Good topic, Kat....thanks for bringing it up!
I think the only time most of us really consider our reviewers is when we have a problem with a placement.
When I was a new cacher my first placement was very important to me. It was like my baby. I put a lot of thought and effort into it. And, when it was rejected with what I thought was a "silly" rule I took it personally. I spent oodles of time trying to justify the cache and point out other similar caches that had been published. All to no effect....the Wiz stood strong;-) And rightly so
. As I gained experience I realized that the silly rule had a very good and reasonable basis (that doesn't stop me from grimacing every time I pass the GZ
A few caches later I had another problem, this time Scootch was the reviewer. And what I learned with this experience was that our reviewers are more than willing to help you make your caches the best they can be. It was a long process, but, eventually this cache, in it's ammended state, has become one of my most popular. All because Scootch took the time to work with me and Groundspeak as I modified the cache so that it became "legal". It was a wonderful learning experience and I am truly grateful!
I haven't had any problems since because I took the time to become *very* familiar with Groundspeak's guidelines and policies and keep up with any ammendments. It makes sense to know the rules of the game.
But, our reviewers don't see every cache in the field. It is our responsibility as more experienced cachers to help monitor caches that we find. If there is something highly questionable about a new cache, it is our duty to mention it. Not as a finger-pointer but as a member of a communtiy that just wants to make our game better for everyone. A friendly comment in the log or an email to the c/o is usually all that is necessary. But, something potentially dangerous should be forwarded on to the reviewer that published the cache. They then can contact the c/o with advice.
I would like to add my thanks to Kat's to our terrific vollunteer reviewers. Way to go, guys!