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Re: The Critics and Questioners
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Reply to: #58465 by Kirbert
Dec 23, 2006 6:48pm
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Quote Then there was the letterboxer who, on the hunt for one of my boxes, whipped out his cell phone and called me up!


How did he get your number???? If you gave it on the clues well then I would say that you got what you ask for. If he is a close enough friend to have your cell number I can say that I don't blame him I would call a friend to ask about there clue if I was having trouble.

Mystic Dreamer
who wishes she could have contacted a planter today to find the park that the box was planted in (I think that I might have been on the oppisite side of the city.)
Re: The Critics and Questioners
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Reply to: #58399 by LightninBug
Dec 23, 2006 10:28pm
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Quote We totally agree on the "Not all boxes are for everybody" concept. In instances where people have requested clues to be easier or whatever, I politely remind requesters of that. If they appear to fresh to the game, I do suggest some easier boxes specifically designed for Family Fun. Usually, that results in happy new people, if they choose to make the effort. If they are seasoned boxers just looking for a free and easy ride, I do not suggest a nearby easy box.

Have a joyous Holiday season,

LB


Awww... come on, no free and easy ride??? ;-)

I totally agree here. I sometimes will give a hint or a push one way or another, but often the clues are ambiguous for a reason. I always say that there is a letterbox for everyone, it is what makes it fun.
Re: The Critics and Questioners
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Reply to: #58424 by Kirbert
Dec 23, 2006 10:35pm
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Quote As a general rule, when someone sends me an e-mail asking for more info, I don't even reply. I'd just as soon they not even know for certain that I got the e-mail.


I find that just plain rude. While I am not known for timely replys, I at the very least will e-mail them back and tell them I can help them no further then the clues. That is being just plain polite.
Re: The Critics and Questioners
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Reply to: #58465 by Kirbert
Dec 24, 2006 4:07am
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Quote Then there was the letterboxer who, on the hunt for one of my boxes, whipped out his cell phone and called me up!


Uh.... actually, I've done that. *waves at LW* I have not a problem with it. I'm very very good at following directions and figuring things out in my head that could be alternatives to what I'm thinking. For example, if a clue reads "look in the tree", and I don't immediately find it... I will touch every part of that damn tree and every one around it until I feel like I've exhausted every possibility.

On one of LWs boxes, I knew damn well I was in the right spot, and I tore that damn thing apart, touching every icky yucky portion of that stupid rock wall. Then, I went and looked on a completely different rock wall just in case. Performing searches was part of my living not too far back, so I can definitely execute an effective, thorough search! Well, it wasn't there. So, yepper, I took that celly out and rang her up. I get worried! I want to make sure it's not missing. Especially since she has so many... I don't want to list it as missing and then have her check for it to be sitting right there!!!

Anyway, when it comes to editing clues, I would definitely agree that if the clue is purposefully challenging and others have found it without complaint, then live on and let go. BUT, there must be room for those clues that tell you to look for a damn rock next to a tall tree in the middle of a fricken forest. We all know what I'm talking about... yeah... those clues. And so, if there is a chance that perhaps they are insinuating that maybe the clue reads like one of those clues, then perhaps a little editing wouldn't be such a bad thing.

-Infinity
Re: The Critics and Questioners
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Reply to: #58454 by The Family
Dec 24, 2006 6:54am
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Quote people who have MOVED my box


See, there's a big problem sometimes. We have found a couple of boxes that had obviously been "replaced" in a different spot--like in front of the tree instead of behind. There was one that had been left OUT IN THE OPEN on a stump nearby.
One had been washed down a gulley and was under debris maybe 5 feet away from the tree it was supposed to be behind. The only suggestion we have gotten about our placement was a suggestion to put a rock on top of our Cow Killer box, so that it wouldn't get washed out in a heavy downpour. (Thanks Mama Wolf. That was a good idea.) We found one the other day that had a note in it from a muggle that she had taken it home and then brought it back. We rehid that one better than found. It wasn't the placer's fault, it was the finder who didn't rehide well. I'm following Mama Wolf's advice and putting a rock on top of all my boxes that I plant.
Chickadee
Planter's Choice in a series
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Dec 24, 2006 11:09am
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If I have a series of boxes, but want to award one particular one with a planter's choice, how would I do that? When I tried, the flower appeared on all boxes in the series.

't'
dtandfambly
Re: Planter's Choice in a series
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Reply to: #58537 by dtandfambly
Dec 24, 2006 11:56am
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I don't think it is possible the way things are set up right now. This is the the same as the Blue Diamond applies to a whole series. That is how some boxes that have never had a finder still end up with a BD. Seperating them out is the only way, but that too is not easy- you would need to retire one then relist it, because once a box is part of a series, it remains a part of the series.

P Banks/ 4 Little Piggies
Re: Planter's Choice in a series
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Reply to: #58541 by 4 little piggies
Dec 24, 2006 12:09pm
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OK, thanks for that info! That helps me to think about how I will plant the next series.

't'
dtnadfambly
Re: Planter's Choice in a series
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Reply to: #58537 by dtandfambly
Dec 24, 2006 2:55pm
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Quote If I have a series of boxes, but want to award one particular one with a planter's choice, how would I do that?


