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  1. What's up with the chick logo?
  2. Who is the webmaster here?
  3. How can I help support Atlas Quest?
  4. What RSS feeds are available on Atlas Quest?
  5. What browsers are supported by Atlas Quest?
  6. How do I rate a letterbox that I've already found?
  7. How are blue diamonds assigned to letterboxes?
  8. What are "blue diamond" boxes?
  9. How do I purchase a Blue Diamond Worthy Letterboxer patch?
  10. How are 'hit counts' counted?
  11. How do I search by location?
  12. How can I find letterboxers in my area?
  13. What happened to print-friendly clues?
  14. What do I do if PayPal canceled the subscription for my premium membership?
  15. How do I purchase a gift membership for someone?
  16. Why do retired boxes have blue diamonds?
  17. Are you on Facebook?
  18. Why did my blue diamond disappear?!
  19. How does the Online Members page work?
  20. After meeting a letterboxer, how do I add their stamps to my logbook?
  21. What is the hug count?
  22. Do different pictures on the home page mean something, for example the hats??
  23. How are the country/state/province counts calculated?
  24. What do the icons next to a member's trailname mean?
  25. How do I get notified of recently planted letterboxes in my area?
  26. What is the chick's name on Atlas Quest?


What's up with the chick logo?


You mean Marjorie? Back in the early days while developing Atlas Quest, Amanda started taking amusing pictures of the chicks in common letterboxing situations. Just for kicks, mind you, but when Ryan saw them, he realized that a couple of the pictures could fit with the tutorials on the site. They were so popular, Amanda and Ryan looked for other places to put the chick—now named Marjorie since she's yellow like margarine. It became a theme of sorts. After deciding on the name Atlas Quest for the website, Amanda and Ryan thought it would be funny to have the chick holding the world on its back—just like the Greek legend of Atlas. Next thing you know, Marjorie had a full-time job on Atlas Quest as a mascot.

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Who is the webmaster here?


The Green Tortuga, a.k.a. Ryan Carpenter. While he might be the mastermind behind the operation, however, there are a lot of supporting actors and actresses who've helped contribute ideas, comments, and tested various features. For technical help, Wes—a former mastermind behind letterboxing.org—has been invaluable. For ideas and suggestions, Amanda from Seattle has been a driving force of inspiration. But ultimately, it's the Tortuga that makes the final call on features and changes.

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How can I help support Atlas Quest?


If you think of any ideas to improve this site, share them! Depending on the complexity and changes required, it may take months before new feature can be added. And other ideas may ultimately be chucked for insurmountable implementation details or set aside for higher priority ideas, but all ideas for improvements are read and seriously considered.

Financial help in the form of subscriptions or purchasing goods and services through our affiliates will help fund improvements. The hosting expenses itself are not too bad, but the only reason Ryan can work full time, every day of the week, rarely taking a day off from monitoring and running Atlas Quest is because he does not have a 9-to-5 job to occupy his time. The plus side, of course, is that he can be around to answer questions, develop new features, and keep the site running smoothly. The down side, of course, is the lack of income, and it's help through premium memberships that Ryan can purchase food, clothes, and other necessities without having to get a real job.

Premium members are often very helpful in testing new features. Since they do help keep Atlas Quest financially afloat, premium members sometimes get sneak previews of up-and-coming features and can kick the tires for problems before the feature is realized to a wider audience.

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What RSS feeds are available on Atlas Quest?


RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is an XML-based format for distributing web content (often news headlines or message posts) to another location of your choice. For most people, it's entirely unnecessary so if you know nothing about RSS or XML, don't worry about it. You aren't really missing anything you can't find on My Page.

But for those who do know what RSS is, these are the feeds currently available:


Search feeds are also available. Whenever you run a search for boxes, trackers, events or groups, the results page will have a feed built into it that more-or-less mirrors your search results. Just use the "Subscribe to feed" feature on your browser. Since most people who use RSS feeds are interested in newly listed stuff, the feed won't mirror your search results exactly. Instead, it'll only display matches if the box, tracker, etc. has been created or modified within the past month, and the results will be ordered so the most recently modified objects come first. And it'll only display a maximum of 20 results.

And finally, there are message board feeds. Run a Message Boards Search to view the messages you would like to create a feed for. (Keep in mind, you cannot create a feed if pick a specific message number, so don't use that second form option on the page.) A feed will automatically be included with the search results. Like the box search feeds, it won't mirror your search results exactly, only displaying a maximum of 20 results. The one catch to be weary of is that if you are not logged in, the feed will not work with restricted boards. So if you create a feed for the Premium Members Only board, for instance, the feed will be empty if you are not logged in or not a premium member.

