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Edited: Nov 19, 2012, 12:30am Top

By popular demand, I've added a powerful way to filter local and other events, so the daily "story time" at the local library doesn't have to annoy the childless, or twenty events at a local comic convention doesn't drown out other events for someone uninterested in comics.

(This is all part of a general push on events, adding touchstones (see http://www.librarything.com/topic/144731), and cover images (see http://www.librarything.com/topic/144731#3696036). Another big change is coming after this.)

Here's a run-down:

The filter events

When you mouse over the area, you get options to mark the event as interesting (), to edit it (), and to filter ().

Filter out events

Clicking on the "x" leads you to a list of options. Basically, you can filter out the event, the venue, or any events with certain words in them (eg., "storytime").

Event filters

This page, found under "Edit profile and settings" ( or go here: http://www.librarything.com/editprofile/local ), allows you to add and remove event filters.

Let me know what you think.

Nov 19, 2012, 1:08am Top

I can get individual events hidden, but filters might need some tweaking: I can't get two events with Tony Bennett hidden because they technically don't have a title or a description.

Nov 19, 2012, 1:25am Top

Ah, right. I think I won't fix those because that format is dead now—only events entered in the past can have authors without descriptions…

Nov 19, 2012, 8:50am Top

Let me know what you think.

I think this is wonderful.

But I just noticed this:

I filtered out from the River Forest Public Library, doing it from the event page, events with the title "4th & 5th Grade Book Group". However, on my "edit profile" page, it shows as Filtering events with "4th " in the title. This could be a problem if there's an event such as "4th of July Book Reading" or such.

Nov 19, 2012, 8:54am Top

Ah. Right. I'll get on that.

Nov 19, 2012, 10:12am Top

>3 timspalding:
Can those events then be edited to no longer be in the past? Because the three upcoming events listed there technically lack titles and descriptions. Click the "edit" button on one of them to see what I mean.

Nov 19, 2012, 11:23am Top

Ugh. I'll look into it. It's not easy.

Nov 20, 2012, 12:57am Top

Poor Monica.

Nov 20, 2012, 6:17am Top


Jan 10, 2013, 7:17pm Top

Thank god! You're awesome, Tim!!! I don't need to know about the twelve Nook classes each week in my area; I hate e-books!

Jan 10, 2013, 8:06pm Top

Thanks. Those will be filtered automatically soon too—with the option to see them.

Edited: Jan 10, 2013, 9:44pm Top

So it hasn't actually kicked in yet? And is that why I still see those Nook classes when I know I have set filters for? (I had an iPod swiped last year, so I'm not about to spend money I don't have on something I don't need and which can get swiped in precisely the same manner.)

Jan 10, 2013, 9:45pm Top

You can do it for yourself. Show me where you see what you've filtered?

Jan 10, 2013, 9:48pm Top

Usually I can see them on the Local page, since I don't really check the homepage module. It'll take me a few minutes to come up with screenshots: I'm not on the usually-fast desktop (which seems to have caught that sinus bug I that's been making the rounds since November).

Jan 10, 2013, 10:02pm Top

Okay still looking for current examples, but it would be easier if I hadn't gotten so annoyed with all the Nook stuff that I started hiding them individually.

Jan 10, 2013, 10:17pm Top

MIGHT not be working on the home page. But don't worry. It's all going to change soon.

Jan 10, 2013, 10:24pm Top

Well, I cleaned up a bit -- having all the lists on one page make it harder to see what your filters are when your screen is short* -- and discovered that at least part of the problem may be the plus character in some of the Nook events.

"Hide events with title" didn't work on this event:

But when I click on "Edit your filters" I see this:

Hope this helps, but my cat wants attention.

* My laptop has of the widescreen variety -- which means I have plenty of white space on either side (to put it another way, I get this horizontally) but don't get to see all that much vertically.

Jan 10, 2013, 11:16pm Top

I think that's right—it's looking for a word-barrier and + isn't one. I'll take a look.

Thanks for your legwork on this!

Jan 10, 2013, 11:40pm Top

You're welcome!

Jan 11, 2013, 10:50am Top

When adding events, I have always added a touchstone for a title when a particular book is being discussed, and an author touchstone when the author will be present. If this is how others add events, how about a filter that only shows events containing touchstones?

Jan 11, 2013, 11:50am Top

> 20

Because the automatically added events don't use touchstones, you'd be likely to miss quite a few events.

Edited: Jan 12, 2013, 1:43am Top

Right, but I was trying to add both locations and the event manually. I only succeeded in adding the venues.

Sorry, wrong place..

Jan 11, 2013, 10:31pm Top

> 21

Ah, of course.

Edited: Feb 4, 2013, 6:53pm Top

Hmmm. It's a nuisance to filter events individually, with my Home page re-reloading each time; but I'm reluctant to filter en-masse. Very Good Example (I thought): If I filter out "storytime," but still want to know when Akbar Imhotep does a special program at http://www.librarything.com/venue/27922/The-Wrens-Nest-Home-of-Joel-Chandler-Har... (which you can bet should include "storytime"!) ... . What to do? Thoughts? Suggestions?

Oct 12, 2013, 10:16am Top

I don't suppose there's anything we can do about "Event" listings that tell us ... well, nothing really? E.g., IKEA in Atlantic Station ( http://www.librarything.com/venue/83479/IKEA-in-Atlantic-Station ) has eagerly announced an "Untitled event" for today (October 12, 2013) at 1:00 pm, but not even Random House's "Author Events" webpage ( http://www.randomhouse.com/author/event/event_results.pperl?action=search&au... ) will tell us who and/or what it will be. At least we know it's at IKEA (of all places). Perhaps it's a secret -- if they told us, they'd have to kill us.) Is the only solution just to filter out all "Untitled events"?

Edited: May 27, 2015, 4:18pm Top

Bump. Any responses to item 25 above?

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