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Apr 11, 2010, 4:59pm Top

I've noticed that someone is changing some existing series - unfortunately by labelling the individual works so that each work in the series is a series on its own. i.e. by adding the number to the series title rather than adding the number in brackets. I have changed back the Anne of Green Gables and the Narnia series but there may be others

Apr 11, 2010, 5:58pm Top

Have you tried contacting that person (or persons) personally? That seems a mistake on such a level that I doubt that person reads this forum. Or is it that you're just posting here about it because you want people to keep an eye out for more by this person?

Apr 11, 2010, 6:24pm Top

Both, really. I haven't contacted the person - I think I assumed that it would be an official's job but if I see another instance, I will.

Apr 11, 2010, 6:54pm Top

Nah. The CK stuff is very much decentralized, as far as I can tell. It's pretty much run by the users, with a core of dedicated users forming an unofficial (and unenforced) "authority" on the subject.

Edited: Apr 11, 2010, 9:27pm Top

I found the same thing on one of the series in my list: I've fixed it and dropped a line to the person concerned to explain. I'll track back through the CK to find any other examples and replace the new labels with whatever precedes them in the CK history: with any luck that will avoid a 'piling-on' effect if a load of people suddenly notice the problem.

Edited to add: I've fixed all the series labels still outstanding (most of them were fairly obscure Christian romance, so I'm not surprised no one noticed till today!)

Edited: Apr 11, 2010, 10:35pm Top

In other cases exactly like this,* I've dropped a private comment to the person and explained that the book number or award number needs to be in parentheses for the books to be linked together in the same series. Generally, if notified politely, people have been thankful to learn how it works.

You can check the history of all the edits by that person and correct them. Presumably it's this one:

(*By contrast, I've had not-so-happy responses when contacting people about series that aren't series or awards put in the wrong way, generally where someone just wanted to do things his/her own way, LT consensus be d**ned.)

PS - it's also quite common for people not to realize that edits to CK affect everyone, not just one's own catalog.

Apr 12, 2010, 12:13am Top

It's hard to imagine anyone creating series like that for over a week but not noticing the effect.

Apr 12, 2010, 12:22am Top

7> Well, imagine if they're only viewing the data as a column in their catalog, rather than actually clicking on the series link itself. That's my only guess.

Apr 12, 2010, 4:28am Top

#6 Yes was the person. Only 2 of the series affected my catalogue and I saw those soon after the work was done. I think you're right about some users assuming that CK changes only affect their own books.

Thanks, EveleenM, for contacting the person concerned. I'm always a coward about contacting strangers though I would have done it. Having made the changes back I then lost the user name so I was waiting for some more changes to be made!

Apr 13, 2010, 5:43am Top

Oh dear...

I've had no response to my private message, and since then they've changed another 35 series labels. I have the sinking feeling that, if they haven't noticed that the series labels are links, they may not have noticed the message either, and they're not a member of any of the Talk groups. I'll give it another day or two, then I suppose I'd better notify someone on the staff.

Apr 15, 2010, 11:41am Top

Bothersome. I'm sure it's unintentional. I've sent an email, as well as posted a private message.


Edited: Apr 19, 2010, 11:55am Top

User has been suspended. I suspect s/he's just not reading the messages. This will, I think, alert him or her that they're important.

Edited: May 2, 2010, 6:22am Top

Just had a look at the history and found some more series identifications in the past that had been wiped. Seems to be behaving now.

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