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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.
Re: Spoiler tags?
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #969204 by Green Tortuga
Dec 9, 2018 4:00am
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Way cool!
Re: Letterboxing Conversations
Board: State: Michigan
Reply to: #969205 by Janila
Dec 9, 2018 5:35am
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Janila,

Welcome to our AQ conversation! I'm interested in learning more about how you do this. How do you actually create the search for them? I've saved several searches I've done by states, but not events. Do you do this under Advanced Search?

Thanks!
Re: Letterboxing Conversations
Board: State: Michigan
Reply to: #969206 by Janila
Dec 9, 2018 5:44am
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Janila, you are a letterboxer after my own heart :). I do the same thing. My husband and I are often dreaming about the next trip we are going to take, so I begin customizing addresses already at that time. I've found many boxes I wouldn't have found if I didn't customize it.

I even go a step further. I search for boxes that are only listed by the state. Here is what I mean:
I do an AREA SEARCH under SIMPLE SEARCH. Under REGION, I'll go to the state I'm looking for. For example, I'll type in MICHIGAN. Once I've done that, all the Michigan boxes I haven't found are listed. But then I will EDIT SEARCH. I will change the DIST (MI) to 0 and run the search again. All the boxes listed with simply the Michigan location will come up and I'll have access to several other letterboxes. I then customize those locations and, hopefully, find those letterboxes while on my travels.

These letterboxes are often mystery boxes and are well worth the time and effort it takes to figure out the location and solve the cipher/puzzle if there is one.
Re: Spoiler tags?
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #969207 by Dawnkey
Dec 9, 2018 6:22am
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So as a test one could show Ryan's alter ego to see if the spoiler aspect hides the info for those who don't want to know.
https://goo.gl/images/577at4 .
Re: Spoiler tags?
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #969211 by FORAYCH
Dec 9, 2018 6:34am
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Hmm...I am not seeing a second click option to the link. Failed test?
Re: Letterboxing Conversations
Board: State: Michigan
Reply to: #969208 by Angel Winks
Dec 9, 2018 7:27am
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Do you do this under Advanced Search?

Yes. Then on the Search Type in the upper right, choose Events (listed under Miscellaneous). Then there's a check box for events you're signed up for.
Re: Ethical question
Board: State: West Virginia
Reply to: #969098 by Grrly Girl
Dec 9, 2018 7:30am
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What was the Disney decree? (Just curious)
Re: New Mystery Postal is now closed
Board: Postals
Reply to: #969200 by IrishRef
Dec 9, 2018 7:49am
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Looking forward to seeing the answer! I couldn't get it
Re: Spoiler tags?
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #969212 by FORAYCH
Dec 9, 2018 8:31am
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Hmm...I am not seeing a second click option to the link. Failed test?

Well... yes and no. Just hovering a mouse cursor over the spoiler is enough to get it to show. Since things like smartphones don't have a mouse, you can tap it (or with a keyboard, move the focus to it) and it'll show. But it only takes a single click to activate a link.

The failure there was that the link wasn't actually hidden in the first place because of the cascading nature of CSS and it wasn't a scenario I had thought of. That should be fixed now, but you might have to do a "refresh" to force the CSS to update to the new version.

But it still only takes one click to activate a link.

-- Ryan
Re: Spoiler tags?
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #969218 by Green Tortuga
Dec 9, 2018 8:56am
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I should also point out.... The spoiler tag is something that's embedded into the wiki/html markups, so it actually works anywhere you can type in wiki/html markup. Including AQ mail and clues....

Just sayin'.... ;o)

Although there are caveats about how well it works in certain situations. Printed material, for instance, nothing gets hidden, so if you use it in a clue, the spoiler doesn't get hidden in the printed version of it. If someone has AQ mail forwarded to a real email address, the spoiler won't be hidden in the email. It'll only work when the markup is viewed directly on AQ.

-- Ryan
Re: Letterboxing Conversations
Board: State: Michigan
Reply to: #969208 by Angel Winks
Dec 9, 2018 9:06am
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Do you do this under Advanced Search?

Yes, Advanced Search, change the search type to Events, check off "Include only events that I'm signed up for" and "Include only upcoming events". Set Sort Order to Start Date. Voila!

Did I mention that I LOVE saving searches? :-)
Re: Spoiler tags?
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #969211 by FORAYCH
Dec 9, 2018 9:26am
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Wow! Very cool. Thanks Ryan.
Also I can see that it will open up some very interesting possibilities for clues. Hmm...

So as a test one could show Ryan's alter ego to see if the spoiler aspect hides the info for those who don't want to know.

Yeah, that’s the kind of thing I was thinking about. Well done, oh and now I see why Ryan’s favorite color is purple.
2 more spaces left
Board: Postals
Dec 9, 2018 9:44am
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Dead Pool 2019 still has 2 more spaces left. The last day to sign up is December 15th.
List of names is due by midnight Dec 31. Mailout is Jan 31.
Re: Ethical question
Board: State: West Virginia
Reply to: #969091 by wvelliotts
Dec 9, 2018 10:05am
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Oh, I was lucky to read the Burgemeister poem just in time for it to be deleted. Very funny with the link--but it-just-disappeared. I'd love a copy AQ'd to me if possible, can't remember who wrote it.
Re: Letterboxing Conversations
Board: State: Michigan
Reply to: #969220 by Janila
Dec 9, 2018 11:01am
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Thank you!