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strange log ins in my letterbox
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Feb 2, 2012 1:07pm
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We recently checked on one of our letterboxes. Someone had logged in it with bad language. They indicated they found it in error; at least they put it back. I tore out the offending page.
question: should I leave it there, knowing they know where it is?

Also, a lot of people must look up clues on here and find the boxes and log into them, but do not bother to log in on here as a find. Question: is that a common practice?

First time to post anything on here. Hope I did it right.
Foxy
Re: strange log ins in my letterbox
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #673513 by Foxy Grandma
Feb 2, 2012 1:13pm
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You poor thing. I've never had that happen, but I'm pretty new too.
Re: strange log ins in my letterbox
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Reply to: #673513 by Foxy Grandma
Feb 2, 2012 1:13pm
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I log all my finds, but my kids also stamp in... And I don't log theirs. I bet the same goes for some couples.
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Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #673513 by Foxy Grandma
Feb 2, 2012 1:16pm
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should I leave it there, knowing they know where it is?

Do you know how long ago they found it? If it's been a long time and others have found it with no problem, it will probably be safe for now. In the long run, though, I might move it if another suitable place can be found, if for no other reason than peace of mind.

a lot of people must look up clues on here and find the boxes and log into them, but do not bother to log in on here as a find.

Yes, that happens a lot, and is perfectly OK. Some only log on AQ or LBNA, some on both, and some on neither one.
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Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #673513 by Foxy Grandma
Feb 2, 2012 1:25pm
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I love your sig. stamp.
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Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #673513 by Foxy Grandma
Feb 2, 2012 1:25pm
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for some people, it's about the find and not keeping score somewhere. I personally cant wait to log in when I find one! :D
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Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #673515 by FloridaFour
Feb 2, 2012 1:27pm
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For my boxes, by far the majority of finders do not log online.

In the case or two where I've seen an inappropriate comment in a logbook, I've removed the page. If it was in someone else's LB, and had no "real" log ins on the page, I might remove it. In any case, I would (and have) informed box owners of the situation.

As for moving the box, that's a personal call. Maybe move it if there is a better hiding spot nearby - or, of course, if you have serious concerns for the box. I lost a couple of boxes to muggles who found an iffy placement - one was on a disc golf course that I had second thoughts about so I went to remove it only to find it had been muggled the day before, before I'd even listed it. Luckily, I still have over a hundred out there doing fine - so I figure I'm doing pretty good.

And get out there to find more boxes - it has really helped me become a better planter.

Happy Trails!

- Sunny
Re: strange log ins in my letterbox
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #673513 by Foxy Grandma
Feb 2, 2012 1:56pm
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90% of the stamps logged into my boxes I have never heard of. That I would say is normal.
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Reply to: #673513 by Foxy Grandma
Feb 2, 2012 3:00pm
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Question: is that a common practice?

Where I am it happens, but most people do seem to log their finds online. It really doesn't matter, although if it's an older box that hasn't been found in a while it is helpful for future finders (and the planter) to log it in, otherwise people might not bother to look for the box because they figure it's probably missing. I think that's more of an issue on lbna, because the boxes are older and a lot of people only log their finds on AQ.
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Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #673549 by Trailhead Tessie
Feb 2, 2012 3:40pm
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As far as bad language (and in appropriate drawings)being put into a logbook by muggles, that has happened to me before and I definitely remove the offending pages. After all this is a family oriented hobby. I also find that many many people log in and never log in their finds online.
If you think the hiding place for your letterbox is one that would be compromised again...is it a teen party spot? Homeless encampment? Is there evidence of folks hanging out there with less than noble intentions? beer cans/bottles, cigarette butts, pieces of clothing left behind, etc? Then perhaps it would be best to move it along to another spot. Ryan and I even found porn magazines (teenagers stash? ) while hunting for a letterbox. They were stuffed into a tree in a ziplock. we thought we had found the letterbox! whoops!!

-Amanda from Seattle
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Reply to: #673552 by Amanda from Seattle
Feb 2, 2012 5:03pm
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found porn magazines

Me too! At another Nancy Drew fans box. Never been back to it to try and find the box. Just too EEWWWWYYY

deniserows
by the Big blue Cal C
Re: strange log ins in my letterbox
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #673513 by Foxy Grandma
Feb 2, 2012 7:24pm
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They indicated they found it in error

Sounds like a pissed of geo-cacher to me. A Letterboxer who found a box in error, would typically post somewhere "I found XYZ box" in such-n-such park and don't know how to log it.

people must look up clues on here and find the boxes and log into them, but do not bother to log in on here as a find

Yup. That is why some people use restrictions. I am one of those people who uses the "reward" system. You will only see my clues after reaching certain P & F counts. Nothing ridiculous, but you know...
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Reply to: #673598 by GreatBigSabres
Feb 2, 2012 8:34pm
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Sounds like a pissed of geo-cacher to me. A Letterboxer who found a box in error, would typically post somewhere

Not necessarily. The one letterbox that I found that had been found by mistake was found by two different sets of geocachers. They had logged, just like a geocache but not stamp, then put it back. The owner of the cache that they had been looking for had moved his cache after he found out it was near a letterbox.

A geocache that I know of that had bad language had been found by some muggles (apparently kids). They'd written vulgarity and obscenities on every remaining page and put it back. The next cacher who found it tore out the offending pages, put in a paper for a log and reported online what he'd done. I found it after that. The bomb squad found it less than two weeks after that. It had been there for years though, so it hadn't been a totally bad hide, until the end.

That is why some people use restrictions.

I've placed seven boxes so far, two of which are in the same series. I've placed "Found" count of 1 on one box, and a "Placed" restriction of one on my series. The find restriction is because it is a special cache that I only want letterboxers to be able to see. The series I don't want people looking for until they know the care put into hiding a box. It's near a walking trail so I want them to take some care when looking.
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Reply to: #673515 by FloridaFour
Feb 3, 2012 4:44am
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I found a geocache like that. I replaced the log and contacted the owner who asked me to send it to him. Of course ripping out one page is basically the same thing. I would say it's your choice whether to move it or not. Some people are just rude. This person threatened the owner...grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.
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Reply to: #673630 by ladyval
Feb 3, 2012 5:58am
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Someone had logged in it with bad language.

what a waste of energy...

as for logging finds- I recently checked on a box- to find it had more than twice as many visitors-than folks who have actually logged the find. I get it (sort of) but personally love logging my finds as soon as I can... I also enjoy to hear back from the planter, but then I'm weird like that.
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Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #673513 by Foxy Grandma
Feb 4, 2012 7:44pm
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One of mine used to be planted near a scenic overlook. It was found by someone who apparently sits there every weekend and he wrote quite a story in my logbook. I figured that if he found it by accident 1) others would also and 2) If he sits there every weekend, it's going to be a little hard for anyone else to get it. So I moved it up the trail a bit. Still safe now, many years later.