4.12. Log Deletion
[update 13 December 2012]
When a log is deleted, the owner of the log receives an email that generally looks like this:
Subject: Your log has been deleted
Your log for Name of Cache has been deleted by Username.
View this log (log is a link to the deleted log)
Visit Username's profile (Username is a link to the profile of the person who deleted the log)
- The deleted log can no longer be seen on the cache listing.
- The count associated with that log is decreased.
- The log cannot be restored by the log owner or listing owner.
- Movements of Trackables associated with logs are not affected by log deletion. If a log is posted, and a Trackable is dropped with that log, deletion of the log will not affect the location of the Trackable.
Delete a log if you have accidentally logged the wrong listing. You may also want to delete a log if you have used a "Write Note" log just to drop a Trackable in a geocache.
You can delete your own log by using the View / Edit Logs / Images link under your log. That link will open the log on its own page. Above the log you'll see a "Delete Log" button. You will be asked "Are you sure you want to delete this log entry?" and must click "Yes." This is permanent. You cannot restore the log.
Use your powers carefully. The complete set of logs tells the story of the geocache or that Trackable Item. Once it is deleted, you cannot restore it.
If your log has been deleted by a listing owner and you feel that the deletion is in error, please politely send a message to the listing owner. You may also try re-logging the geocache while avoiding any spoilers and meeting logging requirements.
It is one of your maintenance duties as the geocache owner to monitor quality control of posts to the geocache page. To this end, you have the power to delete logs.
Use your powers carefully. The complete set of logs tells the story of the geocache or that Trackable Item. Once it is deleted, you cannot restore it. You also have the power to permanently encrypt a log, which is a nice alternative to deletion. Logs are the geocacher's history as well.
Many logging errors are simple mistakes. Assume the best and please deal kindly with logs that may be in error: Are they novices using "Found it!" for repeat visits? Are they geocachers entering finds on the wrong geocache page?
If you must, delete a log by using the View This Log link. That link will open the log on its own page. Above the log you'll see a "Delete Log" and a "Permanently Encrypt" button. If you choose to delete, you will be asked "Are you sure you want to delete this log entry?" and must click "Yes." Again: once it is deleted, you cannot restore it.
- See our guidelines for Logging of All Physical Geocaches.
- If the geocacher has failed to meet logging requirements, please explain your concerns. Politely email the log owner before or immediately after you delete their log. If their log or photos contain spoilers, invite them to edit the log. If you have deleted the log already, invite them to re-log without the spoiler.
- Deleting a log removes that log from the logger's history and from their profile. Not even the original author of that text can see it. The associated log count is decreased.
- Deleting a "bug drop note" does not affect the Trackable mileage but may affect the log owner's happiness. Be careful.
- Deleting a Needs Maintenance log will not clear the Needs Maintenance attribute from the listing. Log an Owner Maintenance to clear that attribute.
- Needs Archived logs are forwarded to reviewers. Deleting the log does not affect this.
- Cachers may value their DNFs, Notes, and Needs Maintenance logs, don't assume it's okay to delete them. Those logs are part of their caching history.
- If you are a geocache owner and have deleted a log in error, you can contact your local reviewer to restore the log, or you can contact a site administrator by submitting a request for assistance, or emailing www.geocaching.com/help.
- If you are a geocacher and you believe that your log was deleted in error, you will have politely emailed the geocache owner requesting that the log be reinstated. If you require further assistance, please email www.geocaching.com/help.
We know that sometimes this issue can be contentious. If the other party is being stubborn, ask yourself, "Is this dispute really worth my time?" Try being the bigger person and conceding the point. You may discover that you feel better for doing so. At the very least, it will put the matter quickly behind you.
Many thanks to Volunteer Geocache Reviewers palmetto and Keystone for initially developing this text.