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Re: Finding box versus stamp?
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Reply to: #969376 by Kirbert
Dec 13, 2018 10:13pm
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So he carefully inked up the belly of the rubber snake and stamped it into his log book.

After hiking a long ways, and looking hard for a particular box, I found it with nothing inside but the logbook and a little plastic cow (wrapped in the inky felt that once protected a stamp). I was unwilling to leave without the find, so I inked that cow up, and stamped it in my logbook. And yes, I recorded the find.
Re: Finding box versus stamp?
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Reply to: #969352 by IrishRef
Dec 14, 2018 4:16am
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I agree with pretty much everything that has been said so far—if you don’t find the stamp then it’s not a find. How about when you’re looking for a box that should have a container, logbook, and stamp, but some violent act occurred and all that’s left is the stamp? That’s a find in my book.
Re: Finding box versus stamp?
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Reply to: #969357 by Wronghat
Dec 14, 2018 7:01am
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Many years ago we found a series where the covers had hand-carved stamps but the stamps in the boxes were store-bought. I sent the owner an email but never heard back about it. Several years later I met the planters and found out that they never carved stamps but instead purchased stamps. So my assumption now is that the boxes did originally have hand-carved stamps but a geocacher took those so the planter did the best they could by purchasing store-bought stamps that fit the theme of the series. About a year later I carved a stamp for them and they were very appreciative.
Re: Finding box versus stamp?
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Reply to: #969360 by Rocklun
Dec 14, 2018 7:31am
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We actually crossed a "fire zone, do not enter" tape line to go after a 55 Steps box in New Zealand (it wasn't far and the are had started to recover from the fire).

Box was melted so we took the entire thing with an eye towards pulling the stamp out and replanting with a new box (assuming we could). Got the stamp out but it was partially melted (hard to see the image) but we did ink it up and count the find.

Tried to notify 55 steps but she hadn't been online since before the last earthquake down there. Wound up contacting an administrator because we:
1-could tell what image we should replace it with
2-had pulled it in an attempt to do maintenance.

Admins marked the box unavailable but we still haven't heard from 55 steps.....still praying she and her family are ok.
Re: Finding box versus stamp?
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Reply to: #969379 by Wise Wanderer
Dec 14, 2018 8:23am
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After hiking a long ways, and looking hard for a particular box, I found it with nothing inside but the logbook and a little plastic cow (wrapped in the inky felt that once protected a stamp). I was unwilling to leave without the find, so I inked that cow up, and stamped it in my logbook. And yes, I recorded the find.

Earned your trail name that day!

(Don't ask about ours)
Re: Finding box versus stamp?
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Reply to: #969352 by IrishRef
Dec 14, 2018 9:34am
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I can see a box "found" only with the logbook if there is a clear image of the stamp in the logbook. With the wonderful use of technology; a cell phone that is, one can take a picture of the image stamped within the logbook. Then one can comfortably go home, print the photo, cut it out and glue it into ones logbook. Voila, counted as a find. Sounds like a lot of work but works if you like crafts! ;-)
Re: Finding box versus stamp?
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Reply to: #969352 by IrishRef
Dec 14, 2018 10:49am
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I would count both of those as a find, I just wouldn’t log them as such on AQ.

Postals, LTCs, tabletop event boxes are all about collecting stamp images. Letterboxing is about solving clues. You solved the clues, you found the box. It’s called a “find”, not a “stamped”. It’s called boxing, not stamping.

As to other situations mentioned, if a stamp has been swapped out with a different stamp, I’m also not logging that on AQ. A find on AQ is public information that implies everything was as it should be as of that date. Different people play different ways, so I’m not going to mislead anyone’s expectations.

What’s in my physical logbooks is personal. My PFX count is a representation of what I feel I have done. AQ is not, and has never claimed to be, the rules. It is one resource in a larger hobby.

K
Re: Finding box versus stamp?
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Reply to: #969390 by Kelsung
Dec 14, 2018 11:23am
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AQ is not, and has never claimed to be, the rules.

How could that be⸘ Letterboxing can only be played one way⸘
Re: Finding box versus stamp?
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Reply to: #969390 by Kelsung
Dec 14, 2018 11:39am
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By the way, my personal logic goes the other way, too. I’ve found a few box-of-the-months, where I walked the same trail to the same box 12 times for 12 different stamps. I logged it on AQ every month, but I personally only counted it as one find.

K
Re: Finding box versus stamp?
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Reply to: #969352 by IrishRef
Dec 14, 2018 3:10pm
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I found a box a few years ago that had the stamp, but when I tried drying off the stamp due to it being wet, it crumbled and the image was no more. I could not stamp it and I never recorded it.
Re: Finding box versus stamp?
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Reply to: #969394 by bfarowl
Dec 14, 2018 3:29pm
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when I tried drying off the stamp due to it being wet, it crumbled and the image was no more.

I’ve had nightmares like that.
Re: Finding box versus stamp?
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Reply to: #969352 by IrishRef
Dec 14, 2018 7:58pm
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However one would like to play is fine with me, log it as a find or not. However, I would sincerely appreciate it if one would comment on the status of the box for all to see.
Planning a plant
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Jan 5, 2019 5:26am
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I know the general location, but I wanted to get a box number to put on the logbook before I have the exact location. This means I dont really have the clue complete, and I dont want to create a box with no clue. I thought there was a way to do this without announcing to the AtlasQuest community of a new box that isnt ready. Please help.
Re: Planning a plant
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Reply to: #970035 by bigredroyaloak
Jan 5, 2019 5:34am
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This is a reserved box. When you go to add a new letterbox, there will be the options of what type it is. Pick the reserved box, which I believe is the last option. :)

I have a few reserved awaiting planting as well.

