Jessica Jessica's Comments (member since Dec 26, 2007)

Jessica's comments from the Goodreads Feedback group.

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Aug 17, 2009 08:41PM

1 Sorry this didn't get a response - it is a good idea!
Aug 17, 2009 07:45PM

1 Sandi, are you hoping to discuss/learn more about First Reads itself? Or are you hoping to discuss the books you win with other winners?

If it is the latter, maybe it would be fun to add a link to the "congrats you won" email that directs you to the discussion board for the book. First Reads winners could open a thread to discuss it there - getting the jump on everyone else!
Aug 05, 2009 11:06AM

1 Thanks for responding, everyone. And I agree, the rules should have editing capabilities.

Montambo wrote: "Perhaps in group posts, there could be a "mark as spam" link? Then gr could be notified and if someone is getting marked a lot, you could educate them?

This already does happen - albeit in a non-automated way. We review all flags, and if someone has been flagged multiple times, we send them a warning/explanation.
Aug 04, 2009 11:40PM

1 Hi all, we're trying to brainstorm ways to preempt self-promotional posts in Goodreads groups (including this one). Lots of new authors, booksellers, and small presses sign up for Goodreads, go to the group section, and start posting unsolicited advertisements about their books - which effectively then alienates the community they are trying to access.

Many of you would call these folks evil spammers, but we don't want to give up on them entirely. A lot of them are simply ignorant, new to social networks, and too hasty in their enthusiasm. Ok, some of them are evil spammers, and in that case, we have no problem deleting them. But the majority of these wayward posters do have legit literary pedigree, so to speak, and have the potential to become productive GR members with a little education.

What do you think of the possibility of giving each group's moderator the chance to write "group rules." Then when a new group member posts for the first time, these group rules would appear to him or her - and hopefully stop errant posts.

Moderators could make the group rules scary ("we will delete you immediately if you post something self-promotional, so don't even think about it"), welcoming but specific ("please only post content related to science fiction"), or directional ("self-promotional posts must go in a certain folder").

Thoughts? Worth a try? Unnecessary clutter? All spammers must die?
Jul 28, 2009 12:45AM

1 This is a fairly frequent request. Duly noted, thanks!
Jul 28, 2009 12:44AM

1 How about Organizations, and then Academic Organizations, or Clubs & Societies?

However, in general, the group categorization system is a bit confusing and perhaps needs a makeover. Thanks for the feedback!
1 Catherine wrote: "As far as I know, it is against Goodreads policy to use the site to list or promote paid-for reviews, so if an individual or bookstore is doing that, flag them or email one of the team members.

Yes, please do so.

In order to exclude bookstores from top lists, we would probably need to give them a different kind of profile than a reader profile (correct me if I'm wrong, O, K, and M). Kind of like how authors in our author profile have different profiles. Similarly, publishers are starting to have user profiles, Bloomsbury, Scholastic, St. Martins, etc. We haven't differentiated bookstores or publishers yet, but there has been some discussion about this possibility.

I have more of a problem with publishers popping up on these top readers lists than I do with indie bookstores. Most bookstores we have on the site actually have pretty interesting activity/reviews/shelves - at least as I've observed so far. If Random House suddenly was a top reader, I think that would be a problem!

Jul 28, 2009 12:24AM

1 All interesting ideas!
Jul 28, 2009 12:00AM

1 We've experienced some temporary shelf issues this past week. Some additional upgrades were installed today, which should fix the issue. Sorry for the inconvenience!
Jul 27, 2009 11:52PM

1 This is a frequent request, and it is on the to-do list. (It is a difficult one to implement well).
Jul 27, 2009 11:13PM

1 I love that this thread keeps going!

Hopefully, with fanning, friending, and following as options, everyone can find the degree of connection that suits them best, whether with authors or other readers.
Jul 10, 2009 05:59PM

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Jul 10, 2009 05:52PM

1 We've had a few rare reports of similar problems. As Rivka mentioned, this is most likely due to someone having your email in their contacts lists with the wrong name. The Mike that she knows probably has an email address that is very similar to yours. It is a coincidence that you happened to already be a GR member.
Group Lists (12 new)
Jul 10, 2009 05:40PM

1 Listopia lists are currently all public, but creating a private group option is a good idea. Thanks!
Jul 10, 2009 05:39PM

1 Group digests do include content of posts - instant does not.

Cyn, we WISH more librarians kept up with librarian group postings. Thanks for being so conscientious!
Jul 10, 2009 05:35PM

1 A good idea, Ann!
Jul 10, 2009 05:32PM

1 Becky, you're right that there isn't an on-site place that notifies you of new review comments. I imagine you're requesting something that would be similar to how new friend request/group invites/book recommendations/etc. show up in red on the homepage (inside the "my profile" box on the right side). Good idea!
Two questions (14 new)
Jul 10, 2009 05:29PM

1 Searching by language would be useful, indeed.
Facebook (30 new)
Jul 10, 2009 05:27PM

1 Otis wrote: "So I think we need two more settings:
* Add my to-read books
* Add my status updates."

Pretty sure Otis meant that these would be preferences that you could set to on or off, meaning you could NOT include your to-read shelf, if that's your preference.
Jul 10, 2009 05:17PM

1 Fiona, good point - thanks!

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