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"Needs Archived" - How long?

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At what time should another "needs archived" log be submitted? Is there a general time frame in which they should be dealt with? There are many in my area that have had needs archived logs for months, while others are going on 3+ years with no action from reviewer or cache owner. Don't want to overwhelm the system by submitting additional requests if someone has already sent one, but some of these seem like they're being ignored. 

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1 hour ago, Find_the_Cache said:

At what time should another "needs archived" log be submitted?

Every time you visit the cache to post a DNF and you are convinced that it still needs to be archived.

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In my area, Northern NJ & Southern NY, a Needs Archive usually gets a response within 1 week from a reviewer who will review the recent logs, give a 30 day warning and then archive the cache if no cache owner response/action. I don't know if the process is similar across the US/world, but that is what I expect where I am. 

Examples: 

https://www.geocaching.com/geocache/GC4AAD7_nike-just-do-it?guid=eec145cd-c8d6-428e-89fb-2498ba57e1fb

https://www.geocaching.com/geocache/GC47P8P_good-ol-guardrail?guid=82ab5a61-2413-4e7d-8be3-fca2f77da6b2

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8 minutes ago, Team DEMP said:

In my area, Northern NJ & Southern NY, a Needs Archive usually gets a response within 1 week from a reviewer who will review the recent logs, give a 30 day warning and then archive the cache if no cache owner response/action. I don't know if the process is similar across the US/world, but that is what I expect where I am. 

Examples: 

https://www.geocaching.com/geocache/GC4AAD7_nike-just-do-it?guid=eec145cd-c8d6-428e-89fb-2498ba57e1fb

https://www.geocaching.com/geocache/GC47P8P_good-ol-guardrail?guid=82ab5a61-2413-4e7d-8be3-fca2f77da6b2

Generally, it's within one month in my area (SW Ontario), often faster. Occasionally an NA gets missed, but a second NA gets a reviewer response.

Edited by L0ne.R

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Not all "Needs Archived" logs warrant action against the cache page by a Reviewer.  Some are of the theme "I couldn't find the cache, therefore it isn't there and should be archived."  Some may report a problem like a wet log or cracked container, but it's the first mention of the issue.  Reviewers look for a pattern of reported problems before disabling a cache for a maintenance issue, and if the pattern's not there, then "no action" can be the correct response.

The issue with a "no action" response is that it may appear as if the Reviewer ignored the "Needs Archived" request.  Therefore, beginning a few years ago, I began using this form template to post to the cache page:

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Hello, I was alerted to check this page because of the "Needs Archived" log. Reviewing the past logs, I think that the archive request ought to be treated as [a DNF log] / [a Needs Maintenance log]. I am not taking any action at this time.

Regards,  
Keystone  
Geocaching.com Community Volunteer Reviewer

Sometimes I will add to the end:  ", but I have placed this cache on a bookmark list so that I can confirm that the owner follows up with any needed maintenance."

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