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    Posted: Jan. 09 2004,8:13 pm QUOTE

One thing that really holds this site back is all the work it would take me to log my caches here and all 760+ of our finds.

Have you done any research into a GPX query up load a person could make with the caches he has hidden for example?

Then when people can do this easily and many people do then we could also GPX or loc query our finds and eventually end up with a site that has everyones info posted on both sites?

You should really give this consideration.


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    Posted: Jan. 09 2004,8:16 pm QUOTE

This sort of interface is already under consideration.

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    Posted: April 20 2004,6:52 am QUOTE

Quote (PC Medic @ Jan. 09 2004,10:16 pm)
This sort of interface is already under consideration.

How is the consideration going?
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    Posted: April 20 2004,10:02 am QUOTE

Bulk loading tools would not be a good idea. Anyone can create a GPX file. I could create one with 1000 finds in just a couple minutes.

You also can't take listings from another site without the cache owners permission. So you would only be able to submit your own caches and logs from caches that were already here this way. Most people don't have that many hides that would make this worth doing.
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    Posted: April 20 2004,12:29 pm QUOTE

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Bulk loading tools would not be a good idea. Anyone can create a GPX file. I could create one with 1000 finds in just a couple minutes.

You also can't take listings from another site without the cache owners permission. So you would only be able to submit your own caches and logs from caches that were already here this way. Most people don't have that many hides that would make this worth doing.

You are correct that anyone could create a GPX file but obviously a properly written utility could circumvent some of the concern you raise. For starters you would be required to enter your username and password in order to upload your submissions. Again the need for username and password would also prevent retrieval of caches that you did not own.

As for usefulness, you would be suprised the number of times this has been requested. The lack of such a utility is often mentioned as a main reason some do not cross-post their listings on multiple sites.

Then again our (and other sites) support for an open-caching shared database structure may one day eliminate the need for such a utility.


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    Posted: April 20 2004,12:50 pm QUOTE

The bigger problem is that most of the caches aren't listed here so taking logs from another site isn't going to help without that cache being listed here. You shouldn't list a persons cache here without their consent. That would get really messy in a hurry.

I'm not trying to put down your open caching database dream. Its a great idea.

Its just that a open or distributed database is going to be more complicated and harder to run than a single database. So you've really got your work cut out for you.
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    Posted: April 20 2004,3:35 pm QUOTE

The stand alone utility being discussed is ONLY for transfer of YOUR caches. Again, you must OWN the cache to submit it. No one is suggesting a way of transfering another persons cache listing via a stand alone utility.

As for an open database, that is a different subject covered here and would actually be much easier to run in many ways, and certainly easier for cache owners. Though yes those sites that choose to participate would still have some work cut for them.


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    Posted: April 20 2004,4:27 pm QUOTE

Quote (PC Medic @ April 20 2004,5:35 pm)
The stand alone utility being discussed is ONLY for transfer of YOUR caches. Again, you must OWN the cache to submit it. No one is suggesting a way of transfering another persons cache listing via a stand alone utility.

As for an open database, that is a different subject covered here and would actually be much easier to run in many ways, and certainly easier for cache owners. Though yes those sites that choose to participate would still have some work cut for them.

The thread originator mentioned transferring his 760 founds. That would be technically challenging. It also wouldn't be good because of caches that are posted at both.
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    Posted: April 20 2004,6:13 pm QUOTE

Well the 'Finds' would be a whole different story (and I was not referring to that portion of their question, only the "log all my caches" part (probably should have made that more clear).

Transferring ones finds would be a task in that first you would need to verify all 750 of those caches were listed on both sites. That in itself could keep you busy for a while.

Now on the other hand, if the caches were listed on sites using an open/shared database network, your finds would automatically update on any site in the network when you logged it to one site, just as a cache owners new listings would. So here we have another plus for an open/shared database enviroment.


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    Posted: April 20 2004,7:11 pm QUOTE

In theory I applaud the open database idea but gc.com is proving how hard it is to be consistant when they are a dictatorship. I just can't see how the big picture would work.
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