So what you're saying is, "Here's a series of boxes for your entertainment, but if you're pressed for time I suggest you do just this one in the series."?
Re: The Critics and Questioners
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Reply to: #58516 by Jolly Roger and Chickadee
Dec 24, 2006 4:42pm
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Quote I'm following Mama Wolf's advice and putting a rock on top of all my boxes that I plant.


yep...I am kinda fond of those weighty little rocks too :)
I don't have one on ALL my boxes but I do have one on EACH box that is hidden in a way to make a rock practical :)
Re: The Critics and Questioners
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Reply to: #58390 by teekasue
Dec 24, 2006 6:30pm
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Quote ...and what about the critics who think your wording is wrong.....whatever! Plant what you plant and hunt what you hunt and leave the rest ....right???

I went and looked at all your traditional boxes and really liked the clues. You made a game out of the hunt but were pretty specific about the location of the box. I didn't see any glaring mistakes, except for a couple of mispellings, but they did not distort the meaning of the sentence. I had to look up the word creche and was glad because here it is Christmas eve! I love to learn new words and as a full-time writer I didn't have any problem figuring out your clues.
Re: The Critics and Questioners
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Reply to: #58566 by Dixie
Dec 24, 2006 6:30pm
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Today we found a letterbox with a big rock IN it. It was right in a tree, I assume the rock was there to keep it from falling out of the tree. It was hidden in plain sight....any closer and it would have jumped out at us. It was a great find!
Re: new Mystery plant & idea
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Reply to: #58258 by Dixie
Dec 24, 2006 7:05pm
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Quote This will be a roving letterbox and a mystery as to where it will go next... from time to time I may announce if this one is on the move

I thought I had understood the wanderer concept -- it is easy to understand until you start explaining it. The wanderer will stay near the planter, in their home region. Unlike a HH which could be anywhere. What you have posted sounds like a bonus box to me because it is basically under the owner's control. It would be a new type of box if the next movement were not under the control of the owner.
Re: Planter's Choice in a series
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Reply to: #58557 by Kirbert
Dec 24, 2006 7:11pm
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Quote So what you're saying is, "Here's a series of boxes for your entertainment, but if you're pressed for time I suggest you do just this one in the series."?


Well, I guess that's one way of putting it, but in a nutshell, it's expected that people will look for an entire series rather than individual boxes in it, so the attributes are applied to the whole series.

Boxes you don't expect people to find in a single outing generally should be listed individually rather than a series.

-- Ryan
Re: new Mystery plant & idea
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Reply to: #58578 by Rick in Boca
Dec 24, 2006 8:43pm
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Quote I thought I had understood the wanderer concept -- it is easy to understand until you start explaining it. The wanderer will stay near the planter, in their home region. Unlike a HH which could be anywhere. What you have posted sounds like a bonus box to me because it is basically under the owner's control. It would be a new type of box if the next movement were not under the control of the owner.


it still may be a new type *shrug*
since it will not always be the owner doing the actual moving

I figured to call it a wanderer just cause I like it...seems like the perfect name.
I think I am already in love with the concept too :)

dixie
Re: The Critics and Questioners
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Reply to: #58574 by Rick in Boca
Dec 25, 2006 2:53am
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Thanks for the look! Now go hunt! : ) I can't type/spell sorry I am getting getter so my Dh says....I love him soooo. Hope everyone had a nice peaceful Chirstmas eve....and if you really did I envy YOU....ahhh the chaos. It will be over soon so I am enjoying it now, we realized that we will probably only have our oldest living here at our home for 3 more Christmases...YIKES what happened he was just learning to ridie a bike that Santa brought........'sigh'
Make a great memory today!
teekasue
Re: The Critics and Questioners
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Reply to: #58465 by Kirbert
Dec 25, 2006 10:14am
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Quote Then there was the letterboxer who, on the hunt for one of my boxes, whipped out his cell phone and called me up!


that's called the phone a friend method of boxing :) I have been known to do that :) Usually only if I think I'm at the spot and the box seems to be missing.. then i will call and say.. this is where I'm at.. this is where i've looked.. am I in the right spot??? All I want is a yes or no.. no further hints if it's a no.

We also tend to call my husband for clue research, directions, or to read us further clues if we forgot a box in the area. He's our "eye in the sky".

Maiden
Re: The Critics and Questioners
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Reply to: #58622 by Maiden
Dec 25, 2006 10:28am
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I actually just had this same experience. Mizscarlet was kind enough to look up the clues for a letterbox and relate them to me over the phone, so I could find that and another of hers that was hidden in the area.

I texted her as a way of posting the fing on the second box...
Cryptex Clues
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Dec 25, 2006 10:46am
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Oh boy...
I am already working on a letterbox and it's clue that will be solved by using the online cryptex generator.
I am excited. I am not sure If I will release it before the event coming up in Asheville, NC or not.
I think I just may...
:)

Dixie
Re: The Critics and Questioners
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Reply to: #58622 by Maiden
Dec 25, 2006 11:10am
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Quote the phone a friend method of boxing :) I have been known to do that :) Usually only if I think I'm at the spot and the box seems to be missing..


