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Offline tarmacjohn

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Did I do the right thing?
« on: April 15, 2012, 09:22:58 pm »
I did a new series in Colwall near Malvern today. One of the caches http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?guid=db15c06f-3962-4bc8-bd83-9c47bf33b3b5 was about 70ft off the footpath. The only way to get to it was to follow the arrow through a few bluebells (See my photo on my log). Anyway, I have sent a message to Geohatter asking him to archive it due to anticipated damage, however the rest of the finders have said how wonderful the hide is.

So, am I over reacting or is the placement wrong  ??? ???

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Re: Did I do the right thing?
« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2012, 09:38:44 pm »
I had a similar problem where you had to walk over what looked like blue bell leafs (they had just started showing), so I wrote an email to the cache owner voicing my concerns.

They said they would monitor the situation and move it if there was too much damage.


On another situation, I was looking for a hide spot for one of my caches but one good spot I discounted, as I knew white bells grew there and didn't want them to get damaged.
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Re: Did I do the right thing?
« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2012, 09:51:58 pm »
How odd TJ, same thing happened to me today (though didn't contact the reviewer) - it was off the path, into a bit of woodland where the bluebells were just coming out  :'( - a shame, though not that much damage has been done. Hope that some elephants don't come back  ;)

It may be a wonderful hide, but why should it cause damage to the surrounding area? You did the right thing  :)

Shame my trip was cut short today, due to a head-ache I got around lunch time  :'( - stopped my chances of finding my first Wherigo today too!  ::) - oh well, maybe next time  :D
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Re: Did I do the right thing?
« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2012, 09:39:35 am »
I think you were quite right to bring it up as an issue.Remember how Lynches Wood got trampled even though Foraging 5 said their cache was only just off the footpath.This cache is obviously not just off the footpath but some way into the bluebells.
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Re: Did I do the right thing?
« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2012, 10:00:49 am »
You should have made this a Poll and I think I'm correct in saying, so far three of us are saying you did the right thing  ;D
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Re: Did I do the right thing?
« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2012, 06:29:12 pm »
Well, Mr Geohatter doesn't appear to care. No reply or any log on the cache. :-[

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Re: Did I do the right thing?
« Reply #6 on: April 16, 2012, 06:31:26 pm »
Probably hasn't even seen it yet! He takes ages to review caches, and reply to mail!
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Re: Did I do the right thing?
« Reply #7 on: April 20, 2012, 03:25:35 pm »
No, I don't think you did do the right thing. It may have been better to contact the CO and mention it to them. Much more polite than going behind their back. You could have asked them to temporarily disable it until the bluebells had finished. That's what I did with a similar cache that I had.

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Re: Did I do the right thing?
« Reply #8 on: April 20, 2012, 06:18:01 pm »
Yes, with hindsight you are probably right. Next time I will try that method

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Re: Did I do the right thing?
« Reply #9 on: April 20, 2012, 10:06:17 pm »
mmmm yes the original cache we had for Lynches wood bottom was literally on the edge of the footpath. You could stand on the path and grab it about 2ft away. ok it was a pretty tough hide, but it did stand out where it was resting. The whole area for (and no exaggeration) for a good 20ft around and even up the other side of the bank was trampled. I went up first to check, and then took Joachim who had made the cache himself, a day or so later, he was really upset. 2 cachers had contacted us directly to inform us of what had happened, hence the removal. Otherwise it may have been there longer and more damage done. I would say contact the cache owner directly.
on another note, as with the case on a few of our other fiendish caches, there were I think 10 more FOUND IT logs on line than actual signatures on the logbook!!!! The cachers were emailed to ask what the hide was... you can guess the answer! The logs were deleted rather swiftly.

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Re: Did I do the right thing?
« Reply #10 on: April 20, 2012, 10:14:28 pm »
Yes, I get that happening with more logs online too. It really irritates me how people take the time and effort to sign the log, and others just walk by. One of my caches had been found by 10 people ("the winding hawthorn") and only two had signed the cache - Delta68, and Wrighty. Decided to be kind and give them the benefit of the doubt though... Some just log them even though it was a DNF purely for numbers  :'(

Hate to contradict here, but good to get a little debate going. I still think contacting the reviewer was the right thing, at the end of the day the owner is the owner - they could, or could not take action on the cache. On the other hand, a reviewer would take action in disabling the cache temporarily, and so the owner would still have to fix it without much choice - so I do think you did the right thing. Though, you could have also contacted the owner at the same time...
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