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  1. CHANGE BOX FROM EVENT TO TRADITIONAL
  2. We are having trouble with posting our new boxes. We have written them, posted and made it public but nobody else can find them. Where have I gone wrong?
  3. Are there any guidelines for hosting an LTC swap?
  4. What's the difference between the carver, planter, and owner of a letterbox?
  5. What is an F-Summary (Find Summary)?
  6. How do I save box clues I want to find?
  7. What's the difference between a cootie and a flea?
  8. How do I remove the frown/sad face from my letterbox?
  9. Is there a clue guide available for Latta Plantation and Nature Preserve in Huntersville, NC?
  10. Is there a clue guide available for Cane Creek Park in Waxhaw, NC?
  11. What do the arrows represent?
  12. Woodlawn Cemetery, Syracuse, New York
  13. How do you letterbox at all? This is so confusing!
  14. How do I create an alias?
  15. How do I record my LbNA finds on Atlas Quest
  16. Columbia
  17. How do I manage tags?
  18. How do hitchhikers work?
  19. What is the difference between a "Planter" and an "Owner"?
  20. Some boxes are found after being marked retired. What does this mean?
  21. How do I search the message boards?
  22. What are P-club and F-club restrictions?
  23. How does the Basic Search work?
  24. How do I view the finds on a letterbox?
  25. What do the icons stand for in a traditional letterbox?
  26. I am trying to upload my signature stamp photo and it shows preview but after hitting saved it says no file uploaded. The picture is in gif and under 10mb. Not sure if there's a problem with site or no. Please help. Thank you Lisa
  27. What are Treasure Hikers?
  28. How do I purchase a Blue Diamond Worthy Letterboxer patch?
  29. 1. Gwinnett County Parks
  30. How do I log my finds?
  31. Is there a way to search out letterboxes along the interstate highways?
  32. How can I view more than the 5 newest stamp requests?
  33. How do I put a link in a message?
  34. Does anyone have tips or tricks for doing peoples faces?
  35. How do you read clues to find these boxes?
  36. On favorite searches—how do I create an event search that covers all of America?
  37. What do you call a hitchhiker that is waaaaay too large to ever fit in any letterboxes you're likely to find?
  38. Which page of the box log book should I stamp?
  39. What is a 'tagged' letterbox?
  40. What do the icons next to a member's trailname mean?
  41. Are we expected to help pay for postage for the host to mail out the cards?
  42. What is a reserved box?
  43. How do I find a list of my reserved boxes?
  44. What are the different types of letterboxes?
  45. How can I put in the date I found a letterbox instead of the current date?
  46. What are virtuals?
  47. How is the Box of the Week selected?
  48. Can I use my web capable cell phone to browse AQ ?
  49. What's the Billboard widget do?
  50. What do the envelopes represent in your mailbox?


CHANGE BOX FROM EVENT TO TRADITIONAL

Last Updated: August 31, 2015 06:15:17 AM



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We are having trouble with posting our new boxes. We have written them, posted and made it public but nobody else can find them. Where have I gone wrong?

Last Updated: August 30, 2015 08:39:13 AM

Be sure to give your letterboxes a location.

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Are there any guidelines for hosting an LTC swap?

Last Updated: August 23, 2015 05:23:41 PM

These guidelines are designed to help people who want to host a LTC swap. These are not rules; rather, they are meant to be a commonsense approach to hosting.

Before You Host Your First Swap
Join and complete several swaps before you host your own. That will give you an opportunity to see how swaps work (and don’t work!).

Hosting Your First Swap
Once you’ve seen how swaps work, feel free to host one! Here are some helpful tips:








Completing the Swap
Once your swap is in progress, there are things you can do to make sure it completes successfully:






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What's the difference between the carver, planter, and owner of a letterbox?

Last Updated: August 19, 2015 07:19:18 AM

Find reports will go to everyone associated with the letterbox except the carvers, including the person who listed the letterbox if they are not already listed as the planter, owner or contact.

Only the planters receive credit for a plant. Some people like to count any letterbox they've carved the stamp for as a plant, but Atlas Quest does not for two reasons: (1) A hand-carved stamp is optional and it seems odd to get credit for planting a letterbox for a feature that's optional, and (2) if you later find the letterbox with your stamp, you can still record it as an official find. If you were getting credit for the box as a plant, you would not also be able to claim credit for it as a find.

Likewise, as much as we appreciate those who've adopted and maintain a letterbox, those are adopted letterboxes and do not count towards your P-count. However, they may count towards your F-count if you went out and found the box yourself.

The owner of a letterbox may change, sometimes quite often, and ownership can be revoked or transferred by the listed planter or owner. The carver of a letterbox cannot transfer ownership of the box to someone else—unless, of course, they are also a planter or owner.

Finally, there is a 'secret' piece of information included with every letterbox listing—the person who originally listed the box in the first place. Their name won't show up anywhere on the listing; it was originally designed to find people who list letterboxes without permission. However, if they have received permission to list the boxes, it also assumes you have permission to edit the boxes as necessary, and therefore the original lister of the box can also edit the boxes. Anyone designated as the owner or planter can edit clues, but not someone listed as a carver or contact.

If the carver, planter, or owner do not have accounts on Atlas Quest, leave the appropriate option blank and give credit where credit is due directly in the clues.

Table summary (powers and privileges):
Status Notified of a Find Credit for the Plant Edit the clue Transfer Ownership Expected Use
Owner Yes No Yes Yes The person who maintains the box
Planter Yes Yes Yes Yes The person(s) who physically planted the letterbox
Lister Yes No Yes No The person who listed the box on Atlas Quest
Carver Yes/No No No No The person who carved the stamp. By default, when a carver is added to a box, he or she is also added as a contact automatically, so most carvers will get notifications of finds, but this does give them the ability to opt out.
Contact Yes No No No People who should be notified whenever a find or attempt is recorded


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What is an F-Summary (Find Summary)?

Last Updated: August 7, 2015 12:28:54 PM

Clue pages now include a summary of the finds (and attempted finds) of each letterbox which is called an F-summary for short. For instance, you might see a box with an F-summary of FFFFFFFFxxxFFxx. These are the last 15 finds and attempts made on the letterbox. Each F represents a find while each x represents a failed find (i.e. an attempt). You might see the last F circled—that's the find of the last found date.

In this example, there were 8 finds, then 3 attempts, then 2 finds, then 2 more attempts. Perhaps the box went missing, then it was replaced, then it went missing again. Or maybe those 3 successive attempts were people who just couldn't find the box because it had been replaced in the wrong location and the 4th person who looked for it realized it was behind the wrong tree. Or maybe the 3 attempts were a single group of people looking for a box and failed to find it so they all marked it as an attempt.

The point is, there are a lot of ways to interpret this data, but sometimes it's useful just to see what sort of patterns they make. A lot of attempts interspersed with finds might suggest the box is particularly tricky to find. A long series of finds followed by a long series of attempts probably means the box is missing.

If someone has chosen to hide the finds or attempts on one of their letterboxes, no F-summary will be displayed.

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How do I save box clues I want to find?

Last Updated: August 7, 2015 03:44:42 AM

You'll probably want to "tag" boxes that you want to find later. Tags are kind of like bookmarks for boxes, trackers and events that you apply and can later run a search that pulls up the objects you've tagged. Non-premium members can use up to four different tags while premium members can use up to eight different tags.

After running a search, you can tag multiple boxes by checking the boxes that you want to add a tag to then using the tag control at the bottom of the search results to specify which tag to apply to those boxes. You can also tag individual boxes one at a time using the tag options on the box details page.

In future searches, your tagged boxes will have a small icon listed next to their name with the tags you've applied, but you can run a search for just boxes you've tagged using the Advanced Search options.

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What's the difference between a cootie and a flea?

Last Updated: August 6, 2015 02:53:17 PM

A flea is a non-restricted form of a cootie. Where cooties must be passed from person-to-person, fleas are a little easier to... "get rid of." You can plant fleas in letterboxes like hitchhikers, or on a person like a traditional cootie. You can log in with a thumbprint signature or use your signature stamps.

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How do I remove the frown/sad face from my letterbox?

