GCPC EPISODE 511 – Is It Cheating?

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September 13th, 2017

In tonight’s episode of the Geocaching Podcast:
Listener Gordon Goodall (Velosaurus) sent us a whole list of examples and asked the simple question – Is it Cheating. Tonight we are going to go right down the list and discuss that very thing.

Be sure to check it out! Please share with other geocachers.

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GCPC EPISODE 511 Show Notes

Learn something new on International EarthCache Day

On Sunday, October 8, earn a new souvenir by learning about the Earth! All you have to do is go out and find an EarthCache on International EarthCache Day 2017!

Finding an EarthCache is a great way to learn about the Earth. These geocaches do not have physical containers, but instead bring you to unique locations to teach you a geological science lesson. In anticipation of International EarthCache Day, we’re sharing six fun facts we’ve learned from EarthCaches found around the world.

https://www.geocaching.com/blog/2017/09/learn-something-new-on-international-earthcache-day/

Geocaching: GPS treasure hunt on shifting ground as Australia changes coordinates
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/jan/01/geocaching-gps-treasure-hunt-on-shifting-ground-as-australia-changes-coordinates

Is It Cheating: We ran out of time but there were a couple of discussion points. Here they are for your discussion.

10. Placing geocaches under a sock puppet account so that you can find them? Has been done by someone wishing to maintain their geocaching streak and/or boost their First to Find count.

11. How many people share a geocaching account and alias? Obviously the larger the number of people sharing an account the easier it if for that group to solve puzzles, get multiple finds in a day as they don’t necessarily have to geocache together and continue caching streaks. A group of 8 could find one cache each and get 8 different icons in a day for example.

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NEWS:

Learn something new on International EarthCache Day

On Sunday, October 8, earn a new souvenir by learning about the Earth! All you have to do is go out and find an EarthCache on International EarthCache Day 2017!

Finding an EarthCache is a great way to learn about the Earth. These geocaches do not have physical containers, but instead bring you to unique locations to teach you a geological science lesson. In anticipation of International EarthCache Day, we’re sharing six fun facts we’ve learned from EarthCaches found around the world.

https://www.geocaching.com/blog/2017/09/learn-something-new-on-international-earthcache-day/

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Hello Amy, Andy, Sarah, Chad, and Scott:

I am sending this message to two podcasts to save time, and to prevent a tragic case of “sad Amy”. :-) :-) :-) :-)

Here are my thoughts on the recently revised cache placement guidelines.

I agree with a comment in a Geocaching.com forum saying that it was nice to be able to tell land owners that new geocaches can not be buried, and now that rule is being changed, appeasing landowners may be a bit harder. The main fear seems to be that a new geocacher might forget that only certain caches, such as Mingo, are buried and start digging in a sensitive area. (https://forums.geocaching.com/GC/index.php?/topic/345901-updated-geocache-hiding-guidelines/#comment-5677422) Have any of you heard of a large push from the geocaching community to allow caches to be buried?

A person in the Gsreboot chat room pointed out that fake sprinklers are partially buried, and placing one does break ground.

The banning of events in or near transportation centers seems overly restrictive to me. Both Infoferret and at least one commenter in the Geocaching.com forums have described locations near a transit center where a gathering of people should not disrupt the transit center. Hopefully Geocaching.com will change the ban to a rule along the lines of “If an event is to be held near a transit center, then a note to the reviewer must describe why a gathering at the desired area should not disrupt the transit center.”

Geocaching.com created a forum page for discussing these changes,

https://forums.geocaching.com/GC/index.php?/topic/345901-updated-geocache-hiding-guidelines

However the comments appear to be organized by date instead of subject. To me it would be preferable if people could create different threads for discussing different aspects of the new guidelines.

Just my two cents, and thank you for the shows.

Steven
geocaching name: stevenw54

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