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Everything posted by TheNorman

  1. While some newbies post Needs Maintenance logs when a DNF or note would do (and that is true for regular members as well), I think it is short-sighted to suggest that they (newbies and regular members) have nothing to offer with regard to recognizing that a problem exists with a cache. After all, for older caches, the "more serious players" have all found it and aren't likely to check on it two years later (unless they are the CO) to make sure that everything is ok.
  2. It has always been rare for me to start topics on this site. I think at the time that I joined, I probably lived the furthest from "GZ" for this group. Of course, since then some have moved away, so I'm not the farthest any more.
  3. Or is it that the State Parks haven't put out new geocaches for several years, and we found the old ones? I think the "newest" ones were placed in 2013. We are one of the teams that submitted completed passports. It helped as we were gathering counties for the Texas county challenge. So I don't know if there is a general decline in caching, but there is certainly a general decline in traffic on this site. I see lots of posts on FB about geocaching. Locally our caches haven't seen much traffic in a while--I'm contemplating archiving them--but I think that is a local issue. The geocachers here have already looked for them. To our north, someone has recently put out around 50 new caches close to Madisonville, so I think it depends. Oh--I should add that if they put out new caches in the parks, we would probably go find 'em.
  4. What's With Haunted Hides?

    If I remember correctly, this isn't a souvenir but is a badge, and after we qualified we got a message (or email?) or saw on a blog what we had to do to get the icon. The details are now a bit vague. It's the kind of thing that I don't see any reason to remember, so I'm now fuzzy on the details.
  5. International Geocaching Day 2017

    I have added an event to the calendar. I neglected to include the GC code. Here is a link GC7A20A.
  6. Lunch Anyone? International Geocaching Day!


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    August 19 is International Geocaching Day. Join us for lunch in Huntsville at Rodeo Mexican Bar & Grill.
  8. fainter & fainter

    On the puzzlehelp site, people ask for help as well, so it can lead you to interesting puzzles. If I'm working on a puzzle, and have hit a wall, sometimes just a nudge in the right direction is incredibly helpful. It seems like half the geocaches in my wife's home town are puzzles, and this has helped a lot.
  9. fainter & fainter

    I think there are still some useful things that can happen here, but I agree that the day to day communication has dropped way off. In the past I found that this was the best forum for our Texas Challenge team in the years that I could participate. For day to day stuff, what I see on FB is and The local groups don't seem to be too active. I used to be a member of the Geocaching Southeast Texas group, but I guess I got kicked out. (I suspect that there was some FB glitch, and the group got killed, and then re-started, but there are only 4 members currently and no posts since May.)
  10. Has GC stopped supporting encryption of logs?

    In the newest form, it seems to be gone. On the website, you can opt for the older version, and there is a check box below the text box to encrypt the answer. Anything in square brackets [like so] will not be encrypted.
  11. How much climbing

    I would think that climbing on a fire hydrant should get more than 1.5 terrain rating. I often find D/T ratings that I consider to be "off". This one looks like the default was not changed.
  12. How much climbing

    Well, in the guide D/T guide "small elevation changes" gets a 2.5 T rating.
  13. Traveling Caches

    And other archived caches can, on occasion, still be found.
  14. The Red, White & Black

    It is the "thin red line of courage" flag representing firefighters.
  15. Missing Souvenir

    Got mine!
  16. I've been everywhere?

    I seem to remember a challenge cache with a title similar to the title for this topic, but I don't remember all of the details. It was a challenge to find caches in towns throughout Texas that begin with each letter in the alphabet. I also seem to remember that a cache in Mexia would count for X. We were caching in Mexia today. And the search function at has changed, making it more difficult to find caches by name. So…does anyone know about the cache I'm describing and have a GC code?
  17. I've been everywhere?

    I didn't know about the county version, and the one in Plano sounds like it might be the one I remember--much appreciated!
  18. I've been everywhere?

    That certainly matches the name, but I must have the wrong name. Perhaps it is a name like Texas Alphabet Challenge. The idea was to find 26 caches around the state--such as a cache in Abilene to count for A, a cache in Bedias to count for B and so on.
  19. Prime Reviewer

    Thank you for sharing.
  20. Is There A Way?

    I generally refer to "it" as "asocial media".
  21. Is There A Way?

    I'm certainly not one who would have an idea of how to do this in an elegant way. Key Results and Team Four Paw occasionally check in--perhaps they will have an idea. My only other ideas would require accessing old logs.
  22. Is There A Way?

    It does seem to be getting rather echoey in here. I think some people have moved…some have retired…I'm not sure what has happened to everyone. Perhaps some have gotten burnt out. In regard to your question, I don't know the answer. I suppose if you had a history of the bugs (and I don't know how one gets that), you could look at the history of the individual TB to see if they ever were dropped off.
  23. evince is gone

    I had seen hints that it was gone, but since the only time I have ever used it is to check just a couple of puzzles, it wasn't something that I thought I should repeat.
  24. How to change your name in this forum

    This sounds like a job for Team Four Paw!!! (cue appropriate super hero music)
  25. And I'm back, hopefully!

    Welcome back!