Website Functions, Parameters, Shortcuts and Hints for Geocaching.com
© 2003-2011 by GizmoGuy411


Edit 37 - 2011/02/08, 11:00 • Created - 2003/12/12
Edit History


The information presented here is for educational purposes only.  Use of this information is intended for personal use only and should only be used accordingly. The use of any information detailed here at the www.Geocaching.com site must be in accordance with their terms of use. Please to not violate their policies. Use of any information from this document, is entirely at your own risk. This document is not a product of Groundspeak™.

Geocaching.com, is the property of Groundspeak™.

Conventions used in this document:
0) A green dot with a number, (ie:
18) indicates a change in this document, as per the numbered "Edit". The the latest Edit number is show above. A detailed Edit history is shown at the end of this document starting with Edit 18.
1) Geocaching.com is hereafter referred to as simply GC. The words "geocache" and "cache" are often used interchangeably.
2) The webpage names described in this document are usually taken from the browser title bar names at GC. The page descriptions at GC are often in five places, and they often do not match each other exactly. They are: The browser's title bar, the navigation path name in the top bar of each GC page, the page description bar just under the top bar at each GC page, the navigation buttons in the body of the page, and large font page description under those buttons.
3) URL fragments, folders and parameters are shown in bold type.
4) Many functions described only work when you are logged into GC. Some may also work only for Premium Members.
5) The first Parameters after a function is preceded by a "?" symbol, with each additional parameter preceded by a "&" symbol. Some parameters are only valid when used along with other parameters. Such usage is noted if known. Some parameters are not valid in combination with other parameters. For example, a search for geocaches in a Zip code and an Area Code would not be valid.
6) Green text is the content or value to be used in a parameter.
7) Examples and Hints are show like this: DISPLAY EXAMPLE:, USAGE EXAMPLE:, HINT:
• Many hints assume you know how to Copy and Paste. A common keyboard shortcut to COPY & PASTE, is to highlight the text you want to copy, then use CTRL-C to COPY (hold CTRL while pressing C), and then use CTRL-V to PASTE.
8) GC is a very dynamic site. There the functions and parameters which may be expanded or changed at any time.
9) This is an evolving document. Any items in red text are editing comments. They usually indicate something that is not yet understood, or not yet researched.
10) Jeremy Irish is the founder of GC and Groundspeak. Examples which need a user identifier will use his decimal Member ID number, code, or name.
Examples requiring a physical location, will often use the Washington Monument, and Washington DC information such as Area Code 210 and Zip Code 20500, and state information for the District of Columbia. Examples requiring a geocache will use
"Europe's First", GC43.
11) Functions with ".aspx" may or may not also function as ".asp" without the "x". If a function does not work as described, also try the ".asp" form. Many functions in this chart were originally ".asp". While all have been changed in this document to ".aspx", they have not all been tested.
12) The information presented is NOT complete, as other folders, functions and parameters may well exist or will be added, deleted or changed as GC evolves. We update this document on a time available basis, therefore the edit dates here do not correspond to when changes actually occurred on GC.
 

  The following Folders, Functions and Parameters are appended to the http://www.geocaching.com  URL.

Folder Name Function or Sub Folder Function Parameter Descriptions with some Examples & Hints
/ / or /default.aspx • Opens the main page for GC.
/about / or /default.aspx • Opens the "Getting Started with Geocaching" page.
/about.aspx • Opens the "About Geocaching.com" page.
/advertising.aspx • Opens the "Advertising with Groundspeak" page.
/buying.aspx • Opens the "Buying a GPS Unit" page.
/cache_types.aspx • Opens the "Cache Types Explained" page.
/calendar.aspx • Opens the "Events Calendar" page.
/credits.aspx • Opens the "Geocaching - A Brief (!) History" page.
/disclaimer.aspx • Opens the "Geocaching Disclaimer" page.
/finding.aspx • Opens the "Finding your first Geocache" page.
/forums.aspx • Opens the "Recent Forum Issues" history page.
/glossary.aspx • Opens the "Glossary" page.
Append specific glossary entry words as in the example below to navigate to them directly.

EXAMPLE: http://www.geocaching.com/about/glossary.aspx#waypoint

/google.aspx 22 • Opens the "About Google Earth KML" page.
/guidelines.aspx • Opens the "Cache Listing Requirements/Guidelines" page.
/hiding.aspx • Opens the "Hiding Your First Geocache" page.
/logousage.aspx • Opens the "Geocaching Logo Usage and Trademark Information" page which includes logo sample.
/termsofuse.aspx • Opens the "Term of use" page.
/thebook.aspx 19 • Opens the "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Geocaching” page.
/account 35 / or /default.aspx • Opens your "My Account Details" page.
/editgadget.aspx • Opens your "My GPS" page.
/editprofile.aspx •  Opens your "Manage Profile" page, allowing you to edit various profile items.
/editprofiledetails.aspx •  Opens your "Edit Profile Detail" page allowing you to edit the content of your public profile details.
/managemailaddresses.aspx •  Opens your "Manage E-Mail Address" page allowing you to change your email address and preferences.
/managefriends.aspx • Opens your "Manage Friends" page. (also see /my/myfriends.aspx)

HINT:  This feature may be used to search out partial user names. Enter the first part of a user's name, and a drop box box will appear momentarily for a few seconds with all the possible matches. 36
/managelocations.aspx • Opens your "Manage Location" page which allows you to edit your home location.
/managepreferences.aspx • Opens your "Manage Account Preferences" page.
/adopt 30 / or /default.aspx • Opens the "Adopt a Listing" page.
/articles /edit.aspx Various documents such as:
stashnote.txt
stashnote.doc

In many languages.

/finding.aspx • Opens the "Guide to Finding a Cache" page.
/bookmarks

more work needed here

/ or /default.aspx View your bookmark lists
/bulk.aspx Bulk erase
?ListID=x   here x is the id number of the bookmark list.
/edit.aspx blank • Opens the "Create Bookmark List" page

• Opens the "Edit Bookmark List" page with:
?ListID=x   Where x is the id number of the bookmark list.

