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Geocaching.com site update Dec 21st 2010 11am PDT

#1 User is offline   OpinioNate 

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Posted 21 December 2010 - 10:09 AM

Geocaching Favorites

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Geocaching Favorites is a simple way to track and share the caches that you enjoyed the most. For every 10 caches that you have found, you will be able to Favorite 1 exceptional cache in your find history. The Favorites accumulated by a cache are displayed in search results and on the cache page so everyone can see which caches stand above the rest.

Premium Members can earn and spend Favorite Points, and sort search results by the most Favorited caches within a radius of your search. Basic Members also benefit by seeing how many Favorites a cache has earned in search results and on the individual cache pages.

Visit your profile to see how many Favorite Points you have accumulated, or the Knowledge Base to learn more about Favorites.

Let us know how we can improve Geocaching Favorites on the feedback site!


Geocaching Maps Beta

Give it a test drive!

Take one look and this new map speaks for itself. The fundamental engineering of the maps has been completely revamped to utilize a tiling system that generates and stores map tile images on the fly. Once an area has been generated the data is cached briefly so subsequent visits to that area appear almost instantaneously. No more waiting, and no more 500 cache limit!

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This first implementation is only the beginning. Once we see how the map tile engine is working under load we can set a baseline and begin adding additional functionality such as smilies, filtering, PQs and more. This is the first of several consecutive upgrades to occur each month through March, so keep checking back.


Geocaching Statistics

View yours!

What was your biggest caching day of all time? Geocaching Statistics lets you visualize your geocaching activity in different ways, and serves as a checklist of challenges to tackle in the process of becoming a well-rounded geocacher.

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In the past, adding detailed statistics to your public profile required jumping through hoops, and once generated needed continuous updating by hand to keep them up-to-date. By hooking directly into our database of geocache finds we are able to provide you with continuously updated statistics with no effort on your part.

As with the Maps Beta, Geocaching Statistics is a multi-phase project. We plan to add many more and varied types of statistics such as country maps and milestones in the next release.


What else is new?


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New

24040: List Management page
Consolidated lists into one page for management

23845: Featured tab on GPS Reviews
Added a new tab on GPS reviews to complement Most Popular

23633: Update PM benefit comparison table
Updated Premium features in comparison table

21841: Mobile-readable how to page for iPhone app
Created mobile friendly tutorial

21840: Mobile-readable how to page for Android app
Created mobile friendly tutorial

23269: Mobile-readable how to page for WP7
Created mobile friendly tutorial

24126: Update Desktop Backgrounds on GC Goodies page
Reconfigured wallpaper download page. Moved into columns for better readability

22311: Addition of Premium text to Send to GPS feature
Added reminder to Send to GPS that PMs receive more cache info in GPX downloads

23764: Rename Wallpaper Page
Updated page title from Goodies to Geocaching Wallpapers

21214: Text Change: All instances of Home Coordinates to Home Location
Updated the site with the term Home Location instead of Home Coordinates

23984: Add States to France
Can now search by region on /seek

24440: 2010 Holiday Video
Completed and readied for release 2010 Holiday video

Bug Fixes

23745: Upload of large image to cache or log produces server error
Increased allowable image size to prevent server error

23982: Certain fonts not being served on live site for firefox and iphone/apple devices
Added the .woff file to the mimetypes for all webservers in production

23898: Old link localization
Fixed old cache logs with "related web pages" links

24079: Coord info exception for twitter updates
Fixed

24052: Shop Groundspeak: New Distributor
Added Shop resellers: cacherzonline.com, outdoor-sportshop.com, cachestore.co.uk, seawaytrailstore.com, cachearea.de, cacheatnight.com, geocoinshop.cz, pecodu.eu, cacheraiders.com, geoshopen.se

24103: Cache log images distorted in Chrome/Safari
Fancybox image widget fixed

24100: Text change: Trackable logging instructions
Updated logging instructions to remove references to older functionality

23863: Add cache-advance.com to the Geocoin Manufacturer list
Added

23861: Please add geocoinshop.cz to the Geocoin Manufacturers/Resellers list
Added



Posted ImageWhere do we go from here?

Stay tuned for phase 2 of maps and stats, and many more exciting feature updates in the coming days.

Now get out there and bag some caches with the family over the holidays!

This post has been edited by OpinioNate: 21 December 2010 - 12:09 PM


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Posted 21 December 2010 - 11:12 AM

Thanks for the preview of the changes being made today. Now we just have to wait for the site to come back up to check them out! Keep up the great work!

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Posted 21 December 2010 - 11:47 AM

Christmas has come early! Thank you!

