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Subject: Wish list position going up instead of down?
Date Posted: 2/23/2008 10:12 PM ET
Member Since: 11/18/2007
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For a couple books on my wish list, my wish list position seems to be going up.  I thought that this number should be monotonically decreasing.  For one book, on 2/7 my position was 1 of 6, now it's 2 of 7.  For another book, on 2/7 it was 10 of 10. and now it's 11 of 12.  How do you get to jump the line?  Is this a bug?

Thanks!

Date Posted: 2/23/2008 10:15 PM ET
Member Since: 1/8/2007
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Most likely, people have been going out of town or putting their accounts on hold. When they came back, they were returned to the #1 spot.

The other possibility is that the person who was #1 ahead of you had a problem with their WL book order. Either (1) the book order timed out or (2)  the book went lost or (3) the book was RWAP and the person requested to be returned to #1 in the WL line.

Date Posted: 2/23/2008 10:17 PM ET
Member Since: 11/18/2007
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That makes sense.  Thanks!

Date Posted: 2/23/2008 10:27 PM ET
Member Since: 11/14/2005
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It often sounds like it's unlikely that it would happen with your book or that you could possibly have it happen more than once, or more than one spot, but when we are now over 30,000 members, coincidences happen more and more often :)

Date Posted: 2/24/2008 8:17 AM ET
Member Since: 5/29/2007
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That happened to me recently.  I was number 2 for a long time, then, bam, I'm number 3 again.  What?  I'm sure it was one of the above mentioned things.  BTW, I have since received the book.  Yay!

Date Posted: 2/24/2008 7:46 PM ET
Member Since: 2/15/2007
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Kathryn, you get bonus points for using the phrase "monotonically decreasing". Yay for correct usage of math terminology :)

Date Posted: 2/24/2008 8:20 PM ET
Member Since: 11/18/2007
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Thanks. :)  I guess I have it on the brain.  I'm taking a course on MRI physics right now, and am suddenly up to my *** in Fourier transforms, differential equations, and imaginary numbers.  While it's nice to see a few more real-life applications for all of these concepts I learned so many years ago, it's a pretty shocking change from the checkbook arithmetic which is the limit of my math exposure most weeks.  Sheesh, and I'm an engineer.

Katie