/ignore.aspx Remove cache from your bookmark list.
?ID=x   Where x is id number for the bookmark.
?guid=x
   Where x is the
36 character string log id code form geocache id number.
/mark.aspx Edit your bookmarks
?ID=x
   Where x is id number for the bookmark.
?guid=x
   Where x is the
36 character string log id code form geocache id number.
/view.aspx View the bookmark details
?guid=x   Where x is the 36 character string log id code form geocache id number.
/calendar / or /default.aspx • Opens the "Geocaching Event Calendar" page.
/guide.aspx • Opens the "Guide to Hosting an Event" page. 33
/cito / or /default.aspx • Opens the "Cache In Trash Out" page with a link to the http://www.cacheintrashout.org/ site.
/contact / or /default.aspx • Opens the "Contacting Groundspeak" page.
/contests 20 /vote.aspx • Opens the "Cast your Vote" page in "Contests".

EXAMPLE: http://www.geocaching.com/contests/vote.aspx?ID=22&ItemID=2329949

/email / or /default.aspx ?aid=x   Where x  is a decimal Member ID number
(See the note after the end of this table for one method to find this number.)
?guid=x   Where x is the 36 character string id code.
?u=x   Where x is the user name. Use a "+" for spaces in user names.

Examples - Email Jeremy Irish:
http://www.geocaching.com/email/?aid=0003
http://www.geocaching.com/email/default.aspx?aid=0003

http://www.geocaching.com/email/?guid=51214b3d-6777-4c99-9508-b6107967ff29
http://www.geocaching.com/email/default.aspx?guid=51214b3d-6777-4c99-9508-b6107967ff29

http://www.geocaching.com/email/?u=jeremy
http://www.geocaching.com/email/default.aspx?u=jeremy

/faq / or /default.aspx • Opens the "Frequently Asked Questions About Geocaching" page. (Also see other FAQ's within functions.)
/find 35 / or /default.aspx • Opens the "Finding a User" page with a wildcard search feature.
/forums
/register.aspx Entry to the Groundspeak Forums
/usercp.aspx ?code=x   Where x opens a page as follows:
x
=01 • Opens the "Edit Profile Info" page from the forums to link to profile changes at /my
x=08 • Opens the "Change Email Address" page from the forums to link to profile changes at /my
x=22 • Opens the "Change Signature" page from the forums to link to profile changes at /my
x=24 • Opens the "Change Avatar" page from the forums to link to profile changes at /my
x=28 • Opens the "Change Password" page from the forums to link to profile changes at /my
(Only codes 00 through 50 tested.)
/gallery 18
/banners.aspx • Opens the "Banner Details" page.
?IID=x   Where x is the banner id code.
&DS=x  
Where
x is some unknown control, which always seems to be a value of 2.
?bid=Where x is banner decimal ID number.
/bview.aspx • Displays the image as shown in the banner view above.
?GUID=x   Where x is the same as as ?IID above.
?ID=
Where x is the same as ?bid above.
/geoteaming / or /default.aspx Various info regarding Geoteaming™ and Geoteaming™ events.
/contact.aspx • Opens the "Contact PlayTime, Inc." page.
/gift 34 / or /default.aspx • Opens the "Groundspeak Membership Gift Certificates" page.
?U=x   Where x is the users name.
/goodies various sub folders • Opens the "Groundspeak Goodies" page, with includes wallpapers and other downloads. (Also see /media/wallpapers below.)
/hide /attributes.aspx Edits the attributes of a geocache.
?WptID=x   Where x is a number which is automatically assigned to the new geocache.
/report.aspx Report a New Cache
/wplist.aspx 26 • Opens the "Add a New Waypoint" page.

?RefWptID=x   Where x is reference id for the waypoint list

&ds=x    Where x is of unknown usage

&(unknown parameter id)=x    Where x is one of the following option values:

x
=220 • Final Location
x=217 • Parking Area
x=218 • Question to Answer
x=219 • Stages of a Multicache
x=221 • Trailhead

To be researced: Prefix, Lookup, Name, Coordinate

/hotels 35 / or /default.aspx • Opens the "Hotel Reservations" page with clickable maps and lists of U.S. States and Canadian Provinces.
/chain.aspx • Opens a page with hotel listings for a particular hotel chain nearest the specified hotel.

?chainid=c&hotelid=d  Where c is a decimal hotel chain id code and d is a decimal hotel id code.

/city.aspx • Opens the hotel information page for the specified city.

?city=StCn+City  Where St is the standard two letter U.S. State or Canadian Province abbreviation, Cn is the country code, and City  is the name of the city. Two word city names must be separated with a "+" sign. (U.S. is US, and Canada is CA)

EXAMPLE:
http://www.geocaching.com/hotels/city.aspx?city=DCUS+Washington

/hotel.aspx • Opens a detailed hotel information page for the specified hotel including nearby Waymarks and Geocaches.

?hotelid=d  Where d is a decimal hotel id code.

/locale.aspx • Opens a page showing the hotels near the specified coordinates along with nearby Waymarks, Geocaches, and other points of interest.

?lat=xx.xx?lat=yyy.yy  Where xx.xx is the latitude and yyy.yy is the longitude in decimal degrees.

/state.aspx • Opens a page showing the hotels for the specified U.S. State or Canadian Province, along with some brief information about the region, and a few of the most recently published Waymarks and Geocaches.

?state=xx   Where xx is the standard two letter U.S. State or Canadian Province abbreviation.

/iphone 33 / or /default.aspx • Opens the "Groundspeak's Geocaching iPhone Application" page.
/kml 22
/buildnetworkkml.aspx • Opens a download window for the Google Earth KML browser program.
/links / or /default.aspx • Opens the "Helpful Links" page to various off-site links.
/local 26 / or /default.aspx • Opens a page showing the latest caches and Travel Bugs for a state with links to listings for selected cities.

?state_id=x   Where x is a number representing a state in the U.S. or a country. (See state list at end of this table.)

