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Re: Bonus box
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Reply to: #980593 by Oberon_Kenobi
Oct 27, 2019 8:00pm
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you put the clue online instead of in the box.

This will require two trips.

And an extra roll of quarters for the box hunter's swear jar at home
Re: Bonus box
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Reply to: #980571 by KatieKat
Oct 28, 2019 3:31am
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This is how I do a Bonus Box.
Usually I put the clue in the box with the logbook.

It's clearly written in the back of the log book.
No real guess work as to where to find it.
Either very near-by, a few feet away, or on the way back down the trail at some very specific, easy to find location.

Let's say I have a box or series called "Find Me If You Can".
Each box has its own box number assigned by AQ.
ex. one box 999999 (assigned by AQ) or a box series, 999996, 999997, 999998 and 999999.
I'll put the clue in box 999999 which is where I put logbook.

When you go to AQ to list your finds for "Find Me If You Can" and check that you found at least the last box in the series, the Bonus Box listing will show when you do another search.
It will not automatically appear when you find the Parent box.

To list the Bonus Box
Start by listing it as a normal box.
I'll name my Bonus Box "Find Me If You Can Bonus Box"
When you get to the Restrictions page:
Dependency section
Parent box - this is where you put the box number of the box with the clue.
For this example, 999999 is the Parent box.

You've already found the clue in the logbook if you were observant enough to check the back of the logbook.
You've already found the Bonus Box.
You just need to find the listing on AQ.

This is how I do it.
Others do it differently.
Re: Bonus box
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #980576 by Oberon_Kenobi
Oct 28, 2019 3:46am
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O_K said
Another tip: You generally don't generally give a clue online for the bonus box, though you can. You may want to list the real clue so that they can find it after they have found the parent box, but they have to make two trips because they usually don't log it in the field. This also avoids them having to find the clue where you hid it in the parent box.

Curious, are you saying I can't know that you've put out a bonus box until I get home and list my finds?
My typical boxing day is 200-400 miles round trip before I get home to list finds.
That's when I get to see that there's bonus box?

As they say, "Not every box is for every boxer."
Re: Bonus box
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Reply to: #980598 by Grrly Girl
Oct 28, 2019 5:15am
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Getting home and later finding out there WAS a bonus is disappointing. But I blame it on bicycle Dave whose job is to open the box and hand me the stamp. Since,as he says he has tunnel vision, he often misses the bonus. C'est LA vie!
Re: Bonus box
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #980598 by Grrly Girl
Oct 28, 2019 6:21am
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Quote Grrly Girl
Curious, are you saying I can't know that you've put out a bonus box until I get home and list my finds?

Quote Oberon_Kenobi
Another tip: You generally don't generally give a clue online for the bonus box, though you can.

I believe they were saying that listing the clue online is an option.

Quote Oberon_Kenobi
You may want to list the real clue so that they can find it after they have found the parent box, but they have to make two trips because they usually don't log it in the field.

Here, they mention listing the real clue online - so that a finder can see it later after they log the parent box.

Quote Oberon_Kenobi
This also avoids them having to find the clue where you hid it in the parent

Here it seems they mention listing it online, in case of the finder missing the clue in the physical parent box, and thus being able to go back to find it later of they so choose.
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Another reason for listing the bonus clue on its on line listing, is a record for you to know where you hid it and can go do maintance on it.
Re: Bonus box
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Reply to: #980603 by photopam
Oct 28, 2019 6:35am
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Thanks for clarifying what I meant. I was specifying some non-standard usages of the clue field of bonus boxes.

Personally, with one exception, I taped the clue to the bonus box inside the box. Sometimes it faces in, and sometimes you need to turn over the box to read it. Very few people have found my bonus boxes.

The one exception still has the clue in the box in plain English, but there are only two boxers who I know have noticed it and only one of those has found the bonus box.

Another reason for listing the bonus clue on its on line listing, is a record for you to know where you hid it and can go do maintance on it.

You can use the "note" feature for this. It is a good idea to keep track of the bonus clue because the parent box may go missing and you will need to find the bonus box.
Re: Bonus box
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Reply to: #980606 by Oberon_Kenobi
Oct 28, 2019 8:04am
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Here’s the deal.

If I miss a bonus box for whatever reason life goes on. If for some reason I am back in that same area I may or may not go back for it. Chances are I don’t back there, don’t get the bonus box and as I said life goes on just fine without it.

The listing of bonus boxes is very simple. There is nothing complicated about it. Nor is there anything complicated about logging the find if one finds the bonus.
Re: Bonus box
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Reply to: #980603 by photopam
Oct 31, 2019 1:50pm
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So I will just jump in late with another clue variation. I sometimes put a hint to the bonus box into the clue of the parent box, just so the sharp eyed folks know they should look for a bonus clue in the box. I do enough dumb stuff when I'm boxing I don't need to find out I missed a bonus when I get home.
Re: Bonus box
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Reply to: #980754 by Maude
Oct 31, 2019 4:01pm
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I have found some of your "hinted" bonus boxes! Those are so fun to do.