Hi All,
I just have a quick question, Have the general rules of Geocaching changed?? When I started caching, my brother told me to follow the rules and read up on stuff if I'm not sure. Like ,Don't log your own cache as a find. If you take something ,leave something, Replace cache as you found it. etc.....
I've been told that fellow cachers will take 2 or 3 TBs, "just so they don't get stuck", and then find that they leave TBs in Their own caches for months at a time. Some cachers take things and leave nothing so that the caches are basically stripped. Now The moss issue. So many different views right up to... "I'm sure someone will want a nice piece of moss"""
So , again ,I got to the FAQ page of geocaching and find this, one of many, !!!
Tips on hiding your first cache Hiding Your First Geocache Step 1 - Research a cache location

Geocaching is just like real estate - location, location, location! When thinking about where to place a cache, keep these things in mind:
  • Will it be on private or public land? - If you place it on private land, please ask permission before putting it there! If you place the cache on public lands you need to contact the managing agency to find out about their rules. You will be in violation of federal regulation by placing a cache in any area administered by the National Park Service (US). The National Park regulations are intended to protect the fragile environment, and historical and cultural areas found in the parks.
  • Does it meet requirements to be listed on the site? - Make sure to review the guidelines for listing a geocache on this web site during your research.
You are ultimately responsible for the cache so make sure you know the rules for the area where your cache is being placed.
Ultimately you'll want to place a cache in a place that is unique in some way. The big reward for geocachers, other than finding the cache itself, is the location. A prime camping spot, great viewpoint, unusual location, etc. are all good places to hide a cache.
Note: Please be respectful of the areas you are thinking about placing the cache. For example, if it's the location of the spotted owl, or off-trail with delicate ground cover, keep in mind that others will be walking in these areas.
Please do not place caches on archaeological or historical sites. In most cases these areas are highly sensitive to the extra traffic that would be caused by vehicles and humans. If you find a cache in one of these areas please remove it and replace it a safe enough distance from the site to ensure that the site will not be impacted by people searching for the cache and unknowingly traveling over or through a site.

So honestly and without it turning into a HEATED discussion,....
Have the rules changed?
Should we just ignore what it was all about and just do what we want???
If someone asked to fill in my Marsh and I say sure, Does that make it OK??
Just Curious,