/license • Displays the a state license plate.
/xx.jpg    
Where xx s a two letter US State, or name of a country. (Use DC for District of Columbia)
/login / or /default.aspx

?reset=y&redir=url   Where url redirects the page as indicated after login
EXAMPLE: Takes you directly to your "My Cache" page after you log in:
http://www.geocaching.com/login/default.aspx?RESET=Y&redir=http://www.geocaching.com/my

/new.aspx • Opens the "Create a new account" page
/password.aspx • Opens the "Forgot your Passord?" page
/map / or /default.aspx • Opens the "Cache Map: World View" page
/xx.asp • Opens the "Cache Map: xx" page.   Where xx is a two letter US State, or the name of country. (Use MD for D.C.)
(Note that ".asp" without a "x" is the correct usage.)

blank or ?lat=&lon= • Opens map to fullest extent zoomed out

?lat=xxx.xxxxx&lon=yy.yyyyy   Where xxx.xxxxx is the latitude and yy.yyyyy is the longitude in decimal degrees. (Values are positive unless a negative sign is used)

EXAMPLE: Map around the Washington D.C. area:
http://www.geocaching.com/map/md.asp?lat=38.8894&lon=-77.0353

/getmap.aspx

 

• Opens the Cache Maps to Visualize Waypoints using more detailed maps.

?lat=xxx.xxxxx&lon=yy.yyyyy    Where xxx.xxxxx is the latitude and yy.yyyyy is the longitude in decimal degrees. (Values are positive unless a negative sign is used)

EXAMPLE: Map or area around the Washington Monument:
http://www.geocaching.com/map/getmap.aspx?lat=38.8894&lon=-77.0353

/map.aspx ?map=x   Where x is ? Usage not researched. (Re-find where this resource was identified.)
/mark / or /default.aspx • Opens the basic Hunt Benchmarks page
/details.aspx View Benchmarks Details

?PID=x   Where x is the benchmark number.
(may use more parameters similar to /seek
/details.aspx)

EXAMPLE: Survey disc benchmark near the White House in Washington D.C.:
http://www.geocaching.com/mark/details.aspx?PID=HV1895

/gallery.aspx Visit the Benchmark Gallery
/log blank • Opens page to log a benchmark find.

?WP=x   Where x is the benchmark number.

/nearest.aspx blank  • Opens the advanced Benchmark Search Page
?lat=xxx.xxxxx&lon=yy.yyyyy   Where xxx.xxxxx is the latitude and yy.yyyyy is the longitude in decimal degrees. (Values are positive unless a negative sign is used)
?zip=xxxxx   Where xxxxx is a 5 digit Zip code.

Optionally used with the above parameters:
&dist=x  
Where x is the distance in miles from the origin of the search
HINT:  Add a Distance parameter when it is normally not available. Simply add &dist=x  to the URL, where x is the distance in miles. Unlike with /seek/nearest.aspx, decimal distances are not accepted. 27
 
(may use more parameters similar to /seek/nearest.aspx)

/media /wallpaper /03-11/black/geo_wallpaper_black800.gif
/03-11/black/geo_wallpaper_black1040.gif
/03-11/black/geo_wallpaper_black1280.gif
/03-11/black/geo_wallpaper_black1600.gif
/03-11/black/geo_wallpaper_beige800.gif
/03-11/black/geo_wallpaper_beige1040.gif
/03-11/black/geo_wallpaper_beige1280.gif
/03-11/black/geo_wallpaper_beige1600.gif
/03-11/black/geo_wallpaper_gray800.gif
/03-11/black/geo_wallpaper_gray1040.gif
/03-11/black/geo_wallpaper_gray1280.gif
/03-11/black/geo_wallpaper_gray1600.gif

Also see /goodies above for additional wallpapers.

/membership 30 / or /default.aspx or
/premium.aspx
• Opens the "Groundspeak Premium Membership" new subscription page. (Also see /subscription folder.)
/mobile 30 / or /default.aspx • Opens the "Geocaching Goes Mobile with Geocache Navigator" page.
/my / or /default.aspx • Opens your "My Logs" page, with logs for the last 30 days.
(Most functions for the "/MY" folder have not yet been explored in depth.)
/avatar.aspx 35 • Opens the "Choose My Avatar" page.
/benchmarks.aspx blank     • Opens the "My Benchmark (Hunting) Details" page.

?s=3  
• Opens the "My Benchmark logs (ALL)" page.
?s=3&lt=2 
• Opens the "My Benchmark logs (Filtered by Logtype)" page.
 
/details.aspx • Opens the "Edit Account Details" page.
/fieldnotes.aspx 30 • Opens the "Field Notes" page.
/geocaches.aspx • Opens the "My Geocaching Details" page.
/home.aspx • Opens the "Mark my Home Coordinates" page where you can add, edit, view, or remove your home coordinates.
/linktodevice.aspx 30 • Opens the "Link your Geocache Navigator Application" page for Trimble's Geocache Navigator.
/logs.aspx ?s=s     Where s is one of the following:

s
=1 • Opens the "My Geocaching logs (ALL)" page.
Opens the above page with the following limits:
&lt=x     Where x is one of the following:
x
=2 • Found.
x=3 • Did not find
x
=4 • Write note
x=9 • Will Attended
x=10 • Attended
x
=18 • Post a Reviewer Note
x
=22 • Temporarily Disable 22
x
=23 • Enable Listing 22

s=2 • Opens the "My Travel Bugs (ALL)" page.
Opens the above page with the following limits:
&lt=x    
Where x is one of the following:
x
=2 • Grabbed it
x
=3 • Write note 22
x
=5 • Retrieve it from geocache
x
=10 • Dropped off

s
=3 • Opens the "My Benchmarks (ALL)" page.
Opens the above page with the following limits:

&lt=x    
Where x is one of the following:
x
=2 • Found it

(Other "lt=" type filters may exist. Only those listed at GC are shown.)

/myfriends 30 • Opens the "My Friends" page
/owned.aspx 22 • Opens the "You own __ cache listing(s)" page
/photo.aspx 35 • Opens the "My Photo" page
/sharing.aspx 35 • Opens the "Geocaching with Twitter " page
/statbar.aspx 22 • Opens the "My Stat Bar" page, where you can create a personal clickable stat bar for use on other websites.

Example of Jeremy's clickable Stats Bar:

HINT:  The following information shows alternate ways to shorten the script used to create the Stats Bar, and ways to use the code within forums and signatures that do not the use of HTML code, and have limited space.

Note these can not be used in the Groundspeak™ forums, as image usage has been disabled for signatures there.

