Skip to Content
Register · Login

A Letterboxing Community

Search Edit Search

Read Board: Letterboxing Help Desk

Re: Bonus box
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #980593 by Oberon_Kenobi
Oct 27, 2019 8:00pm
Thread
you put the clue online instead of in the box.

This will require two trips.

And an extra roll of quarters for the box hunter's swear jar at home
Duplicate emails
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Oct 27, 2019 10:03pm
Thread
I'm still getting duplicate emails, but not every time. I've tried to determine if I can find a pattern to it, but I can't. Sometimes a 'find' report is duplicated, sometimes not. Sometimes a 'reply' to a message I sent is duplicated, sometimes not. I wonder if Green Tortuga could take a look at my inbox and find a pattern that would help determine why it's happening??

On the bright side, I haven't had any "bounced" notices since a few days after the move. ;-)
Re: Bonus box
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #980571 by KatieKat
Oct 28, 2019 3:31am
Thread
This is how I do a Bonus Box.
Usually I put the clue in the box with the logbook.

It's clearly written in the back of the log book.
No real guess work as to where to find it.
Either very near-by, a few feet away, or on the way back down the trail at some very specific, easy to find location.

Let's say I have a box or series called "Find Me If You Can".
Each box has its own box number assigned by AQ.
ex. one box 999999 (assigned by AQ) or a box series, 999996, 999997, 999998 and 999999.
I'll put the clue in box 999999 which is where I put logbook.

When you go to AQ to list your finds for "Find Me If You Can" and check that you found at least the last box in the series, the Bonus Box listing will show when you do another search.
It will not automatically appear when you find the Parent box.

To list the Bonus Box
Start by listing it as a normal box.
I'll name my Bonus Box "Find Me If You Can Bonus Box"
When you get to the Restrictions page:
Dependency section
Parent box - this is where you put the box number of the box with the clue.
For this example, 999999 is the Parent box.

You've already found the clue in the logbook if you were observant enough to check the back of the logbook.
You've already found the Bonus Box.
You just need to find the listing on AQ.

This is how I do it.
Others do it differently.
Re: Bonus box
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #980576 by Oberon_Kenobi
Oct 28, 2019 3:46am
Thread
O_K said
Another tip: You generally don't generally give a clue online for the bonus box, though you can. You may want to list the real clue so that they can find it after they have found the parent box, but they have to make two trips because they usually don't log it in the field. This also avoids them having to find the clue where you hid it in the parent box.

Curious, are you saying I can't know that you've put out a bonus box until I get home and list my finds?
My typical boxing day is 200-400 miles round trip before I get home to list finds.
That's when I get to see that there's bonus box?

As they say, "Not every box is for every boxer."
Re: Bonus box
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #980598 by Grrly Girl
Oct 28, 2019 5:15am
Thread
Getting home and later finding out there WAS a bonus is disappointing. But I blame it on bicycle Dave whose job is to open the box and hand me the stamp. Since,as he says he has tunnel vision, he often misses the bonus. C'est LA vie!
Search Preferences
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Oct 28, 2019 5:44am
Thread
I have default checked under Letterboxes & Searches for my "finds" "plants" "attempts"

When doing an advanced search, there are some boxes with a green check showing. It is probably my misunderstanding. Can someone explain?
Slow 'send' on AQ
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Oct 28, 2019 5:45am
Thread
Not a big thing but may be related to a bug in the recent update.
When I hit send button in AQ mail it take up to 8 seconds to actually send. This is new as it used to respond in 1-2 seconds. I can live with it but I'm wondering if anyone/everyone is experiencing this?
Re: Search Preferences
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #980600 by phynstar
Oct 28, 2019 6:17am
Thread
I have some like that, but figured out that those are series in which I found some of the boxes, but not all of them. Could that be what you're seeing?
Re: Bonus box
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #980598 by Grrly Girl
Oct 28, 2019 6:21am
Thread
Quote Grrly Girl
Curious, are you saying I can't know that you've put out a bonus box until I get home and list my finds?

Quote Oberon_Kenobi
Another tip: You generally don't generally give a clue online for the bonus box, though you can.

I believe they were saying that listing the clue online is an option.

Quote Oberon_Kenobi
You may want to list the real clue so that they can find it after they have found the parent box, but they have to make two trips because they usually don't log it in the field.

Here, they mention listing the real clue online - so that a finder can see it later after they log the parent box.

