Years ago I used to clip quotations, cartoons, and other pithy comments and display them on a bulletin board in my bedroom. I recall scratching down a quotation from The Paper Chase television show (I think) in which a secretary stated:
The consequence of a liberal society is saying “Yes” to everything.
While it is easy to categorize the opposing argument from one as “fundamentalist”, “extreme”, etc., it appears to me this is exactly what is going on with geocaching these days. All attempts to draw the proverbial line as to what is acceptable are challenged vociferously. It appears we are at the point as a community where all “standards” as to what is acceptable have gone out the window.
Back before I knew anyone in this game, a new cacher (who has gone on to become a prominent player in this area) e-mailed me to explain I could boost my find count by logging locationless caches. He further elicited that he thought it was neat that they added to the count.
At the first event I attended more than three years ago, going with the flow meant that our group split up and logged two caches with everyone’s name in both logs. FRS radios were used to get spellings correct. This bothered me to no end (mind you, I did not speak up at the time) that I later drove the 90 minutes to find the other cache to enter my log myself.
Caching with others opened my eyes to lots of questionable finds. Once, someone I was with sat in the car as I sought the cache. He claimed the find online nonetheless.
Another time a virt was logged that was never visited. Yes, we drove by the road sign. Yes, I have a blury photograph of the road sign. But we never stopped, we never read the sign, we just kept going. Needless to say, that too was logged online as a find.
Reading logs of locals who replace caches for the owner and then claim a find is commonplace.
It wasn’t long before locals were exchanging waypoint numbers of caches that could be logged from home.
It was during this time that I dropped out of the race. We had moved significantly from what I was comfortable with. And no, this was not the reason why I bowed out, but to disregard that this contributed to my removal from the community is revisionistic.
Since then the extremes have become even more so. The community is definitely saying Yes to everything. What will the result of that be?
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