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Posted 21 December 2010 - 12:06 PM

The maps are AWESOME!
The favorites and stats are cool too.
You guys ROCK

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Posted 21 December 2010 - 12:17 PM

Site is broken. Maybe it's just broken for non-members?

coord.info no longer works (all queries end up at Directory not found)

After about five page views, I ended up at the "A Brief Intermission" page, indicating that the site doesn't think I'm human. That page requires you to wait 60 seconds for a captcha to appear. After entering the captcha, it apparently takes me to a 500 error, and then I end up at the Intermission page for another 60 seconds! The second time I entered the captcha, it just redirected me back to the Intermission page a third time. So, now I guess I'm locked out. I can still get to the forums [:blink:].

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Posted 21 December 2010 - 12:22 PM

View Postkablooey, on 21 December 2010 - 12:17 PM, said:

After about five page views, I ended up at the "A Brief Intermission" page, indicating that the site doesn't think I'm human. That page requires you to wait 60 seconds for a captcha to appear. After entering the captcha, it apparently takes me to a 500 error, and then I end up at the Intermission page for another 60 seconds! The second time I entered the captcha, it just redirected me back to the Intermission page a third time. So, now I guess I'm locked out. I can still get to the forums [:blink:].


I'm experiencing the same problem, right from the time I started searching for caches after I logged in.

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Posted 21 December 2010 - 12:25 PM

View Postahotw, on 21 December 2010 - 12:22 PM, said:

View Postkablooey, on 21 December 2010 - 12:17 PM, said:

After about five page views, I ended up at the "A Brief Intermission" page, indicating that the site doesn't think I'm human. That page requires you to wait 60 seconds for a captcha to appear. After entering the captcha, it apparently takes me to a 500 error, and then I end up at the Intermission page for another 60 seconds! The second time I entered the captcha, it just redirected me back to the Intermission page a third time. So, now I guess I'm locked out. I can still get to the forums [:blink:].


I'm experiencing the same problem, right from the time I started searching for caches after I logged in.


Working for me right now. New Map is pretty neat. I do like that since its still in beta you have the choice to use it. Old Google maps still work.

This post has been edited by Team kizb: 21 December 2010 - 12:27 PM


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Posted 21 December 2010 - 12:27 PM

View Postkablooey, on 21 December 2010 - 12:17 PM, said:

Site is broken. Maybe it's just broken for non-members?

coord.info no longer works (all queries end up at Directory not found)

After about five page views, I ended up at the "A Brief Intermission" page, indicating that the site doesn't think I'm human. That page requires you to wait 60 seconds for a captcha to appear. After entering the captcha, it apparently takes me to a 500 error, and then I end up at the Intermission page for another 60 seconds! The second time I entered the captcha, it just redirected me back to the Intermission page a third time. So, now I guess I'm locked out. I can still get to the forums [:blink:].


When the site first came back the throttling code was misbehaving, but we jumped on top of it. Are you still locked out? Coord.info is also back up. Thanks.

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Posted 21 December 2010 - 12:31 PM

Stats page looks nice. Look forward to more being rolled out in the future.

Favorites is a nice implementation of rating caches.

I wonder if the Favorites shows a way to implement FTF as a stat? A similiar way to marking a cache as one of your favorites could be used for marking it as a FTF. To prevent abuse of the feature, a user marking FTF will generate a request to the CO to confirm the FTF. Then FTFs will be listed under your Statistics page.

Milestones could work even more similiar to Favorites. Cache finds don't always get logged in strict order and occasionally reasonable backlogging of cache finds occurs so Milestones can't be done automatically. So for every 100 finds a cacher has, give them a Milestone (the same way for every 10 finds a cacher gets a Favorite). Then cachers can mark a cache a a Milestone the same way they mark it as a Favorite.

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Posted 21 December 2010 - 12:32 PM

Stats Page

Not keen on the distance being displayed on the closest to home. Over a period of time if you find other close caches someone could plot where I live.

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Posted 21 December 2010 - 12:33 PM

View PostOpinioNate, on 21 December 2010 - 12:27 PM, said:

View Postkablooey, on 21 December 2010 - 12:17 PM, said:

Site is broken. Maybe it's just broken for non-members?

coord.info no longer works (all queries end up at Directory not found)

After about five page views, I ended up at the "A Brief Intermission" page, indicating that the site doesn't think I'm human. That page requires you to wait 60 seconds for a captcha to appear. After entering the captcha, it apparently takes me to a 500 error, and then I end up at the Intermission page for another 60 seconds! The second time I entered the captcha, it just redirected me back to the Intermission page a third time. So, now I guess I'm locked out. I can still get to the forums [:blink:].


