Whoa, I didn't even get to finish writing before the post disappeared. Not used to that happening in here. Here's my meagre contribution to the discussion. I hope it is not out of line.
Too racey? Delete this thread? I should hope not. This is exactly the kind of discussion this place needs once in a while.
When you take passionate people and throw them together towards the same coordinates with different purposes sometimes there will be conflict. How you manage that speaks a lot to the community that it touches.
You expect cachers to treat each cache with respect and replace them so that the next cacher can enjoy them. If hiders had to visit the cache after each find there wouldn't be many caches out there. It seems to me that even very experienced cachers can become nonchalant about caches they find uninteresting and perhaps don't give caches the attention they deserve. That lack of variety can often come about with a set style of caching and that familiarity can lead a cacher to forget that this whole activity is supported by volunteers that balance this activity with the rest of their lives.
On the flip side, as a cacher it can be frustrating to see caches that are obviously suffering from a lack of maintenance. You spend time to hunt down 'treasures' that turn out sometimes to be not much of a treat. It usually doesn't take much to improve the situation (ziplock bag, cleaning up a damaged cache, even a piece of duck tape). A little tact with the cache owner, and a little tact with the cachers will also help. People make geocaching fun, so learning to live with the odd hiccup, will be a skill that serves the community well. We can learn a lot from each other, whether we want to or not...
Hope this stirs up the debate and airs some frustration in a safe place to do so.
-- Edited by Master Instigator at 15:29, 2006-09-12