After a lot of work, I finally qualified for Handyman's Date Placed Challenge GC3DCE0 and made the find in July of 2013. In December of 2013, while checking on my stats at Project-GC.com, I realized I no longer qualified for it! 2 years after one of the qualifying caches published, the CO changed the "Placed Date"! How do I know this? I had a GSAK export from the prior month with the original date and a new export with a different date. When I asked the Hider, "Why?" No answer. I had to drive 34 miles round trip to "re-qualify" for this challenge.
|Date Placed Qualifiers - July 2013|
|Date Placed Grid - December 2013|
|Last Week's DT - Project-gc.com|
|Today's DT - geocaching.com|
And while I'm ranting…. along these same lines is the new trends in "bonus caches". So far, I've experienced this TWICE in the last few weeks, once last Fall, and just read about another instance this month: Cache owners who just added clues inside existing caches (caches that have been out for months or years) for their new "bonus cache". To find the bonus cache, you need to re-find the original caches ALL OVER AGAIN!
To give you one example, to gather clues for a new bonus cache, you have to revisit 6 caches in a thorny, high-growth Nature Preserve. These caches ranged anywhere from 6 months to 6 years old! This hider doesn't even own all the caches he modified. Why did he do it? To increase foot traffic to his older caches. I already found the darn things once! And in most cases, many of the local cachers probably already found these, too! Why should we have to revisit them all over again because you had a sudden inspiration NOW? This is just one of several examples, and these aren't new cache hiders….
Please, just think before you do. You are draining some of the fun out of this great world of geocaching. IMHO.
Update: Woohoo! My faith is restored!
After calming down, I searched until I found which cache was changed on my D/T grid. The answer surprised me so I reached out to the CO. He was very sweet - I think he didn't realize that a change effects all finders (past and future) - he switched it back! Happy Day!