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Re: Age or Inactivity to Attempt?
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #978401 by Brown Wolf
Aug 16, 2019 10:19am
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From the viewpoint of the planter, or a potential finder?

As a finder, if I had the time, I would still go look for it. All the sweeter if it was actually found :)
Re: Age or Inactivity to Attempt?
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #978401 by Brown Wolf
Aug 16, 2019 10:36am
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Cutoff?!? I seek those boxes out specifically... I’ve found dozens of forgotten boxes that hadn’t been found in 4 or 5 years, a few that hadn’t been found in 7 or 8, and one that hadn’t been found in over 10.

Most people don’t want to hike, and they don’t want to solve clues. When 3 of us hiked up to the Mt Baldy box in 2013, we were only the third group to make the journey since 2002. Very rewarding experience.

Just a couple weeks ago I found a box with a vague starting point that hadn’t had a find in 4 years. I also found a 2 year old box about a stones throw away at the same location with simple directions and dozens of finds. Which do you think was the more rewarding experience?

I met the first finder on a 12 year old Mapsurfer box. He has some that still haven’t been found. Cutoff? Never!

K
Re: Age or Inactivity to Attempt?
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #978401 by Brown Wolf
Aug 16, 2019 11:04am
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No cut off date.
The thing that will stop me is my ability vs. the trail.
There are a few boxes near me planted on a trails that are beyond my hiking ability.

Things that will stop me from searching for an old, never found box:
1. A search that is in a very dicey area safety wise. Think guardrail on the side of a highway with nowhere to park or safely walk.
2. The planter is known for "flinging" boxes into bushes in high traffic areas. Never had a find nor a recorded attempt, I probably won't bother going out of my way to look.
Re: Age or Inactivity to Attempt?
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #978401 by Brown Wolf
Aug 16, 2019 11:10am
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From a planter’s perspective: if it’s a box I can check on, I will do a maintenance check on it, and then it shows up as currently active. If it’s too far away to visit, I simply let it go . . . unless I get a report from a seasoned boxer who searched thoroughly and is certain it’s gone missing (or reports that the area has been renovated, etc.). Even then, I will change the status to “unknown”.

As a finder: I have limited ability for endurance-heavy outings. So I will look for any age box, UNLESS the comments indicate one or more boxers “searched thoroughly” and couldn’t find it. Then, whether it’s old OR new, I will probably skip it.
Re: Age or Inactivity to Attempt?
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #978401 by Brown Wolf
Aug 16, 2019 11:21am
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My buddy and I recently found a box that hadn't been found (or attempted, as far as I know) in 14 years. That was one of my favorite finds ever!
Letterbox Type mistake
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Aug 16, 2019 12:10pm
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Hi, I’m new to the blog, I’m very sorry to bother but I made a stupid mistake. While activating a letterbox that was reserved I hit by mistake the traditional type, while the letterbox I planted is a Hitchhiker. I’m so very sorry I made this stupid mistake, is there a way to fix it? Can somebody fix it please? Thanks in advance for being understanding, Virginia
Re: Letterbox Type mistake
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #978408 by papoteam
Aug 16, 2019 12:49pm
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You can't change the type of letterbox, so you'll have to delete the hitchhiker and relist it as a traditional. I'd suggest doing the traditional listing first so you can copy the clue and location and stuff from your hitchhiker listing. Then when your traditional listing is all done, go ahead and delete your hitchhiker.

Here's a Help Page with more info.
Re: Letterbox Type mistake
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #978408 by papoteam
Aug 16, 2019 12:53pm
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As an admin, I can change it. However, I need to know which box you want changed, thanks!
class for Brownies at Babler State Park
Board: State: Missouri
Aug 16, 2019 2:17pm
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Thanks to Carry On Grandma for the heads up about this class:
http://www.prcommunityed.org/bableroec/scouts/Pages/GirlScouts.aspx

I have emailed the person in charge and offered my/our help in making it a good class. I sent my class outline, samples of hand-carved stamps and more. I am willing to go out there for the class if they ask. I also offered real letterboxes to use for the girls to find, but if they take me up on it, I would love help in finding the hiding spots and writing the clues (they may have done that already). It's not until November, so there is no rush but I wanted to put it out there in case anyone else sees their program ad.

