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Subject: Lost book questions...
Date Posted: 8/7/2008 11:32 PM ET
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A book I sent out has been declared lost by the system.  I've PM'd the intended recipient, but she hasn't responded.  I did not use DC to send this book.  Hopefully, she wouldn't NOT mark it received if it was - it was Christian genre.

Unless I'm not looking in the right place, I no longer have access to her address and I need that to complete the USPS form to report missing mail.

Should I do anything else, or just let it go?

Date Posted: 8/8/2008 12:12 AM ET
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<<Hopefully, she wouldn't NOT mark it received if it was - it was Christian genre.>>

I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that I'm sure you didn't mean to imply that those who read "Christian genre" books are any more (or less) trustworthy than members who read other books. :-)

There is, in the Help Center, a document called "A Book I Sent Is Lost in the Mail!" which will explain everything necessary.  You need to work with the recipient.

If you start to see a pattern of late/lost books, you'll want to take further steps -- is there a pattern on where your late/lost books are being sent from (i.e. same mailbox), talk to your local postal folks etc to try to pin down any problem areas.

Cheers,

Catt

Date Posted: 8/8/2008 12:25 AM ET
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Thanks for the link.

<<Hopefully, she wouldn't NOT mark it received if it was - it was Christian genre.>>

<I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that I'm sure you didn't mean to imply that those who read "Christian genre" books are any more (or less) trustworthy than members who read other books. :-)>

Actually, in reference to the above, I am just assuming that the person is Christian since that was the book that was ordered (it was nonfiction as well).  I guess I shouldn't assume that. 

As a Christian myself, I am not putting down anyone who is not, but I am and do hold people who claim to be Christians to a higher standard.  Another example of this is that most games require a deposit of credits - why - to make sure people follow through.  If you check out the Christian swap game, they don't require a deposit.  They expect you to be honest and trustworthy.

I would expect that of anyone who outwardly claims Christianity, as I know the values a Christian should have.  I can't say the same of other faiths as I don't know the values involved.  As in all situations someone may claim to be Christian and not be by their outward actions - that's not for me to judge.  Of anyone, actions speak louder than words.  And, no, I don't believe that anyone HAS to be Christian to be honest and trustworthy.

I hope this doesn't offend as I'm not putting anyone down, just holding one group to a higher standard : )

Date Posted: 8/8/2008 9:55 AM ET
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Date Posted: 8/8/2008 10:11 AM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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How long has it been lost?  PBS suggests waiting at least 2 wks before reording a book that's gone lost.  So if it hasn't been that long I would give it time.  Although it couldn't hurt to PM her and ask if she's forgotten to mark it received or to make sure her address is correct. It could just be that she's gone on vacation and forgot to put her account on hold  This happens alot especially during summer months and near holidays.

Date Posted: 8/8/2008 12:44 PM ET
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Also, don't lose hope!  i sent out a pair of book at the end of April, and they went lost--and today, they apparently arrived!  I have no idea what they were doing mucking around in the postal system for this long, but they did make it to their destination eventually!  I was so surprised!

Date Posted: 8/8/2008 2:11 PM ET
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Another example of this is that most games require a deposit of credits - why - to make sure people follow through.  If you check out the Christian swap game, they don't require a deposit.  They expect you to be honest and trustworthy.

As co-coordinator of the games thread, I just wanted to comment on this. We expect ALL of our players to be honest and trusthworthy.  It is up to an individual host/hostess as to whether or not they collect credits for a game. If a player does not fulfill their obligation, and there are no credits being held in the mod account, than there is no recourse against the bad swapper and a player would end up with nothing. There have been and are plenty of games here on PBS, not just the Christian swap, that have not required the credit deposit. In games where no credits are required, we expect the host to make things up to the players who have been shorted.    



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