When the site first came back the throttling code was misbehaving, but we jumped on top of it. Are you still locked out? Coord.info is also back up. Thanks.


I had to leave the page and return, then it worked.

I am now noticing that the T/D icons aren't showing on the old map bubbles. Edit: They are now working.

This post has been edited by ahotw: 21 December 2010 - 12:33 PM


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Posted 21 December 2010 - 12:34 PM

I'm liking the statistics thus far. If the formatting could be improved just a tiny bit on them I would love them even more. Some of the charts are difficult to read, especially the d/t chart. Spacing out the left column things on the horizontal bar charts so they roughly go with the bar they represent would be great too.

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Posted 21 December 2010 - 12:34 PM

View Postgushoneybun, on 21 December 2010 - 12:32 PM, said:

Stats Page

Not keen on the distance being displayed on the closest to home. Over a period of time if you find other close caches someone could plot where I live.


Only the distance is displayed for users viewing your stats, not the GC ID.

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Posted 21 December 2010 - 12:35 PM

Noticed that "Bookmark It" and "Send to GPS" features are not supported with the new map when you click on the cache to see the pop up :blink: Is that a bug, or something coming with the next update?

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Posted 21 December 2010 - 12:36 PM

View Postgushoneybun, on 21 December 2010 - 12:32 PM, said:

Stats Page

Not keen on the distance being displayed on the closest to home. Over a period of time if you find other close caches someone could plot where I live.


I agree with this as well.

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Posted 21 December 2010 - 12:38 PM

View PostOpinioNate, on 21 December 2010 - 12:34 PM, said:

View Postgushoneybun, on 21 December 2010 - 12:32 PM, said:

Stats Page

Not keen on the distance being displayed on the closest to home. Over a period of time if you find other close caches someone could plot where I live.


Only the distance is displayed for users viewing your stats, not the GC ID.



View PostChokecherry, on 21 December 2010 - 12:36 PM, said:

View Postgushoneybun, on 21 December 2010 - 12:32 PM, said:

Stats Page

Not keen on the distance being displayed on the closest to home. Over a period of time if you find other close caches someone could plot where I live.


I agree with this as well.




So no one misses this, I'll repeat: Only you can see the cache ID of your nearest and farthest finds. No one else can. Test this by viewing another user's stats tab.

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Posted 21 December 2010 - 12:38 PM

View PostOpinioNate, on 21 December 2010 - 12:34 PM, said:

View Postgushoneybun, on 21 December 2010 - 12:32 PM, said:

Stats Page

Not keen on the distance being displayed on the closest to home. Over a period of time if you find other close caches someone could plot where I live.


Only the distance is displayed for users viewing your stats, not the GC ID.


Oh yes I see that now, sorry.

Thanks for the updates and Happy Holidays (or Merry Christmas as we say) to all the Lackeys.

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Posted 21 December 2010 - 12:41 PM

"Why are you here?
You've been redirected to this page because the site has noticed some unusual activity.
You may start using the site after one minute has passed and you have shown that you are human."

Wont let me do anything......... have to keep waiting 60secs...... then again...... then again...... no other programs running only IE8

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Posted 21 December 2010 - 12:45 PM

View Postjanandsteve, on 21 December 2010 - 12:41 PM, said:

"Why are you here?
You've been redirected to this page because the site has noticed some unusual activity.
You may start using the site after one minute has passed and you have shown that you are human."

Wont let me do anything......... have to keep waiting 60secs...... then again...... then again...... no other programs running only IE8



Same here - happens on IE, Firefox and Flock

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Posted 21 December 2010 - 12:46 PM

To respond to a question on the previous thread, about the too-wide (for me) forums, I am using

SeaMonkey 2.0.8 and SeaMonkey 2.0.10 (different computers) on Windows XP Pro SP3.

The forums are adjustable width only in that they can be wider than my normal browser window, they can take up 3/4 of the screen, or after that they expand to hog all the width you allow.

I estimate that the minimum width to view this text box is 920 pixels.

This post has been edited by msrubble: 21 December 2010 - 12:53 PM


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Posted 21 December 2010 - 12:47 PM

What is the best way to report bugs with the new site update?

Using Firefox there are a couple extra bullets under "Search Options" " "Update Home Location" is missing its bullet." on the right hand information column.

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Posted 21 December 2010 - 12:49 PM

New maps and statistics look good.
One complaint: On the log confirmation page, the reminder for how many finds I need until I earn another favorite vote is annoying. They should be moved below the log entry text. I have so many finds, that I don't care how many more I need to get another favorite vote... I'm never going to use all the ones I've accumulated so far.

