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Does anyone know if groundspeak will allow virtual/webcam caches to be placed again?

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Both these grandfathered cache types are slowly disappearing from our maps. I would to place and maintain them
asked Mar 9 in Miscellaneous by NSCR (2,040 points)

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It is a question that you should really put to Groundspeak. There has not been any of these caches published in nearly 12 years, so I am guessing "no".

answered Mar 9 by Funky_Boris (4,180 points)
selected Mar 17 by NSCR
I stand corrected. Contrary to Groundspeaks own FAQ _and_ rules, there seems to be 9 virtual caches made by Groundspeak themselves 8 years ago, not 12.

Still, I would not hold my breath on this :P

All of the above mentioned virtuals are archived and a good deal of them don't event have a single "Found it" logs.
All the 2009 virtuals were put out in order to win $40.000 in a competition arranged by DARPA; money that would immediately (with an extra $10.000 from Groundspeak) be donated to a charity. In the end, Groundspeak didn't win but the $10.000 were donated anyway.

Sure, this breaks the guidelines. OTOH, Groundspeak makes the guidelines. I'd say that all in all, this was a fun stunt in the spirit of the game.
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They were moved to "waymarking" and will not come back as geocaches. Groundspeak allowed the ones that were still out to remain rather than archiving every one of them (like locationless caches) and has no plans to bring them back.
answered Mar 10 by StadsAlv (7,270 points)
Though interestingly some of the lab caches I have done at events have effectively been virtuals and of course earth caches are also actually a themed virtual. It is a shame though.
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As others have said, it seems unlikely.... in any case, I think the best part of these now is their rarity.... It would be nice if the remaining ones were able to be adopted out, a lot of virtuals seem to have absentee owners these days.
answered Mar 13 by lee737 (830 points)
I think GroundSpeak rules prevent adoption of webcam and virtual caches.
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Thank you for this question ... I also share the sadness of not being able to continue to pose virtual or webcam cache while there are more and more webcam distayantes possible in france! Yes I am also voluntary so that existing ones are not lost to replenish them to maintain them existing failing to be able to create! Yes it would be really good to remove groundspeak even through project-gc to revisit a formula of virtual and webcam cache ...

traduit du francais par google

merci pour cette question ... je partage aussi la tristesse de ne pouvoir continuer de poser des virtuels ou webcam cache alors qu'ils y a de plus en plus de webcam distayantes possibles en france ! oui je suis volontaire aussi pour que celles existantes ne soient pas perdu de les reprndre pour les maintenir existantes à défaut de ne pouvoir en creer ! oui il serait vraiment bien de remotiver groundspeak méme par l'intermédiaire de project-gc de réenvisager une formule de virtuel et webcam cache ...

answered Mar 13 by Chup'a (6,040 points)
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Agree on the webcam part - they should just return - but as far as virtuals are concerned, I don't think it would be a good idea to revive those. Given the fact that the community is much, MUCH larger than at the time they were allowed, you could expect an explosion of nonsensical virtual caches the moment they are reintroduced.

But yeah, webcam caches, those are just awesome.
answered 4 days ago by Vooruit! (400 points)