Category Archives: Groundspeak

“Recalculate Distance” Howto and why?

From time to time we receive emails asking why tb-run.com does not consider all mileage of a TB.  You can be sure that tb-run.com does the maths right – as long as we get the right information.

The information is only as good as the data we receive from geocaching.com. And sometimes, gc.com does not calculate the mileage correctly. The relevant miles for tb-run.com is not the total mileage you see behind “Tracking History”. tb-run.com gets the data from each mile number for the single logs. And especially there, gc.com does forget some data from time to time.

Ususally it helps if you execute a “recalculate distance” on gc.com:

  1. Lookup your TB Details page, e.g. http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?tracker=TBABCDE
  2. Choose from the drop-down box that shows “Mark Item Missing” the entry “Recalculate Distance” (see screenshot)
  3. Click the “Go” Button
  4. Then it will usually take 1-10 minutes until gc.com corrects the calculation
  5. tb-run.com will update the race stats once per day.  After the next update, we will consider all miles we get from gc.com

geocaching.com down – what happens afterwards???

Sorry, this post was written before we decided to have tb-rescue.com and tb-run.com in english.
However, here is a summary of the post:

geocaching.com is down due to an update. http://forums.groundspeak.com/GC/index.php?showtopic=239821. We have some hope that known issues that made life harder are now fixed. e.g.
10790: Trackable Item mileage not updating and ‘recalculate distance’ doesn’t work
Made some fixes to address the mileage update issues for Trackables


But we are also scared by thing like this:

“we have modernized the site to allow us to move forward with future projects in an effort to better address the needs of our users. In doing so, some third-party tools, […] may no longer work because of changes to the underlying structure of the site.”

but lets see 🙂