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Subject: Feature Needed on PBS . . .
Date Posted: 9/10/2009 12:16 PM ET
Member Since: 8/3/2009
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Okay, this isn't so much a question as it is a suggestion.  (Or perhaps it IS a question and there's an answer that I don't know exists!)

It seems to me that there needs to be a "Not Interested" option that you could click on a given book so that as you browse -- particularly in your favorites -- it does not keep showing up.  Netflix has a similiar thing so that you aren't suggested something that you have no desire to rent or own.

My example is that I'm a quilter and am always on the lookout for a new and interesting book on the topic.  However, there are plenty of books that I just don't want, but I have to sort through them each day to see if any new books on the topic have been posted.

What are your thoughts?

Date Posted: 9/10/2009 12:40 PM ET
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I suggested this ages back when there were other threads about what you'd like to see on PBS (I think it was in the CMT forum). I used the Netflix example too! I'd love it because I could click on everything romance, series romance, kids, sports, etc. It would be cool b/c once you click it, that book never shows up in someone's bookshelf again. Saves a LOT of scrolling.

Date Posted: 9/10/2009 12:44 PM ET
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I'm new enough to PBS to wonder -- is there a place to submit suggestions for the site?

Date Posted: 9/10/2009 12:45 PM ET
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Sounds like an excellent idea!  Heather, I agree about the Netflix.  It makes it sooo much easier.  I also like another thing that they do which is rating the ones that you like and then they give suggestion of one you might like.  Saves a lot of time and it would make it easier to find new stuff.

Date Posted: 9/10/2009 12:49 PM ET
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You can send the site admin suggestions using the Contact Us link at the bottom of the screens. They don't read the forums much so they may miss your suggestions unless you send it directly to them. They do listen and I have seen quite a few members' wished for features implemented.

If you are using the Book Browser under search, scroll down to the lower portion of search criteria. There will be a sort by option. If you do that with Date-Descending, you will get all of the most recently posted books at the top of the list. Any time you see a resort button you can sort the list this way.



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Date Posted: 9/10/2009 12:56 PM ET
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I also like another thing that they do which is rating the ones that you like and then they give suggestion of one you might like

So, go to My Account --> My Lists --> FABIL and check it out.

Date Posted: 9/10/2009 1:06 PM ET
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Okay, I kinda feel like an idiot :P but hey I didn't know.  Thanks Sara for showing me where that was at.

Date Posted: 9/10/2009 1:26 PM ET
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Melanie and Sara -- Thanks for the tips!  And I'll try submitting my suggestion directly.

Date Posted: 9/10/2009 3:13 PM ET
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I think Amazon does something similar. If you are logged in and look up their recommendations for you (based on what you've ordered and browsed) you can hit Not Interested and it won't offer you that book again.

Date Posted: 9/10/2009 3:40 PM ET
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That would be a terrific idea? I hope all of you have used the Feedback button on the Contact page to let PBS know that we would like something like that if they can in anyway implement it. It would be soooo nice to have had that feature while looking thru the SciFi/Fantasy shelves this past week and remove all the Star Wars & Star Trek books that I'm so totally not interested in, but you have to slog thru them all (7 pgs on one persons shelf) to get to the books that you are interested in!