Joined: Jan. 2004
||Posted: May 16 2016,8:31 am
|Quote (PC Medic @ April 20 2016,8:25 pm)|
|My brothers and I started this site years ago when Geocaching was in its infancy. Along with the help of George Chung (who later joined the team) it was built to where it unfortunately sits now.|
Life got busy for each of us along the way and one by one could no longer be involved in the project. I continued to run the site solo for a few years, but then I too had to focus on other things. A few years ago I put the siet (and related domain names) up for sale, even specifying that wanted a buyer that would continue to develop it. Struck a deal with a couple gents that seemed to have that goal in mind. Not sure what happened because withing just a few months I was receiving emails from cachers asking why their caches were not being approved, or how to do this-or-that on the site. Sent a few emails to the buyers, but never got a response. Seems they just abandoned the site all together.
Had I known that was going to happen I would have never sold!
Well, it took me almost a month to see your post PCMedic, hopefully you'll see this reply in the future. GreenJohnson's post is interesting. There has been plenty of "chatter" in the alt Geocaching community that Navicache hasn't published a cache since 2014. I kind of suspected at least some had to be being submitted, and the owners are so disinterested that they're not even looking at the que. I believe they published less than 50 caches world wide in both 2013 and 2014.
It was (to me) obvious within a couple months that the new owners weren't going to do anything with the site. As PCMedic says himself, Life can get busy. I think they were in over their heads from the start, with the site being written in perl.
I will stand by this if they ever show up here and see it. I knew their Geocaching.com usernames when they first bought Navicache, but I've since forgotten them. They were not very experienced Geocachers, both joining in the "smartphone era", 2009 or later. They were also completely unknown in the alternative Geocaching community, and trust me, there's not that many of us. That was one the first things I said back then, "who are these guys"? Maybe if I'd seen them around GPSgames.org or Terracaching.com for 5 years. I personally would have been very wary of selling to them. You want an honest opinion, there it is. Very sorry to see this happen, but I'm afraid it's over, and it's never coming back. The only thing keeping it going right now is an unexipred credit card set up for monthly payments for web hosting.
P.S. It's impossible for a new user to create an account. Pretend you don't have one, and try it. It's also impossible to post a cache in the USA, because you can't get past the "Select a City" pop up.
Edited by whiteurkel on May 20 2016,6:24 am