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Re: The Critics and Questioners
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Reply to: #58390 by teekasue
Dec 30, 2006 9:29am
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If someone is so intent on finding one of my letterboxes, that they contact me, you had better believe that I'll give them some kind of a hint. I don't mind the phone call from the trail, because then we can play "you're getting warmer" over teh phone.

I personally love the way this hobby, which is sneaky and furtive fosters friendship!

Lisascenic
Did you go to O Letterbox Tree yesterday (12/29)?
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Dec 30, 2006 4:58pm
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If so, please check your car to see if "Let it Snow" is catching a ride from you. We think it disappeared yesterday.

Thanks!
Re: Stampnapped....
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Reply to: #59594 by Smimle
Dec 30, 2006 6:09pm
Awww...I'm sorry. At least you know who has it. Can't you ask them to put it back?
Siobhan :) AKA Penguin
Re: The Critics and Questioners
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Reply to: #59660 by lisascenic
Dec 30, 2006 6:16pm
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Hey you know what.... I'd do the same thing. I wouldn't give them
A freebie find but help them along there journey..
Re: Did you go to O Letterbox Tree yesterday (12/29)?
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Reply to: #59701 by ArchimedesScrew
Dec 30, 2006 6:42pm
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Did you post this on LBNE? I would definitely post there as well, since not everyone checks posts here on AQ.

I hope it's not missing!

BTW...... I'm heading out next weekend instead (since my muggle boyfriend really doesn't want to tag along....). However, this also means that I may have my new car too!!!! However, I'll have to take ALL back roads to the Cape since I will be still breaking it in then...... Always have to vary the first 500-1000 miles!

Music Woman
Re: Did you go to O Letterbox Tree yesterday (12/29)?
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Reply to: #59728 by Bungalow Boxer
Dec 30, 2006 7:16pm
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Quote Did you post this on LBNE? I would definitely post there as well, since not everyone checks posts here on AQ.

I hope it's not missing!


Just did. I hope it isn't either and I really think it was an honest mistake.
Camo Tape
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Dec 30, 2006 8:58pm
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I found a geocache the other day in which the container was completely wrapped with camo duct tape. What was noteworthy was that it was lousy camo! The greens in this tape were a sort of bluish green that stuck out in the bushes like a neon sign. The cache had to be completely buried in leaves to have any hope of not being muggled.

I dunno where you get lousy camo tape, but perhaps it's worth noting that it does exist. So we shouldn't just advise newbies to go buy some camo tape, we should advise them to buy some good camo tape.

-- Kirbert
Re: Camo Tape
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Reply to: #59751 by Kirbert
Dec 30, 2006 9:27pm
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Or only have them use it when planting inside a blue spruce. :)

LW PhD
"Nice Counts"
bluish Camo Tape
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Reply to: #59751 by Kirbert
Dec 30, 2006 10:01pm
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actually...
the same camo tape that everyone gets from wal-mart has the potential of turning this funky color. it comes from the one certain green shade. when it fades over time, especially if getting any sun, it tends to turn that bluish color. I have the tape on part of an old tool handle that was rough and splintering. I put it on there last summer (early) and it has this same color you mention now...but it is exposed to sun at least often...not all the time but often and sometimes for lengths of time before being tucked away in the old chicken coop.

now..I'm not saying there isn't some out there that is cheaper made and wont do it sooner or looks weird brand new...but I do not the duck brand will discolor with exposure.

dixie
Re: bluish Camo Tape
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Reply to: #59763 by Dixie
Dec 30, 2006 10:32pm
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Quote the same camo tape that everyone gets from wal-mart has the potential of turning this funky color. it comes from the one certain green shade. when it fades over time, especially if getting any sun, it tends to turn that bluish color.


