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For the last 6 months or so there has been a local cacher that has been asking for a bunch of caches to be archived. Others they are asking for owner maintenance. This is fine if there is something wrong with the hide, but when they have not even logged a DNF or even tried for it...I mean really. Case and point, I have a hide that was one of my very first hides nearly 4 years ago, I purposely stated on the cache page that it was not meant to be easy and I also gave it a 1.5/5 difficulty. For the most part its that difficult and many cachers that know me, or have found some of my caches know my reputation. This cache also receives alot of DNF's which was the intent to begin with. I even state on the cache page that I will not give a hint until after a DNF has been logged.

 

Some people crave the challenge that hides like this have the satisfaction of giving, others hate them, that why we have write-ups, so we can give any needed information to a person going out to find said cache. This cache gives the information and there have been as many as 4 or even 5 DNF's before someone get a find or asks and I help as best I can, even if I have to meet a cacher there which I have done on more than 10 occasions.

 

What happened last year though was I got a email saying htat my cache needed to be archived because there have been so many DNF's and no finds, but the person that wrote that had never logged a DNF. They just made an assumption and tried to get my cache archived. I email and asked what was up, and it turns out they had never even been there or tried for it, they were going off of logs. Then to take it further they have tried this on no less that 5 of my caches. I have a cache that was hidden nearly 4 years ago and still has no finds, does that mean that it should be archived also? I think not.

 

How can we deal with cachers like this? It turns out that many people that I have talked to in the geocaching community have been having the same problem with the same person. I just don't have a problem calling them out. AS OF RIGHT NOW I AM NOT SAYING NAMES.

 

If others could please give some type of advice on how to deal with this situation it would be great.

 

I currently have 125 active hides that I keep up on, and most are the original containers, I think I know which I would need to archive if it came to that, but I am of the belief that a cache should stay for as long as possible. This is how we end up with the 12 and 13 year old caches. IF YOU CAN'T FIND A CACHE YOU DNF, NOT SAY NEEDS MAINTENANCE. I think this sort of thing should have consequences. There have been a couple of caches that were archived that were some of my favorite or most memorable hides and now they are gone, and that really sucks, people don't understand the consequences of there actions until its too late. This person is a geocachers nightmare and needs to be dealt with....GG

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Maybe a Mod can send this over to the Geocaching Topics forum.

- This isn't Off Topic.

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sorry didn't know where I was supposed to post...

 

At any rate, you deal with it by posting a note to your cache saying that you are an active cacher and there is nothing wrong with your cache. This communicates just that to your reviewer. If the reviewer starts to see a pattern, they may ask the other guy to slow down a bit. We have someone like this over in the next valley and while it can be an annoyance to some, quite a few missing caches with missing owners are getting archived and I think the net result has been positive. (The blind squirrel analogy).

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sorry didn't know where I was supposed to post...

 

At any rate, you deal with it by posting a note to your cache saying that you are an active cacher and there is nothing wrong with your cache. This communicates just that to your reviewer. If the reviewer starts to see a pattern, they may ask the other guy to slow down a bit. We have someone like this over in the next valley and while it can be an annoyance to some, quite a few missing caches with missing owners are getting archived and I think the net result has been positive. (The blind squirrel analogy).

I agree with this procedure. It lets the local reviewer know that you are actively maintaining the caches especially ones more difficult to find. If the cacher continues this, I suggest contacting your reviewer and let him/her know what is going on.

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