Last Updated: August 5, 2015 03:15:04 PM

The frown/sad face next to a letterbox means that the box needs some sort of maintenance, but if you check up on the box and fix whatever problems are with it or find that it has no problems, you can remove the frown by recording a maintenance visit on the box. You can mark what date that you checked up on the box as well as select the happy face option (which will remove the frown).

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Is there a clue guide available for Latta Plantation and Nature Preserve in Huntersville, NC?

Last Updated: August 5, 2015 07:35:05 AM

Yes. After answering this question repeatedly, it just seemed to make sense to put one together. Every box listed in this guide as well as the tips to each box has been done only with permission of each planter. By listing it in Wiki, anyone can update it to keep the information more up to date (or add or remove their boxes as they see fit). You can also check the revision date of this question listing to see when the guide was last updated.

Latta Plantation and Nature Preserve Clue Guide

This Mecklenburg County Park has fishing, horseback riding, hiking trails, plantation tours, a raptor center exhibit, nature center, and gift shop. Entrance to the park is free and all the letterboxes are located in free areas. There is a fee to see the plantation and the raptor center only.

PICK UP A TRAIL MAP AT THE NATURE CENTER OR PRINT ONE HERE.

Clues are listed in order from the entrance of the preserve to the back. The boxes are also listed as in order as they are on the trail unless otherwise indicated. You will need to check the links to the clues to see if the boxes are currently available or not.

HILL TRAIL (Hiking Only)

The Three Little Pigs: Patrick

Bell *

Bell's Bodyguard!!! *

*this is actually on a Connector trail off of the Hill Trail. If you continue on this Connector trail past this box it will connect to the Cove Trail where you pick up the clues for Battle of the Blues.

COVE TRAIL
(this section of the Cove Trail is picked up from the Connector Trail that BELL and BELL'S BODYGUARD is on)

The Golden Unicorn!

Battle of the Blues

PRAIRIE TRAIL (Hiking Only)

Twin Sons of a Different Mother

Rowling's Raptors: Hedwig

SPLIT ROCK TRAIL (starting at Rowling's Raptors: Hedwig)

Where Have all the Cowboys Gone?*

*From the Piedmont Prairie trail you turn right to get this box. Then turn back and head in the other direction for the rest:

Freebird's Economic Stimulus Package

Nina Remembered

BEECHWOOD TRAIL (Hiking Only)

Bible Belt: The Dove *

*this one does not necessarily come before the other boxes. I just listed it first since you need to count benches and will have to keep track of that as you go around. I have also not told you which direction you are traveling-you'll need to figure out the clue for that

Flying Purity

Tu-Whit Tu-Who

TREASURE TREE TRAIL (Hiking Only)

3 21's

Bible Belt: O Tannenbaum *
Birds of a Feather
AT THE RAPTOR CENTER
Carolina Raptor Center

SHADY TRAIL (Hiking and Horse) --Gazebo end

The Raptor Letterbox

BUZZARD ROCK TRAIL (Hiking and Horse)

Bible Belt: Noah's Ark *

*You will pass the intersection with the sign "Washwoman Rock". Remember this since you need to come back to it for the next clues

Igpay Atinlay *

*You will just past Laura's Trail. Double back to it and pick up the clues there for the next box.

Brock-Snake

How How (WOM-not listed on any online website) *
Pass Brock-Snake and head up to the large rocks. HUGE rock on the left near the trail. Behind the back of this rock, under another rock.

*I discovered this old letterbox while planting one day. It was created by Eagle Ray. When I contacted him about it, he stated that he gave it to some friends for planting and never heard about it again. He thought they hadn't planted it. That was about 3 years ago! I told him where it was but he has not listed it yet. I did give me permission to put it on this guide with the clues, though.

GAQLBE09: Harbor Lights

AUDUBON TRAIL (Hikers only)-starting at end of road (across from plantation)

Pride of Charlotte: Box #1-3

Rowling's Raptors: Errol *

*Look for the gazebo while doing Pride of Charlotte series and pick up the Errol clue from there.

I Held an Owl Call!!

PREbox...H.E.R.e.s. - A Toast!!

CATTAIL TRAIL (Hikers only)

Pride of Charlotte: Box #4-5

Rowling's Raptors: Pigwidgeon *

*Look for the owl perch in this clue while doing the Pride of Charlotte boxes.

NOT IN LATTA BUT JUST ACROSS THE STREET AT THE CHURCH

Three Little Pigs: Peter

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Is there a clue guide available for Cane Creek Park in Waxhaw, NC?

Last Updated: August 2, 2015 08:28:07 AM

Yes. After answering this question repeatedly, it just seemed to make sense to put one together. Every box listed in this guide as well as the tips to each box has been done only with permission of each planter. By listing it in Wiki, anyone can update it to keep the information more up to date (or add or remove their boxes as they see fit). You can also check the revision date of this question listing to see when the guide was last updated.

MAINTENANCE WAS PROVIDED TO ALL BOXES IN 12/2011:
Most of these boxes were planted in 2007. The trails have been extensively changed since then and many clues became outdated. Any clues that have not had a chance to get updated by the planters yet have additional notes after the clues. Planters are all aware of this guide and may update it as clues are updated and the additional notes are no longer needed


Clue Guide for Cane Creek

This Union County park has hiking, fishing, camping, rental boats, miniature golf, climbing wall, soccer field, and horse trails (including areas to camp with horses).

Important information about the park and trails
1. There is a $4 fee to park
2. Park hours are STRICTLY enforced (they WILL lock you in if you are not out on time!!). Check the sign when you enter but they are typically 8 to 5pm.
3. You can pick up a map when you pay the parking fee or get one here.
4. Most trails are horse trails as well.

RED TRAIL starting at the entrance of the park
A little under 4 miles round trip if you get all the boxes. The trail is generally flat and clear.

NOTE: LOOK FOR A YELLOW GATE AS YOU GO ON THIS HIKE-- It's actually the "pink gate" referenced in Tomatoes are Evil

Fiesta! is a short distance down the BLUE TRAIL. Then go back to the RED TRAIL and continue on for

When is a Raven like a Writing Desk?

YELLOW TRAIL starting at the entrance of the park
About 1.5 miles round trip if you get all the boxes. The trail is clear with some hills and narrow near the water's edge sometimes.

Grandma's Flowers

After finding this box, go back to the bridge and start at that point from the bridge referenced in
Waxhaw 2007

Tea Party Guest of Honor?

From the yellow post in the hill ridge line you should be able to see the chain link fence you need in the following clue (it's NOT the chainlink fence ON the ridgeline):
Backwards?

The Dead Lemur
Note: the yellow and purple trail intersection is now marked by a yellow post on a hill line. The blazes have changed (none are now painted on the tree). It's currently the 6th yellow mounted blaze. This tree is cradling white rocks. Count the referenced paces from this tree.

LOT #4
Less than a mile roundtrip

NOTE: LOOK FOR THE TRAIL BEHIND THE BASEBALL FIELD -- it's referenced in Tomatoes are Evil

The Path Home

TRAILS STARTING AT THE REST AREA AT THE END OF THE ROAD INTO THE PARK
About 3 miles round trip of you get all the boxes-- this includes looping back to start again for one of them

Mother & Son + The Waxhaws
You will do this box and loop back to the start for the rest so you can do it first and come back or last and come back.

You will go a little ways up the YELLOW TRAIL to get this box:
Attack of the Mosquitoes!

Then return back to RED TRAIL and continue on to the ORANGE TRAIL. You will go up the ORANGE TRAIL to get this series:
The Perfect Cup of Tea

Then return back to the RED TRAIL and continue on
you will then look at the clues for Determined Smail and pick them up where I have indicated you need to if you are using the clue guide.

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What do the arrows represent?

Last Updated: July 27, 2015 05:17:18 PM

When running a location-based search, Atlas Quest display the distance to each letterbox from the point of your search, along with an arrow indicating the direction the box is from that location.
Arrow Description
None The letterbox is exactly where you ran your search!
Unknown The location of the letterbox isn't specific enough to know what direction it is from the location you searched.
North The letterbox is north of the location of your search.
Northeast The letterbox is northeast of the location of your search.
East The letterbox is east of the location of your search.
Southeast The letterbox is southeast of the location of your search.
South The letterbox is south of the location of your search.
Southwest The letterbox is southwest of the location of your search.
West The letterbox is west of the location of your search.
Northwest The letterbox is northwest of the location of your search.


