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Jul 12, 2013, 12:27pm Top

And mine is coming up! (Or maybe just past, guess I'll go check.)

Edited: Jul 12, 2013, 12:34pm Top

So it may be difficult to remember in time: does the module show the anniversaries for the day? If I miss my day, will I get a PM? Might be nice if it showed them for the month, to give LTers a chance to celebrate, and get those books. Unlike the On This Day module, it's not really the same to "search" for one's own date.

This is such a fun feature, and I really like the Folly module. Would hate to miss my Day in the Sun. (As it happens, my Thingaversary is tomorrow, so I probably won't miss it this year.)

Jul 12, 2013, 12:33pm Top

I just love it. What a beautiful cake for Nora. :D

Jul 12, 2013, 12:35pm Top

My 8-year thingaversary will be in September so I hope the 8-year section will be up by then.

Jul 12, 2013, 12:40pm Top

I love the name used for the section you created for this on the homepage. It's my new favorite thing about the updates to the site!

(Previously it was the fact that you used red to accent the brown, but I'm weird like that, focusing on little, mostly inconsequential bits as my favorite part...)

Jul 12, 2013, 12:40pm Top

Happy Thingaversary to me!

>3 elenchus: I missed it two years in a row so now I've set up an alert on my Google calendar to remind me. I can't miss an excuse to buy more books!

Jul 12, 2013, 12:43pm Top

Heh! I'm assuming Nora's cake is chocolate...

Jul 12, 2013, 12:50pm Top

I love it! Just make sure to add an 8-year section in time for mine in September!

Jul 12, 2013, 12:53pm Top

It is chocolate. We've decided, however, that the frosting is way too sweet. Hannaford.

Meanwhile in Cambridge, Abby and Kate have been goaded by jealousy into going to a bakery where they are going to buy a "fancy" cake, no doubt with tastefully sweet frosting.

I added a new feature, to help you keep track of how many days until your next Thingaversary…

Jul 12, 2013, 12:54pm Top

I love the name used for the section you created for this on the homepage. It's my new favorite thing about the updates to the site!

Thank you. I was toying with--and finding lacking--terms like "fun," "random fun," etc. Follies reminds me of architectural follies and light comic musicals. I think it fits the culture around here.

Jul 12, 2013, 12:55pm Top

This is a great addition, I love it! I've added my anniversary date to my iCal so that I won't miss it again. I missed my 6th in May - although I was in hospital at the time so I have an excuse. I'll just buy myself and extra couple of books to compensate.

Jul 12, 2013, 12:55pm Top

I added a new feature, to help you keep track of how many days until your next Thingaversary…

Love it!

Jul 12, 2013, 12:56pm Top

And now I know that my 8-year Thingaversary is in 150 days! I should be able to think of 9 books I want before then. Thanks, Tim.

Jul 12, 2013, 12:57pm Top

I sent a comment to the 7-year thingaversarians. That will be something busy to do every day. ;)

Edited: Jul 12, 2013, 1:03pm Top

Here's a shot of the cake post-cutting. You get no shots of us eating. I haven't taken a shower and the photo of my blowing out the candles looks like Aesop's bullfrog, but greasy.

By the way, this is not a small cake--we're talking enough for a 10 people. I mentioned that our summer-job kid Eddy and his two 13-year old brothers were now hanging out at the office. Well, apparently not today. For a week or so, this place has been teenage babysitting central. They laugh, they text and they eat like demons. Now on the ONE DAY WE NEED a bunch of hungry teenagers, they aren't here!

Jul 12, 2013, 1:02pm Top

I sent a comment to the 7-year thingaversarians. That will be something busy to do every day. ;)

Yeah, at some point it's going to appear as a milestone on people's feeds. But I'm holding off on generating an automatic email. I figure people will leave comments for their friends and connections, and that's better than LT robots doing it.

Jul 12, 2013, 1:04pm Top

>16 timspalding: Now on the ONE DAY WE NEED a bunch of hungry teenagers, they aren't here!
Have you tried texting them and telling them there is free cake? I bet they'll be there in about 10 minutes.

Jul 12, 2013, 1:07pm Top

The numbers are off somewhere. Mine says "You joined LibraryThing on 11 Jul 2007. Your 6-year Thingaversary is in 364 days"
That should be 7-year.

Jul 12, 2013, 1:08pm Top

Yeah, so I did and it produced the greatest autocorrect disaster I've seen in real life. Unrepeatable to spare poor minor.

Jul 12, 2013, 1:09pm Top

>19 norabelle414:

It wouldn't be a feature without a bug!

