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Subject: How can I tell where my books are in the FIFO queue?
Date Posted: 2/1/2011 11:54 PM ET
Member Since: 1/2/2011
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Is there a way to check and see where my books (posted books on my bookshelf) are in the FIFO queue?

I know I can check how many copies are in the system, but I would like to know how close my particular copy is to the front of the line.

Date Posted: 2/2/2011 12:49 AM ET
Member Since: 7/19/2008
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Nope.  No way.  They keep debating adding the option or not.

Date Posted: 2/2/2011 9:24 AM ET
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That info wouldn't really be all that helpful anyway.  Some books have 1 copy in the system but never get ordered. Others have 300+ in the system but are ordered at a steady rate.  So you knowing where you are int he line might not be all that helpful when deciding what to donate and what to keep.

Date Posted: 2/2/2011 9:36 AM ET
Member Since: 4/23/2008
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I wish they would use the same logic as the wish list does. 

You are number 25 out of 130 copies.  5 were ordered last week.  Estimated order date 5 weeks.

Date Posted: 2/2/2011 10:08 AM ET
Member Since: 2/13/2007
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So many books on my bookshelf are ordered out of order by people requesting other books...books that I think will sit there for years are suddenly requested along with another book. So knowing where I am in the FIFO line really doesn't matter to me because I have found that it really has no bearing on how long a book will wait to be requested.

Date Posted: 2/2/2011 1:47 PM ET
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I wish they would add this option.  I know it wouldn't change how long it takes a book to get ordered and things get picked out of order, but it would still be nice to know.  Plus I think it would be kind of fun to watch how they do actually move through the system.

Date Posted: 2/2/2011 2:20 PM ET
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Yeah, I like to watch where my books might be in the FIFO order. I put them on my reminder list, then regularly make a note of how many books are in the queue. If the number drops by 4, I assume that 4 have been requested. If it rises by 2, I assume two have been added. This is clearly not accurate, because there are other reasons that the numbers can go up and down, and I'm clearly not seeing all of the movement in any case, but I still like doing it. It's more information than nothing.

Sometimes my calculations show that I'm about at the front, and a request comes in right on time. Another one of my books - well, there were 12 copies in the system when I first entered it, and according to that method, it's now been requested 35 times. :) Obviously, at least one of the other people holding a copy of this book is among those who frequently take their account on and off hold.