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Thread: Garmin creates Geocaching website and database

  1. #11
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    The folks at opencaching.us are peeved at Garmin for stealing their name.

    IRBH--I've got a few to publish on the new site. I'm experimenting as well. These will be new caches that have been rejected or cannot be published on GC.com. I'm curious if they'll get hits.

    And Kevin--I appreciate the proximity rule. Even I would try to not go overboard. For example, I thought about submitting a cache for publication on OC, but thought, "No, that's too close to this cache here" even though it's a good hiding spot. And I have been sharply stung by finding the wrong cache before, so I know firsthand how it hurts. One thing the new cache listing site has going for it is that you can rate caches. If it is at a bad location, I imagine the CO will hear about it.

  2. #12
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    Quote Originally Posted by captaincooder
    The folks at opencaching.us are peeved at Garmin for stealing their name.
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    I looked on whois.net and found that Garmin registered opencaching.com in September 2003.

    Opencaching.us was registered by a Thomas Winegard in July 2010.

    So, the folks at opencaching.us maybe should have done their homework. Having said that, I think the .us site has a better chance of surviving than Garmin does. .us offers more and varied cache types, such as virtuals, moving caches and guestbook caches that garmin nor groundspeak don't offer.

    Hopefully, the community will be able to police itself so that inappropriate caches don't get placed. Competition is a good thing.

    Just this week, all the stats sites seem to have prompted groundspeak to add stats to our profiles. Community pressure over the past few years (along with Garmin's plans for their listing site) may have prompted groundspeak to add the "favorites" plan unveiled yesterday. I'm sure we'll see more things that we've been asking for (virtuals?) added back to gc.com due to this increased competition.

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    Although I have not checked this out. I received an email from groundspeak the other day saying that premium members will be able to rate caches that they have found. And not to long ago, I read that Groundspeak was working on bringing virtuals back. I can see this becoming confusing when it comes to trackables.

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    Yes, GR, you are correct. For every ten cache finds, we are now awarded a "Favorite" point. You can favorite (verb) a cache and even sort caches according to their accumulated favorite points. I'm not sure if you can give more than one point to a cache, nor if you can unfavorite a cache to reclaim the point to award to another cache.

  5. #15
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    Quote Originally Posted by captaincooder
    Yes, GR, you are correct. For every ten cache finds, we are now awarded a "Favorite" point. You can favorite (verb) a cache and even sort caches according to their accumulated favorite points. I'm not sure if you can give more than one point to a cache, nor if you can unfavorite a cache to reclaim the point to award to another cache.
    Yes, you can remove a cache from your favorites and you do get the point back to use elsewhere. You can only award one point per cache for favorite.
    Under the Lists tab on your profile page is a list of the caches that you have marked as favorites.

    On the cache page you can click on the total favorite vote icon and it will show you who all has marked the cache as a favorite.

    On your profile page there is also a tab for statistics now.

  6. #16
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    The favorite points are pretty neat. I really wish they had done 1 point for every 25 or so caches....as it is I have so many points (as many of us do0 that I don't think I'll ever use them all.

    The stats page is not formatted very well, there wil be much tweaking on that form them for a while. I'll stick with GSAK for a while.

    The forum..... that change is terrible. everyone keeps saying it's just cosmetic, but that cosmetic change has rally annoyed a bunch of people. I won't even get into their feedback method now...it's like they were trying to hide things.

  7. #17
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    So .... to get this thread back on topic, is anyone there actually using the Garmin geocaching website? Or will it die a slow death like Terracaching?
    "Wildness is a necessity." -- John Muir

    "When you go to hide a geocache, think of the reason you are bringing people to that spot. If the only reason is for the geocache, then find a better spot." briansnat

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    I have looked at it but will not use it. I think geocaching.com is making a good effort to update and upgrade their site and give people things they want. I figure I can support their efforts and stay with them.

  9. #19
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    I thought I might hide a few on oc.com, but I'm too busy conspiring to hide some cooler ones on gc.com. Right now, as before, the only point of it was the leftover bin or axe to grind from gc.com as far as I can tell. Again, I don't see the point of the redundant publications.

  10. #20
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    Got a new Garmin. In the education process, went to their website and agree, this is redundant almost useless.

    Oh, something about the new GPS. Garmin with previous models set the default "NF" as a treasure chest and "F" as the open chest. Now they have an ammo can and open chest. Wonder why they don't stick with one convention?? Ammo can, open ammo can (or ammo w/ a "X"), chest and open chest??? Wrote GSAK, Garmin will not allow them to mess with the geocache icons, only waypoint icons..

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