Edit- Feedback'd

http://feedback.geoc...-page?ref=title

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Posted 21 December 2010 - 12:50 PM

The new maps don't appear to use the 'found' icons.

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Posted 21 December 2010 - 12:51 PM

Is something wrong with the statistics (already)? I keep getting "Geocaching statistics are not available at this time."

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Posted 21 December 2010 - 12:52 PM

View PostOpinioNate, on 21 December 2010 - 10:09 AM, said:

Geocaching Statistics

View yours!


500 internal server error.

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Posted 21 December 2010 - 12:54 PM

Is the site feeling sluggish for anyone else? it took at least 30 seconds for it to save a note. And it is taking ages for pages to load.

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Posted 21 December 2010 - 12:55 PM

View PostSir-Lancelot, on 21 December 2010 - 12:54 PM, said:

Is the site feeling sluggish for anyone else? it took at least 30 seconds for it to save a note. And it is taking ages for pages to load.

Everything is feeling really slow, and as mentioned above, somethings are already breaking.

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Posted 21 December 2010 - 12:58 PM

Everything is moving really slow. And I tried doing my favorites list but no matter how many times I try to make something a favorite it only registers the first one I made a favorite on my list. I should have another 18 after that first one.

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Posted 21 December 2010 - 12:58 PM

We're working out some performance issues so you'll experience some periods of slow response for a little bit. To reduce frustration you might want to take a break for about an hour. Thanks!

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Posted 21 December 2010 - 12:58 PM

I like it!

One glitch I noticed: I keep trying to add GC2EEND as a favorite, but it doesn't "stick". (Add to Favorites then reload, or Add to Favorites, then view the list.) A couple of other caches I tried worked fine.

EDIT: after about five tries - including a detour to fave another cache and back - finally it "stuck".

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Posted 21 December 2010 - 01:01 PM

So statistics are for paying members only? Why didn't you say so?

Are the maps also only for monied members?

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Posted 21 December 2010 - 01:03 PM

As I like to look at my finds to see if others have found them too, I like the option of being able to sort on last found date on my profile page (list geocaches you own/found). It saves having to trawl through a possibly extensive listing. Nice one :blink:

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Posted 21 December 2010 - 01:04 PM

View Postmsrubble, on 21 December 2010 - 01:01 PM, said:

So statistics are for paying members only?

Where does it say that?

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Posted 21 December 2010 - 01:04 PM

View Postmsrubble, on 21 December 2010 - 01:01 PM, said:

So statistics are for paying members only? Why didn't you say so?

Are the maps also only for monied members?


Not exactly. Basic Members have access to some statistics, but the majority are available to PMs.

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Posted 21 December 2010 - 01:08 PM

View Postahotw, on 21 December 2010 - 12:51 PM, said:

Is something wrong with the statistics (already)? I keep getting "Geocaching statistics are not available at this time."


The database is getting hammered while it generates so many statistics, so we took it offline briefly. We have a fix in progress.

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Posted 21 December 2010 - 01:08 PM

Perhaps you could rephrase "Best Day" etc. as "Biggest".

I have a different definition of "Best". Many of my best caching days have involved only a single cache. But oh, what a cache...

INATN

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Posted 21 December 2010 - 01:12 PM

Cool. Comments:

1) The site is VERY slow today for me.
2) The map doesn't show me the ones I've found, so its not very useful yet.

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Posted 21 December 2010 - 01:13 PM

Not sure what's happening, but I just got throttled three times in about 10 minutes. Sure, I'm poking around kicking all the new tires, but certainly not at any astonishing rate! Check the avatar, I *am* human! :blink:

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Posted 21 December 2010 - 01:18 PM

is there currently a problem with creating the pocket query for ones own finds? I can click on the button, the form gets reloaded and indicates that the query is scheduled. Yet nothing happens. Reloading the form after some time shows no sign of the scheduled query, the button is still enabled. After ten minutes still no sign of the query. Is this broken?

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Posted 21 December 2010 - 01:20 PM

View Postkablooey, on 21 December 2010 - 12:17 PM, said:

Site is broken. Maybe it's just broken for non-members?

coord.info no longer works (all queries end up at Directory not found)

After about five page views, I ended up at the "A Brief Intermission" page, indicating that the site doesn't think I'm human. That page requires you to wait 60 seconds for a captcha to appear. After entering the captcha, it apparently takes me to a 500 error, and then I end up at the Intermission page for another 60 seconds! The second time I entered the captcha, it just redirected me back to the Intermission page a third time. So, now I guess I'm locked out. I can still get to the forums [;)].


