Lookup Letterbox Help
When you try to record finding a letterbox, Atlas Quest needs to know what letterbox you've found! A simple form asks about the name of the letterbox, who planted, authored, or adopted it, and the type of letterbox it is. The letterbox type is required and defaults to normal, regular old letterboxes. (This also encompasses mystery boxes!) The name of the letterbox and the person who planted it are optional, though a partial name at the very least is recommended to narrow down the list of thousands of letterboxes out there.
After submitting a letterbox search, Atlas Quest will find letterboxes that match your search and ask which is the one you found. These results are divided into two lists: listed letterboxes and unlisted letterboxes.
Listed letterboxes are those that the creator or owner of the box entered into Atlas Quest and "officially" exist. They can be searched for and additional information about the letterbox provided. The list will include the author of the clue and the officially designated name. For normal letterboxes, it'll also display the number of boxes that make up the series and where the letterbox is located, and a maximum of 100 matching letterboxes will be displayed. If you cannot find your letterbox among those that are displayed, narrow down your search and try again. If you do see the box you found, clicking on the name of the letterbox will take you to another page to record the letterbox or series as a find.
If you don't see your found letterbox listed, there could be a variety of reasons including:
- The name of the letterbox or person is spelled incorrectly
- You specified the wrong type of letterbox to look up
- This user has not entered the letterbox into Atlas Quest yet
When you've found a letterbox not listed on Atlas Quest, there's nothing more you can do here. At that point, you've entered the realm of Unlisted Letterboxes...
Unfortunately, there is no single location where you can find a list of all letterboxes, and Atlas Quest is no exception. Many people, however, still want to list all finds in their logbook, and Atlas Quest supports such unlisted letterboxes for the purpose of recording finds. However, since the feature is non-essential for using Atlas Quest, only Premium Members get this additional benefit.
If you are a premium member, you'll see a list of unlisted letterboxes that others before you have recorded as finds. If the box you found is listed, clicking on the name will pre-populate the name of the box on the next page saving you a few keystrokes. If you don't see your find in the unlisted letterboxes, click the Create button and create one yourself.
Unlisted letterboxes are often unlisted for a reason—the creator wants to keep the letterbox more-or-less quiet, does not want to support Atlas Quest, or maybe did not even realize this site exists. For that reason, only two pieces of information are recorded for an unlisted letterbox: The name of the box and the type of box it is.
That's it. No option exists to list a series, for instance. If you find multiple letterboxes that make up a single series, each box of the series must be recorded individually. If you found an unlisted hitchhiker, there is no option to record where you found it. Atlas Quest will not even record information about who planted the letterbox.
Once you've recorded a letterbox as a find, it will show up in your logbook alongside the other listed letterboxes you've found, but this one will have the status as 'unlisted.'
Recording an Unlisted Find
Recording an unlisted find is as simple as typing in the name of the letterbox, selecting the date you found it, and selecting the type of letterbox you found.
The main thing to note, in this case, is that you can change the type of box into a mystery letterbox. Often, knowing the date a person found a mystery box can be a clue as to the location of the mystery box—especially if the person who found it found other, nearby letterboxes the same day, so please keep mystery boxes a mystery by marking them as such.
If you are logging an attempted find, check the box marked "Attempted Find" so it is recorded correctly in your logbook.