     • Method to use on a webpage in HTML code:
           <a href="http://www.geocaching.com/profile/?A=0003" target="_blank">
           <img src="http://img.groundspeak.com/stats/img.aspx
           ?txt=View+my+stats&uid=51214b3d-6777-4c99-9508-b6107967ff29&bg=1"></a>

      • Method to use in BBCode (commonly used in forum message signatures):
           [url=http://www.geocaching.com/profile/?A=0003]
           [img]http://img.groundspeak.com/stats/img.aspx
           ?txt=
View+my+stats&uid=51214b3d-6777-4c99-9508-b6107967ff29&bg=1[/img]
           [/url]

         Do not use the Enter key when entering BBCode. If you copy and paste, you may need to remove any line feeds or returns at the end of each line.

Substitute your own information in either script above in bold blue as follows:
1) Your id number after "A=" (See the bottom of this page for info on how to find your id number)
2) The target="_blank" parameter will force a new window to be opened when the bar is clicked. This can be omitted if space is limited. While this may not be used in BBCode, some forums will automatically force a new window, even without this parameter.
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) Your optional text after "txt=" (use "+" for any spaces in text)
4) Your uid code after "uid="
5) Your optional background image choice after "bg="

For either method above, the /profile parameter may be your decimal Member ID, "A=", your 36 character string User ID "guid=", or your actual user name "u=". See /profile above for usage. Although ONLY the UID may be used for the second image link code.

?txt=text1+text2+textx....  Where text is the any amount of text that will fit in the bar. (approximately 28 lower case letters maximum)

If "txt=" is omitted, the default text inserted into the bar reads, "Let's go geocaching".

&uid=x   Where x is the 36 character string form of the username id.

&bg=x  
Where x is the background image id number in the table below.
(If this optional parameter is omitted then the default GC logo is used.)

x value

 background image example

 1 · GC logo (default)

 2 · "Signal the Frog"

 3 · "Georgia Geocachers    Association

 4 · "Alabama Geocachers Association"

As of 2008/11/05, these were the only background images available.

HINT: See the bottom of this page for info on how to learn and use a decimal Member ID number, code or name with the /profile parameter.

Also see the /stats/img.aspx section below for information on usage the image in this bar.

Here is the another explanation on how to make a stats bar. Note that it does not indicate how to use it in HTML or BBCode or how to make the bar a clickable button.
Link: http://groundspeak.trakhelp.com/bin/answer.py?answer=145&topic=-1

Link to About.com's HTML to BBCode converter:
http://javascript.about.com/library/blscr01.htm?terms=BBcode


Link to general information on the use of BBCode:
http://www.phpbb.com/phpBB/faq.php?mode=bbcode

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/subscription.aspx • Opens the "My Membership Details" page
/travelbugs.aspx • Opens the "My Travel Bug Details" page
/upload.aspx 35 • Opens the "User Image Upload" page.
/uploadfieldnotes.aspx 30

• Opens the "Upload your Garmin Field Notes File" page

/userroutes.aspx 32 • Opens the "My Caches Along a Route" page
?rguid=x   Where x is the 36 character string route id code.

EXAMPLE: Jeremy's route from Seattle, WA to Portland, OR.
http://www.geocaching.com/my/userrouteedit.aspx?rguid=9b88dd64-b703-4330-b686-e6f23d721ae7

/vcalendar.aspx 33 • Downloads a "vCalendar" file to your computer for use with Microsoft Outlook.
?guid=x   Where x is the 36 character string vCalendar note id code.

The download is started when this icon   following an Event Date is clicked.

/watchlist.aspx • Opens the "My Watchlist" page
?w=x   Where x is the decimal geocache id number
/notify / or /default.aspx • Opens the "Notification Service" page
/edit.aspx • Opens the "Add/Edit Insta-Notify Subscription" page
/pocket / or /default.aspx • Opens the "My Pocket Queries" page
/gcquery.aspx blank   Opens the "Pocket Queries (Toolbox)" page for a "New Pocket Query"
?guid=x   Where x is the 36 character string id code. Opens an existing query.
/uquery.aspx 32 blank   Opens the "User Route Query)" page for a "New User Route Pocket Query"
?urguid=
x   Where x is the 36 character string route id code. Opens an existing query.

EXAMPLE: Jeremy's route from Seattle, WA to Portland, OR.
http://www.geocaching.com/pocket/urquery.aspx?urguid=9b88dd64-b703-4330-b686-e6f23d721ae7

/press / or /default.aspx • Opens the "Geocaching in the news" page.
/archives.aspx • Opens the "Press Archives" page.
/profile / or /default.aspx

blank   Opens the "Profile for User: username" page which include User Stats and Gallery
?A=
x   Where x is decimal Member ID number.
(See the note after the end of this table for one method to find this number.)
?guid=x   Where x is the
36 character string user id code.
?u=x        Where x is the user name. Use a "+" for spaces in user names.

Examples - Jeremy's profile using all methods described:
http://www.geocaching.com/profile/?A=3
http://www.geocaching.com/profile/default.aspx?A=3

http://www.geocaching.com/profile/?guid=51214b3d-6777-4c99-9508-b6107967ff29
http://www.geocaching.com/profile/default.aspx?guid=51214b3d-6777-4c99-9508-b6107967ff29

http://www.geocaching.com/profile/?u=jeremy
http://www.geocaching.com/profile/default.aspx?u=jeremy

HINT: See the bottom of this page for info on how to learn and use an use id number, code or name in the /profile parameter.

/resources / or /default.aspx • Opens the "Geocaching Resources" page. Page provides links to various GC folders insluding /about, /calendar, /faq, /goodies, /links , and /waypoints. 30
/reviews 36
 
/gps • Opens the "GPS Devices and Reviews" page.
/gps#tab • Opens various tabs within the "GPS Devices and Reviews" page, in the format:
/gps#tabnl where n is a number and l is a letter for the tab identification.
/gps_ • Opens device specific reviews, where the "*" is the manufacture or a specific model, in the format:
/gps_mfg or /gps_mfg_model
/seek / or /default.aspx • Opens the basic search page (see /nearest.aspx below for Advanced Search)
/cache_details.aspx • The method used by GC to identify a geocache is by it's decimal ID, or 36 character string id code, or Geocache Code (fka Geocache Waypoint)
?ID=x  
Where x is decimal geocache ID code.
?guid=x   Where x is the
36 character string geocache id code.
?wp=
ttx   Where tt is the geocache type and x is the the code.
       Types include:  gc for geocache,. bm for benchmark.

