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    Posted: April 18 2012,10:45 am QUOTE

So, now that MadCacher has acquired Navicache, what are your top things you'd like to see implemented?

Mine...

1) Figure out how to get rid of all the dead, orphaned caches on the site.  Many of these were formerly crosslisted on geocaching.com, but when the CO archived (or moved / significantly changed) them there, they'd long since given up on NC and didn't bother retiring / updating the cache, here.  This is a non-technical problem, but I see it as the major issue the new management will need to address.

I used to work on identifying such caches in my home area, but eventually gave up.  Perhaps a team of volunteers could be enlisted to work on their home states / regions.

2) Add the ability to ignore caches that I've either logged on another site, have decided probably doesn't exist anymore, or for any other reason don't want to seek.

3) I'd like the ability to filter found or ignored caches from searches and maps, so I could better see a list of caches I actually want to look for.

4) I'd like to be able to see a list of my found caches.  Currently, I can only look at a list of all my logged caches, but can't filter on log type.

I'm sure there is plenty more, but those are a few of my top items that would make site more usable for me.


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    Posted: April 18 2012,4:58 pm QUOTE

Quote (DudleyGrunt @ April 18 2012,12:45 pm)
So, now that MadCacher has acquired Navicache, what are your top things you'd like to see implemented?

Mine...

1) Figure out how to get rid of all the dead, orphaned caches on the site.  Many of these were formerly crosslisted on geocaching.com, but when the CO archived (or moved / significantly changed) them there, they'd long since given up on NC and didn't bother retiring / updating the cache, here.  This is a non-technical problem, but I see it as the major issue the new management will need to address.

I used to work on identifying such caches in my home area, but eventually gave up.  Perhaps a team of volunteers could be enlisted to work on their home states / regions.

2) Add the ability to ignore caches that I've either logged on another site, have decided probably doesn't exist anymore, or for any other reason don't want to seek.

3) I'd like the ability to filter found or ignored caches from searches and maps, so I could better see a list of caches I actually want to look for.

4) I'd like to be able to see a list of my found caches.  Currently, I can only look at a list of all my logged caches, but can't filter on log type.

I'm sure there is plenty more, but those are a few of my top items that would make site more usable for me.

Curious... Why would you want to ignore caches you logged on another site?

And aren't #2 and #3 kind of redundant? Or am I missing your meaning ?


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    Posted: April 18 2012,6:54 pm QUOTE

Quote (PC Medic @ April 18 2012,6:58 pm)
Curious... Why would you want to ignore caches you logged on another site?

And aren't #2 and #3 kind of redundant? Or am I missing your meaning ?

When I find a cache that is crosslisted on multiple sites, I will only log it as "found" on one site and post the same text as a "note" on the other site(s).  If the site I'm listing the "note" on allows it, I then "ignore" the listing.  This allows me to more easily track the total number of unique caches I've found and not have them show up as unfound in future searches.

Yeah, #2 and #3 are more similar than I interned.  I started typing #3 first and then realized I was saying I wanted to filter on something that didn't exist, yet.

Ref #3, I'd like to be able to choose whether or not to show "ignored" caches, when I do a search.


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    Posted: April 19 2012,8:06 pm QUOTE

Quote (DudleyGrunt @ April 18 2012,8:54 pm)

When I find a cache that is crosslisted on multiple sites, I will only log it as "found" on one site and post the same text as a "note" on the other site(s).  If the site I'm listing the "note" on allows it, I then "ignore" the listing.  This allows me to more easily track the total number of unique caches I've found and not have them show up as unfound in future searches.

Just out of curiosity, why not log it as a find on all the sites you are a member on. Takes no longer than selecting 'note' and would make it that much easier for who ever to create such a filter to eliminate your 'Finds' from listing in your searches.


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    Posted: April 20 2012,4:32 am QUOTE

That would work as well, but I guess I'm a numbers guy to some degree, in that I like to know exactly how many caches I've found.  If I find one cache that is listed on 2 or 3 sites, that is still one cache.  Logging it was found on multiple sites makes it more difficult for me to track the number of unique caches found.  Currently, I can "ignore" caches on Groundspeak, OpenCaching North America, and TerraCaching.  I just hope to have that option here, at some point.

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    Posted: May 06 2012,7:30 pm QUOTE

The download process could be easier.  To be able to click on the same page I am viewing the cache and have it download would be great.

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    Posted: May 07 2012,6:02 am QUOTE

Quote (tripman1 @ May 06 2012,9:30 pm)
The download process could be easier.  To be able to click on the same page I am viewing the cache and have it download would be great.

Agree, for sure.  An improvement in the quality of the gpx files, would also be very helpful.

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    Posted: June 05 2012,9:11 am QUOTE

I know exactly where Dave is coming from. I would never log a cross-linked cache on more than one of the sites that it appears on. In fact, my number one wish for this site (post-sale) would be to discourage cross-linked caches. The worst thing that any site can do is enourage cross-listed caches, otherwise the site is not an alternative listing site at all.  If a newcomer to NC logs on and looks to see the local caches and finds mostly a bunch of caches already found elsewhere, or which can be found elsewhere, then there is no real incentive either to hang around and "find" those caches, nor to place new ones.

What this site really, truly, needs, is new, original and unique caches placed: caches that provide an incentive for further cachers to try out NC.

If cross-listed caches are not to be discouraged, then at the very least some sort of ignore list such as Dave suggests is necessary. (I would think that the majority of cachers who use alternative cache listing sites prefer not to come across cross-listed caches. Only the number chasers are surely happy to "find" a cache across more than one site...)
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    Posted: June 05 2012,7:29 pm QUOTE

To make official something I mentioned in another thread, I'd like to request the new management consider implementing "Log Passwords" or "Confirmation Codes", as the OpenCaching network (not Garmin) and TerraCaching do.  These allow cache owners, who choose to use them, a tool to help reduce armchair logging of caches and unnecessary e-mail traffic for checking answers for virtuals.

Edited by DudleyGrunt on June 05 2012,7:29 pm

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    Posted: June 06 2012,12:36 am QUOTE

Definitely a good idea. I love confirmation codes! They can be used in a basic sense as Dave has suggested above, but can also be used in more diverse ways if a cacher chooses - adding one more tool to make a caching experience different!
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    Posted: June 06 2012,7:53 am QUOTE

When I use them for virtuals, I try to do them in a way that would prevent someone from getting the answers online, by including info not directly related to the subject.  For example,
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When facing the memorial (from the front), look to your right. You will see a yellow pipe with an orange cap. The password is the 8 letter vertical word on the front.


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    Posted: June 06 2012,9:39 am QUOTE

Yes, one of the worst TCs I've seen is a virtual in London which is possible to find from the armchair, as no photographic evidence is required to prove you are there, and the CC is easy obtained from Google. What a waste of time! And unlike other listing sites, there is incentive to "find" the cache from the armchair for reason other than number chasing (ie to affect the ratings of yourself and others on the UK leaderboard).
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