Thursday, December 12, 2013
Did Not Find (DNF)
Ok, for the uninitiated, a DNF log is created on a cache when a cacher Did Not Find it.
To date, I have 99 DNF logs. Many, I have since returned to make the find (I like the challenge they bring), but I don’t log every cache I do not find. Why? Because sometimes I assume it’s me. If I’m having a bad day, raging headache, everyone else has found the cache, it’s raining hard and I can’t see through the trees….. if I think the cache is most likely there and I didn’t give it a ‘fair go’, I won’t log it as a DNF. I may log it as “Write Note” to flag me to come back to it. Why not a DNF log? Because I don’t want to stigmatize the cache for the next finder just because I didn’t look properly. If you are on a numbers run or visiting the area and you see a recent DNF on a cache, you may skip it.
Lately, though, I’ve seen a disturbing (to me) trend around here. I’m seeing DNF logs on caches where the cacher DID NOT LOOK. “Pulled up to the area and there were muggles sitting on a nearby picnic table”, “Didn’t stop because the traffic was heavy”, “Cache is up the slope and I am in work dress shoes”, “Raining too hard to get out of the car”. These aren’t Did Not Finds because they didn’t even try!
Just my 2 cents.