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Subject: WL book keeps holding and holding....
Date Posted: 8/8/2010 12:31 AM ET
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Almost two weeks ago, I posted a highly WLed book....it's still sitting and waiting and waiting and waiting for someone to actually request it.  I've had so many times of it timing out waiting for member that I'm wondering if it just keeps sitting there for the same person over and over.   I've mailed and had received three other WL books since then, including ones that I posted after this one.  Do I need to go thru all 500 people wishing for this book before someone has a credit for it?

Date Posted: 8/8/2010 1:50 AM ET
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You can click on the PM every couple days to be sure you're seeing a new name there.

This is my guess -- if there are 500 people on the wishlist, the people who are now at the top of the list may have wishlisted this ages ago, and may no longer be active members.  At least you have the comfort of knowing that you're helping to weed out inactive accounts... (No, not all that comforting, is it?)

Hope this next one is the person who will be delighted to have that book.

Date Posted: 8/8/2010 9:26 AM ET
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This is exactly why so many forum users want to use the WL threads that a few people have complained about.  It's why they started. 

I would put my shelf on hold when it's about to time out again. That'll remove it from being offer to WL.  Delete the book from your shelf before you come off hold. Then offer it in one of the genre threads (whatever ones go with the book).  Not quite fair to the next person in line but I think youve done your part in helping to reduce the WL line for the book. 

Date Posted: 8/8/2010 9:48 AM ET
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Part of the problem with the long wishlists is that people who put the book on their wishlist perhaps a year ago have long ago come and gone, abandoning their wishlist, etc. This is one of the reasons why I am a huge proponent of having a "sign in every 60 (or 90) days or your account is put on hold" policy. It is so frustrating watching a book you want to mail roll over, roll over, roll over! Plus waiting for all of those roll overs really slows down the process for us active members who are also on that wishlist waiting for that book. Plus I think some members leave this site because they get frustrated with waiting for books that could move so much faster if only they could be offered to active members.

Date Posted: 8/8/2010 12:44 PM ET
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I had a book that went through 5 wish list holds before someone finally accepted it.  This is very frustrating, especially if you need the credits.  I think the next time I have a wish-list book to post, I'll offer it to my PBS buddies first. 

Date Posted: 8/8/2010 12:53 PM ET
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This is one of the reasons why I am a huge proponent of having a "sign in every 60 (or 90) days or your account is put on hold" policy.

I so wish TPTB agreed with that.  Actually I'd make it every 30 days.  If you can't be bothered to sign in once a month you apparently don't have much interest in trading books.  What's it take, 30 seconds to log on?  Come on, on the first of the month you check your smoke detector batteries, change your contact lenses and log on to PBS.  *grin*  Of course I'm here and on FarmVille every darn day so it wouldn't matter to me.

Date Posted: 8/8/2010 6:16 PM ET
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Thanks all.....I never thought of the inactive accounts issue, I just figured someone wasn't caring enough to actually say "no" and just left it sitting there forever.

It's actually been timed out around 5 times now and it looks like in the last 3 days I've had 3 different times it's been 'reserved pending' meaning that someone (a few someones) have come on before their time-out and said "no".....

If it doesn't get a request by Tuesday, I'm going to pull it and offer it elsewhere...

THANKS

C

Date Posted: 8/8/2010 6:21 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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I have suggested the log in requirement many times.  It's not a hardship to log in for 2minutes once every 60-90 days.  And anyone who can't find time to do that certainly doesn't have time to mail any books out if they get an order and should be closed or on vacation anyway.  Even if they just sent out a mass mailing once a year to any account with no log in for a certain # of days-something like "we noticed you are not using your PBS account.  Please log in by x date if you do not want your WL and bookshelf to be put on hold".  It's one of hte pluses of another trading site that I do in that each account says "last log in x # of days ago-possibly inactive" and you can avoid ordering a book from someone who isn't active anymore.  But PBS is still the best. 

Date Posted: 8/8/2010 11:51 PM ET
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I agree, a member that hasn't logged into their account in 30 or 60 days should have their account put on inactive hold by TPTB.  Frankly any member that doesn't check in every week (or two at the most) is missing bookself requests and wishlist offers...definately damming up the flow of books from member to member.

Yes Mary, PBS is the best...but this is one of the few changes I'd really like to see implemented.

Date Posted: 8/9/2010 1:46 AM ET
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You wont be able to pull it with out waiting for someone to accept and then canceling the order, as far as I know.

Date Posted: 8/9/2010 1:56 AM ET
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You can put your account on vacation hold when it is about to roll over.  That should give you a chance to unpost the book if you want to offer it in a forum.

Date Posted: 8/9/2010 9:59 AM ET
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But what about us active members who are waiting for that book!?!??!

I definitely understand the frustration of waiting for a book with a long wishlist to be accepted! I've been there! I once posted 6 books with multiple wishers and after rolling over multiple times they all went into FIFO, but that took almost 2 weeks of rolling over and waiting.

I often wait a year or two or even three for a book and it is not fair to others like me who are active and waiting for books if members with those books choose to bypass FIFO and offer them in the forums. I can't spend my days watching the forums just in case one of my wishlist books come up!

PBS IS the best but I agree that the inactive members clogging the wishlists (and not responding to book requests) are definitely becoming a problem and that is the one thing I would absolutely like to see PBS address before any more bells and whistles!

 

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Briana -
Date Posted: 8/9/2010 9:40 PM ET
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Sally- I agree with the logging in!

I often wait a year or two or even three for a book and it is not fair to others like me who are active and waiting for books if members with those books choose to bypass FIFO and offer them in the forums. I can't spend my days watching the forums just in case one of my wishlist books come up!

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