Jul 12, 2013, 1:10pm Top

fea-ture noun, a related collection of bugs that have mostly been fixed

Jul 12, 2013, 1:13pm Top

22, that was funny!

Jul 12, 2013, 1:13pm Top

>22 brightcopy:

No cake for you!

Jul 12, 2013, 1:15pm Top

norabelle414, the fancy bakery cupcake i eat in your honor is delicious. Thank you!

Jul 12, 2013, 1:16pm Top


Jul 12, 2013, 1:17pm Top

Aww, I love autocorrect disasters.

Edited: Jul 12, 2013, 1:19pm Top

>25 ablachly:

A cupcake. How Cambridge. Is it fair-trade chocolate red velvet with an artisanal buttercream ganache?

Originally posted as Nora, who is not as snarky as I am.

Jul 12, 2013, 1:20pm Top

> 28
You mock only because you know it tastes better than yours.

Jul 12, 2013, 1:20pm Top

(hangs head)

Jul 12, 2013, 1:23pm Top

As it happens today is the monthly cupcake day at the office. I think I'll go have one in honor of this feature.

Jul 12, 2013, 1:24pm Top

>28 timspalding: You don't know me! I am extremely snarky. Though I have witnessed one of your anti-Cambridge tirades in person and it was quite entertaining.

Jul 12, 2013, 1:29pm Top

>25 ablachly:, 31 I decree cupcakes for everyone!

Edited: Jul 12, 2013, 1:32pm Top

I snark because I love.

I grew up in Cambridge. Abby lives two blocks from where my parents still live. I find it radically, dreadfully altered from when I was kid. Except for the intellectual aspect--which is key--Portland is more like Cambridge when I was a kid than Cambridge today. But I envy Abby, and I miss Cambridge almost every day.

Jul 12, 2013, 1:31pm Top

>33 norabelle414:

Yeah, anyone within driving distance of Portland, take our cake, please. But hands off the Diet Coke.

Edited: Jul 12, 2013, 1:35pm Top

Oh, I should mention, as with other home-page modules, you can move it to your dashboard and you can change the settings. For example, you could move it to your dashboard and show ONLY your friends who have thingaversaries. That would make it a very slim module, and useful at a glance.

Jul 12, 2013, 1:51pm Top

In lieu of cake, celebrating members are invited to join our Friday turntable room:


Jul 12, 2013, 1:53pm Top

Boo, US only.

Edited: Jul 12, 2013, 1:55pm Top

It's silly - so I like it. (I mean the feature).

Jul 12, 2013, 1:55pm Top

36> I also love that this provides another reason to use the Friends and Interesting Libraries option.!

Jul 12, 2013, 2:06pm Top

>10 timspalding:

That's a better solution than the automatic message, on all counts. Thanks!

Jul 12, 2013, 2:23pm Top

Boo, US only.

Oh, really? Sorry aboot that.

Jul 12, 2013, 2:24pm Top

Oh dear, Abby's playing "Motherlover" now. ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0DeIqJm4vM )

Jul 12, 2013, 2:25pm Top

When you are inspired, sir Tim, you are inspired. (But we knew that already because you invented LT.)

I now have two follies prominently displayed on my home page. They make me smile. Of course, if I'm having a gloomy day, I can retreat to Sondheim's Follies.

Jul 12, 2013, 2:26pm Top

Thanks :)

Jul 12, 2013, 2:36pm Top

Nice feature but I get a weird translation for "Thingaversary noun" : I could translate "noun" (which is usually not for translation) but not "Thingaversary" and the translation is now"Thingaversary nom" (on .fr)

Jul 12, 2013, 2:38pm Top

I dunno. Thingaversary includes medial points. Nobody would be able to do that, and besides maybe it's untranslatable--a brand as much as anything.

Got a good French translation?

You're sorely needed in the LT turntable room. We need good French music. Abby and I were playing Camille and Khaled. But we're out of date.

Edited: Jul 12, 2013, 2:44pm Top

I translated it by Thinganniversaire.

I need "Thingaversary" translatable but it is not, it was "noun" which was translatable. Look here : http://www.librarything.fr/ajax_home_thingaversary.php?usernum=919638&origin

Where is the LT turntable ?

ETA : I found the turntable, but :
We're very sorry, but while we would love to let you in and rock out with us, we need to currently restrict turntable access to only the United States due to licensing constraints.

We are working very hard to try and get you in as soon as possible.

If you believe this is a mistake and you are located in the United States, please e-mail help at sign turntable dot fm

Again, sorry, and we hope to see you soon.

Billy Chasen

Jul 12, 2013, 2:54pm Top

To me, it makes about as much sense to tranlate "Thingaversary" as it does to translate "LibraryThing".

