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Old 07-16-2013, 11:30 AM   #271
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I was thinking...

How about adding a poll to the discussion thread for rating the book? 12 choices

10 stars
9 stars
8 stars
...
1 star
Didn't read it but I wanted to
Didn't read it and I didn't want to

What do you think?
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Old 07-16-2013, 11:34 AM   #272
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I think it's a good idea.
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Old 07-16-2013, 04:49 PM   #273
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I was thinking...

How about adding a poll to the discussion thread for rating the book? 12 choices

10 stars
9 stars
8 stars
...
1 star
Didn't read it but I wanted to
Didn't read it and I didn't want to

What do you think?
Possibly one for "Only read partially; no rating." (People who want to rate on a partial reading just give it stars. While there's something odd about a 9- or 10-star rating based on a partial reading, it may be perfectly reasonable to read three chapters, decide the book is awful, rate it 2 stars and move on rather than finishing it.)
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Old 07-16-2013, 05:18 PM   #274
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Would it really need 10 stars? A 5 star system would be easier to set up and would give us a little more overlap in voting - depending on how many people read the book a 10 star system could be very sparse. It is also would help with consistency since the 5 pt scale is also used at Goodreads, Amazon, B&N, Smashwords...
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Old 07-16-2013, 07:07 PM   #275
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Would it really need 10 stars? A 5 star system would be easier to set up...
A five star system would indeed be easier to set up. We already have a "Rate Thread" feature that we could commandeer for this purpose. Plus, 5 stars seems to be pretty ubiquitous in rating systems these days.
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Old 07-17-2013, 07:46 AM   #276
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A five star system would indeed be easier to set up. We already have a "Rate Thread" feature that we could commandeer for this purpose. Plus, 5 stars seems to be pretty ubiquitous in rating systems these days.
If 10 stars is to onerous, then make it five. I picked ten because I like more granularity. Ideally I would like a decimal value if the range is relatively small.

For me, if a book is between a four and a five, I'm going to rate it as 4. IMO, 5 is for the perfect book, I don't want to round up to five.
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Old 07-19-2013, 08:12 PM   #277
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I agree, five stars would be easier because we are more familiar with that system, with either the extra choices such as "Didn't read it and didn't want to" etc, or else just space for a comment to go with the rating or lack of it.
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Old 07-20-2013, 06:51 AM   #278
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A five star system would indeed be easier to set up. We already have a "Rate Thread" feature that we could commandeer for this purpose. Plus, 5 stars seems to be pretty ubiquitous in rating systems these days.
I'm not sure I like it:

1) I was interested in a little more information: At a minimum the average (which it has), the number of votes, the distribution
2) If we are using it to rate the book, we can't rate the actual thread

I would also like the "poll" to be open. I'm guessing we may get a few 1s and 5s that I may want to ignore.
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Old 01-03-2014, 05:42 PM   #279
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So, did we ever do the poll to decide on the 2014 book club categories? All I can find is a couple short discussions that end up being "we will talk about it later". Seems like this is as "later" as we can take it.

http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=210274

There was also some discussion in this thread starting in post 46: http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...71#post2448071

The Dec 2013 nominations and poll threads don't mention it at all.

And since the only place I see the full list of the 2013 categories is the Dec 2013 Poll thread, here it is:
Spoiler:
  • January: Second Chance
  • February: Romance
  • March: Travel/Adventure
  • April: Classics
  • May: Mystery/Thriller
  • June: Award Winners
  • July: Non-Fiction
  • August: Science Fiction
  • September: Banned or Challenged Books
  • October: Patricia Clark Memorial Library (MobileRead Library)
  • November: Foreign (Books originally written in a language other than English)
  • December: Short Stories
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Old 01-04-2014, 07:57 AM   #280
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So, did we ever do the poll to decide on the 2014 book club categories? All I can find is a couple short discussions that end up being "we will talk about it later". Seems like this is as "later" as we can take it.

http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=210274

There was also some discussion in this thread starting in post 46: http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...71#post2448071

The Dec 2013 nominations and poll threads don't mention it at all.

And since the only place I see the full list of the 2013 categories is the Dec 2013 Poll thread, here it is:
Spoiler:
  • January: Second Chance
  • February: Romance
  • March: Travel/Adventure
  • April: Classics
  • May: Mystery/Thriller
  • June: Award Winners
  • July: Non-Fiction
  • August: Science Fiction
  • September: Banned or Challenged Books
  • October: Patricia Clark Memorial Library (MobileRead Library)
  • November: Foreign (Books originally written in a language other than English)
  • December: Short Stories
Good catch. I would say that based on this recent post http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...99#post2722299 (and the discussion of it) revising the categories for the non-literary book club might be something to consider. Some of the current categories (eg Award Winners or Banned or Challenged Books) almost guarantee books of “social importance or possess a certain highbrow level of literary merit” as opposed to books selected “on the simple basis of pleasure.”
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Old 01-04-2014, 10:25 AM   #281
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So, did we ever do the poll to decide on the 2014 book club categories? All I can find is a couple short discussions that end up being "we will talk about it later". Seems like this is as "later" as we can take it.
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IMO, since it is already 2014, 2013 categories should be used for 2014.
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Old 01-04-2014, 01:54 PM   #282
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IMO, since it is already 2014, 2013 categories should be used for 2014.
I can see that point, but I think there are a couple months that could be replaced given the lack of commentary for them. I agree with WTSharpe as linked by Hamlet53, we do seem to be creating two literary clubs with some of them. Of course exactly which categories could be an issue.

Right now is the time if we are going to do anything though.
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Old 01-05-2014, 10:27 AM   #283
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I think it best to use the categories we have for at least two years. Choosing categories is a major undertaking. We could start the process for choosing the 2015 categories in August or September.
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