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What browsers are supported by Atlas Quest?


Firefox is the recommended browser. It's a solid browser that works on almost all types of systems including PCs and Macs with an extensive source of extensions to customize your needs. It's also the main browser the webmaster, Ryan, develops the site with so is the most unlikely to experience problems.

Internet Explorer, however, is the most used web browser, and Atlas Quest works well with all versions of IE equal to or greater than 6.0. If you use IE 5.5 or lower, you will need to upgrade. If you use Windows XP or Windows Vista operating systems, it is recommend that you upgrade to version 7.0 or greater. While IE 6.0 will work on Atlas Quest at this time, it is a very buggy piece of software that does not comply with many technical standards, so support for version 6.x will eventually be phased out as the number of people using it decreases.

The latest versions of Safari, Opera, and Chrome should work without any trouble. Ryan does test the site occasionally with these browsers but usually only to find cosmetic problems. Firefox and Internet Explorer are tested much more thoroughly.

For those who prefer the Mac, the latest versions of Firefox and Safari should work fine. Ryan does not own a Mac, however, and therefore does almost no testing at all with Mac versions of the browsers. Firefox should work well since the browser also works on a Windows machine which is extensively tested. Older versions of Safari are known to have issues and will not work well.

Do not use Internet Explorer for Macs. Microsoft has stopped supporting IE for Mac and the browser is terribly outdated. Atlas Quest will not work with IE on Macs and never will. While Atlas Quest generally should work with Netscape, since official support for that browser has stopped, we will no longer try to support Netscape. Eventually, the Netscape browser will fail to work correct, and we will not try to make it work. The browser is dead, and you should change to some other browser before this happens.

To log into Atlas Quest, you must have cookies on your browser enabled. Most of the website should work fine if JavaScript is disabled, but there are a couple of features that rely heavily on JavaScript so it is recommended that you leave it enabled.

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How do I rate a letterbox that I've already found?


Blue diamonds are assigned to letterboxes based on votes by AQ members who've recorded finds on the letterbox. To view your votes, change them, or vote on letterboxes you've previously not voted on, use the Record Ratings page. You can also check out your voting statistics.


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How are blue diamonds assigned to letterboxes?


Those who find a letterbox have the option of recording their opinion of the letterbox on a scale from 1 to 5. And no, you cannot rate your own letterboxes—there is too much conflict of interest in allowing that. How you vote will never be exposed publicly. Administrators and webmasters on Atlas Quest can see how you voted if they need to, but that is not likely to happen since they have better things to do with their lives than worry about what you think of other people's letterboxes.

The actual calculations used by Atlas Quest to rank the letterboxes is a secret to discourage people from trying to 'beat the system.' It's not a simple calculation. A variety of factors is taken into account to determine rankings such as the voting history of each finder, their experience level, and even the standard deviation of how everyone voted on a given letterbox.

Once each month, Atlas Quest runs these calculations then assigns blue diamonds to the top 5% of the letterboxes.

Resources
Your Voting Patterns
Record Votes

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What are "blue diamond" boxes?


Blue diamond letterboxes are the highest ranked letterboxes based on anonymous votes cast by people who've found letterboxes.

Obviously, not all letterboxes can be blue diamond boxes. First, the brutal truth: Some letterboxes are better than others. Most letterboxes, by definition, are average. There is no shame in this—even the most average letterboxes are delightful to find. But to give recognition to those that create particularly memorable letterboxes and help those in unfamiliar territory to narrow down an often bewildering number of boxes in an area, Atlas Quest picks out the top 5% of boxes—based on the anonymous votes—and highlights them by including a blue diamond as one of the attributes.

It's not a precise science, and boxes with no finds (and therefore no votes) won't have blue diamonds no matter how good they are. Letterboxes with very few votes may be skewed if the people who found it judge a box differently from you. Or, it might be that your idea of the "perfect" letterbox is very different than the normal person on Atlas Quest, and thus the blue diamonds end up on all the wrong boxes from your point of view. And finally, some people have opted out so their boxes will never get a blue diamond no matter how great they are.

To help prevent a lot hurt feelings, you will not be able to see who nor how people voted and rated your own letterboxes. The only thing you will ever know about how the votes might have gone is based on whether a blue diamond shows up next to your letterbox or not, and there's no shame if you do not receive the blue diamond—95% of the letterboxes listed on Atlas Quest will not have them.