Jul 12, 2013, 2:57pm Top

In French, BibiloChose would be nice.

Jul 12, 2013, 2:59pm Top

Lovely feature and cake and books for me in ten days for my seventh Thingaversy :-)

Jul 12, 2013, 3:12pm Top

#49 by brightcopy> No, LibraryThing works as a proper noun, but Thingaversary needs to be a pun on a native word for anniversary. I translated it as Thingelsedag, a riff on birthday.

Jul 12, 2013, 3:13pm Top

I can't stream your turntable room from work, so I'm playing the Magnetic Fields's "I Think I Need a New Heart" (because of the "Happy Anniversary" part of the refrain).

Edited: Jul 12, 2013, 3:15pm Top

#52 by anglemark> I see your logic, but if that were 100% true, it should be "thingaversary" not "Thingaversary". And apart from this one time in the definition line, I've never seen it as the former. Not even other places in that same module!

Jul 12, 2013, 3:23pm Top

#54 by brightcopy> Well, it doesn't make sense in Swedish. We're used to English names for people and companies, but it's really hard to use English nouns. The moment you want to inflect it for number, for example, it behaves like an ordinary noun and not a proper noun, initial capital or not.

Jul 12, 2013, 3:24pm Top

#55 by anglemark> What's Swedish for "je ne sais quoi"?


Jul 12, 2013, 3:26pm Top

Translatable now.

Edited: Jul 12, 2013, 3:26pm Top

This message has been deleted by its author.

Jul 12, 2013, 3:26pm Top

#56 by brightcopy> :p

Jul 12, 2013, 3:29pm Top

Jul 12, 2013, 3:34pm Top

Yes, many thanks!

Jul 12, 2013, 4:10pm Top


I can't speak to Swedish, but not all languages are quite as promiscuous as English when it comes to acquiring vocabulary. I'd probably go so far as to say that most aren't.

Jul 12, 2013, 4:11pm Top

#62 by lorax> How dare you call my mother (tongue) promiscuous! She's just... open minded.

Edited: Jul 12, 2013, 4:21pm Top

> 62: Yes, English is definitely different in that respect - and probably has been since 1066 when French speaking Normans started asking for 'mouton', thus leading English speakers to think that 'mutton' doesn't have the exact same meaning as 'sheep'. ;-)

Jul 12, 2013, 4:34pm Top

But we are right dear chap!

Mutton is dead and far from lamb. Sheep is all Baa and woolly.

Edited: Jul 12, 2013, 4:51pm Top

Yes, in your lingo, no doubt.

And don't get me started on 'angst' - it really simply means 'fear', doesn't have to be existential or teenage, or whatever...

Don't get me wrong though, we 'adopt' words too. The recent discussion about 'dashboard' on homepage amused me because of that. The usual Dutch word for 'dashboard' is 'dashboard' (but we tend to think only of cars and such when we use it).

Jul 12, 2013, 4:54pm Top

@BarkingMatt, you are probably right about the Normans using Mouton though.

Wonder if the correct translation therefore of Mouton Cadet is lamb?
(; D

Jul 12, 2013, 7:20pm Top

How do you get it to show just your connections? I can have all or nothing.

Jul 12, 2013, 8:32pm Top

>67 John_Vaughan:

I believe it's a lamb in military school.

Jul 13, 2013, 5:33am Top

#68 by staffordcastle> Ar you sure you have any connections whose Thingaversary is today?

Jul 13, 2013, 7:02am Top

I think CoverGuess is a folly, too. It would advertise it to more people if it was on the New Homepages.

Jul 13, 2013, 7:49am Top

Today I see no user's names in the "Selected Thingaversaries" module. I said "yes" to the three settings

Jul 13, 2013, 8:53am Top

>72 Louve_de_mer: Me too. I have everything except the definition turned on and all I see is my info.

Jul 13, 2013, 8:54am Top

Same here, both on se. and .com.

Jul 13, 2013, 9:07am Top

It was working early this morning. I remember because I saw that it had new names.

Jul 13, 2013, 9:31am Top

It's not working for me either.

Jul 13, 2013, 11:20am Top

Same for me, no names listed and no year headings, both on the Dashboard module and the Folly module. The Dashboard is set to only show my connections, so it's possible there are none today.

In addition, today is my Thingaversary, and the message omits the year:

Today is your -year Thingaversary! Go buy yourself some books and, if feel like it, post about what you got.

Same message on both modules.

Jul 13, 2013, 11:28am Top

> 77 : Happy thingaversary to you.

Jul 13, 2013, 1:36pm Top

Earlier today - my time zone - there used to be plenty of info there, including you elenchus. Now it shows empty. I say: bug!

