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Mar 21, 2018, 3:50 am

I have to admit, even though my Litsy account is old, I never quite got into it. I have been reading up on Litsy following the announcement, but there are still some things I struggle with. I hope that veteran Littens can help me out...

1) I hear about reading challenges through tags. But how do I find these?
2) I know there are authors on Litsy (I follow Joe Hill myself). But is there an easy way to find them?

Maybe this can be a gathering place for questions, so if others have any more, please add them...

Edited: Mar 21, 2018, 12:20 pm

1. Usually if there is a challenge Littens tag the person in charge. Like I'm doing #LitsyAtoZ so I usually tag the person in charge. If no one is tagged ask I'm sure a litten can help you out even if the original poster isn't sure.
2. I'm not sure, I think mrbook(on litsy) was working on a list.

Mar 21, 2018, 12:28 pm

I'll piggyback on jfalkens, here. I agree that the best way to find out about a challenge is to follow the hashtag back to whoever is tagged as the originator of the challenge. Or just comment on any post for more info!

You can also follow @LitsyHappenings or just scroll their feed to see any recent challenges, although be warned that there are lots of posts about new Litsy members. It can be a bit overwhelming. They also try to keep up to date on photo challenges, book swaps, and buddy reads.

I think LibrarianRyan has an author list compiled, but I wasn't able to find the hashtag she used to designate it. A quick hashtag search might yield a lot of results, as well.

I hope this helps a bit!

Mar 21, 2018, 1:54 pm

More of a work question than a personal one, although before I decide to do anything for my library I'm definitely going to try out Litsy for myself for a while.

Are there any libraries on Litsy doing Book Recs? Or doing anything? I did a few light searches but couldn't find anything.

Right now I do a Tumblr Book Rec blog for my library, and our library Instagram is more about programs/pretty pictures/throwbacks than it is about a ton of book recs, and some of my co-workers are doing a joint Goodreads Challenge too. But, I wondered if Litsy might connect with some more and different people. Hmm...

Mar 21, 2018, 2:40 pm

>DanielXJ I don't know of any library accounts that promote or do recommendations but I know MrBook, who works at a library often does both; and saresmoore often shows some of the material that she works with at the Edinburgh (Scotland) library where she works (historical texts.)

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>4 DanieXJ: There are some librarians on Litsy as Tanya mentioned, but not aware of any libraries but that could be a good development. 😊🙌

Edited: Mar 21, 2018, 10:53 pm

Might be a silly question, buf i cannot figure out how to post a review on litsy. Help!

I found the book, and gave it a soso rating, but what about a review? Thanks!

Eta i see where i can comment on other peoples pictures, but not where i can put my own comments or review.

Mar 21, 2018, 11:35 pm

>7 LibraryCin: There are a couple ways to get to it. I think this is the easiest: from any screen/page on Litsy, tap the "+" icon in the middle of the menu bar at the bottom of the screen. Select "review" from the three options that pop up. You'll be able to tag a book, add a picture, write you're review, and rate the image, all at once there.

Mar 21, 2018, 11:37 pm

Thank you!

Mar 22, 2018, 12:15 am

I think it would be fantastic if someone wanted to create a wiki with Litsy challenges so there’s a static place where folks can find them easily rather than scrolling to find the originator. There are some fun posts I see accompanied by a hashtag too generic for me to know what the prompt is, so I just don’t participate because I don’t have the time or patience to scroll and look for a post that explains it.

Mar 22, 2018, 6:20 am

>10 kgriffith: that is a good idea!

Mar 22, 2018, 10:06 am

Hi All...I'm Chelleo on Litsy. Just wanted to drop these two links here for anyone that may want to explore them:

raimeygallant created a nice, detail list of Litsy tips

I created some quick how-to tutorials for those who are more visual:

Finding Challenges: as mentioned following @LitsyHappenings or #listyhappenings I sometimes will search #readingchallenges or #challenges as well

Libraries on Litsy: Not aware of an specific libraries but you could browse #librariansoflitsy or #litsylibrarians to scout out librarians and any work-related posts they may have

Hope this helps!