Optionally used with the above parameters:
&decrypt=y
or n      Decrypt the hint - Default is NO if parameter omitted.
&log=y     Displays last 5 logs when used with &pf=y and ALL logs when &pg=n or is omitted.  Default is NO for the &log=y parameter if it is omitted.
&pf=y or   Display a printer friendly page - Default is NO if parameter omitted.

EXAMPLE: All three of the following URLs find the same "Europe's First" geocache page:
Decimal geocache id number:
http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?ID=67
36 character string geocache id code:
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http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?guid=4c97361e-1acc-45aa-86f9-d10e236eeaee
GeocCache Code (fka Geocache Waypoint):
http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=gc43

or use this shortcut:
http://coord.info/GC43 (Note that this shortcut also works for Travel Bugs and WayMarks.)
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HINT: See the bottom of this page for info on how to learn and use these unique geocache identifiers.

/cupload.aspx • Opens the image upload page for your cache page.
?id=x  
Where x is the decimal geocache id number.
/gallery.aspx • Opens a "Gallery Images" page of the most recent images uploaded to GC.
/gmnearest.aspx 26 • Opens the "Searching with Google Maps" page at  the default coordinates of +47.619017, -122.342867, which happen to be in downtown Seattle Washington.

• Opens the "Searching with Google Maps" page from the origin coordinates of:
?lat=xxx.xxxxx&lng=yy.yyyyy     Where xxx.xxxxx is the latitude and yy.yyyyy is the longitude in decimal degrees.           (Values are positive unless a negative sign is used. N & E are positive. S & W are negative.)
The results appear to be those within a 1 mile radius of the coordinates.
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EXAMPLE: Opens Google Maps in Seattle Washington:
http://www.geocaching.com/seek/gmnearest.aspx

EXAMPLE: Opens Google Maps in Washington D.C.:
http://www.geocaching.com/seek/gmnearest.aspx?lat=38.8894&lng=-77.0353

/history.aspx • Opens the "Recent Log" page showing the most recent 200 cache logs.
/log.aspx

• Opens the page to post a cache log:

?ID=x   Where x is the decimal geocache id number.
EXAMPLE: Posting a log to "Europe's First (Traditional Cache)":
http://www.geocaching.com/seek/log.aspx?ID=67

• Opens the page to view a log:

?LID=x   Where x is the decimal log id number.
EXAMPLE: Log using the decimal log id number.
http://www.geocaching.com/seek/log.aspx?LID=12315

?LUID=x   Where x is the 36 or 38 character string log id code.
EXAMPLE: 38 character string log id code style URL for a log entry:
http://www.geocaching.com/seek/log.aspx?LUID={0ce55a5b-d0d9-45c8-b057-13c47ff189ef}

The above URL from a Geocache log contains the "{" and "}" symbols around the 36 character string. These symbols are considered illegal in some applications such as AOL's AIM program. So for example, if you Copy and Pasted the above URL to show to someone while instant messaging with them, they would not be able to link to it. While I have no idea why GC uses these characters, there is a way around it that seems to work ok.  Simply remove the "{" and "}" symbols from the address before you send the URL, or including it in an email.

EXAMPLE: The same URL without the characters described above:
http://www.geocaching.com/seek/log.aspx?LUID=0ce55a5b-d0d9-45c8-b057-13c47ff189ef

• Opens a log with a particular log image:

?IID=x   Where x is an log image the id number. (usage also requires one of the above log ids)
EXAMPLE: Using each type of log id:
http://www.geocaching.com/seek/log.aspx?IID=8adea5bb-fb4a-4a5a-82f0-3a8a58a93aad&ID=67 
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http://www.geocaching.com/seek/log.aspx?IID=8adea5bb-fb4a-4a5a-82f0-3a8a58a93aad&LID=12315
http://www.geocaching.com/seek/log.aspx?IID=8adea5bb-fb4a-4a5a-82f0-3a8a58a93aad&LUID=0ce55a5b-d0d9-45c8-b057-13c47ff189ef

/nearest.aspx blank     • Opens the Advanced Search Page

Except for "state_id", all other results are sorted by distance, with closest caches first. 33

• Opens the "All Geocaches" page in an Area Code, sorted by
?acode=xxx   Where xxx is a 3 digit area code

• Opens the "All Geocaches" page for a country. If country has enough caches, then Advanced page opens.
?country_id=x   Where x a number representing a country (goes to advanced search)

• Opens the "All Geocaches" page with a keyword.
?key=one+two+three&submit4=Find   Where one is the 1st word, two is the 2nd, three is the third, etc for a keyword search

• Opens the "All Geocaches" page for a Pocket Query.
?pq=x   Where x is a 36 character pocket query identification code.

• Opens the "All Geocaches" page in a State, Province or Country..
?state_id=x  
Where x is a number representing a U.S. State, a Canadian Province or an entire country. See the known list at the end of this table. The page results are sorted by "Hidden" or "Event" date, with newest date first.
Note that the "&dist=" parameter option (below) does not work with this function.

HINT: You can use the "&f=1" parameter option (below) to filter out caches you have already found. Therefore if you subtract the number of "Total Records" shown on the page from the number of "Total Records" without using the option, you will have the total number of geocaches you have found in that state. 33

• Opens the "All Geocaches" page from the origin coordinates of: 27
?lat=xxx.xxxxx&lon=yy.yyyyy     Where xxx.xxxxx is the latitude and yy.yyyyy is the longitude in decimal degrees.           (Values are positive unless a negative sign is used. N & E are posituve. S & W are negative.)
OR
?lat_ns=ns&lat_h=h&lat_mmss=m&long_ew=ew&long_h=h&long_mmss=m   Where ns is 1 for North or East and ew is -1 for South or West, h is hours, and m is decimal minute coordinates.