Happy Thingaversary though.

Jul 13, 2013, 4:49pm Top

Just checked mine. It's populated with names, and the Days To Go is one less than it was yesterday.

And Happy Thingaversary, elenchus :-)

Jul 13, 2013, 5:23pm Top

I think CoverGuess is a folly, too. It would advertise it to more people if it was on the New Homepages.

Yes, I was thinking that, but it's not modularizable. My original thought was that the right-hand side would get a list of related links. Right now it's blank for most.

Jul 13, 2013, 5:26pm Top

It's not working for me either.

Huh? What are you seeing, and on what module. When I sign in as you I get.

What browser?

Jul 13, 2013, 5:39pm Top

>82 timspalding: Mine fixed itself today. Before it was just that one line about my Thingaverary, but now it is fine.

Jul 13, 2013, 5:40pm Top

Anyone else?

Jul 13, 2013, 6:33pm Top

Mine is fixed as well. This morning it was blank; now it is fine.

Jul 13, 2013, 6:41pm Top

Mine was blank earlier today and is OK now.

Jul 13, 2013, 8:05pm Top

Like others, mine was blank (other than my own) earlier today but now it is fully populated. Strange that!

Jul 13, 2013, 10:32pm Top

Same ... no screenshot, but >77 elenchus: captures the entirety of the message, except for the slice of cake and the definition.

The message still provides the error in the text, "-year" instead of "5-year".

XP and Chrome

Jul 13, 2013, 11:01pm Top

>88 elenchus:

Browser and OS?

Jul 14, 2013, 12:12am Top

Um ... XP and Chrome?

But checking on FF, the message already switched to 6-year (which now includes the digit in the message).

Jul 14, 2013, 12:14am Top

On the US site?

Jul 14, 2013, 8:28am Top

So tomorrow is my Thingaversary... July 15, 2007 :) I better start thinking about books that I need ~

Jul 14, 2013, 11:47am Top

I'd like to think you did this just in time for my 7-year Thingaversary today, but I'm not that vain! Do I get a cake you get to eat too?

However, on my home page, it says "Today is your -year Thingaversary!" -- that is, it doesn't include the 7! Same thing on the Folly page!

Jul 14, 2013, 5:03pm Top


Yes, US site. And to clarify, the 6-year message is upcoming. The 5-year message was for my anniversary, and like >93 rebeccanyc:, did not include the digit.

Jul 14, 2013, 11:31pm Top

My Thingaversary has stopped showing me the dates for selected thingaversaries. Either noone ever joined up on 15 July, or something is broken. OS/X 10.6.8, FF 22.0 and 5.1.9

Jul 14, 2013, 11:36pm Top


Jul 14, 2013, 11:47pm Top

#96 Back again. Thanks.

Jul 15, 2013, 1:02am Top

And gone again!

Jul 15, 2013, 1:16am Top


Jul 15, 2013, 1:20am Top

Hmmm. Okay, I've got my eye on it.

Jul 15, 2013, 1:48am Top

#100 and back again.

Jul 15, 2013, 11:18am Top

Wow. I've been here almost 8 years.
That doesn't seem possible.

Do the early adopters get a free book on our tenth anniversary from LT? :)

Jul 15, 2013, 11:47am Top


Newbie! ;-)

Free book on your 10th anniversary is a great idea. I'll even take it as "dibs on the ER book of your choice that month." :)

Jul 15, 2013, 11:53am Top

Yes, it is a good idea. Or maybe a coupon to that store where they sell the thongs. Not that I would buy a thong, mind you. Where is that store anyway?

Jul 15, 2013, 12:22pm Top

Ooh, I like the idea of a free book on our tenth anniversary :D

Jul 15, 2013, 12:42pm Top

Or at least mail people a slice of their own darn thingaversary cake.

Jul 15, 2013, 12:52pm Top

Does the process that extracts the detail and presents it in the thingaversary list also lend itself to creating a list of all of the people who joined LT the same day you did - your 'cohort' as it were? It's a kind of perverse enquiry, like 'stalking' all of the babies that you shared the maternity ward with long ago (...I wonder what happened to than noisy kid in the crib next door?).

Jul 15, 2013, 1:28pm Top

105, thanks.

Jul 15, 2013, 2:06pm Top

The thing where it would say that today was your (blank)-year Thingaversary has been fixed.

Jul 15, 2013, 3:55pm Top

I do like the idea of seeing who shares the same Thingaversary.

Also, this is actually making me want to add more connections.

Edited: Jul 15, 2013, 6:23pm Top

#70 anglemark - yes, on that day I did have a connection, laracorsets. Today I don't think I have anyone. It's still all or nothing.