Edited: Mar 22, 2018, 5:33 pm

>10 kgriffith: >11 Sace: It is a good idea, but I wouldn’t even know how to create a Wiki.

Mar 22, 2018, 5:35 pm

>12 mpmleonard: It’s strange getting used to friends with different handles on both sites! 😊

Mar 22, 2018, 6:26 pm

>6 Andrew-theQM: >5 Tanya-dogearedcopy: I think I'm gonna do my own thing for a bit, and then see how it goes. I already stepped outside the twitter/facebook/instagram box when I asked my director if we could have a Tumblr book blog that wasn't connected to Teens (not sure if she really understood what I was going on about, but, she said yes). So, I think that I'll scope out the territory and then see if I can figure a way to integrate it into what we're doing re: RA. Hmm.... (Font Awesome doesn't have a symbol for them too, which is a bummer)

>12 mpmleonard: It does help. This whole thread is rocking with the help. :D

Mar 22, 2018, 7:40 pm

How do you report a book without a cover?
How do you report a title with extraneous info (blurby bits that don't belong in the title)?

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I found SanFrancisco public library on litsy. SFPublicLibrary
But they haven't pisted for a year.

Mar 22, 2018, 9:29 pm

>10 kgriffith: >13 Andrew-theQM: >17 SqueakyChu: I would love to help, but I know I am fundamentally lazy and unorganized. I am willing to commit to a couple of weekend of researching how to create a wiki. Is that ok? I can report back sometime the week of April 2. I make no promises about actually creating one! Especially since I don't have enough knowledge of either site!

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>20 SqueakyChu: I... don’t actually know how to create a wiki? LOL... everything I do on the .com side of things is as a member; the only wiki page I edit is the one where employees track our PTO 😝 Here’s the wiki main page, though, and there are links to the wiki group and editing help in the module in the top right:

Mar 22, 2018, 10:42 pm

Aha! Expand the “editing” section here for links to starting a new page and more:

Mar 22, 2018, 10:53 pm

So I know that every Litsy post has to have an associated book. However, I also know that there are plenty adjacent type posts (shelfies, etc) that people make. What is the accepted etiquette for book tagging in those cases, given that all posts must have an associated book?

Mar 23, 2018, 6:56 am

>23 shadrach_anki: I usually use "Untitled", but sometimes you can just search for a book witha similar theme. For example when I was making posts about the LT acquisition, I searched for a book with "celebrate" in the title and chose "Celebrate Everything" as my book. When I made a post about LT stats I chose the book "Stats with Cats."

I've actually discovered new books through people using this tongue in cheek way of associating a non book post with a book :-)

Edited: Mar 23, 2018, 7:00 am

>20 SqueakyChu: >21 kgriffith: I'll poke around this weekend and see if I am capable of such technology :-)

But if there is already an LT wiki, is it possible to just edit that and add Litsy challenges?

Mar 23, 2018, 8:25 am

>25 Sace: Yes indeed - adding Litsy-related information to the existing LT Wiki is indeed, what I believe people were meaning to suggest

Mar 23, 2018, 10:25 am

>24 Sace: I was sorta using the book that I was reading at that time even though it didn't totally match with what I was posting. Hmm... I may have seen an Untitled something... or maybe I'll try to get creative... I do have to say that I agree with another post that I saw somewhere. Just having the Ingram catalog, or whatever the back-end database of books for Litsy is, I feel like I want to crawl out of my skin... :)) (Oops, what can I say, I'm used to ComCat, WorldCat, OverCat... so many Cats.... ;))

Mar 23, 2018, 1:04 pm

>26 TimSharrock: Duh! I'm not a very good reader is seems :-)

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So, is this a thing, a known thing where it can't find your account (something about private or something? It had just given me a notification of a new follow, so, I must have been logged in somehow), and then it won't let you log in after that either?? *sigh* using the Android.

