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1timspalding
Jul 23, 2008, 12:59am Top

I've changed the profile statistics page for Legacy Libraries to show all Legacy Libraries, even incomplete ones.

Here's mine:
http://www.librarything.com/profile/timspalding/stats/legacy

On the plus side, some of the incompletes have a lot of books. More importantly, I think it promotes the feature—showing people what needs doing.

On the negative side, when a library has few books, the overlap is less meaningful and it can feel like noise.

2rsterling
Jul 23, 2008, 1:10am Top

Any chance of adding a count somewhere at the top, such as "You share books with X Legacy Libraries," or other relevant counts?

3timspalding
Jul 23, 2008, 1:14am Top

In theory, sure. But does that make sense as something to show?

4timspalding
Jul 23, 2008, 1:22am Top

Note that the names are now based on the "Real Name" in the profile. I went ahead and changed the field for many of the authors, in which the "real name" was being used very verbosely (eg., Marie Antoinette).

5jmnlman
Jul 23, 2008, 2:56am Top

Or if we could sort the list by most books waited and raw.

6thorold
Jul 23, 2008, 3:20am Top

Thanks, Tim - it's nice to have this. I'm not going to start a war about Marie Antoinette's full name (always provided you don't start sorting her on "'A' for 'Antoinette'") :-)

It is a bit tricky to navigate as it stands - possibly it would be better to have some kind of visible sorting in the navigation list at the top, maybe using the same sort of format as "members with your books", as suggested by jmnlmman.

Is it useful to include the libraries with zero overlap in the main part of the page?

7timspalding
Jul 23, 2008, 3:30am Top

>6 thorold:

I was thinking of putting the incompletes together below the rest. Putting the 0s together might be another strategy. Although I think maybe you get used to where people are and look there.

8jbd1
Jul 23, 2008, 9:10am Top

Cool. These are "live," so they update as new things are added, yes?

9timspalding
Jul 23, 2008, 12:16pm Top

I think that everything on that page is essentially uncached. In some other contexts, who has a work does not necessarily update immediately, but that page should be golden.

10jbd1
Jul 24, 2008, 7:05am Top

Very good. Also, how are they sorting on that page? Just in the order they're listed at the top? If so, I think maybe that ought to be made alphabetical (isn't that how they were before?).

11timspalding
Jul 24, 2008, 7:32am Top

They are sorted, but by the member name.

I'll look into sorting by the full name.

12jbd1
Jul 24, 2008, 7:42am Top

aha, okay, I was trying to figure out why Tupac was showing up at the top - 2pac explains it!

13timspalding
Jul 24, 2008, 7:53am Top

Up early. Me too. Can I pass you the toddler?

14jbd1
Jul 24, 2008, 8:04am Top

I'm always up early, it's the best time for working. Darkness makes me sleepy.

15SilentInAWay
Edited: Jul 25, 2008, 10:53pm Top

Has anybody suggested a "Great Minds Read Alike" feature -- basically, a ranked list of Legacy Libraries with my (or your) books? It could work just like the "Members with your books" list, but using only Legacy Libraries. Obscurity-weighted rankings would definitely be a plus.

Right now, I share 261 of Hemingway's 7410 books, 214 of Walter percy's 2284 books, 75 of Sylvia Plath's 382 books and 96 of papa Danilo's 1161 books. Taking library size and book obscurity into consideration, whose library has the greatest affinity with mine? Beats me.

Some people might be shocked to discover that they have more in common with Tupac than Mozart or with Samuel Johnson than William Faulkner.

The list could start on the Legacy Libraries Stats page and then, if it's popular, maybe migrate over to the profile or home page.

At any rate...it sounds like fun.

(pardon me if this has been discussed before -- I'm dreadfully behind on reading talk messages in LT)

16timspalding
Jul 25, 2008, 10:37pm Top

Yeah, I think we can do that. At the moment, though, we need more LL action on the input side. I gather Jeremy is going to blog post about it.

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