Joined: April 2008
||Posted: Oct. 25 2011,7:26 am
|Quote (PC Medic @ Oct. 24 2011,5:22 pm)|
|The only time I will delete a log entry is if it is a 'Note' left by a cacher that states the cache 'No longer exists' or 'should be retired as it has been archived on XXX.xxx site', and there has been no verification of this from the cache owner. The reason for this is that I have received complaints from cache owners that these types of log entries have been left on caches that did in fact still exist. Sometimes someone just could not find it, OR the CO simply chose to no longer cross-list on another site and archived on another listing service, but not on my site.|
That is why if one suspects a cache may no longer exist and is unable to contact the CO they should use the 'support' option on the 'Contact Us' form to bring it to my attention. I will then attempt to confirm with the CO. If they do not respond to my request within a specified time I then 'Retire' the cache listing.
I will never post, "the cache IS missing or gone," since I can never know that for sure.
In an effort to offer a service to the community, I had been researching Navicaches near me with physical containers. Doing a bit of research, it is often pretty clear that, if the cache was archived at X site (esp. for having gone missing), that is is likely not worth searching for and that the owner mostly likely simply has forgotten or neglected the listing here. In those cases, I have posted notes to give prospective seekers a fair warning - still not definitively saying it is gone. If the owner is active, s/he can simply post a follow-up message. Of course, I've also sent a note thru the "Support" link, but since this takes time, I have felt a warning to prospective seekers is warranted.
After a planning for a recent trip to the VA Beach area and finding a surprising number of caches that I felt were very likely abandoned (and gone), I've not done much more of this.
Dave - Happy Trails!
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