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Subject: stupid FABIL
Date Posted: 8/19/2008 8:36 AM ET
Member Since: 1/5/2008
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today, FABIL told me that if i liked _salem falls_ by jodi picoult, then i should like _the pact_.

but i haven't READ _salem falls_.  it is on my TBR list.  so, i don't know if i like it or not!

oh, well!  :)

Date Posted: 8/19/2008 10:07 AM ET
Member Since: 8/27/2007
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The FABIL is totally worthless to me!  Most of the activity on my account has been homeschooling books, so all the FABIL recommends are home school books.

It would make more sense of the FABIL were based on our WL titles.  If you are at the end of a long list of people wanting book XYZ, the FABIL feature could find you a book you might like that doesn't have a long waiting list.

Date Posted: 8/19/2008 10:09 AM ET
Member Since: 7/1/2008
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Well, it's a new feature and we are testing it.

The glitch I see is that it won't allow me to mark a recommendation as a BIR until I rate it...and I can't mark it there.

Date Posted: 8/19/2008 11:19 AM ET
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FABIL isn't a new feature...i thought it was there before.  O_o

i'm not talking about the scrolling thingy on the home page with the genres you like...i'm talking about if you click on "my lists" and from there click on "FABIL".  idk...maybe i'm wrong?

Sianeka - ,
Date Posted: 8/19/2008 1:29 PM ET
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FABIL is still a work in progress, even though it isn't a new feature.  I've heard of it suggesting many "odd" and "unique" recommendations to members.  I'm still waiting for it to recommend a book from my favorite genre for me, since they compose 99.9% of my WL books, and probably half of my received books, but it hasn't yet.  Still, it is useful for coming up with some off-the-wall suggestions that I've checked out and really enjoyed.  So, if you are tired of receiving the same old recommendations from Amazon, etc. then check out FABIL!!!

(I hope they fix the Books I've Read glitch so we can mark the FABIL books that come recommended as already read and thus further enhance the FABIL's usefulness to us.)

FABIL updates are on the PBS Admins 'To Do'  list, but they aren't as high a priority as some of the other enhancements they are planning.



Last Edited on: 8/19/08 1:32 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 8/19/2008 2:27 PM ET
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It's about as good as the "others who have ordered this book, also ordered" and then a list of totally random books.  lol

Sianeka - ,
Date Posted: 8/19/2008 3:46 PM ET
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LOL, I also use the "others who have ordered this book" list as random inspiration!