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Motocaching rules

General

Motocaching is not really very serious.  It's just one way to find and share great routes, spots and events. To keep it fun for everyone we have these rules.

There are some basic rules for finding caches but most of the rules are about making caches. We want to keep the quality of the caches good. The bikers who take the time to ride to the cache locations (and routes) deserve it.

Please note that in addition to rules, motocaching net also has terms and conditions (see on the documents page). You may not use the service if you don't agree with the terms and conditions.

Finding caches

When is it OK to log a find:

  1. To log your find, you must visit the location or ride the route after the cache has been published. Earlier visits don't count.
  2. To log a find you should have visited the location or route within the last two months.
  3. You must ride a motorcycle to the location (or route). This doesn't apply to event caches if the organizer of the event allows exceptions (e.g. winter meetings).
  4. You can ride a route in either direction (if cache description doesn't specify a mandatory direction).
  5. You are allowed to guess the answer to the control question if you did visit the place or ride the route. You may also log the find if you found the right place and the owner of the cache tells you the answer.
  6. If there is a control question or physical hidden object or something similar you may not reveal anything about it in the log text. Also don't reveal the answer which you tried but wasn't accepted (Please send a private message to cache owner instead).
  7. Do what the cache creator described as the condition to log your find (as far as it is according to the rules)
  8. You are allowed to find your own cache if it is not in your own country or state.
  9. You may not write anything to the log that is against good manners (see terms and conditions)

When you log your find you must write something about your visit. Other users will appreciate it if you write something about your visit. If you can't think of anything else, then it's always nice to at least thank the maker of the cache.

You can rate the cache by giving it 1-5 stars when you find it but it's not mandatory.

Rules for making caches

Before a cache is published, other users review it and check that the cache is made according to these rules. If the cache doesn't comply with the rules, then it is not published (it's archived so that you can fix it and try again). If you change a cache later and after the change it breaks the rules, it can be locked by other users or by an administrator.

Rules for all cache types

All types of caches should comply with these rules:

  1. Cache description should include some information about what kind of location, route or event it is. The purpose of this is to help others to estimate if the cache is something that they would be interested in. Therefore a description with just a few words can't be accepted in most cases.
  2. The cache may not be made for marketing or advertising purposes.
  3. Finding a cache may not require paying for a product or a service. Only acceptable fees are a reasonable road toll, parking fee or admission fee that is mentioned in the cache description. Condition for logging the find must be free of charge when it's possible.
  4. The cache may not be about a company or a product. This does not apply to places of "general interest" such as museums, race tracks, zoos, amusement parks, observation towers, very old/historic businesses, small interesting family businesses etc. But also in these cases finding the cache may not require a payment. Also restaurants and coffee-shops that do not belong to big companies or chains are allowed. Location caches may be organized in a space owned by a company and in such case it's OK to mention the name of the company.
  5. It is not allowed to make a cache to support or promote a cause or program that is not both non-profit and for common good. This includes for example caches that require owning some product, membership of a club or other organization, learning about some ideology, participating something that is not related to motorcycling, posting to a forum or registering to a web site. However, brand or model specific meetings are allowed as event caches as long as a club membership is not required.
  6. Finding a cache may not require to make a new cache.
  7. The cache may not require or suggest any distracting activity while riding. For example counting things along a route, looking at aeroplanes, trying to spot some object while riding etc.
  8. A cache may not include negative comments or opinions that are against good manners about pople, companies, products, services, groups of people, religion or anything alike.
  9. Cache may not be just a joke so that the joke is actually the only content of the cache and there is really no reason to ride to the location (or the route). A cache that is no more suitable for a ride than all other places, can be interpreted as a joke. For example a route cache that is just 100 yards of highway without anything special about it.
  10. Cache language selection must be correct. I.e. the cache description must be written in the selected language.
  11. Cache location or route must be accessible using such road that is clearly ment for everyone to drive or ride (of course excluding the part that one is supposed to walk)
  12. Finding the cache may not require entering such areas or roads that have signs disallowing entry. Not even if the signs are unofficial.
  13. Finding the cache may not require breaking traffic rules or any other rules or regulations.
  14. The spot or route should locate where the cache data indicates. Location or route caches should be permanent so that they can be expected to be there for at least six months.
  15. It's not allowed to make a duplicate cache of a place or route that already has a published cache. If this happens, the cache that was published last, should be archived.
  16. If the cache is located on a private property, the cace description must mention the reason why motocachers are allowed to ride to the location (who gave the permission). This way other users don't feel uncomfortable when visiting the place.
  17. Visiting the cache location or riding the route may not cause harm or damage to nature, environment or porperty
  18. Cache location may not be such that visiting the cache violates someones privacy or causes disturbance.
  19. When making the cache it's not allowed to dig a hole in the ground, damage plants, animals or property.
  20. When hiding a physical object, the maker of the cache must find out what permits are required and get all appropriate permits himself/herself (for example permit from land owner). Motocaching recommends concentrating on places instead of hidden objects.
  21. Cache location should not be next to a school or a child care center unless it's is a very public place with a lot of traffic already. We don't want to cause unnecessary suspicions among teachers or additional traffic. (Note: this is not because we would think that bikers are somehow suspicious. Geocaching has the same rule too.)

It can happen that something changes at the cache location. If the cache can't be found any more (or if it's not for example safe anymore), you should maintain the cache description to fix the situation. If fixing is not a valid option then you should archive the cache.

A cache that has been already found should not be moved to a completely different place (more than 200m/600ft from the original location). This is important because the log texts are about the original location. It's a much better option to archive the original cache and make a new one to the new location.

Route caches

These rules are specific to route caches (also see rules for all cache types)

  1. Route cache may not suggest or require riding the route within a time limit or at a specific speed. Everyone must be allowed to ride the route at their own pace and take breaks whenever needed.

Event caches

After the event has passed, please don't archive it. Even if it's still published it will not show on the map. Instead, it's shown on the list of passed events to allow participants to log a find.

These rules are specific to event caches (also see rules for all cache types)

  1. Events should have something to do with motorcycles or they should be suitable destinations for motorcycle rides.
  2. Event may not be political, ideological or religious.
  3. Event time must be fixed (i.e. there must be a start and end) and the time must be included in the cache name. Event may not last longer than 30 days.


Translations

These rules apply only to translations (Please note that the rules for different types of caches also apply to the translations)

  1. The translation should include the information that is necessary for finding the cache (event date and time, instructions etc.)
  2. The description in the translations should be at least half as long as the original text.
  3. The control question and answer must be translated so that the cache can also be found. For example if the answer is a text in a sign, then the answer may not be translated. When translating the question, one must notice that finding the correct answer in a text that the reader doesn't understand (for example on an information board) may require explaining the exact location of the answer.
  4. The translation language selection must be correct (i.e. the text is written in the selected language).