Another controversial move was the monopoly control Irish unilaterally imposed over the database of cache locations, refusing to provide the full list to anyone.Criticisms of his actions on the original gpsstash mailing list were met with the establishment of his own mailing list hosted on his own site.On May 1, 2000, President Clinton announced that this scrambling, known as Selective Availability (SA), would be turned off.Civilians were then able to enjoy accuracy on the order of 10 meters. The rule of take something, leave something, sign the logbook.By mid-2003, had over 150,000 registered users, including an estimated 7,200 paid subscribers at per year.
And how Dave Ulmer and Navicache and Robin Lovelock became words that you dare not utter on
Reportedly, Jeremy Irish threatened a lawsuit unless Quinn's site delete use of the word geocaching, presumably because of Irish's trademark application.
Quinn resisted and instead turned into a full-fledged geocaching resource, adding cache listings.
The original Web page is gone, but thanks to the Wayback Machine, a copy of the GPS Stash Hunt Homepage still exists. Its archives contain the best record of the early days of the hobby. Matt Stum suggested "geocaching" to avoid the negative connotations of the word "stash".
On May 15, James Coburn set up a mailing list on e Groups (now Yahoo! So, within a month, the hobby had in place the rules, its first hides and finds, a mailing list and a home page. On September 2, 2000, Jeremy Irish emailed the gpsstash mailing list that he had registered the domain name and had setup his own Web site.