Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Do you log your finds
started by: PC Medic

Posted by PC Medic on July 12 2004,5:33 pm
With all the discussion that has gone by about how competitive some geocachers are (wanting to rack up a score for every find), it was odd to find that some are just the opposite. I have met a couple cachers that come to the sites to get the cache listings, find the cache, but never log them (on the site or in the log book).  Now while I am not a competitive cacher I would think that to anyone who geocaches bragging "I found it" would be half the fun.

So now I am curious and have to ask, when you find a cache do you log your find? If not why?

Posted by welch on July 13 2004,3:59 pm
I log them online. Its helps me keep track of when/where and sometimes what I thought (even if I didn't write a five page online entry, reading what I took left, seen on the way, or whatever else usually jogs my memory about that adventure). Theres also the advantage of helping track which caches I have and haven't found. I know I can't name all the caches I found last year or the year before.
And of course this lets the owner know the cache is being found and its condition.
I don't keep an personal log book or anything. The closest would be the binder of prints from when I used print every page. Some of them, I would take the page out and go and find the cache, then put it back in the binder. So those that are wrinkled, creased, or have notes scrolled on them are the ones i've found. I don't print too many anymore, it got to be too much work keeping them all organized

Posted by wheelygood on July 14 2004,4:23 pm
January was the last time I logged a found it on this site, locally Navi interest has waned. I do log all my cache finds on this site if the cache rates 5 or higher or I was FTF. I generally only look for navicaches if I have a legit FTF chance or the cache rates 5 or higher. additionally I do not look for new caches here like I used and I do not think the detailed search option works well.

I will post a note for other caches i have found listed here but my guess is those total less than a handfull. I want to keep my average up and I do not have very much interest in the "easy" ones which in my case I usually make much harder.

On the other site I stopped logging "found it" logs last October and only post a note when I am FTF or have a photo(s) to upload. I have found other caches listed there and I have signed the cache log book but not on line since I did not have a photo to share.

Don't worry it doesn't make sense to me either.

Posted by TEAM 360 on July 14 2004,9:34 pm
Don't log a "find" online...I leave "notes" instead, that way my numbers don't get tracked and I am not forced into the "numbers game". Before, I didn't log anything online at all, but recently have been leaving these "notes", so the cache owners still have a record of my visit and the story of my search for their cache.
Posted by Old Joe Clark on July 16 2004,6:27 am
I still log everything out of respect for the cache owners. The numbers don't mean anything to me anymore though. I'd just as soon they weren't tracked.  Our area has been playing geopoker since last winter and I've placed a moving cache listed at geocaching.gpsgames.org.  With the poker finds and the moving cache I really have no idea what my "count" is. It's the hunt and telling the story that keeps me going.  ojc
Posted by tlg on July 16 2004,8:32 am
Quote (TEAM 360 @ July 14 2004,11:34 pm)
Don't log a "find" online...I leave "notes" instead, that way my numbers don't get tracked and I am not forced into the "numbers game". Before, I didn't log anything online at all, but recently have been leaving these "notes", so the cache owners still have a record of my visit and the story of my search for their cache.

For the one's you didn't log with a note how did you manage to keep track  of which caches you had done? I'm assuming you've done a fair number of caches. I know, I've found myself going back once (ok - twice) to an already found but unlogged cache. Serious deja vu.

Posted by cachekidds on July 26 2004,8:44 am
I log mine online but I do know someone who has found many and never logs them online. He'll sign the log in the cache but says he doe s not care about logging online.
Posted by TEAM 360 on July 27 2004,9:54 am
Quote (tlg @ July 16 2004,8:32 am)
Quote (TEAM 360 @ July 14 2004,11:34 pm)
Don't log a "find" online...I leave "notes" instead, that way my numbers don't get tracked and I am not forced into the "numbers game". Before, I didn't log anything online at all, but recently have been leaving these "notes", so the cache owners still have a record of my visit and the story of my search for their cache.

For the one's you didn't log with a note how did you manage to keep track  of which caches you had done? I'm assuming you've done a fair number of caches. I know, I've found myself going back once (ok - twice) to an already found but unlogged cache. Serious deja vu.

I have a WORD document to record them. Using an endless chart, I type in the date, cache name, waypoint # and what state it was in. With one click of a button, I can arrange all the finds by date or alphabetical, allowing me to whip down the list to see if I have found it before...
Posted by virgo91967 on Sep. 06 2004,12:29 am
I like to log both, fer no other reason than it gives my $44.95/mo DSL bill some justification :cool:  
ANd though I do not consider myself a competitive cacher EITHER, I still find some amusement in rankings.

Posted by Semper Questio on Sep. 07 2004,6:42 am
I log both and for multiple reasons.  The rankings are kinda fun to watch though I am in competiton with no one except maybe my brother (although that is no competition - he has much more time than I do for this stuff).  The feedback on the logs is great for both the cache owners and other seekers (especially newer cachers who made need a little help).
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