P.S. WinXP, Firefox 17.0.6

Jul 15, 2013, 6:44pm Top

#112, #101 Right now I've got no connections.

Jul 16, 2013, 12:21am Top

Nor I. All three settings Yes, FF22 on Win 7 Pro. I have the definition and the dates line, nothing else.

Jul 16, 2013, 12:38am Top

>113 rodneyvc:

It's back. Basically, things are expiring out of memory too quickly. I can fix the minor problem by running this thing more often.

Jul 16, 2013, 2:48pm Top

Maybe this will sound like a silly request, but could we have a way to highlight our connections on the lists if we chose to keep it open to random users? It just looks like a block of text with headers otherwise and my eyes start to glaze over after the first two years when trying to find a name I recognize...

Jul 16, 2013, 3:30pm Top

>116 gilroy: If any of your connections have a Thingaversary it should show them in a separate section at the top.

Jul 17, 2013, 6:19pm Top

I'd like a way to show some non-connection Thingaversaries, but not nearly so many.

Jul 20, 2013, 10:29pm Top

This is very cool - thanks :)

Edited: Jul 22, 2013, 1:27pm Top

Today, in the settings box, "Show selected Thingaversaries" appears twice, but only one of them can be active at a time.

Still cannot see how to show only my connections Thingaversaries.

ETA: Actually, no combination of buttons shows all today's members; all I see is the message about when my next one is. Perhaps nobody joined on July 22?

Jul 22, 2013, 1:49pm Top

>120 staffordcastle: I'm having the same problem.

I did have it set to show only connections at one point, but when I go to the edit box that option doesn't exist anymore.

Also, I haven't seen any connection Thingaversaries since the first day.

Jul 22, 2013, 1:52pm Top

That's weird. Mine was working earlier today, but now has ... died.

Jul 24, 2013, 10:14am Top

This is on the fritz again. (XP, FF22)

1) it's not showing me my connections' Thingaversaries at the top, though it does show them in the main list.
2) in "settings" I have TWO "show selected thingaversaries?" options, and they have to share one radio button between them.

Edited: Jul 24, 2013, 1:24pm Top

When I look at it now (Win XP, IE8), the 3 year thingaversary list is collapsed to one line with everything bunched with the last name. It's gobbledegook!

ETA: I have mine set as a single column for the page. When I shift it to two columns, it cleans up nice. But one column is nasty. Also it varies from 5 to 6 columns within the module...

Jul 24, 2013, 1:19pm Top

Somewhat similar: I now have all of them in four columns, except "3-year Thingaversary" which is currently in five columns. It's not a huge deal, it doesn't break anything, but it's bone ugly.

Jul 24, 2013, 1:26pm Top

#125 by @BarkingMatt> Similarly, mine shows all in six columns except 3-year, which is a whopping eight columns (I have a very wide monitor). Very odd looking, indeed.

Jul 24, 2013, 1:28pm Top

I like the feature—it's led to nice greetings :)

But I'm still hoping for bug fixes and improvements, of course ;)

Jul 24, 2013, 1:44pm Top

Happy Thingaversary, _Zoe_!

Which reminds me ... why do the links there have the .alwaysblue class? I was wondering why none of them looked visited (I know I've visited _Zoe_'s profile). I'd like to be a purple-people greeter on their Thingaversaries.

Jul 24, 2013, 1:57pm Top


Hehe, I love the phrase "purple-people greeter".

Jul 24, 2013, 2:07pm Top

Indeed: Happy Thingaversay. Wow, I thought you were on LT somewhat shorter than me - live and learn. Maybe I wasn't paying enough attention back then, or maybe you were just hanging out in other groups than I. Anyway, either way: happy to have made virtual acquaintance ;-)

Jul 24, 2013, 2:28pm Top

Well, back in the day, there was no Talk ;)

Anyway, I'm very glad to have made your virtual acquaintance as well! (And hopefully one day a real meetup will work out.)

Jul 24, 2013, 7:44pm Top

At the moment, I can't see any thingaversaries at all. No combination of settings gets me anything but how long it is to my next one.

Jul 24, 2013, 9:32pm Top

Mine's the same as staffordcastle's. And with the doubled line of "see selected thingaversaries" in the settings. I haven't been checking, so haven't seen the random number of columns...

Jul 24, 2013, 10:15pm Top

Mine have disappeared again as well, and I know they were there this morning because I saw Zoë's name and popped over to her profile to send her glad tidings. :-)

Aug 17, 2013, 2:43pm Top

Does anyone else have empty Thingaversaries today?

Edited: Aug 17, 2013, 2:46pm Top

Now that you mention it: yes.

ETA: They were there a couple of hours ago.

