Thursday, August 10, 2006

To Find or Not To Find--that is NOT the question!

When Atlas Quest first debuted, the number one requested feature was the ability to record finds for unlisted letterboxes. People wanted to record all of their finds and have an accurate F-count.

I did finally implement this feature, but decided to save it just for premium members since it wasn't a feature that's absolutely necessary to use the site. It is nice to be able to list all of your finds, but it's not the end of the world if you can't, either. And it was important to have funding for Atlas Quest, as the recent downtime with LbNA shows. You get what you pay for, and when you pay nothing, the site gets hosted on a shared server for next to nothing and tends to be rather unreliable. So I made the recording of finds for unlisted boxes as a treat for the premium members who help support the site.

Recently, though, a couple of people have pointed out that there are other ways to help support Atlas Quest without actually paying a premium membership. There are those that cannot afford a premium membership. Perhaps a student trying to make ends meet. Someone who's been laid off from their job and the money just won't stretch that far. And I do feel bad for these people who have trouble supporting Atlas Quest financially through no fault of their own.

So I've decided to open up this premium member only feature to everyone for one day only! On Friday, August 11th, anyone and everyone will be able to record finds for letterboxes not listed on Atlas Quest. It's a chance to get your official F-count on Atlas Quest correct. It's a chance to access restricted letterboxes that until now were out of your reach because your F-count was too low. It's a chance to get yourself into the AQ Letterboxer Hall of Fame. It's your chance to enjoy a premium member perk without having to pay one, single cent out of your pocket!

So between 12:01 AM and 11:59 PM (Pacific Time), on Friday, August 11th, haul out those logbooks and start recording all of your finds and attempts. To get started, just go to the Record Find/Attempt link found under the 'Letterboxes' menubar option. Type in the name and type of the box you found. If Atlas Quest can't find a record of the box being listed, it will give you options for adding the find anyhow under the 'Unlisted Letterboxes' section.

So what are you waiting for? Start looking for all those old logbooks and get ready to log all your finds! =)

1 comment:

springchick said...

Hmmm, this is kind of a cool thing... (even though it is a month and a half past when I am reading it). Perhaps it could become a Friday the 11th ritual... every time there is a Friady the 11th, it is opened up, thus allowing people who got their F count in sync the first time, the ability to sync it back up (assuming they have found additional unlisted boxes). As Friday the 11th falls only a couple of times a year, I wouldn't think it would impact premium memberships that much -- most people who want the feature will still pay for it because it is kinds of a hassle to save them up and wait for the next Friday the 11th to roll around.