ETA: Well, it fixed itself, or maybe someone fixed it, or who knows. Ah well, technology... :)

Mar 23, 2018, 2:13 pm

>28 Sace: not at all - I was nonplussed myself when I came upon the usage of "a wiki" to mean what I would think of as "a page, or subnet of pages, in a wiki".

Mar 23, 2018, 2:23 pm

I have an etiquette question: I know each individual is different... but what is the overall atmosphere on litsy regarding people who make it policy to not follow back, and for people who unfollow after they decide they're not interested in someone else's reading taste?

Edited: Mar 23, 2018, 4:50 pm

>31 macsbrains: You are free to follow or not as you choose, never seen a negative comment if follow is activated and the other person doesn't follow back. Likewise with unfollowing, Totally each person’s choice. Litsy is the most positive and friendly social networking site I have ever experienced by far and so positive.

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>1 divinenanny: I’ll just add on here to what’s already been posted. I usually just ask in the comments.... so many that I comment on didn't originate in scrolling wouldn't necessarily help anyway. For instance #PopSugar2017 (or 2018) or #ReadHarder. #MountTBR is a challenge from Goodreads that a bunch of us tag on in Litsy anyway. So if I see a tag I don't know or can't reasonably guess at, I just ask in the comments and usually someone (the poster) can steer me in the right direction.

Edited: Mar 24, 2018, 7:45 am

>4 DanieXJ: I know that SerialReader is on Litsy, which is a reading app. I also like to follow @SubwayBookReview for book ideas.

Edited: Mar 24, 2018, 7:49 am

>23 shadrach_anki: There is an Untitled, author Unknown and an Untitled, author Anonymous that I use for some of these, for Shelfies sometimes I'll post it under a prominent book on the shelf. We also get creative.... my snow day post got posted under a random book that happened to be titled "Let It Snow" for instance, so sometimes we just pick a book with an appropriate title for the post.

Mar 23, 2018, 6:26 pm

>32 Andrew-theQM: That's good to hear. This makes me more inclined to try it out. I just wouldn't want to ruffle feathers because of my aversion to those kinds of social obligations.

Mar 24, 2018, 5:42 am

>35 RivetedReaderMelissa: -37 If you type > followed by the post number, people will know what you are actually referring to in your replies. ;)

Mar 24, 2018, 7:43 am

>39 .Monkey.: I see that now. I thought hitting reply after a specific comment would do that automatically, I see that’s not the case. I’ll definitely add it...and edit a few of my early posts.

Mar 24, 2018, 7:45 am

Lots of new folks don't realize at first, you're not alone! :P

Mar 24, 2018, 8:16 am

New Litsy user, playing around this weekend. Spotted on the litfluence page a line that says "Book Adds" How does one add a book? Is this just from making the suggestion?

Mar 24, 2018, 8:26 am

>42 gilroy: I believe "Book Adds" in Litfluence is how many times people have added a book to their own stacks from one of your posts. On each post, there's a little icon that appears as a stack of books. If you tap on it, you get the to read, reading, read options, and options to rate the book as a pick, so-so, pan or bail. So if someone sees your review of a book (e.g., A Wrinkle in Time), and taps the icon on that post to add the book to their to-read stack, that counts as a "book add" for you :)

Edited: Mar 24, 2018, 6:46 pm

>43 rabbitprincess: So the game on Litsy is to see how many people you can influence to add books you like to their wishlists. As if our wishlists weren’t long enough. Haha!

Mar 24, 2018, 8:13 pm

>44 SqueakyChu: I guess it could be seen that way, although I'm always surprised whenever anyone adds a book to their stacks from one of my posts!

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Mar 25, 2018, 12:56 am

>34 SqueakyChu: It is, which I didn’t know until I went poking around to reply here :)
I agree that someone brand new to wikis will need some guidance in addition to what’s on the pages linked, which is why I mentioned the group link as well, though I didn’t check out how active it is.

