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Adventure Lab finds not appearing in “needed found dates” tool

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My adventure lab finds are correctly appearing in my geocaching.com stats and ProjectGC stats (finds by found date) but do not appear in the “Needed Found dates” tool.

Examples from my stats are the 8th Feb and 28th Feb. The 8th Feb is correctly shown as 14 finds in my geocaching.com stats but incorrectly shown as 9 finds in the Needed Found Dates tool.

The 28th Feb is also incorrect. My finds =12 but are incorrectly shown in Needed Found Dates as 7.

I found other references to issues with adventure lab dates due to the timing of logs, but my issue is that the information is correct at source (geocaching.com stats) and also in one Project GC stat (finds by found date) but wrong in another ProjectGC stat (Needed Found Dates).
asked May 31 in Bug reports by The Wombles (3,310 points)
While it is possible that they could be "converted" into caches for the sake of getting PGC statistics to be sensible, eg by force defaulting them to T1/D1 (or maybe T0/D0?) that only solves part of the problem. Although lab caches have coordinates and an owner these are not currently exported. PGC cannot even determine the country they are in. What we need for PGC to integrate lab caches into stats better, is to at least get Groundspeak to export all the lab cache data (ie name, owner, coordinates, date published?). This is a question to raise on the Groundspeak forums.
Good points. It will be an interesting debate to resolve this

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Lab caches are part of statistics only. The are not available in other tools as already described by others in previous questions:

https://project-gc.com/qa/?qa=23846/find-stats-top-finders-does-not-include-caches-can-they-added&show=23846#q23846
answered May 31 by Jakuje (Moderator) (103,300 points)
selected May 31 by The Wombles
Thanks for this, I now understand that this is a conscious decision and not a bug. I can’t see a reason for this decision in the referenced answer?
Lab cache finds really do not have that much information to be usable in the other tools. The lab caches were added to stats because geocaching started counting them in stats and many people asked (and groundpeak finally published this information through API). But since they are not real caches, adding them to all the separate tools would be a lot of work (IMHO) for no big gain. Maybe adding them to "needed found dates" might make sense, but with all the issues they have with logged date/time (different timezone, sometimes log going into different day, ...), it would be still pain for not much gain.

The closest authoritative information is in the FAQ:
https://project-gc.com/Home/FAQ#3120430870
Thanks for your detailed response. It’s a pity that the information isn’t available in the API.

There was a similar debate about virtual caches in the first few years of caching; some folks felt that caching should be about physical containers. Personally I always loved them and am beginning to feel the same way about Adventures because it’s an interesting variation on the game.
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