> We need to remember,the purpose of business in > America is to generate a profit for the owners.
> I wonder what the response would be if suddenly > the site shut down because it could no longer > turn a profit. Or worse, it was sold to someone > who does not fully appreciate geocaching.
So the Groundspeak site shuts down tomorrow in a big puff of green smoke. Poof!
Big deal! Someone else would build a site for listing caches, and users would populate it with data, and life would go on.
But wait! There are already several other sites for listing, mapping, and discussing caches, as Scout reminds us at the bottom of each post to this group.
Actually, the disappearance of geocaching.com would be the best thing that could happen to the caching hobby. The dominance of one site in the market for cache listing services has stifled entry and innovation by others. The elimination of a site that many consider to be to sole source for cache information would create a huge surge of innovation as other people with great ideas compete to attract cachers to their sites.
And those who find the ads on the geocaching.com site objectionable might use this occasion to try some of the other cache listing and mapping services. Ed Hall's "Buxley" site is great for maps. navicache.com has ads, but IMO they are unobtrusive because they are at the bottom of the page and related to caching or GPS.