Aug 17, 2013, 3:51pm Top

>136 Nicole_VanK:

Agreed: I checked and there were entries this morning, none listed for me now though it does calculate / display my next Thingaversary correctly.

Aug 17, 2013, 5:20pm Top

I just added a Thingaversary ticker to my profile. :)

Aug 17, 2013, 8:04pm Top

My seven-year Thingaversary today! Pure fortune that I happened on this thread to remind me.

Aug 17, 2013, 8:58pm Top

Congratulations Noisy!

Aug 20, 2013, 6:56pm Top

Congratulations, Noisy!

Aug 21, 2013, 2:37am Top

And we have one 8-year Thingaversary today: Tim.

Aug 21, 2013, 3:49am Top

WOW, is that dinosaur era or what? Though I think I did once muse about the, say, first 10,000 members on LT. Are there any still active? OK, OK, I do remember a few 3 digit members who are still here. Guess I'm wondering how many (%) of that first cohort is active?

Aug 21, 2013, 6:57am Top

There are a few from the first month still here.

Aug 21, 2013, 8:40am Top

My Thingaversary is 32 days away and I'm member number 3957, so not quite 3 digits, but still pretty early.

Aug 21, 2013, 8:42am Top

OK, dumb question: how do you know what your member number is?

Aug 21, 2013, 8:58am Top

>146 rebeccanyc: Not a dumb question, it isn't anywhere obvious. If you open up your stored cookies (in firefox, options, privacy, remove individual cookies) you can search for librarything and one of the cookies is called "cookie_usernum". Click on it and underneath in "content" there is a number and that is your user number.

Aug 21, 2013, 9:03am Top

1797 here, and I joined September 15, 2005. Unfortunately the Thingversary module isn't working for me, so I can't see what names from the very early days I recognize as still being active.

Aug 21, 2013, 9:44am Top

Interesting. I've wondered how people knew their numbers, so thanks for asking that, rebecca!

My number is 7077, and my 8-year is coming up in a little over a month.

Edited: Aug 21, 2013, 10:36am Top

>148 lorax:

Mine also not working presently, though it seems to go in and out like a dying bulb. I wonder if it's linked to whether the user has a connection with a Thingaversary that day. Do you have that option selected on your module, lorax?

ETA I've never seen a Connection highlighted, but I've seen the list of selected Thingaversaries plenty of days.

Aug 21, 2013, 10:39am Top


I don't have it highlighted, and I've seen the list numerous times; I think it just got scheduled to run at 25:00 again.

Aug 21, 2013, 10:41am Top

Thanks, KarenElissa! I had my 7 year Thingaversary last month, and by the time I joined the numbers were well into 5 digits!

Edited: Aug 21, 2013, 10:51am Top

My 8 year thingiversary is coming up in 39 days. Got to find the cookie, as IE 8 doesn't allow the quick check that Firefox does. :)

ETA: Looks like I'm user 6296...

Aug 21, 2013, 11:09am Top

Interesting. I had always gotten the number from the CK history URL.

Aug 21, 2013, 11:46am Top

You joined LibraryThing on 2005-09-27. Your 8-year Thingaversary is in 37 days.

Member Number 5598.

Aug 21, 2013, 7:33pm Top

You can also see it in your LT cookies here - http://www.librarything.com/test_cookies.php . It's usernum, just below user ID. I keep the link around because certain problems on LT can sometimes be solved by deleting your cookies (it's on that page, but you have to click a link - going to the page won't cause you any problems).

Aug 22, 2013, 12:50am Top

You joined LibraryThing on September 7, 2005. Your 8-year Thingaversary is in 16 days.

Member number 635.

I've been obsessively checking the thingaversary module for the start of the 8 years! It's finally here!

Aug 22, 2013, 12:57am Top

I won't be seven years till next May. That said, of all the websites that I've gotten hooked on, my obsession with LT has lasted the longest. I can't think of anywhere else where I've been hanging out regularly for six and a half years.

Aug 22, 2013, 7:29am Top

"You joined LibraryThing on 2005-09-08. Your 8-year Thingaversary is in 17 days."

Member number 707

Aug 22, 2013, 8:07am Top

Member number 1824.

Aug 22, 2013, 8:43am Top

I once made a joke about early numbers. I was going to suggest that "TIM" issue a badge for all those members with a membership number less than, say, 250,000.

Though that would exclude me as #274321. Hmm. Might have to rethink that one :-)


Aug 22, 2013, 8:57am Top

I think the badge should be for active members with thingaversaries greater than 4. :)

Aug 22, 2013, 1:54pm Top

#158 PhaedraB> I will celebrate my 7th thingaversary next May too. And the same goes for me regarding the "obsession" with LT. I love it here and miss it so much when I can't check in daily.