This is what happens to me every time I attempt to download my 1000 cache PQs, the site insists I'm not human :blink:

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Posted 21 December 2010 - 01:21 PM

View PostOpinioNate, on 21 December 2010 - 01:04 PM, said:

View Postmsrubble, on 21 December 2010 - 01:01 PM, said:

So statistics are for paying members only? Why didn't you say so?

Are the maps also only for monied members?


Not exactly. Basic Members have access to some statistics, but the majority are available to PMs.


Ah, thanks. I'll bet it's getting hammered. When I'm on my public profile, though, and choose the statistics tab, it tells me that I have to buy a premium membership to see anything. (Can't get there right now to give you the exact quote either, 503 error.)

On the beta map, is this just a fixed demo to show how it will look? No caches appear when I go to a different zip code. The caches that do show up on the beta, I cannot figure out how to identify them.

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Posted 21 December 2010 - 01:28 PM

Stats page:

It seems that "distance to finds" does not take into account the "Display Units" preferences.

Distance to finds shows Mi, my preference is "Use Metric Units"...

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Posted 21 December 2010 - 01:32 PM

I'm viewing one of my favorite caches. I click the "Add to your Favorites" link. The number of favorites goes up by one, and the link changes to "Remove from your Favorites". So far, so good. However...

I click on the "n Favorites" link and get

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Service Unavailable
HTTP Error 503. The service is unavailable.

I go back to the cache page and the number of favorites is back to its original value, and the link says "Add to your Favorites" again. I refresh the page and get

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Service Unavailable
HTTP Error 503. The service is unavailable.


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Posted 21 December 2010 - 01:32 PM

On my stats page there is a full link to the closest cache I found, including the distance.
This is the only thing I had removed from my previously generated cache stats page. Could we remove the 'closest found' altogether?
Are there any options coming for the stats page?

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Posted 21 December 2010 - 01:36 PM

Love it, Like it was said before you guys ROCK !!!!!!!

One thought.
Could there be a check-box to just not show the distance of the closest cache to your Home Coords?
Many get puzzles fake coords right on our house so when they found them it is easy to figure out where certain cachers live. Some people would want that kept unknown, but would still like the great STAT page.

Thanks again and again and again.......................

#46 User is offline   beejay&esskay 

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Posted 21 December 2010 - 01:36 PM

View PostOpinioNate, on 21 December 2010 - 12:34 PM, said:

View Postgushoneybun, on 21 December 2010 - 12:32 PM, said:

Stats Page

Not keen on the distance being displayed on the closest to home. Over a period of time if you find other close caches someone could plot where I live.


Only the distance is displayed for users viewing your stats, not the GC ID.
I think that should be made clear on that page, probably right next to where you display the GC ID.

(Otherwise you are going to get this question over and over.)

#47 User is offline   JBnW 

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Posted 21 December 2010 - 01:42 PM

View PostOpinioNate, on 21 December 2010 - 12:38 PM, said:

So no one misses this, I'll repeat: Only you can see the cache ID of your nearest and farthest finds. No one else can. Test this by viewing another user's stats tab.

Post #16 in this thread, bolding by Nate. Now we can keep repeating it over and over. :blink:

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Posted 21 December 2010 - 01:43 PM

View Postbeejay&esskay, on 21 December 2010 - 01:36 PM, said:

View PostOpinioNate, on 21 December 2010 - 12:34 PM, said:

View Postgushoneybun, on 21 December 2010 - 12:32 PM, said:

Stats Page

Not keen on the distance being displayed on the closest to home. Over a period of time if you find other close caches someone could plot where I live.


Only the distance is displayed for users viewing your stats, not the GC ID.
I think that should be made clear on that page, probably right next to where you display the GC ID.

(Otherwise you are going to get this question over and over.)


Yep, that is apparent! We will hotfix a little message there.

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Posted 21 December 2010 - 01:51 PM

It seems one or more of the webservers are down, I constantly get a Service not available 503

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Posted 21 December 2010 - 02:00 PM

View PostOpinioNate, on 21 December 2010 - 01:08 PM, said:

View Postahotw, on 21 December 2010 - 12:51 PM, said:

Is something wrong with the statistics (already)? I keep getting "Geocaching statistics are not available at this time."


The database is getting hammered while it generates so many statistics, so we took it offline briefly. We have a fix in progress.


Statistics are back online, and throttling is under control again.

Also fixed:

Bullets in "Search Options" on /my/
Missing state for France (Alsace)

Working on:

Adding a message to the Home Location portion of the stats page to clarify privacy issue

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