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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.
Re: camouflage bags
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Reply to: #970268 by Always On Call
Jan 13, 2019 11:21am
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Re: camouflage bags
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Reply to: #970269 by Dawnkey
Jan 13, 2019 4:19pm
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Just note that Safari Mans are not mean to be water tight
Re: camouflage bags
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Reply to: #970282 by Baqash
Jan 13, 2019 5:52pm
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They seem to do very well, though. I've found a couple, and despite the simplicity of the design (top just folded over, no seal per se) they seem to stay dry inside. As opposed to the duct-taped Ziploc baggie idea, which never seems to seal closed properly, is usually infested with bugs, etc.
Letterboxing in a group
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Jan 16, 2019 6:59pm
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What are your general tips for letterboxing as a large-ish group, such as with a family or scout troop? I can imagine being stealthy can get tricky if there are many people in a group reading and discussing clues, looking for the box, stamping in, etc. I would like to introduce letterboxing to a Girl Scout troop I’m leading, but want to go in with a plan for managing risk to the box. Any suggestions?

Thanks!
Re: Letterboxing in a group
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Reply to: #970371 by Bandit Raccoon
Jan 16, 2019 7:43pm
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I haven't boxed with a large group, but I do have some suggestions. When you get close to the box, perhaps 50 to 100 feet, have only two or three go ahead for the box. Some adult should accompany them to make sure that they don't damage terrain and to make sure that it will be hidden as it is supposed to be. Then the others can be lookouts, and signal with some known but non-obvious (to muggles) signal.

They bring the box back to the group, who stamps in. Then they go back to hide it, with the adult to supervise.
Re: Letterboxing in a group
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Reply to: #970371 by Bandit Raccoon
Jan 16, 2019 7:47pm
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Would it be possible to go to a location where there is more than one box? I think it would be a lot more fun for everyone if you could split your troop into small groups, like an adult with 3-4 girls. Groups could rotate thru finding different boxes at the location. If you don't have a place with several boxes maybe you could plant a few using store-bought stamps.

You could ask the girls ahead of time about what ideas they have for finding a box without muggles being aware of what they're doing. Since they're Girl Scouts they might be doing all kinds of things like examining trees, leaves, or rocks for badges. Or looking for birds or other wildlife. If they're in small groups they have built-in distraction capabilities, like playing tag or hide and seek while one person discreetly finds the box. That's another reason why it would be nice to look for several boxes since the girls could take turns being the finders and the distracters.

As for stamping in, it would be important to move away from the hiding spot and to have a cover story about what they're doing. Again, being Girl Scouts is good for cover stories.

I'm sure before you go out you'll be teaching the girls about being stealthy when looking for the box and putting it back, and how important it is to seal up the contents properly and thoroughly hide the box. As long as they understand that I bet they'll have some great ideas about how to be sneaky.
Re: Letterboxing in a group
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Reply to: #970371 by Bandit Raccoon
Jan 16, 2019 7:52pm
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You might want to plant a box or two for the girls to find, rather than having them find someone else's box. That way, you can teach them about being stealthy, rehiding properly, etc. without worrying about endangering an existing box.
Re: Letterboxing in a group
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Reply to: #970377 by Dawnkey
Jan 16, 2019 9:21pm
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You could ask the girls ahead of time about what ideas they have for finding a box without muggles being aware of what they're doing. [...] As long as they understand that I bet they'll have some great ideas about how to be sneaky.

This is an excellent idea! When they have previously been engaged in thinking of ideas, then go out the same day and apply those principles they will be as stealthy as the can be.