+Markwell Posted July 8, 2002 Share Posted July 8, 2002 We had an incident happen in Chicago that I wanted to warn others against: Premature Adoption of a cache. A couple of months ago, I feared that a great historical cache in our area was going unmaintained. I tried contacting the owner (I know him personally), and got no response (my fault for a mis-typed e-mail address). Eventually, I asked the admins at this site to transfer ownership. Then the owner shows up on our Chicago page stating that he still wants to maintain his cache. Of course, I profusely apologized and had the admins transfer the ownership back immediately. We just had it happen again with another historical cache. Unfortunately, this was a cacher with only 10 finds, and from what we can tell, he never made an attempt through the cache page or the Chicago group to try and find out if the owner was still around (we could have told him he was). Now, the cache is in the hands of a new owner on the site, but the original hider is ticked and went out to take his cache box. Bad feelings all around. Admins - can you make sure that YOU try to contact the cache owners prior to any transfer of caches? Cachers - make sure due dilligence has been followed, and try to find a local group of Geocachers to see if they know any more information prior to your request for adoption. Markwell Chicago Geocachers Quote Link to comment
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