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Re: SPOR
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Reply to: #977508 by Oberon_Kenobi
Jul 20, 2019 12:02pm
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Why not? Is an admin willing to share?

(Looking around furtively)
Shhhh... According to The Admin's Secret Handbook of Operations, I shouldn't say anything, but...

Do you perhaps see a pattern in what is not include in both? Maybe if one were to, I don't know, write them out and rearrange things a bit... Well, you get THE CLUE...
Shhhh.....

That ought to keep him busy for a while.
Re: SPOR
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Reply to: #977438 by Kamera Kid
Jul 20, 2019 1:55pm
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I keep misreading as SPQR 🤣
Re: SPOR
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Reply to: #977523 by coldsnap
Jul 20, 2019 2:23pm
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I keep misreading as SPQR 🤣

It is pronounced spork.
Newish to letterboxing
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Jul 23, 2019 7:24am
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Hi everyone,
Still trying to figure out the message boards so I figured I’d just put a message out there and see what happens 😊.
I’m newish to letterboxing. I used to go on hikes with my mom and found the stamps but never got onto the Atlas Quest and create a trail name to log them in. However, I have done so now and my mom and I are hitting the trails once again and having lots of fun. We haven’t been home for a single day yet in about 2 weeks outside of weekends. Found my first HH last week, that was exciting.
Learning a lot more about this “new” hobby and absolutely loving it. If anyone has any pointers they’d like to share, I’m all ears.

P.s. If I find my old log book with all my stamps from years ago, can I log them in or should I just do the trips all over again?
Re: Newish to letterboxing
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Reply to: #977620 by Damselfly
Jul 23, 2019 7:28am
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Absolutely log in those old finds if you locate your book! How fun for the planter to receive a find notice with a date several years old.

And welcome back to the hobby. I love it that you are doing this with your mom and getting out there. It's a wonderful hobby in so many ways.
Re: Newish to letterboxing
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Reply to: #977620 by Damselfly
Jul 23, 2019 8:10am
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If I find my old log book with all my stamps from years ago, can I log them in

Definitely log them in. Because some may have gone missing or been retired since you found them, consider including a note to the planter about your “catch-up” logging, to avoid confusion about the status of their older boxes.
Re: Newish to letterboxing
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Reply to: #977622 by Angel Winks
Jul 23, 2019 8:29am
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Awesome! Thank you for letting me know. I will for sure have to find my book now 😁.
We have really enjoyed doing it together again and I’m even bringing my kids along and they are loving all the stamps and the walks. Bugs have been crazy this year too. I try to fit all of our stamps onto one page on the log books. If anyone doesn’t want me to put their stamps in I will stop and only put mine.
Re: Newish to letterboxing
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Reply to: #977631 by Damselfly
Jul 23, 2019 11:09am
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Put their stamps in.

Occasionally I come across a box that my daughter stamped in, and it is a joy.
Re: Newish to letterboxing
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Reply to: #977640 by Sheba
Jul 23, 2019 11:15am
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Occasionally I come across a box that my daughter stamped in, and it is a joy.

Oh man. You're gonna make me cry.
Re: Newish to letterboxing
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Reply to: #977640 by Sheba
Jul 23, 2019 7:00pm
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Wonderful! They have been having such fun finding them. Just didn’t want people to get upset.
Re: Newish to letterboxing
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Reply to: #977631 by Damselfly
Jul 23, 2019 7:21pm
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I try to fit all of our stamps onto one page on the log books.

You could always carve one stamp that covers everyone. Then you have only one stamp image to make.
Re: Newish to letterboxing
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Reply to: #977659 by Damselfly
Jul 23, 2019 10:14pm
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They should all stamp in if they want to. It’s part of the fun!! :)
Re: Newish to letterboxing
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Reply to: #977659 by Damselfly
Jul 24, 2019 5:39am
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My two insisted on having their own stamps and stamping in. Now, they're not as into it, but if I don't stamp my son's, he gets a little upset - even though he wasn't happy about going in the first place....

Go have fun and stamp away!
Re: Newish to letterboxing
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Reply to: #977667 by Origami Hen
Jul 24, 2019 9:22am
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They should all stamp in if they want to. It’s part of the fun!! :)

Some logbooks are very small and having a whole group of people stamp in on several pages is not such a good idea.
Re: Newish to letterboxing
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Reply to: #977682 by MissMoon
Jul 24, 2019 3:51pm
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Some logbooks are very small and having a whole group of people stamp in on several pages is not such a good idea.

True, which is why they all squish on one page. I even share mine. ;)

Grammy TCP
Introduction
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Aug 2, 2019 7:21am
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Hi- We are extremely new- I stumbled across this activity when it was mentioned in a blogpost about summer activities for older kids.

We have found one stamp and hunted for 2 others.

We are in upstate NY. Family of 6.

