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I've just pushed a new "more" tab (see here), which has expanded from one page to eight.
I look forward to hearing what I've missed, particularly on the "helpers" and "member projects" sections. The trick is to put things in proportion, and link elsewhere when possible. I'll blog and tweet about it tomorrow.
"... but wait, there's more..." I can't wait to get my LT branded steak knives.
Off to look now.
Seems fine. Nice and clean. Logically split into the various pages.
On the Widgets and extensions page the link for the mac screensaver recognised me but there is what I think may be supposed to be a similar link on the Import/export page, under Export from LibraryThing which is black, not blue and says "You are not signed in."
I don't think the series you have as examples on http://www.librarything.com/more/helpers (the helpers page) are really the best examples.
http://www.librarything.com/series/Star+Wars is a mess in terms of numbering: there's a small block at the beginning with consistent numbering, then the main body in alphabetical order, with what appear to be ineffectual numbers scattered among them; also the series description is mostly complaining that LT can't cope with the numbering system selected. Not a shining example of an LT series!
http://www.librarything.com/series/Sather+Classical+Lectures has no series description, and has only 37 works though the numbers go to 66. It looks rather incomplete.
That's a good point. May I suggest the Patrick O'Brian Aubrey/Maturin series? Nice consistent covers, good description, definitive name and it includes one omnibus edition.
Spotted what I think is a bug:
"Export from LibraryThing
You are not signed in."
Yes I am!
On "Widgets and Extensions", chiclets are spelled that way in the text but "Chicklets" in the header. Am I missing a joke? (Sigh.) That happens enough I should be used to it.
And in the short description of Helpers, I suggest mentioning that the Wiki is linked here.
Overall, I like the new More: simple and very helpful. It's not the same as the old More.
ETA: And I also suggest pushing to the top of the page the link to the Wiki. That seems the most general item for a helpers page.
Seeing the same as #6 and #3, though despite that clicking on the "Export as tab-delimited text" link does seem to work, fortunately.
The stickers link goes to the tee shirts. I don't see where to edit it.
Series and awards
I've added Aubrey-Maturin but kept Star Wars. I still think Star Wars is an amazing page, especially all the related series. I killed Sather and replaced it with the Wolfson History prize, keeping it at two series.
The news entry says "Come talk about what’s missing here" but doesn't link.
On the Import/Export page, the "APIs and Easy Linking" link goes to the "Membership Upgrade" page.
Thanks. Fixing. Oh, we should have links to upgrade, if you need to.
As for that Star Wars series page, I'm making a major effort toward cleanup. I've made a note on BBY date formatting in the series description.
I like it!
Possible bug, on the 'Helpers' page there's a link to form letters near the bottom. When I click on it it takes me to CoverGuess.
i would add the Welcome to LT group to the helpers page, since it's a good way to find helpers.
19> Hah, you've fallen for Tim's ploy. He only listed Star Wars as an example in order to get someone to clean it up for him. It's a trap!
i would add the Welcome to LT group to the helpers page, since it's a good way to find helpers.
Member projects, no?
I see your point, but think this is another example of how the same resource is used differently by new users and seasoned LTers.
If you don't want to list it in both places, it comes down to the intended audience of the More tab: addressed primarily to new or established users. I don't think I consider one audience more important than the other, and recommend listing it in both places.
4> Wow, Star Wars is a complete and utter mess.
For someone who barely pays attention: When did Battle of Yavin occur?
The language in the paragraph about the unofficial Facebook app needs work - "The non-official application that let you link your LibraryThing account to your Facebook profile and keep your friends uptodate with what you are reading" - lets? up-to-date or up to date? finish the sentence (with a period at least)?
The headline still says Chicklets! (I'm not sure whether 'got it' means fixed or just know about it).
All Your Covers should probably mention that it only sees Amazon covers, not the covers you've chosen. That's very frustrating sometimes, especially for those of us who are trying to get rid of Amazon covers, and those who have odd books - a good chunk of my page shows default covers because there is no Amazon cover associated with those books. Even when I've scanned in my own cover already, or picked a good one from the other Member-Uploaded covers. And there are ones with covers that don't match what I have, for the same reason - it just shows the Amazon cover.
Member Giveaway still goes to ER - the url is still er/list instead of er/giveaway/list.
The LibraryThing Local link goes to the Helpers page - which, I suppose, is a valid entry point. Just seems odd to me.
As souloftherose pointed out (Msg 20) - the Form Letter link goes to CoverGuess.
I'd like to see the Overview page a little prettier - boxes, at least, if not some graphics. Or at least more white space above section headers? Something. I'm a good reader, even on a computer page, and my eye was still skipping around. Besides, I expect boxes and shading on LT.
It's an excellent source now - a great place to point people for more info. I love the warning poster on Combining!
25> The Battle of Yavin is where the first Death Star blew up. (End of the first/fourth movie.)
