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Topic: What to do about a new member's info on bookshelf "banner" ?

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Subject: What to do about a new member's info on bookshelf "banner" ?
Date Posted: 3/12/2009 2:30 PM ET
Member Since: 12/9/2007
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What would you do or advise me to do about a banner that I came across on a new member's bookshelf banner?  I'm a bit stumped but it indicates that they are asking for credits for unpostable books.  Some of the books could be textbooks - but not all.  This is what the banner says:

"Wanna read like you've taken a lot of Ivy League humanities classes? (And some really crappy Barnes and Noble clearance novels?) Then have I got some books for you. ALMOST EVERY BOOK has underlining or highlighting in it. A few are a little bent from sitting in boxes for a few years, but can be put back into shape with a little love. "

She's been a member for only 4 days.  But she obviously hasn't read the posting conditions or isn't taking them seriously.  Should I PM her about reading the rules or send a PM to PBS or leave it alone?  At the least she needs to be PM-ing requestors of the highlighting and underlining.  She has 15 books on her bookshelf at the present moment.


Date Posted: 3/12/2009 2:39 PM ET
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I would suggest PM'ing her nicely and asking her if the books she mentions in her banner are also posted on her Bookshelf.  If they are, of course, you can advise her of the guidelines.  However, she may just be stating there that she has uponstables for people to order with an order from her shelf or something like that....  I think a PM is in order, but with a question about it, rather than instantly assuming that's what she's doing. 

(I'm figuring that's what you would have done, but I just wanted to be sure. :))

Date Posted: 3/12/2009 2:46 PM ET
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Well, I'd try to be as gentle and diplomatic as I could be - that may not be enough, though.  In reading through her bookshelf most are elegible to be or recognizable as textbooks.   I don't want to discourage her, but I don't want unsuspecting members getting unpostable books for credit which is how it sounds to me right now.  She is young.  Maybe I should ask a TG about it??


Date Posted: 3/12/2009 3:20 PM ET
Member Since: 2/11/2007
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The strongest argument for contacting her would be a reminder that each textbook transaction must be specifically agreed-to in advance; a single disclaimer isn't enough for trading textbooks.

Date Posted: 3/12/2009 5:04 PM ET
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Date Posted: 3/12/2009 5:42 PM ET
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I would contact a tour guide and let them contact her.  She might take it a bit more seriously coming from them.

Date Posted: 3/12/2009 10:49 PM ET
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Feel free to drop me a PM and we can talk about it.  Your desire to want to help this new member  (and protect the rest of us) is commendable :-)