EXAMPLE: Show all geocaches around the Washington Monument.
http://www.geocaching.com/seek/nearest.aspx?lat=38.8894&lon=-77.0353

EXAMPLE: Show all geocaches around the Washington Monument.
http://www.geocaching.com/seek/nearest.aspx?lat_ns=1&lat_h=38&lat_mmss=53.364&long_ew=-1&long_h=77&long_mmss=02.118


HINT
: Show all geocaches around the Washington Monument within 1/2 mile. Use this method to find all caches around a coordinate, to test for placement of a new cache, as caches must not be less than .1 miles apart.
http://www.geocaching.com/seek/nearest.aspx?lat_ns=1&lat_h=38&lat_mmss=53.364&long_ew=-1&long_h=77&long_mmss=02.118&dist=.5

• Opens the "Nearest Placenames" page.
?origin_lat=xxx.xxxxx&origin_long=yy.yyyyy  
Where xxx.xxxxx is the latitude and yy.yyyyy is the longitude in decimal degrees.           (Values are positive unless a negative sign is used)

• Opens a geocache page for a specific type of geocache.
?tx=x   Where x is one of the following a special case searches:
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x=9a79e6ce-3344-409c-bbe9-496530baf758 for All Geocaches
x=31d2ae3c-c358-4b5f-8dcd-2185bf472d3d
for Webcam Cache
x=2555690d-b2bc-4b55-b5ac-0cb704c0b768
for Project APE Cache
x=c66f5cf3-9523-4549-b8dd-759cd2f18db8
for Earthcache
x=a5f6d0ad-d2f2-4011-8c14-940a9ebf3c74
for Multi-cache
x=69eb8534-b718-4b35-ae3c-a856a55b0874
for Event Cache
x=294d4360-ac86-4c83-84dd-8113ef678d7e
for Virtual Cache
x=4bdd8fb2-d7bc-453f-a9c5-968563b15d24
for Letterbox Hybrid
x=57150806-bc1a-42d6-9cf0-538d171a2d22
for Cache In Trash Out Event
x=40861821-1835-4e11-b666-8d41064d03fe
for Unknown Cache
x=32bc9333-5e52-4957-b0f6-5a2c8fc7b257
for Traditional Cache

Examples:
All Event Caches
http://www.geocaching.com/seek/nearest.aspx?tx=69eb8534-b718-4b35-ae3c-a856a55b0874

All Event Caches in Washington DC
http://www.geocaching.com/seek/nearest.aspx?st=21&tx=69eb8534-b718-4b35-ae3c-a856a55b0874

• Opens the "All Geocaches" page for all caches hidden by a user.
?u=x  
Where x is the user name who has hid the caches. Use a "+" for spaces in user names.

EXAMPLE: List caches hidden by Jeremy:
http://www.geocaching.com/seek/nearest.aspx?u=jeremy
 

• Opens the "All Geocaches" page for all caches found by a user.
?ul=
x   Where x is the user name who has found the caches. Use a "+" for spaces in user names.

EXAMPLE: List caches found by Jeremy:
http://www.geocaching.com/seek/nearest.aspx?ul=jeremy
 

• Opens the specific geocache page for a waypoint.
?wp=x   Where x is a Geocache Code.

• Opens the "All Geocaches" page in a Zip code.
?zip=xxxxx   Where xxxxx is a 5 digit Zip code.

 

Optionally used with the above parameters.
&dist=x   Where x is the distance in miles from the origin of the search. Decimal distances are accepted.
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HINT: Add a Distance parameter when it is normally not available. Simply add &dist=x  to the URL, where x is the distance in miles.

EXAMPLE: Do a search for caches in the 210 area code:

Before:
http://www.geocaching.com/seek/nearest.aspx?acode=210
Without a distance parameter, this seems to default to 100 mile radius.

After:
http://www.geocaching.com/seek/nearest.aspx?acode=210&dist=10 This will show only a 10 mile radius.
This same technique works with the Latitude/Longitude search, and possibly others.

Optionally used with the above parameters: 22
&f=1 Filters out "finds" when used as in the following Example:
http://www.geocaching.com/seek/nearest.aspx?lat=38.8894&lon=-77.0353&f=1

 

/recent.aspx See /history.aspx
/SendToPhone.aspx 26 • Opens the "Send to Phone" page.

?gc=x   Where x is the Geocache Code of the cache you wish to send.
/shopping 30 / or /default.aspx • Opens the "Shopping for Gear" page.
/stats /img.aspx blank     • Displays the Stats Bar image "Signal the Frog"! (Is this a fun little GC "Easter Egg"?)

Displays the Stats Bar image with a background image.

?txt=text1+text2+textx....  Where text is the any amount of text that will fit in the bar. (approximately 28 lower case letters maximum)

If "txt=" is omitted, the default text inserted into the bar reads, "Let's go geocaching".

&uid=  Where x is the 36 character string form of the username id.

&bg=x   Where x is the background image id number in the table below.
(If this optional parameter is omitted then the default GC logo is used.)

x value

 background image example

 1 · GC logo (default)

 2 · "Signal the Frog"

 3 · "Georgia Geocachers    Association

 4 · "Alabama Geocachers Association"

As of 2005/11/05, these were the only background images available.

EXAMPLE: Display Jeremy's Stats bar with the text "Example 1" and the default GC logo image: 29
http://img.groundspeak.com/stats/img.aspx?txt=Example+1&uid=51214b3d-6777-4c99-9508-b6107967ff29&bg=1
EXAMPLE: Display Jeremy's Stats Button with the text "Example 2" and the Signal the Frog image:
http://img.groundspeak.com/stats/img.aspx?txt=Example+2&uid=51214b3d-6777-4c99-9508-b6107967ff29&bg=2

Also see the "/my/statsbar.aspx" above for the official CG page on creating a Stats Bar.

Link to About.com's HTML to BBCode converter:
http://javascript.about.com/library/blscr01.htm?terms=BBcode

Link to general information on the use of BBCode:
http://www.phpbb.com/phpBB/faq.php?mode=bbcode

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/subscribe / or /default.aspx • Opens the "Groundspeak Premium Membership" status/renewal page. (Also see /membership folder.)
/refunds.aspx • Opens the "Refund Policy" page.
/track / or /default.aspx • Opens the "How to track a Travel Bug" page.
/activate.aspx ?ID=blank   Activate a Travel Bug.
?ID=x
   Where x is the id number of the Travel Bug
/details.aspx • Opens the "Travel Bug Details" page.