Quote Oberon_Kenobi
This also avoids them having to find the clue where you hid it in the parent

Here it seems they mention listing it online, in case of the finder missing the clue in the physical parent box, and thus being able to go back to find it later of they so choose.
*
*
Another reason for listing the bonus clue on its on line listing, is a record for you to know where you hid it and can go do maintance on it.
Re: Slow 'send' on AQ
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #980601 by Sagacorn
Oct 28, 2019 6:24am
Thread
...and also with "find" reports.
Re: Bonus box
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #980603 by photopam
Oct 28, 2019 6:35am
Thread
Thanks for clarifying what I meant. I was specifying some non-standard usages of the clue field of bonus boxes.

Personally, with one exception, I taped the clue to the bonus box inside the box. Sometimes it faces in, and sometimes you need to turn over the box to read it. Very few people have found my bonus boxes.

The one exception still has the clue in the box in plain English, but there are only two boxers who I know have noticed it and only one of those has found the bonus box.

Another reason for listing the bonus clue on its on line listing, is a record for you to know where you hid it and can go do maintance on it.

You can use the "note" feature for this. It is a good idea to keep track of the bonus clue because the parent box may go missing and you will need to find the bonus box.
Re: Search Preferences
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #980602 by Maude
Oct 28, 2019 7:07am
Thread
These are single boxes still alive that I have found.

Most are finds, not plants or attempts. Also, listed only on AQ (in case there is that question).
Re: Bonus box
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #980606 by Oberon_Kenobi
Oct 28, 2019 8:04am
Thread
Here’s the deal.

If I miss a bonus box for whatever reason life goes on. If for some reason I am back in that same area I may or may not go back for it. Chances are I don’t back there, don’t get the bonus box and as I said life goes on just fine without it.

The listing of bonus boxes is very simple. There is nothing complicated about it. Nor is there anything complicated about logging the find if one finds the bonus.
Re: Duplicate emails
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #980596 by Wise Wanderer
Oct 28, 2019 8:20am
Thread
This could all be related to the delay when you hit send and so we hit send a second or third time... and it eventually does.
Re: Search Preferences
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #980600 by phynstar
Oct 28, 2019 9:02am
Thread
When doing an advanced search, there are some boxes with a green check showing. It is probably my misunderstanding. Can someone explain?

You might be overriding the defaults, but I can't really tell with the information you provided. If you have a favorite search that you're running, for instance, the search will use the settings from that rather than your defaults.

When you see boxes in your search that you think should be there, click the "edit search" button to see exactly the search AQ is running. If the hiding of your finds, plants and attempts aren't checked, it wasn't using your defaults. You'll have to edit the link that generated the search.

-- Ryan
Re: Search Preferences
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #980611 by Green Tortuga
Oct 28, 2019 11:34am
Thread
I thought that the "My Preferences": Letterboxes and Search automatically Hide Finds, Hides Plants, etc. if selected and saved. Then we need not choose them each time on a traditional search....?
Trying to get rid of the X
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Oct 28, 2019 2:54pm
Thread
I keep getting X’s next to my comments and on my recorded finds. How do I get rid of those?
I Don’t want to accidentally delete something by hitting the red X. Or have someone else delete something on my page.
Thanks
Buttercup60
Re: Trying to get rid of the X
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #980622 by buttercup60
Oct 28, 2019 3:33pm
Thread
The ‘x’ is just a normal feature giving you the option to delete. You can’t get rid of it. No one else can delete your finds.

The owner of a box does have the option to delete comments but unless there is some issue it is very rarely done. I wouldn’t worry about it.

If you accidentally delete something you can just do it over.
Re: Trying to get rid of the X
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #980622 by buttercup60
Oct 28, 2019 3:47pm
Thread
I Don’t want to accidentally delete something by hitting the red X.

If you do accidentally hit the red X, you'll get a warning asking if you're sure you really do want to delete that find or comment. Then you can just hit Cancel in the case of comments, or No, do not delete this find, in the case of recorded finds.
Re: Search Preferences
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #980615 by phynstar
Oct 28, 2019 4:26pm
Thread
I thought that the "My Preferences": Letterboxes and Search automatically Hide Finds, Hides Plants, etc. if selected and saved.

Yes, but you can override those defaults, and the defaults only apply to new searches--not old ones that you may have bookmarked or saved.

And it sounds like you're running searches that are overriding that default, but it's hard to tell because you haven't provided enough information about how you're running the searches or the URL of the final search. I'm trying to elicit additional information from you so I can help.

