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sarge0919
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2013 8:41 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Ok I just hidmy first cache and have some questions that are probably pretty basic but I need to know.

Are cache names able to be the same as a different one? I am guessing not but was not sure. Also how long are you limited to for name length?

I also was told there is an old way to enter them and a new way. Any thoughts on what is better worse or easier?

Can I request a date it is released?

Once it is released what can I do with it - meaning the management of it.

For instance how often do you check in on it? Or can you be notified of action on it or do you have to put it on a watchlist.

How long is it good to wait until releasing so that it is not obvious although this hide is pretty good.

OK enough questions. Please note I did look at geocaching website and forums or answers but it is not very easy to find them but I know the experts here will probably be as good if not better with what I get in return.

Thanks so much in advance!!!
 
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Mister Greenthumb
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2013 8:55 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Boy you sure have a lot of questions. I think you better get all of the answers and fully understand them before you hide any caches. Sorry to sound negative, but I have never run across someone being this clueless on hiding a cache. There's an event in Milwaukee on 1/13. You can gain a lot of info from talking to other cachers at events. I'll be there and have hidden over 400 caches. I would be happy to answer any questions that you have. You have way too many to answer here.
 
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CacheNoTrace
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2013 9:33 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Even though I agree that you should know some of these answers before you hid your first cache, I will try to answer them anyways.....

1. Your new hide..... I hope it is hidden in a place that will not lead to unnessary outdoor impacts like trampling on fragile plants, etc...

2. Changing cache names..... I think not

3. Use the new way, much easier and it will walk you through almost everything. For a new cache hider, I recommend NOT using the old system.

4. Request release date? Yes, BUT you need to request it in the note to reviewer before you hit the magic submit button.

5. Cache maintance? As often as needed. If you notice a string of DNF's, then it would be a good idea to check on it. If someone posts a Needs Maintance log on your cache, then you definately should check on it or it maybe temp disabled.

6. How long should you wait to release it? Up to you! If you are very anxious for cachers to find it right away, then release it sooner. If you want to make it harder, then wait till after a snow storm that covers your tracks to release it.

I will echo Mister Greenthumb..... you should have went to some events first, asked fellow cachers these questions, and brainstorm on the answers.

Hope this helps! Smile
 
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BigJim60
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2013 9:43 pm Reply with quote Back to top

OK, lots of questions, but I'll try to help out.
sarge0919 wrote:
Ok I just hidmy first cache and have some questions that are probably pretty basic but I need to know.

Are cache names able to be the same as a different one? I am guessing not but was not sure. Also how long are you limited to for name length?

You actually CAN use the same name as another cache. The GC number that is assigned by GC.com is unique. I don't know of a limit to the number of characters in the cache name. There are some pretty long cache names out there.

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I also was told there is an old way to enter them and a new way. Any thoughts on what is better worse or easier?


Either way works. I've used both and don't have a preference.

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Can I request a date it is released?

You can request that a cache be published at a certain time/date, but that doesn't mean that it will be. There are only two reviewers for the entire state of Wisconsin, and they are volunteers. They do their reviewing as the have time for it. I've had caches published on a date that I requested, and I have had caches that were published before I wanted because the reviewers were not able to fulfill my request. GEnerally speaking, though, they will do their best to honor requests of this type.

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Once it is released what can I do with it - meaning the management of it.

For instance how often do you check in on it? Or can you be notified of action on it or do you have to put it on a watchlist.

You don't need to put your own caches on yor watch list. You will automatically recieve a notification whenever someone posts something on your cache page, whether it is a "found it" log, a DNF, or a note. You should check up on your caches from time-to-time, but especially if someone logs something that brings up a concern. For example, I got a found-it log on one of my caches today, stating that the log was frozen. As soon as possible, I will go check on that cache and most likely replace the log with a new one.

[quote]How long is it good to wait until releasing so that it is not obvious although this hide is pretty good.]This time of year I like to wait until we get a fesh snowfall to erase my footprints. Some people make a whole bunch of misleading tracks in the area of the hide, and others just go ahead and publish.

Good luck with your cache.

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hotdogs_off_trail
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 10:46 am Reply with quote Back to top

I feel that if there is another cache by the same name in the region, it would be better not to duplicate the name to prevent confusion. If there is a cache by the same name in another part of the country, that would be ok to duplicate. Use your originality....and you can always change one word or so to make it different.

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beccaday
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Joined: 2010-09-22
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 5:45 pm Reply with quote Back to top

I have an EarthCache that I hadn't realized had the same name as a nearby physical cache. I don't know how I missed that?! But anyway, I had one person tell me that when they ran their pocket query and load up their GPSr for the hunt that mine didn't load because of the same name. So while you CAN have the same name as another, you may not want to if they are nearby because yours may not get loaded and you'll miss potential finders. When I realized my error I simply changed the name on the cache page and now I won't have that problem. Good luck on your first cache!

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sarge0919
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Joined: Sep 23, 2012
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2013 12:10 am Reply with quote Back to top

Ok well I will respond now.

I have been associated with cahcing for several years and purposly did not hide one until I found a bunch(800+) now to know what where etc about hiding a cache even though I wanted to right out of the blocks.

I did ask alot of questions as I want to get as much info as possible form you experts. As I stated I have looked for answers and I now from what was stated have a great idea of what I need to do etc.

I also had hid this with a person with over 10,0000 finds and has several hidden as well. I appreciate all the feedback and I am confident with the information that this first hide will be just fine. That being said it does not mean I still will not ask more questions, but I do want you all to know that for me I cherish the feedback given here as those out here are probably some of the premier cachers in the state!!!

So I thank you all for what was stated and feel free to keep an eye out for when the cache is released and perhaps you can try to go find it. Thanks!!!

p.s. the hide will be a dif 4 and ter 5 lol
 
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beccaday
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2013 6:51 am Reply with quote Back to top

Woo hoo! Sounds like an adventure. Smile

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sandlanders
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Joined: 2008-01-18
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2013 10:20 am Reply with quote Back to top

You can make up a cache page whenever you want to. All you need to start are the coords for the location and some idea of what you want your cache to be. As long as you don't enable the listing, or click a box that will enable the listing, you can save it to work on later. I know this is an option at the end of the new form, but I think just submitting without enabling saves it on the old form.

Then you can take your time writing up the cache page and editing it to get it the way you want it and to make sure that everything is in place and ready to go. If you want the cache to be published on a certain date, say like for an event or a special day, you can request that in a reviewer's note before the enabling submission, but it can't be guaranteed. You can also list the date on your cache page as the one you want it to be (like for someone's birthday or a holiday), whether it gets published on that date or not. Otherwise, if it's just a matter of time, like after a snowstorm or when you have caching friends coming in to town or whatever, just wait until the time you want is near or past (snowstorm), then enable (submit for publication) the completed and ready cache

Just don't let the cache languish in obscurity too long after you started it. If there is a chance that someone else decides to place a cache within 0.1 miles of your unpublished cache, you will receive a notification asking as to your intentions so the area can be freed up if you have changed your mind about the cache. If you still want your cache there after being asked, then submit it for publication fairly quickly.

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