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« on: March 30, 2017, 12:11:28 »
PSA passed on from CacheShadow.

"Geocaching HQ sent an email to a few API partners (eg GSAK) outlining changes to how logging should be handled in the near future. Of course, that means there are now forum thread debates and Facebook geodrama occurrences across the planet.

Headline : If you are an Ontario geocacher, chances are you won't care or be affected by upcoming changes that Geocaching HQ appear to be implementing. Carry on with your day. That being said, in the near future - don't expect to log a Find, Attended, Will Attend or Webcam Photo Taken log on the same cache listing *more than once*. Ontario doesn't see a lot of that -- and when folks discover they've logged something more than once, they usually go out of their way to fix it! Also - don't expect to log a Find, Needs Maintenance, Needs Archived or Needs Maintenance on a cache you own. This of course *would* allow you to log an Attended on an event you hosted -- and your existing logs on caches you adopted wouldn't be affected either. (Just don't adopt a cache and then attempt to log a Find after you own it. That doesn't make sense -- although there is an easy work around to permit such wackiness). As for logging a Needs Maintenance or Needs Archived on your own cache -- that's probably never a good idea anyway. Logging a Needs Maintenance on your own cache is likely going to dissuade folks from looking for it; it's also going to drop the Health Score -- which might out your cache on a Reviewer radar when it doesn't need to be there. (Look up "Health Score" in the Geocaching Help Centre if you aren't sure what that is).
If your cache needs repair -- make yourself a bookmark (or better still Disable it). As for Needs Archived -- some folks think that Reviewers are the only ones with a big red Archive button. If your cache needs to be retired -- you can take it out of play yourself with the Archive option directly. Nice and easy.

Like I said -- probably not an issue for Ontario cachers. Some regions have circumstances where folks log the same cache or event over and over again. Why? ( Blue - : Usually it's because an event will feature "temporary" caches that aren't submitted to the website, so finders are encouraged to log the event or an existing cache more than once.)  That doesn't happen in Ontario to any measurable degree... so all the above is likely not going to affect you at all.

This text was posted in the GSAK forums by the guy who creates GSAK. He indicated it was from Geocaching HQ. No, it's not April 1st.
"We're emailing to inform you that we are making two important changes to the Partner API, both of which go into effect on May 8th, 2017.

Log Types:
The first area of change regards the log types supported by Geocaching. They include:
1. Cache owners will no longer be able to log a "Find", "DNF", "Webcam Photo Taken", "Needs Archived", or "Needs Maintenance" on their own caches.
2. Players will no longer be able to log more than 1 (one) "Find", “Webcam Photo Taken”, "Attended", or "Will Attend" per cache.

We believe that enforcing these will streamline the core logging structure of the game, resolve long-standing requests for these changes from our community, and reduce confusion for our newer community members."

So, there you go. No need for panic, Ontario geocachers! Assuming this all goes ahead as planned, at least your mobile app will likely stop logging the same cache over and over again. Assuming this all goes ahead as planned, at the most -- your mobile app will likely stop logging the same cache over and over again. Assuming this all goes ahead as planned, at the most -- your mobile app will likely stop logging the same cache over and over again."

Thanks for the heads up CacheShadow.

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