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Woodlawn Cemetery, Syracuse, New York

Last Updated: July 16, 2015 04:38:48 PM

Letterboxes are not allowed here without permission from the folks running the cemetery, and from the angry email that admins here got about sending the New York State Attorney General after us for such a heinous crime, it seems very unlikely that that would happen. Don't plant letterboxes here, and don't look for them here.

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How do you letterbox at all? This is so confusing!

Last Updated: July 13, 2015 02:50:16 AM

Take a big breath and relax. This isn't a test! Then read the Getting Started page and get out looking for some letterboxes!

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How do I create an alias?

Last Updated: July 13, 2015 02:38:45 AM

Go to the My Accounts page (it's under the My Page menubar option). If you're in a sub-account already, you won't see this as an option since only the main account can create sub-accounts.

Then click the Create New Account button and fill out the following form. You'll have the option to create an alias, child or adult account, but you'll select the alias option and submit the details. Alias created!

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How do I record my LbNA finds on Atlas Quest

Last Updated: July 13, 2015 02:34:19 AM

One of the benefits of premium memberships is the ability to record letterboxes not listed on Atlasquest—such as those only on LBNA. Otherwise you must wait for a "Hat Day" to record your non-AQ listed finds. Here is some extra help.

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Columbia

Last Updated: July 4, 2015 07:42:31 PM

Policy
Permit Application

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How do I manage tags?

Last Updated: July 4, 2015 05:46:50 PM

First, make sure you are logged into your Atlas Quest account. You can't manage anything if AQ doesn't know who you are!

Then, when you view a letterbox, tracker or event—you'll see a set of checkboxes for each of the available tags. Check or uncheck as necessary, then click the "Save Changes" button to make them stick.

To change the name of a tracker, click the pencil next to the "Save Changes" button. The pencil represents the 'edit' link, and it'll let you edit the names of the tags.

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How do hitchhikers work?

Last Updated: June 14, 2015 02:09:56 PM

Hitchhikers are letterboxes that travel from box to box with no permanent home of their own. They're also known as parasites in some circles, though in the United States the term hitchhiker is the standard. A hitchhiker includes the same basic components as a letterbox: a rubber stamp and a logbook either in a very small container or bag. It is found inside a host letterbox.

Stamp your personal signature stamp and the stamp of the host letterbox in the hitchhiker's logbook. Stamp the hitchhiker in your logbook and the host letterbox's logbook. The finder typically takes the hitchhiker and plants it in another letterbox.

Hitchhiker Etiquette Tips
[Source: Silent Doug's articles on hitchhikers that had been at letterboxing.info.]

Added 12/2007: Hitchhikers have now started to travel in postals. As with all HHs, if you question if it is only to travel in one type of box, contact the owner prior to changing box types. Many postal HHs stay with the ring they start in (And sometimes do not have their own logbook), while others jump from postal box to postal box (These have seperate logbooks). They may also jump from postals into traditional letterboxes if the owner allows this. A good rule of thumb, "When in doubt, ask the box owner." mff

If you're considering launching a hitchhiker, you may want to consider making it a flea instead. A flea is much like a hitchhiker except there are more possible ways to move it, including just slipping it into some other letterboxer's pocket while he's not looking.

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What is the difference between a "Planter" and an "Owner"?

Last Updated: June 13, 2015 08:53:27 PM

The planter is someone who participated in actually planting a letterbox while the owner is the person responsible for maintaining the letterbox. The planter is usually the owner, but if someone else adopts a box, the owner may be different.

On Atlas Quest, a box can have any number of planters, but all boxes have exactly one and only one owner. In the unusual case that a box has no owner (the person requested that their account be deleted, for instance, so the owner really has no account on AQ), it'll be assigned to the System account, a generic account that nobody monitors.

Planters cannot record a find on their boxes, but the owner can do so if they are not also a planter.

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Some boxes are found after being marked retired. What does this mean?

Last Updated: June 13, 2015 08:35:21 PM

It could mean any number of things. Maybe the status of the box was changed to retired after several people reported it missing but it turned out not to be missing at all. Maybe someone is recording finds years after they actually found the box but aren't listing accurate find dates. Maybe they recorded a find on the wrong box mistaking it for another box with the same or similar name.

The point is, there are a lot of reasons someone might record a find on a box that has been retired, but there's no way to tell which reason it is without contacting the owner and/or finder to ask.

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How do I search the message boards?

Last Updated: June 13, 2015 06:12:52 AM

The simplest, quickest, and most common search you'll likely run on the message boards is to look for posts with a specific keyword or phrase within the message. You can run this type of search from most any message board page just by entering the keyword in the search box in the upper-right corner of the page. For more advanced search options such as searching for posts by specific members, on specific boards, during a specific timespan, and more, use the dedicated Search Messages page.

A few things to know about keywords searches. First, searches are case-insensitive, so capitalization will not matter. Second, some common words are automatically ignored such as and, then, don't, etc. These are called stopwords, and the full list of stopwords used are:

a, a's, able, about, above, according, accordingly, across, actually, after, afterwards, again, against, ain't, all, allow, allows, almost, alone, along, already, also, although, always, am, among, amongst, an, and, another, any, anybody, anyhow, anyone, anything, anyway, anyways, anywhere, apart, appear, appreciate, appropriate, aq, are, aren't, around, as, aside, ask, asking, associated, at, available, away, awfully, be, became, because, become, becomes, becoming, been, before, beforehand, behind, being, believe, below, beside, besides, best, better, between, beyond, both, box, boxed, boxes, boxing, brief, but, by, c'mon, c's, came, can, can't, cannot, cant, cause, causes, certain, certainly, changes, clearly, clue, co, com, come, comes, concerning, consequently, consider, considering, contain, containing, contains, corresponding, could, couldn't, course, currently, definitely, described, despite, did, didn't, different, do, does, doesn't, doing, don't, done, down, downwards, during, each, edu, eg, eight, either, else, elsewhere, enough, entirely, especially, et, etc, even, ever, every, everybody, everyone, everything, everywhere, ex, exactly, example, except, far, few, fifth, first, five, followed, following, follows, for, former, formerly, forth, four, from, further, furthermore, get, gets, getting, given, gives, go, goes, going, gone, got, gotten, greetings, had, hadn't, happens, hardly, has, hasn't, have, haven't, having, he, he's, hello, help, hence, her, here, here's, hereafter, hereby, herein, hereupon, hers, herself, hi, him, himself, his, hither, hopefully, how, howbeit, however, i, i'd, i'll, i'm, i've, ie, if, ignored, immediate, in, inasmuch, inc, indeed, indicate, indicated, indicates, inner, insofar, instead, into, inward, is, isn't, it, it'd, it'll, it's, its, itself, just, keep, keeps, kept, know, knows, known, last, lately, later, latter, latterly, least, less, lest, let, let's, letterbox, letterboxed, letterboxes, letterboxing, letterboxer, like, liked, likely, little, look, looking, looks, ltd, mainly, many, may, maybe, me, mean, meanwhile, merely, might, more, moreover, most, mostly, much, must, my, myself, name, namely, nd, near, nearly, necessary, need, needs, neither, never, nevertheless, new, next, nine, no, nobody, non, none, noone, nor, normally, not, nothing, novel, now, nowhere, obviously, of, off, often, oh, ok, okay, old, on, once, one, ones, only, onto, or, other, others, otherwise, ought, our, ours, ourselves, out, outside, over, overall, own, park, particular, particularly, per, perhaps, placed, please, plus, possible, presumably, probably, provides, que, quite, qv, rather, rd, re, really, reasonably, regarding, regardless, regards, relatively, respectively, right, rock, said, same, saw, say, saying, says, second, secondly, see, seeing, seem, seemed, seeming, seems, seen, self, selves, sensible, sent, serious, seriously, seven, several, shall, she, should, shouldn't, since, six, so, some, somebody, somehow, someone, something, sometime, sometimes, somewhat, somewhere, soon, sorry, specified, specify, specifying, still, sub, such, sup, sure, t's, take, taken, tell, tends, th, than, thank, thanks, thanx, that, that's, thats, the, their, theirs, them, themselves, then, thence, there, there's, thereafter, thereby, therefore, therein, theres, thereupon, these, they, they'd, they'll, they're, they've, think, third, this, thorough, thoroughly, those, though, three, through, throughout, thru, thus, to, together, too, took, toward, towards, tree, tried, tries, truly, try, trying, twice, two, un, under, unfortunately, unless, unlikely, until, unto, up, upon, us, use, used, useful, uses, using, usually, value, various, very, via, viz, vs, want, wants, was, wasn't, way, we, we'd, we'll, we're, we've, welcome, well, went, were, weren't, what, what's, whatever, when, whence, whenever, where, where's, whereafter, whereas, whereby, wherein, whereupon, wherever, whether, which, while, whither, who, who's, whoever, whole, whom, whose, why, will, willing, wish, with, within, without, won't, wonder, would, would, wouldn't, yes, yet, you, you'd, you'll, you're, you've, your, yours, yourself, yourselves, zero

Any word you attempt to search for in this list will be ignored.

