Joined: Aug. 2003
||Posted: Sep. 29 2004,4:47 am
It looks like GC.com are down, so that as it stands, currently, It is not possible to go geocaching, apart from using the unfortunately small subset of caches hosted by Navicache. It is not fair, that one entity should have this responsibility, but I guess you already agree, as why would Navicache be here otherwise!...
So, I'm considering setting up a new geocache database. This database will not be like GC.com's, or Navicache, as it will only list caches that are listed elsewhere.... A Google for caches!! This way, Should the project take off, it will be possible to retrieve co-ords for caches for the times when GC.com, or even Navicache are unable to.
A few things about this database.
1) It will be accessible by Members Only... Ie, not publicly accessible. One of the requirements of been a member, will be that you must register all your placed caches. This will give a reason for people to re-log their caches.
2) Any site, including Navicache, will be able to maintain a synched copy of this database, and provide searches over this database for it's users, on the condition that rule 1) is maintained.
3) Caches will be listed, without having an approval process, It will be assumed that if it is listed elsewhere, then it should be listed here.
4) There will be no Logs.. These will be handled, as now, by the original Approving site (Navicache/Geocache/other)... A link will be avavilable to tie back to the cache logging page on NC/GC.
What this means for Navicache?, Well, if the system was in place, when performing a Navicache search, Navicache will also perform a seach over this database (but only if the Navicache member, was also a member of this new database), and display both sets of results... . Clicking on a link within this list, will link back to the original Cache approving site.
Lets say that 80% of all caches were also listed on this database. People searching Navicache will get to search these 80%, I Agree, the majority of will be GC.com's caches, but there will be Navicache listed caches also. A search might possibly give more hits than searching GC.com alone. This will break the Monopoly that GC.com have, as people would prefer to use this type of search available on Navicache, and not GC.com..
How to get to 80% cache listing? By third party's (websites such as Buxleys, or my Mobile Midlet (www.geocacheuk.com/midlet.shtml) for example) providing services that GC.com do not..... Imagine 10 different third parties web sites, all offering amazing services, via Web/Wap/Txt msg/GPX download, you name it. Now, for people to use any of these services, They must register the location of their placed caches, and therefore increase the size of the database. Otherwise, they'd just have to scuttle back to GC.com, and not be allowed to the party.... I Think that most people would prefer to sign up, and gain access to this resource, rather than just stick with GC.com.
And the name?..... Well, I've just registered 'ulacs.org' - standing for Union of Letterbox And 'Cache Seekers...This is what exactly it will be, A Union of geocache, or letterbox seekers sharing their cache details with other members of the union, for mutual benefit - Run by the members, for the members. I Welcome suggestions for other names, that sound less like a constipation remedy... (I didn't realise it, before I registered It!) !!!