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How do I purchase a Blue Diamond Worthy Letterboxer patch?


There is no criteria or hoops to jump through to get this patch. Even if you HAVE a blue diamond, there is no guarantee you will have it tomorrow, so this patch says LetterboxER instead of Letterbox. You may not have a blue diamond at this time, but if you are a BD in your heart and manner, by treating others with kindness and respect and doing your best to be a positive contributor to the letterboxing hobby, you qualify. Use the patch to inspire you to explore cool places, write awesome clues, and carve beautiful stamps!

To order, go to LetterboxingPatches.com, a site run by Der Mad Stamper. They'll take good care of you!

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How are 'hit counts' counted?


If you have a clue hosted on Atlas Quest, the site will try to keep track of the how many people have viewed your clues. The numbers are available on the box details page, and only the person or persons who planted or own the box can see the counts, and this number is called the 'hit count.' Only AQ hosted clues will have hit counts since there is no way for Atlas Quest to count the number of people viewing clues on remote websites.

As a general rule of thumb, each time someone views your clue, it counts as a single hit. If they view your clue multiple times in quick succession, for instance someone who goes to your clue and hits the refresh button repeatedly in their browser to boost the count, only the first hit will count. If they view a clue then come back the next day and view it again, both viewing will count as a hit. Only viewing the actual clue will count as a hit—someone viewing the box details page will not.

If you view the clue of the box you planted or own, it will not count as a hit as long as you're logged into your account.

Hit counts are not a precise science. Some of the hits are caused by spiders, a technical term for things like search engines that crawl through the web looking for web pages to add to their search results. Two hits by different people using the same computer may only get counted as a single hit. And hits only count when someone views the actual Atlas Quest hosted clues. Views to cached clues do not get counted, so people who download clues to their PDA or print several clues to the same page—both of which display cached versions of clues—will not be counted.

It's a fuzzy number at best, but it could give you a sense of which boxes people are looking at and which ones they're passing over.

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How do I search by location?


The location-based search can take various forms:


If you use the trip planner but Atlas Quest cannot find the requested route, the search will be converted into a linear search and the ALONG part will be ignored.

Search Options


Advanced Search Option

The Use Exact Locations options seems relatively straight-forward, but it's actually trickier than you might expect. For instance, what if there's a mystery box whose location is listed as "somewhere in Northern California"? If you run a search for mystery boxes in California, even if you "use exact locations," you'll usually still want it to return boxes somewhere in "Northern California." People expect AQ to sort boxes into certain levels-address, city, county, state, and country. Any box that doesn't fit neatly into a category (such as "Northern California") can be problematic, and for searching purposes, AQ will "upgrade" Northern California into a "California" level, allowing it to show when you run an "exact" location for boxes in "California." Otherwise, you might miss such a letterbox completely.

Another example where "exact" can be a little fuzzy is park names and addresses. What if one person lists the location of their box as "Lincoln Park, 2323 Elm Gove Road" but you run an "exact" search for "Lincoln Park"? Most people would expect this to match even though, technically speaking, it's not really exact. Close enough, though!

So that Use Exact Locations option isn't accurate in the strictest sense of the word. It is possible, however, to force AQ to run an exact search in the very strictest sense of the word-set the radius of your search to 0. It's somewhat of a hack and for most people, you shouldn't ever want to use this option. But if you find yourself ever wanting to run a very strict exact location for your search, that's how you do it.

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How can I find letterboxers in my area?


Atlas Quest does not require that people include their location when signing up for an account, so there is no systematic method to search for letterboxers based on where they live. Someone might choose to list that information in their profile, but since there is no standardized form for entering the location or error checking to insure Atlas Quest knows where a specific location is, it is not very useful for sorting or searching purposes. Additionally, some people may prefer that their location not be so readily available to everyone else.

Thus, there is no system available to search for letterboxers based on their location. You can, however, guess the area where someone lives based on where they plant and find letterboxes since most people tend to plant in areas they live or visit often. Additionally, if you hold a gathering in the area, most people who attend likely live somewhere within easy driving distance. Or, a more direct method of finding out is to post a message on the state board where you live as ask where everyone lives. It will not get you a complete listing of all letterboxers in your area, but neither is any other method of trying to figure out who lives nearby.

With a little time and experience, you will be able to figure out who lives in your area, or at least who the most active letterboxers are.

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What happened to print-friendly clues?