Search Operators

By default, Atlas Quest will return all searches that include one or more of the keywords you specify. You can, however, change that behavior through the use of operators. Supported operators include:
Operator Result
+ A leading plus sign indicates that this word must be present in every post returned.
- A leading minus sign indicates that this word must not be present in any post returned.
( ) Parentheses are used to group words into subexpressions
* An asterisk is the truncation operator. Unlike the other operators, it should be appended to the word, not prepended.
" A phrase that is enclosed in double quotes matches only posts that contain the phrase literally, as it was typed.
@distance Tests tests whether two or more words all start within a specified distance from each other, measured in words. Specify the search words within a double-quoted string immediately before the @distance operator.
<> These two operators are used to change a word's contribution to the relevance value that is assigned to a row. The > operator increases the contribution and the < operator decreases it.

Examples

Search Results
apple banana find posts that contain at least one of these words
+apple +juice find posts that contain both words
+apple -macintosh find posts that contain the word “apple” but not “macintosh”
+(apple banana) -macintosh find posts that contain “apple” or “banana”, but not “machintosh”
apple* find posts that contain “apple”, “apples”, “applesauce”, “applet”, etc.
"some words" find posts that contain “some words of wisdom”, but not “some noise words”
"word1 word2 word3" @8 finds posts that contain the words “word1”, “word2” and “word3”—BUT only if all three words are located within 8 words of each other.
+apple +(>turnover <strudel) Find rows that contain the words “apple” and “turnover”, or “apple” and “strudel” (in any order), but rank “apple turnover” higher than “apple strudel”.


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What are P-club and F-club restrictions?

Last Updated: June 13, 2015 06:12:23 AM

You can restrict your letterboxes to only AQ members with a specified number of plants and/or finds. Keep in mind, these restrictions are based on official AQ counts so members who do not record their plants or finds on this site may not be able to access your clues. You are only allowed to restrict boxes up to your own P- and F-counts, so if you have a P-count of 12 and an F-count of 132 on Atlas Quest, you will not be able to restrict your boxes beyond 12 plants and 132 finds respectively. If you are truly a spectacular planter and finder of letterboxes, AQ will also not allow you to exceed a P-count restriction of 250 or an F-count restriction beyond 9999.

If you have no plants or finds, you cannot restrict boxes by one's P- or F-counts.

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How does the Basic Search work?

Last Updated: June 13, 2015 06:11:09 AM

Stopwords are common words that usually aren't very useful for searching—words such as 'the' or 'and'. Those words will be stripped from your search, and the rest of the words that are left will be used as part of the search. The search will return all letterboxes that match any one of the terms you specify, however, they will be sorted with the best matches listed first—usually the boxes that match all of your search terms.

A word in one's search term is more-or-less any sequence of characters that are letters and numbers. Two exceptions are the underscore (_) and apostrophe (') which will count as part of the word. So a search for "self-help" would actually perform a search for the words "self" and "help" rather than the one word "self-help." Searches for "turtle's," however, will count as a single word. Additionally, a search for "turtles" and a search for "turtle's" are two completely different searches with no overlap. (This is how the database works, but for box names, tracker names, and other "titles," AQ internally strips the apostrophes when it's stored in the database so that the database will appear to find the match in those types of searches, but that's actually an AQ feature, not a database one, and you shouldn't always rely on it.)

If you want to search for only boxes that include all of the words then precede each of the words with a plus sign. So, to search for any boxes that include both "self" and "help" you would enter "+self +help". If you want to search for exactly "self help" that occur in that order then put "self help" in the search box, including the quotation marks.

Stopwords

There is a list of words, called stopwords, that are not indexed as being too common and generally useless as far as searches go. If one is used in a search, it will be ignored. The latest version of the stoplist Atlas Quest uses is: a, a's, ain't, all, am, an, and, any, aq, are, aren't, as, at, be, became, because, been, being, box, boxed, boxes, boxing, but, by, c's, came, can, can't, cannot, cant, co, com, could, couldn't, did, didn't, do, does, doesn't, doing, don't, each, edu, eg, either, else, et, etc, even, ever, every, ex, far, few, for, further, get, gets, getting, given, gives, go, goes, got, had, hadn't, has, hasn't, have, haven't, having, he, he's, her, here, here's, hers, herself, hi, him, himself, his, how, however, i, i'd, i'll, i'm, i've, ie, if, in, inc, into, is, isn't, it, it'd, it'll, it's, its, let, let's, letterbox, letterboxed, letterboxes, letterboxing, letterboxer, many, may, maybe, me, mean, might, much, must, my, myself, nd, no, non, none, nor, not, now, of, oh, ok, okay, old, on, only, onto, or, our, ours, park, per, rd, re, really, seem, seemed, seeming, seems, seen, she, should, shouldn't, since, so, sub, sup, t's, th, than, thank, thanks, thanx, that, that's, thats, the, their, theirs, them, then, there, there's, theres, these, they, they'd, they'll, they're, they've, this, those, though, thus, to, too, un, up, us, value, very, via, viz, vs, was, wasn't, way, we, we'd, we'll, we're, we've, were, weren't, whether, which, while, why, with, won't, would, wouldn't, yes, yet, you, you'd, you'll, you're, you've, your, yours, yourself, yourselves

Some examples might make this more clear:
Search Term Search For Will Match Results Will Not Match Results
h Will search for all boxes whose name begins with h. Will match boxes with names such as Hi!, High Top Letterbox, or Hit the Ball Will not match 'ello or I Just Wanted To Say Hi.
flowers Will search for all boxes that have the word flowers in it. Will find Flowers for Algernon, Pick Some Flowers, and The Flowers Wrath Will not match The Flower or Baking Flour.
War and Peace Will find all boxes that have the words war or peace in it. It will ignore the word and since that is a stopword. Will match War and Peace, Make Peace, Not War, and Peace Monument Will not match Buy an AQ Patch today.
Georgia on my Mind Will search for boxes with the words Georgia and Mind. The words on and my will be ignored since they are stopwords. Will find Georgia on my Mind, Georgia Peaches, Mind Your Manners, and Mind Over Matter. Box names that use both words will rank higher than names that use one word or the other. Will not find Maine on my Brain or The Oregon Files.
turtle's Will search for all boxes that have the word turtle's in it. Will find A Turtle's Shell. Will not match The turtles are a menace!
the least of your worries Will search for boxes the word worries in the name. The words least and your are stopwords and are therefore ignored. Will find My Worries and Don't Worry. Will not find Least of All or Your Birthday Present.

The author search requires an exact match to the trail name of the person who carved, authored, planted, or owns the letterbox, or leave it blank if you do not wish to search by author.

The box type is self explanatory, but for search results with the most detailed information, it helps to be specific about what type of letterbox you are looking for. The default "all" type strips out many useful details from the search results since it displays for the lowest common denominator.

Special Cases

If you type in a number and only a number, AQ will return the box with that box ID. Everything else will be ignored. So, for instance, if you search for a box with the "name" 181707, AQ will direct you immediately to The Skateboard Kid letterbox.

