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Subject: When does a week begin for PaperBackSwap?
Date Posted: 4/1/2009 11:23 AM ET
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Luv the new Wish List changes!  But when it says "Your position: 2 of 38 Wishes granted this week: 1" which week are they talking about?  When does the week begin and end?

The reason I ask is because I want to print my wishlist at the end of each week.



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Date Posted: 4/1/2009 11:26 AM ET
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I'm thinking Mon-Sun but I could be wrong. Why would you want to waste that much paper and ink?

Date Posted: 4/1/2009 11:33 AM ET
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Because I want to track the activity from week to week.

Maybe I am reading this wrong and the week refers to the last 7 days???

Btw> This is Dan posting for Marilyn's account

Date Posted: 4/1/2009 11:55 AM ET
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The new WL is supposed to tell you how often it's being posted, where you were last week and how many weeks you should expect to wait.  That's what Swapadvd does anyway.  It seems like they are tinkering with it now as some of my WL books show this info and others don't.

A lot of people tag their WL books with where they started and where they are now.  To me that just makes it like work. I'll get the books when I get them.

The environmentalist in me just cringes at the thought of all that wasted paper.

I still think it's Mon-Sun but since it updates everyday it could be based on where you were 7 days ago. 

Date Posted: 4/1/2009 12:04 PM ET
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Hey we recycle paper here in California!  Glass, cans, and plastic too.

I guess if I watch it long enough I'll figure out if it starts on a specific day.

I'll take a screen capture instead of wasting a sheet of paper.  Okay?  :))

Date Posted: 4/1/2009 12:09 PM ET
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Sorry-didn't mean to preach.  But think of the trees man!  Won't someone think of the trees!  Ok so I can't really immitate Mrs. Lovejoy  from the Simpson's "Won't someone please think of the children"

 

 

Date Posted: 4/1/2009 1:06 PM ET
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Holey Moley!  When you use the "PRINT" button to print out your wish list the new stuff (position and wishes granted) does not get printed.  I hope that will be fixed in the future.

Oh, and sorry I lied about taking a screen capture instead of a printout.  It's just too many captures.  :(

I'm guessing the system means the last 7 days (last week).  I don't think it would make sense to zero it out on Monday.  If this is the case then "THIS WEEK" is not a very meaningful screen label for this piece of information.

Date Posted: 4/1/2009 1:09 PM ET
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If you click on Download, you can save it as an excel doc on your computer, or you use the Notes feature on books you would like to track, I usually do that on books that I really want. I make a note which includes the date I have added the book to my WL and the position I am in then, You can go in and edit or add to the note. Click +Note on any book on your WL to do this. You can also use the Note feature on any book on any page.

Date Posted: 4/1/2009 1:27 PM ET
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Thanks for your suggestion.  I'm more interested in watching the system as opposed to watching specific books.

The download to excel feature also excludes the new position and wishes granted information.

Date Posted: 4/1/2009 1:27 PM ET
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I also use the note feature.  That way, just by hovering over the note I can see in one spot the progress I'm making and how quickly.

In my house, if I were silly enough to print my wishlist (200 books, about 8 or so pages printed) one of the kids (or cats) would find the pile of papers and ruin them.

Date Posted: 4/1/2009 1:54 PM ET
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It would be exactly ten pages.  Can you tell this is him instead of her.  Hahahaha.  J/K

Date Posted: 4/1/2009 1:56 PM ET
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I'm curious why you want to track the wish list like that. I don't have any compunctions about using printer paper. I just don't understand the point. Couldn't you just as easily track where you are in the waiting line by browsing through your WL each week? I often look every couple of days just to see if I've moved up in the line.

Date Posted: 4/1/2009 2:21 PM ET
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Like I said.  I am more interested in watching what is happening in the system as opposed to specific books.

We have seen books where whishes are granted at a clip of 30 or 40 per week while others are granted at a modest pace.  I am interested in this type information so that I can have a better understanding of the supply/demand of paperbacks.

Date Posted: 4/1/2009 3:49 PM ET
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Well the new system is supposed to start telling that.  X # posted last week. 

I don't really see the point of it either.  I don't like turnign PBS into work. But some people are really into numbers.  I barely even track my WL booksl I looked at it today for the 1st time in weeks just to see what they were doing.  I get them when I get them. It was a good thing I did though because I found 4 on there that I've already acquired somewhere else.

Date Posted: 4/1/2009 4:54 PM ET
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Oh ok. I still don't get the appeal, but I understand what you mean about watching the system and not specific books. :)

Date Posted: 4/1/2009 6:18 PM ET
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Some of my WL books haven't moved since 2006. Most others since 2007. And a handful since 2008. It would be like watching paint dry, to watch my WL from week to week. 

I wouldn't think there was any scientific way to monitor the speed of the WL as different books would move at different rates according to current popularity, genre, books made into famous movies out now, etc. Since most of my books are rare books, mine is not going to move as quickly as other people who get a lot of the latest popular titles. I borrow those from the library.

Date Posted: 4/1/2009 7:38 PM ET
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Some of my WL books haven't moved since 2006. Most others since 2007. And a handful since 2008. It would be like watching paint dry, to watch my WL from week to week.

Mine's pretty much the same way.  Of those 200 books on there, only fifteen have an estimate.  Another 2 or 3 have the 'lasted posted' data, one of which is from Oct of 07.

All of the others have never been posted.

I don't think they'll be including that info for the print outs in the future.  By just adding that one line of info, I'm sure it would another 2 pages.

Date Posted: 4/1/2009 9:47 PM ET
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The environmentalist in me just cringes at the thought of all that wasted paper.

I work for a paper company so print  as much and as often as you want. We need the business to many people are getting laid off

Date Posted: 4/2/2009 12:01 PM ET
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I checked my wish list today and the screen label has changed from “this week” to “last week”.  Wow!!  The PBS coders are good…. and fast too!  It makes more sense now.

I’m doing my part to save your job Diane.  :)



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