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Re: Where is it!!! *Is Impatient*
Board: Atlas Quest Announcements
Reply to: #12037 by Celtic Quinn
Dec 1, 2005 12:07am
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I've noticed a couple of small changes....
The TIME has COME!!!!
Board: Atlas Quest Announcements
Dec 1, 2005 12:22am
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Yes, at long last, the BIG UPDATE has arrived. At the stroke of midnight (more or less) you might have noticed a few changes. Besides the winter theme, I mean, which is just reused from last year. =)

Here's a list of the more noteable changes:

1. Support for event stamps. Whether it's a one-use stamp or a traveling event stamp, you can record creating and finding them just like any other letterbox. And, if you're the owner of an event or the owner of an event stamp attending an event, you can even list the event stamp as an attendee of the event. =)

2. Support for an "other" letterbox type. All those weird, wild, and wacko one-of-a-kind boxes you create that just don't seem to fit into any other category, you've now got a catch-all available.

3. NEW support for postal rings! Instead of signing up for individual postal boxes, you now sign up for rings! AQ loosens the "traditional" definition of a postal ring. Here, a ring can include any number of letterboxes and any number of participants. Whether it's a single postal box with a dozen participants or a dozen postal boxes, one from each participant--or even a dozen postal boxes you create for a dozen participants--it doesn't matter--it's still a ring. Additionally, rings can be set up with a variety of status includuing open (anyone is free to sign up on it, providing space is still available), limited (only the owner of the ring can add you to it), closed (no longer open for signups), and retired (the ring is done, finished, dead). Plus it's a heck of a lot easier to track who's already gotten what boxes. You postal people are gonna love rings. =)

4. You can create a series of any type of letterbox. A series of virtual boxes? Not a problem! A series of hitchhikers? Not a problem! A series of traveling event stamps? Not a problem! You get the picture.

5. You can mark a box as having a hand-carved stamp for any type of letterbox--including the non-traditional ones!

6. You can mark a box as being for premium members only for any type of letterbox--including the non-traditional ones!

7. Two new attributes for traditional letterboxes: Horse friendly and eXtreme! Horse friendly boxes are those planted in areas where people can ride their horses to get the box--seems like a lot of you folks are big horse people. =) eXtreme boxes are to show that a box requires special skills or training before acquiring (such as rocking climbing or scuba diving) and could otherwise be much more dangerous than your run-of-the-mill letterbox.

Hmm.... I think that covers the big stuff. =)

A couple of comments about these features. First, I know of some series such as the WDW series of virtual boxes. They'd been entered individually since AQ didn't support series for virtual boxes, and I'll help combine any such series into a single listing. LET ME DO THIS FOR YOU. You could delete some entries, and modify one of them into a series, but it'll mess up everyone's finds. I can do it without messing up people's finds, so leave the combining of boxes into a single series for me to do manually. If you have a series that needs to be dealt with, lemme know. It'll probably take a few days before I can combine them all, so please be patient. =)

Second, AQ no longer supports the ability to sign up for postal letterboxes. You can only sign up for postal rings. Unfortunately, I can't programmatically convert all of your signups into the rings since multiple boxes could make up a single ring. For the time being, I have left a record of your postal box signups available for viewing in your logbook, but eventually, you'll need to re-signup with the appropriate ring. Only the owner of a ring should actually create the ring, and he or she will be able to include you and your postal box in the ring. Eventually, I will delete the old postal box signups, though, so if you need that information for some reason, be sure to write it down somewhere.

*thinking* I think that covers everything. =) This is a pretty substantial update, and there are almost GUARANTEED to be bugs lurking about with such a big update. If you see anything that doesn't seem to be working as expected, please let me know! =)

Happy trails!

-- Ryan
Re: The TIME has COME!!!!
Board: Atlas Quest Announcements
Reply to: #12045 by Green Tortuga
Dec 1, 2005 12:25am
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Ach, and to think I was on when it happened. At 9:23 am Germany time. All the extra features are nice, but it was the pretty blue and white that caught my eye. Quite a good and lovely job. :-)
Re: The TIME has COME!!!!
Board: Atlas Quest Announcements
Reply to: #12045 by Green Tortuga
Dec 1, 2005 1:43am
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I woke up at 3am and couldnt go back to sleep! I laid there for an hour and finally got up and got online... my inner 'boxer' was telling me to play with the new toys!!

what's that quote about bugs? "There are no such things as bugs at Microsoft, only undocumented "features"....


