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Subject: Finding Compatible Members
Date Posted: 10/20/2009 9:46 AM ET
Member Since: 6/22/2005
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I notice there is a place on the member pages that gives you a score of your compatibility with that particular reader for taste in books. Is there a way to find a list of people you are compatible with so you can check out their shelves?

Date Posted: 10/20/2009 10:59 AM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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No I don't think there is a way to see who has high compatibility ratings to you.  I wonder how accurate they are anyway.  I was looking at a buddy's WL recently. They were only rated as being like 30% compatible with me but we had very similar WL.  Probably 20 books in common on our WL. 

You could try hanging out in the genre forums and checking out the regular posters shelves.  Also inviting them to be buddy's would show you their compatibilty rating to you. 

Subject: Thanks
Date Posted: 10/20/2009 11:12 AM ET
Member Since: 6/22/2005
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Good idea about the forums. Thanks.

Date Posted: 10/20/2009 12:37 PM ET
Member Since: 10/27/2007
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Mary...you and I are at 32%

I also don't think it is too accurate.  I have WL books that are for me but also for my husband, kids, and neighbor.  I have books on my shelf that I have never read but were also someone elses.  So, if they base our similarity on these lists then I don't think it can be all that accurate. 

Just out of curiosity I think it would be a good idea though.

Date Posted: 10/20/2009 1:17 PM ET
Member Since: 7/24/2009
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I wonder how they calculate this?  Is it based on WL or bookshelf books, or on BIR?  When I visited your profile, Mary, we are 34% compatible but we don't have any books in common on our wishlists or bookselves. 

Doesn't make much sense, but it's pretty interesting.

Date Posted: 10/20/2009 2:01 PM ET
Member Since: 8/10/2005
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It's based on what's on your wishlist, books you've reviewed I think, and probably the "type" of books you wishlist and review too even if they aren't exactly the same authors or books. I don't think they go by what's on your bookshelf, which is a good thing because many of the books on my shelf I haven't read and have no opinion about.

I have found the best way to find books you like and people who have compatible reading taste is to visit the genre forums (mystery/thrillers, romance, sci-fi, fantasy, historical fiction, etc.) and notice people who liked books you enjoyed--you can then add them to your "buddy list" and periodically check their bookshelves, wishlist, etc.


Date Posted: 10/20/2009 2:16 PM ET
Member Since: 12/28/2006
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I also think the compatability percentage is based on more than your current wishlist.  Such as books requested, books posted, and/or books reviewed?