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How to change box type on listing
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Dec 7, 2018 8:49pm
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I just made a postcard for a ring exchange. I set it up as an “Other” type box but now I can’t add it to the tracker. I should have made it an LTC. I was about to delete it when I realized that I’d lose my AQ number which is already written on the cards. Is it too late to change it to an LTC, and if not, how do I do that?
Re: How to change box type on listing
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #969175 by detective
Dec 7, 2018 9:23pm
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You get one of the admins to fix it. AQ-mail Green Tortuga and ask if he will fix it for you.
Re: How to change box type on listing
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #969175 by detective
Dec 7, 2018 9:32pm
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I've gone ahead and changed it.

Happy trails!

-- Ryan
Re: Stamps, carving stuff, boxes, stamp pads -- you can have it!
Board: Stamp Swap
Reply to: #969179 by Kermit
Dec 8, 2018 12:23am
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My Letterboxers Egg Hunt Event is coming up, are there any animation-related stamps in that haul?

Actually, I could probably use the whole haul. Sending my details in private message.

Warrior Woman
could use the help
Letterboxing Conversations
Board: State: Michigan
Dec 8, 2018 6:29am
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Dawnkey and I were talking about the tools and tricks of letterboxing and using the Atlas Quest site. We thought it would be interesting to open up a discussion about what we've found helpful and hope that some of our Michigan friends might both learn from us but also teach the rest of us some of their ways of using the website.

So here goes...

CUSTOM LOCATIONS - I use this constantly! Once I know where I am going, I search the area. For example, when I do a search of Indianapolis, Indiana, letterboxes come up in a variety of ways and I adapt them to make finding them easier.

When [this box] comes up with the address but not the name of the place, I "customize" it by adding the name of the place along with the address.

When [this box] comes up with the name of the place but not an exact address, I google the address then "customize" it by adding the address along with the name of the place.

But the most helpful is when [a box like this] comes up and I need to find both the address and the name of the location. When I "customize" it, my future searches will put it where it belongs and I don't miss it when I'm at the location.

Does anyone else use CUSTOM ADDRESSES regularly?
Angel Winks
Spoiler tags?
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Dec 8, 2018 7:01am
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I’m wondering if it’s possible to turn on or enable spoiler tags on this site?

I stumbled across a cool artist I thought would be fun to share with the LTCer in a forum post but as I scrolled through her work, I noticed there were a couple of paintings/drawings that showed hints of boobies (albeit cartoony and manga-ish). Nothing that should offend but it would have been nice to spoiler it thus adhering to the *”2 click rule” if I decided to put a google search link to her stuff.

Also I notice that several posters like to discuss movies and TV shows. Spoiler tags would allow one to discuss the show in a general way but also have some plot elements hidden so as not to spoil it for those yet to see it.

Just a suggestion.
Re: Spoiler tags?
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #969182 by DarkZen and Evil Cow Pie
Dec 8, 2018 7:23am
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That's an interesting idea.... I'd never heard of a spoiler tag before. How do you imagine it would look? I googled for information about spoiler tags and see a couple of different ways it might work, but how have you seen it used in the past?

-- Ryan
Re: Spoiler tags?
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #969183 by Green Tortuga
Dec 8, 2018 8:02am
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They are used on several other message boards I visit occasionally. I believe they are used like this:

[spoiler] [/spoiler]

See post 22 in this thread for an example:
https://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=843800
Re: Spoiler tags?
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #969183 by Green Tortuga
Dec 8, 2018 9:02am
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Goodreads is one site that uses spoiler tags. On Goodreads people post reviews of books they've read, so any spoilers in their reviews can be placed between spoiler tags.

Spoiler tags on Goodreads
Re: Letterboxing Conversations
Board: State: Michigan
Reply to: #969181 by Angel Winks
Dec 8, 2018 9:18am
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Thanks for getting the ball rolling, Angel Winks. I'm also a huge fan of the custom address feature.

We might want to mention at this point that custom addresses are a perk of an AQ premium membership. There are many perks and you can find them here if you're not already a premium member. (Disclaimer: Ryan is *not* paying us to advertise.) :)

One of my favorite premium features is custom menus. To use:

Go to My Page/Preferences. Select Custom Menu from the bar of options across the top of the page. It's just to the left of Premium Hat.

