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Re: Location of a plant
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #967412 by foxfriend
Oct 27, 2018 4:08pm
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It would seem that the seekers who complained didn't quite understand what the AQ clue listing was trying to tell them or they didn't take time to read your clue to know they'd need to do a little work to find the actual location. I'm not sure there's a way to get people to pay attention, but I'm not sure it's your fault if they weren't looking more carefully at the information that is there or if they are still learning how the listings work.

The location for this particular box is clearly the city of Indianapolis without a street address. So it's logical that when I click "view map" it's not going to magically map to the correct spot. If I read your clue, it's clear you want me to work a little to come up with the location on my own. It's unfortunate that when you "view map", it goes to Google and you loose the handy color coded map points that you get when you map boxes within AQ. They provide another clue that the map point is pointing to somewhere in the area and not a specific location.

Maybe they don't realize that someone would list a box within a city but would expect the seeker to read the clue and do some quick research, and since they didn't realize, they didn't understand what they were looking at.
Re: Location of a plant
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #967425 by Rocket Raider
Oct 27, 2018 4:45pm
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I'm not sure there's a way to get people to pay attention, but I'm not sure it's your fault if they weren't looking more carefully at the information that is there or if they are still learning how the listings work.

That makes me think writing a clue that takes careful reading to get even close to the box. I don't know what form this will take, but I've added it to my file with ideas on boxes to plant. It will be placed at some time, if I ever have enough time to get to the end of my list. But it will state clearly how to read the clue, but if that part is skipped (as some people will do) then one will get totally lost.

Maybe this is a way to get people to read clues; every once in a while throw in a box that takes careful reading.
Re: Location of a plant
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #967412 by foxfriend
Oct 27, 2018 8:28pm
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It looks like AQ had three "different" Indianapolis's listed (one was in Hamilton County, as you noted, and the other was a "mystery" location--neither of which were correct).

So I merged all the listings and made sure it pointed to the middle of the city with an 11-mile radius and it should be working better now.

I'm not sure why I didn't see any requests to update the location when you tried to record a custom location. Moderators (which include me!) are supposed to get notifications of change requests for locations used by multiple people, so I'm not sure what happened there.

But in any case, at this time, there's only one Indianapolis listed on AQ, it's in Marion County, and has a correct latitude, longitude and a good-sized radius so it should work well now.

Happy trails!

-- Ryan
Re: Location of a plant
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #967444 by Green Tortuga
Oct 28, 2018 11:19am
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Thank you Ryan. Glad to know that it wasn't all my screw up - 'cause it usually is!