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Who are the 'participants'?

These let you narrow down your search based on how various people can interact with a letterbox.

  • Owner: Only include boxes that are owned by the specified person.
  • Planter: Only include boxes that are planted by the specified person.
  • Finder: Only include boxes that have been found by the specified person.
  • Attempter: Only include boxes that have been attempted by the specified person.
  • Carver: Only include boxes that are carved by the specified person.

  • Hide Owner: Do not include boxes that are owned by the specified person. (This is ignored if you specify an owner, since it makes absolutely no sense to hide all boxes owned by a specific person that you want to view.)
  • Hide Planter: Do not include boxes that are planted by the specified person.
  • Hide Finder: Do not include boxes that have been found by the specified person.
  • Hide Attempter: Do not include boxes that have been attempted by the specified person.
  • Hide Carver: Do not include boxes that have been carved by the specified person.

Keep in mind that if you specify a person who has made that section of their logbook private in their Privacy Preferences, AQ will ignore the request without any warning. The plants, finds, attempts, and carves can each be private. An owner-based search will always work corrected.

Hiding the planter/finder of a box can be useful if you plan to letterbox with a friend and want to narrow down the results to boxes that neither of you have found.

Combining multiple options can allow you to mimic some logbook pages such as adopted boxes (a box where someone is the owner but hide their plants), donated boxes (a box where someone is the carver but hide their plants), and maintained boxes (a box where someone is the owner and has also found the box).

As noted in the list above, it makes no sense to hide all boxes by a specific person and show all boxes by a specific person at the same time. If the two are the same, it eliminates all boxes, and if the two are different, a box owned by ABC cannot be owned by XYZ at the same time, so eliminating XYZ's boxes would be redundant. So the hide owner option will be ignored if you've specified an owner. Since a single listing can have multiple planters, finders, attempters, and carvers, you can use both options to show and hide each of them. It may not be intuitive to "show all boxes planted by ABC and hide all boxes planted by ABC," but what happens is you'll wind up with a list of jointly-planted boxes where one of the planters is ABC. ABC is a planter—and other planter is not ABC, so it's a match. For couples who usually plant jointly, you could create a list of non-joint plants by showing all of your boxes and hiding all boxes planted by your boxing partner. It's a little confusing to use a show/hide option at the same time, but it does work—except for the owner option since all boxes have one and only one owner.