Maybe the guy will go letterboxing with me and someone else out there to see what it's really like. When it's not so hot, of course.
Re: Letterbox Type mistake
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #978410 by wassamatta u
Aug 16, 2019 2:19pm
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Ohh thank you so much!!! Okay, the letterbox is the #308367 and the name is The Round-Leaved Sundew, owner me (papoteam) and planter me. Thank you for your help!
Email scam used my old LBNA password
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Aug 16, 2019 2:27pm
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Just putting this out there so that anyone who is not aware of this SCAM won't be alarmed...

I have gotten a TON of these emails (I'm a web designer and have a bunch of email addresses, plus I'm out there on the Internet) but ONE of twenty today actually had my old password from when LBNA got hacked and we all changed our passwords (we did, right?)

The email below is still a scam, so don't freak out if you get one and they use your actual old password. It's easy for me to spot it because I got 20 of them within the span of 5 minutes, but you may only get one. The scam emails read something like this:
"
Hello!

I am a representative of the ChaosCC hacker group.
In the period from 23/06/2019 to 11/08/2019 we got access to your account [email address here] by hacking one of the domain.com mail servers.

Your pass for above account on moment of hack was: [password here]
You already changed the password?
Sumptuously! But my program fixes this every time. And every time I know your new password!

Using access to your account, it turned out to be easy to infect the OS of your device.

At the moment, all your contacts are known to us. We also have access to your messengers and to your correspondence.
All this information is already stored with us.

We are also aware of your intimate adventures on the Internet.
[a bunch more trashy nonsense in bad English here]

If you do not want this, transfer 550$ to our Bitcoin cryptocurrency wallet: 1WPZhmZ69A9QyYUJkrDiafFkecbdCL6NS
I guarantee that we will then destroy all your secrets!
"

I am so sick of this stuff. A number of my clients send me stuff like this because they are suspicious, but not sure. So now you know.
Re: Age or Inactivity to Attempt?
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #978401 by Brown Wolf
Aug 16, 2019 2:40pm
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I recently got a found notice on a box that hadn’t been found in eight years. Made my day!!!
Re: Age or Inactivity to Attempt?
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #978401 by Brown Wolf
Aug 16, 2019 2:43pm
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I don't have a cutoff because people who don't come to a particular place, and don't look for a box (so nearly everyone who letterboxes some place else) don't have any idea whether a box is there or not. Only the person who actually goes and hunts for them knows, and even then, I'm not always sure it's really gone. I've been known to make mistakes and fail to find a box that's there.

I recently found three out of six boxes that had not been found since 2010. One was my own so I just did a little maintenance on it - the others needed some attention, but were fine. One of the two "missing" boxes might be findable yet so I am going back in the fall; as for the sixth one, I found the bottom half of the container, but nothing more. I'll probably look one more time when I go back, just in case it was tossed, not taken.
Re: Letterbox Type mistake
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #978412 by papoteam
Aug 16, 2019 2:43pm
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Thank you for your help!

By the power vested in me by the State of Confusion, I hereby declare this box to be, now and forevermore, A Hitchhiker!
Re: class for Brownies at Babler State Park
Board: State: Missouri
Reply to: #978411 by MO UR4Me
Aug 16, 2019 3:18pm
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Irony abound! Isn’t Babler notorious for seeking and discarding letterboxes in that park?
Re: Age or Inactivity to Attempt?
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #978401 by Brown Wolf
Aug 16, 2019 3:28pm
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But still, 6 years. Where's your cutoff? Or do you even have a cutoff?

You say "6 years" like that's forever.

If you disregard a box because it just hasn't been found in a few years you are missing out on some great finds. For instance.......Look at message #968672 on the Massachusetts board. People have found tons of boxes after several years and as that message shows......many years.

If it's not missing it's not dead. What would be the point of boxing if one just considers boxes not found in a long time to be "dead"?

So no, I have no cut off.
Re: Letterbox Type mistake
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #978417 by wassamatta u
Aug 16, 2019 3:43pm
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You’re gonna put someone’s eye out waving that wand around!

:::backing up to a safer area:::
Re: Email scam used my old LBNA password
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Reply to: #978413 by MO UR4Me
Aug 16, 2019 3:50pm
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I got one of those a while back. Or a similar one. It was a really old password from who knows where. I deleted and ignored and was relieved to not see a bunch more after that. Even if you know it’s a scam it’s still SO annoying.
Re: Letterbox Type mistake
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #978420 by MissMoon
Aug 16, 2019 3:51pm
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You’re gonna put someone’s eye out waving that wand around!

