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Re: Maps!
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Reply to: #924911 by Angel Winks
Apr 21, 2016 7:57pm
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LOVE IT! Thanks, Ryan!
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Reply to: #924911 by Angel Winks
Apr 21, 2016 8:02pm
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Woo! Thanks! :D
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Reply to: #924912 by Aiphid
Apr 21, 2016 8:12pm
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There's always got to be one little snag. I'm proud to say I've letterboxed in 23 states, and that map is mostly accurate, but nope. No West Virginia for me.

So cool though!
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Reply to: #924911 by Angel Winks
Apr 21, 2016 8:13pm
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I've never been to Maine or North Carolina, but my finds say I do!
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Reply to: #924917 by Kelsung
Apr 21, 2016 8:13pm
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You may have finally found the right bait, Ryan :)

Wow--that might be the best compliment I've ever gotten! =)

I posted more information to the official AQ blog Major Profile Update.

It is, indeed, a premium member perk. But lest non-premium members think there's nothing for them, it's still possible to show maps through other websites like people have been doing for years. And everyone can edit profiles of their sub-accounts directly from their primary account now which is also new.

-- Ryan
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Reply to: #924911 by Angel Winks
Apr 21, 2016 8:16pm
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But, but, but... I just spent a whole day at work writing SAS code to create a map for my profile. Well, at least these are easier for me to maintain. Thanks, Ryan, they look great!
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Reply to: #924912 by Aiphid
Apr 21, 2016 8:16pm
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Now I'll have to go through my logbook and remove the finds for boxes that moved

You can also just add a custom location to those boxes. AQ will use the state of your custom locations if there is one. One of the reasons I wanted to limit the maps to premium members only--custom locations are also a premium member perk, so premium members can fix problems like that. =)

That applies to mystery boxes as well--if you've recorded finds on mystery boxes, adding a custom location with the state will make sure it's counted towards the correct state. (Assuming the mystery is somewhere larger than "somewhere in the state.")

-- Ryan
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Reply to: #924911 by Angel Winks
Apr 21, 2016 8:32pm
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This is a fun perk, Ryan, thanks!
(although mine is messed up on the states I've boxed in because I have found many 'box of the month' and event boxes that are now planted as traditionals in other states, but I still love this feature!)
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Reply to: #924926 by Green Tortuga
Apr 21, 2016 11:21pm
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That applies to mystery boxes as well--if you've recorded finds on mystery boxes, adding a custom location with the state will make sure it's counted towards the correct state.

You can also use this as a "cheat" in cases where the only box you've found in a certain state is unlisted/LBNA. Just modify some random bonus box with a custom location for your missing state and your map will be more accurate.

(Of course the very desire to have everything accurate might make it difficult to sacrifice the geographic integrity of a mystery/bonus box for the sake of having a more accurate map.)
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Reply to: #924933 by Nature Hikers
Apr 21, 2016 11:35pm
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Just modify some random bonus box with a custom location for your missing state and your map will be more accurate.

While this is true, I better not start getting emails from you about boxes with "incorrect locations" because you've forgotten that you've done that to them years from now. ;o)

-- Ryan
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Reply to: #924911 by Angel Winks
Apr 22, 2016 3:44am
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Thanks so much for this feature and for taking the time to code this for us. Now to plan a letterboxing trip to a few more states...
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Reply to: #924911 by Angel Winks
Apr 22, 2016 3:46am
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Looks great, thanks Ryan.
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Reply to: #924926 by Green Tortuga
Apr 22, 2016 4:24am
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Ah ha, tres smart!
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Reply to: #924911 by Angel Winks
Apr 22, 2016 5:06am
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Wake up to earth day and discovered this nice new pm perk! Nice job GT, thanks for the ongoing fun!
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Reply to: #924926 by Green Tortuga
Apr 22, 2016 5:22am
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That is exactly what I did, Ryan, last week, for some random reason. I just wanted my AQ record to match my actual record. And, now, I have the maps to back it up! Thank you, again.
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Reply to: #924923 by FloridaFour
Apr 22, 2016 7:15am
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I've never been to Maine or North Carolina, but my finds say I do!

But I swear that I met you at a boxing event in NC...Am I wrong?