I tried to play with the add a box, with adding a postal ring. i get so far and i get a blank page.

not sure if i'm entering a new "ring", that already is established. If i have 9 participants and i want to sign them up, do i put that there are 9 boxes in the series? and put their names as the name of the box, or does that blank page have something to do with how to enter that data.

also i know you said postal sign ups wont be supported but you left them there for us to view and write down, but i dont have the option from my drop down menu in my logbook for postal signups.... So I cant write them down :(


everything looks so great GT... you work so hard putting this site together for everyone. It IS THE BOMB!!! And so are you.

cam.
Re: The TIME has COME!!!!
Board: Atlas Quest Announcements
Reply to: #12048 by Alyson Wonderland
Dec 1, 2005 1:51am
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Ryan,

you're amazing!


cam
Re: The TIME has COME!!!!
Board: Atlas Quest Announcements
Reply to: #12048 by Alyson Wonderland
Dec 1, 2005 2:02am
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Quote I tried to play with the add a box, with adding a postal ring. i get so far and i get a blank page.


Ah, yes, it seems there was a wee little bug in adding a postal box. So far as I can tell, though, adding a ring worked just fine.

I should point out--Atlas Quest does not consider a ring to be a type of letterbox. It's just a method of organizing a group of postal boxes, and AQ actually handles them completely separate from regular letterboxes. As a result, there is a link next to the option to select the box type to "Add Postal Ring".

To add a ring, you need to follow the link to a different page. To add a postal box, you fill out the information on that page.

Quote i know you said postal sign ups wont be supported but you left them there for us to view and write down, but i dont have the option from my drop down menu in my logbook for postal signups....


My bad. Should be fixed now. =)

-- Ryan
Re: The TIME has COME!!!!
Board: Atlas Quest Announcements
Reply to: #12045 by Green Tortuga
Dec 1, 2005 2:51am
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Ummm... found a glitch. I just signed up for the premium membership this morning and my page is telling me my subscription ends today. Wouldn't it end December 1st, 2006? I had signed up for the membership and calendar deal. Just wanted to get that figured out real quick.
snow and chilly blue
Board: Atlas Quest Announcements
Dec 1, 2005 3:50am
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I doooooo love the colors...I was soooooo afraid it was gonna be red and that yukky cross between kelly and forest greeny color...ya know the color...that chrsitmas green. I love green but not that shade and not with RED....Ughhhh.

Our most capable web master has done well for us all.

DixieKin
no signups????
Board: Atlas Quest Announcements
Dec 1, 2005 4:23am
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No sign-ups for postals?? for real??? what on earth are we to do?? I am new to postals but so far fond of them...help me get my mind around this...just how are we gonna get sign-ups?? My new Uncle Bud box...the list of sign-ups is GONE. It's a good thing I sat there and emailed (thru AQ) each and every one last night. I thought we would have the new option to email all of them at once (with one email going to all if needed). Remember Ryan? I had written you about that one only a day ago I guess.

I have been directing potential recipients to AQ to sign-up...now what???

Am I panicing...is there another way I just don't see yet??

DixieKin
Re: question on HH
Board: Hitchhikers, Cooties, and Fleas
Reply to: #11855 by jones 3
Dec 1, 2005 4:36am
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I have done both the small log book and the larger logs with a return. Also, a third HH was returned to me and I sent a letterbox to plant as a sort of thanks! (or another HH). Unfortunatly, my first HH is still out there and I have know idea what's up with it....actually I like it this way. I know there will be a surprise in the future! : )

Also, after contacting the owner, I have added log material and/or sent it in return to the owner. I guess what I am saying is people will get in touch!

Take care out there!

phynstar
AWWW!!! agian pretty useless information
Board: Atlas Quest Announcements
Dec 1, 2005 4:36am
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I love the new christmas layout!! Its a nice change,
YEAY FOR DECEMBER!!!!

Guess what??

I turn 16 on monday~!!!! and im going to get my drivers permit that day..

Just thought all of you should know about my temporary amazing lifeness.....


Ok yea im done...
Re: The TIME has COME!!!!
Board: Atlas Quest Announcements
Reply to: #12050 by Green Tortuga
Dec 1, 2005 4:40am
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oh great and powerful Green Tortuga,

I am so excited I am beside myself! but I need some help! I'm trying to add a ring-in-progress, and I can add the participants just fine, but I can't seem to add any boxes - not even my own. I type in the box name and AQ tells me the box is not found. help???

btw, did I mention how totally COOL these updates are???? thankyouthankyou!

