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I have had someone write comments on some of my Cache Logs that basically tells others where my caches are hidden.

 

I have contacted the person and asked them to edit their posts.

 

If they don't, is my only option; delete the posts?

 

I would rather just edit the words if I can.

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You can only delete.  You say you already talked to this person. 

I'd give them a bit of time to "collect their thoughts", but if you feel they spoiled your hide with their log, delete it.

They can always write another.  It could be TFTC, but they complied with your request, right ?  .   :)

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19 minutes ago, cerberus1 said:

You can only delete.  You say you already talked to this person. 

I'd give them a bit of time to "collect their thoughts", but if you feel they spoiled your hide with their log, delete it.

They can always write another.  It could be TFTC, but they complied with your request, right ?  .   :)

 

There's another option which is to encrypt their log (click on View Log and it's the red padlock in the top right). It uses ROT14 encryption so it's not that hard to decrypt, but it stops the spoiler from being seen by someone casually browsing through the logs.

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25 minutes ago, barefootjeff said:

 

There's another option which is to encrypt their log (click on View Log and it's the red padlock in the top right). It uses ROT14 encryption so it's not that hard to decrypt, but it stops the spoiler from being seen by someone casually browsing through the logs.

 

This "encryption" is just a joke as you can decrypt it by a single mouse click. But sometimes it is the best solution.

 

It is not unusual that there is a dispute whether the log spoils or not. I would like to see a better description in guidelines stating that in every case, when the cache owner feels that the log is spoiling, the geocacher who wrote it, must edit the log until it is accepted by the owner. Deleting should be the last resort.

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19 hours ago, barefootjeff said:

There's another option which is to encrypt their log (click on View Log and it's the red padlock in the top right). It uses ROT14 encryption so it's not that hard to decrypt, but it stops the spoiler from being seen by someone casually browsing through the logs.

Yep.

Since you captured my post, I'll add I didn't forget,  but (to me)  it's not a "fix" if someone  "would rather just edit the words " to just encrypt it instead.

I keep a decoder on another tab to read those rare logs when searching caches I might do next, and I'm the least tech-friendly person here I'd bet.    :D

 - Though maybe the OP feels that is good enough.       :)

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8 minutes ago, Harry Dolphin said:

The CO encrypted it.  I unencrypted it.

How easy is it do that?  Do you Edit your own log and then rewrite it, in unencrypted form?

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3 minutes ago, noncentric said:

How easy is it do that?  Do you Edit your own log and then rewrite it, in unencrypted form?

 

I edited the log, then hit 'decrypt'. It decrypted it.

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19 minutes ago, Harry Dolphin said:

I edited the log, then hit 'decrypt'. It decrypted it.

And then submitted it again, so that it stays decrypted on the cache page?  Seems odd that the website would make it that easy to unencrypt a log, but maybe the feature is geared towards allowing the CO to mask logs from cachers that are unlikely to care about going back and changing it.  I saw a log recently that I wish the CO would've encrypted, or deleted.  it was full of curse words and bad language, but it did eventually get manage by a Reviewer.

 

Do you get notified that a log you submit is encrypted?

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30 minutes ago, noncentric said:

And then submitted it again, so that it stays decrypted on the cache page?  Seems odd that the website would make it that easy to unencrypt a log, but maybe the feature is geared towards allowing the CO to mask logs from cachers that are unlikely to care about going back and changing it.  I saw a log recently that I wish the CO would've encrypted, or deleted.  it was full of curse words and bad language, but it did eventually get manage by a Reviewer.

 

Do you get notified that a log you submit is encrypted?

 

I think so, but it was a long time ago.  I think encryption was intended for cachers rather than for COs

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This is one of those areas where my main feeling is that it's not as bad as it sounds.

 

So, first, if you're worried the cache is spoiled, "it's not as bad as it sounds" to just delete the log. You can (and should) contact the person (and it sounds like you did that) explaining why you deleted the log. That's where you can say, "...so please, if you wouldn't mind, post something more like this" followed by what you were thinking you might edit it to. Deleting a log isn't an act of violence any more than posting a log with a spoiler is, so as long as you're friendly about it, it's no problem getting the log out of the way first, and only then helping the person that posted the log to log the find in a way that doesn't spoil your hide.

 

ON THE OTHER HAND, "it's not as bad as it sounds" to have a spoiler in the log. Yeah, it can give cachers that look for it in the near future a leg up, but that's not the end of the world. And as people log the find, that spoiler gets buried deeper and deeper until not many people will see it. My hides aren't particularly difficult or tricky, so maybe that makes me look at them differently, but I figure if someone's having trouble finding the cache and goes to the logs looking for some tips, maybe it's not so bad for them to find a log that gives away the hide so they can enjoy finding the cache even if they couldn't find it without some help. So I wouldn't worry about deleting the log. I'm not sure, but I might have once or twice suggested someone remove a spoiler, but I likely wouldn't notice whether they did or didn't.

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