Throw down caches beget throw down logs. People are new, they see garbage, they assume this is the sport, they throw down garbage. It's the same with logs.
I think Maxwell's Hammer BL series addresses this concern.
It's a choice really. You can choose to let it upset you airing your frustrations in some forum or do your best in changing the tide by placing a series like the BL series (40+ caches) to help beginners (which is a nicer way of saying newbie).
Each cache description and hint is informative. As well each container is creatively camo'd and uniquely hidden. I honestly can't say enough about the time and effort she has put into this series. It's truly great for beginners and far more productive than airing out feelings in an online forum.
We can bandy about the tired expression of "it's how they choose to play" but tell us seriously the game is the same now as even three years ago...five years ago...eight years ago....ten years ago.
Hitting your first 100 was a MILESTONE. Now it's no biggie. Just go hit a power trail and RACK 'EM UP. Sitting in a car for hours hitting the SAME thing HOUR after HOUR must really be rewarding. The Four Cache Loop has nothing on a power trail because you "only" get ONE smiley and a patch. We'd trade 10000 caches for that hard earned patch any day and twice on Sunday.
You're right. It's not the same. In the grand scheme of things it's actually better on many levels. It's more accessible to a wider audience. Unfortunately that means us older seasoned cachers have to accept things like lamp post hides. I dislike them very much but I realize not everyone is physically or mentally capable of doing the other types that were traditionally hidden.
There's still a lot of people who put something called effort into things when it comes to Geocaching. But the oh-so-convenient mobile-device cachers, either because they don't know any better (which it's hard to argue against) or because of sheer instant gratification and carelessness for the "gimme now" mindset.
If I've learned anything from caching... The way someone plays the game (and even sometimes the way they post in an online forum) especially the newer folks does not provide sufficient data to judge their character.
And to come onto a message board and dare say anything about it runs the risk of being a pariah and ugly individual(s) just because they care about a sport/activity/game.
jtbaddison's response is exactly why I try to discourage calling out cachers in the forums here. It's too close and too local. The kinds of people that are attracted to caching I've found are a different breed of folks. I think it's important to foster and encourage their participation despite how the newer ones are caching. They'll catch on soon enough. They're generally good people. People I like having around.
On the flip side. I'm all for free speech (with tact and civility). The offtopic board here requires 100 posts to get into and really that's the place these types of threads should be in... and if you really want to get crazy there is always big green where that kind of behavior is encouraged.
At the end of the day.. delivery and tone make or break your message.
and cache happy