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Just came from my reviews page and noticed, under "In <USER>'s library and reviewed by others," a string of duplicate reviews of The Hobbit by a member with "433 other reviews" to her credit.
I went to that user's page — here — and found only 6 reviews in a collection of 6 books.
Under "Most recent activity" there is a string of identical entries: "<USER> reviewed, added: The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (read review)" and each entry has a different cover. This is what leads me to think that the bug is in the system, not in some egregious user error.
What could be going on?
Looks like that member has entered six different editions of The Hobbit and added the same review for each. See her catalog at http://www.librarything.com/catalog/tracyconstantine/yourlibrary (each book with different publication info, &c.).
The "433 other reviews" thing is for the entire work of The Hobbit.
Hmm. So the "N other reviews" figure refers to the work, not the member. OK.
It appeared at first that the reviews were duplicated endlessly, but I now see that there are "only" six copies. I'll send the user a polite note about submitting just one review per work in most cases.
>4 - Members are allowed to post duplicate reviews if they like; it's up to them.
If they had added the book 100 times, they can write 100 reviews... it is up to them how to organize their catalog...
This member just joined on August 1. I sent a private message explaining how a book is part of a work, and reviews go with works. Also told her I thought it was cool that she has six different copies of The Hobbit.
reviews go with works.
That is absolutely not true. Different editions of a work may receive quite different reviews. It is very common for a reviewer to comment on introductory material, annotations, illustrations, etc., not to mention the book design or binding.
I hope you will leave the member another message explaining that you were mistaken.
True - however, reviews are _displayed_ with works. Which makes multiple (especially multiple identical) reviews a pain at best.
It would be nice if LT could "see" and suppress multiple identical reviews from the same user on the same work (suppress the same way covers are to be suppressed - the owner can see it fine, it doesn't display to others).
#10 by jjmcgaffey> It would be nice if LT could "see" and suppress multiple identical reviews from the same user on the same work (suppress the same way covers are to be suppressed - the owner can see it fine, it doesn't display to others).
It's been suggested before, but Tim dismissed it as being so infrequent as not worth the effort. He's probably right, I suppose.
I believe I more clearly expressed the point about where reviews go to the user than I have in this thread. But it was a private message, so you'll have to take my word for it.
Hi! Having been away from LT for a while, I just checked in to see the comments. I do appreciate the thread and also did think it odd that the review could not link to all the books with the same title. It would make things simpler for everyone if this could be achieved, but as a database administrator, I realize the enormity of the project.
The other response that I will make is that I actually do own six copies of the book. In fact, I have a few duplicates. I have read The Hobbit at least once a year since 5th grade. I won't tell you how many times I have read it...that would give away my age. lol. All my friends and family know this and having seen the condition of some of the earlier, most read books. One year, they decided to provide me a present of as many as they could find, enabling me to add all six copies to my library. :)
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