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Subject: Database info
Date Posted: 11/9/2010 2:06 AM ET
Member Since: 10/14/2010
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I have seen where if you are wish-listed you can see when the last book you are looking for was posted.


For books that are "posted" or in-stock, is there a way to determine when the last book was ordered or requested?

Date Posted: 11/9/2010 2:17 AM ET
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The database does have a hiccup.  We can only see the data from books that are kept in the system.  If folks select to remove the book from their bookshelf when they receive a book, then the last posted data goes away.  This feature was a side effect of some other update.

I don't think we can see the last activity.  We can add the book to our reminder list and see how many copies there are. 

Date Posted: 11/9/2010 8:14 AM ET
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They said before that they're working on a way to show how often a book is getting requested as far as for availalbe books go.

Date Posted: 11/9/2010 8:29 AM ET
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The request frequency will be an interesting feature.


Date Posted: 11/9/2010 11:25 AM ET
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Something to look forward to then.

Before I add an extra thought, I should begin by saying I have been thoroughly impressed with the TPTB (aka the PBS employees).  I think that they are probably as happy that I have run out of books to scan as I am.  I am really impressed with the anti-bullying/trolling stance taken on these forums and the degree to which it is obviously watched.smiley


That having been said.  I have had several books that are older 30+ years (aka pre-ISBN).  I have noted that the database creates a new entry for each new book added, and doesn't seem to remove the old entries (they are just listed as "Members Requesting: 0").  Coming from the old school of computer programming (64K) I was just wondering if there is an age-limit to the old entries or if there is something in the works to somehow combine the non-ISBN entries to allow FIFO with these as well.  I personally wouldn't know where to start except maybe combining author, title, publisher (ignoring the publication date or pages seems like a good idea given the mistakes and or differences people would have in these items).  Publisher can even be a little diverse, but I feel it needs to be included as this more clearly defines the edition.

Just want to mostly know what's in the works and or thoughts.