#161 guido47> A badge to us oldies sounds like a great idea!

Aug 22, 2013, 3:02pm Top

I waited about a year between discovering LT and actually exploring and using it. I regret that year :-)

Aug 22, 2013, 3:09pm Top

I did the same thing, Phaedra, and I regret it, too. I was under a different name then, though. Can't remember what it was.

Edited: Aug 22, 2013, 3:22pm Top

I was given LT as a gift with part of my library cataloged and the rest raring to go, so I didn't have that sort of "latency period" with respect to the main tools of the site, but it took me a year or two to get to the social aspects and to find my rhythm in composing reviews.

Aug 22, 2013, 3:40pm Top

My seven years were in July, and I too can't believe I still am so active here. I love LT!!!

Aug 22, 2013, 6:50pm Top

I had it bookmarked but waited a year to sign up. Just think how much lower my member number could have been!

Edited: Sep 7, 2013, 9:32am Top

I first discovered LT in Sept 2005, but waited a few months before joining. I wasn't sure it would last :)

Aug 23, 2013, 1:43am Top

64> I joined in December and started adding books in March - yeah, that gap is a great pity. My 7-year is still 100+ days away.

Aug 23, 2013, 1:43am Top

64> I joined in December and started adding books in March - yeah, that gap is a great pity. My 7-year is still 100+ days away. But at least I did join...

Aug 23, 2013, 1:56am Top

I joined LT in May 2006 and started addig books immediately. There has been hardly a day I didn't visit LT since then.

Aug 23, 2013, 3:21am Top

#164 by PhaedraB> For me it was about two years between registration and actually starting to use LT. A computer upgrade that made it impossible to continue using my FileMaker Pro database forced the matter. Before that, the sheer volume of work in entering all books had scared me off.

Aug 23, 2013, 5:11am Top

I joined in May 2007 - user number 208018 - and I started by importing a list of just over 1,000 books that I had in another database. Correcting these must have kept me busy as I didn't add any more books until March 2008.

Edited: Aug 23, 2013, 7:02am Top

I joined in Juli 2006, but I didn't start using the site until March 2008. Then, in March 2009 when I had to stay home to take care of my mom I could copy my catalog from a database source (Bookpedia at that time) to LT. I didn't start using the social elements of the site until my cataloging was done, because I felt I had to have a correct catalog to use it (not that anyone ever gave me that feeling, just me and my OCD-like tendencies). User nr. 60594.

Aug 23, 2013, 8:00am Top

I joined in Feb 2006 (user number 17116), but only used the site sporadically until Jan/Feb 2010, when I was off sick and discovered the social side. From then on I began to catalogue new acquisitions systematically, and gradually to work on adding the backlog, but it was only recently during another extended period of sick leave that I've had time to complete the catalogue. I wish I had discovered the social side sooner - those several years as an inactive member seem wasted - but I'm just very grateful that it was all waiting for me when I needed it!

Aug 23, 2013, 9:02am Top

I joined in July of 2007, just about the time I returned to college to finish my degree. I remember that my wife sent me an email asking if I had ever heard of the site, I had not but I joined almost immediately. My member # is 235,877. My wife joined the same day but I must have been a little quicker, her # is 235,880.

I credit the site and its members for helping me earn that degree. There are so many intelligent people here and such good information.

Aug 26, 2013, 12:27am Top

I can't see the Thingaversaries...

Aug 26, 2013, 1:57am Top

#178 by @Cathcartes> I see them alright.

Aug 26, 2013, 2:08am Top

>179 henkl: : Yes, they are back now.

Aug 30, 2013, 8:43pm Top

Did no one join LibraryThing the day it opened? I was expecting at least to see timspalding celebrating their 8th Thingaversary today (and mine is in 17 days).

Edited: Aug 30, 2013, 8:59pm Top

Tim's was a couple of days ago, and his dog was the day after that. But I too was surprised that there wasn't anyone today... 23 days to go for me.

Aug 31, 2013, 5:44am Top

Just a thought, and I don't think it is worth a 'RSI' post...
But...How about the ability to look at a certain date (and there around) and see who then joined?
With member numbers, of course :-)

Sep 7, 2013, 1:23am Top

Like a few others I didn't join up when I first learned about LT.

I read about LT in a NY Times article in March of 2007, (and I still have that article) but for whatever reason didn't actually get here to join up until Jan of '08. (I'd blame it on flooding, but that was a month after I read the article.) Means I'm number 339463 when I could have been much lower. (The article said there were about 150,000 members at that time.)

