OK…can’t keep my mouth shut any longer
...so I’m bumping this topic.
Over the past year or so we’ve seen geocaching grow quite a bit here in NOVA...and that’s a good thing, but along with the good comes the “bad”. These are personal observations
, and my personal opinion
1. Twenty five caches placed on FCPA managed land that “appear” to violate FCPA published Geocaching Guidelines. There are probably more, I’ve quit bookmarking them.
2. Really lousy container choices: Cardboard boxes; coffee cans; ZipLock bags (no container, just the bag!); glass jars; recycled deli containers; and numerous other plastic containers that are not water resistant in the least.
3. A significant increase in cache coordinate errors...anywhere from 50 feet to 0.5 miles.
4. Cache pages that border on useless as far as descriptions, attributes (or lack thereof), and D&T ratings go.
5. A big rise in the number of caches that receive “Needs Maintenance” logs, and are then left to languish for weeks, and even months...until one of the Volunteer Reviewers disables it, and eventually Archives it (That's not their job, that's the CO's job!). Also, I'll bet you a nickel those caches remain out there as geo-litter too, because if the CO won’t maintain it, then he/she sure won’t be bothered to go out and pick it up.
6. “Monkey see, monkey do”...with the increase in micro hides…newer cachers are prone to hide what they find, so it perpetuates. Now there’s nothing wrong with a micro (other than the fact that every time you hide one a Faerie dies
)...but it’s the location of the micros - “nothing to see here, move along”. More small, and regular containers (in a non-urban setting) would enhance the geocaching experience for new folks, to say nothing of families with small children (they do love to trade).
I could go on, but what’s the point - you’ve seen it, and you know exactly what I’m talking about. I heard a quote by Maya Angelou the other day “Those that get...give, those that learn...teach”
. That applies well to geocaching. This particular Topic was "Stickied" so that it would be available as a ready reference...the trouble with that is (it’s only been viewed 137 times) and again, I’ll bet another nickel that those 137 viewers (you) were not the ones who would really benefit by reading “Take Pride in your Hide”. How to get the ones who would benefit to read it? - that's the question
. Well, since I (we) have learned...maybe it would help when you see something like the items in 1 through 6 above...you include a link in your on-line log to this Forum Topic. Couldn’t hurt, and I have seen some of you do it already. The individual chapters are still "alive" here (below) in the General Discussion “Topic” section...when you encounter a lousy container...refer the CO (politely in your log) to Chapter 3; if you suspect FCPA permission was not obtained, then link to Chapter 2; etc., (don't link to the whole pinned Take Pride in your Hide topic...because obviously it’s too long to read
.Chapter 1 “Coordinates” Chapter 2 “Permission” Chapter 3 “Containers” Chapter 4 “Location” Chapter 5 “Cache Pages”
I am not a cache cop, and I don’t play one in the field, but I care more about the actual progression of the pastime, than I do about finding caches. I’ve started including “links” to the respective guidelines, and even the Take Pride in your Hide article in my logs when I perceive it is necessary, and the devil take the hindmost. Just maybe some of these things will turn around
This topic will remain locked...if you have comments, please make them to the appropriate Chapter (I'll read them)...it's time those chapters floated back into view anyway.
Bill (Yes, everyone plays this game their own way, but who's to say the game couldn't stand some improving)?