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Old 07-21-2012, 05:18 PM   #46
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I see no reason for hiding names. It's fun to see who voted for what and hiding them would make it seem like who voted for what is some secret suspicious thing.
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Old 07-21-2012, 09:15 PM   #47
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I like seeing who votes for what. It's useful info. It helps me identify those with similar tastes to mine, so I know whose recommendations are likely to appeal to me. And if someone decides to vote in line with someone whose judgment he trusts, what's wrong with that?

Anyway, open is open. Two-thirds of the months have closed voting and it's not sporting to try to chip away even more from the minority preference once the deal has been struck.
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Old 07-21-2012, 10:05 PM   #48
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I like seeing who votes for what. It's useful info. It helps me identify those with similar tastes to mine, so I know whose recommendations are likely to appeal to me. And if someone decides to vote in line with someone whose judgment he trusts, what's wrong with that?

Anyway, open is open. Two-thirds of the months have closed voting and it's not sporting to try to chip away even more from the minority preference once the deal has been struck.
In other words, you aren't voting for what you want based on what you want, you are voting based on what others vote for. This is why to remove the names. I for one do not want my name showing and if that means no names show, so be it.
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In other words, you aren't voting for what you want based on what you want, you are voting based on what others vote for. This is why to remove the names.
I think you mean "In other words that misstate what you said." Perhaps another poster is a reliable bellweather for a voter, better than the squibs. Not for me, though; I know what I like. However, in a democratic vote, people can use whatever criteria they wish--even the color of a tie, say.

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A trifle despotic, no? So much for the democratic process!
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Old 07-22-2012, 09:47 AM   #50
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No, so much for voting for what you want instead of voting the lemming way.

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Old 07-22-2012, 01:42 PM   #51
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I really think we need multiple choice votes. I would have voted for five or six of the titles this month.
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Old 07-22-2012, 02:22 PM   #52
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I really think we need multiple choice votes. I would have voted for five or six of the titles this month.
I feel very much as you do. With multiple choice voting, one could vote across a spectrum of preference in the first phase of voting and there's a reasonable chance that one of the books you like might win in the end.

Of course, in the run-off vote it would be sensible to vote for only one option.

A problem would be that it might well result in too many books making it to the final round with the eventual winner being a minority choice. The present system has the advantage of giving a decisive result and still allowing one to choose a second preference if a first choice doesn't make it through.

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Old 07-22-2012, 05:52 PM   #53
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Jon, I was hoping we could go all hidden or all visible for 2013, but I think you've just made the case for continuing the some months hidden/some months visible mix.
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Old 07-22-2012, 08:14 PM   #54
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Jon, I was hoping we could go all hidden or all visible for 2013, but I think you've just made the case for continuing the some months hidden/some months visible mix.
All hidden would be the best way to do it (IMHO). But if we have to go hidden and open, how about staying open for romance and classic and hidden for the rest and remember, come 2013, we can dump one of the classic. I have an idea what to replace the second classic with... free-for-all.
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New here. Has an August book been selected? Looking forward to it. I've been in several book clubs, none lasted for more than a year. Excited to have found something online.

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Old 07-26-2012, 06:28 PM   #56
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New here. Has an August book been selected? Looking forward to it. I've been in several book clubs, none lasted for more than a year. Excited to have found something online.

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Welcome Melissa! This book club has been going for three or four years now.

The August book hasn't been officially selected yet but we're close to that time. This thread we're in now is the "nominations" thread, which is now over, which is followed by a "first vote" thread, which is now also over, which is followed by a "run off" thread between the top two vote-getters, which is where we're at now.

You can view (and vote in) the run-off thread here: http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=186132

Later next month, on the 20th, a discussion thread will begin for the winner of this month, and also a new nominations thread will start for next month and begin the process over again.
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I would like to nominate The Plaza by Guillermo Paxton. When I read his portrayal of drug war-torn Juarez, Mexico, I was deeply moved, especially because it is based on actual events in Juarez.
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I would like to nominate The Plaza by Guillermo Paxton. When I read his portrayal of drug war-torn Juarez, Mexico, I was deeply moved, especially because it is based on actual events in Juarez.
The nominations are closed for this month's selection, but that does sound like it would have been a good one.
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I ask you, how could this not be this month's selection?
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