Thank you! Thank you! Thank
I have also been "slammed." I think we all
have at one time or another. It is just the nature of geocaching---
exhilarating! or frustrating! and the only place to speak out is online
where we can't see the reaction of the person who just took what was
written as an insult- intended or not.
Thanks to everyone who does hide and maintain their
caches for us all to enjoy. Because, enjoy it, I do!! And, I enjoy
the events where we get to meet and put faces to the online names. This
helps me to deal with the frustration when it comes. I hope that the
recent events have been overcome by all and we can all continue on in this most
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Friday, October 07, 2005 9:51
Subject: [NUTS] Who? Me? Jump into the
There's a nice new file (read: monthly notice) that will be
to the group automagically. It's a primer on "Netiquette"
Etiquette). Nice little friendly reminder of the ins and outs
Time for my own story I guess.
When I first found geocaching, it was
the greatest thing since sliced
bread. I was hungry, nay,
bloodthirsty for the next hunt!
Drooling on my keyboard as I checked
the nearest caches to me on the site
every hour or two. The first
three months I found 100 caches each,
and since I started in November,
there wasn't much daylight after work so
many weekday finds were even
struggled after in the dark.
what I didn't realize was that I had started stepping on
toes. One lunchtime find I met some other cachers already at
(first time for this...) and sauntered in, found and signed
the cache, and
left without letting them know. I didn't think
anything of it, as I
figured they were there for the hide/find, not
for the numbers, and I
didn't want to ruin their hunt. This did not
set well with them,
however, and they had a few choice words about it.
Once I found out, I did
apologize to them, and all was fine, but I
had not known that their playing
of the geocaching game was so
different from my motives.
in different areas were accustomed being to the grand
kings. Some of these started posting hurtful
messages in their logs,
or making not-so-nice comments at events, and
these things too eventually
got back to me. This took the wind out of
my sails. I am not a
highly competitive person, and the downright
anger I felt coming at me
turned me off caching for several months. I
still have not regained
the enthusiasm I once had, and never check
daily for new caches.
saw an interesting poem years ago that still sticks with me:
words you use,
Keep the kind and sweet,
for you never know from day to
which ones you'll have to eat.
Now, to be more direct on the
matters recently at hand:
Ed: Thanks for the wonderful
hides. Your parking garage ones have
been some of my absolute
favorites. However, before criticizing
others, remember your own
faults as well. We all have one or two.
There is also a rule on the
geo books about caches being long-term
oriented, as in no 3-4 month
caches. However your own caches are
often archived within 4 months,
and the average is around 5 months,
though one was up for two years before
archiving. There have been
several I have been very disappointed
about not getting a chance to
search for because either work was busy or I
was out of town on the
weekends for a couple months. Be patient with
others. Others can
easily be hurt, without any malice on your part,
just due to wording.
Debbie: Remember, there are no stupid
questions, 'cept the unasked
ones! You felt the way you did,
'slammed', and you communicated how
you felt. This is good. The
whole group has been 'slammed' a few
times. Congrats to you for being
the first to speak out against it.
Indeed, you were slammed again when
asked if you left your caches as
All: Try your
best to be good communicators. Re-read your posts
before sending them
out. And take special care when you are sending
personal email to a
user. You are, after all, entering their 'home'
via their email
box. Be considerate of that fact.
Please folks, stop the
slamming. This group is for growing closer.
If you want to
lecture/preach rules to others, that's politics. As
was pointed out
well by others in earlier posts, politics and religion
are fightin' words
when the holders' views are different.
Peace all. Grok?