I don't remember him ever saying that he would reply to every email. I think him replying with "don't buy an airline ticket" goes against what he said he'd do, but he's being nice. He said somewhere that someone sent him the correct solution for Chap 4 but he knew other teams were on the way there who would get there first so he told that person not to buy a ticket.
Last Edit: Jan 24, 2021 7:31:31 GMT -5 by susb8383
The intro of the books says "IF YOU DON'T GO TO THE LOCATION, DON'T CONTACT US. We will not verify any locations." That seems to correspond to what David was saying in the initial interviews, but they then softened that to saying you should contact them before purchasing a plane ticket. Now, judging from what people have been saying on the Facebook group, they seem to be responding with a thumbs up/thumbs down to any guess in an email.
I think the general idea is that if you get a "no" or no response, then you are probably wrong unless your email got caught by a spam filter. From what they've said about chapter 2, they pretty much hopped in the car immediately in response to the email even though the solver was no where near the location and had not located the item. They even mentioned the solver giving them updates on a flight delay so it is pretty clear they were in constant contact long before it was actually found.
I'll try to find the interview where he said exactly what he would respond to. But the question about whether he'll tell you if you're right or not is kind a moot point anyway. If you've found a phrase so specific as "TINY WINGS SANBORN BENCH RAILYARD PK SF NM" you really don't need him to confirm that you've gotten the right answer. You're not going to get a sentence that makes sense by using the wrong method, and if you've used the right method, you're not going to get the wrong sentence.
I think he said or implied that the reason to email him right away with your solution isn't to get a confirmation that you're correct. It's so that if somebody else picks up the object but doesn't email the solution, you'll get $9,000.
It turns out chilorin17 didn't have a solution. They thought they knew the state based on things mentioned in the book, but hadn't decoded any kind of phrase.
So kinda like what we're talking about. lol -- BTW, how do you know this?
I sent a msg through this forum saying what states I could get to and they responded back saying they didn’t have the solution after all, but more of a general area based on things mentioned in the chapter. (Not their exact words but that was the gist of it).