Sep 25, 2013, 10:03am Top

4 days and counting until my thingaversary... :)

Sep 30, 2013, 9:23am Top

You know, I logged in on my thingaversary and looked for some fanfare or banner or something... Didn't see any. Don't think the module even changed much. Poo.

Oct 6, 2013, 4:51pm Top

> 186 On another site I belong to, a little picture of balloons shows next to any posts you make on your anniversary of joining (and disappears again the following day), and people wish you a Happy Balloon Day!

Oct 6, 2013, 4:59pm Top

#186 - Hey! This is LibraryThing.

Oct 6, 2013, 7:16pm Top

There was a very cute birthday doodle on Google on my birthday this year ... pic ... of course Google progressively knows more and more about me, so I shouldn't be surprised that they can push through a custom doodle!

Oct 8, 2013, 2:45pm Top

Oh no, I missed my 8-year! That said, I have celebrated by helping my husband buy 8 volumes of Trollope from the Folio Society for $5 a piece. Rejoice with me.

Oct 9, 2013, 8:30am Top

You know, I got 3 books for my thingaversary (Just not put them in yet.) Haven't had time to get more.

Oct 9, 2013, 9:20am Top

191> Any tips on how not to have time to buy more books? I seem to be able to buy books even faster than I read them. And three of the ones I bought today are looooong academic ones in German. I wish they wouldn't stick the ones in the window that I can't resist. I mean, I had to walk down that street, so I said I wouldn't go in, but I just gave a quick glanz in the window, and just my topic... BTW, the real reason I was on the street was for a meter of bias tape that cost €0.80. The book cost a lot more!

Oct 9, 2013, 10:02am Top

#192 by MarthaJeanne> You know that if you pay with a credit card, you expose yourself to fraud? And you cannot be sure that the bank will reimburse you. If I were you I would never use my credit card. Not even for withdrawing money from an ATM - they mount skimming contraptions on those.

Hope this helps.

Oct 9, 2013, 10:40am Top


How to not have time to buy books:
- Break up with an SO after 11 years - meaning you're helping them move out
- Help friends in catastrophic situations like divorce (More moving) and emotional break downs.
- Have a job that steals your time
- Have medical issues related to self and family members that have you driving across half the state
- Live in an area where the only decent bookstore closed like 3 years ago, so now it's an hour's drive to get to a decent book store.

Um, I have plenty more.

Oct 9, 2013, 11:58am Top

I must say, I'm glad I live where I end up walking past several bookstores every time I go downtown. Now if they were English language it would be even worse than it is now. Sometimes I convince nyself that I can't handle the German.

Oct 9, 2013, 12:39pm Top

>195 MarthaJeanne: I was actually going to say that living in a country where you don't read the language with any proficiency is how I keep from buying books. Admittedly, I just bought a few for my Thingaversary, but my selection is pretty much limited to one store.

Oct 9, 2013, 12:50pm Top

>194 gilroy: Only an hour's drive? It's more for me, and I still acquire books too fast.

Oct 9, 2013, 1:06pm Top

I don't count the amazon shopping I've been doing lately... :)

Oct 9, 2013, 1:14pm Top

I too live a long distance from a bookstore but buying online takes no time at all. Zip. Click. You're done. And I always make sure I have huge wishlists to choose from.

Oct 9, 2013, 4:22pm Top

198, 199> A'int that the truth!

Oct 9, 2013, 9:38pm Top

The thingaversary feature started soon after my 6th anniversary so I've been buying like crazy to make up for all the lost years!

Feb 28, 2014, 9:21pm Top

Whooo! Happy seventh Thingversary to me!

Mar 1, 2014, 7:43am Top

Happy Thingaversary, justjim ! Which books did you / will you buy to celebrate ?

Edited: Mar 8, 2014, 5:03am Top

With mine coming up, I need to be clear about those books to buy. I can't actually buy books at a bookstore on a Sunday, so do I count the 8 books I recently ordered online? Or the ones I bought downtown on Wednesday? No, that was only seven, but I could buy one more (only one more?) when I'm downtown again this Wednesday. Or do I still have to buy another eight? but when and how for it to count? This is very difficult.

Mar 8, 2014, 6:21am Top

I suggest that you buy 8 books the Saturday and 8 books the Monday to encircle the Sunday

Mar 8, 2014, 7:00am Top

That sounds like a very good idea!

Aug 1, 2014, 10:17am Top

I put the thingaversary module on my dashboard and set it to show only connections. For weeks there was only a countdown to my own thingaversary. But now 2 of my friends have had theirs, and they never showed up on my homepage. After the first, I double checked to see that I had it set correctly. But still nothing. Is there a trick I don't know?

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