The User name and password at the top of the page are required, because some data such as comments, ratings and attributes
are keyed to your logon name. Please use your caching name but NOT your normal caching password, as I will be able to see it
in the database. The name is not case sensitive, the password is.
If you check the boxes to the right of username and password, they will be stored on your computer when you press 'Select', so
you won't have to enter them again next time. This is not intended to be high security, they are stored in clear. If anyone has
a real problem with this I'll look at it again, but I think there are more important things to do first.
Select one of more of the extreme types on the left. Choose a county (or leave it on All). Select from the attributes, or leave
them on Both. Click Select. The main cache listing table will show the caches that meet your selection criteria. It may not be
immediately obvious, but there is a scroll bar on the right hand side of the page for each table displayed.
If you have entered a location in the lat/long box before clicking Select, the table will also show the direct distance in Km
from that location to the cache. This is all the lat/long box is used for.
When you click on Select, your selection parameters are saved locally and restored next time you start up (except that your
user name and password are stored ONLY if you check the relevant box).
When caches are displayed
The cache name is in the first column. If you click on the name it should open the cache page in a separate tab. If you click
anywhere else on a row, that cache becomes the "current" cache. When a cache becomes "current", any comments and ratings for that
cache are shown below the main cache table. It is necessary to make a cache current before you can enter or edit a comment or rating,
change the attributes or display a map.
The cache types are shown as C,U,B,D and M for Climbing, Underground, Boat, Diving and Misc. A cache may be in more than one category.
The attributes are shown as * if set.
The columns showing the D/T and the owner of the cache are updated every week or so, and may contain some blanks, especially if
the cache has only recently been set.
The rating column is the rating for "extremeness" (1-10), averaged from the ratings supplied, or - if there are not yet any ratings for
You can sort on any column by clicking on the header (and in reverse order by clicking the same one again).
Editing the data
Add a new cache, comment or rating using the Add buttons, or edit existing data using the Edit button. You can edit only those
caches, comments and ratings you have entered yourself. Set attributes using the 'Set' and 'Clear' buttons.
When you edit data, the changes are not immediately reflected on the screen - it is necessary to do another 'Select' to see them.
This is to speed things up and save bandwidth if you are making multiple changes. For example, if you want to set all 4 attributes
for one cache you can click the 4 buttons, then 'Select' to see the changes.
This server for this page is an ancient notebook, sitting on the end of my ADSL line. As well as my internet browsing, it is
running my mail server, half a dozen different web sites and a few interactive caches, but it is possible this might put more
strain on it than most of the other apps. If you lose pages or find it unworkably slow, please let me know.
Suggestions on what else we need to show should be discussed on Facebook.
I think we should have a list of approximately what each "extreme rating" means for each type of activity. This is not a competition to see who
can set the highest rated caches, it is intended to be a means for someone to evaluate the difficulty compared to their own ability,
and a measure of consistency will assist this.
It has also been suggested that we have an "equipment" column or similar, but the existing comments may suffice for that.
There are several things about the user interface that I'd prefer worked better. I hope to do something about some of them, others may be