Additionally, if you know a box is listed on AQ but the clue is hosted on LbNA and so you only printed the LbNA id number, you can look up a box based on the LbNA id number by typing the name as "LbNA ID" (where ID is the ID number assigned by LbNA). For example, searching with the "name" as LbNA 4311 will automatically redirect you to Snoopy, which has an AQ ID of 127, but an LbNA ID of 4311.

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How do I view the finds on a letterbox?

Last Updated: June 12, 2015 03:28:33 AM

The list of who found a box and when for traditional boxes is now a premium member perk. Non-premium members can only see a summary of the most recent finds and attempts of a letterbox along with the last found date.

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What do the icons stand for in a traditional letterbox?

Last Updated: June 1, 2015 09:02:16 AM

Stamp Types

AttributeDescription
The creator promises you'll find a genuine, 100% hand-carved stamp in the letterbox and not a store-bought or custom-made stamp.
The letterbox contains a unique, custom-made stamp.
The letterbox contains a store-bought stamp rather than a hand-carved or custom-made stamp.

Subtypes

AttributeDescription
The creator does not specify the location of the nearest city for this letterbox. They may have specified the state or country of its location, but you're expected to discover the actual starting point for the hunt yourself. From a technical standpoint, a location is considered a mystery box if the location has no name, address, and city. If the location spans less than one mile, it is not a mystery. And if a location is "somewhere within a city," the owner of the box can specify if it's a mystery location or not. And finally, just because you solve a mystery and add a custom location, the letterbox is still considered a mystery box-adding a specific custom location will not remove this icon.
This picture represents a bonus box, where the clue for the box will be found (usually) in a pre-existing nearby letterbox.
A Word of Mouth (WOM) box. The clues are distributed somewhere other than online, such as via e-mail, postal mail, or delivered in person.

Hike Types

AttributeDescription
This letterbox is located indoors -- perfect for those cold, wet days when you really do not want to go outside.
A drive-by letterbox, as defined on this website, is a letterbox that requires perhaps 5 to 10 minutes to nab from the time you park your car. A drive-by letterbox will be hidden within eyesight of where one parks, or at least so close that if it were raining, the person would take the box to their car to stamp in.
A stroll is something that's less than a mile round-trip of walking, which would take most people less than 30 minutes to complete (find and return to their starting point) but still too far out to be considered a drive by.
A walk is something that requires 1 to 2 miles round-trip of walking/hiking, which would take most people between 30 to 60 minutes to complete.
A hike is a box that requires 2 to 4 miles round-trip of hiking, which would take most people between 1 to 2 hours to complete.
]A trek is 4 to 8 miles round-trip of hiking, and will typically take most people anywhere from 2 to 4 hours to complete.
An backpack is 8 to 15 miles round-trip of hiking, and will typically take most people anywhere from 4 to 8 hours to complete.
An thru-hike requires 15 or more miles round-trip of hiking, and will typically take most people a minimum of 8 hours to complete.

Note: Use a little common sense with these icons. A flat, paved, 1-mile trail would be a stroll. A rugged 1-mile trail that climbs 1,000 feet in elevation gain would be a walk. Even though both trails are one mile long, they would each fall into different categories since the difficulty level is very different. There are no hard or fast rules regarding this-just use a little common sense. A typical hiking trail that's two miles long would normally be a walk, but if the walk requires an extreme climb going up thousands of feet on a rarely maintained trail, mark it as a hike.

Attributes

AttributeDescription
An urban letterbox, as defined here, is located in an area where one is unlikely to experience "The Great Outdoors". Like in a big city, such as New York city. A rest area in the middle of nowhere is an urban box. A large city park with trees and hiking trails is not an urban box. The 'setting' for the letterbox is urban, not necessarily the location, if that makes any sense.
A snow friendly box is rather a squishy concept. Some people might consider a box that requires several miles of cross-country travel using snow shoes or skies as snow 'friendly,' while other may not. Other boxes might be quite findable if there's an inch or two of snow on the ground but may no longer be easily found if there's a foot or two of snow on the ground. In theory, though, a snow friendly box is one in which important landmarks in the clue would not be covered, nor will digging through layers of snow be required to find the box.
A pet friendly letterbox is located in an area that allows pets to roam, usually with a leash requirement.
This letterbox is available only for a limited time. A limited time letterbox is either a box that is planted for only part of the year or a box that you intend to retire within the next three months. Letterboxes planted in regions that are covered in snow for nine months of the year or in stores that require a visit during store hours do not count as limited time boxes.
A bike friendly letterbox is located in an area where bicycles or mountain bikes are permitted and have plenty of room to roam. For instance, while it is legal to ride ones bicycle on busy city streets, it is not considered bike friendly if there are no designated bike lanes available for use near the letterbox. And while many trails may be accessible to mountain bike, it is not considered bike friendly if the trail is for hikers only.
The trail or path to the letterbox should be accessible by wheelchairs or strollers the entire way. However, the letterbox itself may not be reachable from a wheelchair or stroller, and those using them may need assistance from others to actually acquire the box. The letterbox may be planted too high or low for someone in a wheelchair to physically reach, or too far off from the main trail for a wheelchair, but as long as an assistant can retrieve the box and bring it back for the wheelchair-bound person, it's considered wheelchair accessible.
You'll be expected to use your head on this one in order to decipher the clue. The code might be easy or hard-this image promises nothing on that count-the only thing it does promise is that the clue won't be straight-forward as most.
A box that requires some sort of special or unusual equipment like for scuba diving or rock climbing, or even something as simple as a ladder. A compass is not considered "special" equipment for letterboxers!
This image marks letterboxes that require a compass in order to find. The lack of this picture means the clue doesn't require a compass OR that the creator of the letterbox did not specify a compass requirement. It's generally a good idea to always carry a compass in your letterboxing kit, though, so you'll always be prepared.
This letterbox requires payment of some sort of fee-probably a parking or entrance fee-in order to find. The lack of this picture does not necessarily mean no fees are required. The creator may not have specified fees, or perhaps fees were added since the box was planted. It's always a good idea to carry a few extra dollars in case of an unexpected fee or two.
Those who plant letterboxes are able to point out their favorite plants by assigning them the Planter's Choice Award. They might do this because they consider it one of their best boxes, or perhaps it has sentimental value. Whatever the reason, the planter wants you to notice this box.
The blue diamond marks letterboxes that are highly recommended by other letterboxers. If your time is limited, you might want to focus on finding a Blue Diamond letterbox.
Each week, the highest rated box on Atlas Quest is designated the Box of the Week. Use this to search for boxes that have reached such lofty heights.
Some people like to find boxes that are 'historic,' and using this option in one's search can help narrow down the possibilities. A historic box, in this case, is any letterbox that was planted at least ten years ago and has been listed on Atlas Quest for at least five years.
Some letterboxers want to find that elusive box few people ever find or even search for. Searching for 'rare finds,' in this case, will return all boxes that have not had a recorded find for at least one full year.
Clued boxes are those that have some sort of clue included with it. WOM boxes, hitchhikers, event boxes, etc. often do not have clues.

Emoticons

AttributeDescription
This is a happy letterbox—there are no reported issues with the box and no known repairs are needed.
This is a sad letterbox—it needs some help. Maybe there's a torn ziploc bag or maybe there's been a catastrophic box failure and the logbook is unusable or stamp severely damaged. If you help, by all means, please do!


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I am trying to upload my signature stamp photo and it shows preview but after hitting saved it says no file uploaded. The picture is in gif and under 10mb. Not sure if there's a problem with site or no. Please help. Thank you Lisa

Last Updated: May 26, 2015 02:31:53 PM



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What are Treasure Hikers?

Last Updated: May 23, 2015 05:48:44 AM

Yep. We're all treasure hikers in the general sense of the word... each little piece of art set free in the world is a treasure to plant and find.
But there is a larger game afoot to encourage more boxes on longer distance trails and paths, and that game is Treasure Hikers!
Mama Fox, of the Little Foxes, came up with the original idea and it wasn't long before other states wanted to kick up their hiking heels as well.


