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Subject: Recommendations by Buddies.. uh, what buddies?
Date Posted: 6/18/2008 11:51 AM ET
Member Since: 12/16/2007
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FABIL's doing something whacky ..

"Based on genres of books you and your PBS buddies rated highly, you should try..."

Here's the issue - I don't have any buddies on my buddy list. What's up with that?!

 

Date Posted: 6/18/2008 12:46 PM ET
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Maybe, they are like, imiginary friends?         Do they have good reading tastes?

lol    couldn't help myself......

Date Posted: 6/18/2008 1:21 PM ET
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My imaginary friends have a knack for liking melodrama and medical suspense novels, neither of which I enjoy. ... make the voices go away! :)

Sianeka - ,
Date Posted: 6/18/2008 2:56 PM ET
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Too funny.

FABIL has never accurately judged my taste in books either, yet, but I find some interesting recommendations there sometimes...

I'm really not at all sure how it decides what books to put on the list - I've given TONS of ratings on a specific genre of book, and to date, not a single book of that genre has been recommended by FABIL.  Go figure!

Date Posted: 6/18/2008 2:58 PM ET
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I know this is something that I probably should know, but what is FABIL?

Date Posted: 6/18/2008 3:31 PM ET
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FABIL=  Find A Book I'd Like

It gives you recommendations here at PBS, but can be kinda off. 

Subject: FABIL
Date Posted: 6/18/2008 4:00 PM ET
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Yeah it has uh... Issues.

 

Some suggestions if anyone from PBS is reading. Filter out the following Books:

Anything in TBR List

Anything on my Bookshelf

Anything I've shipped to someone

 

OH and "Select Unique by Title" not Select :) The hardcover isn't particularly going to make me like it better then the paperback!

 

-Still looking for my imaginary buddies.

Date Posted: 6/18/2008 4:19 PM ET
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Hmmm, I like medical suspense...maybe I should be a buddy to your imaginary buddies.

Date Posted: 6/18/2008 4:37 PM ET
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I too don't  have anyone on my Buddy list, mainly 'cause I guess I haven't asked anyone, and secondly don't know how to put anyone there.  LOL, but like you I get recommendations from those wonderful buddies.  Pat

Date Posted: 6/18/2008 5:20 PM ET
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Pat, on member's profile pages there is a +Buddy button.  Clcik it and thesystem will send an invite that the member can accept or deny.  :)



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Date Posted: 6/18/2008 5:33 PM ET
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Maybe FABIL is learning (?) from the Amazon Recommendations program...it is about as effective! ;D

Date Posted: 6/18/2008 5:50 PM ET
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Wow, I never noticed FABIL before!  One question, at the bottom of the first page, where it gives my complete wishlist data, it shows:

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 Here are the number of Wish List books by status since you've been a PBS member:
active = 182
deleted = 149
pending = 1
completed = 40
converted_to_reminder = 77

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My question is, what is the "pending" book?   I don't have any wishlisted book waiting for me to accept - or at least the system isn't showing anything.   But now I'm worried that there IS one of my WL books available that's fallen into a crack somehow....      Does the "pending" mean something else altogether, or should I be concerned?

 

 

Date Posted: 6/18/2008 5:54 PM ET
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Okay, now I have to go check my WL!!  ;D

Date Posted: 6/18/2008 6:04 PM ET
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Nickie - I don't have a summary on my account like you do. HMMM!  wonder how you get one?

Date Posted: 6/18/2008 6:57 PM ET
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Does fabil only show if you have buddies? I don't know where to find it at :)

Date Posted: 6/18/2008 7:08 PM ET
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Amy, it took me a moment too!  If you look under My Account --> My Lists --- it's under there as Book Recommendations

For a moment there, I thought I was going crazy --- I had moved from that page, and then when I went back into FABIL, that wishlist summary seemingly was nowhere to be found!  

It's on the LAST page --- if you keep clicking the "more" button, whenever it gets to it's final page (it was 3 pages in my case), then at the bottom, it gives that wishlist summary.

That "1 pending wl book" is still driving me nuts....



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Date Posted: 6/18/2008 7:18 PM ET
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Anyone who has joined after February 2006 has at least one buddy, or did. That is when the Tour Guide program started and your Tour Guide may be the one who enjoys melodramatic paperbacks or medical mysteries in hard cover ;  )

Date Posted: 6/18/2008 9:36 PM ET
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AHHH - sooo....  It becomes clear!  But I still don't have a summary after I did what Nickie said.  Oh, well.

Date Posted: 6/18/2008 10:52 PM ET
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I deleted my tour guide shortly after I joined and went "huh? who is this?" ....

Anyone want to swap imaginary buddies? Mine has awful tastes in books.

Date Posted: 6/19/2008 6:59 AM ET
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Swap-A-Buddy may be the next sister site........but the details about Media Mail and printable wrappers may take a while to figure out!

Date Posted: 6/19/2008 8:14 AM ET
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I love it when I'm ordering a children's book and the FABIL has erotica on it.  Just saying.  :)

Kerry

Sianeka - ,
Date Posted: 6/19/2008 11:15 AM ET
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Hey, Kerry, how come my FABIL won't put any erotica on my recommendations????!!!!

Date Posted: 6/19/2008 5:21 PM ET
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Cheryl G. !  Swap-A-Buddy!   That put some crazy images in my head!!!  Can you imagine - "Hold still for just one minute longer, til I get this box tape thingy around your......"  Too Much!!!

Date Posted: 6/19/2008 6:24 PM ET
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Aaron, according to the recommendation page, my buddies seem to like chick-lit! UGH! I'll be happy to trade them off. LOL

Cheryl

Date Posted: 6/19/2008 7:28 PM ET
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FABIL wants me to get romance, far as I know I have not requested any romance books, there is ONE on my WL but other then that I do not know what FABIL is thinking (or not thinking).

I have a few buddies (I think) so maybe they all like romance?

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