Joined: April 2008
||Posted: Nov. 03 2009,1:54 pm
I'd like to share the process I use when trying to clean up dead caches in my area, especially those that were cross listed, but whose NC listings have since been forgotten / abandoned by the cache owner. Instead of starting a new thread, this seemed to be the best one to continue.
A few other threads related to this are: Dual Listings, Question on Crosslisting, How do you insure (sic) missing caches are removed? , and How do you retire a cache that isn't yours. You can also search for "archive" to find others.
First, I go to the Navicache Home Page and search for my zip code.
Then, I'll look at each cache down the line for the first 2 pages or so. Any more an it gets to be a little much, and pretty far away from home for me.
Virtuals - I'll pretty much leave it alone since it a bit less likely to have been muggled, washed away in the rain, or otherwise displaced. The subjects of virtuals can become unavailable, though, but I'm more willing to just go search for it and take the chances.
Events - If it is a long past event, I'd send a note to the owner asking for it be archived. Let them know you are just a fellow Navicacher and that you are trying to clean up inactive caches in your area to improve the caching experience for all. If you can't contact the owner or get no response, you should use the Contact Us link at the botton of the Home Page. Be sure supply the event name, waypoint, and a link just to be safe.
Physical Caches - If the cache has not been found in a while, I'll see if I can find the cache crosslisted on Groundspeak. TerraCaching doesn't allow crosslisting, so it shouldn't be listed there. For me, those are really the only two active listing sites, but depending on where you live, you might have others. I'll usually search by user name, but you may also want to search by coordinates or name.
If I don't find a corresponding cache on another site, I'll go ahead and contact the owner to see if they can confirm that the cache is still active. If I don't get a response or I can't contact the owner, I'll again use the Contact Us link at the botton of the Home Page.
If I can find the cache listed elsewhere, I'll review the logs and cache description to see if it appears to still be active. If it has been archived, I'll usually be able to tell if it went missing if it sounds like the cache may have only been retired on the other site. Again, I'll attempt to contact the owner, if the cache has been archived to either ask that they archive it on NC or to see if it still active on this site. Again, if I can't reach the owner, I'll use the Contact Us link to request the cache be archived.
All Caches - In any of the cases above, I'll generally post a note on the cache page for other prospective searchers (and my own record) as to what I have found, even if it is that a long unlogged cache is still active and available.
I live in Central Maryland, so my first couple of pages of Nearest Navicaches will take me into Northern Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.
I know PC Medic can't do this all alone, but I think if we could get one person per state (for the US) to do this, it would go a long way toward cleaning up these dead caches. This would make the site much more inviting to new users who would have one less thing to worry about.
What do folks think?
Dave - Happy Trails!
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