Treasure Hiking is a fun way to set hiking goals while letterboxing and earn cool pathtags or other accessories!

Guidelines

Here's the only rule: One point for each mile hiked while letterboxing, either finding or planting, on hikes of 1 mile or longer round trip.

If you have a question about whether something fits the Rule, use your own judgment, bearing in mind that we are operating on the honor system when you report your points. If you need clarification, read through the Suggestions and Footnotes below. The FAQ list is found below the table showing participating states and state coordinators. If you have questions about the program in one of the participating states, please contact the coordinator for that state.

Friendly Suggestions:
Other Footnotes:
If you are interested in starting a program for your state, contact one of the state representatives listed below:
Participating stateWho to contactHow to contactStarting DatePathtags Available
Alaska KnottyKnitterDirtMonkeyAQ Mail1/29/201425, 49
CaliforniaTurtlegirl 19AQ Mail4/1/2009
ColoradoThe3DTsAQ Mail1/1/2010
ConnecticutKit Kat 61 or The QuackersAQ Mail6/1/2009 25, 50, 75, 100, 250
FloridaMonkey Wrangler AQ Mail5/1/2009
Georgia Buttercup, Hawkeye AQ Mail3/20/2009
IllinoisNitrocatAQ Mail4/24/2009
KentuckyEeny Meany Miney MoeAQ Mail3/1/2009
MaineAiphidAQ Mail5/1/2009 25, 50, 100
MassachusettsgraywolfeAQ Mail4/25/2009 50, 100, 150, 200
Michiganthe hicks from the sticksAQ Mail5/22/2009
New HampshireBubbaloo MagooAQ Mail5/21/2009
North CarolinaThe Little Foxes, The Wolf family, Knit WitAQ Mail3/1/200925, 50, 100
Ohio Mn8X AQ Mail3/1/2009
OregonMystic DreamerAQ Mail3/20/2009
Rhode IslandSouthpawAQ Mail6/30/2012 25, 50
South CarolinaGreycrazyAQ Mail3/1/2009 25
TennesseeScouttrekkieAQ Mail3/4/200925
TexasPI JoeAQ Mail1/1/2010 25, 50, 100
Virginiawee3AQ Mail6/1/2009
WashingtonCampFireLadyAQ Mail3/20/2009

There are other similar hiking incentive programs. Contact the organizer(s) listed for the program.
Program nameWho to contactHow to contactStarting Date
New York Letterbox Hiking ChallengeJackbear, Scout, or SahalieAQ e-mail4/2/09
NC Mountain ChallengeDixie or The Little FoxesAQ e-mailin planning stages

Frequently Asked Questions
Really the program is on the honor system, and we prefer that you have fun in the spirit of the game and count your points using your own conscience.
However, some questions get asked regularly so, for the sake of consistent answers (and the sanity of the moderators), this section was added.

What if the box is a one mile hike but I get lost and travel for 3 miles? How many points would that be? Only one. No extra points for being directionally challenged.
Can I go get 10 drivebys at .1 mile each and say that's one mile? No. None of these are qualifying boxes. A qualifying box must be a one mile hike (round trip).
Can I use a bike instead of hiking? No. The program is for hiking. There's nothing stopping you from making your own Treasure Biking program, though.
Do attempts count? No. They don't count as finds and they don't count toward points in this program either. However, if you take a box with you and plant it at one mile or more you could get a point for that.
What if I start a 6 mile hike but I don't finish it? I only do 3 miles one day, then next week I go back for the farthest boxes and do 6 miles? Do I count 9 miles total or only 6? You should count 9 miles total. You did 3 miles one day and 6 miles another day. Just because the boxes happened to be in a series does not change that you hiked 9 miles total on 2 separate days to qualifying boxes.
Can my dog get a pathtag? If your dog walked the distance with you, go ahead and order one for his collar too!
What if I walk a mile to get to a driveby box? Then can I count it? No. A qualifying box is one that is one mile in hike length for anyone to get to. You can't make it a qualifying box by just setting your own starting point.
If I am in a park where there are several separate letterboxes listed and I can find them all by stringing them together to make a hike greater than one mile, can I receive pathtag points? The Treasure Hikers program was originally envisioned as a way to encourage planting boxes on longer hikes in areas where the tendency seemed to be planting drivebys. While many of the coordinators still adhere to the idea that the box you are seeking should require a hike of one mile or more, we also recognize that there are some areas where finding a mile-long trail may be a challenge. Follow your conscience. If you live in such an area, consider planting an urban box that might incorporate a mile-long "sightseeing tour" of your city in the clues.
I heard New York was doing things a little different, what's the deal with that? The New York organizers were inspired by the original Treasure Hikers group, but being New Yorkers, wanted to put a little different spin on it. A Challenge Patch is available for different miles accomplished, 25,50, 75, and 100 instead of a pathtag. They also honor attempts and maintenance, and any other excuse you have to get out and letterbox. As with the Treasure Hikers, the New York Letterbox Hiking Challenge encourages participants to challenge themselves to go on longer hikes. For more information on the NY guidelines, go to:NY Letterbox Hiking Challenge Patch Guidelines
What about partial miles? If we hike 3.5 miles round trip can we round our points up to 4? Rounding up from the halfway point is technically taking credit for mileage that you didn't really hike. Most of the members are rounding down to the whole if the fraction is under a half and rounding down to the half if it is over the halfway point. The beauty of the tracking widget designed by Wassa is that you can input exact mileage without rounding at all. If you truly want credit for that partial mile, use the widget tracker. :-) In addition, as stated above, each individual hike must be at least one mile round trip to begin with. No hiking .7 miles one week and .3 the next and adding them together for one mile.

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How do I purchase a Blue Diamond Worthy Letterboxer patch?

Last Updated: May 20, 2015 04:48:14 AM

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! UPDATE: This link is currently not working and a new address is not confirmed.

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1. Gwinnett County Parks

Last Updated: May 8, 2015 09:22:48 AM

Gwinnett County regulations and application for letterbox or geocache (effective 04/2013) can be found at: http://www.gwinnettcounty.com/static/departments/parks_rec/pdf/PermitApplication.pdf

Caches are limited to conservation parks and must be labeled with their permit number.

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How do I log my finds?

Last Updated: May 2, 2015 05:40:10 AM

Use the Record Find link, found under the "Letterboxes" menubar option. Search for the name of the box and/or owner along with the type of the box and click on the result of the box that you found. Fill out the date of the find and such and save.

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Is there a way to search out letterboxes along the interstate highways?

Last Updated: May 1, 2015 11:40:35 AM

Use the trip search option on the Simple Searches page, or type in "ALONG I-5 FROM Sacramento, CA TO Portland, OR" (or whatever the case may be) as your search. If you type out the search manually, the keywords to use are "along" for the Interstate, "from" for which town to start the search, and "to" for which town to end the search.

Many interstate highways can be found by going to Toolbox, Trip planner and then there is a list of routes, including lots of interstate highways.

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How can I view more than the 5 newest stamp requests?

Last Updated: May 1, 2015 11:34:20 AM

There is no limit on the number of stamp requests or offers on the Stamp Exchange. If you see only 5 requests, it's because there are only 5 active requests to display!

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How do I put a link in a message?

Last Updated: April 7, 2015 04:16:15 AM

Most of the time, simply typing in a URL will automatically turn it into a link. For instance, http://www.atlasquest.com will display as a link automatically with no special formatting. You do, however, have to type the full link. Just typing www.atlasquest.com won't do it.

Additional formatting options can be found on the Markup Comparisons page, including how to turn any text into a link (like the "Markup Comparisons" link does). There are two formatting options available including wiki and HTML. By default, all new accounts are set to use wiki formatting since it's generally easier and faster to use, so unless you've changed your default preferences, you should probably use the wiki formatting options.

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Does anyone have tips or tricks for doing peoples faces?

Last Updated: March 14, 2015 02:27:46 PM



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How do you read clues to find these boxes?

Last Updated: March 13, 2015 05:58:59 AM

When you pull up a box listing, click the "Clue" button to read the clues.

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On favorite searches—how do I create an event search that covers all of America?

