This was just sent to me by the Geocaching.com auto bot... Read it slow and careful!! you see the part where it says "To thank you for your support, you will be locked in at the current membership rate for as long as you subscribe to the site."
Well this to me says that there will be an increase in the future...the key word is "CURRENT"
"Greetings from Geocaching.com -
We're introducing a new option on the site: The Groundspeak Charter Membership. As a Groundspeak Charter Member, you will have access to premium features as well as access to new tools, GPS related games and activities in the near future. Initially there will only be a few new options for members, such as advanced Forum features and the ability to create Member Only caches. To thank you for your support, you will be locked in at the current membership rate for as long as you subscribe to the site. Because of the tremendous growth of the sport over the last year, the cost of bandwidth and hardware/software is almost at capacity. Your support will greatly help to ensure the continuing operation of the web site.
Don't worry! We aren't changing the geocaching site you have come to know and love. Subscriptions are completely optional and won't impact your enjoyment of the sport.
To find out about the Groundspeak Charter Membership, visit: http://www.geocaching.com/subscribe AOL users click here
There are also two exciting new additions to the Geocaching.com site: Profiles and the new OpenTopic Forums.
- Now you can now click on a user's name and see the profile of a geocacher. You can find out the caches they have hidden/found, see any posted photos, and read other details that the user cares to share. You can also personally visit your "my cache page" and add your own information to share with others.
- The new forums are now completely integrated, so your Geocaching.com login will work in the forums and the web site. There are also new features such as integrated profiles, user generated polls, and MyPop! (Charter Members Only) which will allow you to monitor entire forums or a specific user's posts. There are too many other features to explain here, so see for yourself! Just click on the "discuss geocaching" link on geocaching.com to visit the new forums."
I created the website navicache.com in the hopes that things like this did not happen to the sport. There is no need for this and it can be prevented. I have nothing against a site making money but not to the extent that this has gone. I will continue to run Navicache.com as a "Free" Geocaching website for anyone wishing to add their cache submissions as well as just visiting. Your opinions are very much welcome.