There used to be a button explicitly for "print-friendly clues." The print-friendly page used black text on a white background, removed decorative images, and removed any information not required to find a letterbox such as the planter's name or the last found date of a box.

Breaking this down into two issues: People liked the black text on a white background and removal of decorative images. People did not like the removed information such as the planter's name or last found date of the box. So it was recommended that you just print the clue page. It was always print friendly, regardless of the horrible colors you might see on the screen. The only difference between printing the clue page and printing the print-friendly was the lack of additional information not needed to find a letterbox. But since pretty much everyone wanted that extra information, it made the print-friendly page completely useless. Nobody actually wanted to print it! So it was removed.

When that happened, a lot of people spoke up to complain that they used the page to read otherwise difficult-to-read clues. They didn't want to print the page, but they still wanted to see it since it got rid of all those ugly or difficult-to-read color combinations that people used in their clues. It turns out that the print-friendly page was more often used as a screen-friendly page, and the screen-friendly page was more often used as a print-friendly page!

Rather than create a "screen friendly" link, however, a new Miscellaneous Preference was added so you could ignore color choices by planters completely. Use that option, and the clue page will look much like the old print-friendly page did. Regardless of whether or not that option is selected, the printed view should still look good with black text on a white background.

Another important preference to keep in mind for printing—clues or anything else on Atlas Quest—is under the Usability Preferences, where you can select a font size for printed text. Some people like to use a much smaller font for printed text to save ink and paper while some people like to have a large font to make it easier to read. You can select the font size for text both on your monitor and printed text independently from each other.

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What do I do if PayPal canceled the subscription for my premium membership?


Not to worry. Usually this happens when your default payment source no longer works (probably an expired credit card), and even though there might still be months left on your premium membership, will cancel all your subscriptions. It's a very annoying habit of PayPal and out of the control of Atlas Quest. Sometimes, people who've changed their credit card information with PayPal have also inadvertently canceled their subscriptions.

Don't panic, though. While it is not possible to 'uncancel' your subscription, you will still get the same renewal rate as long as you manually renew your premium membership before it expires. Atlas Quest will send you an AQ mail warning you of your impending expiration about one month before your premium membership expires.

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How do I purchase a gift membership for someone?


Use the Gift a Premium Membership page. You can also find a link for this page from the Premium Membership page.

As of this writing (March 3, 2011), new premium memberships run $38/year. If you are paying for a renewal, the rate will vary depending on when the original subscription was started. If you inadvertently overpay (or underpay for that matter), they'll get as much time as was paid for. For instance, if you pay $35 for a renewal that should have cost $30, they'll get 35/30=1.16667 years extra of premium membership (1 year and 61 days). If you inadvertently underpay $30 instead of $35, however, the recipient will receive 30/35=0.8571 years of premium membership (313 days).

Most gift memberships seem to be for new premium memberships, however, and at this time new premium memberships run $38/year. Pricing only gets more complicated if you're dealing with renewals. (It's easy for the recipient to figure out—they see exactly how much their yearly rates are from the Premium Membership page, but it's more complicated for gifters since they can't see what the recipient is paying.)

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Why do retired boxes have blue diamonds?


A better question to ask is why should they not have blue diamonds? A favorite letterbox that goes missing can still be a favorite, and seeing as we're not talking about real diamonds, there is nothing to lose by leaving them in place.

Atlas Quest ranks the top rated 5% of boxes with blue diamonds. It could give them to the top 5% of all letterboxes, or the top 5% of all active boxes, but it will not change the ratings either way for active boxes. And while many people sometimes use blue diamonds to help narrow down a search, they are also meant as a pat on the back for a job well done!

So, retired boxes can continue having the diamonds.

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Are you on Facebook?


There is an Atlas Quest Junkies group. It's not maintained by the Green Tortuga (he's too busy on Atlas Quest to maintain groups on other sites as well!), but you'll find a lot of familiar names in that group.

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Why did my blue diamond disappear?!


Blue diamonds are assigned to the 5% most favorite boxes on Atlas Quest based on the votes people cast when recording a find. These votes are recounted once per month, and blue diamonds are distributed based on the new counts. This means that a box that used to have a blue diamond can lose it if other boxes push past it in the rankings. It doesn't happen often, but it does happen.

Specific reasons why a box's ranking change include:
When your box does get a blue diamond, it will keep it for at least one month since the rankings are only calculated once per month. Over 95% of boxes with a blue diamond typically keep it during the next ranking, but occasionally, as more votes are amassed (and particularly for "vulnerable" boxes that are already close to the 5% cut-off), a box will lose it's blue diamond. Don't feel bad—it may still be ranked very well—just no longer in the top 5% of all boxes that are listed.