Under Add Menu Item on the left choose the submenu you'd like your item listed under (Home, Toolbox, Boards, People, etc.), type the way you want the item listed in the title box, and then add the link in the URL box. Once you click the Add Item button you'll be able to access your menu item from the menus that run across the top of AQ pages.

You can add links for AQ pages or external links like LbNA and Rumkin. I like to add links for events I'm signed up for under the People tab. It makes it easy to access the event page before and after event, and then I just remove it from the menu once all my finds are recorded.
Re: Letterboxing Conversations
Board: State: Michigan
Reply to: #969181 by Angel Winks
Dec 8, 2018 9:19am
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I definitely do. And given your examples, I will often customize the Crown Hill Cemetery address to the 32nd Street address (Old Gates entrance). It’s the closest to my sweet daddy’s resting place. If anyone comes without a map, it is easily available at the 38th street entrance (offices).
Re: Letterboxing Conversations
Board: State: Michigan
Reply to: #969186 by Dawnkey
Dec 8, 2018 9:41am
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I didn't know that. Thanks.
Re: Letterboxing Conversations
Board: State: Michigan
Reply to: #969181 by Angel Winks
Dec 8, 2018 9:44am
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This is a great conversation to have. I'm sure there are many helps on here that I don't know how to use.
Re: Illinois Bicentennial Celebration
Board: State: Illinois
Reply to: #963064 by TeachJR
Dec 8, 2018 10:25am
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It is almost the end of 2018 - the Illinois Bicentennial year. Please do continue to plant letterboxes for the Illinois Bicentennial. We were challenged to plant 200 boxes and to date we have 196 boxes planted (and more to come) since August of 2018. I thank everyone who signed up for the virtual event and I thank everyone who has planted 1, 2, 3, etc. boxes for this event. Everybody wins in a virtual event - the planters, the finders, individuals, everyone! We reached 22 states so people can find these connections to the Illinois Bicentennial all over the country.

Thank you for helping us to celebrate by planting boxes. To those of you who signed up and still are awaiting a day to plant, please do so and let me know. I will add them to the list whenever they get planted.

TeachJR
Re: New Mystery Postal is now open for your enjoyment
Board: Postals
Reply to: #968989 by IrishRef
Dec 8, 2018 10:31am
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Clue 7 Logan Lucky.
Re: Letterboxing Conversations
Board: State: Michigan
Reply to: #969189 by Topcollector
Dec 8, 2018 11:21am
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Thanks, Topcollector. That's what Dawnkey and I, and others, hopefully, have in mind. We will try to keep the conversation going over the winter months when there is less letterboxing to do.

And, we hope, anyone will feel free to jump into the conversation.

Angel Winks
*who is enjoying a relaxed Saturday afternoon at home after buying my last Christmas gift this morning.
Darn and Drat
Board: State: New York
Dec 8, 2018 12:54pm
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My last active box in Manhattan has gone to Letterboxing Heaven. Since moving to Westchester I stopped planting down there. It lasted so long for an urban plant under a mailbox. And they actually got down and looked underneath. So. I am officially sad. :(

https://www.atlasquest.com/showinfo.php?boxId=205835
Re: Darn and Drat
Board: State: New York
Reply to: #969193 by MissMoon
Dec 8, 2018 2:10pm
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Well that bites. I was very excited when I finally got that one this summer.
Re: Darn and Drat
Board: State: New York
Reply to: #969193 by MissMoon
Dec 8, 2018 4:02pm
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Wow! We just found it less than a month ago. That's a shame!
Re: Darn and Drat
Board: State: New York
Reply to: #969193 by MissMoon
Dec 8, 2018 4:43pm
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Awww....So sorry! I really liked that box and learning all about it! Thank you for planting!
Re: Letterboxing Conversations
Board: State: Michigan
Reply to: #969181 by Angel Winks
Dec 8, 2018 5:24pm
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I use custom addresses constantly as well. But I didn't know I could add the name of the address i.e., "Jo's Pool Hall" as well as the street address. Can't wait to try this out.
Re: Letterboxing Conversations
Board: State: Michigan
Reply to: #969186 by Dawnkey
Dec 8, 2018 5:33pm
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Wow! Didn't know this was available to us. Just added an event under the People tab just as you described. That's pretty cool, and easier to see my current sign ups. Thanks!
Re: Letterboxing Conversations
Board: State: Michigan
Reply to: #969197 by BBStacker
Dec 8, 2018 6:33pm
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BBStacker,