Patronus
Re: Email scam used my old LBNA password
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Reply to: #978413 by MO UR4Me
Aug 16, 2019 5:50pm
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I believe that Choi disabled all accounts that didn’t change their password on LbNA. However, many people use the same password on multiple sites so do change your password elsewhere if you use it elsewhere.
Re: Letterbox Type mistake
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #978417 by wassamatta u
Aug 16, 2019 6:23pm
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You are a very kind person wassamatta, thanks :)
Re: Age or Inactivity to Attempt?
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #978404 by Kelsung
Aug 16, 2019 6:32pm
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I wish the planter would at least ever year or two check on it to make sure it's still there. I'm working on some in my area now that I'm finding they haven't been found in 4+ years and the trees where they have been hidden are completely gone. It's frustrating since I'm just starting out and only have three finds so far.
Re: Age or Inactivity to Attempt?
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #978426 by theworldisoutthere
Aug 16, 2019 7:02pm
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Patience, patience.
I have hidden boxes all over the country on trips and will never revisit many of those places. There's no way I could check on all of them, but I still think finders are glad I planted. I depend on local boxers to maintain the boxes, and indeed they have stepped up when needed - as have I, reciprocally, here at home. I get comments all the time from folks who say they are happy to see a fresh, new box appear from someone/somewhere else. It's a chance to see somebody else's work.
I know it's frustrating when the directions seem wrong because of changing landscape. Try to think out of the box (punny?) or imagine where a missing tree might have once been - now a stump or big hole where it may have once been. And keep trying. Those 'aha' moments are memorable!
Re: Age or Inactivity to Attempt?
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #978404 by Kelsung
Aug 16, 2019 7:05pm
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Cutoff?!? I seek those boxes out specifically... I’ve found dozens of forgotten boxes that hadn’t been found in 4 or 5 years, a few that hadn’t been found in 7 or 8, and one that hadn’t been found in over 10.

Agree! I love searching for lonely and forgotten boxes. Oldest unfound/found box for us is 9 years. Nothing like it.

😄 DZ
Muggle Cards in Spanish?
Board: Suggestion Box
Aug 16, 2019 7:22pm
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Hi! Dad had a suggestion... (gasp! I think he is slightly hooked. ;) )

I have a box that I planted in a store in an area where much of the cleaning staff speaks Spanish. We think that someone cleaned the area a little too well and may have gotten rid of the box.

Dad's suggestion is Muggle Cards translated into Spanish (there might be a way to do this anyway...?) then I could put a Muggle Card in both English and Spanish on the box.

Thanks for everything!
-PLP
Re: Muggle Cards in Spanish?
Board: Suggestion Box
Reply to: #978429 by PeaceLovePiano and Mom
Aug 16, 2019 8:41pm
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I have a translated version. I can send you a pic.
Re: Letterbox Type mistake
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #978431 by Kelsung
Aug 16, 2019 10:42pm
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You are a very kind person wassamatta, thanks :)

Uh oh, you ARE new. Don't encourage him, he'll keep coming back...

The venerable Kelsung is correct... encouragement is NOT encouraged for this scourge of humanity, this blight on all that is good, this irksome, vexing, tiresome, and galling miscreant. He provides ONE miserably minor service, and expects there to be joy and celebration to exalt his formidable (yet misplaced) ego. Next thing you know, he'll be taking over AQ "for the good of the community". Mark my words, if such comes to pass, we shall all rue the day when a compliment was paid in fool.
Re: Congrats!
Board: State: Missouri
Reply to: #978256 by Kiss'n Karin
Aug 16, 2019 11:06pm
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Congrats to two awesome lettetboxers! Thanks for all you do for the St. Louis letterboxing community!
Re: Age or Inactivity to Attempt?
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #978419 by MissMoon
Aug 16, 2019 11:20pm
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True, 6 years was just the arbitrary number that came to mind.

I'm just a bit gun-shy I suppose. Because the last 2 boxes I attempted were somewhere around the 7 year mark, one was missing from where we supposed it should be, the other had missing landmarks to even get to it.

Looking at a couple in a park now that are at 7 and 10 years. I mostly just wish there was one good, confident find nearby so I could have something to show for my efforts. But there I go again, making this about the destination instead of the journey.

Thanks everyone for your input.
Re: Muggle Cards in Spanish?
Board: Suggestion Box
Reply to: #978429 by PeaceLovePiano and Mom
Aug 17, 2019 2:51am
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Google translate..... it's a beautiful thing!