Maria Elmvang Maria's Comments (member since Jul 11, 2007)

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220 Paula wrote: "Done, it had 13"

Thanks. Apparently I fail at reading :-P
220 Please delete - this edition has absolutely no information and would appear to just be a placeholder.

I tried deleting it myself as the edition had only 1 review / 2 ratings, but apparently that's still too many. I thought the limit was 5?
Jan 31, 2012 06:18AM

220 Exactly. I think it was mentioned earlier in this VERY long thread that B&N allowed their data to be 'grandfathered in'.
Jan 31, 2012 05:37AM

220 I don't see that anywhere? As I read it, it just said they couldn't use them as a source in the future, not that existing data had to be removed.
Jan 31, 2012 05:18AM

220 AFAIR Barnes and Nobles didn't make such a fuss about not being a data source any longer. I'm pretty sure this would have gone just as unnoticed if Amazon hadn't wanted Goodreads to strip all books of data sourced from them.
Jan 31, 2012 01:02AM

220 Moloch wrote: "Are non librarian users still able to edit books?"

I wouldn't expect so, since we're back at the usual edit page now.
Jan 30, 2012 06:43AM

220 Jeannette, look for the book in your backup file. There should be a column with "My rating". It'll be 0 if unrated and otherwise a number between 1-5.
Jan 30, 2012 12:03AM

220 Gotcha - somehow I've just never noticed it before :-/ With all these other changes I was suddenly über conscious of things I couldn't remember seeing before ;)
Jan 29, 2012 11:38PM

220 Does anybody know what the new required field "Change comment" on the book edit field is all about?
Jan 25, 2012 11:59AM

220 While rescuing books, I'm discovering that books I've added and written descriptions for are suddenly showing the default description instead? (And the default description is in a different language than both my edition and the original!!!)

Weird things are afoot!
Jan 25, 2012 09:33AM

220 Aaron, are you a Goodreads librarian? If so, just click the "Rescue me" link from Otis' first post.

If not, you need to apply to become a librarian first.
Jan 25, 2012 12:16AM

220 Does anybody know how many books still need to be rescued? I've gotten all the ones on my shelves and am working on the general list now.
Jan 24, 2012 10:15PM

220 Rivka, you're right - I misread :(

Well, that sucks, I've rescued a number of books using that as a source, and I know others have as well. I don't even know how to start going about finding those books again, so I hope Otis or Patrick will be back with a reply to this.
Jan 24, 2012 10:11PM

220 Trikis, I'm not sure GR had a lot of choice. As far as I've been able to understand, it's Amazon who is imposing this deadline on GR rather than the other way around. Assuming that the deadline was set in stone, what should they (GR) have done instead?
Jan 24, 2012 09:59PM

220 I'm confused... in the FAQ, Google Books is now listed as an unacceptable resource, whereas in an earlier message we were told it was okay to use as a last resort. Which is it, and if it's the former, what happens to all the books that have been rescued by using Google Books?
Jan 24, 2012 12:41PM

220 rivka wrote: "Audrey wrote: "I'm only speculating here, but perhaps GR only identified those books as "at risk" if the title or author info came from Amazon."

That is correct."

Rivka, once all this is over, would it be possible to get a list of books missing descriptions and covers so we can go through those as well?
Jan 24, 2012 11:42AM

220 Alessandra wrote: "Re:#3: Is the back cover copy (or flap copy) of the book acceptable as a description? I hope so, because I've been using it."

A previous comment said that the back/flap blurb was the best way to get a description, so you're golden :)
Jan 24, 2012 09:47AM

220 Elizabeth (Alaska) wrote: "While you're at it, Rivka, you might suggest to Otis a site-wide announcement later this week (Thursday?) so that everyone, including those not subscribed to the librarian group, knows what has hap..."

I agree. You're going to have a lot of people very angry with Goodreads (and for good reason too!) if this isn't made public in a proper way.

I can understand why GR hasn't told the general public yet (mass panic before the 14mill load has even completed), but I'd find it very, very reprehensible behaviour indeed if no announcement is made later this week.
Jan 24, 2012 09:03AM

220 Jeannette wrote: "I don't see why the title has to be removed."
Apparently, such are the demands that Amazon has put on Goodreads. At least, that's what I gather from the mods' posts in this thread. I don't get it either, but I'm afraid this is a situation where "might makes right"... and Amazon has the might...
Jan 24, 2012 08:54AM

220 Gundula, I think that even GR agrees that that is what "should" happen, but as far as I've understood they could get into serious trouble with Amazon if they do so...

Petra, perhaps they've been allowed to keep an internal table to cross-reference internal ids with ISBN? That's my guess at least.
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