MoonBunny
Re: The TIME has COME!!!!
Board: Atlas Quest Announcements
Reply to: #12045 by Green Tortuga
Dec 1, 2005 4:52am
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Thanks for all the new 'gifts'! I just added a Event traveller...was this supposed to be added to my personal logbook at AQ?

phynstar
"Other" letterboxes
Board: Atlas Quest Announcements
Dec 1, 2005 5:01am
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Hi Ryan!

You rock! I always think AQ is perfect and you continually find ways to make it even better than I knew we needed it!

I'm trying to change one of my boxes (The Gypsy) into the "other" category, but I don't think I have an option to do this in the edit mode. Is this something you'll have to do behind the scenes for me?

Thanks,
Amyrica
Re: The TIME has COME!!!!
Board: Atlas Quest Announcements
Reply to: #12045 by Green Tortuga
Dec 1, 2005 5:04am
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Terrific updated features! I love it here!
Quote This is a pretty substantial update, and there are almost GUARANTEED to be bugs lurking about with such a big update. If you see anything that doesn't seem to be working as expected, please let me know! =)

I am having a problem taking advatage of update #7:
Quote 7. Two new attributes for traditional letterboxes: Horse friendly and eXtreme!

I tried to edit some of my boxes to include the horse or eXtreme attributes but only the top 2 attributes (hand carved & premium member) appeared on the edit page. I viewed it on my Safari, IE, then Firefox browsers and it was the same on each.

Thanks for the energy you put into AQ!
t
Re: The TIME has COME!!!!
Board: Atlas Quest Announcements
Reply to: #12045 by Green Tortuga
Dec 1, 2005 5:04am
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Wow!!! The Ho Ho fairies have been very busy! Love it! Thanks Ryan!
Koyote
Posting a new message to Hobby Box
Board: Atlas Quest Announcements
Dec 1, 2005 5:07am
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Hi!

I went into the Guilty Pleasures:TV board and tried to post a message, but the drop downs for the Hobby Box category don't appear. Therefore, I cannot select the TV board.

No rush.
Amyrica
Re: no signups????
Board: Atlas Quest Announcements
Reply to: #12053 by Dixie
Dec 1, 2005 5:26am
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Well, for one, AQ Mailing to more than one person with one message IS possible. You just need to list all the people you want the message to go to in the right box above your message.

As for the signups issue...well, have you been using the Yahoo! Group for having you people sign up for your box? You may wish to list it there as open... Go to the Groups page and search for Postal_letterboxing . That's the group name, I believe.

Also, if you make a AQ Board post about the box, with the name of the box in the title, you can explain what you want people who are already signed up to do.

Hope that helps...

-Celtic Quinn
Re: Posting a new message to Hobby Box
Board: Atlas Quest Announcements
Reply to: #12061 by Amyrica
Dec 1, 2005 5:28am
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Quote I went into the Guilty Pleasures:TV board and tried to post a message, but the drop downs for the Hobby Box category don't appear. Therefore, I cannot select the TV board.


I just looked, and the same goes for the other three boards' drop down menus. It's only Letterbox Central that has a drop down menu.

-Celtic Quinn
update to Extreme or Horse Friendly
Board: Atlas Quest Announcements
Reply to: #12059 by true indigo
Dec 1, 2005 5:32am
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Quote I tried to edit some of my boxes to include the horse or eXtreme attributes but only the top 2 attributes (hand carved & premium member) appeared on the edit page. I viewed it on my Safari, IE, then Firefox browsers and it was the same on each.


I believe if you click "next" at the bottom of the page (on the page with hand carned stamp option in edit mode) then I think it will take you to the options to click "kid friendly" urban location, "extreme", etc. etc.

hope that's right...

dixiekin
Re: update to Extreme or Horse Friendly
Board: Atlas Quest Announcements
Reply to: #12064 by Dixie
Dec 1, 2005 5:38am
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dixiekin,

I see them now, thanks! :) I just thought the attributes would have all been together.