The way I have found that works best is to first STORE the custom address. Once that is in, then I edit the custom address with the pencil icon. I add the name of the park or cemetery or pool hall :) or whatever and save it again. It should show up with both the name and the address! Love it.
Re: New Mystery Postal is now closed
Board: Postals
Reply to: #968989 by IrishRef
Dec 8, 2018 7:14pm
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Mystery 417 is now closed. The answer and explanation of clues will soon follow. Look for another one after Christmas. Thanks to all who made attempts to solve.
Re: eeeew! a seal with an eel up it's nose
Board: Miscellaneous Oddities
Reply to: #969152 by DarkZen and Evil Cow Pie
Dec 8, 2018 7:18pm
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Also, FYI, you can shorten long URLs here: https://tinyurl.com

I have to laugh. I thought the same thing, except I was thinking that everything after the ? in the URL is just for tracking purposes and could safely be removed shortening the URL by probably 75%. Not as tiny as tinyurl, though!

But I'm amused that we can have the same thought and come up with two completely different solutions!

-- Ryan
Re: Spoiler tags?
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #969182 by DarkZen and Evil Cow Pie
Dec 8, 2018 8:33pm
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So I've been playing around with simple ways to make this work, and I have a working version... more-or-less. You might have to click the "refresh" button on your browser to see it work if your browser is using a cached version of the CSS.

-- Ryan
Re: Spoiler tags?
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #969202 by Green Tortuga
Dec 8, 2018 9:50pm
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Let’s see if it works.

Testing 1, 2, 3.

ETA: Hmm, not sure I got it. I used both brackets,
</spoiler> and
[/spoiler].

What am I not doing right?
Re: Spoiler tags?
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #969203 by DarkZen and Evil Cow Pie
Dec 8, 2018 10:34pm
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What am I not doing right?

Try clicking that 'refresh' button on your browser. I updated the CSS code, but if your browser is using the old version, you won't see anything.

Eventually your browser will pick up the new version, but I set up AQ so it only checks new versions of CSS page about once per week. A manual refresh should get the job done, though.

-- Ryan

PS. Your spoiler alert worked for me! =)
Re: Letterboxing Conversations
Board: State: Michigan
Reply to: #969198 by BBStacker
Dec 9, 2018 3:54am
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That's pretty cool, and easier to see my current sign ups.

Not a Michiganer here but I do have a few AQ tricks up my sleeve also. For instance, in order to see my event sign ups, I just created a search for them and then saved it, calling it "My Upcoming Events". New ones are added in date order and as their date passes, they disappear from the list. That way they are all grouped together with the next one I will be attending showing up first. I have "Favorite Searches" as one of my widgits on My Page so the list is only a click away.
Re: Letterboxing Conversations
Board: State: Michigan
Reply to: #969181 by Angel Winks
Dec 9, 2018 3:59am
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Once I know where I am going, I search the area. For example, when I do a search of Indianapolis, Indiana, letterboxes come up in a variety of ways and I adapt them to make finding them easier.

I have been doing this for years and loving it. It is amazing how many people are not aware of it. But I do take it a step further. There are areas that I box in regularly such as Florida, eastern PA, Delaware and Maryland, so I have searches set up to notify me of new boxes for each of those areas. (I am a big user of searches!) I have chosen to receive emails when there is a new box added for those areas. When I get an email, I simply check to see if there is a good address and if there is not, I add the custom address right away, even if I don't have plans to visit that area at the moment. That way, when I DO plan on going somewhere, I have the info all ready and I just need to choose a box and then click on nearby boxes and my trip is planned.