Alan White Posted May 23, 2019 Share Posted May 23, 2019 I'm aware that the issue of throwdowns has been discussed previously, but what I haven't found is a definitive statement on what should happen to logs made by finders who unknowingly find a throwdown. Recently, while out for a long, linear walk some distance from home I found a traditional cache at the coordinates and at a place matching the hint. I logged the cache and walked on. Some days later, the cache owner deleted my find log. He did not respond to my email though a note on the cache page says that he had discovered a throwdown and had deleted all logs from cachers who had found the throwdown. With no response from the cache owner, I appealed to Groundspeak. Their response was that a find on a throwdown was not a legitimate find and would not reinstate my log. I was surprised at Groundspeak's response because I was sure that the issue had arisen before and that finds unknowingly made on a throwdown would be allowed to stand. Regrettably, I can't find anything definitive on this. The best I can find is here. This is somewhat vague, and it talks in the context of a cache being disabled because of a throwdown (which this cache wasn't), but I infer two things from it. Firstly, a cache owner MAY [my emphasis] allow logs on the throwdown to stand. Secondly, the log of the person who placed the throwdown probably shouldn't stand. The difficulty with my first inference is that it leaves the decision to the cache owner and therefore inconsistencies will arise. The second inference seems to me to be entirely reasonable, so long as the cacher who placed the throwdown can be clearly identified (e.g. because he's sufficiently unwise to mention the action in his log). What do others think? Do you think it's right that a cacher who unknowingly finds a throwdown should be denied the find and therefore be penalised because of the thoughtless action of another cacher? If you do think it right, what suggestions can you make to ensure that a cacher finds only the cache which the owner intends him to find? Alan (of The White Family) Quote Link to comment
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