+user13371 Posted October 23, 2011 Share Posted October 23, 2011 If you take Geocaching Guidelines as law and also take local/state/federal ordinances into account, 99% or more of all caches should be archived. Parking lots? Lamp posts and power poles? Street signs? Guard rails? Bus shelters? All are either private property or protected by various "do not tamper" or "no loitering" ordinances. Parks and other "public" lands? All managed and maintained by government agencies who might say yes or might say no to geocaching, but the majority of cache owners don't bother to ask. If the description page for any cache does't explicitly say "Permission granted for this location by…" and name a person or agency who authorized it, and if reviewers aren't willing or able to check that authorization, Ithe caches should NOT be approved. I suggest temporarily disabling ALL caches that do not already have this permission info in their description, and if the pages aren't updated and permissions confirmed within 45 days, the caches should not only be archived but even removed from archival viewing. If these leads to a collapse of Geocaching, well, better to be a law abiding citizen than a lawbreaking thrill seeker. What do you think? --- By the way, I was just kidding up there; purposely taking some reasonable ideas to absurd extremes. But I do think it's worth discussing where to draw the line between legalism and common sense. I'd be interested in hearing how some people would answer any of those objections to specific cache placements. Especially if you've ever had a placement denied (or archived) for any of those reasons. In the meantime, I'm gonna go out today and find a few caches placed without proper permission. Hope to crack 500 today. Quote Link to comment
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