Missing Geocaches? No, Not Muggled, Missing!
He searched for earthcaches filtered for the letter ‘Y’ in the cache name. But the filter did not return all the caches that it should have.
There was a particular earth cache in the area that he expected to see in the results but didn’t. So he did a little digging.
When he started adding new letters, more earthcaches started showing up. But he had to get all the way to ‘your’ before the earthcache he was testing for finally appeared.
Odd, Let Me Try That Over Here
I gave this a whirl myself and found similar results.
I looked for earthcaches with a ‘Y’ in the name within 500 miles of St. Louis, Missouri and I got back four caches.
Every result in this first set has an ‘a’ following the ‘Y’ so I changed the cache name filter from ‘Y’ to “Ya’. Given that I expected to get the exact same set back again. No, not so much.
Adding the ‘a’ gets us an extra cache. The original earthcaches in my search are all still here. Yet another geocache showed up in the search as well. This cache is closer than any of the original set. This new cache definitely should have been in the first search too.
Woah, Are There Other Missing Geocaches in that Search?
So I swapped the ‘Ya’ for a ‘Yo’ in the cache name filter. I received another six earthcaches and none of them were in the original ‘Y’ filter. Three of them are even closer than any of the caches that were in the original filter.
How Deep Does this Wormhole Go?
So, now, I added a ‘u’. So now the filter is ‘You’. Let’s see what we get from that.
Wow, that’s an extra six missing geocaches unearthed in this last search. There are as many new ones in the ‘You’ filter as there were in the whole ‘Yo’ filter.
That means that searching for ‘Yo’ only got you half the caches you should have found. Adding insult to injury, four of them are closer than any of the original set.
Since the username filters work on whole names, this isn’t going to be affecting those filters. For now