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Thread: The Inexorable Rise of the Pointless Micro

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    Default The Inexorable Rise of the Pointless Micro

    The thread on cache density was a useful reminder of how much simpler things used to be when I started caching.
    Using a GSAK export to Google Earth, it's interesting to see the not only the massive increase in caches around my area in Essex, but also the exponential growth of the micro relative to others.

    Micros are shown as black containers on these annual GE screenshots:
    2004:


    2005:


    2006:


    2007:


    2008:



    2009:



    2008 is when the rot set in!

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    Yup, it was frequency of micros that encouraged me to abandon my brief spell of geocaching and stick to trig points instead.

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    When everyone changes to a digital camera, will this herald a drop in micro caches (ignoring the obvious - other small containers )

    - lets hope so
    Happy Caching

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    I don't get your point. The number of non-micro caches also seems to have risen hugely, and if you aren't into micros you can easily ignore them and enjoy the rotting boxes of soggy tat instead.

    The map doesn't seem to distinguish between "pointless" micros and "good" ones either.

    Chances are that as an area gets packed with caches, the remaining hiding places are likely to be more suitable for micros. As time goes on, even the good spots for micros will be used up and new cache hiders will have to get creative (or put up with negative feedback!).

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    Cool

    At least micros don't end up full of rusting, broken mildewed kids toys and completely pointless calling cards...

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    found a few calling cards stuffed in micros... always amazes me

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    I know a cache who's spoken of inventing Nano-cards... h34r:

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    What I want know is who is going to charter a boat and get the micro in the sea?:wacko:

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    Quote Originally Posted by M3ZPY View Post
    What I want know is who is going to charter a boat and get the micro in the sea?:wacko:
    That looks like a cool cache - and its more of a small than a micro...

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    I remember this site when it was on Coast on the telly

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    Does size matter

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mongoose39uk View Post
    Does size matter
    My sentiments exactly, if it is a micro and you dislike them, don't go look for them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrDick&Vick View Post
    My sentiments exactly, if it is a micro and you dislike them, don't go look for them.
    Ahhh, but it's not that straightforward, is it? The title of this topic refers to "Pointless Micros" and it can be quite difficult to differentiate between a (what's the opposite of "pointless"?) worthwhile micro and a pointless one without some careful reading of the cache description and previous logs.

    There are some very good/clever/humorous micros out there but unfortunately they often get tarred with the same brush as those other members of their family, the infamous damp-film-can-in-boring-hedge micro.

    Maybe it's like government: We find the caches that we deserve to find.

    Do your homework, be selective, only tick the boxes of those caches worthy of your vote.

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    The thread title, the maps and the comment "2008 is when the rot set in!"
    infer that ALL microcaches are pointless, unless there's been an attempt to eliminate the worthwhile micros from the diagram (which I doubt).

    The maps show micros using a more prominent symbol (so as to exaggerate the dominance of that type of cache hide), and in general I get the impression that qichina simply doesn't like micros at all. Which is fine; but why not just ignore them then? The maps also show a huge rise in non-micro caches, so why not seek those instead of ranting about caches designed for other people?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Happy Humphrey View Post
    The maps also show a huge rise in non-micro caches, so why not seek those instead of ranting about caches designed for other people?
    Perhaps the OP feels that geocaching as a whole is devalued by the spread of poorly thought-out caches, and that, disproportionately, this concerns micros in particular?

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