To avoid threadjacking the LSLF list thread, I thought I'd start a discussion topic about ideas behind doing that. It will be fun to see others perspectives and watch people a little in the process, and I welcome dissenting opinions as it's good for a discussion.
Personally, I don't like the idea of throwing down containers for missing caches of missing cachers. Unless there is some really compelling reason to keep a missing cache going I feel it should be archived in due course -- or hopefully much sooner with lots of "needs archived," notes to PR, contacting the uninvolved CO and getting them to archive it or adopt it or whatever.
Too many times it's not replaced by someone who knew what/where it was to begin with. And in a missing CO situation a throwdown just perpetuates the issue and keeps areas closed when something new could be done by someone who IS in the game. When it disappears later on, with a still-missing CO who never maintained it when they dropped out of the game, we're back to square one.
I am seriously doubtful many of the missing ones are that key for anyone's metrics based upon placement date. If they can't be adopted out, I say work towards archive. If it's a cool puzzle, recreate it and republish it if it's worth keeping once it's archived.
I agree we need to work to clearing the list. But I just think replacing caches for missing COs is not the answer. And I also think it's ok to take a DNF. Avoiding that like the plague seems to be all to common these days. We complain when newbies use the wrong logs (needs maint, needs archive) and I'm glad GC.com made that a topic of their weekly e-mail recently. But not sure the throwdown practice isn't teaching them another practice some might feel is otherwise unacceptable. Especially for a newbie.
What do you all think? Anyone got other ideas on any of this?
As far as getting PR to archive - has anyone ever tried e-mailing Crow T. Robot rather than PR since CTR seems to be the adjunct archiver?
Has anyone really gotten a few people to pile on some of the ones known to be gone with known MIA CO to do Needs Archive logs and then ping PR or CTR?