Last Updated: March 8, 2015 06:28:51 AM

Run an event search where the location is the United States. You'll probably want to only include upcoming events so check that box as well as any other criteria you'd like to use to narrow down the search results.

Then run the search to see the results.

Once you're looking at a list of results, you can click the Save Search link in the upper-right corner of the page to save it as a favorite.

Follow the prompts and save your new favorite search!

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What do you call a hitchhiker that is waaaaay too large to ever fit in any letterboxes you're likely to find?

Last Updated: March 7, 2015 01:48:02 PM

Shrekhiker.

It may be too large because of the size of the stamp or because of the logbook.

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Which page of the box log book should I stamp?

Last Updated: March 5, 2015 11:18:40 AM

If the planter provides directions, follow them. If not, the recommended procedure is as follows: Stamp box log books on the front of each page only, going from the front of the book to the back. As the finds approach the back of the book, finders should notify the owner that it's getting close to the end, preferably reporting exactly how many pages remain. Then if the owner decides to replace the log book when each page has entries on the front, she/he may do so. If log book front pages are full, then turn the book over and fill it back-to-front. Again, notify the owner when the log book is nearly full.

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What is a 'tagged' letterbox?

Last Updated: March 4, 2015 08:50:49 PM

A tagged letterbox is one that you want to identify with a certain characteristic later. When you run a letterbox search or view a letterbox, a small, colored icon shows up next to the box name of all boxes you've thus identified, a nice reminder for whatever it is you wanted to be reminded of. For example, you might tag a list of boxes that you think look particularly interesting so in later letterbox searches, you won't accidentally overlook them. Or another tag could mark mystery boxes that you've solved.

Using the Advanced Search page, found under the Letterboxes menubar option, you can even perform searches that will return only letterboxes you've tagged (or haven't tagged) with a specific color/shape.

Premium members have up to eight different tags (each with a different color) that they can use. Without a premium membership, you'll only be able to make use of four of them. You can tag an individual box from the box details page, tag multiple boxes from a search directly from the search results page, to set the tags while recording a find on a letterbox.

You can set the text for each tag option wherever you can add or remove tags from a box such as on the box details page by clicking the pencil next to the submit button. That's the edit button for text.

As for why you may want to tag letterboxes, that's up to you. Many people use it for different reasons, but here are some common ones:

Related Questions

How do I tag and untag letterboxes?
How do I remove all tags of a certain color from all of my boxes?

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

Last Updated: March 2, 2015 11:13:21 PM

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.
Add Note Read Note View and/or edit any notes you've taken about this member. If the notepad is blank, you haven't added any notes for this member yet. If the notepad has writing on it, then there are notes to read.
Planted 1 letterbox Planted 20-39 letterboxes Planted 300-399 letterboxes Trophies represent the number of planted letterboxes. Bronze trophies display your exact number of plants from 1 to 9. Silver trophies represent between 10 and 99 planted boxes (the number on the trophy is rounded down to the nearest 10), while gold trophies represent between 100 and 999 plants (the number on the trophy is rounded down to the nearest 100).
Found 1 letterbox Found 20-29 letterboxes Found 300-399 letterboxes Found 4,000-4,999 letterboxes Found 50,000-59,999 letterboxes Ribbons represent the number of found letterboxes. The ribbon gets an extra "point" at the bottom for every zero that follows the first digit. The ribbons are color-coded to the first digit roughly in a rainbow pattern from 1 to 9: 1 = red, 2 = orange, 3 = yellow, 4 = green, 5 = cyan, 6 = blue, 7 = magenta, 8 = purple and 9 = silver/grey.
1 message posted 20-29 messages posted 300-399 messages posted 4,000-4,999 messages posted 50,000-59,999 messages posted 600,000-699,999 message posted Stars represent the number of messages the member has posted to the Atlas Quest message boards. The number of stars or the size of the star increases as the count number increases. Each small star is worth one digit, and each big star is worth three digits. For example, two small stars = 10-99. One large star and one small star = 3 + 1 = 1,000-9,999. The biggest stars are color-coded to the first digit in roughly a rainbow pattern: 1 = red, 2 = orange, 3 = yellow, 4 = green, 5 = cyan, 6 = blue, 7 = magenta, 8 = purple and 9 = silver/grey. (If there are small and large stars, the color on the small star means nothing.)
New member since November 11, 2011 The stroller 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 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!
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Are we expected to help pay for postage for the host to mail out the cards?

Last Updated: February 23, 2015 01:37:52 PM

When sending in cards for an LTC swap, you must include enough postage to get your cards returned to you. The host is not expected to pay any of the return postage.

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What is a reserved box?

Last Updated: February 1, 2015 08:43:31 PM

Some people like to pre-list their boxes. Some people want a box ID number they can list in their logbooks. Some people want to try listing a box to see how it works. And some people want to tweak their clues until things are just right before making their box live. And that's what a 'reserved' box allows you to do—list a 'box' before it becomes live for the rest of the world to see. It'll be assigned a box ID number just like any other letterbox, but it won't show up in searches or in your logbook. (You will see an option to view "reserved" boxes in your logbook, but only you can see your own reserved boxes. Nobody else will be able to.)

The reserved box can be listed just like any other box type from the Add Letterbox page—just select the reserved type.

When the box is ready to publish for the world to see, open the box details page for your reserved box and click the button to "Activate Box." This converts the box from a 'reserved' type into any other letterbox type. Be careful, however. This conversion is permanent! You will not be able to undo the conversion, nor will you be able to change the box type to something else once it has been set.



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How do I find a list of my reserved boxes?

Last Updated: February 1, 2015 08:41:07 PM

Reserved boxes will not show up in letterbox searches, but they will show up in your logbook. Make sure the action is set to Plants and the type is set to Reserved. The reserved type will only be available while viewing your own logbook—other people's reserved boxes cannot be viewed.

From there, the listing is like any other box listing. You can edit the listing, delete the listing, or convert into an actual listing that other people can then view by activating it.

Reserved logbook page

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What are the different types of letterboxes?

Last Updated: February 1, 2015 09:59:52 AM

Traditional Letterboxes: Traditional boxes are the real, honest-to-goodness boxes with a rubber stamp and a logbook usually planted outdoors and requires following clues in order to find. It's the heart of letterboxing, and the main reason we exist as a group. There are, however, various subtype of traditional boxes:
Normal A 'normal' box is the standard, run-of-the-mill letterbox. The clues have a specific starting place, and are listed online and readily accessible.
Mystery A mystery box, for Atlas Quest purposes, has a vague starting location with no starting city listed. The box could be anywhere in the state, country, or the world, and you're expected to figure out where it is.
Bonus Box A bonus box's clue is hidden in another letterbox. You won't necessarily know which box the clue will be in, or even what area the clue might be found. Typically, clues for a bonus box are supposed to be a nice, unexpected surprise. Remember, it's supposed to be a surprise! If you tell people what box to look in for the clue, it's not really a bonus box anymore. It's just a normal box.
Word of Mouth A word-of-mouth box (or WOM for short) is a box whose clue is not available online. They're distributed from one person to another, but despite the term, the clue does not have to actually be vocal. It might be mailed as a postcard or provided by e-mail.

Non-Traditional Letterboxes: Over the years, various spinoffs from the original hobby of letterboxing have occurred. These aren't "real" boxes by the traditional sense of the word and don't count as such. None of them are required, and in fact almost nobody actively participates in all of these various spinoffs.
Hitchhiker The original spinoff, hitchhikers have a rubber stamp and a logbook and travel from box to box, hitching rides between boxes from the letterboxers who find it. It is okay to leave a hitchhiker behind if you do not feel like carrying the hitchhiker to a different letterbox.
Postal A postal is a rubber stamp and the logbook that's mailed from one letterboxer to another, usually through the USPS.
Virtual A virtual hunt should require a hunt through the Internet to find various answers to fill out a passkey. Originally, finding the solution would bring you a virtual image of a stamp. More recently, photos stolen off the web have taken their place. (Which is not a good thing.)
Personal Traveler A stamp that a letterboxer carries that can be 'found'--usually by answering questions or doing something for that person. The clues will state what the requirements are to get the traveler.
Cootie A cootie is a rubber stamp (and sometimes a logbook) that is stealthily planted on other people or their belongings without them knowing it.
LTC Short for Letterboxer Trading Cards, an LTC are like baseball cards that can be swapped and traded. They are handmade by letterboxers and should include some sort of stamp in the image. A standard LTC has a fixed 2.5" x 3.5" dimensions, but a growing number of non-standard sizes and shapes are now being included in this category including inchies, quisps, postcards and bookmarks.
Event Box A box whose sole purpose is to be present at an event or gathering for other people to stamp into. Typically, they're readily available on tabletops, in ice chests, and otherwise hanging around waiting for your observant eye to stumble onto them and usually don't require clues to find. Some event boxes might have clues. For example, if they're locked in a container and the clue is needed for the combination. (Not to be confused with a traditional box since the box itself isn't hidden and out of sight--it's just inaccessible until the combination is figured out.)
Other For anything else that doesn't quite fit into any other category, it can be labeled as an 'other' box. Usually it involves a rubber stamp, but in a context that none of the other terms conveys.

