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Subject: WL book sent to an inactive member?
Date Posted: 7/16/2008 4:06 PM ET
Member Since: 10/26/2007
Posts: 1,487
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Hey everyone,

A WL'd book was requested from me via auto-request earlier this month. I sent it out right away, but now I'm checking out this person's info on the site... This person doesn't have a profile, and hasn't added a book to their bookshelf or WL since late 2006. Could it be possible that I just sent a book out to someone that doesn't use this site anymore?

Now I know there are some people who don't post books that often, or the ones they do post get snatched up right away, and a lot of people don't use the WL feature, but it does seem a little odd to me. The book is 3 days away from being designated as lost, and I'm getting a bit antsy. Is there anything I can do on this end? Has anyone ever had this happen before? I'm just wondering what is going to happen if the person is inactive and the book goes "lost". Thanks a bunch!


Date Posted: 7/16/2008 4:09 PM ET
Member Since: 7/31/2007
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if the account is inactive it is my understanding that TPTB will credit you with the credit...as if the book had been received.

Date Posted: 7/16/2008 4:42 PM ET
Member Since: 5/10/2007
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if they haven't logged in during the past 30 days (I think that is the time frame), they will mark the book received for you.  sort of the same when someone leaves this site or loses their account.  you just have to wait the 26 days

Date Posted: 7/16/2008 5:16 PM ET
Member Since: 8/10/2005
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Obviously they had a credit, or the auto-request would not have kicked in for the book, so they either have purchased credits or else are just re-listing books that are wishlisted to get credits, so you would never see those books showing up on their bookshelf.

You really can't tell just by looking at someone's bookshelf and wishlist whether they are inactive or not--only The Powers That Be can tell that. As others have said, if they are 'truly' inactive and haven't logged in for a given length of time, and the book isn't marked received and goes lost, the system gives you your credit back, so no worries.


Date Posted: 7/16/2008 5:43 PM ET
Member Since: 10/6/2005
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My mom doesn't have any books on her bookshelf - we post everything from my account so we only have to have PBS postage on one account. She also doesn't update her wish list very often - pretty much only when a new book from one of her favorite authors comes out. I know several other people in similar situations. I wouldn't worry about it too much - but when you get down to only 1 day before the book goes lost, you might PM them.