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Topic: Is there a way to turn off the auto fill on my profile?

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Subject: Is there a way to turn off the auto fill on my profile?
Date Posted: 3/23/2012 8:24 PM ET
Member Since: 8/2/2011
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Hi, 

I just noticed that the profile was being auto filled. I don't know where the information is coming from. The "favorite books"
 contains books I have not read nor wish to. The favorite author is unknown to me let alone a favorite. 

I keep editing them out and then they just refill. I tried to turn off the display but don't know if it worked.

Thanks, 

sue

Date Posted: 3/23/2012 8:33 PM ET
Member Since: 8/26/2006
Posts: 9,322
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If you don't have them filled with something, the server will fill them.  There's no way to turn that off.  If you fill them with your own favorites, the server will stop populating the list from other sources.  I find ISBN is the easiest way to add a book to those lists.

 

You did turn off the display.  All I see on your profile is the "books I want" from your wish list.



Last Edited on: 3/23/12 8:34 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 3/23/2012 8:44 PM ET
Member Since: 12/31/2009
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Oops, already covered by Patty.



Last Edited on: 3/23/12 8:45 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Subject: Is there a way to turn off the auto fill on my profile?
Date Posted: 3/25/2012 2:35 PM ET
Member Since: 8/2/2011
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Thank you so much for explaining what's going on.

-sue

Len S. (lens) - , - PaperBackSwap Team
Date Posted: 3/29/2012 12:09 PM ET
Member Since: 12/21/2006
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Just to explain a little deeper about where "favorite books" come from...

If you haven't specified your own favorite books for the list, the server looks at all the books that you've given star ratings and sorts them by your highest ratings using club-wide ratings as the tie-breakers. If you have given several books five-star ratings, for example, they will be sub-sorted by the average rating from all club members.

Confusion generally happens when members randomly click the star ratings just to find out what they are/do. Then in a later session, the member sees these "random" books listed as their favorites. The member can get rid of them by cancelling their star rating for the book (the "not" sign at the end of a rating already specified), or as we hope, by specifying their own favorite books. By the way, Sue, I cancelled your star ratings for the three books that were previously listed as your favorites.

The favorite authors are also based on star ratings, but more concerned with the number of books you've rated from an author (regardless of the quality of the rating you gave). So if a member only rates books that they don't like, these will be the pool from which their favorite authors are chosen.