I can understand that view point, but I consider it to be a very dangerous precedent. If one CO encourages it then it will spread to other caches (like mine) where the CO strongly disapproves.
Placing 1,779 caches is no excuse at all. Nobody should place more caches than they can maintain and I don’t think anybody should be allowed to place that many anyway. If every cache goes missing once a year that’s nearly 5 a day!!! Impossible to maintain.
The principles of geocaching are very clear, somebody places a cache for others to find. If you cannot find it, it’s a DNF – very, very simple. No ifs and buts – a DNF! Are cachers so desperate for every last smiley and so afraid to log a DNF 🙁