Thanks! Now back to adding those horseys!
t
Re: no signups????
Board: Atlas Quest Announcements
Reply to: #12062 by Celtic Quinn
Dec 1, 2005 5:44am
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yeah, i realize you can add in the names of all email recipients into the "to" field when you write email but that is not the same considering you would have to manually keep up with and type in MANY addresses or names for some postals. I had simply asked Ryan about an option to send one email to everyone on a sign-up list with the click of a button etc. Now there is no list :~(

and yes, i do go to the postal group at yahoo...I don't like yahoo groups by the way (the way I like AQ) and there is no support there for a box listing with sign-ups, clue etc. Yahoo is too generic. Everyone and their brother is posting about a certain PLB...there comes a time when you want to see activity on ONE box. The postals and the message board was my biggest draw to AQ lately. I loved being able to see who is gonna receive which postal and/or who wants to receive one of mine.

just something that was very useful and handy for me... that's all.

again, I may be missing something (maybe something is taking the palce of the list that makes it better)??????????????? Help me Ryan...

I will have to take time to play with the other updates... the postal ring update may come in quite handy soon enough!!?? :~>
Re: The TIME has COME!!!!
Board: Atlas Quest Announcements
Reply to: #12045 by Green Tortuga
Dec 1, 2005 5:50am
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wow wow wow. great job again!!!!
-CCL
Re: Watered down cursing!
Board: Atlas Quest Announcements
Reply to: #11965 by Chunna
Dec 1, 2005 5:56am
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I went camping this summer for the first time with a friend whose children came along. In watching our swears (which gets more and more difficult with more and more beers) we finally just decided to use fork and shirt for the respective f and s words. It must have sunk in a little, b/c everyonce in a while I find myself saying "what the fork!" without even meaning it.

Hmmmm...... beer, campfires, and fear of snapping twigs in the dark.... what could be better? It's certainly winter right now here, daggum it!

Moonduck (an accomplished curser, especially with a full beer belly and a story to tell)
Re: Southern foods
Board: Atlas Quest Announcements
Reply to: #12035 by Dixie
Dec 1, 2005 6:05am
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OK so this isn't really southern, but it is an odd.

My daughter (age 5) made herself lunch the other day. She started with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Then she sprinkled some grated colby/jack cheese on top of that. And just to top it off...a big ol' blob of catsup!
She must have liked it...she ate the whole thing!
Re: no signups????
Board: Atlas Quest Announcements
Reply to: #12053 by Dixie
Dec 1, 2005 6:21am
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This all sounds really cool. I am pretty confused by the details too though. I now have postal boxes which I no longer know where they are supposed to go because the signup lists are gone. Yes I rely on AQ to keep the list. You said something about converting our boxes?

Scarab
Re: Southern foods
Board: Atlas Quest Announcements
Reply to: #12069 by Mn8X
Dec 1, 2005 6:27am
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OK.... That's just not right. :) My 3 and 5 year old would do that too.
Koyote
Re: Southern foods
Board: Atlas Quest Announcements
Reply to: #11985 by BullDawg
Dec 1, 2005 6:29am
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"greens!.....thats a must for country grub...there is a reason why there aint many skinny folks in the southern hills of VA..."

That's why I make my collard greens with lotsa pepper and dash vinegar over it when it's done.

After I turned 40, some weird thing happened to my body and now I can't eat anything with fat it in. Which probably explains why I fight to keep 100 lbs on my 5'3" frame.

Prior to that, I made my collard greens in the drippings of the whopping chunks of bacon that I had first cooked in the pan.

Warrior Woman
Re: no signups????
Board: Atlas Quest Announcements
Reply to: #12066 by Dixie
Dec 1, 2005 6:32am
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What you can do is create a ring and list your box and the participants in the "ring," even though it's for one box. According to the new ring help section, I think that it is acceptable to have rings of just one box. If you do it that way, there is a link at the bottom of the participant list to contact all participants You can make sign-ups open, so anyone can sign up, or limit sign-ups in various ways.

Booknut
Re: Watered down cursing!
Board: Atlas Quest Announcements
Reply to: #12068 by Moonduck
Dec 1, 2005 6:34am
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My father is a burly little italian guy who started out on the loading docks of Remington Arms gun factory and retired 45 years later as a top executive with the firm. But executive or dock hand..he still swears as blue as ever....lots of g-damns and son-of-a-b's. My mother was a WASP graduate of Keuka College...when only women were allowed to attend. And she NEVER swore EVER..which made it quite an interesting household when you were one of 6 children. I had my mouth washed out a few times by my mother after emulating my father! lol So I switched to "frikking"...which I still use to this day, although I could never say it in front of my mother because she would say..."Look, I know what you MEAN!"

My father says he heard my mother swear only once....while in college...and she was so angry she burst forth with "PISS DAMN SPIT!" Sort of a latent Tourette's thing....

LW