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Subject: Is anyone else annoyed by this?
Date Posted: 7/22/2009 5:08 PM ET
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When selecting the genres that I prefer, I, of course, chose the gay & lesbian option.

What I didn't realize was that when books reccomended to me based on my genre choices came up, I would be occasionally slapped in the face with an anti-LGBTQ book, usually spewing the hate that I go out of my way to avoid in the real world. 

I wonder if there is any hope of PaperbackSwap.com adding a filter to get rid of these anti-LGBTQ books from the listings for those of us who would like to be able to view our recommended books in the LGTBQ genre without being subjected to the titles that reflect the opposite of what we live & believe.

Just my .02

KimbosGirl

Date Posted: 7/23/2009 8:55 AM ET
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I should hope there is a way of filtering them.  Do you think its because the system is recognizing them as LGBTQ or because some members are tagging them as such?  I know before there was an incident where some members were tagging anti-LGBTQ books deceptively, I think TPTB put a stop to that.

Date Posted: 7/23/2009 9:26 PM ET
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Can't we go in and change the genre setting under edit book data?  (See Member Tools)

Date Posted: 7/24/2009 6:16 PM ET
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To the best of my knowledge, it has to be someone tagging the books that way. Which is good and bad: if you find one that is improperly tagged, go into the Edit Book Data tab and change it; but there's nothing to stop someone else from changing it back. :(

Date Posted: 7/24/2009 10:05 PM ET
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Yes and no.  That's the wrong terminlogy.  In PBS, tagging is the box of little comments.  The genre selections for the banners are under the more options / edit book data.  And it takes a day or two for it to go through.  A volunteer reviews all of the changes.  So we need to type in why the change is needed.

So what should we try and change those books to?  Should we have a consistent setting?  There does not seem to be a neat catagory for hate. 



Last Edited on: 7/24/09 10:07 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 7/25/2009 9:53 PM ET
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If what you say is true about the changes needing reviewed, then that means either someone just approved it without really paying close attention...or that that sort of inappropriate tagging is OK with them. If by volunteer you mean a PBS staff member, not just an ordinary member, that is.

There should be just a one-time edit when the book is first put into the database, overseen by staff.

Those are just my thoughts..



Last Edited on: 7/25/09 9:53 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 7/26/2009 5:00 AM ET
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The catagories are selected by the person posting the book for the first time.  (Which would be someone who actually has a book filled with hate.)  Or taken from a database such as Amazon.  (Which also groups the books together and is known for their love of LGBTQ.)

Changes are reviewed by PBS volunteers on the book data team.  They often do not know the specific books; they are looking for problems or changes.  Which includes stuff like typos and the period after initials.

And what staff?  From my understanding there are the two founders and several small groups of volunteers. 



Last Edited on: 7/26/09 5:01 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 8/8/2009 2:49 AM ET
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In all honesty perhaps that's not a bad thing.  Sun Tzu made a good point about the best way of beating your enemy is to know them.   If your looking to beat the other sides argument it may be beneficial to know what makes them tick and reading their manifestos are a great way of doing it.

Subject: what?
Date Posted: 8/8/2009 9:14 PM ET
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What does LBTGQ mean? Honest, I don't know, but I think I know some of the words.

Date Posted: 8/10/2009 6:46 PM ET
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Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Gay, Questioning

Date Posted: 8/10/2009 10:37 PM ET
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I thought Q was for Queer.

Subject: Yeah that happens to me too
Date Posted: 8/29/2009 9:14 PM ET
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Ive come across books like that when im trying to find Gay&lesbian themed books, i find it even more so when im looking into bi-sexual or transgender books. It seems that alot of anti-GLBT author consider Bi-sexuality as confusion not what i want. you know?

 

Im just confused etc, and some of the only books i can find are books trying to help me be less confused about it

Subject: .. .. .
Date Posted: 8/29/2009 9:15 PM ET
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its really irritating!