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How long does it normally take to get a new cache approved? I was hoping to hide one and then be able to use it in a class about 4-5 days later. Am I deliriously dreaming that it would be done that soon?

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The time for a new cache listing to get approved is totally controlled by your local volunteer reviewer. I place caches several states and have had caches reviewed by a half dozen reviewers. In SE Mass it typically takes a week for one reviewer and a couple days for another. I've had caches approved in 24 hours and others that took several weeks to "negotiate". If you have a time constraint it's probably worth reaching out to the reviewer and explaining the need for speed. They may or may not respond, but if you need something, it's probably better to ask than to hope.

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How long does it normally take to get a new cache approved? I was hoping to hide one and then be able to use it in a class about 4-5 days later. Am I deliriously dreaming that it would be done that soon?

Just a friendly comment from someone who is not your reviewer.

 

Do you have a second account? You have no pending caches awaiting review under this account.

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I hid two geocaches from today and yesterday. How long does it normally take. I really wish I could have them done because I will be going on vacation soon. 

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11 minutes ago, Emmie21206 said:

I hid two geocaches from today and yesterday. How long does it normally take. I really wish I could have them done because I will be going on vacation soon. 

Thanks for hiding caches, and welcome to geocaching!  Your two caches are now properly awaiting review.  Both were submitted today.  One of the Washington Community Volunteer Reviewers will be along to have a look at them.  The service goal is to provide an initial review within seven days, although most volunteers will usually beat that for most caches.

Caches with complete information (included in the initial reviewer note) and no listing guideline issues are more likely to be published quickly than caches that have issues or questions.  I looked at your two caches.  One does not have any information provided in a private reviewer note.  The other one has a helpful note explaining that the cache is hidden on a path off Rhododendron Lane heading to the elementary school.  In addition to the listing guideline making caches at or near school properties "off limits," the coordinates for your cache are nowhere near the school or Rhododendron Lane.  The posted coordinates put me in the front yard of a private residence on NW Finn Hill Road, which I suspect may be your own home coordinates.

Since this thread was bumped today, I wanted to post an updated link to the Help Center article about the cache review process.

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Thanks for you help. There is a path that connects to the school parking lot in the back to a side walk on Rhidendron Lane. The side walk is open to public. On the sidewalk you may  you may see path. But that is just a marking point saying you are close. I have done my research and it looks like the two I have hidden are up to code and are aloud to be where they are. Thanks for your help again

 

                              Sincerely,  Emmie 

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You're very welcome, Emmie. 

I see that your reviewer has looked at both cache submissions -- on the same day as submitted!  The Washington volunteers are terrific.

You can now address the issues noted by your reviewer.  When finished writing a reviewer note for each page, remember to re-submit the cache for review.

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I have been trying get approval of my first cache. Due to a communication issue permission  was evidently not detailed enough and my reviewer archived it.  How much detail is required and how do I resolve this ?Contact with reviewer thru email didn't work? 

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9 minutes ago, MargretB said:

I have been trying get approval of my first cache. Due to a communication issue permission  was evidently not detailed enough and my reviewer archived it.  How much detail is required and how do I resolve this ?Contact with reviewer thru email didn't work? 

Once your cache page has been archived due to inactivity, it's best to send your reviewer an email via their profile page.  If it's been well over a week since your email, you can write to Geocaching HQ via the Help Center.  Mark your inquiry for the "Appeals" team.

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Our reviewer has a really quick turnaround on publishing cahes as long as there are no complications. I've submitted caches and had them published in the same day. 

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I submitted a cache for review today and the email saying it had been submitted arrived at 11:59 am.  The e-mail saying that the cache had been published arrived at 1:31 pm.  One hour and 32 minutes later.

I don't think you could improve on our local reviewers.

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6 hours ago, Gill & Tony said:

I submitted a cache for review today and the email saying it had been submitted arrived at 11:59 am.  The e-mail saying that the cache had been published arrived at 1:31 pm.  One hour and 32 minutes later.

I don't think you could improve on our local reviewers.

Yep, my one on Friday wasn't quite as quick, it took three hours :).

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For my first cache, the time from hitting submit to the notice that it published was 27 minutes. None of mine have taken longer than 25 hours.

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I was wondering how long it will take to publish my 2nd and 3rd geocache.  My first geocache I hid took only about 4 hours but I have been waiting for almost 3 days now for my other 2 geocaches, how long will this take?

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Caches with listing guideline issues, like being hidden near a school, will often take longer for the initial review, so that caches with no issues can be published first. 

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46 minutes ago, Popcornfan2 said:

okay thanks but will my geocaches still be published before 7 days?

It depends.  First, there is no promise anywhere that any cache will be published before 7 days. There is only a general policy that the cache will get its first look-at by 7 days.  After that it totally depends on what the issues are and how they can be resolved.

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1 hour ago, Popcornfan2 said:

okay thanks but will my geocaches still be published before 7 days?

As a general observation, Listings that comply with the Guidelines are Published within 7 days. Those that don't conform do not. 

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I know that this is old but I have a geocache that i submitted 5 days ago and it hasn’t been looked at does anybody know when it will because I am going on vacation soon and want to know if I need to change anything.

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Hello Sashaz55,

 

You did submit a cache on February 9th, but the coordinates are terribly wrong.  You've mixed up the latitude and longitude, and also the hemispheres.  You want to enter NORTH 41 degrees for the latitude, not the longitude, and WEST 71 degrees for the longitude, not the latitude.  Your current coordinates are in Antarctica (South 71 and East 41 degrees).

 

Because the New York reviewers divide their territory according to coordinates, your cache submission likely slipped through the cracks.  If you fix your coordinates, I'm sure it will be looked at quickly.

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Thanks I have changed the coordinates and submitted for review thanks for your help.

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I'm new to geocache and just I'm not completely sure how to tell if they have seen it or not or if their are problems but thanks you for your hard work and hopefully you guys can help me out.

 

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Hello hunterh304, and thanks for hiding your first cache!  Your cache is properly awaiting review.  You submitted it yesterday, so please allow some time for the volunteer reviewer for your area to get to it.  We're having nice weather here in Pennsylvania, so "spring hiding season" has definitely begun, and volumes are up!  That's a good thing.

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