The idea is to promote finding less active letterboxes through special events. We need to think about what to call it and what rules to adopt for scoring... at least to start. We can always adapt the rules iteratively.
I think people respond to having little icons attached to their names to indicate plant numbers, find numbers and making donations. "Feel good" things.
How about something like that?
Very old, unfound lately, boxes get an icon like an old man with a beard that grows longer for each year unfound.
The finder gets the same icon for each found, old box. Each find gets a longer beard on the icon.
(Maybe I just have too much time on my hands.)
I like the idea of encouraging people to find boxes that haven't been found it a while -- maybe a year. Not sure what to do on the website... I could keep track of when people report a find when the previous find was over a year old, but what then? Show a badge of some kind in Member Search? Put a rank with or without numbers on the home page? Give out a patch to the highest members at the end of the summer?
Silver Eagle commented
We could also have contests to search for specific clues in LBNA using some of the new features. Finding the box would be optional. We could advertise each contest weekly on US Yahoo Group to get people to start using it again. This would get people to use LBNA and realize how good it is. Letterboxers could submit ideas for clue searches (e.g. find clues to a box placed before 2003 involving pirates and birds). At end of week the winners would be announced on the Yahoo Group.
How about "Leave No Vintage Letterbox Behind" Challenge or something of that ilk? I can get patches; I took over a lot of Mitch's stuff. I like the idea of an icon without a posted number. LW
Types of short term events - brainstorming, not decided
- Find a Mystery
- Find an Archived Box
- National Plant a Letterbox Day
- Plant a Tribute to another Boxer
- Snow Find
- Cemetery Find
- Indoor Find
Having a variety of short term events makes sense. However, I'm not sure having a patch reward will work from the time and cost involved.
We'd need to brainstorm on the event types and how the counting is done. The simplest thing is to enter an event code in the status comments when reporting a find.
I may not be able to express this well, but the idea of a scoring system and a "leader list" for letterboxers does not – for me at least – fit the spirit of LbNA. I would rather see time-bounded contests or quests; that way, someone who missed one or who chose not to participate will not feel so left out.
I was thinking that this would be a seasonal "contest" and not necessarily built into LbNA. For example, this fall people could participate and the top 1-5 people would receive a patch. Over the winter it could be find mystery ("???" Location) boxes. Next spring a different "contest" would be for those who maintained (to be defined), resurrected or planted the most boxes. Next summer the contest would be who finds boxes in the most counties or get the most new people to sign up and find 5 boxes. There are lots of possibilities (although some might need to be carefully executed).
No worries. If I confused you, I probably confused others as well. ;)
Jay Drew commented
Dang, I did it again! Of course Choi has this thought through, thank you.
I'm not talking about scoring boxes here. I mean things like 1 point for reporting a find on a box that hasn't been found for 6 months. Scoring would let me make a leader list for the home page to show what member is the "best treasure hunter". I probably wouldn't ever show the number. We could give members the option of displaying an icon by their member name to show their achievement level.
Jay Drew commented
I love the idea of finding older boxes and promoting enthusiasm about them: most of our own boxes fall in that category and we're always delighted when people take the time to seek them out.
I'm a little iffy on the idea of "scoring" letterboxes, and wonder if we might instead do something to award/encourage the Finders who go after these elusive treasures. Something like a treasure seeker icon? That might go along with the name Treasure Hunter you've already mentioned. Jay in CT