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Logging of earthcaches

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Just wondering which date people use when they are logging earthcaches. I tend to visit a site on one date, work out the answers at home some time later and then send the information to the CO, which is sometimes another date again. I use the date that I work out the answers as my 'found date' because that's when it feels I've completed the cache.

Now I know there's not going to be a rule as such, but I'd be interested to know which date other people use on these caches where there's nothing physical to sign and date.
asked Nov 27, 2016 in Miscellaneous by Carasek (310 points)
edited Nov 27, 2016 by Carasek

35 Answers

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Many have chimed in on this question and the answers vary significantly.  I personally always use the date I visited the physical location of the Earth Cache.  Good question though and I don't suspect there is an incorrect answer.
answered Jan 3 by RPStew (1,540 points)
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Basicly I agree with the most answers. I do the same = the most important is the date of the site visit and photo taken. "Paperwork" you can do prior as well as after your visit. Moreover to keep the track on the "mileage driven" I do log the geocaches in the order of the visit. It makes sence, otherwise you could jump thousands of kilometers when logging any earthache separately after one-two weeks' trip backwards. Just to add one curiosity, I know couple of the geocachers, who used to log the EC later on the date they miss FI log in their "366 matrix" or when there is any souvenir awarded for the EC on particular day. This I count improper and stupid way of logging any geocache.
answered Jan 5 by Guru Joe (1,070 points)
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altough you are right, with your thoughts about 'finishing an earth cache', I am logging an EC when i was there visiting. Especially since you don't need any ok for beeing allowed to log.


answered Jan 5 by wottles (1,360 points)
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Definitively on the day I have visited the cache. That seems like the right way to go.
answered Jan 6 by JS&SV (280 points)
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I use the date of approval of the author answers.
answered Jan 6 by rendystod (1,080 points)
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I always sign earthcaches on the date I went on place. I see them as traditional caches. To log a traditional cache, you have to go to the field and sign the paper. It is only when you find it on the spot that you can log. I consider it the same way for the earth.

answered Jan 8 by Hslombardot2 (370 points)
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Usually we use the site-visit date as our logging date.
answered Jan 9 by Jack&Marty (150 points)
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I use the date I worked out the answers. If I am late logging, I still put that date. Usually, when you complete the cache, is the log date you should use.
answered Feb 28 by Potatonator (5,450 points)
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I use the date when I visited the site. Makes sense to me because it was that day I 'found' the cache.

Besides, my fieldnotes (ok, backlog) puts it on that date.
answered Feb 28 by LordWadar (150 points)
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Normally, I log my finds on the same day, so I don't have the "problem" with selecting the date, but sometimes I log a few days later. But I use the date I actually visited the place, which is when I had the chance to obtain the answers. It's also the date of the pic I did while visiting the EC.
answered Feb 28 by clappy (710 points)
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I think for me the best choice is to write the date when I visited the site. Otherwise I can make "a sting" of days with found cache without beeing there... so I can visit for example 30 earthcaches and then just stay at home and every day log one of them...
answered Feb 28 by Azeret6 (530 points)
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I usually log them at the day, when I was there. Because, if my answers are not correct, the Cache Owner will explain me, where I was wrong.

The main reason, why I do this is, because there are some earth caches I made, where i still wait for an answer of the owner :o)
answered Mar 1 by wottles (1,360 points)
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of course the site visit date.Or do you log also other caches on the date when you do the online log and not the date when you were there?
answered Mar 4 by Rumreisender (1,260 points)
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This is a very tricky question. Me, I prefer use the date when I visited the site to grab the answers on the field, even if I send the e-mail to the owner days after my visit.
answered Mar 4 by SquallLeonhart (290 points)
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I typically use the date of my "being at the site" of the earthcache. This is most similar to any other cache visit, and it also allows later working out of the answers and answering even later.
answered Mar 4 by H_M_A (520 points)