Problem was, this was a new geocache! Of course, maybe the box had been around. It didn't look old, though, it looked like brand new tape on it. Maybe it'll fade into a good color!
Re: Camo Tape
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Reply to: #59751 by Kirbert
Dec 30, 2006 10:53pm
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Quote What was noteworthy was that it was lousy camo! The greens in this tape were a sort of bluish green that stuck out in the bushes like a neon sign. The cache had to be completely buried in leaves to have any hope of not being muggled.


I think that this is the same camo that I got. I don't ever want to try it again. Bad bad bad stuff. I have never been able to find anything else. (the problem with living in a small town) So until I do find a good camo tape I will stick to spray painting. (as there is no planting or spray painting until spring here I do reserve the right to change my mind on that as well)

Mystic Dreamer
Re: The Critics and Questioners
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Reply to: #58424 by Kirbert
Dec 30, 2006 11:32pm
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Quote I'd just as soon they not even know for certain that I got the e-mail.


If your name is boldfaced in their list of sent mail, they know you haven't read it.
But if you read it, your name will be in plain text, and the fact that you've read it will be as plain as the text.
No hiding that, I don't think. Sorry.

~MC
Re: The Critics and Questioners
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Reply to: #59776 by Mama Cache
Dec 31, 2006 6:22am
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Actually, if you have your AQ mail forwarded to your offsite email account, it will show up as read mail whether or not you've actually seen it yet, so it looks like plain text.
Re: The Critics and Questioners
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Reply to: #58390 by teekasue
Dec 31, 2006 6:52am
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I like a lot of the responses here--some of them have been very informative, and will help me in writing clues, I think.

As for your dilemma, I agree with those who've said that if your clue is a little ambiguous, that is your right as a clue writer--we aren't here to be spoonfed. The only time I get frustrated is when I look for a box where the clue is "look for the box under the large cedar tree" in a huge cedar forest where no other indication of the placement is given. There was a discussion a while back that was called, I think, "Dead Forest Clues" that talked about this. As long as that isn't what we're talking about (and given lisascenic's response, it sound like you're in the clear there), then be as cryptic as you like.

I do have one suggestion as to what to write to those who ask questions, though, if you do feel inclined to respond, although it may be something you are doing already. I think I'd probably come up with a standard answer to questions, and send that out so that you don't even have to think about it--just cut and paste. You could even write yourself an AQ email and archive it so that it is readily available whenever you need the text. Then you could modify it if there actually is what you would consider to be a valid question in there somewhere.

One other thing--maybe in your clues you could indicate that you are not willing to give hints on your boxes. Not saying that you are remiss if you haven't done that, or that you should have to, but if you do put that in, it might eliminate at least some of the questions you are getting, and then I think you can feel free to just not respond to emails about the box, since you've already given fair warning.

Pied Piper
Checked on letterbox
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Dec 31, 2006 10:58am
Yesterday I checked on Eat At Murph's Lb.
There Were only two finders for my first mystery letterbox. One from Gardner and one from Westminister. Cogrates to them both for finding my mystery lb. I hope that More people can find it.
automan01440
Re: The Critics and Questioners
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Reply to: #59793 by Pied Piper
Dec 31, 2006 11:56am
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Quote ...maybe in your clues you could indicate that you are not willing to give hints on your boxes.


The list of little notes that must be included in the clues is getting longer and longer. While for the most part that works, the problem I have with it is when your clues deliberately don't look like letterbox clues, they look like some random web page. For example, with my "My Fishing Trip to Lake Miccosukee", when you click on "click here for clue" you're taken directly to this page:

http://www.nettally.com/palmk/LakeMiccosukeeFishingTrip.html

I think you'd agree, having a paragraph describing whether hitchhikers will fit in this box, and another paragraph clarifying whether the stamp image is suitable for small children, and a paragraph explaining whether or not you'll respond to questions about more info would all detract from the intended look and feel of this clue set.

