Chase DuBois Chase's Comments (member since May 14, 2012)

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May 14, 2012 05:13PM

220 One major change is that we aren't adding new contributors to existing books, since that seemed to cause a lot of trouble in the past.

The importer also attempts to remove author names that appear in book titles spuriously. For example, before this import began, the title of this book was "Cake Angels: Amazing Gluten, Wheat and Dairy Free Cakes. by Julia Thomas" [sic]:

However, as rivka noted, there are many different formats in which this error appears, and we can't catch all of them automatically.

As for limiting the import to new ISBNs -- we use book data from a variety of sources, some of which are more reliable than others, but all of which we need in order to offer the most complete book data possible on Goodreads. Imports must be able to update existing books in order to verify or correct information supplied by other sources.

Sometimes it may seem like imports do nothing but introduce mistakes; however, it's important to remember that the squeaky wheel gets the grease. It's easy to notice a thousand mistakes while losing sight of the hundreds of thousands of correct updates that a single data import can provide. Librarians are vital to Goodreads, and we want to use their time wisely, so we let the import do all the heavy lifting, knowing that the cleanup work is relatively little. Not little, we know, but relatively little.

As always, once librarians update a book's data, that update takes precedence over (and will not be overwritten by) any future imports that may occur.

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