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Jan 24, 2012 01:06PM

1 This has happened to me too recently. It doesn't happen with every digest, though, and I haven't seen a duplicate since the 19th.
1 Thanks Kara. Good to know. I don't use that feature much but I do use it occasionally. :) If, when folks have time, it were accessible in one click from the book page again, that would be lovely.

For anyone else, I've deleted my test thread, because it was just uselessly taking up space in the group where I posted it.
1 Is there a way to see the list of topics that mention a book without URL manipulation if there are no topics about a book? Example: A Brief History of Montmaray has topics that both mention it and are about it. You can access the "topics mentioning" by scrolling to the bottom of the book page (where it says "discuss this book") clicking "more topics", and then clicking the "topics mentioning" tab.

However, if there are no topics about a book, this appears to be inaccessible. I tested this with Humanism and Libraries: An Essay on the Philosophy of Librarianship. The thread where I mentioned both of these is [thread deleted]. The thread appeared instantly in the "posts mentioning" tab on the Montmaray book's page, but there's still nothing on the page for Humanism and Libraries.

Granted, I only waited 10 minutes, and there may be caching issues ... but I am fairly sure I've observed this with other books, with much longer elapsed time.
Jan 23, 2012 11:10AM

1 Currently it's not possible for users to make sub-shelves, though it was requested not too long ago.
1 IMO, people who follow bookselling have had plenty of opportunity to observe the Amazon ethos in action. It also seems to me that GR has had a strong crowdsourcing component from the beginning. We'll find out how feasible that is, I guess!

You have a point that most librarians have other demands on their time. But hopefully the large incoming import will fix many problems. (Can't help thinking that 14 mil seems like a drop in the bucket - but who knows.)
1 Nikki - it was said in the main thread in the Librarians group that even if the publisher's web site sells the books, it's still okay to use the publisher's web site.
Jan 19, 2012 11:48AM

1 I don't recall seeing a small brown pop-up at any point. I saw a large one when I first loaded this morning, and a slightly smaller one when I shelved a book. They were both in the center of the page.
Jan 19, 2012 10:03AM

1 Yes ... the pop-up about this FB thing needs to go away, even if I have to manually turn if off somehow.
Jan 16, 2012 08:07PM

1 I don't understand what you mean by "interfere" ... if you mean you only want people to see those 8 shelves when they look at your profile, then yeah, I believe there's no way to do that on Goodreads without resorting to the workarounds you mentioned.
Jan 16, 2012 07:04PM

1 This was requested at least once before (in the form of autosaved drafts, IIRC) because many users would inadvertently click outside the lightbox and lose their reviews in progress. (Several of my older reviews have swearing or the equivalent because this happened to me.)

We didn't get drafts, but we did get an "are you sure" message asking if we wanted to close the lightbox without saving. (Which was a vast improvement.)
Sub-shelves (169 new)
Jan 16, 2012 04:02AM

1 Lori - I don't think that not showing shelves with less than 5 (or any n) books really helps. Over time I might have 20 or so steampunk books, but that wouldn't make the shelf more important than when it has the 7-10 or so that it'd have for me now. Or Lobstergirl's hypothetical fiction-1940-1949 shelf might have dozens of titles, but it would still be cluttering up her shelf list when you consider the similar shelves for all the other decades.

Maybe allowing people to choose to hide certain shelves, regardless of size, would help. (Whether or not they were subshelves.)

I just thought of another reason that having tags is desirable from my POV - fewer shelves to scroll through when adding books to shelves.

As an illustration:

Shelves I would definitely convert to tags: awaiting-review, canada, could-not-finish, fred-beste, hegemony, i-worried-that-i-d-get-hit-by-a-bus, itching-to-read, maybe-reread-sometime, middle-east, net-galley, project-1, project-2, project-3, project-4, reboots-fanfiction-etc, rewrites, school-projects, self-published, social-commentary, soho-project, superheroes, wow-this-exists, zombies

Shelves I might convert to tags: american-history, animals, anthologies-and-collections, biographical-fiction, children-ya, east-asia, espionage, explorers, international-relations, maps, middle-ages, military-history, meta-reading, movies, plants, predictions, race-and-race-relations, religion, renaissance, self-help, social-science, technological-development, transit, vocational

Tags I would add if we had this feature (because I don't want to add more shelves): baseball, football, hockey, steampunk, tennis, vampires, werewolves

I'm sure I could think of more tags ... those are just the ones that occur to me immediately.
Sub-shelves (169 new)
Jan 14, 2012 03:16PM

1 Somewhat less snidely ... I am a pleasure reader, in the sense that I read as a hobby and not because it's a source of income or something. However, when I'm in a group discussion here on Goodreads, occasionally someone will ask for, say, steampunk recommendations. And if I want to know what steampunk books I've read, I either have to make a steampunk shelf (which is pretty much clutter, because I don't like steampunk that much) or sort through all of the SF and fantasy books that I've read (several hundred), because steampunk can be a subgenre of either.

This is why I think tags would be useful. I wouldn't have to look at 2 shelves (even collapsible sub-shelves, which would at least be less clutter unless I needed/wanted to look at them), I could just click a tag link and see everything I tagged as steampunk.

I have no idea how tags work on Amazon, so I can't comment on that. I wouldn't care if they were private or public; I mostly want them for my benefit when sorting my own shelves.
Sub-shelves (169 new)
Jan 14, 2012 03:04PM

1 This site is meant to be for simple pleasure readers...

I guess I should take my ball and go home then....

(Or maybe to LibraryThing? Though I have no idea if they have more advanced sorting features.)
Sub-shelves (169 new)
Jan 14, 2012 04:02AM

1 I'd love to see either collapsible subshelves, or tagging. Like, it would be convenient to be able to identify things I've read as steampunk, but I don't read enough steampunk to want to have yet another shelf. (This may sound strange but I already have a bunch of shelves as it is.)
Jan 09, 2012 05:28AM

1 Yeah, same, I have a "paused" shelf (for things I intend to come back to) and a "decided not to read" shelf (exactly what it says on the tin).
1 I mean that I use the comment feature ... you can see an example here. Sure, it requires extra clicks to see ... but even if a context feature got added, that might still be true. (And I doubt that it would be. I love the quotes feature but I suspect it's relatively low priority.)
1 I usually just add a comment to the quote to supply the context if I feel it's needed ... I know it's not the same, but in the event that this feature doesn't get added, it might be a suitable substitute.
1 I also would like to see this become an opt-out thing.
Nov 08, 2011 03:24PM

1 Will (and others), maybe try clearing your browser's cache and then restarting the browser if that doesn't work? Your browser might be showing you the old version instead of the fixed one.
Nov 08, 2011 08:40AM

1 Very glad to read that this is a bug and not intentional behavior.

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