not a bad idea, especially with all the coming press. Quick start instructions could grab alot more people. A page about the most popular GPS's would be nice also.
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hey everyone... there's been so much press recently and invariably there will be tons more visiters to the url/people interested in starting out. i had this idea, im curious what people think about it, mabye its a waste of time/people will just say, hey, read the manual....
granted, there are probably alot of gadget inclined people that will read about geocaching, grab a gps, and get going easily. however, i think there might be a alot of people, though, that are interested, but might be a little intimidated by a gps unit.
what if we created a little database,all of us together, that could be hosted on geocaching.com, that just gave brief instructions on how to quickly get started geocaching w/various gps units. im sure some of them are more complex than others/come w/huge manuals and that many of the older ones, that can be purchased kinda cheaply on ebay might not be as user friendly.. im not talking about elaborate instructions on how to use all the features on the gps/and an introduction to gps etc., just some basic instructions, a few lines, on how specifically to get quickly started looking for a 1/1 rated cache via various units. i.e. here's how to plug in the coordinates, create a waypoint/goto etc etc. follow this indicator etc etc.
maybe if people saw an html page or link on geocaching.com that had, kinda a "quick start instructions" on how to get geocaching w/ various units, they might be more inclined to do so? so many people on here have dffferent gps units, I think this would be easy to do, and might save newbies alot of frustration/time if they aren't technically inclined, and might only potentially take a few minutes for some of us to write. im sure there is alot of gps info on the web, but if we kept these instructions are all only geocaching related, and not too huge/in depth and intimidating, i think they would be usefull.
just an idea.. what does everyone think?
ps, obviously we shouldnt encourage people to head into the middle of some mountain range w/only a simple geocaching-oriented knowledge of gps, we could add a big disclaimer at the top...
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