I'm a german cacher. We're having an own german speaking forum in which someone who left germany to U.S. wrote a topic for that problem.
I've read two threads here in this forum too.
So I will tell you, what's "the intention" of logging virtuals for us/for me.
In germany/europe exists virtuals that you have not to visit. In the listings is written, that you have not to visit them, you can find there nothing to solve the cache. Many virtuals have to do with something special on a place. But you have not to visit them - you have to answer questions. Otherwise said: you have to work on a special topic for some time and earn knowledge. This knowledge you mail to the owner. He says "ok" and you log it.
The guidelines say "you have to visit". The cache listings say sometimes "you have not to visit". There is the problem.
Neither Groundspeak, nor the owners did something against logging without being present. Some cache logging prerequisite are "write an email, get an answer and log". I know a cache in US - that I've logged (my only virtual in US) because of misinterpreting the intention, where you have to do some research, and crack a password. With that, you get a a document, that allows to log. The owner did not delete the log. So it was ok... because... here in europe.. you have a lot of these caches. It's the interpration of that cache type.
If the owner will delete the log - ok, I accept and I'm not angry. NOW I know, that the intention in the US is another like in europe.
I made a virtual in germany, collected answers, took a photo, mailed the owner.. mailed the owner.. I got no reaction. It wasn't a german owner (came from iceland). He didn't reply. I logged, because I fulfilled the conditions. That's the problem: the owner says what you have to do. And the cachers do what is wanted in the cachelisting.
The same way american cachers log german and other european caches too, although they didn't visit the caches. It's not a "german" problem (it seems that you are making it to something like that - that's unfair).
Cachers around the world do virtuals in that way. No one tells not to do. It's not an evil will, or something like that. No one will destroy caches or something like that. But geocaching has something like own dynamics.
So developed virtuals to something like "unknown caches without an ammo box". OK.. many say "geocaching is nature". I say "geocaching is nature/and or searching". The question is: what thing will you have to search. A box or an answer.
So we know two types of virtuals: only riddles, and caches with photo evidence.
The easiest way to solve the mass-logging-problem is, that you add the log condition "add a photo of you in front of...". Ask for an evidence for being on the location.
Don't blame the cachers. It's a problem in the system and mentality and developement of caching.
I hope you understand now a little bit better, why the cachers from europe do it like that way.
If there were some grammar mistakes - sorry for them ;-)
This post has been edited by widdi: 12 January 2008 - 05:04 AM