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Subject: What is FIFO? What is a virtual box?
Date Posted: 3/19/2009 9:55 PM ET
Member Since: 3/2/2008
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What is FIFO?  What is a virtual box?

I keep seeing memebers use these terms...and I have no idea what they are!  Can anyone help me out here?


Date Posted: 3/19/2009 10:01 PM ET
Member Since: 2/5/2007
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FIFO is first In, first Out.  Which means the first book in the system is the first one out, (ordered).

Virtual box?   It has to do with the games but I'm certainly not equipped to answer that one!  lol

Date Posted: 3/19/2009 10:03 PM ET
Member Since: 2/6/2009
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FIFO means First In First Out. Basically, the first book posted into the site is the first to leave when requested by a member. Then the book after that, then the book after that. No line jumping or butting! ^_^

I dont know myself what a virtual box is. Someone else will have to take that question.

Date Posted: 3/19/2009 10:15 PM ET
Member Since: 3/2/2008
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Thanks for the help! I kept seeing FIFO used in one of the threads I read and I wondered what it meant.

I was reading some old thread about WL books and Amazon, and someone mentioned a virtual box and suggested that it was a way to get around FIFO...but I couldn't figure out what it actually was LoL

Date Posted: 3/19/2009 10:42 PM ET
Member Since: 7/15/2008
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A virtual box is a game that people play in the games forum. Members add books that they have and are willing to give away. Then a random play list is generated and members take turns taking books out of the box. If they take 2 books out, then they replace them with 2 additional books.  It's kind of confusing that there isn't actually a "box" - it's just a list that gets updated after each member takes a turn. The members mail the requested books to each other.

Members are free to contribute books to the box as long as they fit the theme (chick lit, cozy, or historical fiction). Some of those books may be wish list books...If you are interested in a particular genre, a virtual box is a great way to discover new books and authors.

If this was too confusing...read the rules for the Chick Lit virtual box here. I think most of the rules are pretty standard

Date Posted: 3/19/2009 10:43 PM ET
Member Since: 4/25/2007
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Okay, I'm relatively new to virtual boxes but I'll take a try at that one.

When you sign up to participate in a virtual box, you must add 2 books to the "box".  Every player puts in 2 books and the titles are listed all together.  That is your "box" or pool of books.

The hostess then makes a random list of player names and play starts at the top of the list.  The first player decides how many of the books in the box they want and which ones.  They must replace any book they take out with another book.  So, if it's your turn and you see 4 books you want to take out of the box, you need to put 4 additional books in the box so that the number of books in the box stays the same.  Once you take out what you want and replace them, then it's the next player's turn to do the same thing.  The books you've chosen from the box are sent to you.  When someone else chooses one of your books, then you send it to them.

The box contents vary from virtual box to virtual box.  Since they are in the Games forum, you can use Wishlisted books there to put into the box.  Some virtual boxes are ONLY for Wishlisted books so you'd basically be trading your WL book for someone else's WL book.  None of the books that are put into a virtual box are actually listed on your bookshelf.  You do need to put down a credit deposit to play in a virtual box (just like any other swap in the Games forum) but it's returned to you when you leave the box provided you have followed all the rules.