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How does the Online Members page work?


Tucked away under People is the Online Members page, which shows a rough approximation of who is currently on Atlas Quest at the time you view it. Keep in mind the following limitations, however:


That last point should have further explanation. Due to the nature of the Internet, it's not actually possible to know who is using Atlas Quest at any given time. Rather, when someone visits a page on Atlas Quest, the time of the visit is recorded. The list is simply a list of the most recent visitors to Atlas Quest. The "age" column is how long it has been since Atlas Quest detected a page hit by that member—NOT how long they have been on Atlas Quest. The older the age, the more likely the person has moved on to another website or shut down their browser without logging out.

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After meeting a letterboxer, how do I add their stamps to my logbook?


This is really a two-part question since there are two distinctly different types of stamps you might acquire from a fellow letterboxer: their signature stamp (an exchange) and their personal travelers (recorded as a find on the box).

How do I list an exchange?
How do I record finding a personal traveler?

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What is the hug count?


The hug count is an AQ creation related to your message board posts. When you read the message boards, you have the option of clicking buttons at the end of each post for casting votes, of a sort—indicating that you think a post is funny, interesting, educational, or whatever the case may be. And there's a hug option. If someone describes a rough day at work, or a death in the family, or you just want to show a little sympathy or kindness, you can click on the hug button. And the hug count is the total number of times people have given you a virtual hug on the message boards.

This count usually doesn't update during a session on Atlas Quest. The number is calculated when you first log in. There are a few places where it gets recalculated—saving certain preferences, for instance—but you shouldn't expect this value to change during a session on Atlas Quest. If you really can't wait to see an updated value, you'll need to log out and back in again.

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Do different pictures on the home page mean something, for example the hats??


Atlas Quest regularly changes the theme that's displayed. For instance, during the Christmas season, we'll display a Christmas theme. Some themes may not be obvious, such as Picasso's birthday. Most themes will include a small, almost hidden link just below the login/logout button in the upper-right corner of the page labeled About Theme. Click on this link to learn more about the theme. Some themes that are more-or-less self-explanatory will not include such a link.

The small images, called icons, next to trail names, box names, and so forth do have specific meanings. If you hover your mouse cursor over the image, a tooltip will pop up with a brief hint about what the icon represents. In most cases, you can click directly on the icon to open a help page with more details about the icon's meaning. For instance, if you click on a hat by someone's trail name, a tooltip labeled "Premium Member" pops up. If you click on the icon, a page of Member Attributes pops up with a more thorough explanation of all of the icons that you might find by a member, including the hats.

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How are the country/state/province counts calculated?


On the AQ Statistics page, you'll find a list of how many active boxes are in each country, state, and province listed. Only active boxes are counted. Mystery boxes, if a state or province is not provided, will be grouped separately. If you're looking at your personal statistics (available to premium members only), all boxes are counted, regardless of whether they are still active or not.

The countries, states, and provinces are sorted alphabetically, from left to right, top to bottom. The smaller numbers in gray immediately after the country/state/province name is its ranking in that group. So, if California has #4 after it, it means that there are three other states that have more letterboxes than California.

In case of a tie, the rankings are then sorted alphabetically, so two states with the same number of boxes will not have the same ranking. So, for example, if both Antarctica and Argentina each have one letterbox, Antarctica will rank higher since it comes first alphabetically. Not fair, perhaps, but that's the way it works. If Argentina gets another letterbox however, then Argentina will rank higher.

Countries, states, and provinces with no letterboxes at all do not get included in these lists.

Your personal statistics will include country, state, and province counts for both boxes you've "planted" and boxes you've found. Technically, the personal stats only count boxes you own rather than planted. Most of the time, the planter and owner is the same and you'll rarely notice the issue. The reason owners are used rather than planters has to do with some technical stuff that causes the database queries to run much more efficiently when searching for box owners rather than box planters. So most of the time, you won't notice a difference, but it is something to keep in mind.

And for unlisted boxes you've recorded finding, those have no location information and therefore will not be included in the find counts. It will also only show statistics if you've planted or found boxes in more than one category. (For instance, if you've only planted boxes in the United States, the country-based counts will not be included on the stats page—it's the same as your P-count!)

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What do the icons next to a member's trailname mean?


