I think the bottom line here is that PR needs to be more proactive on archiving abandoned caches with lots of DNF's, needs maint attributes, and of course, archive it tags. That would solve a world of problems.
My idea of having found 50 seems more realistic to me, as you never know when the next Parkerplus has just joined the game and 50 finds gives the new cacher a pretty good snapshot of where and where not to hide a cache. WTTB2 told me when he first started caching, the LPC was the new kid on the block and because of the proliferation of them, I do not own a single one. I remember the first time I found one and I thought "Amazing hide!" and this hide location continues to spread, even though there may be a much better location nearby. BTW, I do not feel any obligation to keep muggles from seeing me when I lift a skirt - YMMV. I don't like to put my fellow cachers in an uncomfortable position with observers and I've archived some of my 200 hides for this very reason - they've become too active with the public. To me, hiding a cache is an ongoing educational experience and what I thought was a good idea two years ago, may not be something I would do now.
If PR were more active clearing old caches, many of us would be more prone to help a new hider, than jump on them (albeit gently) when their coords are `156 feet off - or when they do not log a FTF for three days, that happened recently (ducking). My idea of how the game should be played is always evolving and as an anal retentive person, I have to keep telling myself that I cannot hold other geocachers to my standards. As HC has told me more than once, "Its just a game Bert." and this advice is some of the best I've received.
Edited by Baytown Bert, 22 July 2013 - 05:10 AM.