Or maybe there is a genuine bug in the code. But if there is, you haven't provided enough information for me to reproduce the problem and it's very difficult for me to fix a bug I can't see.

So... more details, please! If I logged into your account, how can I recreate this problem you described? Exactly what page do I go to, what links/buttons do I click.

You can never include too much information about a problem. Eidolon tries to test that theory sometimes, but he's never succeeded!

-- Ryan
Re: Trying to get rid of the X
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #980622 by buttercup60
Oct 28, 2019 4:27pm
Thread
I keep getting X’s next to my comments and on my recorded finds. How do I get rid of those?

I suppose you could delete your comments and finds, but that seems a little counter-productive. =)

I Don’t want to accidentally delete something by hitting the red X.

No worries! AQ will ask for a confirmation before actually deleting them.

-- Ryan
Re: Trying to get rid of the X
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #980624 by Dawnkey
Oct 28, 2019 4:30pm
Thread
Forgot about the r u sure thingie.
Re: Slow 'send' on AQ
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #980601 by Sagacorn
Oct 28, 2019 4:54pm
Thread
I too have the delay. Sometimes I think I didn't send it and hit send again.
Re: Duplicate emails
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #980596 by Wise Wanderer
Oct 28, 2019 5:32pm
Thread
I just got five copies of the same AQ mail today... It was a reply to an event message that I'm guessing the person did a reply all type of thing but that should still not have sent me so many copies of the same message.
Re: Slow 'send' on AQ
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #980601 by Sagacorn
Oct 28, 2019 6:30pm
Thread
I also have noticed the delay in sending. And I'm also getting many duplicates, sometimes up to 4 of the same message. I think it's because people are hitting the send button more than once. I know I did that a few times until I realized it was taking several seconds.

So two issues, but one problem, I believe. Hoping this information helps to speed things up.
Re: Search Preferences
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #980625 by Green Tortuga
Oct 28, 2019 8:42pm
Thread
Eidolon tries to test that theory sometimes, but he's never succeeded!

Hey it isn't my fault that I come up with obscure, complicated search scenario that you obviously failed to properly build into AQ so they require a ten minute explanation to tell you what I think it SHOULD be doing and you tell me I am nuts.
Re: Search Preferences
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #980646 by Eidolon
Oct 28, 2019 8:47pm
Thread
you tell me I am nuts.

Just the last time. Usually you find weird and obscure bugs and I think, how the heck did you even find that bug?!

But there was one time I remember you emailing me a long, VERY detailed bug report that spanned several pages and I pretty much only needed the first sentence to troubleshoot it.

But even though I didn't need most of the information you provided, I still appreciated the fact that you provided it! =)

You're the only person who regularly provides more information than I often need, but it's a wonderful problem for me to have! Sometimes I have to do extra work to track down a problem with incomplete information and sometimes I can't track a problem down at all.

-- Ryan
Custom location bug?
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Oct 29, 2019 10:01am
Thread
Since AQ came back from being down for maintenance a few minutes ago, I seem to be experiencing a bug with the custom location. When I type in a custom location and hit Store, if my custom location is automatically accepted, then all is well.

But if not, I'm presented with a list of location suggestions. It used to be that I could click one of the items on the list, that item would then populate the location box, and I could store it. Now if I click on a list item, nothing happens. I can get around it by editing the location box so that it exactly matches a suggested item, but this obviously isn't up to the usual slick AQ standards.

You're the only person who regularly provides more information than I often need, but it's a wonderful problem for me to have!

I'm tempted to ramble on to try to get to Eidolon's level, but alas my lunch hour is over.
Re: Custom location bug?
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #980675 by Dawnkey
Oct 29, 2019 10:14am
Thread
Yep, definitely a bug. Sorry about that! I'm uploading a fix now. Might be a few minutes before you see it working again, but the fix is being uploaded as I type this now! =)

You may have to "refresh" the page to see the fix as well since I had to change the JavaScript which is typically cached. It won't work if your browser is using the old JS.

-- Ryan
Re: Duplicate emails
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #980596 by Wise Wanderer
Oct 29, 2019 10:19am
Thread
The duplicate email problem should be fixed for the most part now. If anyone does get a duplicate now, though, I'd very much like to know about it.

The slow posts will still be slow for the time being. I'm still tweaking the database configuration, but it's one of those things where I change one setting at a time, see how it affect things, then come back hours later (or the next day) and tweak something else.

It's a slow process....

But this update I just did should fix the duplicate email problem (or at least reduce it significantly).

-- Ryan