A few months ago, Groundspeak asked me to step in and assist mtn-man with the ever-increasing number of geocaches submitted throughout BC. I've had a chance to meet many of you already, either through emails or in person, and I look forward to meeting more of you!
Many common questions that I've been asked can be answered by reading the Geocaching Listing Guidelines. The link to those guidelines is at the bottom of each cache page -- you must check off the box that indicates you've read them before submitting your cache! It's a great idea to read them often, as the Guidelines are updated to reflect the ever-changing directions that geocaching takes. Here's the link to those guidelines -- take a few minutes to look them over: Listing Guidelines
If you don't find an answer to your question there, you can also send me an email email@example.com
Be sure to include your cache's GC number, your email address, and your cacher name!
From time to time, I'll be submitting comments here to help make geocaching more fun and user-friendly for everyone.
There seems to be some confusion regarding the proper procedure for a "Needs Archived" log on a disabled cache. The "NA" log should only be used as a last resort. Before submitting a "NA" log on a cache, check to see if there's a reason why a cache is disabled. Is it inaccessible in the wintertime, or is the cache area under construction? Has the cache owner logged on to geocaching.com within the past few months, or has he/she indicated that they plan to replace a missing cache? If so, the correct log to use is a "Needs Maintenance" log rather than a "Needs Archived" log. This will remind the cache owner that their cache is under the weather and needs some attention.
Only after a number of "Did Not Find" logs, where the cache owner is unresponsive, and a period of at least several months have elapsed, should a "Needs Archive" log be posted to a cache. Most times, caches will be repaired or replaced with a friendly reminder, either by email or by posting a "Needs Maintenance" log, rather than resorting to a "Needs Archived".
See you on the trails,
Wizard of Ooze
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