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Subject: Had to delete a few of my wishlisted books
Date Posted: 4/24/2010 4:39 PM ET
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Since the limit is only 200 I had to make room.  Sure wish the limit was a little larger.

Date Posted: 4/24/2010 6:37 PM ET
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I've seen a couple of members tag the overflowed WL books with something unique so they can find them and add them once their WL is under 200 again - maybe that would work? I guess it doesn't solve the problem of being on the waiting lists though...

Date Posted: 4/24/2010 7:27 PM ET
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There have been some discussions of an unlimited wishlist but some people think this will make the wish lists for books longer.

The 200 limit works for me but I'm seldom in a hurry to order anything. Books with longer waits I usually get in the games forum and I even have a bunch of books on WL hold so I when I decide when to get them.

Date Posted: 4/24/2010 7:52 PM ET
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While I could definitely put books on a larger WL... it's really best that I do not.  I already have a huge TBR and don't need any more to add to it than I'm getting now.  In fact I try to load mine with books to be released and hard to find books so that I don't get many at one time.  But then once in a while I find myself ordering available books that I can't possibly get to soon.  I like long series in epic fantasy so I'm always missing a book or two. 

I'm always amazed when I see WL that only have 50 or so books on them.  I think it must be nice to be so self-limiting.  My DH wishes I were.  But to me more is MORE!  LOL!!

;D

Ruth



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Date Posted: 4/24/2010 7:52 PM ET
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I use my reminder list as my overflow wishlist -- of course it doesn't solve the problem of getting in line, but when something I wish for is offered, then I can add one from the reminder list to the wishlist.

Date Posted: 4/24/2010 11:47 PM ET
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Since we can't change the size of our wishlist, look at the bright side...this forces us to only list the books we really want, research before we buy, keep our wishlist current, and curb our packrat tendencies!

My Reminder List is also very active, as I move books on and off my Wish List.

Date Posted: 4/25/2010 1:54 AM ET
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Yup, I too use my RL as my wishlist overflow. I think I have about 40 books on there tagged as such. I move them over as room permits

Date Posted: 4/25/2010 8:33 AM ET
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I also just put them on my RL.  I kind of like the limit.  I also have a huge TBR and the limited WL keeps me from putting stuff on there that I'm not sure I want. 

They've been talking about implementing an unlimited WL for a long time. I personally think it's just going to make the WL lines worse and the the time outs and declines more frequent.  Right now people have to think about if they really want to use a limited WL spot on a book.  If the WL is unlimited, people will put any WL book they have a slight interest in in on their WL because they have the space and they may want it.  Which will make the lines longer.  People will then be declining more WL offers because they decide they don't wnat it or with that huge WL-they don't have enough credits.

Date Posted: 4/25/2010 9:07 AM ET
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Maybe a good way to implement self control is to limit your wish list to the number of books on your bookshelf plus the number of credits you have.

Eliminates the backlog when one comes available AND the chance of spending above your income is lessened.

 

wc

Date Posted: 4/25/2010 5:12 PM ET
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Wayne,

Maybe in theory that's a good idea, but there are MANY wishlisted books that aren't yet released or which move very slowly, or simply have long lines. In fact, if you continue to read and post books, and continue regularly mailing out requests, you can actually have a wishlist at or approaching 200 books and still keep up with the offers without much difficulty. There's little point to not at least getting in line, especially now that you can put individual wishlist books on hold if you do start getting short on credits.

Using your idea, wishlist offers would be few and very far between. If you have a wishlist of nearly 200, you'll get more offers, but it isn't as though they all pop up in one week. You can actually have that many books on your list and still only get one or two offers (or less) in a week. Some weeks you may get a lot of offers, but not often. So, it's really more an example of self deprivation than self control, unless your goal is to actually reduce your incoming books while maintaining your outgoing books. I find that with a fairly full wishlist that I watch carefully, the status quo is pretty well maintained. I keep reading, my TBR pile and credit level stays (fairly) steady with a little fluctuation in each direction, my outgoing mail keeps flowing, and I stay as happy as a kid in a candy store.

