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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!
Solution for the back of Tan-Z
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Dec 9, 2018 11:25am
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Over in this thread (https://www.atlasquest.com/boards/messages.php?startId=968961;threadId=140760) there was talk of the pebble texture on the back of Tan-Z and how it could be removed so both sides were usable for carving.

There was also the suggestion for using the pebble texture for ‘shading’ which I found interesting. This morning I was test printing the back (it’s got promise!). But so as not to get ink all over myself when using the front, I took a paper towel and some acetone to clean off the residue ink.

And I discovered that with a light scrubbing the pebble texture came off and left the surface as smooth as the “front” side! No slicing, no chopping, no sanding needed! I’m guessing for larger areas you might want to use a block or something to keep the surface level but the solution to getting the back carvable proved to be pretty simple.
Congratulations to Cubby Bear Paw on her award!
Board: Look at Me! Look At You!
Dec 9, 2018 11:27am
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Cubby Bear Paw has been recently honored at the University of Illinois by the International Student and Scholar Services. She helps students feel more confident and comfortable on campus when their communication barriers might be an issue.

Here is the article as it appeared on Facebook:

https://blogs.illinois.edu/view/6221/725613?fbclid=IwAR1c0KBJShS_hspOA1NbdxuSr3XYc6B0MSzOYW12rcqdfwK7Qlkr0Ug5vmc
My Annual Christmas Movie Plug: I Remember Mama
Board: Movie Moments
Dec 9, 2018 2:26pm
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My annual Christmas movie plug:

Every Xmas my grandfather would sit us down and make us watch "I Remember Mama". It is not Xmas movie. It is a movie about a Norwegian family who lives in the early 1900s in San Francisco. And it is, in my opinion the perfect movie.

Irene Dunn is perfect as "Mama".
There is Uncle Chris, the "black Norwegian".
There is Uncle Elizabeth, the cat.
There are that Aunts you won't like.
And there is my favorite part when you learn about Uncle Chris' secret.

Every year I promote this movie in memory of my grandfather. And because he was right. This is a wonderful movie.

csk
Re: My Annual Christmas Movie Plug: I Remember Mama
Board: Movie Moments
Reply to: #969230 by Captain Slick Kitty
Dec 9, 2018 3:30pm
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I love old movies & Irene Dunn is superb. I will have to make a point to see this one!
Re: My Annual Christmas Movie Plug: I Remember Mama
Board: Movie Moments
Reply to: #969230 by Captain Slick Kitty
Dec 9, 2018 3:33pm
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I too look forward to seeing it each year! An oldie but goodie.
Trouble logging an unlisted attempt
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Dec 9, 2018 3:37pm
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I've tried several times to log an unlisted traditional attempt today and each time, it records it as a find. At first, I thought I didn't check the box for attempt, but I removed the find and tried two more times to log it...no luck. The unlisted box is called Surfing in USA. It is currently showing up as a traditional find.

This is unrelated and persnickety, but I'm also curious why AQ sometimes changes the capitalization of an unlisted box. I try to be very precise and list boxes exactly as they are presented to me. I noticed twice today when logging unlisted stuff that AQ changed the capitalization. This Surfing in USA box is one example. It is listed on LBNA just as I typed it and this is how I tried to list it. AQ changed it to Surfing In USA (with a capital I). I know that's not a huge deal, but sometimes caps are used or not used for emphasis and I'd like to be able to preserve that in the box title.
Re: Congratulations to Cubby Bear Paw on her award!
Board: Look at Me! Look At You!
Reply to: #969229 by TeachJR
Dec 9, 2018 4:41pm
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Congrats!!!!!! I know you have been very busy lately-but p green frog, Teach JR and I would love to get together sometime soon! Having a taste for BBQ nachos from Pink Pig!
Re: Trouble logging an unlisted attempt
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #969233 by YankeeChiK
Dec 9, 2018 5:06pm
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I've tried several times to log an unlisted traditional attempt today and each time, it records it as a find.

Sorry about that. Bug in the code, but it should be fixed now!

I'm also curious why AQ sometimes changes the capitalization of an unlisted box.

That would be because someone already recorded an unlisted find with that name and your find is attached to it. The database isn't very good at recognizing when the capitalization is different.

The easiest way around that that is to make sure you are the first person who record a certain box name. Maybe using the name of the location of where the box was located or who planted it.

If it's in the list box matching unlisted boxes--that's how it's going to show no matter how you change the capitalization. It has to be a completely new entry in the database for your capitalization to stick.

-- Ryan
Re: Trouble logging an unlisted attempt
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #969235 by Green Tortuga
Dec 9, 2018 7:00pm
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Thanks for fixing the bug! I appreciate it.

As for the capitalization, that makes sense, but I really did think I was the first to log this particular box. I'll keep your suggestions in mind going forward! Thanks!
Re: Trouble logging an unlisted attempt
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #969236 by YankeeChiK
Dec 9, 2018 9:49pm
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I really did think I was the first to log this particular box.

Hmm.... I took a look at the code, and you might be right. It looks like I mis-remembered how the code works where AQ automatically capitalizes the first letter of each word.

The rest of what I wrote is true--however it's stored in the database is how everyone else will see it show up in their logbook. That might actually be why I decided to have it automatically capitalize the first letter of each word. A lot of people don't type with capital letters which drives some people crazy, and if I didn't auto-capitalize them, it would likely cause a lot of annoyance for people who would prefer titles use capitalization. (You're actually the first person to ever complain about one of the words not being capitalized!)

Maybe I can make the code detect if the person used some capitalization and only capitalize the first letter of each word if they didn't use any at all? If they used it on some words but not others, that would assume that they deliberately chose not to capitalize certain words and it should be left alone. Hmm.....

-- Ryan