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Cuddlefish



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PostPosted: Wed May 11, 2011 10:55 am    Post subject: BCGA Cache Blitz 2011 -- Instructions Reply with quote

Please read the instructions below before you place a blitz cache.


How to Place a Blitz Cache:

Read the GROUNDSPEAK GUIDELINES carefully and submit a cache to gc.com in the same way you would normally. Only caches that meet the Groundspeak guidelines and are larger than a micro cache will be applicable for the BCGA Cache Blitz. Micro caches will not be allowed.

There are three additional steps to ensure your cache is entered in the Cache Blitz. The first step involves the Title / Header of your cache.

Step #1) Insert: B11: at the beginning of the header followed by a colon and your cache name. This lets us know that you are submitting a cache especially for the Blitz.

Your header should read: B11: name of your cache
If you wanted to call your cache "Unlimited Ducks" your header would look like this

B11: Unlimited Ducks

Step #2) Next, choose your location. This will show us what region in BC you live and which location you will will most likely attend a BCGA Blitz Event. This is important for voting procedures as each region will have separate prizes. Place the region code on the bottom of your cache page.

LM: Lower Mainland
TO: Thompson/ Okanagan
FV: Fraser Valley
KR: Kootenay / Rockies
NO: Northern BC
IS: Vancouver Island South
IN: Vancouver Island Central and North.

Step #3) The BCGA has developed a way for cachers to vote for your cache as they log their find. Make sure your listing has the "The descriptions below are in HTML" box selected and then, as the last item in your cache listing, insert (copy and paste) this block:
Code::
<center>YOUR_REGION_HERE<br/>
<a href="http://www.bcgeocaching.com/index.php?name=Blitz&op=vote&gcid=GC?????">
<img src="http://www.bcgeocaching.com/uploads/pro_news/1304866375.94.jpg"> </a>
</center>


You MUST replace the text YOUR_REGION_HERE with the correct caching region you will be entering your cache in (LM,TO,FV,KR,NO,IS or IN)

In order for the button to specifically direct cachers to vote for your cache, you must replace where it says GC????? with your cache's GC ID. Your GC ID is the seven digit number starting with GC on the top right corner of your cache page. The GC ID for "BCGA Blitz Launch Event - Mid-Island, for example, is GC1Q42K.

This block will automatically display a button and link on your cache page. If you live in the Vancouver area and plan on attending the Lower Mainland event your location code and Button will look like this:

LM



Alternatively, you can use the "Blitz Cache HTML Generator" tool on the top right side of home page to generate your html.

Your cache will be submitted manually by BCGA staff onto the Cache Blitz voting system. Please ensure that you have followed the above instructions for your cache to be processed quickly. Failure to do so may slow the process and cost you votes.

How to Vote for a Cache:

The BCGA is using the same electronic voting as in prior years. This will allow cachers to vote for each cache as they log their find.

Click on the VOTE button on the bottom of the cache page. This will lead you to an automatic voting system.

You will see several categories pertaining to all cache placements. Rate the cache on each category using the scale provided (5 being the best and 1 being the least desirable). If the category does not pertain to the cache, you can check the abstain button.

Click on the "SUBMIT" button and your vote will be automatically tabulated.
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Mr. Wilson and a Mt. Goat



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Location: Nanaimo

PostPosted: Wed May 11, 2011 6:04 pm    Post subject: Re: BCGA Cache Blitz 2011 -- Instructions Reply with quote

It should say:
Code::
<center>YOUR_REGION_HERE<br/>
<a href="http://www.bcgeocaching.com/index.php?name=Blitz&op=vote&gcid=GC?????">
<img src="http://www.bcgeocaching.com/uploads/pro_news/1304866375.94.jpg"> </a>
</center>
Shouldn't it?

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Cuddlefish



Joined: Oct 20, 2008
Posts: 299

PostPosted: Wed May 11, 2011 7:47 pm    Post subject: Re: BCGA Cache Blitz 2011 -- Instructions Reply with quote

Fixed! Thanks for the heads up!
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scruffster



Joined: Sep 29, 2004
Posts: 1207
Location: Burnaby

PostPosted: Wed May 11, 2011 10:56 pm    Post subject: Re: BCGA Cache Blitz 2011 -- Instructions Reply with quote

Just some clarification.

I'm thinking of publishing SQ #10 for the Blitz.

Although the cache is part of a series, is it disqualified because most of the series was published before the Blitz??? Or can it be submitted on its own merit as a stand alone cache that just happens to be part of a series???

If no, it's OK. I understand. I'll just crawl into my hole and cry real tears for a while. I'll get over it. **shuffling slowly into the gloomy darkness dragging tail as nobody sees me go**
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katcogo



Joined: Feb 21, 2009
Posts: 543
Location: Burnaby

PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2011 1:05 pm    Post subject: Re: BCGA Cache Blitz 2011 -- Instructions Reply with quote

There's nothing worse than a sobbing skunk. The "series" is for a complete series placed for THIS Blitz. Since you have been putting out new SQ caches with an eyedropper for each Blitz you will be within the rules as it is a stand alone cache.
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scruffster



Joined: Sep 29, 2004
Posts: 1207
Location: Burnaby

PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2011 3:29 pm    Post subject: Re: BCGA Cache Blitz 2011 -- Instructions Reply with quote

oooh, thank you thank you.

SQ Chapter 10 is nigh.
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katcogo



Joined: Feb 21, 2009
Posts: 543
Location: Burnaby

PostPosted: Mon Aug 01, 2011 9:07 am    Post subject: Re: BCGA Cache Blitz 2011 -- Instructions Reply with quote

Remember - Blitz Voting ends at midnight, Tuesday, Aug 2
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Princessj



Joined: Jun 19, 2009
Posts: 7
Location: Surrey,BC

PostPosted: Mon Aug 01, 2011 8:53 pm    Post subject: Re: BCGA Cache Blitz 2011 -- Instructions Reply with quote

I have tried to vote but I get a message that says voting has already closed.
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katcogo



Joined: Feb 21, 2009
Posts: 543
Location: Burnaby

PostPosted: Mon Aug 01, 2011 8:58 pm    Post subject: Re: BCGA Cache Blitz 2011 -- Instructions Reply with quote

Stay posted - we are working on getting it back up and running - I haven't done any voting yet!
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gearhedd



Joined: Feb 16, 2007
Posts: 124

PostPosted: Mon Aug 01, 2011 9:24 pm    Post subject: Re: BCGA Cache Blitz 2011 -- Instructions Reply with quote

Same tried Aug 1st 10pm to vote and no go...hope the caches I did got more then enough votes.
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Cuddlefish



Joined: Oct 20, 2008
Posts: 299

PostPosted: Mon Aug 01, 2011 10:04 pm    Post subject: Re: BCGA Cache Blitz 2011 -- Instructions Reply with quote

It is working now.
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