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12 hours ago, BugLuv said:

I just received my tracking numbers travel bugs that I ordered, so will be releasing some into the wild.

Cool !   :cool:

You beat my email (planting blueberries before the next storm).  Thanks for the clarification.  :)

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13 hours ago, BugLuv said:

I just received my tracking numbers travel bugs that I ordered, so will be releasing some into the wild.

 

I received mine, too!  I'm still designing mine, but this one travels with me, visits caches, logs miles, and will be "discovered" by other cachers at times. I had a dragon traveling with me for photos with caches and posed with TBs, but it had no tracking tag until now. It's not set as "Collectible", because as mentioned, don't even mess with that.  "Collectible" is only a switch to allow the next step of adding an item to a Collection, for people with tons of Geocoins who need it to help manage their coins, so "Collectible" is no good if you aren't even doing that, and almost always not ideal for just one Trackable. :)

 

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4 hours ago, cerberus1 said:

Cool !   :cool:

You beat my email (planting blueberries before the next storm).  Thanks for the clarification.  :)

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3 hours ago, kunarion said:

 

I received mine, too!  I'm still designing mine, but this one travels with me, visits caches, logs miles, and will be "discovered" by other cachers at times. I had a dragon traveling with me for photos with caches and posed with TBs, but it had no tracking tag until now. It's not set as "Collectible", because as mentioned, don't even mess with that.  "Collectible" is only a switch to allow the next step of adding an item to a Collection, for people with tons of Geocoins who need it to help manage their coins, so "Collectible" is no good if you aren't even doing that, and almost always not ideal for just one Trackable. :)

 

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Very cool! I’m already finding it hard to part with one! 😃

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I have one "collectable" trackable, which I collected because there are many instances of this trackable circulating.  I designed a business card for my geocaching YT channel with a trackable code on the back, handed out a bunch of the cards, and after multiple cachers "grabbing" the card, I realized the situation warranted a "discover only" setting.  I wasn't sure how to do that, but some peers explained that "collecting" the card allowed people to discover but not take or move the trackable tag.

 

Maybe I should do that with my YT video that's a trackable as well (TB8NCC4), since it's a virtual trackable and not one that can be picked up.

 

I had no idea what collectable meant before I ran into this issue.

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1 hour ago, GeoElmo6000 said:

I have one "collectable" trackable, which I collected because there are many instances of this trackable circulating.  I designed a business card for my geocaching YT channel with a trackable code on the back, handed out a bunch of the cards, and after multiple cachers "grabbing" the card, I realized the situation warranted a "discover only" setting.  I wasn't sure how to do that, but some peers explained that "collecting" the card allowed people to discover but not take or move the trackable tag.

 

Maybe I should do that with my YT video that's a trackable as well (TB8NCC4), since it's a virtual trackable and not one that can be picked up.

 

I had no idea what collectable meant before I ran into this issue.

 

I bought my Cache Cards (a kind of baseball card for Geocachers) for an upcoming Event, and this year all cards of a design have a tracking number.  So I did similar to what you did. 

 

1) I marked it Collectible, the "switch" that allows it to be moved to the digital place called the "Collection".  Remember: "Collectible" is selected while actively working on moving the trackable to the Collection, and only then.

2) I logged it into my Collection, so the only logs available to others are "Discovered" and "Note".

3) I selected it back to "Not Collectible", since the plan was complete.  At this point, I am not in the process of moving it to a Collection.  It's done.

 

Items in your "Collection" are not shown in the Inventory, and not available to be logged into caches.  Because they're not in your Inventory, the items can't be "Grabbed".  This can be used, as you've said, when cachers for some reason are "Grabbing" your virtual TB, and you need a creative way to prevent that.  It would be a lot simpler if, rather than having to learn what "Collectible" was designed for, exactly how to use it, and what the consequences of using it are, there was simply a button on the TB page where the owner could select "This is for Discover only".  But there's not.

 

But this thread is specifically for the "Collectible" button.  "Collectible" is only a switch to allow a trackable item to be logged into a "Collection", as part of a plan.  So once it's in a Collection as planned (yours or someone else's), uncheck the button. There is no value leaving it "switched on to allow it to be logged into a Collection", after it's already there.  There's a case to be made that anyone who leaves their TB selected to "Collectible" after it is in the desired Collection, or if it is never placed into one (without explanation text on its page about the plan) does not know what they're doing. B)

 

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27 minutes ago, kunarion said:

So once it's in a Collection as planned (yours or someone else's), uncheck the button. There is no value leaving it "switched on to allow it to be logged into a Collection", after it's already there.  

 

Thanks, now the two items in my collection are no longer collectable.  So confusing!  I feel like I accomplished something today, however, making something collectable, collecting it, and making it not collectable, because that's so intuitive.   :)

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2 minutes ago, GeoElmo6000 said:

 

Thanks, now the two items in my collection are no longer collectable.  So confusing!  I feel like I accomplished something today, however, making something collectable, collecting it, and making it not collectable, because that's so intuitive.   :)

 

"Collectible" has many layers of confusing. :P

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