Life as a Geocacher

Caching and Reviewing

This is made up of stories from my caching and my reviewing.  It is a collection of those along with comments and thoughts.  Photos, and maps of some adventures and lists of some of the oldest caches.

My Reviewing process

A few of you have asked about how I review and how you can speed up your personal review.  I thought I would take a moment and see if I can throw some light. I sit down at my computer and look at the list of caches to be reviewed.  I started with the oldest GC code.  That cache (in theory) has been floating around for a week or more and is waiting to be reviewed.  So I start there.  It does not do any good if you change your placement date back a week or two or three.  That is the order I go in.  (remember this is just me not other reviewers).  Some cachers dump a bunch of caches at one time.  I put those aside until I am done.  Why?  If a cacher places a large number why should I make others wait until I am done with his ten caches.  (thats my opinion). 
Also, some are slow learners (like myelf)  I have learned that there are certain people that I know may have a few problems with their caches.  I may set their aside until I clear the others as well.  Again, why should I spend 20 minutes looking at one, and punishing other cachers for the foolishness of the problem cacher. 
I want to get them published asap.  Nothing annoyed me more then waiting for 3 days to get my cache published.  I understood the reviewer had a life, but I wanted to see my stuff published.
How can you avoid having your caches held onto for a little bit?

  • Read the guidelines - I am surprised by the little mistakes.
  • Check proximity - look at the map.  If there is another cache nearby know if it is far enough away.  Please dont ask me to place a cache 500' away just because you didn't look.  I have some leeway, but wadable rivers, buildings, parking lots, freeways with a nearby crossing, are not reasons to place a cache nearby.  Those will be looked at on a case by case basis.  If your cache is clever, time was spent putting it together, and needs to be location specific, email me and we can talk.  Ultimatly a micro 500' from a micro will not get much of a second look.  Something fun and clever might be.  (note the word - might).  (i may do an entire discussion on this at some point)
  • Think about your placement, and read it through.  Have your boyfriend, girlfriend, husband, wife, or kid look to see if something is right/wrong.

Try and keep all the notes on your cache page.  I usually post emails I get on there as well that I feel is relavant.  Even after the cache is gone, I can look at the long gone notes to see problems and instructions I (or another reviewer) may have given you.  If we say no to proximity, then you move it and get it approved, then move your cache to where we said no, or something similar,  then your cache may be archived, with no warning.   If I get swine flue, and I am sitting in the hospital for weeks in a coma, then another reviewer will step in,  they will want to see my concerns and your responses and how we were working on them. 

Think.  Some things are legal, but think if its smart.  Can I put a cache on my back porch, most assuridly. Do you want people wandering around on your back porch at 3am looking for that micro stuck to your back door?  We try and point out unwise caches. 

Well, back the the reviewing.  I wish this site allowed for people to comment.  Then I would know if someone actually cared or visited.

-may the forks be with you-

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