Edited to say - Never mind, it was SC.
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Reply to: #924926 by Green Tortuga
Apr 22, 2016 8:01am
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I love, love, love the maps! Thank you! I was even able to do the custom location thing for one box that was listed in a state where I haven't been boxing.

Now I need to visit some more states so I can color in some more of my map!
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Reply to: #924973 by ArnoldZiffel
Apr 22, 2016 1:55pm
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Now I need to visit some more states so I can color in some more of my map!

Great! Another thing for people to get neurotic about!
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Reply to: #924911 by Angel Winks
Apr 22, 2016 2:45pm
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Just wanted to add my thanks to Ryan for this additional perk. It really is AWESOME. I had two states listed that I haven't boxed in. One state was due to a local boxer moving and taking all his boxes with him to the new state. That was easy just to change the dozen or so. The other one isn't quite as easy. I attended WDSTF event in Colorado. All those boxes are listed in North Carolina--around 125 boxes. Is there anyway to change all of them at once? If so that would be great. If not, at least I know why that state shows up. Again, thanks for a wonderful website.
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Reply to: #924926 by Green Tortuga
Apr 22, 2016 3:00pm
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Are the maps ever going to reflect unlisted finds? My old unlisted finds in Texas are not reflected. Can you have the maps reflect unlisted finds?

I might make use of the opt out feature and just keep the map I already have. I really love having those old Texas finds on there.
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Reply to: #924997 by shutterbug2012
Apr 22, 2016 3:29pm
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The WDSTF boxes are easy to update- maybe 5 series? I found them in Indiana and it didn't take too much effort to change each series.
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Reply to: #925001 by speedsquare
Apr 22, 2016 4:01pm
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Thanks--that was easy. Just my CRS took over what was left of my brain.
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Reply to: #924999 by MissMoon
Apr 22, 2016 4:32pm
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AQ doesn't know the location of unlisted boxes, so it can't map those. As one person suggested, however, if you're willing to 'give up' a find from another state, you can add 'redirect' it to Texas with a custom location. As long as the state 'giving up' the find has other finds in it, you won't really see much of a change in it.
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Reply to: #925004 by Green Tortuga
Apr 22, 2016 5:10pm
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I haven't tested it, but I didn't change the location of my mystery-location finds either. I don't want to give away that information.

Edited: actually, since my logbook is private, I don't think it matters; I'll probably add the locations.
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Reply to: #924926 by Green Tortuga
Apr 22, 2016 5:24pm
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Now I'll have to go through my logbook and remove the finds for boxes that moved

You can also just add a custom location to those boxes. AQ will use the state of your custom locations if there is one. One of the reasons I wanted to limit the maps to premium members only--custom locations are also a premium member perk, so premium members can fix problems like that. =)

AND I just learned something new. I had one listed in VT though I've never been to VT. Realized it traveled down to an event I was at. How cool I can fix it!! LOVE the maps! And I hadn't used the custom location option yet, so thanks for the reminder that it exists! :D

EDIT to add--- one thing that might be fun: I've donated stamps to be planted in other states. (and planted in NC for someone not in NC)... It'd be cool to see a map of where my donations are too. BUT I'm super stoked about the current maps so that's just a thought :D
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Reply to: #925007 by speedsquare
Apr 22, 2016 7:28pm
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I didn't change the location of my mystery-location finds either. I don't want to give away that information.

Only you can see custom locations. Nobody else can. There is absolutely no way for anyone to see what you've used as a custom location except by hacking your account. (That even applies to admins, I might add!)

So by all means, change those mystery-location finds guilt-free. =)

-- Ryan
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Reply to: #925008 by Munkeybee
Apr 22, 2016 7:29pm
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It'd be cool to see a map of where my donations are too.

Like this? =)

Another "feature" I haven't talked about. Yet.... ;o)

-- Ryan
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Reply to: #925016 by Green Tortuga
Apr 22, 2016 7:55pm
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Oh ya, I want one of those too!!!
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Reply to: #925016 by Green Tortuga
Apr 22, 2016 8:59pm
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It'd be cool to see a map of where my donations are too.

Like this? =)

Another "feature" I haven't talked about. Yet.... ;o)

-- Ryan

YES! You're a mind reader!!!! :D
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Reply to: #925017 by BrockBrood
Apr 22, 2016 10:18pm
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Oh ya, I want one of those too!!!

On Ryan's link, substitute your own member number for Pugs and Bee's.