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Hello Arkansas Geocachers!
As a Groundspeak Reviewer recently assigned responsibility for Alabama and Arkansas and the duties of Reviewer-At-Large for the Southeast I want to introduce myself and offer an oportunity to enter into dialogue with my constituent base.
First and foremost I am here to help geocachers get geocaches listed, so this will not be a cacher-vs-reviewer relationship at all. I will go to great lengths to support you and help with your listings.
Groundspeak is leaning more toward the direction of defining a geocache as a container with a log, so you will find any other cache types examined and perhaps questioned more closely.
Caches in or near schools and airports, bridges and buildings that could cause concern in the community are being more closely examined as well.
While there is no fixed distance as yet defined, I am using the Federally-mandated Drug Free Zone surrounding a school for proximity rulings and a geocachers-can't-be-seen-from approach to other sensitive sites.
If I or another moderator archive, hold or ask for changes to a listing it is in the vein of trying to help you get a cache listed properly and is not in any way personal.
If you find yourself in a quandary where you think your listing "bends" the rules a bit, contact me through a reviewer note on the listing submission page or via NatureFish@gmail.com. Since so much of the geocaching guidelines must by their nature be a bit "gray" I will try to read and enforce them in the geocacher's favor. I will, however, quickly archive any cache that clearly violates the word, spirit or intent of the guidelines.
An open and honest dialogue in the form of reviewer notes is the best way to resolve such issues.
I can best be reached via Reviewer Notes on cache listings, and secondarily via email to NatureFish@gmail.com - PMs, forum rsponses, emails and contacts to any other address will likely not be answered. I may or may not check into this site very often, but am always available to you at that address.
One of the prime problems I am finding with new listings is that geocachers simply have not read the guidelines for placing caches.
They are long - but if read, understood and adhered to you will find your cache listings published quickly!
Take a few minutes and read the guidelines at http://www.geocaching.com/about/guidelines.aspx#guide.
Understanding these guidelines will lead to a happy and fruitful relationship between Groundspeak, your Reviewers and the geocaching community that supports us.
Good luck, have a great time, and let me know if I can help you.
PS! I get a lot of this so I will head it off here!
I am NatureFish, friend to all geocachers!Out of curiousity, who are you - really?
While there are those who know my identity, and it really isn't hard to discover if you are just determined to know, I choose to remain somewhat anonymous to the community at large...mainly to seperate my Reviewer-related activities and communications from my personal.
If you do persist in discovering my identity I ask that you then keep it to yourself.
I get somewhere on the order of 100 emails a day to my personal account - I am quite sure you don't want your listings waiting on me to weed them out from all that before responding!
I have asked the few who DO know who I am to keep it to themselves, much as the other Reviewers you may already know may or may not also have anonymous Reviewer identities. Regardless of whether you know me only NatureFish will respond as a Reviewer.
It really wouldn't do you any good to know, as folks that approach me in my public ID with Reviewer-related issues will be referred to NatureFish.
As I said in the above post, I am here to support geocachers, that's all you really need to know!