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Subject: New member - Did I foul up someone's Wish List ranking?
Date Posted: 10/6/2008 6:02 PM ET
Member Since: 9/24/2008
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I just received my first book through the site today. When I went in to mark it received, I goofed in that, first, I selected the option to take it off my TBR list and, second, when the message came up that is was now on my Bookshelf with an Autorequest hold on it, I chose to leave it on there -- duh, I just didn't immediately realize what that meant!! 

Anyhow, within a minute or two, I went to my Bookshelf, saw it there with the Autorequest Hold marked and realized what it meant, so I right away deleted it from my Bookshelf. I haven't received any notice that it has been requested, but I want to make sure that I have not somehow messed up someone's order-in-the-wishlist by deleting it ...?

Just to clarify: The book is a language-study book that I plan to keep for awhile, probably indefinitely. What I should have done was just leave it on the TBR pile, right?

Date Posted: 10/6/2008 6:09 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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If it let you delete the book than it was not on WL hold.  When you receive a book from PBS it'll automatically put the book on your shelf but on hold unless you tell it to delete the book.  So basically the book was listed on your shelf but not available to order.  Only you could see the book. The idea is that when you are ready to repost the book you can just hit unhold. 

If it were in actual WL hold than you would not be able to delete the book from your shelf until someone requested the book. 

Date Posted: 10/6/2008 6:15 PM ET
Member Since: 9/24/2008
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Hmmm -- guess I have some stuff to learn! It had a green A-WL or A-W ( something like that) beside it, so I just thought that meant the system was going to automatically offer it to someone.

Thanks so much for replying -- I feel a bit stupid but feel relieved that no one is being penalized in Wish List order.

So, with a book like this, with plans to hold on to it for a good while -- where is the best "place" to put it ... Bookshelf or TBR ... or does it matter?

Date Posted: 10/6/2008 7:04 PM ET
Member Since: 8/16/2007
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That green or red W just lets you know it is on someone's WL. If you do not plan on reposting the book, then it is best to just remove it from your Bookshelf and let it sit on your TBR or BIR list.

When you received the book, it sounds like it went to your bookshelf on hold. This is just a newer feature that allows you to repost a book more quickly (click box and hit post) and it preserves the fooprint tracking of the book. A book will never just automatically post to you shelf and be available for order; not many people return a book to the system that fast (if at all) and what a mess it would get to be. As long as you never go through the Post This Book questions, you are safe.

Welcome. Enjoy your book!

Date Posted: 10/6/2008 7:10 PM ET
Member Since: 4/25/2007
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That big green W means it's on someone else's WL on autorequest.  If it were a red W, it's on a WL but not on autorequest.

Keep it on your TBR pile for now if you want to, otherwise you can delete it from there and you don't have to have it listed anywhere on the PBS system if you don't want to.

Date Posted: 10/6/2008 8:55 PM ET
Member Since: 8/26/2006
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When you look at your bookshelf, books with a green check on the left mean you've posted them and they're available to order.  If the green check has a red circle and line through it, they're on bookshelf "hold" -- not available for anyone to order.  You'll see green & red Ws by both posted and "hold" books.

You can choose to sort your bookshelf to see only your posted books (or only your hold books) or all your books.  The menu's up at the top.

Date Posted: 10/7/2008 12:13 AM ET
Member Since: 9/24/2008
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Thanks everyone! Gina

Date Posted: 10/7/2008 9:13 AM ET
Member Since: 7/12/2008
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For some books, I use the red and/or greeen W's to help me decide which of my quick read mysteries (I read a lot of cozies during down time waiting for kids and such) to read first. If I know someone wants it, I'll read it, take it off Bookshelf Hold, and then post it so I can get more credits (yay!!) You're fine. You didn't mess up anything. (That's OK. My first month I ordered and canceled a book from myself, so I have a big red "X" on one of my transactions. -- HA!)

Date Posted: 10/7/2008 11:47 PM ET
Member Since: 9/24/2008
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Thanks, Carolyn, for sharing your own newbie "oops" story! This is a great site thus far, and I understand things PRETTY well, I think -- but there definitely are some little twists and turns to learn!