was just moseying around with the beta and noticed a bit of a problem. There's an area nearby where I've done some hiking and found a few caches. I plan to go back for the rest, and in comparing the new and old maps, noticed that there are a few active caches on the old map that do not show up on the new map. Even zoomed in all the way they didn't show up. One of the missing caches is GC2F7QZ, should you want to check it out.

PMO caches do not show up on the beta maps. The cache in question is a PMO.

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I love the speed of the Beta Map compared to the standard. But will you eventually add all the links on the left of the standard map to the beta map? Of course if one thinks of the Beta Map as just one of those links I guess it is really not an issue is it? I also love the fact that the Beta Map opens to my home location! Nice job! Guess I will have to pay my dues to support this fine work!!

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I have noticed on the Beta Maps, even when I have my finds displayed, that some caches I have already found do not show as such. Is this because the new map is still a work in progress?

Images - thanks for working on them! Is the site now resizing again, as it used to, or is there a maximum size we should be aware of?

Thanks....and I'll be checking the videos soon!

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23745: Upload of large image to cache or log produces server error

Increased allowable image size to prevent server error

 

What is the size limit now?

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small thing, but the "find benchmark" thing is no longer on the main profile page. Its now harder to find benchmark searches on the site, at least for me it was.

 

its now in Tools and Downloads vs the main and/or profile page.

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No mention of the map smilie bug[both the beta maps and the old maps have it]

this has existed through the last 4 updates now

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Hi!

 

I really appreciate all your work you're doing and I'm really happy that you did a bux fixing update this time but there are still a few issues and glitches I'd like to get fixed somewhen in the next future ;-)

 

1. Formatting of the cache description in print mode: Example: GC2PTQZ! Nicely formatted and easily to read online but after being printed it's just one single block of text really hard to read. And as far as I have seen this also is true for the GPX file sent to my Garmin.

 

2. Category for Letterboxes on the beta map: Letterboxes have been put into the green category but I'd like to see them more in the blue one. At least as we in Germany do handle them they are more like a puzzle or multi and only sometimes like a traditional.

 

3. Notifications: Why do I need to set up a single notification for every type of cache? It would be way more convenient if I'd had checkboxes for every type like I do have with PQs. This would cut down the number of notifications to ~2-3 for me instead of 15 I do have set up now.

 

Thanks a lot!

 

Bye,

Christian

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small thing, but the "find benchmark" thing is no longer on the main profile page. Its now harder to find benchmark searches on the site, at least for me it was.

It's still on every single page of the site, just moved down to the footer (the green box at the bottom), in the lower-right corner.

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Also, unless I'm blind (possible) when creating a Pocket Query, where there are the icons for Attributes to Include or Exclude from the PQ the icon is missing for Field Puzzle.

I've already reported that one and it's on their todo list: Field Puzzle attribute missing in PQ setup

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Hi!

 

I really appreciate all your work you're doing and I'm really happy that you did a bux fixing update this time but there are still a few issues and glitches I'd like to get fixed somewhen in the next future ;-)

 

1. Formatting of the cache description in print mode: Example: GC2PTQZ! Nicely formatted and easily to read online but after being printed it's just one single block of text really hard to read. And as far as I have seen this also is true for the GPX file sent to my Garmin.

 

2. ...............

 

Thanks a lot!

 

Bye,

Christian

I very much agree with this, it can be a big problem - if you have a description with puzzle clues as a list or table it makes it almost impossible to decypher!

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Have been looking around the Beta maps and so far I generally like what I see.

 

Some comments:-

 

1. I do miss the list of visible caches as on the RH side of the old maps.

Very useful to pinpoint caches in a given area, particularly as it is sorted by GC number (old to new).

 

2. The personalization (My finds & hides.) still quits working after about 10 or 15 minutes.

You must do a page reload to get it to work again. The same thing as happens on the old maps.

 

3. Would really like to see some sort of measuring tool, possibly similar to the "Ruler" tool in Google Earth.

To be able to measure directly how long a hike it is to a cache, or even just how far off the road a cache is, would be a very good thing for planning your day.

 

- Keep up the good work - much appreciated.

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25229: Remove inactive PQ limitation from PQ Page

Increased maximum saved PQs to 1000

 

I have used up almost all of my 1000 PQs and don't want to remove any. Is there any chance this could be raised to 2000 or maybe 5000? :unsure:

 

...

 

 

:lol: Just joking :laughing::ph34r:

Thanks for this change, it's a really helpful one... I've been waiting for this one for a long time!! B)

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Regarding the presentation: Is it OK to translate it into a local language?

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Para cuando se implantará la traducción al Castellano ????????????

 

For when the translation to the Castilian is implanted ????????????

 

Salu2.

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23911: Adding Norwegian Bokmal to geocaching.com

Added translations

 

24829: Adding Estonian Language to geocaching.com

Added translations

 

....

 

Any estimate of when it will be available to Spanish translation?

 

Thanks for your work.

 

Greetings.

omortsoN

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GC.COM EN ESPAÑOL YAAAAAAAAA

 

GC.COM IN SPANISH NOW

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23785: Remove country that does not exist from search dropdown

Farewell "Burxina"

 

:lol:

 

(Can we have a wee farewell party?)

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25571: Link to sender's profile in emails sent through site uses old style link rather than coord.info link

Now linking to user profiles using coord.info short URL

 

 

Still getting old style links. I know that this post mentions only sender's profile, but the feedback topic for other types of links has also been marked as completed.

 

This is what I got this evening:

 

GC2PYPA: Kolbotn Stasjon (Traditional Cache)

Location: Akershus, Norway

10.9mi SE (17.5km SE)

manutnamkeng published Kolbotn Stasjon (Traditional Cache) at 3/10/2011

 

Log Date: 3/10/2011

Published

 

Visit this log entry at the below address:

http://www.geocaching.com/seek/log.aspx?LUID=475aa95f-2a19-4886-bb30-7244ebaf3f21

 

Visit Traditional Cache

Kolbotn Stasjon

http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?guid=10c006c1-fd15-4487-88a1-b4222ae5d1a2

 

Profile for manutnamkeng:

http://www.geocaching.com/profile/?guid=414f5581-ee9e-4937-b4ae-6f1a124ce4fe

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Para cuando se implantará la traducción al Castellano ????????????

 

For when the translation to the Castilian is implanted ????????????

 

Salu2.

 

Ya está en ESPAÑOL, muchas gracias a los que lo habeis hecho posible.

 

;)

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Hmm... I can no longer access www.geocaching.com !

 

I'm getting a timeout.

 

EDIT to add: it's been like this for the past four hours.

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Hmm... I can no longer access www.geocaching.com !

 

I'm getting a timeout.

 

EDIT to add: it's been like this for the past four hours.

Works for me. And don't recall any problems from 2 hours ago either.

 

Try a traceroute?

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I think pings are blocked: the traceroute gets me only on to the same /8, and an attempt to ping the test site (which I *can* log-in to) fails.

 

Different browser doesn't help. Clearing cookies doesn't help.

 

Asking on the UK forum, I got one reply noting the same problem and one reply noting slow service. Strange.

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So frustrated. Since the latest update, the icons are not printing again on the little maps. Using IE8. This was a problem for a long time after the last upgrade, finally got fixed, and is now broken again. Please please please fix this. The icon prints on "printer-friendly" pages, but not if you just print the cache page.

 

Really glad the broken geocoin activation retrieval link is finally fixed!! Thanks GS for all the hard work.

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