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Update Geocache Hiders Quiz to Match New Guidelines

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A recent FB post highlighted the Geocache Hiders Quiz, which brought to my attention the following.

 

Question 3 is: "True or False: Geocaches are never buried (unless you have EXPLICIT property owner permission)."

 

And the response that appears after you select your guess answer is: "False. Never bury geocaches, even part way. A geocacher should not have to dig or break ground in order to retrieve or hide a geocache. This guideline is to prevent geocachers from digging random holes all over natural areas while searching and dispel the misconception that geocaches are buried."

 

However, the current guidelines state:

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Do not bury

Do not bury geocaches, either partially or completely. You must not create a hole in the ground to place or find a geocache.

 

The only exception is if a property owner gives explicit permission to create a hole to place the cache, which you must provide to the reviewer and state on the cache page. A cache cannot require the finder to dig to reach the cache. See the Regional Geocaching Policies Wiki for details in your region.

 

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Oh, and you might want to upgrade this question from a true-false question to a multiple guess choice question. For example:

 

When can a hole be created in the ground to place a geocache?

Never, under no circumstances.

Only with explicit permission from the property owner.
When there isn't a good hiding place for your container above ground.

When you're hiding your cache the same way someone else has hidden another cache.

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26 minutes ago, niraD said:

Question 3 is: "True or False: Geocaches are never buried (unless you have EXPLICIT property owner permission)."

 

Answer is True. I didn't find any issues here. Maybe you can hilight the issue little more if there is any.

 

Hmm... is the "correct" answer really "false"?

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11 minutes ago, arisoft said:

Hmm... is the "correct" answer really "false"?

Yep. And it quoted from an older version of the guidelines, before the explicit exception for property owner permission was added.

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On ‎8‎/‎6‎/‎2018 at 9:56 AM, niraD said:

And it quoted from an older version of the guidelines, before the explicit exception for property owner permission was added.

We've been told by some reviewers that the current version of the guideline simply documents what was already occurring anyway, so "geocaches are never buried" was never actually true.

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