I'm starting to see your ways. I was driven to RCW 12.04 being RCW 12 is "district court" chapter and small claims is part of the DC. The small claims info also clearly describes the "failure to appear" logic and default judgement action, just like the text of 12.04.100 notice includes.
But now I find this at: http://www.courts.wa.gov/court_rules/?fa=court_rules.display&group=clj&set=CRLJ&ruleid=cljcrlj04 , which was arrived at from the WA Small Claims info website:
(e) Service by Publication and Personal Service Out of the Jurisdiction.
(1) When the defendant cannot be found within the territorial jurisdiction of the court ...
(ii) when the defendant, being a resident of the county, has
departed therefrom with intent to defraud his creditors, or to
avoid the service of a notice and complaint, or keeps himself
concealed therein with like intent;
^^^^^ the above had already been proven
(2) The publication shall be made in the same manner and in
the same form as a summons by publication in superior court (see
RCW 4.28.100), with appropriate adjustments for the name and
location of the court.
The superior court verbiage in 4.28.110 concerned me at first glance, but now I see specific direction to use that ayways (with adjustments), as above.
Problem now is.....
4.28.110 text specifies a "within 60 days" timeframe, whereas I have already been given an appearance date that is < 30 days away. I suspect my prescribed appearance date is just substituted for that "within 60 days" verbiage.
4.28.110 does not specify a schedule for publication like 12.04.100 does (i.e., "3 consecutive weeks, beginning no later than..."). But it should be adequate to go with the text from 4.28.110 and use the schedule/# of publications from 12.04.100, given that is still connected with district court actions. Also, the scheduled me 4 weeks out, lending credence to allowing 3 weeks of publication.
re: RCW 4.28.080, I wish that were an option, but this person is committed to concealing himself from this and other actions. Publication may be expensive, but at least it is guaranteed proof of service. And the judge has already granted me permission to proceed with publication.