Sign the log = earn a smiley: I am of the "sign the log to claim the find" line of thinking . . . most of the time. If the log is wet, I'll resort to dropping in my own log on paper or birch bark. If there are too many people, I'll wait them out -- or come back another day. If I can't open the container I'll write on the outside (on duct taped pill bottles or mint tins for example.)
I have also been known to send out e-mails to cacher hiders to ask them to please return to physically sign the log when they have said they did not sign the log . . . and while polite . . . I let them know that I can and will delete their names unless there is some compelling reason for them not to have signed the log. And yes . . . while I don't make it a habit, I have and continue to cross check signed entries on line and in the physical log.
That said . . . I can't think of a single time I have deleted an on-line log entry . . . after swapping e-mails I often find myself agreeing with the cacher's reasoning or to be honest I figure it was an honest mistake or sometimes I just figure it's only a game and not worth losing sleep over.
. . . But there are times when even I fail to follow my own rules: Perhaps this past weekend was such a time. For a good laugh check out the Old Beaver Dam (in Washburn) . . . be sure to look at Hollora's pics of Hiram who went wading in waist deep water for a cache. He found it, but the cache was chewed up, leaky and the cacher owner hasn't been involved in the game for more than a year. We claimed the find, but not only didn't drop in a new log, but removed the entire cache.
I honestly wouldn't have any issue if I was at the point where someone found one of my caches and it was either in such a rough shape or to the point where it would be damaged if they attempted to pry it open . . . and the person was able to prove to me with pics or a clear description to indicate that they truly had found my cache.
Inappropriate log entries: I have asked some folks to edit their own log entries . . . but I would be hesitant to delete the entire log entry . . . in some cases I have edited the log entry and informed the person that I had done so . . . and I explain the reasoning . . . but these are far and few between. I can't even think of the last time I did so.
Now as for the entries and the TFTC entries and the Number X of Y caches generic postings . . . I hate them . . . and I think it's laziness on the cachers part to record such entries as it cheapens the hide and shows that the person really is just looking at numbers . . . but I would not delete the entry.
"Courage is not the absence of fear, but the realization that there is something more important than fear."
"Death is only one of many ways to die."