Recently, a few lucky geocachers
honestly and accidentally stumbled across the containers of some of my more difficult puzzle caches without solving their respective puzzles. The cachers signed the logs, and they submitted Found It logs online.
Some other geocachers posted notes on the log and sent me personal emails questioning the validity of those finds. For everyone who questions the validity of such a find, I refer you to the Groundspeak guidelines:
Physical geocaches can be logged online as “Found” once the physical log has been signed.
For physical caches, all logging requirements beyond finding the geocache and signing the log are considered additional logging requirements (ALRs) and must be optional. Cache finders can choose whether or not to attempt or accomplish such tasks.
By these rules, solving the puzzle is an additional logging requirement and is therefore optional.
So, if you’ve signed the log, you found it. Log it online, and feel free to congratulate yourself on your good fortune. End of story.
And, please, everyone: enough with the questioning the validity of accidental finds! This is a game and games are supposed to be fun. Policing and being policed isn’t fun – let the moderators and the cache owners take care of that responsibility.