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Subject: Questions about "the 50 most" lists
Date Posted: 3/22/2011 12:10 AM ET
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 Do the top 50 "most posted" and "most wished for" lists  mean currently?  Or could say "Angels and Demons"  have been one of the top "most posted" at a given period of time and until that number is exceeded it doesn't move from list until many are ordered?

I'm wondering cause that book plus 2 copies of another book showing 2000 copies in system have been snatched from my bookshelf since I've been a member (only 23 months) as if  they were at the top of the Fifo list when ordered and I know that's not true.  And none were an addition to an order for an only book (meaning NOT done as "order more from this member")

Date Posted: 3/22/2011 12:26 AM ET
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When you see Angels and Demons on the List, you are looking at the Most Posted of All Time. I don't think that means available, I think it means posted into the system for trade - and they can be still available or already swapped. It wouldn't move from that spot on the list when books are ordered, that wouldn't affect that it had been posted. It would only move down the list as other books were offered for trade more times that it was.

Date Posted: 3/22/2011 3:08 PM ET
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Some of those heavily posted books actually move pretty quickly because they are popular and ordered on a regular basis.  Add in vacations, dead accounts and people offering them in deals and they might not sit on your shelf as long as you might think.   Same with those super long WL lines.  Some of those move faster then the short ones simply because they're getting posted at a high rate.

Plus a lot of people who hang out on the fourms will order from a regular forum poster or someone they've traded with before because they know it won't time out.



Last Edited on: 3/22/11 3:12 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 3/22/2011 5:54 PM ET
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I don't think that means available, I think it means posted into the system for trade - and they can be still available or already swapped.

I think it means available right now, Melanie.

If you notice, The Secret Life of Bees is #48 in 'Most Posted' with 1,154 copies. However, the same book (with the same ISBN) is #9 in 'Most Requested' with 5,763 copies. If 'most posted' included all the copies that were ever posted, then it should include the almost 6K copies that were already requested, shouldn't they?

 



Last Edited on: 3/22/11 5:54 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 3/22/2011 6:23 PM ET
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If that is the case, then how can "all time" "last 7 days" and "last 30 days" be any different if it means "available right now"? Available right now would be the same for all look back periods. Why would they call it "posted" instead of "available" if they meant available? Where's Yoda when a person needs him..

I guess they mean "the top 50 posted and still available at one single moment in time for "all time", the "past 7 days" and the "last 30 days"?? Where requesting wouldn't lower the number, but it would stop it from growing if requests outpaced postings enough that the number remained below what is on the list?

Date Posted: 3/22/2011 6:58 PM ET
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If you request a book and that request isn't filled (either because the sender cancels, or declines your RCs, or is a deadbeat...) I'm pretty sure it still counts as a request.