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Subject: A suggestion for posting "requestor conditions"
Date Posted: 8/14/2007 8:16 PM ET
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How about check boxes in a list ...(that would remove any hint of attitude)...put a check box where the dots are.

  • No books from a smoking household (or smell of smoke)
  • No books actively around cats (or dogs)
  • Must have dustjacket on hardcover book
  • In like-new condition
  • No cuts or tears
  • Must meet PBS guidelines
  • No book club editions
  • No ex-library
  • No spine creases
  • No writing anywhere on book
  • No books that have been around monkeys in the last 17 days 
  • Other________________

I'm sure ya'll can think of a bunch more....R&R what do you think?


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Date Posted: 8/14/2007 8:29 PM ET
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I suggested that a while back and got the impression from the reply that they didnt feel it was needed.

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Date Posted: 8/14/2007 8:58 PM ET
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That's too bad Chris.  I think that would be very helpful!

Sheila, how could you forget "no bookcrossing books"?

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Date Posted: 8/14/2007 9:05 PM ET
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"Must meet PBS guidelines"  Wouldn't include this - gives the option of NOT meeting the guidelines to some!  Do think that it could be a 13 monkey limit, however...LOL...loved that one!

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Date Posted: 8/14/2007 9:26 PM ET
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File me under the "I don't think it's necessary" crowd.  If you word conditions appropriately you will get what you want.  If  people don't want to send to me because I have conditions, so be it - no skin off my teeth. :)


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Date Posted: 8/14/2007 9:38 PM ET
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Oooh-- I forgot about potential 17-day monkey exposure. Gotta go fix my conditions...

I personally like the check box idea, but it's the sort of issue where you'll never be able to please everyone...

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Date Posted: 8/14/2007 10:00 PM ET
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I LOVE the checkbox idea and I have thrown in my name to the hat that wants it, but for some reason I think the founders don't want to do it. Some conditions I've seen are silly, there should be limits, but whatever...

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Date Posted: 8/14/2007 10:56 PM ET
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I'd like to see the more common conditions made into checkboxes like this - and then also have corresponding settings in accounts, so I could, for instance, indicate that my books were exposed to dogs and cats in my house.  Requests with a "no dogs or cats" condition could then automatically skip me.

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Date Posted: 8/15/2007 1:12 AM ET
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How about "No dog-earred pages"?  I got that one for the first time last week, and turned them down.  I don't bend pages when I read, but I don't have the time to check every page to make sure no one else did.

Interestingly, this was the only condition the requestor had. 


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Date Posted: 8/15/2007 1:40 AM ET
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The checkboxes are not a bad idea, but somethings are too subjective for it; smoke and "like-new" being 2 of them.  Although I can handle books that have been around smoke, I cannot handle those that you can smell across the room.   I don't have to have "like-new" books(thought I love getting them)  I do want a book better then "just readable."  I also like my spines readable which means to me that although there maybe creases, there are not so many that the spine looks like a pad of paper..  Guess I would have alot of "others" lol.  Dog-earred pages would be a nice one(I just want them undone if you see them lol)

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Date Posted: 8/15/2007 8:38 AM ET
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It seems that many of the complaints about Requestor Conditions are related to the way the requestor stated their conditions..having check boxes would take the emotions out of it.

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Date Posted: 8/15/2007 6:49 PM ET
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I'm with the group that thinks the general, published guidelines prevail. Anything else needs to be specifically stated by the user.

For allergy related requests, like smoke or pets - I scrupulously assure my books meet the condition or pass on the order. For personal preference requests, I'm less inclined to spend extra effort dealing with them. PBS is a used book site with well-defined parameters. Each user certainly has the right to specify additional conditions. But I have the right to decide how much time I want to spend catering to special conditions.

I just had a request from someone with conditions that (very nicely) explained she only wanted new or almost-like-new books. My book probably satisfied her condition. I bought it new and have been the only reader.  But I don't have the time (or inclination)  tonight to pull the book and verify how "new" it looked after being stored.  Thus, I passed over that requestor and let the transaction go to the next person on the wish list.

I worry that having the check boxes would encourage people too get too picky. Plus there seem to be such a range of needs - smoke exposure being a good one, people would still find it necessary to explain exactly what their requirements are. I don't see that the checkboxes would save much.

Last Edited on: 8/15/07 7:57 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
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