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Subject: Can wait times be estimated?
Date Posted: 12/31/2008 7:28 PM ET
Member Since: 12/8/2007
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On Swap a CD, you are informed of your place in line for popular titles and what place you might expect to move up to (if at all) in 2 weeks.  This would be great to see here (please tell me if I'm missing it). 


OK, someone told me how to learn your place in line (hover over the question mark on wish list page), though not your expected movement. Can I delete this post?


Last Edited on: 12/31/08 7:38 PM ET - Total times edited: 3
Date Posted: 12/31/2008 7:36 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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I think that will be part of the new WL that they are trying to develope. 

You can kind of judge how fast a line is moving by watching your WL.  Put the book on your WL make a note of the # already in line.  Then keep checking the grey ! to see how fast you are moving up the line.  Just keep in mind that there might be vacation holds. losts books and RWPs that also move the WL up and down.  But it shold give you an idea of how fast it's moving.  If you are say steadily moving up 10 spots a week then you can guestimate how long it'll take.  A popular book like that tends to have a fast moving line. 

Personaly-when I want a book that has a really long WL line-I buy it myself and post it while it's still WL.  Those are the books that tend to be heavily posted after awhile.  They have a long WL line for a while and then 100+ copies ended up in the system.

Date Posted: 12/31/2008 7:46 PM ET
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Jeff - nope, sorry, there's no way to delete posts. But that's okay, someone else may have the same question and they can learn from this thread!

Date Posted: 12/31/2008 10:42 PM ET
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Actually you can sort of delete the post.  If you hit Edit Post you can delete what it said and then say something like "question answered thank you" or something.  It's better just to leave it alone and most it'll just move down the line until it no longer shows on the 1st page.  Because like Kristina said-someone might find the information beneficial and it'll make more sense when the original question is still there.

Date Posted: 1/1/2009 2:06 PM ET
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There has been some discussion by TPTB of trying to create some unit of the speed at which a book moves through the system.  I've jokingly heard it called "the Grisham" due to the fact that there are huge numbers of old Grisham novels posted and large waitlists for new Grisham novels.  The problem is no one has really been able to figure out a good way to do it since everything is so varied.