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Subject: Auto-request for WL'd books not working
Date Posted: 6/16/2010 6:41 PM ET
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The last three wishlisted books I've posted (all on different days) were on auto-request by the requestor, a fact that I could definitely verify because there was a green W (with a small A) beside the book title on my TBR list.  That green "W" was there at the very instant I posted the books.

However, all three of those books went to the "pending, 48 hour hold" for the requestor to come online and either accept or reject the offered book.

The only reason I posted those WL'd books to the general membership was because the number one wishers had the book on auto-request.  Otherwise, because of the all-too-frequent delays in waiting for a member to respond to an offered wishlisted book, I will announce the availability of the WL'd book in one of the genre-related forums and always get a very quick response there.

So what has happened that caused all three books to go to the "pending, 48 hour hold" mode?

Any thoughts?

Thanks, Jan

Date Posted: 6/16/2010 6:46 PM ET
Member Since: 8/10/2005
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It could be that the person didn't have credits available, in which case an auto-requested book is treated just like a regular wishlisted book with the 48 hour hold to give them a chance to buy credits if they want to.

Cheryl

Date Posted: 6/16/2010 7:31 PM ET
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That happens to me about 50% of the time that I post a book that looks like it is auto-requested...it is frustrating waiting for it to be accepted but sooner or later it is accepted, but by that time the book has missed the run to the post office for the day.

Date Posted: 6/16/2010 7:52 PM ET
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I thought the green W just meant someone on the WL had it on auto-request and not necesarily the number one person.

If I'm wrong, then I would assume it's like the others said, they didn't have the credits so it reverted to a 48 hour hold.

Date Posted: 6/16/2010 8:07 PM ET
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There seems to be a delay between the green W, the red W,  and the book status.  I've found that the markings often do not match the actual book status.  I've posted books with green Ws that have no wishers.

Date Posted: 6/16/2010 8:41 PM ET
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The W does represent the first person in line, not just someone in the line, so I would guess either someone posted at the same time as you or they didn't have any credits. I think the number of people that get into that situation is much higher than we think.

Date Posted: 6/16/2010 9:38 PM ET
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It's also possible that they saw the WL book there quickly and cancelled it because they no longer wanted it or got it elsewhere an forgot to delete it from their WL.  A book being WL does not guarantee that it'll be ordered. It's more likely that it will be but not necessarily. I've posted books before and had more than 1 autorequestor cancel on the same book.  I still don't print right away.  I'd rather someone cancel then send a book to someone who doesn't really want it anymore. 

Just saying that this could have happened with one of them.  I've been on before and gone to my mail page and noticed a WL book I had on autorequest in the En Route To Me Tab shortly after it was posted.

Date Posted: 6/17/2010 10:47 AM ET
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The only reason I posted those WL'd books to the general membership was because the number one wishers had the book on auto-request.  Otherwise, because of the all-too-frequent delays in waiting for a member to respond to an offered wishlisted book, I will announce the availability of the WL'd book in one of the genre-related forums and always get a very quick response there

Really?   That's kind of a bummer.  I rarely have my WL books on auto-request,  but I always accept very quickly when a book is offered to me.    So I guess that means people like me stay stuck in the FIFO longer because we don't choose to auto-request our WL books.  sad

Date Posted: 6/17/2010 11:11 AM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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I think maybe she's more discouraged by WL books she's posted that time out with no response.  It's every frustrating to post a bunch of WL books, have all accepted but one that goes through 3 or 4 people. Thus requiring 2 trips to the PO because the 1st ones need to be mailed. Or using PBS postage and paying the postage fee to avoid a 2nd trip to the PO.  That's why the WL threads were started to begin with.  People tired of posting a WL book and watching it go through 2 or 3 members before it was finallly requested.  Then it became popular for trying to ship multiples to save on postage.