Can we get some pictures or something on the main "more" page? Nothing is really grabbing my attention on that page. If I weren't a seasoned member, I probably wouldn't be tempted to look at any of this or follow any of the links.
I also think a bit more info on some of these options would be good (on the main page). So, instead of just "Fun and interesting projects members engage in," how about some quirky examples? Ditto for Helpers, etc. Just a few things to add some personality to the page - a bit like the kind of examples and text that was on the old home page from a couple of years ago (to give a sense of the weird and wonderful here).
i agree with elenchus. it depends on how the Welcome group is viewed. for most people using the More tab to find info, the Welcome group is more about being helped/making connections than for offering up assistance, which is why it would be listed in the Members' Projects (ie, i'd only look for it under Members' Projects if i was looking for a way to help others/make the site work better).
I was hoping that the More tab would have a link to the CoverGuess activity. I used to play it, but once it disappeared from the blog roll, I couldn't find it any more.
Alternatively, where IS the link to CoverGuess?
It's on the More tab, under Helpers (I know, not terribly obvious, but it does make a sort of sense) - scroll down quite a ways.
CoverGuess is on the More Tab. It's under "Helpers" > "More Helpings" (though I expected it to be under Projects somewhere).
Battle of Yavin was year 0 as it;s the focal point of the New Republic. BBY 0.
What do I win? :)
The link to LibraryThing Mobile is broken on the Sites and Applications page
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Sorry, I should have posted. I told Dan to fix it, and he apparently did.
Not sure what should be there. I just get a form asking for a user name. Using FF 3.6.6 for reference.
edit: I now see ablachly's response up above.
The Wiki help page for 'Widgets and Extensions' > 'Other LibraryThing widgets' > 'Email signature line' > has been waiting for your input, Tim, since 12 September 2007!
5,000+ libraries later and this project is done: http://www.librarything.com/wiki/index.php/Public_libraries
Maybe that can be mentioned on the helpers page on the more tab.
44> From the page: This is a list of all of the regions (states, territories, etc.) that have all of the libraries added to Library Thing.
Does this just mean that they are added as a venue? I thought at first it meant that their catalog lookup worked under Quick Links, but that appears not to be the case from the few I tried.
44> What do you mean by "this project". This thread seems to be about a lot of things and I don't see the project you're talking about.
I think lemontwist means the project of adding the links for each state to the public library listing,* as described on the Wiki page he linked. He posted here because he thought it relevant to add text to the "More" tab, which was discussed in this thread. At least, that's my take.
But yes, this thread certainly is a lot of things.
* ETA and perhaps also adding each public library as an LT venue? I didn't confirm that.
I'm a she actually. And I went through every state on the public libraries website, checked if they were added as venues, and added the ones that weren't added.
Sorry, I should have been a bit more clear.
Hmmmm! Browsing the publiclibraries site, the public library I use isn't listed unless I browse by county...not sure why.
51... sometimes the google map just doesn't put things in the right location, or on the map at all. I noticed that at times. Maybe double check that the address is correct and edit if it necessary.
After bragging about all the US public libraries being in Local in the State of the Thing newsletter, of course I got an email from someone saying "mine's not in there!". Out of all of the branches in all of the libraries in the US, this one was missing. Would someone please add it? Also, the name change thing is probably worth changing.
It seems that Weld Library District is one of the library systems--it is no longer Weld Library District. The name changed to High Plains Library District when the system went independent of the county a few years ago. There also seems to have been one of High Plains Library District's branches left off of the list--the Erie Community Library in Erie, CO. (I used to work at this branch--it's a wonderful library and it would be a shame not to include it!) The address is 400 Powers Street, Erie, CO and the phone number is 720-685-5200. Just wanted to bring that to your attention!
I could have sworn that they were going off some sort of state library association lists. Maybe they should point that out to the library staff to see why if they're not listed on that list if they're not.
Yeah, I think the publiclibraries.com website isn't terribly up-to-date. I tried to go to most library websites to check for branches, but those were sometimes less helpful than publiclibraries.com Sometimes library webpages do not even include addresses, you wouldn't believe how unhelpful many of them are.
I'm not sure what the problem is for Weld / High Plains Library. I checked their website and all the branches are in the system.
The Erie Community Library was added ages ago: http://www.librarything.com/venue/8373/Erie-Community-Library and has been claimed by user WeldLibrary
Maybe this user is looking up venues by name? Because in that case I can't find anything either. But by location everything is showing up.
That could be.
So, I put a call out for other countries' lists of libraries, and someone put a comment on the blog post with a link to what may very well be all of Spain's libraries. The curse of this is I don't speak any other languages well enough to navigate the site.
That being said, I have added a lot of libraries to Local by guessing what looked like the address :) The google map helps to let you know if you're on the right continent.
Anyone want to take this and run with it? Perhaps start a new thread for it?
I read Spanish somewhat better than Sonya. The link in 57 seems to be a way to get to the Library Websites by City, Province, and Smaller County/Town.
After that, someone would need to find the address, hours, etc. on the individual websites.
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