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    Posted: Mar. 04 2015,7:33 am QUOTE

Huh, I wondered.

I usually publish my events on five platforms. I rarely get logs here, and never got one on geocaching.gpsgames, but the latter at least publishes cache listing timely.

Also, this site requires me to necromance Firefox 3.0 (yes, that's three dot oh, from 2008), as it does not work at all with newer browsers (it always says I am not logged in).

Searching for “caches near this one” shows a list in which it is not obvious which I have found (the “1 found” message is for my own finds only, which is confusing), and it shows archived caches (I accidentally logged a cache as found here first, as I only saw it here, then logged it on OC and GC as it was crosslisted, only to later find out it was archived here too). When I look for my own caches, the archived ones are strikethrough'd. So why not there, or why list them at all (by default – searching for archived caches is good if one wants to sync their finds across platforms).

I'm considering ditching NC altogether, despite its somewhat-support by OC (except entering the number is non-obvious there, but that's also OC's fault), and despite getting the occasional actual cache log here. It's more hassle than it's worth, I think.

Please share anything positive about here. I *do* like to also cache on minor platforms (though I hate what they made the new TC site be).

Huh, I apparently have posted in the forum prior to this. Just found out when I read about appending a signature. To add insult to injury, it only allows .gif images, not .png…
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    Posted: May 04 2015,5:24 pm QUOTE

It's pretty much dead.  Maybe even more so than Garmin's abandoned site.
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    Posted: May 12 2015,9:09 am QUOTE

Quote (ChileHead @ May 04 2015,5:24 pm)
It's pretty much dead.  Maybe even more so than Garmin's abandoned site.

Dang, they could have had their first listing of 2015.  :grinnin

And unfortunately, this is what happens. People give up.


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    Posted: Sep. 07 2015,8:31 am QUOTE

Quote (whiteurkel @ May 12 2015,9:09 am)
Quote (ChileHead @ May 04 2015,5:24 pm)
It's pretty much dead.  Maybe even more so than Garmin's abandoned site.

Dang, they could have had their first listing of 2015.  :grinnin

And unfortunately, this is what happens. People give up.

Of course now that the creepy blue squirrel's site is dead, this one is officially deader than Garmin's dead site.
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    Posted: Sep. 08 2015,11:24 am QUOTE

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Wouldn't Garmin's still be deader?  I was able to at least log the 2 that I found this weekend.  I half thought I wouldn't be able to do so.  

In addition to not being able to create new caches, you don't seem to be able to create new user accounts or e-mail users.


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    Posted: Oct. 06 2015,10:56 am QUOTE

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Wouldn't Garmin's still be deader?  I was able to at least log the 2 that I found this weekend.  I half thought I wouldn't be able to do so.  

In addition to not being able to create new caches, you don't seem to be able to create new user accounts or e-mail users.

Almost a month later (surprised I even check here that often), but you were able to log Opencaching.com caches in early September? What do you mean, on their app, or c:geo? As I speak, with version 2015.09.28 of c:geo, opencaching.com is not shown as an available "service".

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    Posted: Mar. 27 2016,2:15 pm QUOTE

Seems quite dead, at least deadish. Just to test it I submitted a cache here 4 months ago (CacheID=12173) and it's still pending approval... Also submitted the same cache on opencaching.de, who published it almost immediately. No caches have been published here since 11/2014, so I suppose the site will soon be totally gone. Which is sad.
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    Posted: April 20 2016,8:25 pm QUOTE

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!


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    Posted: May 16 2016,8:31 am QUOTE

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.  :laugh:  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.


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    Posted: June 04 2016,11:11 am QUOTE

Just looked at issues you referred to (new account and hiding a cache). Obviously the coder they brought in has hosed something. As you said though, it has been dead so long now not sure the site could ever be revived.

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    Posted: June 13 2016,1:10 pm QUOTE

Quote (PC Medic @ June 04 2016,11:11 am)
Just looked at issues you referred to (new account and hiding a cache). Obviously the coder they brought in has hosed something. As you said though, it has been dead so long now not sure the site could ever be revived.

Well, as you may or may not know, I'm an admin for opencaching.us. I did not code it, but stuff does just sort of break on occasion! Usually it's stuff that uses 3rd party software or services though. I don't know that they had a coder do ANYTHING other than put their new logo and welcome message on the main page, as well as an ad for their devil caches book. I am so sorry to see this happen, so sad. Perhaps we can discuss it in person some day, I hope to move to your town in 2017.  :)


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    Posted: Aug. 02 2016,8:09 pm QUOTE

First check in here for some time.  Interesting to see that the last post was "only" about 6 weeks ago from my fellow OpenCaching.US teammate, whiteurkel.

I, too, am sad to see that the new owners never really did anything to revamp (or even maintain) Navicache.  To my knowledge is was just the 2nd dedicated cache listing site - only a matter of months after geocaching.com.

Good to hear from you, though, PCMedic.


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    Posted: Aug. 31 2016,3:57 pm QUOTE

Quote (DudleyGrunt @ Aug. 02 2016,8:09 pm)
First check in here for some time.  Interesting to see that the last post was "only" about 6 weeks ago from my fellow OpenCaching.US teammate, whiteurkel.

I, too, am sad to see that the new owners never really did anything to revamp (or even maintain) Navicache.  To my knowledge is was just the 2nd dedicated cache listing site - only a matter of months after geocaching.com.

Good to hear from you, though, PCMedic.

Yes, it was good to hear from PC Medic! I hope we do again. Yes, Navicache was registered (by Quinn) on Feb. 9th, 2001. Although Geocaching.com was announced to the world on September 2nd, 2000, it was Actually registered July 3rd, 2000. So here's where you learn something new every day. Jeremy Irish purchased the domain name Geocaching.com almost 2 weeks before he even found his first cache. Talk about a cyber squatter.  :D


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