Saturday, August 10, 2013
How to leave awesome comments *or* the post where I do some comment shaming
So, I've been letterboxing for over three years now, and about four summers. Somehow in Ontario along the way I got spoiled: the core community of letterboxers here are frequent and generous commentators on their letterbox finds online. In support of this opinion, I provide you with evidence here and here.
But some folks don't comment. Or comment with just, "thanks". This is baffling to me. Particularly in the boxes I've found/planted in the US: really hard work going into some of these boxes (the carve, the book, the hide, the clue) and nothing. That's just the local culture.
There's no rule, of course, saying you need to leave comments. Nope. So, Bumble, stop yer whinin' and be thankful for what ya got. There's no rule against me farting on your breakfast either; it's just good manners that I don't. My view is that it's just good manners to leave comments for planters and future finders.
But you know what, I'm going to go even further: you should be leaving good comments. Not just "thanks". Of course "thanks" - that seems to be a holdover from our geocaching cousins who regularly leave "tftc". Shudder.
So, here's my helpful gift for you if - like me - sometimes you're at a loss for what type of comment to leave. I present you with an acronym. Everyone loves an acronym. Mine is CHAT. Cuz remember, you always want to chat with the planter...
There you have it. Easy-peasy. Just remember to CHAT with the planter and mention the Clue, Hide, Art, and Trail. Give a good comment and your karma will thank you - and in a world where there is a dearth of comments, you will certainly endear yourself to the planter (which may be useful if you come upon a clue of theirs you just can't solve...).
As always, happy trails!