That's basically why I'd like as much of this info as possible to be conveyed by icons; it allows the clues to be as cryptic or unusual as desired without depriving finders of some basic information that they might need.
Re: The Critics and Questioners
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Reply to: #59776 by Mama Cache
Dec 31, 2006 12:01pm
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Quote If your name is boldfaced in their list of sent mail, they know you haven't read it.
But if you read it, your name will be in plain text, and the fact that you've read it will be as plain as the text.
No hiding that, I don't think. Sorry.


I'm sorry, but no software in the world can tell anybody whether or not I've read a message. It might be able to tell them if I've opened it, but it can't tell them I didn't just delete without reading.

-- Kirbert
Re: The Critics and Questioners
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Reply to: #59856 by Kirbert
Dec 31, 2006 12:26pm
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Quote The list of little notes that must be included in the clues is getting longer and longer. While for the most part that works, the problem I have with it is when your clues deliberately don't look like letterbox clues, they look like some random web page. For example, with my "My Fishing Trip to Lake Miccosukee", when you click on "click here for clue" you're taken directly to this page:

http://www.nettally.com/palmk/LakeMiccosukeeFishingTrip.html

I think you'd agree, having a paragraph describing whether hitchhikers will fit in this box, and another paragraph clarifying whether the stamp image is suitable for small children, and a paragraph explaining whether or not you'll respond to questions about more info would all detract from the intended look and feel of this clue set.

That's basically why I'd like as much of this info as possible to be conveyed by icons; it allows the clues to be as cryptic or unusual as desired without depriving finders of some basic information that they might need.


Don't get me wrong. I'm not saying that anyone should HAVE to put anything in their clues. I only made that suggestion because it might make things easier for the planter who was having to deal with people asking for spoon-feeding on the clues. My motivation was to spare her (I think the original poster was female:-) some frustration, hoping that people would be forewarned that they would not receive an answer if they asked for a ridiculous amount (or any if the planter wishes for people to rely solely on her clues) help. This suggestion was entirely meant for the planter's benefit, not the finder's.

As far as icons are concerned, if there is a need by a particular planter to use a larger number of icons than are available on AQ, they could host their clues on their own web page with a series of icons which they themselves have created, and then just include a key as to what those icons mean. There are already some planters who link to their own web pages (Springchick comes to mind), and if you are using your own pages, you have total control of icons, content, format, everything. That would give you the benefit of using whatever icons you like, with the added convenience of having things linked to AQ and/or LbNA. The best of both worlds, for those who want to use a large number of icons with their clues.

Pied Piper
Congratulations to the Fat Lady !!
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Dec 31, 2006 5:18pm
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Congratulations to the Fat Lady for finding 100 boxes!!
Tuppence FSS
Re: Congratulations to the Fat Lady !!
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Reply to: #59922 by Flying Squirrel Squad
Dec 31, 2006 5:31pm
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Will there be singing?

Just wondering...

preboxed
Re: Congratulations to the Fat Lady !!
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Reply to: #59926 by preboxed
Dec 31, 2006 5:41pm
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Hope not, because than it would be over ;)
Re: Congratulations to the Fat Lady !!
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Reply to: #59930 by CathCainGwen
Dec 31, 2006 5:52pm
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O yeah, good point...

Never mind.

Wait a second....

What's wrong with singing out...Proud!?

pre
:-)
Re: Congratulations to the Fat Lady !!
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Reply to: #59935 by preboxed
Dec 31, 2006 5:59pm
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Quote O yeah, good point...

Never mind.

Wait a second....

What's wrong with singing out...Proud!?

pre
:-)


Clearly, you have never heard my sister sing--at least at the moment; she's a little out of practice.

Oh, whoops, did I say that out loud--er, in print?

MWAHAHAHA!!!

Congratulations Nat!

The (sometimes evil) Pied Piper

P.S. I was actually singing the song from whence "sing out proud" comes (Sing a Song of Sesame Street fame) recently, and she asked me if that was actually what I was singing, as if I should be embarrassed. So I sang the bit about singing out proud and not worrying if it was good enough for anyone else to hear very pointedly in her direction.

