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Re: How to download find logbook
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #972173 by Trailhead Tessie
Feb 26, 2019 6:28am
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Go to "My Profile".
Click the link to go to your profile page, scroll to bottom of the page past the survey if you took it. There are a few different choices for down loads. You will need a spreadsheet program to read.
Re: Removal of old unfound traditional plants
Board: State: South Carolina
Reply to: #972130 by J Walkers
Feb 26, 2019 6:30am
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I am mainly talking about hikes that are over 4 miles round trip or are so far out there that it is difficult to get out there.

4 miles round-trip?! Where are these boxes? I'm looking for a letterboxing hike this weekend...
Re: How to download find logbook
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #972174 by photopam
Feb 26, 2019 6:32am
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Thank you! I might actually try Google Docs instead of Excel. That way I could access it from any device.
Re: How to download find logbook
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #972176 by Trailhead Tessie
Feb 26, 2019 6:37am
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Happy to help. :)
Re: Removal of old unfound traditional plants
Board: State: South Carolina
Reply to: #972175 by Johnsosaurus
Feb 26, 2019 9:57am
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I believe u r nearby just up 107.
Cross into SC on 107 & turn left (onto Wigington RD S-37-413) & go over to 130. Turn left & before you get to NC is Bad Creek Road. Turn right & go thru the automatic gate.

https://www.atlasquest.com/boxes/clue/?boxId=174785
https://www.atlasquest.com/showinfo.php?boxId=182627
https://www.atlasquest.com/showinfo.php?boxId=182626
https://www.atlasquest.com/showinfo.php?boxId=182625
https://www.atlasquest.com/showinfo.php?boxId=182624

We also have lots of boxes located just off of HY 107.
We would love to meet up with y'all sometime.
Re: is it time?
Board: Suggestion Box
Reply to: #972121 by Quarry
Feb 26, 2019 11:10am
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I agree with you right here, if I was returning snark with snark, I should have changed from an alias to my trail name (dingus dufus) to stand by my comments. That was not a fair thing for me to do.
Re: is it time?
Board: Suggestion Box
Reply to: #972179 by dingus dufus
Feb 26, 2019 11:20am
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Fairplay to you!
Sorry I was snarky.
Re: night boxing
Board: Stupider Questions About Letterboxing
Reply to: #972169 by LadyRisa
Feb 26, 2019 11:44am
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I created a night box that wasn't on any trail, it was entirely a bushwhack through the woods. And the box had a rubber snake sitting on top of it.

One tip: When setting up a trail with fire tacks, make very sure that none of the fire tacks are located where somebody's car headlights might shine on them. Make especially sure that the first one isn't lit up by someone pulling in to park at the trailhead or whatnot.

Another tip: Make sure your finders can get back to their car. It's not a problem in geocaching as they normally have the start point on their GPS, but with letterboxing it can be harder to get back than to get out there in the first place. You generally don't want to make people have to follow your trail of fire tacks backwards because that's hard to do. Either give them a continuing series of tacks to lead them out, or some simple instructions to get them to a road or marked trail or something.

Finally: Scary can be fun, but dangerous not so much. I hunted a night geocache where, if you weren't watching your step, you could fall into a pit. Don't do that.
Re: night boxing
Board: Stupider Questions About Letterboxing
Reply to: #972181 by Kirbert
Feb 26, 2019 12:07pm
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Finally: Scary can be fun, but dangerous not so much. I hunted a night geocache where, if you weren't watching your step, you could fall into a pit. Don't do that.

Oh Gosh! I hope no one was hurt! & yes, safety is def a high priority. I think I can set one up at my local park. It has enough tree cover to be an adventure, but plenty of paths to get everyone safely home.
Re: How to download find logbook
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #972177 by photopam
Feb 26, 2019 1:57pm
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Another question: I'm getting more traditional finds listed on the downloaded spreadsheets than what AQ is showing online. For example, the downloaded spreadsheet shows 3574 traditional AQ finds, while the online AQ logbook shows 3143 traditionals. So I have 431 too many listings on the downloaded version, and that's just the AQ finds. Looking through the listings, it does look like a few have doubled up, although it doesn't seem like there are over 400 doubles. Any ideas? I used both Excel and Google Doc and the results are identical.
Re: night boxing
Board: Stupider Questions About Letterboxing
Reply to: #972181 by Kirbert
Feb 26, 2019 3:26pm
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night geocache where, if you weren't watching your step, you could fall into a pit

