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Cache Owners: Clearing the "Needs Maintenance" Status/Icon

posted Jul 1, 2012, 4:03 PM by Greg Jewett
contributed by Semper Questio

It came to my attention recently that some folks around here don't know how to clear the Needs Maintenance (NM) icon from their caches, so I thought I'd come on here and address this for others who may not know about it.

Just to be clear on what I am talking about, the NM icon is that little icon that shows up on lists and your cache page attributes that is a white cross on a red background. It is placed there when someone posts a "Needs Maintenance" log on your cache.

When one of these logs is posted, the attribute is added to the cache listing and, of course, the posting is emailed to the cache owner (CO) and anyone watching hte cache either via the watchlist or bookmark features. The email is not sent to Groundspeak or a reviewer unless, of course, the reviewer is watching the cache.

OK. So why does this matter? Very simply, because many folks filter out caches that have this NM attribute. I have seen many cases where a problem has been fixed, but the NM attribute has never been cleared so the cache will still not be seen by those that do this. So if you want you cache to get maximum visibility, you need to clear this attribute as soon as you address whatever problem the cache may have.

Fortunately, clearing the attribute is VERY easy. All you, the CO, must do is go to your cache listing and write an "Owner Maintenance" log. You do this just like any other log. Go to the "Log you visit" link at the top of the right sidebar, click that, and post your log. This will remove the attribute.

Just to be clear, there is no other way to clear it. Writing a note, deleting the any NM logs, etc. will not get it done. You MUST post an OM log to clear the attribute.

That's all there is to it.
contributed by ZionZR2

Great Tip!!!

I'd like to offer a second way to clear it as well you can click on  "Edit Attributes" and remove the "Needs Maintenance" Icon.

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