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Oh, Geocache

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Today marks the 15th anniversary of Geocaching.

I decided one good way to celebrate would be to finally get around to signing up at Geocaching, easily a good ten years after I first thought of doing so. In fact, since the username I would have wanted is already taken, despite being very highly unlikely a choice for anyone else, it’s entirely possible that I already did sign up a decade ago. If so, that account is lost, since it would have been tied to an e-mail account that Google hijacked.

Intriguing fun! A delightful way to connect satellites and personal technology and the Internet and people and their communities. And reminds me of some stashes I left behind to be found way back decades before the Internet was even a dream.

But as with just about any fun, there’s a good reason for there to be rules that ought be followed. Too many believe speed limits and flashing school bus lights are only for the timid driver to obey, and too many others shrug off a laugh at someone else’s expense, like those rules are made to be broken. Like, who really bothers to read the Geocaching Guidelines, much less follow them?

So it is that I celebrate the 15th anniversary of Geocaching by joining the Geocaching community only to have the “fun” of discovering that the geocache closest to me has been illegally placed on private property in a blatant violation of the Geocache community’s rules, pretty much in the equivalent of having a geocache hidden in my backyard, figuratively maybe even worse than that. And that even when geocachers seeking the cache were warned off the property by security guards, nobody seems to have gotten the point, so geocachers have been around hunting where they don’t belong as recently as the past several months.

There are very sound reasons for trespass laws, and even those who laugh those rules off when it suits their interests to violate someone else’s rights are the first to shoot down anyone who steps across their own thresholds uninvited. The best fun is never stifled by its rules, but “fun” that ignores rules at the expense of others is nothing to be laughed at.

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Written by macheide

3 May 2015 at 12:43 pm

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  1. I quickly grew disappointed — annoyed, even — with conventional geocaching.

    Yes, the original concept was a nice match of new technology, the Internet and an old game, one I myself have one of my fondest memories playing.

    Players who ignore the safety of other players and the public, the rights of property owners and public institutions, and other rules are ruining it.

    On the most established geocaching website, all of the several dozen charted geocaches within a 10-mile radius of me are completely improper, even illegal. Although the website claims that placers of the caches are supposed to get proper permission before doing so, even the very most basic checking demonstrates that the organizers know that such permission could not possibly have been gained from most if not all of these cache sites.

    The closest is in a dangerous site that our local city specifically states that permission will not be given for placement of caches. Moreover, it is impossible to even access the site without trespassing on private property; permission from the property owner was not even sought. Geocache players who have sought the cache have even commented online that they have to make the attempt surreptitiously, due to guards on either side of the site, either of which will detain anyone seen trespassing in the area. Yet the cache remains posted online, luring others to attempt to commit the same infraction done by the person irresponsibly placing the cache.

    Other nearby caches are dangerously placed in the loading area of a grocery store (again without the store manager’s permission, which the manager states would not be given), in a highly dangerous area on an active train track, and in a public park that explicitly prohibits such cache placements.

    One of these days, someone will be seriously hurt or will die because of the abject denial of responsibility of the organizers who make money off of promoting this fun-made-into-farce.

    macheide

    26 November 2017 at 7:41 pm


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