Lonely Cache Rules & Scoring[Revision 4.0, Revised 05/29/13]
1. You must be a member or friend of the WGA to participate.
2. Points are scored by visiting caches on the Wisconsin Lonely Cache Bookmark List. You can score points by finding the cache, revisiting a cache you have already found and verifying the condition, posting notes indicating the cache is missing or in need of maintenance, and helping the owner by replacing missing or damaged parts of his cache.
3. You can not be the owner of any of the caches that you find or check for this contest.
4. The cache must be on the Wisconsin Lonely Cache Bookmark List. This list will usually be comprised of either all caches in the state of Wisconsin which have not been found in the past 4 months or the 500 caches which gone the longest without being found, whichever is smaller. If you notice a cache that was left off the list accidentally, let me know and I will add it. Every two months, we will refresh the list, removing caches found and adding caches which have become "lonely".
5. How to score points! There are five primary ways to score points for a lonely cache.
a.You find a cache which has not been found (by you) prior to the start of the game.
Score: Difficulty + Terrain + 5 points
b. You find a cache that you have found before and confirm its location and condition in a note on the cache page. If it is a multi, you must confirm the condition of all stages. See rule clarification d in section 12
Score: Terrain + 2 points (+ 1 point if a multi)
c. You post a Did Not Find, Needs Archiving or Needs Maintenance after an unsuccessful search.
Score: Terrain + 1 point
d. You adopt an eligible cache.
Score: 10 points
e. You perform a cache rescue as specified on the cache rescue page.
Score: 10 points
6. Bonus points. You may be able to claim bonus points to further increase your score when visiting lonely caches. The following bonus points will be awarded.
a. Maintenance bonus
1. You replace a cache container that is missing or damaged. Note that you must have explicit permission from the owner to replace a cache. If the cache owner does not reply to your request, just post a "Needs Archived" note for any missing cache.
Score: 5 points
b. Travel bug bonuses.
1. You move a trackable item (travel bug, geocoin) that has been stuck in the lonely cache for 3 months or more.
Score: 2 points per item
2. You report a trackable item missing from a lonely cache.
Score: 1 point per item
c. Find is a FTF (not likely, but hey, you never know!)
Score: 5 points
d. Caches not found for 1 year or more are double points. Caches not found for 2 years or more are triple points. If two teams find a cache at the same time, both teams are eligible for the bonus. It is up to the cacher to notice the time a particular cache has gone unfound.
Score: Double (or triple) the regular (not bonus) points
7. The game will be run as a continuing contest, with prizes awarded to the most points scored in each month and the top five scorers over the year.
8. Prizes will be announced on the website.
9. How to enter your score. Proceed to the Lonely Cache section of the WGA Webpage. Choose the submit report tab. Select the cache you have visited and what you did to earn points. Hit the submit report button. An admin will review your submission.
10. Lonely cache find/attempt/adoption reports must be submitted by the 3rd day of the next month. Any reports submitted for the previous month after the 3rd day will not be approved. Prompt logging of reports is encouraged so that the administrators can keep the scoreboard updated as much as possible. Heavy logging of reports at the months end may delay the results for the month.
11. Special rules.
a. No whining.
b. Decisions of the game administrator are final, no appeals.
c. Some of these caches will be on difficult terrain. Hunt at your own risk.
d. Some of these caches are "in the middle of nowhere". That is the point of the game.
e. No whining.
12. Rule Clarifications
a. There is no limit to the number of people who can earn points by finding caches for the first time. There is no limit to the number of people who can earn points by DNFing a cache they haven't previously found.
b. A cache can only be "DNFed" while active. If the owner or reviewers disable or archive the cache, it is out of play.
c. A cache can only be confirmed present or confirmed missing once during the two month list period, unless there is a subsequent DNF. If the cache is visited by two cachers at the same time, they will both get the credit.
d. A cache cannot be confirmed (either way) after a find, a confirmation note, an enable note, or an owner maintenance visit log is posted during the 2 month period, unless there is a subsequent DNF. If the last log on a cache is an confirmation note, it cannot be confirmed again, regardless of how long ago it was found.