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message 1: by Banjomike (last edited Oct 05, 2012 06:32AM) (new)

Banjomike | 999 comments I wanted to add the date of this authors death to her author page but the option is not visible.

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/...

The author profile was recently changed from a Goodreads Author to a 'normal' author profile
http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/9...

I tried adding a date of birth to see if that was required but no luck.

In this other thread the bug is confirmed by several librarians and super librarians.
http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/1...

Edited to add last link


message 2: by [deleted user] (new)

I think only GR staff can add "date of death" to an author's page.


message 3: by vicki_girl (last edited Oct 05, 2012 05:58AM) (new)

vicki_girl | 196 comments That's only true for a Goodreads Author. Any librarian should be able to add a death date for a regular author page. At least, I know I have been able to in the past. And FWIW, I can't see the date of death field for this author either. It may be a bug associated with returning to a normal author page.


message 4: by [deleted user] (last edited Oct 05, 2012 05:59AM) (new)

Thanks. I've only tried to add "date of death" to a Goodreads author, and staff had to do it for me.


message 5: by Banjomike (new)

Banjomike | 999 comments vicki_girl wrote: "And FWIW, I can't see the date of death field for this author either. It may be a bug associated with returning to a normal author page. "

Seems likely. I don't think I've ever tried to add a death date before but every other normal author I've looked at today would allow me to add a death date if I wanted.


message 6: by Banjomike (new)

Banjomike | 999 comments Jeannette wrote: "Thanks. I've only tried to add "date of death" to a Goodreads author, and staff had to do it for me."

In this situation it is normal for the Goodreads author to be converted to a normal author. See the second link in my first post.


message 7: by [deleted user] (last edited Oct 05, 2012 06:36AM) (new)

The author had just died that week, and I guess I was the first to notice. I didn't go much past the point of turning it over to staff. Always something new to learn about the workings of goodreads. Thanks!


message 8: by Kara (new)

Kara | 1580 comments Mod
Hmm, I don't see a "date of death" option either. I'll file a ticket about this. If you notice the field missing for anyone else, post here and I'll add it to the case.


message 9: by Banjomike (new)

Banjomike | 999 comments Just a 'bump', still an outstanding bug.


message 10: by Emily, Director of Customer Care (new)

Emily | 2115 comments Mod
Did you run into this on another author page? I can add it to the bug report if you did.


message 11: by Banjomike (new)

Banjomike | 999 comments Emily wrote: "Did you run into this on another author page? I can add it to the bug report if you did."

Nope. I just revisited the same lady from my OP. I keep track of my bug reports.


message 12: by Emily, Director of Customer Care (last edited Nov 27, 2012 10:40AM) (new)

Emily | 2115 comments Mod
Understandable. We don't have an update on this just yet, but feel free to bump the thread or add more cases as they appear.


message 13: by Banjomike (new)

Banjomike | 999 comments Got another one.
http://www.goodreads.com/author/edit/...

According to this thread he was also removed as a Goodreads Author. Seems to be the same sequence as the OP.
http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/1...


message 14: by Banjomike (new)

Banjomike | 999 comments And a third. In this case the author had her status removed for more normal reasons (nothing unpleasant or dubious):
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/...

see penultimate post, by Kara:
http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/1...

again, seems to be the same sequence as the OP.


message 15: by rivka, librarian moderator (new)

rivka | 12265 comments Mod
Banjomike wrote: "Got another one.
http://www.goodreads.com/author/edit/..."


Is this author actually deceased?


message 16: by Emily, Director of Customer Care (new)

Emily | 2115 comments Mod
If you can provide us with links to obituaries or something similar, I can pass that along.


message 17: by Banjomike (new)

Banjomike | 999 comments rivka wrote: "Banjomike wrote: "Got another one.
http://www.goodreads.com/author/edit/..."

Is this author actually deceased?"


I added these two profiles as per Kara #8 and Emily # 10, because they have the same lack of "date of death" box as the OP in the bug report.


message 18: by Emily, Director of Customer Care (new)

Emily | 2115 comments Mod
That makes sense. For now, though, we will probably fix this manually. If you come across obituaries or proof of death, please let us know so that we can update the profiles.


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