one down. . .
Re: How to download find logbook
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #972183 by Trailhead Tessie
Feb 26, 2019 3:32pm
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It seems as though the "Finds" download is also including some set of "Plants"... IF you are also a finder. In other words, if you are one of the contributors to a plant (carver, planter) that you have also technically "Found", then it won't show up on "Finds" on your logbook, but it WILL show up in the downloaded list. I'm not really sure if that is a bug or not, or just an artifact of the differences in the purposes of these lists. Also, I see that in the downloaded version, there can be MULTIPLE lines of the same box, if (as in the case listed above) there are multiple "Planters" as well.

Case in point, at least for me, was the "Everybody Do A Line" box from LBCon... https://www.atlasquest.com/showinfo.php?boxId=121150

I am one of the "Planters", because it was (literally) a whole bunch of us doing a line on a stamp. So it shows up in the download list a bunch of times for me, but does NOT show up in my "Finds" in the logbook.

Ryan is going to have spotty connectivity over the next few...day? weeks? Who knows... but I think once he is back he will be able to either confirm this as expected, or tweak it so it is more in line with what he intended.

I think, in general, most AQers have no idea just how complex a database this is... it ISN'T just one big spreadsheet-like blob... there are MANY DOZENS of individual tables (collections of similar info) that all need to be linked together, so something that SEEMS simple ("a list of my finds") actually involves pulling together data from, say, 6 or more tables. And the more stuff that needs to be linked together, the more complex the queries become, and the longer the queries take. The timing increases somewhat exponentially as an individual's logbook grows, as well. So a logbook with 10,000 entries can take FAR longer than 10x a logbook with 1,000 entries. AQ has to handle both... and not just for an individual. There are often MANY MANY queries running on AQ simultaneously, and if one query is time-consuming, it can mean EVERYONE is experiencing that lag (seemingly for "no reason").

Large-database system management and optimization is more an art than a science (well, a hefty combination of both, actually), and as one who deals with this sort of thing at work on a daily basis, I can tell you from experience, Ryan has done an AMAZING job of juggling the diverse needs of a diverse community!

Oh crap, did I just say something nice about Ryan? Hmmm.... pretend I didn't say anything, I don't want it going to his head...
Re: How to download find logbook
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #972186 by wassamatta u
Feb 26, 2019 4:03pm
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Hey, if anyone wants to start a business where we can maintain an online logbook that includes ALL of our finds, including the dates found, location, planter names, and a link to the clues, I would definitely pay an annual fee for that rather than spend a bazillion hours doing that for myself manually for over 3,000 boxes.
Re: How to download find logbook
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #972186 by wassamatta u
Feb 26, 2019 6:22pm
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Oh crap, did I just say something nice about Ryan? Hmmm.... pretend I didn't say anything, I don't want it going to his head...

Just tell him someone hacked into your account. ;-)
Re: night boxing
Board: Stupider Questions About Letterboxing
Reply to: #972185 by Wry Me
Feb 26, 2019 6:28pm
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night geocache where, if you weren't watching your step, you could fall into a pit

one down. . .

Is it big enough for a moose?
Re: night boxing
Board: Stupider Questions About Letterboxing
Reply to: #972190 by Snark
Feb 27, 2019 12:58am
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Is it big enough for a moose?

It was! It was, like, ten yards across. The next fire tack was plainly visible on the other side.

Working in the dark is different. Once we saw the pit, we of course tried to go around it on one side. We couldn't get through for some reason. So we tried to go around the other side, couldn't get around that way either. Eventually we started looking closer at the pit, thinking about whether we could carefully slide down into it, walk across to the other side, and then climb out. And of course that means we're looking very carefully at the opposite side of that pit with the weak flashlights, trying to see if it was going to be possible to climb out. Being stuck in the pit until someone showed up to rescue us would have been problematic, since it's probable nobody would wander out that way for months. In the end we did slide down into it -- it was perhaps 8-10 feet deep with some sloping around the edges along with various roots and stuff. We did get out the other side, and about two fire tacks later the trail petered out so we never found the cache. We found one fire tack on a tree laying on the ground, which is never a good sign. And of course we had to go back through the pit to get back to the car.
Re: night boxing
Board: Stupider Questions About Letterboxing
Reply to: #972181 by Kirbert
Feb 27, 2019 2:18am
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I created a night box that wasn't on any trail, it was entirely a bushwhack through the woods. And the box had a rubber snake sitting on top of it.