?guid=x   Where x is the travel bug id

/faq.aspx • See /travelbugfaq.aspx below. 30
/gallery.aspx • Opens the "Travel Bug Gallery" page.
/geocoin.aspx 30 • Opens the "GeoCoin" page.
/geocoinfaq.aspx 30 • Opens the "GeoCoin FAQ" page.
/howto.aspx • Opens the "How to track a Travel Bug" page.
/howtogeocoin.aspx 30 • Opens the "How to track a GeoCoin" page.
/log.aspx • Opens the "Travel Bug Log" page.

?LUID=x   Where x is the log id

/order.aspx • Opens the "Ordering Travel Bugs" page.
/sheet.aspx • Opens the "Travel Bug Sheet" page to be printed and attached to the TB.

?guid=x   Where x is the travel bug id

/search.aspx Search for Travel Bugs history at a particular cache.

?wid=x   Where x is the id code of the geocache.

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GC has changed this function, and it no longer works as described here. New method is not yet understood.

Track a Travel Bug

?ID=x   Where x is the id number of the Travel Bug

EXAMPLE: Jeremy's "Deadly Duck: Envy" Travel Bug:
http://www.geocaching.com/track/track_detail.asp?ID=0001

/travelbugfaq.aspx 30 • Opens the "Travel Bug FAQ" page.
/upload.aspx 20 • Opens the "Submit Your Contest Photo Entry" page.
/v / or /default.aspx • Opens the "Validate My Account" page
/send.aspx • Opens the "Send email validation" page
/waypoints / or /default.aspx • Opens the "Geocaching Software" page, (fka the "Downloading GPX/LOC Files" page). 33
/agreement.aspx • Opens the "Waypoint License Agreement" page
/download.aspx • Opens the "EasyGPS from TopoGrafix" information page.
/wpt 31 / or /default.aspx • Opens the "Waypoint Conversions" page with a map and conversions for the coordinates given:
?lat=xxx.xxxxx&lon=yy.yyyyy     Where xxx.xxxxx is the latitude and yy.yyyyy is the longitude in decimal degrees.           (Values are positive unless a negative sign is used. N & E are positive. S & W are negative.)
 
List of GC Numeric Codes for various States, /Provinces, and othre Administrative Divisions: 26
Australia • 52=New South Wales, 53=Victoria, 54=Queensland, 55=South Austrailia, 57=Tasmania, 58=North Territory, 59=Austrialian Capitol Territory
Canada •
62= Quebec, 63=Alberta, 65=British Columbia, 66=New Brunswick, 67=Newfoundland, 68=Nova Scotia, 69=Ontario, 70=Prince Edward Island, 71=Saskatchewan, 72=Northwest Territories, 73=Nunavut, 74=Yukon Territory
Belgium • 76=Oost-Vlaanderen, 78=Vlaams-Brabant, 80=Liθge, 81=Namur, 87=Antwerpten, 88=Hainaut, 89=Limburg, 90=Luxemburg, 91=Brabant, 92=West-Vlaanderderen
New Zeland • 82=North Island, 86=South Island
USA • 2=Alaska, 3=Arizona, 4=Arkansas, 5=California, 6=Colorado, 7=Connecticut, 8=District of Columbia, 9=Delaware, 10=Florida, 11=Georgia, 12=Hawaii, 13=Idaho, 14=Illinois, 15=Indiana, 16=Iowa, 17=Kansas, 18=Kentucky, 19=Louisiana, 20=Maine, 21=Maryland, 22=Massachusetts, 23=Michigan, 24=Minnesota, 25=Mississippi, 26=Missouri, 27=Montana, 28=Nebraska, 29=Nevada, 30=New Hampshire, 31=New Jersey, 32=New Mexico, 33=New York, 34=North Carolina, 35=North Dakota, 36=Ohio, 37=Oklahoma, 38=Oregon, 39=Pennsylvania, 40=Rhode  Island,  41=South Carolina, 42=South Dakota, 43=Tennessee, 44=Texas, 45=Utah, 46=Vermont, 47=Virginia, 48=Washington, 49=West Virginia, 50=Wisconsin, 51=Wyoming, 60=Alabama
Other • 1=All other countries not listed above combined in one grouping.

Visit http://groundspeak.trakhelp.com to browse the GC Knowledge Database for help with many GC related questions and problems.

 


HINT: The following methods can be used to find a geocache user's three unique identifiers.
The geocacher name "Jeremy" is used for the following examples. See additional usage examples in the "/gift", "/profile", "/stats/img.aspx" and the "/seek/nearest/" functions above.
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- Decimal "Member ID" number (A=):
USAGE EXAMPLE: http://www.geocaching.com/profile/default.aspx?A=3  (Note the "default.aspx" may be omitted.)

1) Go to the profile page for a user at GC.
At the bottom of the page, RIGHT click on "See the forum posts for this user", and choose Properties. The number at the end of the URL Address is the user's decimal Member ID number.
DISPLAY EXAMPLE: http://forums.groundspeak.com/gc/index.php?act=Search&CODE=getalluser&mid=3

2) You can view your own Member ID number at: http://www.geocaching.com/account/default.aspx 35

3) Another method to find your own Member ID number is described in the GSAK help file, "You can find this unique number by opening up a GPX file in any text editor, and searching for a cache you have placed. Now look for the string starting with "<groundspeak:owner id=". The number surrounded by double quotes is your Owner ID.

- 36 character string user id code (uid=):
USAGE EXAMPLE: http://www.geocaching.com/profile/default.aspx?uid=51214b3d-6777-4c99-9508-b6107967ff29  29

1) Go to the profile page for a user at GC. In the middle of the page, RIGHT click on "Send message", and choose Properties. The number at the end of the URL Address should be the user's 36 character string user id code.
DISPLAY EXAMPLE: http://www.geocaching.com/email/?guid=51214b3d-6777-4c99-9508-b6107967ff29

2) Groundspeak's method states, "
Your UID is available by clicking on a cache log. Your UID will be in your browser's Address box."

