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Subject: Can you block certain members from requesting your books?
Date Posted: 4/12/2008 9:20 AM ET
Member Since: 1/25/2007
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I've had problems with some snippy people lately and was wondering if there is a way to block them from ordering from me anymore..

Date Posted: 4/12/2008 9:35 AM ET
Member Since: 12/19/2005
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No, there isn't.  Requests go to the first person in the FIFO line, unless they request from a specific person's shelf.  But given the number of people on the website, you probably won't deal with them very often so I wouldn't worry about it.

Date Posted: 4/12/2008 10:43 AM ET
Member Since: 7/31/2007
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I keep a notebook with names in it of the folks I have problem swaps with and I'll decline sending the book if they are the one that gets one of my books.

Date Posted: 4/12/2008 1:03 PM ET
Member Since: 11/14/2005
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I've had so few repeats on credit orders I wouldn't worry about it. I've traded over 1,000 books, and I think the only time I've seen a repeat name is in box trades, and a few people that I have done deals with, either me to them, or them to me. As for straight FIFO credit trades, the odds of hitting the same person twice is really rare.

Date Posted: 4/12/2008 2:16 PM ET
Member Since: 8/25/2007
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I am glad this is not a feature option as I think it could easily get out-of-hand. 

Date Posted: 4/12/2008 2:54 PM ET
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I think the only thing to do is keep the names of people who've sent you bad books or caused you problems. When a request comes in and you accept you can hit the PM button and if it happens to be one of those people-cancel the request.  Unfortunately this will cause you to lose your place in the FIFO line.  When ordering a book if you do the Order More From member option it'll tell you the person's name. If it's one of those people than you don't finish the order. But then you have to find someone else to order it from or keep trying until that person is no longer the one who gets the request.

But I think like the others said-w/so many members-you probably won't see the same people get to you through FIFO.  And if someone beleives you sent them a bad book-they'll probably have your name written down and will cancel it when they see it's coming from you-unless it's a WL book of course.

I don't think I'd want the feature of being able to ban someone from ordering or posting WL books to you.  Then people would ban others because they don't like their forum posts or some of other books they might have posted or some stupid reason.

Date Posted: 4/12/2008 4:16 PM ET
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I don't think I'd want the feature of being able to ban someone from ordering or posting WL books to you.  Then people would ban others because they don't like their forum posts or some of other books they might have posted or some stupid reason.

Exactly what I thought, and given some of the less-than-rational arguments and responses that I've seen posted by some people, this would assuredly happen.

Date Posted: 4/12/2008 4:44 PM ET
Member Since: 5/23/2005
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May I ask, what are these folks getting snippy about?  Are they complaining about the condition of the books you are sending?  The way you wrap?  And, seeing as how we can't hear emails, are you sure they are snippy? 

Ex: my husband recently got a really shoddy book in a trade (he gets a lot of those, I seldom do!), and he wrote the nicest letter to the lady, explaining why she really shouldn't have sent such a book to someone paying a credit for it.  By a long stretch, it could not be mistaken for a snotty letter.  Of course, she obviously took it that way, and sent him off a pretty rude reply.  I wondered if she thought he'd been rude, and that is why she came back that way.

Just rambling here...

 

Date Posted: 4/12/2008 4:45 PM ET
Member Since: 5/23/2005
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Hmmm...account on hold...

Date Posted: 4/12/2008 5:46 PM ET
Member Since: 2/16/2006
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I'm also wondering why people are being snippy with you. I've never had anyone who I've sent a book to ever say anything but "thanks."  Is it what they said to you or how they said it that you had the problem with?

Date Posted: 4/12/2008 7:53 PM ET
Member Since: 8/2/2005
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Isn't it true that if you cancel too many book requests (when they are made to you) that you might get a warning from Robert or the "Librarian/System"?

Date Posted: 4/12/2008 8:43 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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You might get a warning but not if you cancel one here and there. The likelyhood of getting repeat request from someone you had a bad deal with is slim.  I know I got  a couple bad books and when I order a book, I double check who it's coming from but so far I haven't had a duplicate sender that I can tell. 

 

Date Posted: 4/13/2008 4:45 PM ET
Member Since: 1/4/2008
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I think it's partly the fact that you can't tell a person's tone of voice in an email, so it can be read many different ways.

I haven't had anyone complain about any of the books they've received from me, but I've had a few instances where I received unpostable books and asked (very nicely) for a returned credit.  Without fail I got a return message which sounded very insulted and defensive.  Immaturity?  Pride?  Did they misread my tone?  We'll probably never know. 

I guess we all need to be open to the possibility that someone else may view the "postableness" of a book differently than we do and try to control our response and be nice!  But..of course...that will never happen in this imperfect world.  LOL!

;-}
Lisa



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