Works for me. Your letterboxes now link direct to your site (or they should - I couldn't reach mapsurfer.com to test it).
I was sort of wondering about the copyright issues (and why the North America site was using frames to link to letterbox pages). Linking to the hint pages is fine, which is why I asked you guys.
I do respect individual ownership (and copyright protection). I personally believe it detracts from the game, but I don't want to get into any debates from times past. As long as people can find the clues easily, that works for me.
As for banner advertising, I'll never even hope to recoop the costs of working on this project, but if I can at least pay for bandwidth with any kind of revenue I get - it is preferable than asking for money. This is a pet project (and hobby). Hobbies don't make any money.
I also won't plague the site with advertising - I'll only use those companies that I find provide a service to the group - and will make it complementary to the site.
My ultimate goal is to increase awareness of both games - letterboxing and gps stashing. This can best be done by freely sharing information to all game players. Hopefully you'll all find the way I present the information is easy to use. If not, please let me know!
Jeremy Webmaster, Geocaching.com
-----Original Message----- From: Randy Hall [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] Sent: Tuesday, September 12, 2000 6:29 PM To: email@example.com Cc: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Re: [gpsstash] New features on Geocaching.com
> On a side topic, Letterboxing and GPS stash hunt games are very similar in > nature. Since geocaching is a pretty broad term, does anyone object to > merging the two games together under the Geocaching name? The more back-end > work I do on geocaching.com the more similar they become. > > Any objections? Will there be confusion?
I would work with the letterboxing webmasters on this one. I would point out that you are violating the copyrights of the clue writers by what you appear to be doing (well you're violating my copyright anyway :-))
I particularly object to my clues being republished on your web site along with banner advertising, and somewhat object to their republishing without my permission. I'm sure its something that can be worked out one way or another, but in no way with advertising of any form (I speak for myself, not all clue writers, of course, who I'm sure will have views all over the spectrum on this one). The LbNA people are very against this sort of thing, though, and remember the LbNA webmasters cannot speak for the individual clue writers (we had a big fight about this a few years ago, so alot of people are quite sensitive to it, as you can see :-).
Again, the games are similar, and there prolly is a good way to work together, but work together before republishing copyrighted stuff would be my advice, and for now, please provide a link to my clues, not the copy. Thx.
Cheers, -- randy "the mapsurfer" http://www.mapsurfer.com
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