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Subject: Wish List Position
Date Posted: 4/24/2013 7:46 AM ET
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I thought I understood how 'Your Position' worked for a wish listed book but apparently not.  I've never really watch it closely but I've had a book I am very interested in orginally listed as 1 of 1, now it is listed as 9 of 10.  How does that happen? TIA

Date Posted: 4/24/2013 8:23 AM ET
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Just guessing here.  By any chance do you have more than one "version" of the book on your WL?  If so then each book would have its only WL position.


Date Posted: 4/24/2013 9:02 AM ET
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From the help center:

Your position on the Wish List will appear to MOVE DOWN if:

(1) a member ahead of you who was offered a copy of the book then has that offer canceled by the sender - she'll go back in line in her previous position.
(2) a member ahead of you who was sent a copy of the book got the book with a problem or never got the book and it was declared "lost in the mail" - in each case, she'll go back in line in her previous position.
(3) a member ahead of you had her account on Vacation and removed the vacation hold
(4) a member ahead of you had that wish on individual hold and removed the individual hold.

Date Posted: 4/24/2013 10:39 AM ET
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All of those explanations are perfectly valid, of course, and might explain a one or two position jump - but nine spots? I think the odds of a book going from 1 requestor to 10 like that is pretty slim.

@kickerdad: If you haven't already, I would suggest that you use the "Contact Us" link at the bottom of the page and ask your question directly to the PBS Team... Then, please share back with us their response.

zeke68 -
Date Posted: 4/24/2013 11:31 AM ET
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Rob's explanation is probably the most logical one.  I know it happened to me when I forgot I put two different versions of a book on my wish list.

Date Posted: 4/24/2013 2:44 PM ET
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My guess is that if you looked right after wishing for it that you weren't really ever 1 of 1, the system just hadn't refreshed correctly. But definitely send in Feedback and ask, the Team can track that stuff exactly and tell you. The WL is just a function of lining people up by their WL dates, but having all of the other people in line being on hold or otherwise hidden from view at the time you wished for the book is a pretty wild coincidence.

mistie -
Date Posted: 4/24/2013 3:12 PM ET
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Yes, Rob's explanation is logical. BUT, I thought I have been going crazy - I had about 6-7 books on my WL that I though I was 1 of 3 or 4 , now I'm "last". These are books that I added to my WL over the past year or two - not books that are posted often (if ever). I don't have printouts to "prove" when I was first in line - just that knowledge when I am looking at my current WL that it is "not right". I don't have hard facts to contact TPTB with to have the problem looked at. So, maybe the OP has a valid problem that, hopefully, the team will be able to fix - and maybe find a problem that is more widespread.

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Date Posted: 4/24/2013 5:15 PM ET
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I could accept that in April due to spring break a bunch of people had their WLs on hold and so OP's newly added WL books jumped back in the list as people came home from trips and took their accounts off hold, but Mistie's situation sounds unlikely.  Don't know how a book that you've had WL'd for 1 -2 years could suddenly jump a few slots after being in the #1 slot.

Date Posted: 4/24/2013 9:03 PM ET
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 Don't know how a book that you've had WL'd for 1 -2 years could suddenly jump a few slots after being in the #1 slot.

I have over 20 books on my WL that I am #1 on that have been on Hold for quite a while. I see more than a few members like me. We've been here a while, we've built up our TBR piles and we just don't need a lot of books coming our way so we have a lot of books on Hold. We I to Unhold all of those, I'd bump a lot of people and it likely hit a lot of the Wish Lists of the same people because of the common genre. Should one or two other people Unhold the same books at the same time, someone could see this happening. Is it likely? It would be a pretty big coincidence, but I have see those weird things line up more than once on here with so many members. What seems impossible happens when a whole lot of unrelated things happen at the same time.

On the other hand. If I suddenly saw myself last in multiple wish list lines I thought I had been first in, I'd definitely send Feedback in. They can look into it and make sure that nothing is going wrong and will explain it if there was something unusual that happened or explain if it was always like that.

Date Posted: 4/24/2013 9:23 PM ET
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In an ideal world, I'd be the first to believe in coincidence... but, this is not an ideal world. Things have been kind of wonky on PBS lately. And, having been in IT since the punched card days, I can tell you unqualifiedly that that Murphy guy was an optimist. Most definitely an optimist. wink

Date Posted: 4/25/2013 11:49 AM ET
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Curious.  Any chance the book was offered to you, yet you failed to respond?
I think that bumps you to the back of the line.

Date Posted: 4/25/2013 6:51 PM ET
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Sean, if you fail to respond the book will be removed from your list completely.