Date Posted: 4/25/2010 6:16 PM ET
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Maybe a good way to implement self control is to limit your wish list to the number of books on your bookshelf plus the number of credits you have.

Since there's the Kiosk and the Bazaar where you can buy credits pretty quickly when ever you need to, why limit yourself when the site already has a limit?

Just buy 'em as you need 'em.

They've been talking about implementing an unlimited WL for a long time

And it used to be you had an unlimited number of books you could put on your WL. Now, whether they changed that for reasons behind the scene, (because of record-keeping problems or too many WL'd books were being passed up) I don't know.

But I do remember there were quite a few people on the forums bitching about the fact that other people had huge WL's. One was a couple of thousand, IIRC. Somehow, it was unfair to be in line for that many books! (So it must be eeeeevilness going on!)

Ignoring the fact that 1) They could be in line for that many books as well and 2) They'd still have to have a credit to actually get the book when offered. I figured, if they want to stand in thousands of lines, I didn't care as long as they could only stand in them once, just like I could. An if they could afford that many WL'd books, go for it.

So, for whatever reason, unlimited WL didn't work. Tried that already.

And the last cure to the WL problem they proposed a couple of years ago looked to be worse than the cure. They had that system at the DVD site and I personally thought it sucked for DVD's. For books, I wouldn't want to use it at all.

So I'm not sure if they'll ever raise the limit to unlimited again. Or it may be they'll just implement it and we'll find out the hard way.



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dp
Date Posted: 4/25/2010 8:19 PM ET
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My WL is getting pretty full, too, though quite a few are on hold.  A lot are duplicates, though - right now I have 4 editions of Neil Gaiman's Anansi Boys, 2 Coralines, 3 of Diana Gabaldon's Brotherhood of the Blade, 4 Maria V Snyder's Poison Study, etc.  So even though my 200 slots are filled up, there are probably only 150-160 unique titles on there.  Overall I like the current WL system quite well, but it'd be nice if editions tied to each other under the 'wish expander' only counted as one spot.

Date Posted: 4/26/2010 6:08 PM ET
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I guess when y'all put that way that unlimitted lists would cause more problems by making waiting lists longer than I should not complain.  It makes you analyze what you really want.  I just went and deleted some non essential books from my list.  I had to analyze what I really wanted.  I could probably trim my list some more. 

Date Posted: 4/27/2010 12:39 PM ET
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I guess my WL is pretty small compared to most.  It's not much about self control for me as much as trying find new authors that I like.  I also put in books that are not yet published.  My favorite authors need to write faster...LOL!

Date Posted: 4/27/2010 12:50 PM ET
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Date Posted: 4/27/2010 1:44 PM ET
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Fortunately I have a family member who is also a PBS member, and once when my wish list got over 200, I just asked her to wish list my extras.   When my WL got smaller, I "took back" those books.

Date Posted: 4/27/2010 2:35 PM ET
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I wouldn't want an unlimited wishlist because I like the reminder list too much.  If the wish and reminder lists were combined, it would become unmanageable.  But I WOULD love it if they'd increase the WL to 250 or 300.  :D

dp
Date Posted: 4/27/2010 7:07 PM ET
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ah, you say that now, but I bet once we all get used to and fill up the new 250/300 limit, we'll be saying, 'if only they're increase the WL to 350 or 400...'

though 250 or 300 WOULD be nice :D

Date Posted: 4/27/2010 7:16 PM ET
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I am a member of Packrats Anonymous and need the restriction that 200 book limit gives me! cheeky

I keep my list maxed out and sometimes have to find a book to move to my RL when a book I want more needs to go on my wishlist!

 

Me, too, Jeri! 

I have lots of future releaseson my WL.  Only 3 or so have different ISBN's but same title.

My RL is used in a few different ways and I wouldn't like for it to go away.  I don't tag many books with personal tags.  I do tag books with new editions or new publication dates.  200 works.  I can live it easily.  Just don't ask me to rank them.  That is one way to limit an unlimited list AFAIC.

Ruth