Hey, we grew up in a small town. You take your fun wherever you can get it.
Re: Congratulations to the Fat Lady !!
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Reply to: #59922 by Flying Squirrel Squad
Jan 1, 2007 12:55am
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Thank you! This is the perfect beginning to a new year: I've filled up my first logbook, and am starting on myh second hundred finds. Woo-hoo!

I owe it all to Tuppence, whose boxes WERE my 99th and 100th. If it weren't for those flying squirrels, where would I be?
where'd my bobber go? series
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Jan 1, 2007 1:29pm
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i planted my first hand-carved series today and in lieu of a ff prize, i launched my first hitchhiker in box 1. are you as excited as i am?
Proper ettiquite
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Jan 1, 2007 1:34pm
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Hey
Today we did a drive by, we were by the two trunked tree, had the box in our hands, in the car. We were just packing it back up and getting ready to put it back and we saw a car drive in to the other side of the lot. We watched for a second, could see the paper in hand, figured it to be a boxer. They drove around back behind where we were parked. We sat there and panicked...what do we do....Finally my husband put the box back and went over to the car and asked which way was north. And she knew the answer!! So we laughed and she drove her car next to ours, and we did an exchange....hi BibliochickMS!!

My question is ....what were we supposed to have done...it was kind of silly to hide the box right in front of her, but to sit there with it didnt seem right either. I could have handed it right to her, but that would have been lame. I didnt really want to drive off with it and come back later....

Were we supposed to drive somewhere else to do the stamping in? I thought the point of the driveby was that you could do it right there in the car.

So what would the experts have done in this situation?

Crazyoli
Re: Proper ettiquite
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Reply to: #60059 by Crazyolis
Jan 1, 2007 1:44pm
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I think you guys did the right thing. Chances are small that someone else is going to drive up to a literal drive-by at exactly the same time you do. I do not think it is necessary to drive away when the box is that close to the parking space--in fact, I think your car is a good way to cover up your activities from noxers driving by the area. So, I say you did a good job! Fun to have the exchange too. :-)

Happy New Year,
Amyrica
Re: where'd my bobber go? series
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Reply to: #60058 by wjm
Jan 1, 2007 2:01pm
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Quote i planted my first hand-carved series today and in lieu of a ff prize, i launched my first hitchhiker in box 1. are you as excited as i am?


Very cool! Great way to start the new year!!

I had some boxers come visit my "our Farm" series!! But other than that, I resisted temptation to go boxing, and cleaned house, worked on a project for my son's school and helped hubby with some farm work. Not very exciting, but necessary...

Mama Fox
Re: Proper ettiquite
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Reply to: #60059 by Crazyolis
Jan 1, 2007 2:05pm
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I agree with Amyrica, I think you did great. The ONLY thing I might have done differently, depending on the situation of course, would be to talk to the other driver first--before replacing the box. That way, if they were not a letterboxer, you could just wait them out, and then hide the box after they were out of sight.

NOT that I claim to be an expert. Just by saying that, you've made it very hard for anyone to answer your question--who wants that kind of responsibility? :-)

Pied Piper
Box change
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Jan 1, 2007 2:09pm
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I have a stamp and log that has previously been a traditional box - I sent it to the Great Book Event in TX, and got it back. I really love this stamp - generally, I can "let go" of a stamp to plant it, or mail it off, but I'm sorta attached to this one.

Rather than let it sit around gather dust, I was thinking of taking it to events with me, and just having it sit around if anyone wants to stamp in. It's not technically an event stamp in that it wasn't made for an event, and doesn't have anything to do with an event, but what is it if I bring it to an event??

Does this make sense? Is this done? Is it a tacky breach of etiquette? Should I just let the stamp gather dust??

It's similar to another PT that I have, and I already have two, hate to have another one......but I could, I guess.......

Thinking out loud ;-)) Feedback would be appreciated!

Mama Fox