IconMeaning
View Profile Allows you to view this member's profile.
Contact Member Allows you to contact this member.
View Logbook Allows you to view this member's online logbook.
Planted 55 letterboxes Planted 123 letterboxes Trophies represent the number of planted letterboxes. Silver trophies represent between 10 and 99 planted boxes, while gold trophies represent between 100 and 999 boxes. The number on the trophy matches the first digit of the number of planted letterboxes. For example: A silver trophy with the number 5 on it means the person has listed between 50 and 59 letterboxes on Atlas Quest. Another example: A gold trophy with the number 1 on it means the person has listed between 100 and 199 letterboxes on Atlas Quest.
Found 12 letterboxes Found 423 letterboxes Found 2196 letterboxes Ribbons represent the number of found letterboxes. The ribbons are color coded to the numbers on them, then count the number of 'strips' behind the ribbon and add that many zeros after the number. That'll give you a rough idea of how many finds the person has. First, the colors: blue = 1, red = 2, white = 3, yellow = 4, green = 5, pink = 6, purple = 7, brown = 8, light blue = 9. Second, the design: A ribbon with one background strips = x10. With two background strips = x100. With three background strips = x1000. With four background strips = x10000. A couple of examples will help make this more clear: A blue ribbon with one background strip behind it means the person has found between 10 and 19 letterboxes listed on Atlas Quest. (1 x 10 = 10) A yellow ribbon with the two background strips means the member has found between 400 and 499 letterboxes. (4 x 100 = 400) And a red ribbon with three background strips means the member has found between 2,000 and 2,999 letterboxes. (2 x 1000 = 2000) And if all that is just too confusing, just hover your mouse cursor over the ribbon and it'll tell you exactly how many finds the person has. =)
StarsStars represent the number of messages the member has posted to the Atlas Quest message boards. After 25 posts, a member gets a single, yellow star. After 50 posts, they get a second yellow star. And after 75 posts, three yellow stars. Upon their 100th post, the stars begin to change colors. First red, then blue, and finally, after 10,000 posts, they will begin to turn purple. The full cycle is shown below.
25 - 49 message board posts
50 - 74 message board posts
75 - 99 message board posts
100 - 249 message board posts
250 - 499 message board posts
500 - 999 message board posts
1,000 - 2,499 message board posts
2,500 - 4,999 message board posts
5,000 - 9,999 message board posts
10,000 - 24,999 message board posts
25,000 - 49,999 message board posts
50,000+ message board posts
Happily hatched November 11, 2011 This image of an egg about to hatch indicates that the user is new to Atlas Quest and will appear for the first two weeks from the time they signed up.
Profile updated November 11, 2011 An egg wearing sunglasses (for lack of a better image!) means that member has updated their profile within the last seven days. It may be nothing more exciting than adding a favorite food to the profile, or it may be they have filled out their interview!
Last Login: > 2 weeks This member has not logged into Atlas Quest for at least two weeks.
Last Login: > 1 month This member has not logged into Atlas Quest for at least one month.
Last Login: > 3 months This member has not logged into Atlas Quest for at least three months.
Last Login: > 1 year This member has not logged into Atlas Quest for at least one year.
Happy Anniversary! The picture of a cake means this user is celebrating an anniversary—the anniversary of the date they signed up on Atlas Quest!
Resting in Peace This is one icon you will never see next to your name, and you would probably prefer if others did not see it next to your name either since it means you have died. We won't delete your account if we find out about your death, but it lets other people know why you are no longer replying to AQ mail or maintaining your letterboxes. It also means there is a tribute section for you in the letterboxer obituaries.
Those with premium memberships at Atlas Quest get a feather in the cap to recognize their important contribution in helping to fund Atlas Quest. There are a few dozen hats available for premium members to choose, but you'll see a red or yellow feather in their hat regardless of the type they've selected. Additionally, as premium members, they get access to special features not accessible with a free membership. Learn more about the benefits of premium membership and how you can become one too!


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How do I get notified of recently planted letterboxes in my area?


  1. Run a search for the area you want to cover.
  2. From the search results page, click the link to Save Search in the upper-right corner of the page.
  3. Name your search. If you're a premium member, you can request notification for new boxes that match your search as often as every 15 minutes or as little as once per week. If you are not a premium member, you can only get notifications every 24 hours.
  4. Save it!

You'll now receive notifications of all newly listed letterboxes that match your search.

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What is the chick's name on Atlas Quest?


Marjorie Quack, born in Indianapolis and in a relational ship with George.

See also: What's up with the chick logo?

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