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Subject: Turn off requestor conditions?
Date Posted: 5/19/2008 2:18 PM ET
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I would like to make an exception to the conditions I set, but I can't find a way to do this. I cleared the conditions and I am still unable to accept the book. Does anyone know a way to do this?


Date Posted: 5/19/2008 2:33 PM ET
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Once you have been denied for a book, you can't re-request it until another copy is posted. 

  • This permanently declines this copy of the book to this requestor:
    • the requestor will not be able to re-request this book from this sender, even if Requestor Conditions are then toggled to "No" in the Account Settings.
    • The requestor will need to wait for another copy of the book if there aren't any others available at that time.

  • Last Edited on: 5/19/08 2:35 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
    Date Posted: 5/19/2008 2:45 PM ET
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    Requestor conditions are obviously more trouble than there worth.

    Thanks for that.

    Date Posted: 5/19/2008 3:23 PM ET
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    Richard, unless you're using auto-request, you can try this.

    Create your conditions that specify the condition you want for certain books. If you place an order for a book where you don't need the conditions, you can go to the settings on your account and turn them off. Then place the order and then turn them back on. There will be no RC's for that order.

    Others write specific conditions, such as:

    For Nora Roberts books only, please include the dust jacket for hardback copies.

    For all other books, all I'm looking for is PBS posting guideline quality.

    Sorry you missed out on that copy of the book. :(

    Date Posted: 5/20/2008 12:30 PM ET
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    Thanks mahbaar!

    I shall be making use of that.

    Subject: Requestor PMS
    Date Posted: 5/20/2008 8:09 PM ET
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    An option I use is to state in your requestor conditions, that you would like the person to "PM you" first if a book has the following conditions.  That way, they won't automatically reject the book, they will just PM and ask if its okay. 

    Date Posted: 5/20/2008 9:27 PM ET
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    But if you ask someone to PM you, include your username; otherwise (as far as I know) they won't be able to PM you unless they accept the request.

    Date Posted: 5/20/2008 9:51 PM ET
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    Edited Wrong info!  Sorry, I have since been corrected!

    Last Edited on: 5/21/08 12:12 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
    Date Posted: 5/20/2008 10:41 PM ET
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    There is no PM on the sender's window to accept or deny RCs.

    From the help center:

    Remember, the sender will see exactly what you type! Choose your wording carefully: most senders err on the side of caution. A vague notation like "Nice books only" is not easily interpretable, and will probably result in a lot of your requests being declined.

    • Asking the sender to "PM me if you are unsure" is not a good idea
    • There is no mechanism for the sender to PM the requestor from a request without accepting it
    • If you want the sender to communicate with you about the book, you should phrase this "If you are unsure whether or not your book meets these conditions, please ACCEPT this request and then send me a Personal Message about the book."
    • Ideally, your conditions should be clear enough not to require Personal Message clarification.
    Date Posted: 5/21/2008 12:17 AM ET
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    Some folks will decline conditions automatically.  Some decline if they aren't completely unambigious.  Others decline if the person wants a PM--RCs should be clear enough to not need a PM.  I don't want to lose my place i teh FIFO line (for a non-WL book) because a requestor wants a PM instead of writing clear RCs.

    Date Posted: 5/24/2008 2:52 PM ET
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    Last Edited on: 2/2/15 12:18 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
    Date Posted: 5/24/2008 4:56 PM ET
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    Another thing you can do is, if you are the only WLd requestor:

    Send a PM to the person who has the book, telling them you still want the book.  Buddy them a credit, and give them your name and address. 

    I had to do this once as I went to the 'books requested site' first, saw that I didn't meet the posters requirements, so stated, and it went to the next person on the list.  Afterwards, I went to my PM file, and saw that the person had put a proviso that they'd take the book regardless, but by then it was too late.  As it turned out the next WLd person didn't want the book, and the first person still did.

    HTH.  pat