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Subject: Concerned about Mailing to Requestor
Date Posted: 8/1/2008 7:48 AM ET
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OK, I'll start off by saying I'll probably go ahead and mail a book to this person but, it makes me nervous.  I got a request for a book, it is a Wishlisted book and so, I posted and it was requested....I PM'd the person and told them yesterday if they could accept it by 9pm CST I could get it in the mail today, otherwise it would be next week sometime before I could make it to the post office (no, I will not and do not mail from the house using printed posted or DC).  In contacting this person I put in the subject line "WL book".  Ok, here is where I get nervous...she PM's me back and says "I don't know what you mean by WL book, but if you mean XXXX book yes I want it. Response to message."  So, I thought ok this person is new here and doesn't get all the abbreviations...look up her profile...member since 2005, 2 books on her shelf, 9 WL books.....all just seems a little strange...(just a gut feeling!)

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Date Posted: 8/1/2008 7:56 AM ET
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Could just be someone who isn't familiar with the abbreviations commonly used here in the forums.  If I had never been on the forums here, I would have no clue that "WL book" meant one from my waitlist.  I would probably first assume that it had to do with the author's initials or some common abbreviation for the title or somethign along those lines.



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Date Posted: 8/1/2008 8:35 AM ET
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Everybody has their own "Swap Style", I think.  Perhaps this person just doesn't get into the Wish-List thing so much, and maybe they don't have a lot of books to post.  Having been a member for so long, it might even be possible that she "ran out" of titles to wish for.  Some people don't have any wished-for titles, some people don't have bookshelves.  I don't repost my books, but my fiance reposts hers, etc.  I think what would sound odd is the reaction of misunderstanding, but I don't see why it couldn't just be a matter of the words not clicking on either end.  It's been my experience that there are enough safeguards with the way PBS works to just trust things and follow through as we should.  I haven't run into a hiccup yet that TPTB hadn't either already accounted for or at least come up with a way to fix. 

Date Posted: 8/1/2008 11:11 AM ET
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Date Posted: 8/1/2008 11:34 AM ET
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Ahhh...may I offer a suggestion? When you PM a member about a transaction, please put the title of the book in the subject line.

This happens to me frequently, either mutliple WL offers come up in a week (yea!), or I order books to restock my giant TBR...then I get a PM from a sender, and don't know which book she is talking about, because her subject line says "Book" or WL Book" or "your Order".

So, your requestor may very well know what "WL" means, she just didn't know which book you were talking about.

 

Elizabeth

 

Date Posted: 8/1/2008 11:37 AM ET
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The use of acronyms in the forums is crazy! Some peoples' posts are nothing but acronyms! I still don't really get the whole *D* thing in DH, DD, etc. I guess it means "dear" but have no idea why people used it. I kid you not, ages ago, I thought it meant "dead" as in, RIP, passed on. So, cut the person some slack- use of acronyms may have just thrown her off (or annoyed her- some people who are really into writing and the English language actually find acronyms like LOL and ROFL annoying).

Date Posted: 8/1/2008 11:58 AM ET
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Oh, and that post above was JIMHO. HAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAH! Happy Friday!

Date Posted: 8/1/2008 12:29 PM ET
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I was thinking the exact same thing that Elizabeth posted.    That happens to me often - I usually have a very busy account & have to try to decipher which book the message sender is talking about.

Date Posted: 8/1/2008 3:39 PM ET
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I would have no qualms about sending a book to her.  She replied to your PM in a timely manner, which shows that she is 'active'.

Date Posted: 8/1/2008 4:16 PM ET
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Elizabeth said, "So, your requestor may very well know what "WL" means, she just didn't know which book you were talking about."

No, she didn't know what WL means as she stated...I don't know what WL stands for but, yes I want XXXX book. I always include the name of the book in the body of the PM if not in the subject line. 

As I've said...I'll probably go ahead and mail her the book, just posted because the wording in her PM and the length of her membership made me nervous.

Date Posted: 8/2/2008 12:24 AM ET
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she PM's me back and says "I don't know what you mean by WL book, but if you mean XXXX book yes I want it.

I think this response clear;y shows that she did not understand that WL is Wish List and by using the title of the book in her response, she verified that she indeed wants the book.  I would have no hesitation about sending her the book. I was a member for a very long time before I was comfortable using the forums and I still wonder sometimes what some of the abbreviations really mean.  Just because a person has been a member for a long time does not mean that they use the forums nor that they understand the forum specific lingo that is used.

Date Posted: 8/2/2008 10:29 PM ET
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Ahhh...may I offer a suggestion? When you PM a member about a transaction, please put the title of the book in the subject line.

Excellent suggestion.  I got a PM the other day for a WL book and the subject line said "No book jacket" and the body had no details about which book the PM was about, either.  Sorry, I left my crystal ball at home!

But back to the topic of this thread, I would agree that the majority of PBS members don't read the forums and you shouldn't assume all PBS members know the lingo that is comon here. 

Date Posted: 8/3/2008 9:02 AM ET
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I PM'd a member recently, AND put the title of the WL book in the subject line, and it still didn't go well.  Sometimes, folks really are just here to trade books and let the PBS system do all the work, with only a few clicks required from them.  *shrug*