And just like that, I will never again attempt to retrieve a Kirbert box.
Re: Removal of old unfound traditional plants
Board: State: South Carolina
Reply to: #972178 by J Walkers
Feb 27, 2019 5:27am
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Ooh! And they're even on dog friendly trails!
Re: Removal of old unfound traditional plants
Board: State: South Carolina
Reply to: #972193 by Johnsosaurus
Feb 27, 2019 8:26am
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Ooh! And they're even on dog friendly trails!

Yes they are!
Reuse...why?
Board: LTC: Trades and Trackers
Feb 27, 2019 8:54am
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Ugh... I'm such a whiner today. My least favorite thing is making taped reusable envelopes. Somebody come do it for me please. And bring tape cuz I'm almost out.
Re: Reuse...why?
Board: LTC: Trades and Trackers
Reply to: #972195 by Linden Leaf
Feb 27, 2019 10:36am
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I refuse to make the large “flats” reusable, for so many reasons!! I enclose a second manila envelope, stamped, addressed to me, and folded in half. Easy, peasy!!
Re: Reuse...why?
Board: LTC: Trades and Trackers
Reply to: #972196 by Wise Wanderer
Feb 27, 2019 11:06am
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I don't even know how inexpensive the envelopes are. But I'm in more swaps than you are so I figure maybe it would start adding up?
Transportation Stamps Needed
Board: Stamp Swap
Feb 27, 2019 11:13am
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I am hosting the “Ready, Set, Go!” event in early November. I need your help in carving stamps that feature the ways you can go from place to place, short or long distances, by land, by sea, by air. Some of the transportation modes have been claimed but there are still hundreds of ways to get from place to place that are just waiting to be carved! Check out the tracker to contribute stamps. Also, we hope to see you at the event!
Re: Transportation Stamps Needed
Board: Stamp Swap
Reply to: #972198 by Quite Contrary
Feb 27, 2019 11:28am
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My mind immediately went to "How would I carve "Apparating"?

Which of course led to all sorts of HP travelling modes:
Broom (various models)
Floo Network
Hippogriff
Thestral
Hagrid's motorbike (w/ and w/o sidecar)
Portkeys
Enchanted car (ford anglia)
Boats (for first year students)
Hogwarts Express
Carriage (for 2nd thru 7th year students)
Carriage (from Crimes of Grindewald)
Gringotts vehicle
Dragon (only when absolutely necessary)
Re: Reuse...why?
Board: LTC: Trades and Trackers
Reply to: #972197 by Linden Leaf
Feb 27, 2019 11:46am
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They are sold on Amazon at a 100-pack for $11 and change, so, roughly 11-cents apiece? Well worth it to me not to deal with the tape to begin with, much less figuring out how/where to remove the tape-on-tape when it comes back, and not destroy the envelope in the process.
Re: Reuse...why?
Board: LTC: Trades and Trackers
Reply to: #972201 by Wise Wanderer
Feb 27, 2019 12:01pm
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Oh sweet Amazon. I'm going to go find them!
mailbox archive option
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Feb 27, 2019 1:09pm
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I have tried to archive a new mailbox message and the icon is grayed out and when I hover over it, it says that it is disabled. Is anyone else having that issue?

thanks
condo
Re: Atlanta Area Letterbox recommendations
Board: State: Georgia
Reply to: #971945 by She Runs
Feb 27, 2019 1:38pm
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It would be interesting to read the history on how the English dealt with old boxes considering they've been doing it for Generations.
Re: mailbox archive option
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #972204 by condo
Feb 27, 2019 1:51pm
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Things are working just fine for me. I have some in the Archive and I just moved some into the Archive and it worked just fine.
Re: Transportation Stamps Needed
Board: Stamp Swap
Reply to: #972199 by SherlockMiles
Feb 27, 2019 4:26pm
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I think you forgot Flying Monkey.