198RE: [CentralTexasGeocachers] What's going to happen if they decide to pick up their toys and go home?
- Dec 31, 2002That's very interesting since there is no way 'prove'
someone was at ANY cache. The mere scribbling of some
notes in a log book does not prove you were there.
Someone could have taken the log book to you & then
returned it after you signed it. I think the whole
"can't post a cache until you can prove someone was
there" is totaly bogus. There are no prizes for
finding a cache. I could go to geocaching.com right
now and log 1,000 finds and nobody could prove that I
I'm going to keep my eyes open on this issue. This is
very disturbing & does not point to a bright future
for this hobby.
--- Daniel McGauley <hawkeye@...>
> My problem with the geocaching guys is that I have a__________________________________________________
> copy of the cache
> hiding rules and I follow them when I place a cache,
> but I still get
> them rejected. My rejections have been for a
> variety of reasons. One
> was because the virtual cache was too easy to find
> because part of the
> name was on topographical maps. Two more were from
> virtual caches where
> they said I had no way of proving a person went to a
> cache or not even
> though I have a custom CGI script that verifies
> this. The final one was
> because it was too close to another cache. I know
> of all the caches in
> Austin and I know my cache was close to another
> cache, but it wasn't
> close enough to cause confusion. I was very tactful
> with the geocaching
> admins, but they were rather rude. I finally tried
> putting pressure on
> them by telling them to either post the cache or I'm
> not paying an
> annual support fee like I have every year the sport
> has been around.
> They told me the rules are the rules, which was
> funny since this wasn't
> in the RULES! I don't like dealing with idiots, and
> their actions were
> very idiotic, so until I hear the sport is changing
> for the better I'm
> going to find a new hobby.
> I don't think most people have problems with the
> geocaching guys though
> because they hide normal sized caches. I like
> hiding virtual caches
> because they take people to neat places in Austin.
> I hid the bullet
> hole cache at U.T., a couple of movie caches that
> take you to places
> where famous movies have been shot, the focault
> pendulum cache on 35,
> and several others. I was told by the geocache
> admins that until I can
> PROVE that someone went to those sites, I can't post
> them any more. I'm
> sure most of you have used my auto-logging system.
> I think that's proof
> enough, but they wanted more. I suggested they
> build virtual-checking
> into their site, and they said they might in the
> future, so until then
> I'm not going to spend the energy hiding stuff only
> to cross my fingers
> that they'll post it.
> It's a fun sport, and I enjoyed playing it, but
> whenever politics get
> involved I usually get out.
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