Joined: June 2007
||Posted: June 19 2007,2:51 pm
|Quote (woodsters @ Sep. 18 2003,7:40 am)|
|Quote (lowracer @ Sep. 18 2003,12:00 am)|
|Too many folks there who don't actually place and find caches but spend their time jack-jawing online and trying to pick fights and upset people. |
I hear what your saying. I've been on there (GC) since June. I'm on the message board a lot, because I'm a stay at home dad and run a few websites. I might be able to get out for a few hours a week on an average to cache. On of the first things that was put to me, was to go out and cache (get my smiley count up) or basically shut up. I had a few good weekends and upped my count to over 60. Then I turn around and look at these people who were saying the things to me before and they aren't too much higher than I am in smiley counts, but have been there a year and sometimes 2. I won't lie and say the numbers don't matter to me. Mine do matter to me in my own personal way. I like the fact of being able to keep an online record of my counts, but think it should be where you can make it public if you want or not. I haven't completely looked at how they do the scroing thing over here yet, so I can't say if I like it better or not. I do like that they allow virtuals though. GC needs to make up their mind of what they are going to do with them, rather than skirting the issue. If they want to focus on a physical cache container, then do that. I thank Jeremy for everything he has done over there and I am a premium member. I like the PQ's. But, I have little respect for the people who run it or those who volunteer their time over there. Especially with the comments they make and the way they handle their business. I agree with Solohiker's little phrase. The one about how they run it a business like a hobby, rather than a hobby like a business.
Hopefully I'm not re-opening a can of worms here, but like some of ya have said already the forums over at gc.com can be a bit daunting and intimindating and/or elitist. I had started a thread over there, one moderator saw it and replied, then another comes along and says that he feels that I started it in the wrong forum and that instead of moving it (without explaining that where it "belonged" was a premium member feature) that he was just going to close it. Giving if you ask me the moderators too much power. In my humble opinion no one moderator should be able to either close or move a thread, but rather it should require two or more moderators to review and agree that it needs to be either moved or closed.
After that I "dropped out" of the hobby for several months, but I am back now, and I am just going to concentrate on finding and logging caches. And also as some of ya have said the numbers are really only important to me, as it makes me feel good to find another cache. Right now over there I just found my 17th and 18th caches yesterday.
And they were with the help of two new caching friends. We'd gone out in search of two that are relativly close togeather. One even with 3 of us looking we couldn't find, but we did find the second one. It took us a while as we were trying to figure out how the number that we came up with after doing the math should be entered.
Then after we went our sperate ways I went back after a cache I'd previously DNF'd and found it. Thanks again to their help and seeing what the cache container looks like.
It is literaly the size of a pill, so it would be REAL easy to overlook IF ya didn't really know what yer looking for.
And I can't help but wonder how the "good" people "behind the scenes" at gc.com can't help but realize the harm rather than the good they are doing to the hobby/activity of Geocaching with their stuffed shirt attitudes and strong armed tactics.
I mean don't they realize that they are as we see/saw with Team360 driving people from a hobby/activity that they enjoy doing?
Granted, right now I haven't hidden any caches of my own, but I do have a good idea on where to hide my first cache, and I'll probably list it either here or over at tc.com. I doubt that I'll list any with gc.com.