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Please don't combine dissimilar books.

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message 1: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl Librarians, please don't combine books which are not the same. These, for example:

http://www.goodreads.com/work/edition...


message 2: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl Okay, I separated all of those because they were bugging me. Here's another, much bigger example:

http://www.goodreads.com/work/edition...


message 3: by willaful (new)

willaful Wow, that is one serious mess.


message 4: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl If anyone wants to help, here's an enormous chunk that needs to be separated.

http://www.goodreads.com/book/separat...


message 5: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl And why is someone combining all these works?

http://www.goodreads.com/work/edition...


message 6: by Ruby (new)

Ruby  Tombstone Lives! (rubytombstone) Lobstergirl wrote: "And why is someone combining all these works?

http://www.goodreads.com/work/edition..."


Holy crap whatta mess. I'm guessing someone is hitting "select all" without thinking. Message me if you'd like some help.


message 7: by [deleted user] (new)

Some mad librarian at work, like the one who renamed and combines these books:
http://www.goodreads.com/work/edition...
and
http://www.goodreads.com/work/edition...


message 8: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl Librarians need to stop doing this. You can't just change a title to whatever you want the title to be.

I realize some librarians think these books are junk books and therefore not worthy of being treated like real books, but that's not the way we're supposed to do things...

Could we get staff to contact these librarians? I sent a message to one of them yesterday and didn't get a response.


message 9: by RB (new)

RB (rblindberg) | 31 comments Perhaps this should be addressed in the goodreads feedback group?


message 10: by Derek (new)

Derek (derek_broughton) | 29 comments It looks to me like mostly they're "NOT A BOOK". It's just Books LLC's way of spamming.


message 11: by Paula (last edited Nov 20, 2011 09:29AM) (new)

Paula (paulaan) | 7027 comments This the right place to be reviewing this not Feedback.


For the purposes of GR these are books and should not be NAB'd

There are a number of discussion topics around them - if you do a search on Books LLC you will find more.

http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/6...

http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/2...

The standard of titles is that as written on the book

Lobstergirl - May be worth an email to GR support about this regarding contacting the people doing it


message 12: by rivka, Librarian Moderator (new)

rivka | 41704 comments Mod
Derek wrote: "It looks to me like mostly they're "NOT A BOOK". It's just Books LLC's way of spamming."

Books LLC, Hepahaestus Books, etc., etc., are NOT Not-A-Book candidates. They should not be getting so marked, they should not be getting clumped up, etc.


message 14: by Lobstergirl (last edited Nov 20, 2011 06:07PM) (new)

Lobstergirl Derek wrote: "It looks to me like mostly they're "NOT A BOOK". It's just Books LLC's way of spamming."

Within the Books LLC librarian note Rivka linked to a Books LLC discussion that people could benefit from reading.

http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/3...


message 15: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl I've contacted GR support. If nothing happens, I'm going to start mentioning librarians by name, because this is getting ridiculous, it's creating hours upon hours of work for other librarians to correct.


message 16: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl Luisa wrote: "Some examples from Hephaestus Books editions:
http://www.goodreads.com/work/edition...
http://www.goodreads.com/work/edition...
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12..."


Steven Sautter, if you're reading this, it's because you are not accepting messages. Please stop combining dissimilar works by Hephaestus Books.


message 17: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl One of the really annoying things about this is that it takes much, MUCH longer to separate than to combine these items. Combining can be done by clicking a bunch of boxes all on one page, then clicking "combine." Separating has to be done one by painful one, and if you're attempting to separate books off from an enormous chunk, you will inevitably get a "502 Bad Gateway" and have to back arrow and try again. The 502 Bad Gateway persists until you've gotten the chunk down to a more manageable number.

Please, librarians, STOP DOING THIS.


message 18: by Derek (new)

Derek (derek_broughton) | 29 comments Lobstergirl wrote: "Derek wrote: "It looks to me like mostly they're "NOT A BOOK". It's just Books LLC's way of spamming."

Within the Books LLC librarian note Rivka linked to a Books LLC discussion that people could..."


Yeah, I've read that now. I understand GR's point - I just think they're wrong. :-) Frankly, I can't see the attraction of "fixing" these bogus entries for bogus books.


message 19: by [deleted user] (new)

“Fixing these bogus entries for bogus books” means, in a nutshell, to affirm the right to read (and shelve) whatever you want.
If you allow someone to tamper with (alleged or real) bogus books, the next tampered books could be the ones you love.


message 20: by RB (new)

RB (rblindberg) | 31 comments Bogus or not, people should respect the rules/guidelines set up by GR for merging books.


message 21: by Derek (last edited Nov 21, 2011 05:26PM) (new)

Derek (derek_broughton) | 29 comments Rita wrote: "Bogus or not, people should respect the rules/guidelines set up by GR for merging books."

Er, nobody suggested differently. Especially not me.

Luisa wrote: "“Fixing these bogus entries for bogus books” means, in a nutshell, to affirm the right to read (and shelve) whatever you want.
If you allow someone to tamper with (alleged or real) bogus books, the..."


No doubt. I just devote my attentions to books that matter to me, and I'm sure most librarians do the same. If you have time to care about books from Books LLC, I applaud you.


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