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Geocaching Manners and Good Taste: Get Some! January 27, 2010

Posted by kinzuakid in Cache Construction, Education, Geocaching, Philosophy.
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Folks, there has been a disturbing trend in North San Diego County Geocaches of late: the repeated leave-behinds of inappropriate swag.  It isn’t genocide or anything but it’s still a big problem.  The reasons are several.

  1. If new Geocachers run across this kind of swag and assume it is just an accepted part of the game it may turn them off to playing entirely.
  2. Experienced Geocachers and reviewers are likely to complain and flag the caches for archival as a rules violation.  This is already a risk to some of our most treasured local hides.  Caches with hundreds of finds and on every “must do” bookmark list in the county are starting to see tasteless swag, advertising, vandalized log books and religious tracts deposited.
  3. Cache owners may reconsider the amount of work it takes to maintain a decent hide.  To the hours invested creating a good puzzle or creative hide, additional hours in replacement and checkups, now we add additional hours of “rules policing”.

In all of these cases the number and quality of Geocachers and hides are likely to decline.  We as a community then become marked as just another (well organized) group of professional litterers.  (more…)

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Some Visitors March 26, 2009

Posted by kinzuakid in Education, Geocaching.
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It looks like I have a little more than the usual traffic, so welcome all!  If you have specific topics or how-tos you want me to cover please feel free to contact me through my Geocaching.com profile (handy link to the right).  Remember, I mind meld with your gear.  You may not know how to operate it but I love figuring it out for you.

Failing that, you can always try peterkraatz at cox dot net.  End of quarter has been evil, so stand by- I promise to finish my series on the reviewer with a few questions answered by Marko Ramius himself.

And remember, my resources pages have lots of handy templates for logs, stash notes and other goodies for your hiding/building pleasure.  It’s all free.

To log check or not to log check March 15, 2009

Posted by kinzuakid in Education, Geocaching, Philosophy.
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I do, log check that is.  This is the practice of checking the signatures on paper with the online logs, deleting those that don’t have a signature to match.  It’s not popular and most people would rather be like the local granddaddy of Geocaching Kawikaturn and say “I’m not the rules keeper, it’s their karma if they want to log a find they really didn’t find.”  I absolutely respect that since it is a LOT of work to police your logs, particularly if you have a lot of cache hides.

I see a problem though, at least for my hides: maintenance.

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Adopting a Geocache is Easy…Really January 15, 2009

Posted by kinzuakid in Education, Geocaching, Geocaching.com.
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It is.  The problem is you have to search the knowledgebase every time you want to adopt a geocache because they don’t link to the process from anywhere you might think, intuitively, this would be a good idea.  So before I paste in my handy 3 step guide I’m imploring any Groundspeak folks who by accident stumble here to throw me a bone and-

  • Put a link on the Cache owner maintenance page, or
  • Put a link on the “Hide and Seek a Cache” page, or
  • Put an “invite the owner to give up for adoption” link on the cache description page or
  • ANYTHING that makes it easier to find the adoption form!

The reasons for this I will explain below the fold.  In the mean time, putting a geocache up for adoption is as simple as visiting http://www.geocaching.com/adopt/

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