Cait Cait's Comments (member since Apr 16, 2008)

Cait's comments from the Goodreads Feedback group.

(showing 81-100 of 1,928)

Nov 13, 2012 12:33PM

1 I would also like to see language added to the list of columns available. I'd love to see additional authors, too, but I know that that one's trickier because there could be up to 50 of them! Adding at least the primary series (books can be in multiple series the way they can have multiple authors) is on the list already, I believe; in fact, there are a bunch of places where adding the (primary) series is on the list.

I wonder how hard reordering and resizing the columns would be? It would depend on how the current interface is done, I guess.

Multiple columns for sorting is on the to-do list, I think.

Searching within a shelf would be excellent!

p.s. You can always make suggestions, and I personally think these are all reasonable. The workaround of exporting your books to view them that way is a good one and probably the best solution if you need absolute flexibility, but the personal shelves area was updated with new features fairly recently (in the last year or so? time flies!) and will certainly get more as things go on. It's not like half-stars where a definitive "no" has been given on the feature request.
ads (95 new)
Nov 08, 2012 11:51AM

1 Deborah (Debbie Rice) wrote: "I actually would like to know, other than mousing over, when clicking an ad takes you to the goodreads product page for book and when it takes you off site. Not that big a deal; if interested in b..."

I've seen some ads which explicitly say "click to see Goodreads reviews" and I am definitely more likely to click on those!
Oct 31, 2012 06:17AM

1 If you're looking for the old "shelf" page, it's the final section of the "genre" page, the one with the "Popular [genre name] Books". That section shows you the top 15 books, but you can click on either the heading or the "More popular [genre name] books..." link at the bottom of the section to reach the longer 50-book pages.
Oct 27, 2012 08:53AM

1 All editions of a book should be combined already, with reviews shared and ratings averaged. If you find uncombined editions, please start a thread for them in the GR Librarians group and someone will get them combined.
Oct 26, 2012 09:16AM

1 They're your friends. Why don't you just tell them to get Tumblr accounts and post their porn there like the rest of us?

(Or are they all posting here today because of the Tumblr outage this morning? If that's the case, have some sympathy! And then laugh at them anyway for getting their social media streams crossed, okay.)
1 Sounds like it's related to this:
World Cat Link (65 new)
Oct 22, 2012 01:58PM

1 Cait wrote: "Makes sense to me! Plus it balances out that mandatory bookseller link nicely, I feel."

Elizabeth (Alaska) wrote: "WorldCat was always there, balancing it out."

Not for people who didn't know what "WorldCat" meant and weren't interested in randomly clicking on things to find out.

"Do you think the rewording and attempt to confuse and obfuscate the right way to do it?"

I don't find the word "Libraries" confusing in the least, nor do I expect it to be confusing to most other people. Clicking on a link labeled "Libraries", I would expect one of two things: either a list of libraries which have the book in question or bibliographic data on the book drawn from various library listings. This link to WorldCat has, in fact, both. My expectations are met.
World Cat Link (65 new)
Oct 22, 2012 01:17PM

1 Patrick wrote: "This is a change we made because WorldCat is a brand that relatively few people seem to know. We wanted to make it as clear as possible that the link would give you information about whether libraries near you have the book."

Makes sense to me! Plus it balances out that mandatory bookseller link nicely, I feel.
Oct 18, 2012 02:11PM

1 Actually, the edition to which you've linked is a duplicate; I'm merging it into the correct entry now. You can always post in the GR librarians group with a page numbering request any time you find one without (or with in incorrect page number).
1 Good to know! Thank you.
1 Kara wrote: "To clarify, images that contain nudity or sexually explicit content are not allowed in public areas of the site like reviews or status updates."

Thanks for the clarification, Kara. Does this apply just to images or also to text?
1 Misfit wrote: "Can anyone tell me that the following GIFs are appropriate content?"

Sure. There's no restriction that I'm aware of saying that you can't post sexually suggestive content in status updates.

It's only incorrect to have them in your feed because they aren't coming directly from people you've chosen to friend, if I'm understanding your explanation. The solution is for the bug that's causing them to show up for you to be fixed.
Number of words (9 new)
Oct 17, 2012 07:42AM

1 I think it's fine in the descriptions, especially since most of the word counts provided tend to be rounded rather than exact.
Oct 13, 2012 08:33AM

1 When you're looking at an author's profile, click on "more books by [this author]" to get a listing of all of their books. Then, there's a sort by original publication date which will show you upcoming and newest at the top. (New editions of already published books should always be combined with their original editions and not listed separately here; if you find some which aren't, just let a librarian know and we'll fix it.)
Oct 09, 2012 11:59AM

1 In the case of series numbering, current policy is to stick to the author's preferred numbering where known and where compatible with the fields available on GR. In a case like this, I'd suggest having the novel unnumbered and having the short story 'numbered' with the text "short story". That way they are linked as companion works. Additionally (or alternatively, if you happen to like the #1/#0.5 numbering), there is a description field for series which could say something like "Monstrous Beauty is a standalone novel with a companion short story."

Of course, how readers will interpret this is something only readers can answer.... :)

Series can't be edited by authors; if there's a change you'd like, just start a thread in the librarians group to get the series edited by a librarian.
Oct 08, 2012 03:18PM

1 Just a technical FYI: those are not flash files, although they are flashing. "Flash" means a very specific file type which these are not. (In the linked example, they are gif images.) As far as I know, it's not possible to embed flash files so that they will play in reviews; however, animated gif images can be used in any review or comment.

On a non-technical note, if there is a way to force gif images (or any images?) to display only below the "read more" cut in a review (so that they aren't visible unless you click on them, and therefore cannot cause the book page to become inaccessible to people who can't safely view flashing images), I would also like that.
Oct 03, 2012 09:52AM

1 Oh, are you suggesting that GR allow the format field to be multi-select? That would be what's required to handle the case you've described.
Oct 03, 2012 06:54AM

1 One big problem with breaking ebook editions out by format is that many publishers which publish in multiple formats still use the same ISBN for each format. Since we identify editions primarily by ISBN*, we would need to either have "ebook (multiple formats)" as a format or have many, many editions which do not have ISBNs attached (which makes it more difficult to integrate GR with external sources).

Current librarian policy is to put the format in the edition field, if there are separate editions by format. While this isn't a searchable/sortable field, it does display on the book page and on the editions page (where it would look something like "ebook, mobi" and "ebook, epub" in the list).

* Yes, assuming a one-to-one between ISBNs and editions causes some problems and changes to this principle have been suggested before, but that's a really big change to the way the system currently works, as I understand it.
Sep 22, 2012 08:47PM

1 The ö probably has a different encoding in each name; there are some encodings for accented characters where it's stored as two characters (an o and an umlaut) and others where it's stored as one character (an umlauted o). From the URLs, I'd guess that's what's going on here.
Sep 19, 2012 04:23PM

1 Dan wrote: "So if I sign out (which gives me the opportunity to sign in again) I should see the "keep me signed in" box? How will that operate to automatically sign me in when I am booting up my system?"

topics created by Cait