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Thread: Garmin's new geocaching site is up (beta)

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    Default Garmin's new geocaching site is up (beta)

    Looks like Garmin have their act together and their new geocaching site is up and running - www.opencaching.com. Already has a link to the GAGB landowner database!

    Chris (MrB)

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    Just had a quick look, it looks good, very bright and up to date. Not had an in depth look a the moment, I will do that later.

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    Surely the whole point of 'Open' sites is freedom from commercial interest?

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    One thing that does concern me, it may have been addressed but I haven't got that far is that if caches are duel listed, on OC and GC.com what happens if someone is only a member of OC and then find a trackable in it. There is every possibility that they will remove it and place it in another cache or keep it, adding to quite a lot of confusion.

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    Maybe it's me - all I get is a page with a logo of circles on it and
    How awesome is your cache?


    Nothing to click on for next page or anything.

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    I get the fully navigateable site.

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    I wouldn't get too excited. The site has more bugs than a Bushtucker trial in the jungle! I managed to create one account but no more! Just get a polite error message. Their forums are full of posts from disgruntled 'members' complaining. I think Garmin may have rushed into this a bit too soon!

    Chris (MrB)

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    No 'Open Caches' near me.
    I do know there is one listed on http://www.opencaching.org.uk/

    Is the Garmin Open Caching supposed to link?

    TB's -Krety's can be shown on the OC site when they are in GC caches.
    And... There is a Firefox script which will show Krety's in GC caches.
    I have a Geocaching problem...
    Work gets in the way!

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    Spooky - Tried to create an account and found I already had one !!! Created when I bought my GPS. Seems only to be a small group of caches in the Southampton area (within 100 miles of me). Nice bright site with excellent mapping. The trouble is I don't think one can be a "little bit pregnant" Do we go for it and risk the wrath of GS. I know the arguement is that we are too insignificant for them to bother swatting but I am not too sure about that one !! Or be more cautious and wait and see what develops. I agree that the King log approach of most cachers will be hard to overcome. But I do like the idea of a GB orientated site for All UK cachers (that doesn't either fizzle out or degenerate into a site for malcontents)As we claim to be the UK representative organisation it would make sense in the long run to go with this. I think that it will need quite a few incentives from them though. Competitions and giveaways - and if we do decide to go the whole hog perhaps a negotiation for a "title" slot would be in order "Opencaching GAGB"or "Opencaching GB"subtitled "In conjunction with GAGB" or some such ???
    Si vis pacem para bellum

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    Quote Originally Posted by Palujia View Post
    The trouble is I don't think one can be a "little bit pregnant" Do we go for it and risk the wrath of GS.
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    But I do like the idea of a GB orientated site for All UK cachers
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    But surely the GAGB is (and has always been) listing site agnostic, it already 'represents' Geocachers (GC.com), Navicachers, Terracachers, and Opencachers (.org), so should also represent Opencachers (Garmin).

    And I don't think it's GB oriented, it's also got US caches listed.

    IMHO I didn't like the look of the site; I don't like the fact they're using Opencaching as a name, which is already in use by another organisation/group; and I think there are too many listing sites now. But I'll wait and see how it develops. BTW most of the ones listed on there in my area are already listed seem to be also listed on GC.com
    Last edited by martybartfast; 7th December 2010 at 09:33 PM.

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    GAGB is indeed listing site agnostic to support all UK cachers.

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    LOL, just found a cache on Opencaching.com near me, and look what I found in the cache description:


    This is now a Premium Members only cache after the event as I feel that it is important to put some funds back into this great hobby of ours. We should encourage new cachers to join and experience the benefits of Premium Membership if they have not done so already. To learn more about Premium Membership at http://www.geocaching.com

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    Looked good - until I noticed caches can be rated by the owner according to their 'awesomeness'

    I don't think there is a single word in the English language that I have come to loath as much as that one!

    The people who claim things are 'awesome' always seem to be the same ones who are keen to tell you how 'mad' they are. And usually they are anything but!

    h34r:

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    Quote Originally Posted by *mouse* View Post
    Looked good - until I noticed caches can be rated by the owner according to their 'awesomeness'

    I don't think there is a single word in the English language that I have come to loath as much as that one!

    The people who claim things are 'awesome' always seem to be the same ones who are keen to tell you how 'mad' they are. And usually they are anything but!

    h34r:
    Awesome post!

    I'm not mad.
    I have the letter to say I'm not mad.
    The Doctor gave it to me when they let me out.

    :lol:
    I have a Geocaching problem...
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    Sorry - brain fade due to long 14 hour shift - was getting a bit patriotic there not at all awesome !
    Si vis pacem para bellum

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