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Do caches get published faster in other states?

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I know prime reviewer is the only reviewer for the entire state of Texas, and generally I think he does a great job considering what the load would be like.  But as I sit here waiting for caches to publish I wonder if other states have the same 2-5 day lag, the same inconsistent results?  Anyone have any experience with this from other areas?  How does Texas differ? 

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I think that 2-5 days is pretty good.  I don't think anything better than that should be expected in any state from a volunteer.  I certainly wouldn't want to be approving caches every single day of the year.  Besides, is anyone at risk of running out of caches to find if a new one doesn't get approved in any given week?  I know that everyone that hides a cache gets anxious to see their cache published after spending the time to hide it, so I can understand the impatience, but everyone should have a little more patience with the reviewers.

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You could always go view some random caches in other states and see what the difference is between the "cache placed on" date and the "Published" date.  Granted, there can be other reasons for a delay between those dates, other than the reviewer, but taken over a large enough sample, it might shed some light on the question.

I agree with Kathy that it is a thankless task.  I volunteered to be the handicap chairman for our golf club at work, which entails entering scores into the computer for about an hour once a month, then generating a report and emailing it.  I still find it arduous and often put it off to the last minute.  I couldn't imagine doing something like that for hours every single day (or night), without getting paid handsomely for it.  :P

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I agree with Muddy Buddies.

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I am in no way complaining about our kind reviewer.  I think he does an admirable job and I do not think I personally could do better if I tried. 

I was just curious if other areas with more reviewers have the same lag time. 

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I've noticed a lot of other areas caches publish the same day they are submitted.  I am fine with the 3 days it takes in Texas though.

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Groundspeak hates Texas I'm sure of it... along with the rest of the country...  :crazy2:

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Groundspeak hates Texas I'm sure of it... along with the rest of the country...  :crazy2:

Maybe it is time to secede.

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OK, so I placed a small series of multi-caches to help folks working on the month of multi's challenge.  I made sure that everything about each cache meets the cache placement guidelines.  It's been 8 days and I sit here watching caches placed two days ago by newbies get published and not a word on mine.  I've heard PR hates series, and I can even understand pushing them aside for a bit to work on publishing single caches here and there, but 8 days?

 

I don't know if I should email him, publish a Reviewer Note to one or all of the caches, or just archive them...

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It took about that long for the TEXAS to get published in GBP.  I followed the procedure and emailed PR at the beginning with a list of GC#'s and cache names, and a general description of what we were intending to do.

After about 5 days, I re-sent the email.  

After 1 week (total) I sent the email to the  appeals@groundspeak.com.

The caches were published the next day.

 

http://support.groundspeak.com/index.php?pg=kb.page&id=81

 

OK, so I placed a small series of multi-caches to help folks working on the month of multi's challenge.  I made sure that everything about each cache meets the cache placement guidelines.  It's been 8 days and I sit here watching caches placed two days ago by newbies get published and not a word on mine.  I've heard PR hates series, and I can even understand pushing them aside for a bit to work on publishing single caches here and there, but 8 days?

 

I don't know if I should email him, publish a Reviewer Note to one or all of the caches, or just archive them...

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Go for 2 weeks for the STS / Shuttle series.  And that's after I sent him coords to check 5 days BEFORE they were submitted.  I have some choice adjectives for PR that I'll refrain from using in the forums....  Seeking the golden orb and doing it his way... gets you NOTHING.

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My experience too on two separate series. Thought it was something I did or didn't do. Glad to know PR is equal opportunity for all :) misery loves company...

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Well, I guess that makes me feel better.  I didn't send any emails ahead of time or anything, because there's nothing out there to interfere with and it was only 13 caches.  Guess I'll just bide my time.

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Alright new goal of 2013.  Create  an epic long series with other cachers in Houston of over 1,000.  Who is with me.  We all publish the same time and date!

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"Your volunteer reviewer will strive to begin the review process within the next 7 days." appeared on the page for a new cache I just authored.  I have not listed a new one lately so didn't know that had been changed.  Makes some sense though, because the reviewers are volunteers presumably with a noncaching life, too. :laugh:  

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Still waiting...  I don't have a problem with reviews taking a while -- reviewers have lives too.  It just irks me a bit to see all these recently submitted caches being approved while mine languish.  I wonder if someone tried to hide a traditional cache or two on top of where my multis are if they would get approved while I'm still waiting?

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Still waiting...  I don't have a problem with reviews taking a while -- reviewers have lives too.  It just irks me a bit to see all these recently submitted caches being approved while mine languish.  I wonder if someone tried to hide a traditional cache or two on top of where my multis are if they would get approved while I'm still waiting?

Want me to try... give me the finals and I will do my best.

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Not me.  I just found two after work in La Porte/Pasadena, my first in caching 7 days.

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Well, you all answered one question I had been wondering and that was how big of an area does Prime Reviewer cover.  The state of Texas is pretty big so I guess I should be grateful that most of my caches published fairly quickly after I published them.  (As I wrote that sentence I laugh at myself since I have not done that many caches, even adding what we have hidden in Brandon's name).  I actually have had some post within a day but maybe it wasn't a busy season.  I can only imagine how long of a wait there was when people were posting all the series caches in areas like Waco. 

 

This shows me I will need to be extra patient when I go to post the ones I have planned for the next few weeks when I return.  BTW - how big of a series do you have to contact Prime Reviewer on?  I noticed they don't tend to respond to e-mails when you send them so I guess you just send information and hope they get it?

 

BTW - In my opinion it would be great to have a big series posted here in the Houston area.  Maybe if a bunch of us take on a certain number of them then it wouldn't be such a daunting task.  I can't imagine how many hours it would take to do them just with one or two people putting them out.

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When I put CLAPS I (6/2010) out I e-mailed coords to ensure no issues before I submitted.  PR was very helpful in confirming all was well.   A month later I did the same on CLAPS III.  Nothing.  Submit.  Issue.  Since then I've e-mailed PR on several occasions, in advance, and never had a reply of any kind.  So just my $0.02, e-mailing ahead is worthless these days.  If you want them to all publish at once, say so in a reviewer note.  That works.  But trying to do in advance does not.

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chefkimmo, there is now a "West Texas Reveiwer" that covers part of the state, but it still seems that PR covers the other 80%... or at least 80% of the population (and 80% of the new cache submissions).  Sure seems like a lot for one person.

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