Just wanted to say, “Hello”
Re: Introduction
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Reply to: #977939 by Ste!nke.6
Aug 2, 2019 7:27am
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Hi! I started letterboxing because my daughter took a summer camp based on it. They taught them how to carve stamps and make books, and took them out looking for several boxes. She enjoyed it for a summer or two and now I'm on my own, haha. But with lots of kids, you'll likely always have someone interested in going letterboxing! Sounds fun. Welcome!
Re: Introduction
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Reply to: #977940 by Guinea Pigs
Aug 2, 2019 7:32am
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A Summer Camp Class/Activity sounds awesome. I hope the kids stay into it for a little bit- trying to get them off the gaming console 🤦🏽‍♀️

Thank you for the welcome!
Re: Introduction
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Reply to: #977939 by Ste!nke.6
Aug 2, 2019 7:45am
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Welcome! I got started about 8 years ago when I read an article on it in a parenting magazine. My son still loves it at almost 11. I even got my husband in to it! Enjoy!
Re: Introduction
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Reply to: #977939 by Ste!nke.6
Aug 2, 2019 8:05am
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Welcome to letterboxing. It's a wonderful hobby, either as a group or alone.

You may also want to connect with other New Yorkers on the New York board. When I first started letterboxing, many others from Michigan gave me excellent guidance along the way.

New York Board
Re: Introduction
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Reply to: #977939 by Ste!nke.6
Aug 2, 2019 3:31pm
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Welcome to boxing.

Please check out the tutorials, glossary, look around the site and learn about our very old and loved hobby. It's been around for a very long time and there is a lot to learn.

MM
Re: Introduction
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Reply to: #977939 by Ste!nke.6
Aug 3, 2019 11:38am
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Welcome!! We've been boxing for 11 years, although most of my boxing is LTCs and Postals these days!
Enjoy and ask any questions you may have!
GPS coordinates not accurate?
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Sep 21, 2019 6:10pm
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Created an account here long time ago, but haven't done anything with it...few days ago started browsing the site again and have noticed many letterboxes in my area which have GPS coordinates for a spot that is often many miles away from the area the clue(s) indicate the letterbox is actually located at...is that normal? I would've thought that the coordinates are provided to aid in the finding of the box.

If the coordinates are supposed to be an aid in locating the box, should I send a message to the owner of boxes which have posted coordinates that are extremely inaccurate?

For clarification: I'm speaking of letterboxes which (for example) have posted coordinates for a spot within city limits, but the clues indicate the box is located many miles away on a hiking trail in the mountains (just one example).

Thank you for your time and assistance.
Re: GPS coordinates not accurate?
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Reply to: #979625 by Bsrlinmaz
Sep 21, 2019 6:47pm
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GPS coordinates not accurate?

For many letterboxers the clues supersede the gps coordinates. For example, when using the map function, often the map pin is in the center of a town, or state instead of where the box is located in the town or state. People who simply go to the map pin instead of reading the clues will end up far from where they want to be.
Re: GPS coordinates not accurate?
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Reply to: #979627 by Wronghat
Sep 21, 2019 7:09pm
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Thank you for reply/information. I asked because I did not want to msg. an owner to tell them the coordinates were quite a bit 'off', only to find out that it was intentional and accepted practice.

Thank you for your time and assistance.
Re: GPS coordinates not accurate?
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Reply to: #979628 by Bsrlinmaz
Sep 21, 2019 7:10pm
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And now need to go find some letterboxes, rather than just talking about it.
Re: SPOR
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Reply to: #977525 by Oberon_Kenobi
Sep 22, 2019 1:00am
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I've also seen a SPOB - Suspicious Pile of Bark (or maybe SSOB, a suspicious stack of bark) 😄
Re: GPS coordinates not accurate?
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Reply to: #979625 by Bsrlinmaz
Sep 22, 2019 7:28am
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I'm speaking of letterboxes which (for example) have posted coordinates for a spot within city limits, but the clues indicate the box is located many miles away on a hiking trail in the mountains (just one example).

Some people just list the "nearest town" as the location of a box, so this isn't particularly unusual. It's not so much that the GPS coordinates are "wrong"--it is the nearest town to the box and it allows people in the area know that the box is there--but it's not very precise. There is a difference between accuracy and precision!

But as a whole, I recommend that people make locations as precise as possible. The more precise they are, the better (and more accurate) the search results will be.

I wouldn't "correct" people for not being precise, though. You'd just piss off a lot of people doing that!

Premium members have the option to change the location of the boxes that they see, though, and many of them do add precision to boxes that only list the nearest town as the location. That way, the boxes will be properly ordered from closest to furthest away and the maps AQ generates shows the precise location of the boxes.

-- Ryan
Re: SPOR
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Reply to: #979632 by Worlds Wolf
Sep 22, 2019 8:55am
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Hmmm... I’ve been called an SOB... I guess maybe they thought I was covering a letterbox...

K
Re: GPS coordinates not accurate?
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Reply to: #979635 by Green Tortuga
Sep 22, 2019 12:58pm
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Some people just list the "nearest town" as the location of a box, so this isn't particularly unusual.

I usually use the coordinates of the trailhead. However, for some mystery boxes that I have posted I just posted the nearest city.