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Marsha and Silent Bob
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2005 7:43 am    Post subject: Instant Notification for new Caches Reply with quote

Jod's team of mud bogging monkeys have finally released support for instant notification of new caches in your area if you are a Premium Member. This is apparently the reason for the recent arrival of "Published" notes on cache pages after approval.

Check it out here: http://www.geocaching.com/notify/edit.aspx
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KC0GRN
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2005 11:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting. Looks like you can only choose 1 type of cache though....
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Marsha and Silent Bob
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2005 11:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

KC0GRN wrote:
Interesting. Looks like you can only choose 1 type of cache though....

The way it looked to me was that you would create numerous notify lists -- one for each type.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2005 11:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Marsha and Silent Bob wrote:
KC0GRN wrote:
Interesting. Looks like you can only choose 1 type of cache though....

The way it looked to me was that you would create numerous notify lists -- one for each type.


Ahh looks like I missed it. I thought that too originally, but after setting one up, it broght me back to the same page (for editing purposes I suppose). On the subscriptions list I see the option for adding a new one.

Thanks!
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team-deadhead
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2005 10:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

why is the are box for locationless caches? I thought they will not allow these.
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Moe the Sleaze
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 06, 2005 3:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

team-deadhead wrote:
why is the are box for locationless caches? I thought they will not allow these.


They have been claiming all along that locationless caches will be back eventually with their section, similar to benchmarks. We'll see.
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rickrich
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 06, 2005 3:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Congratulations Norskie00.

Since your new cache seems to have all the required parts, not closer than 0.1 mile from any other caches, not near a railway and you are close enough to properly maintain it, it has been listed on the GC.com site. As a cache placer,* you * have the unique ability to improve (or degrade) the quality of Geocaching in your area. I hope that this cache will be a positive addition. One of the things that cachers with small kids, pregnant cachers and one guy here with a brace on his leg seem to like, is a note about the approximate distance or about how much time the cache might take. (just a thought for next time) . In addition, since we generally need to ask permission to place caches in areas like this, I am glad you have already done so. Looks fun, Enjoy!

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eagleyes
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 07, 2005 7:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

"a note about the approximate distance or about how much time the cache might take. (just a thought for next time) ."

We like this in a cache too- and when we are looking for a day of caching, avoid any caches that seem "too far" to do in a day or may take longer than we want to do on a caching day. I am working on adding this to my caches.

A "short" distance down the trail may mean different thing to cachers with different abilities. An "approximately 15 minute walk" or " about a mile" down the trail works best for us.
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RINO SHAWN
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 14, 2005 7:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If I simply want an e-mail notification of new traditional caches in my area...

After I chose "traditonal caches" I have to choose at least one of the boxes.... Do I choose "Archive (show)" to just get the notification that a new cache has been placed??

I looked but could not find more info explaining what each option actually does.

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Marsha and Silent Bob
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 14, 2005 7:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

RINO SHAWN wrote:
After I chose "traditonal caches" I have to choose at least one of the boxes.... Do I choose "Archive (show)" to just get the notification that a new cache has been placed??

That would show archived cache logs. I would suggest you choose "Publish Listing".
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RINO SHAWN
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 14, 2005 8:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks SB!! I was thinking that I wanted "publish listings" but was wondering if it would email me EVERY time someone posts a log.
(just as if I had every cache in my area on a "watch list") I changed them all to "publish listings"......time will tell Cool
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Pear Head
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 14, 2005 8:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you notice on newly approved caches that they always start with a log of type "published" by mtn-man (or whatever approver approved the cache). I believe that log will generate the notification that you are looking for. So it won't notify you for normal "found" logs, just for "published" logs.

I've had it setup since it was first posted here (a week maybe). So far I'm not too thrilled.

It worked fine the for the one cache that has met the criteria that I setup (we're slow at getting new caches placed up here). The problem is that I set it up to send the notification to my cell phone. The email that gc.com generated was formatted so that most of the information was cut off by my cellular provider as being too long for the phone. It would be nice to get something like the Texas Geocachers used to have that was short and to the point:

GCxxxx
"New Cache"
N xx xx.xxx
W xx xx.xxx

Time will tell if I leave it enabled to the cell phone or not. All I really got out of the one alert was that there was a new cache placed in the area and I need to go online to find out the details.
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Marsha and Silent Bob
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 14, 2005 8:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

All new caches approved have a note by mtn-man that say it's been "published". This instant notify is likely the reason.
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RINO SHAWN
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 2005 10:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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All new caches approved have a note by mtn-man that say it's been "published". This instant notify is likely the reason.


Hmmmm...I HAVE noticed the notes from mtn-man saying "published".......Just didn't really give it too much thought as to why.........till now Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 14, 2005 11:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Twisted Evil

I wonder if this has been cancelled. I haven't gotten any new notices in 5 days or so.
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