(member since Nov 28, 2011)
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It is working again. Thanks!
Jaclyn wrote: "I'm seeing this too Diane, I'll ask a developer to look into it."
PS, I have no problem accessing bookshelves in other groups.
For the last few days, each time I have tried to access the bookshelf in my group, I have received this message:
"An unexpected error occurred. We will investigate this problem as soon as possible — please check back soon!"
I have tried accessing it with other browsers and have received the same message.
The group link is: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/...
I noticed that the number of members listed in a couple of my groups do not match up with the number of actual members. One group is showing a few less members than actual while another groups is showing several hundred more members than actually are in the group. I am not sure why this is.
I ran across a user who was using the quotes section for advertisement. The quotes are not actually book quotes, but are asking the reader to call the provided phone number for some kind of business transaction. The "author" of the quote is "profndugu". I did not see a way to flag or delete the quote.
It does seem better today, and yes, Stoner
was back again to the first listing.
I have noticed that search results are often different from day to day. To day I had a heck of a time finding "Adventure" by Jack London which I had no difficulty in finding the other day. Today, I couldn't find it at all with the title and the author's name. When I searched for Jack London under the "add book/author" link it finally appeared on the 21st page. Perhaps next time I search it will appear closer to the top.
I am now having a difficult time locating book titles that used to be come up first in my searches. Sometimes I have to go through many pages to locate the book I am looking for. Today I performed a search for "Stoner" by John Williams. I entered the title, and gave up after page 20 or so of seemingly unrelated hits. I wracked my brain trying to remember the author's name and remembered that his first name was John. So I entered "Stoner" and "John" into the search field. Still nothing. I ended up Googling for the author's last name so I could enter it in the search along with the title and first name and it STILL didn't appear in the drop-down menu. It did show up several books down, however upon hitting the search button. This is not an obscure book. It has close to 25,000 ratings. It should not be that hard to find. This is just one example of my search frustration as of late.
Another thing I noticed, is that when searching for books to add to a bookshelf random covers appear. The cover of the edition most read used to appear. Now it is difficult to determine if the book has been already shelved because the shelved book is now buried under how ever many editions of the book there are.
I am sure this has been asked before, but is there any way to make it easier to search for authors with letters such as ñ, ö, ø, á, č, etc?
People conducting searches often do not realize the authors have such characters in their names and wonder why they are unable to find them. What often results is that new profiles with alternate spellings are created. Very frustrating. Also, some authors are nearly impossible to find, such as Jānis Ezeriņš, since few people know how to type the characters in his name.
I don't encounter this problem with many other websites, so I know it can be fixed. One possible solution (although probably not the easiest) would be to have a "sort by name" line similar to the "sort by title" line on the editing page. That way, names like:
"Peter Høeg" could also be entered as "Peter Hoeg",
"Oliver Pötzsch" could also be entered as "Oliver Potzsch"
"Pam Muñoz Ryan" could also be entered as "Pam Munoz Ryan"
"Jānis Ezeriņš" could also be entered as "Janis Ezerins".
There is also a group that has previously and fairly recently been featured. There are thousands of groups, so why do the same ones keep appearing as featured groups?
Christine wrote: "I think requiring reviews in order to rate books, is a great idea and would sure put a stop to a HUGE number of those stinkin author's sock puppets!"
I would go elsewhere.
I flagged this comment from an author to a friend of mine a few months ago (and it is still there). The author removed her comments that called the reader and "ignoramus with a brain like a sieve" and some other vicious comments based on the country she was from:
Lie much? 'Cause that's what you are. A liar. There was absolutely *nothing else* I posted here, and so nothing I deleted, which I would not do anyway; I have no reason to, because I'm not "patronizing and aggressive" unless I have a really, Really, REALLY good reason to be. You just gave me that reason. You seem to have some mental and emotional issues you need to get help with. Also, YOU were the one who deleted YOUR comment, which was brief, matter-of-fact, and a mild one or two sentences that had zero impact. This was an award-winning book. You are nobody, with no influence whatsoever, and really, who cares what you have to say? Perhaps someone questioned your interest in witches, hm? Now you're trying to launch your own little jihad, huh? And, weirdly...you're commenting here two years after the fact??
Feeling patronized now? I hope so. Either you're honestly mistaken or I have no choice but to guess that everyone must know you're one psychotic chick. Thanks for the free publicity, you wacko.
Get well soon.
All this was in response to the following review:
"Don't really remember much about his book, read it eight years ago on the recommendation of a friend. Can't say it's stuck with me."
Robin wrote: "I really think the concept of adding setting places and characters in the book details has lots of potential as a useful tool but could be greatly improved.
For starters, there is no way to searc..."
Meghan wrote: "La-Lionne is correct—it's fine to manage a separate account for your children who are 13 or older (we ask that you just maintain a shelf on your own account for children younger than 13), and of co..."
Thank you Meghan for clarifying. Now we (my daughter and I on our joined accounts) do have duplicate ratings (not duplicate reviews) because there are books we have read together or both have read individually that we gave the same star ratings to (i.e. Harry Potter books and other children's books). I hope that is okay and does not violate the rule of duplicate ratings.
M. Lynn wrote: "I found one last night and was shocked at how blatant it was. I won't name the GRG book or the names/s (trying to be vague as possible), but the winner/s of one book in particular had on their prof..."
Yes, I have two accounts as well, since I entered my teenage daughter's account under my computer when she turned 13 (different e-mail address now, though, but the original e-mail addresses were the same. I wanted to be able to monitor her activity as a parent). I would not want to come under fire for being a sock puppet because I created another account. Besides, she rarely uses her account and just has ratings of books she has actually read and has written no reviews. Sometimes the atmosphere gets a little "witch-hunty" around here and I would hate to have innocent people implicated or losing legitimate accounts because of unscrupulous and dishonest people faking reviews, etc.
I also had to laugh about the comment of "couldn't put it down" as a sign of a fake reviewer. I have undoubtedly made this comment in reference to a book at some point. Some of us are just naturally crappy reviewers, and not fakes. Sorry. It is just my nature to give people the benefit of the doubt whenever possible.
I am sure this is a tough process for Goodreads and I don't doubt that they are trying to fix this with the resources and demands that they have. Disclaimer: I am not an author or a GR employee, just a person who really enjoys this website and wants to see only the best outcomes.
A win after 4 days is very good. I have only won three over the last 5 years.
I found the following under "popular group tags":
I tagged one of the groups associated with the above tags, but there were too many groups for me to individually tag.
I have noticed this too. I miss that feature.
Meghan wrote: "We would definitely like to look into this—could you email support at goodreads dot com? That way if we need to discuss anything about your personal account, we can do so privately."