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Letterbox Info Help

Add basic letterbox information on this screen. The thing to keep in mind here, if you are adding a series of letterboxes, is that the information applies to the whole series, not individual letterboxes. So if you have a different URL for each box in a series, this URL should point to a page with information about the whole series, and that page can point to individual letterboxes. Or if you created several boxes for a series on different days, the 'Date Launched' field refers to when the series was created—probably the date the first box in the series was planted.

Also, this website assumes that, for any letterbox you add, you are the sole author of the letterbox (i.e. the person who created and planted the letterbox) and will show up as a planted box in your logbook. Currently, there is no mechanism for adopted letterboxes, but it is a feature that will be implemented in the future. Each letterbox or series may only have one author which is the person who enters it. If two or more people hide their own letterboxes as part of a single series, each letterboxer should create their own entry for their boxes if they want due credit.

A series, as defined and implemented for this website, is a group of letterboxes that you would expect a letterboxer to get in a single outing or hike. So if you're creating a series of letterboxes along Historic Route 66, for instance, you should enter each box individually. If you are hiding a group of three letterboxes about historic Route 66 on the same trail, treat it as a single series.

Letterbox Name

Simple enough: The name of the letterbox or series you are working with. For security reasons, some special characters are not allowed (#~"^<> among others), so if you get an error about invalid characters, check for those.

Box Status

Since this website also acts as an online logbook, old boxes that do not exist anymore are common and never need to be deleted. But since most people are interested in boxes that are alive and waiting to be found, you can specify the status of the boxes to include in your search.

active An active box means that, as far as the owner or author of the letterbox knows, the box is alive and well ready for visitors
unavailable A box marked as unavailable means the owner or author of the letterbox knows the box is gone or inaccessible—regardless of the reason—but someday it will be replanted
retired A retired box not only is unavailable, but the owner of the box never intends to replant it either
unknown An unknown status means just that—the owner or author of the letterbox has been unable to confirm the status of the box. It's probably been reported missing by someone, but nobody has been able to confirm if the box truly is missing or if the letterboxer just missed the box

If you're hiding a series of boxes, select the status of the series as a whole, not of the individual letterboxes within the series. Later, you'll be able to specify the status of individual boxes within the series.

Clue URL

This optional field should point to the URL of the letterbox's clue. If you are hiding a series, the URL should point to the main page for the entire series, not to an individual letterbox within the series. If the URL is not provided (perhaps the box is retired or you only want certain people to access the clue, but still want to record your planted box), users will not have any method to access your box's clue. If your box is active, it should point to something, even if it's just to tell users to contact you personally if they want the clue for the letterbox. Let the other users know what is going on.

If you're listing a letterbox that's hosted on the website, view your clue in a web browser and copy the URL from the address bar near the top of the window. It should look something like You'll want to copy that into this field on Atlas Quest. Also, the URLs on are case-sensitive, so be sure it is typed exactly like you see. It is recommended that you copy and paste the URL so there's not opportunity for errors.

Host Clue on Atlas Quest

If you don't have your own website and choose not to list your clue on, you may choose to host your clue on Atlas Quest instead! Other benefits to hosting your clue on Atlas Quest include:

Just check this box if you want to host your clue on Atlas Quest and the next screen will allow you type in your clue.

Date Launched

This is the date the letterbox or series was originally launched. If a letterbox has been replanted, this original date should not change. If you add boxes to a series, this is the date the series was first created—not necessarily the date the individual boxes of the series were planted. If a letterbox is post-dated, it will not show up in searches until that date has passed. Members with matching favorite searches, however, will still get a notification of your new letterbox, so they will know about the post-dated letterbox! They will not be able to access the clue, however.

Number In Series

Specify the number of letterboxes that make up this series, or '1' if the box is not part of a series. A series of traditional letterbox, as defined and implemented on this website, is a group of letterboxes that one could reasonably expect a letterboxer to nab in a single outing or hike. Letterboxes that have something in common such as all are found along the 45th parallel or those planted at lighthouses around the world, for our purposes, should be individually listed.

Stamp Type

Some people like to know what type of stamp to expect in a letterbox. There's the highly coveted hand-carved stamp, the Dartmoor-style custom-made stamp, or the generally frowned upon store-bought stamp. Or leave the option set to none if you do not want to specify the type of stamp in the letterbox.


Use this option to restrict clues so only members with an F-count greater than or equal to the selected number can see the clue. Selecting 0 will ensure everyone can see the clue and is the default. Selecting any other number will restrict the clue only to logged-in members with the specified number of finds, and you can see how many members would qualify to see the clue and who they are from the Hall of Fame.

As a side note, it is recommended that you do not link to restricted clues from another website. People get very annoyed when you wave a clue in their face then are not willing to hand it over with no strings attached. Eventually, someone who does not have the necessary number of finds will find that link, try to access your clue, then complain bitterly about not being able to do so. If you restrict a clue, restrict the URL as well.

And on a related note, if you host a clue somewhere other than Atlas Quest, it's obviously not a restricted clue since people can get to it on another website. Therefore, this option is only available for AQ hosted clues.

The Creators

Many times, a letterbox is a joint effort. Atlas Quest distinguishes among the following contributors:

CarverThe person who originally carved a hand-carved stamp, designed a custom-made stamp, or selected the store-bought stamp for a specific letterbox or series
PlanterThe planter is the person who physically located a hiding place for the letterbox and placed the letterbox there, covering as necessary with leaves, rocks, and such
AuthorThis is the person who originally wrote up the clues for the letterbox
OwnerThe owner is the person who maintains a letterbox or series. By default, the person who lists a letterbox is the owner.

Only planters and authors will have the letterbox count towards their P-count. Carvers will not be able to edit or modify the letterbox in any way. Atlas Quest only supports a maximum of one person per role, per series. If more than one person is responsible for hiding a series, you'll need to list each box individually. If more than one person was responsible for a specific task on a single box, you will need to decide who will get the credit for it.