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Subject: Red/Green 'W' icons to indicate Wish List?
Date Posted: 4/10/2008 12:20 PM ET
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For a while, on my bookshelf and Reminder lists, if a book was on somebody's wish list, I would see a big W in the display for the book (green if it was auto-request, red if not).

Did that go away? Or did I turn some option off without realizing? Or have I really not had anybody's wish-listed books on my reminder list or bookshelf lately (I think that's unlikely, because I have some pretty popular books on my TBR pile that are on my reminder list and (not posted) bookshelf. Still I guess it's possible).

Date Posted: 4/10/2008 12:23 PM ET
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It's possible that only one or two people were wishing for it, and those wishes were either granted or the books removed from their lists. I still post those books more quickly than ones that have many in the system, because they're likely to go through FIFO fairly quickly. (Or you might end up #1 just by posting!)

Date Posted: 4/10/2008 12:31 PM ET
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I'm almost positive this only shows up on the TBR list - not the bookshelf or reminder.

Date Posted: 4/10/2008 12:37 PM ET
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Amy, you're right. I just found a book with 0 copies on my RL. But I think if it's on hold on our bookshelf, the W shoud still show.

Date Posted: 4/10/2008 12:40 PM ET
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Oh yes - it does show up on the bookshelf if the book is on hold (I had to go try it and see!).

Date Posted: 4/10/2008 12:47 PM ET
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Checking....

Mine show on my "hold" books on my bookshelf.  Not on my reminder list.  On the reminder list there's a "buy it new" button for a wishlisted book, and it says "0 copies available.  It doesn't seem crucial to the Reminder list, since I don't post books from there, and it shows me if there are copies out there.

And if it's a wishlisted book, it won't show on my regular "posted" bookshelf, because when I post it it'll be offered to someone.



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Subject: I wish we could have other way, too
Date Posted: 4/10/2008 1:13 PM ET
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An indicator on our WL of that ISBN on others' TBR lists (perhaps a green dot?); I did send the suggestion in, but that doesn't seem too popular here I'm afraid. It would help A LOT in prioritizing, no?

Date Posted: 4/10/2008 2:28 PM ET
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Oh, I think that would drive people crazy John. To know that someone has the book they want on their TBR, but aren't getting around to posting it? I probably have 50 books on my TBR that I will never post. I would hate to give someone false hope that they are going to get posted just because I have them in that list. I think I have over 100 WL books on my TBR, a lot of those will get posted, but it may take me a year to get to them.

Date Posted: 4/10/2008 4:08 PM ET
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The WL lines for really popular books can move really fast too and it's possible that they are just no longer WL. Especially if it's a new release of a popular author. I had a book posted to my WL. When it was posted there were 80+ people in line. By the time I got it about 2wks later there were only about 30 and there were none by the time I read it about a week after that. 

2 WKs ago one of my TBR books had a WL of a 5-10 people.  I never got around to reading it and noticed it was no longer WL and there are 10 in the system now. 

I have a couple on my TBR pile that come on and off WL on a reqular basis. 

Date Posted: 4/10/2008 4:08 PM ET
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I'll accept your point, but I think it's better than nothing. Books with no one at all TBR'ing I'd eventually obtain another way. I wouldn't count on their appearing - I'd expect some would become unpostable (accidents happen), be given to friends/relatives, etc. -  but, it'd be a net plus I'd think.

Date Posted: 4/10/2008 5:06 PM ET
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The only books that are on my TBR list are those I've obtained from PBS and that I haven't yet put back into the system.  Some of those will never go back into the system as they're keepers for one reason or another.  OTOH, I have a couple thousand books in my house that aren't indicated on my TBR list because I've obtained them over the years from other sources, and I'm not about to take the time to enter them all here.  A lot of them will eventually make their way on to my bookshelf though.  I'm also still buying books either new or occasionally from UBS, and many, possibly most, of those will also end up being offered here.  Sooner or later.  So, I don't think knowing that a book is or is not on another member's TBR would be much help--too misleading.

Date Posted: 4/10/2008 5:18 PM ET
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I don't think you should rely at all on anything relating to TBR.   My TBR has the books on it that I didn't manage to click the "don't add to my TBR" and I REALLY wish I could set that as the default.    I don't use it and am leery of lists getting merged on me so I rather those I don't use be empty.

It's unlikely anything on my TBR list will be posted here in the near future.  Why?  1) Too many TBR books, and I don't pay squat attention to WL when I'm picking one to read 2) I keep about 1/4-1/3 the books I read, probably higher percentage of those I request rather than pick up at a bag sale 3) those I don't keep I usually release via bookcrossing because I like journaling them, and people here get snippy about BX books 4) I may not even have it in my possession anymore-I just don't look at the TBR list. It's probably wildly inaccurate.

So I'd be leading you to false impressions.  You are more likely to get a WL book posted by me that ISN'T on my TBR than is, since it'll be in a box of books I picked up and just posted. 

Though I suppose if it is on someone's TBR it has either been added there by them (thus they use the list) or it has been swapped at least once before (forgot to undo the check box).  Which may increase your chance of getting it in general, even if not from whoever has the TBR. It at least confirms a copy exists!

(As for why it'd be on hold on your bookshelf if it's WL'd--if you received it here, and didn't change the option to add it on hold to your shelf you can see if it's WLed or not. I don't know how else, unless you held it THEN someone WL'd it).

Date Posted: 4/13/2008 8:31 AM ET
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I ALWAYS uncheck the box "add to TBR"   --that list has no connection to WL