We've discussed our thoughts regarding caches being placed, then forgotten or not maintained. We've discussed our collective frustration about what should be done about these types of caches. Multiple ideas were kicked around. But, in the back of my mind, I wondered how often a cache is archived. I wondered if there was a way to find out.
I came up with an idea that really opened my eyes regarding GC.com's procedures for archiving a cache. I decided to try and find out about every cache that is archived within 100 miles of home, and created a NOTIFICATION! Just like the notification I have set up for any new cache that is published near home. I set this up about three weeks ago...
The number of caches being archived is surprising to me! Many were done by the CO's themselves, but about 30-40% of the caches were archived by a volunteer reviewer using the established procedures of GC.com.
Does it take more time to get a cache archived than published? Yes, I would say so. BUT! It is being done. Until a couple weeks ago, I just wasn't aware of it. On top of letting me know that a cache has been archived, it also lets me know that there may be a potential location opened up in which a NEW cache can be placed.
It's interesting. I thought maybe others might want to set up a similar notification near their homes.