Snoogans began his One Degree of Separation (ODS) Project a year ago in conjunction with GeoWoodstock IV.
Each regular cache that is given away (200-250, or possibly more) will contain a log, a pencil, and at least 20-50, or more, log only, micro “seed caches” as part of the “One Degree of Separation Project.” When the regular caches have all been handed out, I will have some extra micro caches for the rest of the attendees. No one will leave empty handed if I can help it. My main concern is that the regular (seed pod) caches be placed 20 miles, or more, (ATCF: As the crow flies.) apart to prevent over-saturation of ODS caches in the local geocaching continuums.
The ultimate stated goal of ODS is to connect the entire geocaching continuum to one point in as few degrees of separation as possible. One degree being the most desired goal.
Snoogans then asked on the GC.com fora:
Thoughts? Comments? Questions? If you have NEVER heard of this project, I’d really like to hear from YOU.
All I ask is one favor. Before you flame the idea, take a look at the caches in the project (on ODS: PRIME!’s profile) and look closely at what the hiders and finders are saying about the project all over the world. I know it’s allot to ask from the micro haters, but please give the project a look before you condemn it as micro-spew and cast your fears upon the next phase in the project before you even find out what it is.
Snoogans appears to be an affable guy. I have nothing against him personally. What I have noticed both at GC.com and TC.com is that he is quite opinionated. Notice that his question takes a shot at micro haters.
While there are some folks who do not like micros, the people addressed here are those note that the proliferation of poor caches tend to be micros. The “other side” never gives this argument merit and hence are labeled. He has set up his defense for the backlash that he knows is coming.
As you read through the thread, Snoogans employs what many forum bullies do; namely, shouting down any dissent and labeling. No one can voice displeasure with his launching 12,500 film canisters. If you note they leak, he tells you that is the fault of the finder.
Often the problem with wet micros is NOT the person who hid the cache in the first place, but the careless person who rehid it.
If you state that you don’t understand how 12,500 film canisters is “fun, you are labeled a micro hater:
(Snoogans @ May 20 2007, 08:50 AM)
This project is about FUN while using some interesting statistical data to illustrate the concept.
(CoyoteRed @ May 20 2007, 08:22 AM)
Again, I guess I don’t get it. What’s “fun” about micro-spew?
No. You don’t get it and that’s okay. You’ve illustrated your blind hatred of micros quite well.
And so it goes as one challenges the project. There is no way to convince one the project is flawed because there’s always a response at hand.
My comment about the project is different than what I have heard voiced previously. ODS is a huge ego trip. The whole point is to link to one cacher. And while Snoogans is not shy and is known outside his area via his forum posts (and events attended in several states), most cachers know nothing of him.
His “social experiment” is to push out 12,500 film canisters in hopes of folks linking to him. He admitted that originally the names of the caches would have Snoogans in it. Fortunately, that changed.
Much like first finders claiming their accomplishment and RK wanting to claim he is king of the mountain using comparative statistics, I find Snoogans’ project nothing but a “look at me” project. Beginning a thread that essentially says, “look at me” and then shouting down the dissent pretty much confirms it.
It appears that the current theme in the community is boasting. I find the practice abhorrent.
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