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Topic: Where does everyone find the things to list in "List Suspicious Items Here"

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Subject: Where does everyone find the things to list in "List Suspicious Items Here"
Date Posted: 7/19/2008 12:51 PM ET
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How do you find all these things?  Just curious as I find it fascinating to read that Topic, but there are so many 'suspicious items' that my mind gets boggled sometimes.  Pat

Date Posted: 7/19/2008 1:15 PM ET
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I suspect that people find their first one by accident and then look for the rest. It's just a matter of knowing the rules. For instance, calendars are not allowed. However, if you search for the word "calendar", the first thing that pops up is "The Trivial Simpsons 2006 365-Day Box Calendar". Completely against the rules and should be listed under suspicious items if it isn't already.

If you're really wanting to find some, some good keywords that I know are "calendar" and "magazine". Just keep in mind that not everything that you find will be suspicious.

Some categories are good too. For instance, I went through the Comics & Graphic Novel section and found over a hundred items that shouldn't have been in there.

Date Posted: 7/19/2008 1:17 PM ET
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And if they don't have an "order" button, then they've already been removed.  The listing won't disappear, but the item is no longer on anyone's shelf.

Date Posted: 7/19/2008 3:19 PM ET
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Some of us find things because we're assigned a segment of each day's postings to review and edit as needed, and we find odd things that way too.

Cheers,

Catt

Date Posted: 7/19/2008 7:49 PM ET
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I find things while looking for similar but postable items.  With comics, graphic novel compilations are allowed but individual issues of comics aren't.  When searching for the former, you find a lot of the latter.  Sometimes I just find stuff browsing people's shelves or checking out the Books Posted Today.  What I wonder is how much really gets done about it.  I reported some CD-ROMS on the 6th and they're still there, as are most of the items submitted on that page of the thread.  Granted it takes time but I think it's a more serious issue than whether or not books have descriptions or images (no offense)  I've half a mind to follow the example I saw the other day and start tagging items as against the rules so that the posters will see.  Sending them PM's doesn't really work.  I saw a guy who had signed up using a dozen comic book issues and his response to my message was a little discouraging to put it mildly.  That's what burns me up about the suspicious items, when people are posting them to join.  Not only is it starting off on the wrongest of feet but it's kind of ripping off the site (as well as those of us who actually posted books).

Date Posted: 7/19/2008 8:17 PM ET
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<<Granted it takes time but I think it's a more serious issue than whether or not books have descriptions or images>>

While this may be true, there are teams of trained volunteer members who can edit and approve descriptions and images.  Only the on-site owners can remove items from the database.

Cheers,

Catt

Date Posted: 7/19/2008 10:10 PM ET
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Thanks for the responses everyone.  This has been enlightening.  Pat

Date Posted: 7/19/2008 11:46 PM ET
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I'm constantly finding coloring books and those cheapo sticker books/coloring books that are less than a foot high.  I am not sure why though.