Reserved Letterboxes: This is a special category of boxes that do not yet exist. Some people have an uncontrollable urge to list boxes before they've been planted. They'll carve a stamp with the intention of planting, but want to list the "plant" before it's even been planted in order to "keep track" of boxes that they still need to plant. We discourage 'post-dating' boxes since often times, it doesn't end up happening and the listings end up cluttering up the search results with boxes that can't be found. Post-dating boxes is not allowed, but now you can 'reserve' a place for it on Atlas Quest.

This has the added benefit of giving your box an ID number, if you want to include that information with your letterbox. Especially now that you can look up boxes based on their ID number, and muggles can contact you based on your box's ID number. We don't want you to post-date a box simply to get an ID number assigned to your box, but post-dating reserved boxes is completely acceptable since reserved boxes are not made public.

Once your box has been planted, you can change a 'reserved box' into any of the other existing box types. The ID number will not change and notifications will still go out as if your box was listed for the first time. You might need to edit the listing for traits specific to the box type it's been changed to. The reserved type is a generic type, but if you convert it into a traditional box, you'll need to add a location and traditional attributes to your listing.

One common misconception—you can't "save" a name for a letterbox. Atlas Quest does not prohibit lots of boxes from having the same name. Reserved listings will only give your box an ID number that does not change and allows you to list boxes that have yet to be planted. That is all that it does for you.

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How can I put in the date I found a letterbox instead of the current date?

Last Updated: January 12, 2015 08:27:39 PM

Select Letterboxes from the toolbar. Select Record Find. Type in the name of the letterbox and then select search. In the bottom, left-hand corner is the current date. Select the down symbol for the year and then select the correct year. Do the same for month and day. When all is copasetic, save.

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What are virtuals?

Last Updated: January 12, 2015 11:33:06 AM

Virtuals started as a way to search for letterboxes online. It would pose a question, series of questions, problem, or many other types of conundrum for you to solve. By solving the virtual's clues, you create a password or passkey that is then used to 'unlock' your reward—a virtual image (sometimes a scanned hand-carved stamp, sometimes a hand-drawn image, and sometimes a digital image), which you can then save as your record of finding the virtual.

The earliest known virtual as the online version of the Kimball Library Letterbook, created by The Orient Express in 1998. Not only is this the earliest known virtual, but also the original letterbook (creating a letterbox using an old book as the container). The Kimball Library Letterbook was a physical letterbox planted in a library in Randolph, Vermont, that also had a virtual quest version for those who were not able to get to Vermont to find the actual letterbook.

Virtuals have been discontinued on Atlas Quest, but you'll still find some on personal websites that are out there (example: Lone R's Virtual Letterboxes). See also, virtual letterbox sources listed under Miscellaneous in the Atlas Quest Link Directory. In addition, there's a Virtuals Group where you can discuss them and learn how to create your own.

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How is the Box of the Week selected?

Last Updated: January 12, 2015 12:37:12 AM

The Box of the Week is chosen based on the votes provided when members record a find on boxes, much like how blue diamond boxes are chosen. In a sense, it's the very best of the blue diamonds.

The process is automated and far from perfect. Atlas Quest will pick the highest ranked box each Sunday morning, just after midnight, that has never been selected as a Box of the Week before. This does mean that letterboxes that have never been found or have no votes cannot be picked as the Box of the Week—but hopefully as people find them that will change! Additionally, only letterboxes known to be active and readily available to everyone (i.e. not restricted) will be chosen as Box of the Week. We want to encourage you to check out the finest examples of letterboxes anywhere, and those that are missing, retired, or even suspected of being missing will not be included.

Anyone who opts out of the blue diamond process for their letterboxes will not be eligible for the Box of the Week, under the assumption that they also feel the Box of the Week is morally wrong. However, once a box is a Box of the Week, it is permanent. Opting out at a later date will not remove the listing from the Box of the Week list. Nor will it be removed if the box later goes missing or is retired. Opting in will not make your boxes eligible retroactively, but it will make all of your boxes available in future weeks. Replacing a missing box will once again make that box eligible.

If one of your boxes is selected as Box of the Week, Atlas Quest will send you an AQ mail informing you of the selection. You'll also be ineligible to get another Box of the Week for a year to make sure others get a shot at it as well. No hogging them all for yourself! =)

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Can I use my web capable cell phone to browse AQ ?

Last Updated: January 7, 2015 10:56:00 AM

In this day and age most basic cell phones are capable of surfing the web, although some carriers may charge extra fees to do so. These cell phones are capable of using Atlas Quest. This comes in handy when you are out on the trail and want to look at clues, search for boxes, or just needing to catch up on recent posts on the message boards.

Ryan has programmed Atlas Quest to be a very fast loading site. In fact, for the first several years, he created, managed, and updated the site over a dial-up connection! There are very few pictures and multimedia stuff to bog down a cell phone's simple Internet browser. This means that things should load fairly quickly. With that being said, Ryan does not guarantee that any feature will in fact work over a cell phone, as the site was never created for, and/or tested using one.

Some problems you may encounter while using a cell phone
For devices with e-mail capabilities, you can also run location-based searches through e-mail.

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What's the Billboard widget do?

Last Updated: January 7, 2015 10:53:19 AM

The Billboard widget is something of a cross between the message boards (where what you type will stick around essentially forever) and a chat room (where the messages are as fleeting as the duration you're in the chat room). By default, you'll only see the last ten messages posted to the billboard, and only if they had been posted within the past 24 hours. You can change these defaults by clicking the 'Edit Preferences' link, the small pencil in the title bar (). The maximums allowed show 99 messages posted within the past 99 hours. The messages posted to the billboard are temporary in nature, and there is no mechanism provided to review or archive old messages.

This widget is a premium member perk, so you must be a premium member to add it to My Page. The messages are public that essentially anyone may read, so you are expected to conduct yourself just like you would in a chat room or on the message boards. Moderators can delete messages that they feel are inappropriate.

One use where this widget may be useful is to ask questions that you don't want to last for eternity on the message boards, such as, "How do I record a find on an unlisted box?" You might get an answer just as fast as by posting on the message boards, but the conversation essentially deletes itself after a period of time keep the message boards less cluttered with constantly repeated questions. Or you could just root for your favorite sports team, or wish everyone a happy holiday.

The widget does not auto-refresh, but it will update whenever you post a message, open My Page, or click the "Refresh" link in the title bar. The refresh link is the green, circular arrow in the title bar of the widget. ()

It is possible to ignore a specific member who posts to the widget. Use the Ignore Member option on that person's profile. The same settings used for ignoring a member in the chat room will also be used to ignore them on the billboard widget.

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What do the envelopes represent in your mailbox?

Last Updated: January 7, 2015 10:49:36 AM

In your Mailbox's folders (Inbox, Sent, Archives, Trash) you will see little envelopes to the left of the messages. These envelopes represent different things and can quickly tell you about the status of a message. In your sent folder, these envelopes indicate the status of the message in the recipient's inbox.
New Mail A new, unread message
Old Mail An old, read message
Reply A message you have replied to
Forward A message you have forwarded

NOTE: If a Person has their preferences set to forward their mail directly to their personal email account, the message you sent them will immediately be marked as read!

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