Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Geocachers Code
started by: CoyoteRed

Posted by CoyoteRed on Dec. 01 2004,10:29 am
I don't know if any of you know, but I'm trying to estabish a "code" by which us cachers can conduct ourselves.

I was prompted to ask the question of why we didn't have a code of ethics because a certain person on the gc.com forum who continuously questions the ethics of anyone posting a cache elsewhere and bashes nv.com in general.

My main goal is to establish a reasonable code so everyone (each site) can be on the same page.  I'm trying my best to make it so it isn't site specific and doesn't have hard rules.  It should be for the geocaching community at large, not fit the needs of just one site.

Some benefits, though not really the main goals, is counteract naysayers of alternate sites and to present to land managers as a way to establish a certain amount of credibility.

< Check it out here on the gc.com forums. >

It would be much appreciated if you took a look and left your feedback there or here.

Thanks.

Posted by Scout on Dec. 01 2004,1:04 pm
This kind of community-created documentation is excellent. It reminds me of two other sites, who are doing related work.

< http://www.terracachers.org >
< http://www.geocachingpolicy.info >

To facilitate community involvement in this effort, you might want to consider a Wiki. For example, I've taken your latest draft and imported it into the < Geodaching Wiki >. Click on "GeocachingCode" to get started. You (or anyone) can create or edit the code right on the Web site. Wikis are great tools for fast, collaborative development. No need to wait for someone to collect inputs and publish the next draft. Instant publishing. Community ownership. Shared workload. Go ahead, give it a try. Edit what I imported. Anyone.

P.S. CoyoteRed, if you object to me including your work in the Geocaching Wiki, let me know and I'll remove it.



Posted by CoyoteRed on Dec. 01 2004,2:06 pm
Quote (Scout @ Dec. 01 2004,3:04 pm)
P.S. CoyoteRed, if you object to me including your work in the Geocaching Wiki, let me know and I'll remove it.

On the contrary, I think it should be spread around... when it is in its final form.  (Which I think it is pretty close, now.)

I'd rather keep the editing and what not in one place.  But I'd be happy to look at the wiki as I'm updating.

BTW, what you've done is very close to what I envision the final format to be.

Posted by Scout on Dec. 01 2004,2:19 pm
Quote (CoyoteRed @ Dec. 01 2004,3:06 pm)
On the contrary, I think it should be spread around... when it is in its final form.  (Which I think it is pretty close, now.)

I'd rather keep the editing and what not in one place.  But I'd be happy to look at the wiki as I'm updating.

I don't envision such a document ever being in final form. It will evolve forever. A Wiki supports that. No danger of the document growing stale because the author moved on and new readers can't get their new ideas incorporated.

The Wiki itself is the "one place" for editing. I just imported your work once to seed the Wiki with something to edit. After that, editing takes place in the Wiki itself, not outside and then re-imported. (If that happened, you'd lose the minor corrections I've already made to your work ;-)



Posted by PC Medic on Dec. 01 2004,5:42 pm
What! ...someone's bashing us!  They're just jealous :grinnin

I think while the majority of geocachers (just as hunters, fisherman and hikers) already practice a Code of Ethics (also known as common sense) an established reference is also a good idea.

I do think it needs to be kept basic and simple and because again, most are common sense, this should not be difficult to do.

I also think Scout is on the right track with his wiki idea. Because geocaching is played worldwide and in many forms It (the Code of Ethics) is not something that would probably ever have a final draft and would always be fluid and changing to some extent.  What may be acceptable in the desert area of Texas, may not be in New York just as something acceptable in the U.S. may not be in Germany or vice versa, so an all inclusive hard set of rules is just not possible.

Always good to see positive ideas for the sport and hope to see more discussion on this and see where it goes.

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