Good luck
Re: Planning a plant
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Reply to: #970035 by bigredroyaloak
Jan 5, 2019 6:12am
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Thanks for asking!
Really.
Too many planters are listing boxes as Active without a clue (literally) what they should be doing instead.
You asked, and get a standing ovation for that!

I would add one tip: when you create a Reserved listing, select a plant date far enough in the future you have plenty of time to get everything ready.
Then, once the clue is ready to publish, just click the red Activate Box button on the far left of the reserved listing.
By using Reserved listings, your newest boxes will appear on the Newest Letterboxes widget on everyone's My Page when it's really available to find. Otherwise, it appears the day you start the listing, and may be off the list and forgotten by the time the clues are added.
Re: Planning a plant
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Reply to: #970038 by Maude
Jan 5, 2019 6:49am
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I would add one tip: when you create a Reserved listing, select a plant date far enough in the future you have plenty of time to get everything ready.

This is ok if you have a general idea of when you want to plant. I have had boxes on my reserved list for over two years just waiting for the best place to plant. When I finally plant them, I just change the date when I activate them.
Re: Planning a plant
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Reply to: #970040 by Janila
Jan 6, 2019 8:24am
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So you're saying a reserved box can go past it's estimated plant date, and it doesn't go active automatically? Oh, good. I thought maybe …
Re: Planning a plant
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Reply to: #970092 by Maude
Jan 6, 2019 9:27am
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So you're saying a reserved box can go past it's estimated plant date, and it doesn't go active automatically?

I currently have boxes on my reserved list dating back to 2015. I have been on a planting binge for the past two weeks and have cleaned a lot of them out and all I do is change the date to the actual plant date before I activate the clues.
Re: Planning a plant
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Reply to: #970096 by Janila
Jan 6, 2019 10:31am
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all I do is change the date to the actual plant date before I activate the clues.

I'd recommend doing that after you activate the clues. Off the top of my head, I think AQ might automatically set the plant date to the activation date because I know a lot of people don't edit that sort of thing when they make a box live and if you make it live, there's a good chance that is the plant date. (Or, at very least, very close to it.)

I could be wrong.... this is off the top of my head and I'd have to look at the code to be 100% certain. But there's definitely no harm in changing the plant date after it's activated and you have to edit the listing anyhow to mark attributes, add a location and anything else that's specific to the box type you activated. (The reserved listing only let's you add options that are the same for all box types.)

-- Ryan
How do I make a heart?
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Jan 8, 2019 9:40am
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I have a series called I "heart" animals - and I want to post it with a heart instead of the word heart - I've seen people post hearts - does anyone know how I insert a heart in AQ?

(I can do <3 - but I want a cute little red one)

Thanks for any fonty/IT support!

Super Hedge Hoggie
Re: How do I make a heart? ❤️
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Reply to: #970136 by Super Hedge Hoggie
Jan 8, 2019 9:59am
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Go to this website, and just copy and paste the emoji:

https://emojipedia.org/heavy-black-heart/

❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Re: How do I make a heart?
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Reply to: #970136 by Super Hedge Hoggie
Jan 8, 2019 10:03am
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The quickest, easiest way to make a heart is typing &hearts; in the message (or clue). It looks likes ♥

Unicode has several heart options, though, and the easiest way to add those to a post/clue/whatever is just to copy and paste the character.

A colorful heart like ❤️ can also be copied and pasted as well, but for emojis, I'd run a search for something like "heart emojis" and would find a page like this.

But you have to be a little careful with some of these since not all computers will support all of them, and not all devices will show exactly the same thing. Different fonts and systems will sometimes have different representations for the same icon.

-- Ryan

But you have to be a little careful with some of these since not all computers will support all of them, and not all devices will show exactly the same thing. Different fonts and systems will sometimes have different representations for the same icon.

-- Ryan
Hich hikers
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Jan 8, 2019 10:47am
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How do you post them to your log book
Re: Hich hikers
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Reply to: #970139 by The Mitchells2019
Jan 8, 2019 11:02am
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Did you find one? Just find it on AQ under its listing and log your find like a regular box...

Are you making one? Create a box - but instead of picking traditional - pick the HH category :)
Re: Hich hikers
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Reply to: #970140 by mudflinginfools
Jan 8, 2019 11:45am
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I found two of them
Re: Hich hikers
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Reply to: #970139 by The Mitchells2019
Jan 8, 2019 12:30pm
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When you are searching AQ for them, remember to select “type” as “hitchhiker”, too. That helps narrow it down if you don’t have the listing #.
Re: How do I make a heart?
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Reply to: #970144 by Super Hedge Hoggie
Jan 8, 2019 12:33pm
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♥ ♥

Got it now - THANKS!!
Re: Hich hikers
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Reply to: #970141 by The Mitchells2019
Jan 8, 2019 1:06pm
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When you type in the name of the box be sure to change the type to HH, cootie, flea
Re: How do I make a heart?
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Reply to: #970138 by Green Tortuga
Jan 8, 2019 2:37pm
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Wow!...... Hat's off to Ryan fir Knowing his Hearts!....... I personally thought your answer was very Interesting!...J.Cross( Cross Family).
camouflage bags
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Jan 13, 2019 10:57am
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Somewhere I saw how to make camouflage bags. Now I cannot find it. Mine always look like a five-year-old child did it.