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Old 01-22-2009, 09:49 AM   #1
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There has been several really good threads on reading recommendation for particular genre's. There has been Fantasy, SF, Western and now one of History.
As a MobilreRead member I've found these threads to be informative and very useful often revisiting them for a good recommendation. I wonder if other members would find value making

1) Making the thread sticky
2) Have a sticky with just eBook recommendations and why. Kind of like a book review/author review.

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Old 01-22-2009, 09:52 AM   #2
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Hi MobileRead Mods,

There has been several really good threads on reading recommendation for particular genre's. There has been Fantasy, SF, Western and now one of History.
As a MobilreRead member I've found these threads to be informative and very useful often revisiting them for a good recommendation. I wonder if other members would find value making

1) Making the thread sticky
2) Have a sticky with just eBook recommendations and why. Kind of like a book review/author review.

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i agree with you, there have been some excellent genre recommendation threads. i'm not sure we can make *every* recommendation thread sticky, because we might end up with a forum full of stickies only, which is not very useful, but there have been a few (the more general ones) which might be worth sticking.

on the other hand, i'm not sure that making one giant sticky with ebook recommendations would be the best solution ; we already do have a dedicated forum for that, and i think individual threads are probably easier to navigate. imagine that thread, once it became 300 pages long !! would you really want to read all of it ? but if you can take a look in the forum and see the thread titles you're more likely to read the reviews that look interesting to you.

which specific genre threads (post links) do you think should be made stickies ?
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What you could do is sticky one thread, that will contain links to book reviews. That way those reviews will be easily found and you won't have too many stickies.
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What you could do is sticky one thread, that will contain links to book reviews. That way those reviews will be easily found and you won't have too many stickies.
yes, we could do that, but again, when that sticky grows to 300 pages, wouldn't you find it easier just to skim down the titles of the threads in the forum ?
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yes, we could do that, but again, when that sticky grows to 300 pages, wouldn't you find it easier just to skim down the titles of the threads in the forum ?
Yes, if you used 1 page per link. I was more thinking about 1 page that will contain more than 1 link...
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could you make a sticky for each of the main genres.

Westerns
SciFi
History
Fantasy,
mystery

and for goodness sakes, don't forget

vampires/horror.

this list could grow, of course, as people wanted others. Hwever, it would be easier for some to click on a sticky labeled "SciFi recommendations" than to scroll thru all the reading recommendations.
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Yes, if you used 1 page per link. I was more thinking about 1 page that will contain more than 1 link...
okay, perhaps i was guilty of using hyperbole to make a point there... of course, there would be more than one link per page. what i meant was, with everyone adding links, the thread would soon grow very long, and it might be easier just to look at the thread titles in the forum to find the reviews that interested you. especially since, in a thread, there are usually only 15 posts diplayed per page, but when you look in the forum, there are 25 threads displayed per page.

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could you make a sticky for each of the main genres.

Westerns
SciFi
History
Fantasy,
mystery

and for goodness sakes, don't forget

vampires/horror.

this list could grow, of course, as people wanted others. Hwever, it would be easier for some to click on a sticky labeled "SciFi recommendations" than to scroll thru all the reading recommendations.
so the idea is to make a thread about a book with a review / discussion, and then post a link to that thread in the corresponding genre sticky ? i agree, it is an interesting idea, but i'm not sure it would really be as practical as it might seem. and what do you do if you are reviewing a book that doesn't really fall neatly into a specific genre ?

what i think might be a good idea is to make sticky a few of the generalist ones which are already there : i know there is a very good thread on mysteries, for instance, and i think there was one about time travel or sf or something...

and perhaps alex could add prefixes to the recommendation forum as well, the same genres as in the upload sections ; this would allow you to sort by genre prefix and see only the genre which interests you.

also, please don't forget about TAGS ! you can use tags on any thread, even if it's not yours, and this is an excellent use for them. you can then search by tag. a good tag convention here would be, for instance, "review SF" or "review Mystery" or "review Fantasy" ; using "review" would keep the results to the forum you want.

how about this : i will stick the main ones which are there already (please POST LINKS !!!), and we can start some index threads without sticking them for the moment and see how it goes.

please keep in mind, we don't want to have too many stickies, because then they take up too much space on the first page of the forum, and other, more recent / more active threads won't be as visible. there are already 4 stickies in that forum. you have suggested 6 new ones, plus the ones which already exist. if we did that, more than half of the first page of that forum would be just stickies !! i think that might be too much.

i'll ask alex if he can implement prefixes in that forum. what do you think of this proposition ?
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Yes, if you used 1 page per link. I was more thinking about 1 page that will contain more than 1 link...
That's what the Wiki is for.

The more stickies we have, the less relevant they become. I think a thread about each book you want to recommend is fine. They would be more easily searched too.

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The more stickies we have, the less relevant they become. I think a thread about each book you want to recommend is fine. They would be more easily searched too.

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now THERE is a brilliant idea ! thanks bob. the best part is, anyone can edit the wiki, so you can add threads (even other people's threads) to your heart's content.
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now THERE is a brilliant idea ! thanks bob. the best part is, anyone can edit the wiki, so you can add threads (even other people's threads) to your heart's content.
There is, of course, already a page devoted to reviews of books on the wiki and has been for a while now. Reviews and recommendations are easily added and there is a category. Links can be used to refer back to the discussions in the forum devoted to recommendations and thus they won't get lost even if they become dormant.

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There is, of course, already a page devoted to reviews of books on the wiki and has been for a while now. Reviews and recommendations are easily added and there is a category. Links can be used to refer back to the discussions in the forum devoted to recommendations and thus they won't get lost even if they become dormant.

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thanks dale ! could you add a link to this page so everyone can find it easily ?
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thanks dale ! could you add a link to this page so everyone can find it easily ?
There is a link to book reviews right category on the front page of the Wiki.

http://wiki.mobileread.com/wiki/Category:Book_reviews

If there are more reviews that should be tagged with the category.

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There is a link to book reviews right category on the front page of the Wiki.

http://wiki.mobileread.com/wiki/Category:Book_reviews

If there are more reviews that should be tagged with the category.

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right, i meant add a link in this thread so that the people in the discussion would see it. which you've done, so thank you.
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The more stickies we have, the less relevant they become.
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I think a thread about each book you want to recommend is fine. They would be more easily searched too.
Yes but I find the search tool here lacking. One either gets no hits or too many. Plus it's hard to run a search on recommendations. I usually go straight to amazon if there is a specific book I'm looking at.


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There is, of course, already a page devoted to reviews of books on the wiki and has been for a while now. Reviews and recommendations are easily added and there is a category. Links can be used to refer back to the discussions in the forum devoted to recommendations and thus they won't get lost even if they become dormant.

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Yes something like this is what I was thinking about. Most of these threads have done dormant and resurrected as different threads. It would be nice to have this list.
Maybe we can have on sticky pointing to the WIKI and also pointing to previous threads?

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