CacheCrazy.Com: Creating an Unpublished Cache

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Creating an Unpublished Cache

WELCOME TO THIRSTY THURSDAY!!

Grab a cup of coffee or tea, sit back and learn how to make a cache page, but not publish it right away.


Have you ever wondered what to do with all of your Geocoins that you just don't want to send out because they are too precious? MY PRECIOUS!  Ever wondered how to make a cache page for a cache you plan on hiding, but you're just not ready to get it published yet? Well if you have then please read on and see how I have done this neat feature.

I have hidden a number of caches and plan on hiding numerous more. I just put together a series of caches I plan on hiding when I am able to get out there again. This EYE thing of mine is getting better, but since I still don't have clear vision yet I am a little leery of heading out to hide these caches. So I did the next best thing. I created the cache pages, but did not publish them. This is how I did it.

I went to GC.com and started a cache page just like I usually do. You go to the Hide a Cache page and click on the "online form". When that comes up then go down the page and fill in what type of cache it is. There is a nice drop down arrow to click on and choose which type it is. For my series I chose the Traditional Cache. Then choose the cache size. Another easy step. For mine I chose the Regular size.

Then I had to come up with the cache name. I'll reveal one of mine, which is "Tiny Goodbite", he's one of the California Raisins from a long time ago. Look for him coming to a cache near you. The "Cache Placed by" should already have your caching name in there.



Cache Type:






Cache Size:






Cache Name:




  


Cache Placed By:




  


Next, choose the date you want the cache placed. This date can be changed at a later point when you actually want it published. Now I know I am going to step on some toes here, but I do not check the Premium Member Only box. I personally want all of my caches to be able to be found by everyone, not just PMs. JMO (Just My Opinion).  I then skip over the Related Web Page and the Background Image URL, but if you want to you can add those too. Then I fill out the Coordinates numbers. These too can be edited at a later date if need be. I put the actual cords in because I already had them in the GPSr from when I scouted out the places for the hides. Be sure to click on the "Show on Map" button if you want it to show up on the map that is shown on the cache page.















Date Placed:




... (MM/dd/yyyy)  


Related Web Page:




  


Background Image URL:





Coordinates

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The next little box is very important. It states "Enable cache listing. It is ready for review. (If the listing is not yet ready to be reviewed, uncheck this box.) Note: Only 'Enabled' cache listings are visible to the reviewer". This is the box you do not want to check if you are not ready to publish it. Another words LEAVE IT UNCHECKED.

Then on to choosing you Location. This is one another pretty simple one. Since I am placing it in PA that is what I chose. Now we are on to choosing the Difficulty Rating. This can be a little bit of a challenge if you have not done it before. Just how do you choose this rating? Well GC.com has put up a nice way to rate your cache. Just go to THIS link and fill everything out and it will rate your cache based upon the questions you have answered. It estimates both the Difficulty and Terrain rating for your cache. It's actually pretty cool. So check it out.  




Location:





  


Overall Difficulty Rating:




(1 is easiest, 5 is hardest. Try this system to rate your cache.)


Overall Terrain Rating:







The next box has to do with whether or not you are going to use HTML in your description or not. If you are going to use it them be sure to check this box. I'll explain this in more detail in a little while. Next is your "Short Description". This is usually just a short few sentences or even a small paragraph that explains a little bit about the cache. Then there is the "Long Description". This is where you put the meat of the cache. You can explain a little history about the area or something significant about the cache. Once your done with this description then right after it is where you can put your HTML code. I put a special code on my cache pages that will link you to the Northeastern PA Geocachers (NEPAG) site since I am a member there. Then I put another code that will take you from my cache page directly to... GUESS WHERE? You got it; it takes you right to CACHECRAZY.COM. YEAH!!!! This way you can check us out right from the cache page. That's all thanks to Bloodhounded for his help with this one. 





 






Short Description:




Location information, terrain and general difficulty levels, altitude, etc. Please limit your text to 500 characters.


Long Description:




Details about the cache, including contents of the cache, what the container looks like, etc. You can be as brief or as detailed as you like.



Then you can place any hints or spoilers in the next box. I like giving a little hint, but I try not to give spoilers if possible. The last box where you can actually type something is for any notes that you want to pass on to the Reviewer, but you may not necessarily want them passed on to the general public. An example may be that even though your hiding the cache in a cemetery it is no where near any headstones. This is just a way to get a point across to the reviewer so they don't hold up the publishing of your cache. 




Hints/Spoiler Info:




Enter any hints or spoiler information above. This information will be encrypted on the site until a geocacher clicks on a link to unencrypt it, or decodes on the trail. Text within brackets [like this] will not be encrypted. Please keep your hints short, so decoding it on the trail is easier. If you don't have a hint, leave it blank.



Note to Reviewer:




In order to expedite your new cache publishing, please provide any details for the cache listing that would be helpful to the cache reviewer. The reviewer will delete this note before publishing your listing.



The next two check boxes are ones you don't want to forget. They basically cover the Guidelines and Terms and Conditions for GC.com.  When your ready if these are not checked your cache won't happen. The last thing you need to do is hit the "Report New Listing" button. This will finish up the cache page and assign it it's own GC.com code. Don't worry, no one will be able to see it until it is published.



  
  



Now if you did not check the "Enable Cache Listing" it will not be published. It will save everything you have entered, give it a GC.code, and then place it in your Unpublished/Disabled cache listings. So I now have 6, yes 6, caches waiting in the hopper for publishing when I am ready. And remember, the cache listing will stay unpublished until you are ready to publish it. 


You can also make up a bogus, or fake if you will, cache that you place all of your Geocoins into. This way nothing happens to them. They stay in the cache listing and they do not get lost. I did this for a while, but I really wanted my coins to get the word out so I sent them on with specific missions. Hopefully they will return someday.  


Well that is how I did it. There are many more features you can play around with, but I'll save those for another day. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me. The Dalton Sub Headquarters of Cachecrazy.com is always open, and so is my email. 

2 comments:

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

I like that special link you did that connects people to the cachecrazy page. How does that show up on the list page when published? Do you have a published cache page that has that on it already?

Also, you could just put your geocoins into your personal inventory. I usually log them in and out of a cache and then move them to my personal inventory, where they stay.

BLOODHOUNDED said...

Awesome Big Al! Great tutorial for folks.

Kim, I am sending you the HTML codes for linking pictures to a URL and text. Let me know if you need any help.

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