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Ethics of logging "found" when the cache can't be found

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If I've made a serious attempt to find a cache, and failed to find it, I always log DNF.

 

More and more I see that experienced geocachers, especially those with thousands of finds, assume that the cache is missing and "kindly" replace the "missing" cache, logging it as "found". Often this results in there being more than one container near the cache location. In my opinion both practices should be discouraged. If you can't find the thing then log DNF. If you think it's missing report the problem. You are not entitled to log "found".

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Good luck. If you are seeing it more often it’s probably not going to change especially if the people doing it are popular in the area. If you go to events maybe try to influence/change the group-think. 

 

In my area a PM high-numbers guy would leave his motto “a DNF is not an option” in his log, and magnanimously post that he replaced the missing cache. Of course he would reward himself with a find. Many of the next finders thanked him in their logs.

 

Often those gifts were leaky containers. The gift giving cacher never placed good containers and never maintained what he left behind. Often the cache listings ended up archived by a reviewer anyway because the original owner never responded to NMs and NAs.  The guy never went back to remove his container. 

 

When a local community becomes tight (meet up for events and cache together) and they decide numbers matter most, then this type of behaviour becomes OK and rewarded. 

 

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1 hour ago, marcomatto said:

If I've made a serious attempt to find a cache, and failed to find it, I always log DNF.

 

More and more I see that experienced geocachers, especially those with thousands of finds, assume that the cache is missing and "kindly" replace the "missing" cache, logging it as "found". Often this results in there being more than one container near the cache location. In my opinion both practices should be discouraged. If you can't find the thing then log DNF. If you think it's missing report the problem. You are not entitled to log "found".

 

Preachin' to the choir.     :)     

I feel it's already too late to change them, many having cached this way for years, and folks are all aware.

Most communities we've seen realize this is not a nice thing to do, but it seems every community has one who doesn't get it.

Most we see here have more to do with hubris than "numbers".  "I have thousands of finds, and if I can't find it it's not there"... 

Games need points, and the few who play this hobby as a game here,  fibbing their way through, usually move on or out of the area.

Whenever one of these fakers starts crowing, many are like us and call 'em on it.   ;)

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When I first started in 2010, throwdowns were fairly normal in my area. Yes, it was mainly experienced cachers, but that's more because they carried supplies, not because they got huge numbers from dropping replacement caches. Over the next few years, opinion turned against throwdowns, so now it's pretty rare for a replacement to be placed without getting in touch with the CO. In short, I think this is a cultural thing that varies from place to place and over time. I suggest you talk it over with whoever you think dropped the throwdown. Maybe you can change their minds about whether they're really being as helpful as they think they are.

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We logged a DNF today on a cache where we first solved the fieldpuzzle to get the lock's code. The lock wouldn't open. CO confirmed that the code was correct and he would check the lock. Cachers who joined us tried also and failed. They logged a found it, the other two cachers today logged a found it and a DNF. Looks like 50% fake founds today :ph34r:

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