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What do you think about logging an First to find immediately or not?

+8 votes
I think it should be part of the game, to tell the community, that the "hunt" is done.

Sometimes I wonder, what the idea is, to wait for a long time to get it done?

I myself want to know it, when my own new "baby" has been spotted first time, not only because of the reason that it is done, but also because the hide is to be found.

After the first Found is done, I understand, if one does only saves an field note in order to write a good Log. But at the "hunt" itself i think it is fair thing to all the other hunters.

What do you think about that?

Feel free to answer or respond about that, or even think about it.

So Good Luck and may the next FTF be yours!!
asked Jan 27, 2018 in Miscellaneous by glastiger_and_family (450 points)
In addition to my answer - I find it amusing that many responses have said "it is good to log immediately to let others know the hunt is over" - makes it sound like the cache is no longer there to be found - no the hunt is not over - those caches are still there for others to enjoy - just because the FTF has gone does not mean others have to stop and not go out and look for it. I often go out for FTF - but if I get beaten to it - so be it - I'll still look for it anyway
Yes, that is really the right mention, but as you know, the hunt for the First to Find is over, was the intention for the writing
I generally log FTF (if possible), STF & TTF directly in the field with ".. more to come". This clarify the podest - situation .. ;-)

34 Answers

+1 vote
I always log FTF asap. Even if the cache is already open for days or weeks.
But I know there are some geocacher using real GPS and not smartphones, so they do not have the possibility to log in the field.
answered Feb 18, 2018 by fankido (1,340 points)
0 votes
q short quick log, and then the long edited log later at home
answered Feb 19, 2018 by Rumreisenden (3,720 points)
0 votes
it's okay to tell the FTF hunters that the hunt is over - and the row that this cache is still avaiable :-)
answered Feb 19, 2018 by team mawibo (150 points)
0 votes
I always log FTF immediately.
answered Feb 19, 2018 by Stasiu72 (850 points)
+1 vote
I try to log straight away unless the signal is poor. I find it very frustrating when I arrive at a non logged cache and see the FTF already gone.

But there is an argument that not logging straight away encourage s others to try to find it. That may not bother once the FTF has been claimed
answered Feb 20, 2018 by NSCR (4,540 points)
0 votes
I try to log the FTF straight away if possible. Not always possible. But I know people to don't log the FTF just to annoy the people who find it second...
answered Feb 22, 2018 by 2wombles (190 points)
0 votes
I'm not a FTF-hunter, but I do keep track of them from time to time in my area. Most FTF-hunters log them directly sometimes it is whiff a note (“(F/S/T)TF, log will follow”), sometimes it is whiff a found log that will be edited later (“(F/S/T)TF, log will follow”) and sometimes it is whiff a short complete log.

I prefer the complete log or note versions, because some people will not update there “log will follow” logs. I would use a note because I often am behind a couple of logs, as I find all caches deserve a nice log (I refuse a “TFTC” as a log.

I do know some people still don’t own a smartphone and/or have a data-bundle so there could be a delay in logging, but a FTF-hunter should be able to put up a note or log whiff in a hour in my area.

I my eyes it depends on the region what time between finding the (F/S/T)TF and posting the log/note online is exactable.
answered Feb 27, 2018 by mat_64 (470 points)
0 votes
We always log FTF immediately. In our area there are quite a few FTF hounds, so we let them know that they can put their slippers back on and wait until morning to go searching.
answered Mar 6, 2018 by Blues Crew (2,090 points)
0 votes
I log some FTF but in my project-GC profile don't appear
answered Mar 27, 2018 by Riccardo98 (1,430 points)
0 votes
I try to log my ftf as soon as possible so that no one gets mad at me for delaying.
answered Jul 13, 2018 by Vincentdotm (1,710 points)
0 votes
I think it's good to logg as soon as possible. To avoid others to use time and money just to find out the are not FTF. When they now the FTF is taken they may take the cache another time when it fits in their plans. Some people defend not to logg FTF because tey say there will be more visitors to the cache, but of course there sill may be some more loggs at first but the total amount of loggs wil be the same.

Another reason to wait is because the FTF finder wants to take his time to write a good logg, wich is very nice of course, But then i would be nice with a short logg first, best as a note, than the co will see the final logg, since not everyone is pgc member and gets mail about logg changes :)
answered Jul 13, 2018 by TeamM2M (980 points)
0 votes
I don't have a connection to the internet when I am out caching, so I have to wait until I find WIFI or until I get home to log a FTF. I do however, do it as soon as possible and I appreciate it when others do the same.
answered Jul 14, 2018 by Potatonator (10,790 points)
0 votes
For me (who place a lot of caches), the game is to foreseen who will be the first on the cache according to the place, difficulty, terrain.. For this i don't care if it is hours or days after the publication. What is more ennoying is when the STF is known and not the FTF :-) As geofinder I wait generally 24h or less if any successor log it on the page.
answered Jul 31, 2018 by Pepegeo (8,720 points)
0 votes

I live in an area with a number of quite active FTF hunters (some with rather long & intact streaks). It is an unwritten common courtesy around here that a field log is left once the cache has been found. I know for all of mine (which admittedly isnt a lot so far) I have left a simple FTF - FLL log as soon as I can (which is usually at GZ unless I dont have phone reception) so that watchers get an instant heads up (and the recorded time is correct) and I then go back and edit that log at a later date.

answered Aug 1, 2018 by BFMC (3,560 points)