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Subject: Writing on book
Date Posted: 7/10/2011 3:03 PM ET
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I just received a book in great shape except there is scribbling all over the inside title page and the page where the author's other books are listed. It appears a child used a black crayon. All the other pages are fine. I know PBS says no writing on the text pages, are these considered text pages? Is this book repostable or should I ask for my credit back?

Date Posted: 7/10/2011 3:12 PM ET
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Technically I would not call them text pages. Personally, I would not post a book with crayon scribblings in it, text pages or not. I think if you were to repost it, the receiver would have exactly the same reaction you are... I would ask for your credit back or at the very least, let the sending member know that you are not happy. PBS expects us to use good judgement and this is a case where I don't think the sender did, even though it is technically repostable.

Date Posted: 7/10/2011 3:39 PM ET
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I believe the book is postable. Ugly, but postable.  If the pages aren't needed for the use of the book (part of the story, copyright), then I wouldn't consider them text for the no writing rule.

If the book is technically repostable I don't see how you have grounds to ask for your credit back. If you feel the book shouldn't be reposted, then that is your choice, many of us chose not to post postable books, but that doesn't mean a sender should return a credit if the book send was postable.



Last Edited on: 7/10/11 3:39 PM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 7/10/2011 3:39 PM ET
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I agree with Sally, the book is probablay postable but fails the good judgement test.

Date Posted: 7/10/2011 7:54 PM ET
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You have confirmed my initial thoughts, thanks so much for your help! :)

Date Posted: 7/10/2011 9:06 PM ET
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I also think the book is postable. I would have no problem receiving it, or reposting it, frankly.

Date Posted: 7/10/2011 11:22 PM ET
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I agree with Sara. The book sounds postable, so please don't PM the sender to complain about something that is within the site rules. It is, of course, entirely up to you whether or not you want to repost it.

 

If you feel like going the extra mile, you can post it and PM the person who orders it to explain the crayon markings. Tell them that it is postable as the writing is on a non-text page, but you wanted to give them the option to say "no" anyway.

 

 

Date Posted: 7/11/2011 8:30 PM ET
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A book can't be "technically postable;" it either meets the site criteria or it doesn't.  The good judgment comes in evaluating some of the more subjective standards for postability.  Once you've determined that a book meets the criteria for posting, (and there seems to be general consensus that this book is postable), you are free to post it, and it would be inappropriate for a recipient to complain, and really out of line to ask for the credit back.  If there are certain things that make a postable book unacceptable to you personally, you need to create an RC for it.



Last Edited on: 7/11/11 8:32 PM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 7/11/2011 11:05 PM ET
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Thanks for all the great advice. I have accepted the book without complaint and will decide later if I will repost. :)