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Hiding a cache without finding one first

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I know there is a thread on this already, but I could not find it.  Lately on the north side we have had several caches being hidden by users with no finds.  One was on Carter Country property.  Not a real good idea.  Now the second is a typical area (park in The Woodlands) and they rate the terrain a little high 2.5.  I was just wondering other cachers thoughts on the matter.  I think a minimum to find before you can hide would be a great requirement.  I am not saying find 100 before you can hide, but it would help

Walk In The Park  GC2YY28

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Just remember there are those with sock puppet accounts...

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Another reason to exclude this from being allowed in my book.

Just remember there are those with sock puppet accounts...

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I have the impression that some individuals change their geocaching identities.  I'm not entirely sure why one would do so since it certainly doesn't help with an increase in finds.  >:D

Having said that, it might be difficult to tell if someone who appears to have put out a cache without ever finding one themselves, had really never found one themselves.

I've seen the identity changes around Huntsville--but it could be that groups of students were geocaching together and not all of them had created identities at first.  Then when one or more stopped geocaching, those remaining needed their own IDs.

However, if it is truly the case that someone is putting out a cache without ever finding one (and I think it should be at least several), this shouldn't happen.

If someone is adopting a new ID just for the purposes of placing caches, I think the Prime Reviewer should ask for "some proof of ID"  :police:, or at least "proof of a dozen finds".

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If someone is adopting a new ID just for the purposes of placing caches, I think the Prime Reviewer should ask for "some proof of ID"  :police:, or at least "proof of a dozen finds".

Dear PR -- I found a bunch of caches with The Norman.  Taught me everything I know.  The caches were logged under The Norman --- I didn't have my own ID then.  I just have not loged 'em under my own ID.    ;)

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Really? You do not think there are enough rules already? This really gets to me. Geocachers who feel a need to govern the activities of other cachers.

No rules!!! If the new cache violate an existing guideline that makes the cache unsafe talk with the owner or PR, but do not argue to have a blanket rule of you have to get x amount of finds before you can hide a cache. That is just silly.

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Really? You do not think there are enough rules already? This really gets to me. Geocachers who feel a need to govern the activities of other cachers.

No rules!!! If the new cache violate an existing guideline that makes the cache unsafe talk with the owner or PR, but do not argue to have a blanket rule of you have to get x amount of finds before you can hide a cache. That is just silly.

I totally agree! There are enough caches out there to find without worrying about a few bad caches here and there. If I am unfamiliar with a cachers name I usually will look at the finds/hides stats and see when they joined. I will also do some aerial recon too. 

And what is the big deal about Sockpuppet accounts? :2funny:

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"Dear PR -- I found a bunch of caches with The Norman.  Taught me everything I know.  The caches were logged under The Norman --- I didn't have my own ID then.  I just have not loged 'em under my own ID. "

Exactly.  Have all the accounts you want, but if you post a cache without any finds, at least be considerate enough to explain you are not a bogie.

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I was using that more to show how easy it would be to lie...

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Well, it could work both ways, right?  For instance, someone could write that they have been on a team and collectively have 35 finds, but now want their own identity and hidden their first cache.

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I've seen both ends of this spectrum.  Hides by cachers with few or no finds that are WAY off (142') and caches by cachers with similar stats that earned favorites because even though the coords were dead on, we barely spotted it because it was so well cammoed.  There are already enough rules to handle this IMO.  We can all look up the stats and decide, am I going for that one or not?

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I agree there are enough rules, but sometimes there are rules that need to be placed.  To make you find a few before you hide one is not a real issue.  I have found hides by new cachers that are great, but you really need to get a feel for the game. 

I do always love to stir the hornets nest as I did with this thread.  At least we know there are opinions to both sides of the argument.

Of course here is the real reason why I posted it.  This was a log from one of the caches.

The difficulty level seemed a bit low as I found the cache approximately 180' from where my GPS was indicating GZ (closer coordinates are N30 10.631 W095 34.887). SL TNLN

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I really would rather have everyone be considerate of everyone else (I think that sums up a whole lot of things and would eliminate a whole lot of frustration and anger).

I had made my suggestion as a compromise position to the "no finds, no caches" stance.

As for piggy-backing on my finds--we log everything under my wife's name.  Prime reviewer will turn you down if you are going to rely on my impressive stats.  :2funny:

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Here is the assumption of the OP-- that a cache hidden under an account with no finds is hidden by a cacher who has not found a cache.

This is just a faulty assumption.

As for rules---I agree not to tell you how to hide, search, or log caches.

If you want my advice (and ask for it) on such matters, I will be happy to give you suggestions.

All I expect is the same from my fellow cachers and GroundSpeak.

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The difficulty level seemed a bit low as I found the cache approximately 180' from where my GPS was indicating GZ (closer coordinates are N30 10.631 W095 34.887). SL TNLN

I would ask what type of GPS was being used. I have watched people say coords were way off even though it was just a difference in GPS or tree cover (ie. winter vs summer trees)

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It might be possible the datum on the GPS is not the correct or the coordinates are not wgs84 or maybe a typo. I remember when I first go my eTrex GPS I didn't read the manual and just entered coordinates and kept hitting the mark button to see where I was located. I ended up in Rosharon before I turned around and realized I was no longer in Sugar Land :D

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Who cares?  Whether it's a sockpuppet, or an overly enthusiastic new person(s) jumping in head first, it's a CHOICE to hunt the cache. No one is being forced to find anything.

It's.

A.

Game.

And there've been a LOT of sockpuppet accounts out there with no finds...and for most experienced cachers, they can tell when it's a sockpuppet.

No more arbitrary rules.  O0

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Also, how would this affect someone living in a rural community?  Way out there in the sticks....they'd have to expend a lot of energy and resources to meet a minimum requirement just to have the privilege of hiding a cache.

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It was just a question.  Sorry for causing an issue here.  Now I will keep my big mouth shut. 

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It was just a question.  Sorry for causing an issue here.  Now I will keep my big mouth shut.

Dude. Don't take anything personal. I was enjoying the healthy debate. Of course now I am going to assume I won. :-)

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I am not.  My tongue was planted firmly in cheek.  It's a game to begin with.  I just did not know this would bring out such a difference in opinion.

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I wish folks would find 25 - 50 caches before attempting to hide one and would do some research on what makes a good container, how to get good coordinates, etc.  I mean, you can just go to GC.com and read the section on hiding your first geocache to avoid most of the pitfalls newbies encounter.  But actually requiring cachers to have a certain number of finds before placing a hide is probably a bit heavy handed.  When I find caches by new cachers that have issues, I will usually try to contact them to offer some friendly sage advice.  My offers do not always receive a reply.  ???

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I'm dead set against it.  I wish geocaching.com would set a limit of sorts.  here's one that is very suspicious to me:

http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GC2YR6Z

I was FTF on this one today and it was actually not that far off. Just difficult since it was in a wooded area and lots of hiding places. I think the difficulty should be kicked up a tad unless the coords are adjusted to be right on the money. I took a new waypoint reading with a 10 minute average and it was still showing an accuracy of 16 feet.

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The more caches the better... but I wish the CO's hide number would be listed when browsing caches.  Then you can decide for yourself.

My personal rule... I don't go for FTF if it's a new cacher.  Will probably try later though.

Changing cacher names and using sock puppet accounts or changing gs.com accounts are not the same.  You change change you name by email support@groundspeak.com  I started as GTL6645.  Where's the fun in that???

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