As geocache hiders, we are often faced with this question. I have had to face it several times. Sometimes it is difficult to find the time to replace the geocache and equally difficult to archive it. It is a decision that all geocache placers will have to face.
When faced with this dilemma we must put pride aside and do what’s best for the geocaching community. It may be that if you can’t make time to check on and replace the geocache, you may need to archive it and open up the area for an active geocache. In many cases, the site will remain available giving you ample time to replace the geocache and ask the local geocache reviewer to unarchive it.
In the case of “event” geocaches, we must remember to archive it shortly after the event ends. The guidelines published on Geocaching.com is one month. Many people will download pocket queries to see what events are available in their area. It is an inconvenience to rummage through events that have long since ended.
How should you react when someone requests your geocache to be archived? Instead of looking upon it as a strike at your geocaching integrity, you should look at it as an opportunity to make things better. Look upon it as constructive criticism and see if the problem can be corrected. It may be that archiving the geocache is the best alternative. But remember. An archive post is a legitimate post. If it weren’t, it would be available to each and every geocacher.