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Subject: Can you tell where you are in the FIFO line?
Date Posted: 5/7/2010 11:07 AM ET
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Title says it all - is there a way to tell what place you are in the FIFO line for books? I only see how you can find how many copies there are...

Date Posted: 5/7/2010 11:22 AM ET
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Quick answer ... nope!

If you check the reminder list when you add the book, though, you can tell how many copies are ahead of you when you post.

Date Posted: 5/7/2010 11:24 AM ET
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Beat me to it.



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Date Posted: 5/7/2010 11:30 AM ET
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Ok, I didn't think so. Darn! :)

Date Posted: 5/7/2010 1:17 PM ET
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Some of those long lines actually move pretty steadily and people frequently (I find) add books to an order when I post WL books. 

Date Posted: 5/7/2010 3:47 PM ET
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No, and I wish there was an estimate like there is with the wishlist. It would seem like the programming would not be that hard considering they already know (I think) all the information they would need in order to do that.

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Date Posted: 5/7/2010 3:56 PM ET
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The team says in the Help Center section regarding this topic:

We are working on a 'popularity index' which will better indicate how likely a book is to be ordered within a certain timeframe. It is on our long list of ToDos. We hope to have it available to the membership soon!

So, maybe the changes you want are soon forthcoming!!!

Date Posted: 5/7/2010 4:01 PM ET
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I think different books are requested by differing numbers of people at differing times.  We're not talking about 1 book at a time.  Think about how many members there are.  There are multiple books posted all the time and there are multiple people requesting the same book at differing times or at the same times.  It would be hard to keep track of where yours is - someone has RC's that are turned down and moves on to the next or is timing out several times. 

The frequency index might be helpful.

Ruth

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Date Posted: 5/7/2010 6:13 PM ET
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We're not talking about 1 book at a time.  Think about how many members there are.  There are multiple books posted all the time and there are multiple people requesting the same book at differing times or at the same times.  It would be hard to keep track of where yours is - someone has RC's that are turned down and moves on to the next or is timing out several times.

The system must already be set up to track all of that, otherwise how would it know whose copy is at the front of the FIFO line, and whose is up next?  All that would be needed is to make that information visible to the members.  But I know nothing about programming, so I have no idea how simple or complex that might be.  Apparently allowing us to see an order's RCs after we accept them took quite a bit of work, though it's simple in concept.  Doesn't seem that different from the WL system - which allows us to see where we are in line - but again, I have no idea what would be involved in implementing such a feature.

Date Posted: 5/7/2010 7:18 PM ET
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I wish there was an estimate like there is with the wishlist.

I'm not really sure how useful it would be to have my bookshelf give me 78 estimates of N/A

Date Posted: 5/7/2010 9:02 PM ET
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LOL, Ray!

Date Posted: 5/7/2010 10:12 PM ET
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Well, yes, there are a lot of NA on the wishlist too... but there are always some that aren't.

Date Posted: 5/7/2010 10:35 PM ET
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It seems like it's all very fluid in some ways.  In some ways it's clockwork. I guess it comes down to time. Which book is available first when one requests it.  Which book just went lost?  Which requester is first when a book is posted.  How many time out when.  How many are RWAP when.  When did someone come off vacation hold to be back in #1 spot for a book.  Lots of variables happening all at the same time and in sequences that can't be predicted all that well.  I'm glad it isn't up to me to make it all make sense and work right!

Ruth



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