I wish they'd remove the letterbox hybrid cache type. It seems that most people have little knowledge about what a letterbox is. Most seem to be, as the OP says 'cachers [who] enjoy a variety of icon style hides'. I would rather they were listed as either a puzzle, traditional or multi depending on the type of hide, then provide attributes for the type of stamp in the box - a hand attribute for hand-carved stamp, a stamp with a handle for commercial stamp.At least Chirps have their own attribute.
Several of the cachers in the area I live have designed/ purchased their own stamp and fully understand the concept. They look forward to new listings which by the way, are few and far between.
Letterboxs do provide the variety that I think is essential to this hobby. And those of us who enjoy "a variety" of hide methods/ icons understand the differences and hold to the guildelines surrounding them.
You have planted 2 letterboxes. Did you carve the stamp? Is it unique? Is it related to the theme or location? There is no mention of a stamp in your description or in the logs. What was your motivation to hide letterboxes? Letterboxes are all about the unique stamp that defines the box. Icon collecting has lead to this problem, in my opinion. So I get anxie when people try to promote more of it.
Both of the letterboxs have their own stamps and fulfill the related requirements. Just how unique and different they are depends on the individual. Favorite points can sift the good from the bad cause we all know that the quality of a cache regardless of the icon depends on the individual and how much time and money they have to put forth. I placed them cause I already had done the other styles and wanted to give them a try. I spent some time retreiving actual letterboxes in my area too. They are a style that gets little attention as most seem to enjoy the tradional. To collect an icon means you have to put forth the effort that icon requires. You can't simply collect multis cause they take longer and can be more challenging and I would argue I am not trying to glut our area with senseless icons. When is the last time a new icon was added? It seems more have been removed for some reason or another.
This seems to be a technology that deserves consideration since, like the Wherigo, it directs the caching experience. GS will ultimately decide and thus make sure only quality ideas make it through. Whether this one is or is not has probably been decideda already by GS. And yet they wanted me to pose the topic here for discussion.