To get started with finding caches, you don't need to read all of
this. Next chapter "Easy rules for finding caches" lists the few
rules that we have.
In addition to the rules, there is some information about the control questions and the different types of log entries you can make.
Ride safe. You are of course responsible for your riding. For
example that you don't ride somewhere you shouldn't - no matter
what the cache description says.
If the difficulty level is 1 or 2, you can be sure that you can
log your find.
It happens to all of us every now and then that we, for example just forget that the cache has a control question. You may try to guess the answer if you don't want to go back and check again. After all it's riding that matters, not a competing with correct answers.
The system monitors multiple-choice questions statistically to
detect misuse. But don't worry; you will not be blamed easily.
However, there may be consequences if you decide to climb to the
top-list without actually visiting any caches.
When the difficulty level is 3, you need to type the exact answer
(except that upper- and lowercase doesn't matter). Therefore you
should be prepared for the possibility that you need to log 'Did
not find'. If the cache is far from your home and you would like
to log the find, you can of course send a private message to the
Please don't write or add pictures about the incorrect
answer that you tried. We have had several examples where
something was reported as "answer that was not accepted" but
actually it described the correct answer. The problem is that in
such case other users may not event try the right answer because
the log already indicates that it's wrong.
Logging a find means that you mark the caches that you have found
and write your comments about it (link to making a log entry is
right below the map on the cache page).
Logs play a significant role in motocaching - it's not just for
keeping track of the found caches.
Log entries provide up to date information about things like road
conditions, open/closed coffee shops and such. Other motocachers
also like to hear about your trips. Did something interesting
happen? Did you like the place? Did you go with other motocachers
(use nicknames)? Feel free to tell your story. A lot of users read
the latest logs page regularly.
If you don't have time to write much, at least thank the cache
author for introducing the place or the route.
Note that event caches are not shown on the map after the event
has passed. You can find them on the 'Find caches / Events'
page. See the 'Past events' list.
When you log a find, you can give the cache a rating with 1-5
stars. For more info, click the ?-button.
Rating is not mandatory but of course recommended. Note that the
rating average is shown only when there are several ratings. No
one will know how many stars you gave.
This means that you tried, but didn't find. For example you
couldn't figure out the correct answer or you didn't find the
right place at all. 'Did not find' logs are important tips to both
cache owners and others as well. For example, something may have
happened and the correct answer can't be found anymore.
With comments you can tell something about the cache even if you
haven't found it (or you have found it earlier).
Examples of good use; Telling about dangerous road conditions.
Letting others know that the coffee shop is again open after
Please avoid using the cache log as "a discussion forum".
Comments are mainly meant for telling about things that cache
visitors should know. For contacting the cache owner about other
things, we recommend private messages.
If something has changed on the location or route and the cache
is no more up to date, please let the cache owner know that
maintenance is needed.
If the cache can't be found as expected, then it's an important
message to everyone who is planning a ride.
Note that maintenance requests are shown on the 'Own caches' page
of the cache owner and he or she will probably notice a
'Maintenance needed' log. Cache owners don't necessarily notice
'Comment' entries unless they read the logs very actively.
If you want to suggest some improvement or something that doesn't
affect finding the cache, then private message is a better option.
If you notice that there is something wrong with a cache and the
owner of the cache doesn't react to maintenance requests in a
reasonable time (e.g. in a few weeks), please suggest adoption.
Adoption means that the cache is transferred to another user.
Usually the case is such that the cache owner doesn't visit
motocaching.net anymore and therefore the cache is not maintained.
You are doing a favor to everyone when we get "old and broken"
caches fixed or removed from the site.
When four users have suggested adoption, the cache is hidden from
the map and moved to the list of caches that are waiting for a new
owner. There's a link to this list on the 'Your own caches' page.
Anyone can can click the 'Move the cache to yourself' button on
the adoption list and then fix or archive the chache.
If some user removes his or her logging suggestion the cache is
put back on the map (e.g. if the cache is fixed).