Yeah, I've had that happen, too -- when the guy was at the right spot, and the box was missing! But the case I was talking about was when somebody was just following the clues, calls me up as he's going, and asks which way he's supposed to go at each landmark. Like I'm supposed to talk him through each step of the hunt.

This probably has to do with our modern cell phone culture.
TFOS
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Dec 25, 2006 1:22pm
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Is it permitted to rave here about a particular box?
Re: TFOS
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Reply to: #58644 by Big Ox and the Herd
Dec 25, 2006 1:29pm
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Is it permitted to rave here about a particular box?

Yes, of course! As long as you don't give away anything about the location of the letterbox that isn't obvious from the clues and as long as you don't give away any of the "mystery" for a mystery box.

Amyrica
Re: The Critics and Questioners
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Reply to: #58636 by Kirbert
Dec 25, 2006 1:36pm
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But how did he have your number? Is he a friend of yours? If so, you could always be a good influence and bring him boxing with you sometime and show him the ropes.


LW PhD
"Nice Counts"
FREE FOR ALL NON-PREMIUM MEMBERS
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Dec 25, 2006 1:42pm
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Ryan has once again generously offered a free day for all of younon=paying, (non-premium) users of Atlasquest. Appropriately enough, he has chosen Boxing Day, Dec. 26th as the day you can post your unlisted finds! Those of you who were just a few shy of having access to other clues because of your F-count can now take advantage of those types of clues...and those of you who just like your real logbook to match your online logbook as closely as possible can take advantage of this wonderful opportunity as well.

Thanks, Ryan...I know of a couple of people that may decide to cross over to the paying side once they see their F count grow. :)

LW PhD

"Nice Counts"
Re: TFOS
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Reply to: #58645 by Amyrica
Dec 25, 2006 1:55pm
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OK, then, you asked for it ( and I'm glad, Amyrica, that you happen to be close to it).

I'm talking about "The Three Faces of Steve" near Sewanee, Tennessee. If this is within your personal travel limit, or if circumstance ever brings you near, you have to consider this one. To begin with, the approach is one of the most beautiful drives I have ever been on. I came from very close to the center of the state, down Hwy 41. I'd tell you where we started, but it's mstrwndl's hometown, and I see that he doesn't list it on his profile. Anyway, the drive up Monteagle Mountain is just gorgeous. Then, when you get to Sewanee, you go to the place listed in the clue. The particular geological formation at this location is worth going to see without there being a box there. And, the view from it is stunning. Then, there is the clue itself. Most of mstrwndl's clues are in verse, and this one is outstanding! The stamp is equally well done. After you enjoy this find, drive on into Sewanee, one of the prettiest little towns I've ever seen (quite a few boxes around, too). This one gets my highest recommendation.

There is nothing in this post that reveals anything about this box that you cannot find by looking up the clue. Happy hunting!

J--
Re: FREE FOR ALL NON-PREMIUM MEMBERS
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Reply to: #58648 by Lock Wench
Dec 25, 2006 2:49pm
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I know one non-paying boxer who is about to become a premium member this week. Godsbird got some money for Christmas from other members of the fam-damily. When I asked her what she was going to do with her money, her first question was how much does it cost to be a premium member. I told her 30 dollars a year and she showed me 50 dollars. Then she asked if she had enough to be a premium member and buy some field glasses for her boxing bag. I told her, Why, sure! Then sshe wanted to know if she had enough to do both of these things and buy an outfit for a new doll she got from Santa. I told her, sure. Then she wanted to add something to that list, and I had to tell her that she was plessing the envelope. To her surprise, her Uncle gave her some field glasses for Christmas, so she has been counting her money all morning to make sure she will have enough for the outfit and the membership.
Re: FREE FOR ALL NON-PREMIUM MEMBERS
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Reply to: #58648 by Lock Wench
Dec 25, 2006 3:09pm
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Thanks so much to Ryan. I wasnt around the last time you did this....

By the way...how do you go about listing an unlisted find?

vicki
Re: Cryptex Clues
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Reply to: #58631 by Dixie
Dec 25, 2006 4:43pm
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where is this generator?
Re: FREE FOR ALL NON-PREMIUM MEMBERS
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Reply to: #58655 by Crazyolis
Dec 25, 2006 4:57pm
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By the way...how do you go about listing an unlisted find?

vicki


The easiest way is to do a basic search for the name of the letterbox. You might think that, "since this is an unlisted letterbox, a search won't yield results!"

But it does... because other premium members might have already recorded the letterbox as an unlisted find, in which case THEY will appear in the Unlisted Boxes section of the results. There may also be a plethora of boxes with similar names, as you have the option to enter whatever you want for the name.

Even if it doesn't appear, you will (temporarily) have the option to add this box as an unlisted find.

Some people include the city and state, or the name of the park.

StarSAELS
Re: Cryptex Clues
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Reply to: #58659 by the pink dragon
Dec 25, 2006 4:57pm
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http://www.webcryptex.com/


Is this the generator of which you ask?

Shiloh