robertlipe, on Aug 22 2010, 12:11 PM, said:
But this group isn't the place to protest a speeding ticket because you feel the speed limit is too low.
Hobbies are still bound by rules. Those word that you clicked "I agree" to when you joined the site do have meaning.
I did not and am not "promoting anything" Rude
Let me walk you folks through the Android experience so you do not offend anyone else like me that is new and quite innocent to the prosecution judgement. From what I read I can conclude that if you do not have a Droid based phone...your accusations are falsely presumptuous. The following is an exact account of what we "new" players experience.
So...you have a new state of the art HTC EVO. Most people do not know what this is and it is not too relevant here to explain it. Basically like most droid phones it plays TV, records Movies, plays movies, takes pictures , plays music from free Pandora Satalite radio or loaded mptypes, metal detector, GPS, note taking, texting and many many more...oh It is a phone too but most of its use is far exceeds that because it is a 1 Gig computer. So does the iphone except the iphone uses only approved apps from apple and they work flawless.
The subject...My twin brother asks me if I know what GeoCaching is (he just got a Droid from Motorola).
I say I have heard of it and he says"go to your "market" and look for an App. I looked it up and saw some free ones (at the time there was no Groundspeak one, it just came out). I decided that a free app fit my budget, it was listed as Beta so I knew it might not work.
There they are... free Apps or pay for Apps. A pay for App is always much better but I pick up pennies when I can and thought I could deal with a chincy free App to see what it was about.
It Loaded/promts you to make a user name/password and install. Simple.
In 30 seconds I had a list of nearby caches and could menu drop to map/radar/compass/step by step
Simple , wow works great. Click on a cache and find it...FUN, hey...there is a tab to log it as found. Cool!
I found a Chache that had a travel bug in my first week, just a couple of days ago.I google Travel bug and go through the rigamarow to find a site that has info about it. eventually I find Groundspeak. Wow cool...a web sight about GeoCaching. I start sharing my experience and BAM!!!.
I get hit up about having a Non approved App.
WTH...um...duno. Innocent. How could I have possibly known? The App works.
So I search the sight left and right up and down NOTHING about it.
Humor me and try to find this info on this sight.
Clicked on every page and searched high and low. I have certainly missed it somewhere. The point is I am "Trying" to find it and can not. How can a person Possible be found guilty of something they have no idea is wrong?
Keep in mind, I would NEVER have found this sight had I not found a Travel Bug (pretty Cool find by the way)
I would have just kept on having fun.
But no, no sooner than I started I get a sour feeling in my stomach. I feel like a criminal or something.
This is all Brand new stuff and we are living the first moments of MANY new members. So please let my little story be informative that many many many people might freshly be using an App. and they have no possible way to know they doing anything but joining in a GREAT family fun activity. Be mindful that new people here are good people. GeoCaching itself does draw on a segment of society that is pretty much nice nature type hiking family types.
I would like to see a simple Banner for donating to the sight at the bottom like many other free/fee ralated sights.
Let me end this by saying I found the approved App for 10 bucks. I do NOT condone using an App that is allegedly not supposed to be used.
I will miss the Live Caching, that was pretty cool tied to my talking GPS program hands free while driving.
124,000 views on this thread kinda gives a window into what is on the current minds of Geocachers
This post has been edited by markstang: 23 August 2010 - 08:31 AM