- User name (u=):
Use a user's name in place of their decimal Member ID number or the "uid=" code a the end of a URL for a user's profile.
USAGE EXAMPLE: http://www.geocaching.com/profile/?u=jeremy  (Use "+" for spaces in user names. Other special characters in a name may need to be removed when used in this manner.)

1) Find the correct format for a user's name on one of their cache pages by RIGHT clicking on either link of: "
Find... ...other caches hidden or found by this user" and choose Properties.
DISPLAY EXAMPLE: http://www.geocaching.com/seek/nearest.aspx?u=jeremy
DISPLAY EXAMPLE: http://www.geocaching.com/seek/nearest.aspx?ul=jeremy

2) Go to a user's profile and RIGHT click on "(Give a gift membership)", and and choose Properties to view the format of a user's name after the "u=".
DISPLAY EXAMPLE: http://www.geocaching.com/Gift/default.aspx?u=jeremy


HINT:  Methods to find a geocache's three unique identifiers.
All examples use the "Europe's First" geocache page. When you visit a geocache page, the URL in the address bar of your browser will show one of the three identifiers as described below, depending on how you linked to the page.
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- Decimal geocache id number (id=):
USAGE EXAMPLE: http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?id=67

1) Go to a geocache page. RIGHT click on the "log your visit", or "watch listing" within the
"Navigation" box and choose Properties.  The number at the end of the URL Address is the cache's decimal id number. Cache owners may also find this number in other buttons in the "Naviagation" box..
DISPLAY EXAMPLE: http://www.geocaching.com/seek/log.aspx?ID=67

- 36 character string geocache id code (guid=):
USAGE EXAMPLE: http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?guid=4c97361e-1acc-45aa-86f9-d10e236eeaee

1) Go to a geocache page. Look for "Logged Visits (
xx total. Visit the Gallery (xx images))". Then RIGHT click on the link and choose Properties. The number at the end of the URL Address is the cache's decimal id number.
DISPLAY EXAMPLE: http://www.geocaching.com/seek/gallery.aspx?guid=4c97361e-1acc-45aa-86f9-d10e236eeaee

2) Go to the geocache page. RIGHT click on any blank part of the page, and choose Properties The number at the end of the URL Address should be the user's 36 character string id code  It should also be visible in your browsers address bar. This method will NOT work if you used a cache's Geocache Code to reach the cache page.
DISPLAY EXAMPLE: http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?guid=4c97361e-1acc-45aa-86f9-d10e236eeaee

3) Go to the geocache page. If you are a Premium Member or cache owner, additional buttons in the l"Navigation" box contain the code. View them using the method above.

- Geocache Code (wp=):
(formally known as Geocache Waypoint)

USAGE EXAMPLE: http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=gc43
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1) Go to the geocache page. View the "GC" code in the top right corner of the cache page.


Edit history:

Edit 37 - 2011/02/08, 11:00 Added note in "/track/track_details.asp" for likely change to method that GC uses.
Edit 36 - 2009/06/08, 07:00 Added "/reviews/".  and a
HINT: for "/account/managefriends.aspx".
Edit 35 - 2009/03/06, 22:00 Added "/account/", "/find/", "/hotels/", "/my/avatar.aspx/", "/my/photo.aspx/", "/my/sharing.aspx/", "/my/upload.aspx/". Added a new method to view your own Member ID to the
HINTS: near the end of this document. Added the "http://coords.info" URL shortcut technique to "/seek/cache_details.aspx/" and to "Geocache Code (wp=)" in the HINTS: near the end of this document. Changed all instances of "decimal user id" to "decimal Member ID" since GC now uses that term.
Edit 34 - 2009/01/29, 09:30
Added "/gift/". Added method 2) for finding format of username for use displaying user profile with username. Re-writes of the HINTS: near the end of this document.
Edit 33 - 2008/11/11, 22:30 Added "/vcalendar/". Added notes for "/seek/nearest.aspx" on how results are sorted and "&dist=" usage. Added notes for "/seek/nearest.aspx/?state_id=" usage of "&dist=", and Hint for use of "&f=1". Added  "/calendar/guide.aspx", and  "/iphone/". Changed page name for "/waypoints" folder page name.
Edit 32 - 2008/09/10, 13:00 Added "/my/userroutes.aspx", and "/pocket/uquery.aspx".
Edit 31 - 2008/08/17, 17:00 Added "/wpt" folders.
Edit 30 - 2008/08/15, 02:00 Added "/adopt",  "/membership", "/resources" and "/shopping" folders.  Various functions added to "/my" folder. Various functions added to "/track" folder.
Edit 29 - 2008/07/31, 08:30 Correction of URL in example for "/seek/cache_details.aspx", plus other minor URL corrections.
Edit 28 - 2008/05/22, 12:30 Re-writes of the
HINTS: near the end of this document and the inclusion of both DISPLAY EXAMPLE: and USAGE EXAMPLE:.
Edit 27 - 2006/05/25, 12:30 "/seek/nearest.aspx" Re-write of section for coordinate searches, with new examples. All Examples are now shown as
EXAMPLE:
Decimal mileage usage with the "&dist" function for "/mark/nearest.aspx" and "/seek/nearest.aspx" was added.

Edit 26 - 2006/05/16, 01:30 "/hide/wplist.aspx", "/local/...", "/seek/gmnearest.aspx", "/seek/SendToPhone.aspx", and a list of U.S. state codes.
Edit 25 - 2006/03/29, 15:30 "/seek/nearest.aspx" Codes added for special cache type searches.
Edit 24 - 2005/12/18, 03:00 "/my/statbar.aspx" Stat Banner creation info corrected.
Edit 23 - 2005/11/05, 18:00 "/my/statbar.aspx" and "/profile/stats/img.aspx" edited.
Edit 22 - 2005/10/21, 22:00 "/my/owner.aspx" corrected to "/my/owned.aspx". Also see other
22 occurrences in document.
Edit 21 - 2005/10/04, 16:30 various syntax corrections.
Edit 20 - 2005/08/01. 00:00 see
20 occurrences in document.
Edit 19 - 2005/04/15, 01:30 see
19 occurrences in document.
Edit 18 - 2005/04/14, 08:00 see
18 occurrences in document.
Edits 3 through 17 all occurred between 2003/12/12 and 2005/04/14.
Edit 1 - 2003/12/12


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