Joined: Sep. 2004
||Posted: Sep. 23 2004,9:51 pm
|Quote (Damenace @ Sep. 23 2004,6:21 pm)|
|In my opinion it isn't about the money. It is about there monopolistic ways and shutting down the outside world. It is these third party sites that have helped make geocaching what it is today and now that geocaching is big enough, they have concentrated on blocking every one out. We should all be working together to better this sport. Monopolies are illegal, look at what happened to Microsoft.|
Well, to be pedantic, it's not monopolies that are illegal, it's abuse of a monopoly position. But of course, that could conceivably apply to this case too...
As someone afflicted with that sort of Open-Source non-Proprietary Gift-Culture Hippie-Fiend outlook on geocaching, though, I agree with the whole underlying thread. While the big commercial sites slowly fossilized under the weight of its need to maintain corporate growth and revenue, the rest of the "open" sites promoted and maintained by groups of people actually interested more in the game/sport itself than in a brand-name will be able to keep up the pace of innovation and will eventually overtake them.
And in that spirit...there seem to be very few Navicache.com caches in my area (southeastern Idaho at the moment), and at least some that are appear to have been "imported" from the Other Site ("The Vent" placed by "badandy", for example - I can't tell if "badandy" himself put it on Navicache directly or if it got "imported" by somebody. Seeing that "badandy" has a couple of "premium members only" caches on The Other Site? I have to wonder...) so I intend to start up a few myself. I need to go look up the "guidelines for setting up a cache" instructions.
Hmmm. Going to have to open up a "navicache" corner in the "play with it" section of my long-neglected personal website...
"Given the pace of technology, I propose we leave math to the machines and go play outside." - Calvin