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Imajika

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A tag on it has proven to help the travel bug from being stolen or going MIA Its up to you how you want to make it.

Instruction tags haven't been proven to keep the bug from going MIA or being stolen, but they do give them a better chance of having their goals met.

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I have seen small stats of about 50-70 TBs that show that the Tb's with tags like this go MIA less

A stat using 50 to 70 TB's is hardly a stat worth mentioning in the grand scheme of things. What about the other thousands of TB's out there? And what control group is used? Is it a statistical cross-section of all TB's? Does it take into account the size of the TB item? Does it take into account the geographic location of the TB? Does it take into account the difficulty rating of the cache the bug went MIA from? Does it take into account the demographics of the area the bug went MIA from? I could go on, but feel that it's wasted time, as my first sentence made the point.

 

EDIT: spelling

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A tag on it has proven to help the travel bug from being stolen or going MIA Its up to you how you want to make it.

I'll have to disagree with you. 1 of my 3 TBs went missing after 5 moves and it had the most informational tag you could possibly give a TB including a picture, easy quick step by step instructions on how to log and the TB's goal. I also had some cachers tell me they were having a hard time finding a big enough cache to place it. There really are some idiot geocachers out there. Now look at me you've got me all worked up... ;)

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Let me markwell what I think Al is talking about (since apparently he won't) and try to make this a bit clearer.

 

http://forums.Groundspeak.com/GC/index.php?showtopic=61121 is probably the thread in question.

 

Out of 46 bugs owned by one person, here's the summary.

13 of 29 bugs without sheets are missing.

4 of 17 bugs with sheets are missing.

To make drawing a conclusion even more difficult, all of the bugs without sheets have been in the field longer than the bugs with sheets.

 

Personally, I don't see how having a laminated info sheet can hurt. If you want to laminate your sheet (and who wouldn't?) you can get self-laminating sheets in sizes ranging from full sheets of paper to business card at most office supply stores. Also some copy places (Mailboxes etc. Kinkos) often have laminating services. This is usually a much less expensive solution than buying your own equipment.

 

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Web pages to assist you in making your bug's own personal info sheet:

http://www.texasgeocaching.com/cache_docs.asp

http://www.9key.com/cache_docs.asp

http://www.xsnrg.com/geocachingwa/asp/travelbugsheet1.asp

http://www.hotsigns.com/sth/store.shtml

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The gc.com TB page also has a bug sheet you can print, but I've found when reducing it down to a more managable size, the print gets nearly impossible to read. I'm working on my own sheet in MS Word, using some of the info from gc.com, some from a couple of the pages bons suggested, and info from other cachers who have made some nice-looking laminated tags for their bugs. AL, if you're so bent on popping new threads every 10 minutes, maybe you could start one on the gc.com website forum about adding a list of helpful links to people's pages that have info on making TB info sheets, camo-painting, and other helpful caching how-to pages.

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The gc.com TB page also has a bug sheet you can print, but I've found when reducing it down to a more managable size, the print gets nearly impossible to read. I'm working on my own sheet in MS Word, using some of the info from gc.com, some from a couple of the pages bons suggested, and info from other cachers who have made some nice-looking laminated tags for their bugs. AL, if you're so bent on popping new threads every 10 minutes, maybe you could start one on the gc.com website forum about adding a list of helpful links to people's pages that have info on making TB info sheets, camo-painting, and other helpful caching how-to pages.

Accually I was thinking of starting a site With all this information

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The gc.com TB page also has a bug sheet you can print, but I've found when reducing it down to a more managable size, the print gets nearly impossible to read.  I'm working on my own sheet in MS Word, using some of the info from gc.com, some from a couple of the pages bons suggested, and info from other cachers who have made some nice-looking laminated tags for their bugs.  AL, if you're so bent on popping new threads every 10 minutes, maybe you could start one on the gc.com website forum about adding a list of helpful links to people's pages that have info on making TB info sheets, camo-painting, and other helpful caching how-to pages.

Accually I was thinking of starting a site With all this information

Cut and paste my profile page. :rolleyes:

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What ever you do, don't try to translate the instruction sheet into a local language you can't handle by using this translater: TranExp

 

Paste & copy this text in English and translate it into the same language (English). Even translating to the original language will cause some really fun things:

 

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Hi,

 

Firstly - sorry for writing in English.

 

We are visiting Stockholm in February for a very short break from work. Is anyone able to recommend a few easy caches in the city? I think we are staying in a hotel called Amaranten...........

 

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This text is taken from the Nordic Countries forum here at geocaching.com and it will be really funny to read when translated into the same language it is written in!!!!

 

(Try to translate the following: "This website can't translate correct even within the same language!" from English to English :rolleyes:)

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