Mar 25, 2018, 8:25 am

>34 SqueakyChu: >47 kgriffith: I definitely need guidance. Exactly what do I need to research? Are we wanting a completely new Litsy page separate from the LT one? Or are we wanting to add a Litsy section to the existing LT one? The original purpose was to have one place for all Litsy challenges, is that correct?

I know literally nothing about wikis but I'd love to learn and figure all this out.

Mar 25, 2018, 9:27 am

>48 Sace: I'm pretty sure the point is just adding a Litsy page here, no? Like, add the stuff on there?

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>51 SqueakyChu: Uh, how is it "my" page? Jesus relax. Go to and then click create. Wow, skipped her doing so much there! There is no freaking "originates from," I have no idea what you are on about. Good grief.

*eyeroll* Since they were removed: the above two messages were rants reaming me out for making "my page" (i.e. tossing up a blank Litsy challenge wiki page for Sace to use as she saw fit without taking the 2 seconds to click "create" herself, since it seemed a good deal simpler to just link directly to the page, and the "creation" of one is as I already described) rather than "teaching" and it "not being her page but mine" and god knows what nonsense. Hence my pissed off reply, which now looks quite out of place, but hey, I stand by what I say.

Mar 25, 2018, 12:46 pm

Sorry about the deleted messages, but I no longer feel comfortable on this thread.

Mar 29, 2018, 1:27 pm

I have an etiquette question about referencing books that aren't available via the Litsy search feature. Is it okay to tag the posts for 'untitled/unknown', as suggested in an answer to a similar question offered in >23 shadrach_anki:? And then go back and revise the post to add accurate title information if/when the book is added to the Litsy database?

I do see I can also do the 'suggest a book' action -- Will I be notified if the book is added? Should I just check the search again after a period of time?

Mar 30, 2018, 10:31 am

I'm suddenly starting to get a decent number of "friend" requests, and I think they're from the, um, immigrant community :)

but the problem is that I REALLY don't do the whole friending thing - can I just ignore them? Is that mean? I don't want to be unwelcoming or unpleasant, but I don't 'friend' people online. I'll talk to you in message threads all day long, but friends is waaay too intimate for online stuff. (And yes I know I'm weird.)

Any advice?

Edited: Mar 30, 2018, 11:16 am

>55 RowanTribe: I'm going to add a line in my profile that says I only "friend" people I see face to face; but use "interesting libraries" to follow people on LT.

ETA: Or disable the friend request thing:

Mar 30, 2018, 12:05 pm

>56 lesmel:

Oh lesmel, that's a really good idea - both of them. Thank you!

Mar 30, 2018, 2:44 pm

>55 RowanTribe:: "I REALLY don't do the whole friending thing" — thank heavens I'm not the only one who doesn't want to collect zillions of cyberfriends. And what I hated about Facebook was the way it kept sending me notifications about people it thought I should request friendship from. Fortunately worked out how to stop it doing that.

Mar 31, 2018, 9:21 am

Interesting conversation. I am really enjoying litsy and after 3 years on LT - I don't feel I've made any connections here.

Apr 2, 2018, 1:55 am

If i reply to a comment, will i automatically get a notification that someone else has replied? Or am i only notified if someone tags me?

If i reply to someone elses comment, i dont want to have to tag them each time so they know theres a reply. Thats a bit of a pain.

Apr 2, 2018, 6:45 am

Tonight I got a popup notice that I liked myself!

Apr 3, 2018, 1:06 am

Hi everyone :) I use to have a Litsy account but decided to get it deleted since I already had a 'bookstagram' account and wasn't sure I'd be able to handle both. After hearing about Librarything buying Litsy I regreted deleting my account and was wondering if anyone knew how I can retrieve my deleted account. I tried creating a new account with the email i used for my old one but it informs me that the email is already in use.

Apr 3, 2018, 3:52 am

Wow, this forum is intense. This is the kind of thing that separates Litsy from other forums... I refer to comments 52 and 53. I haven't seen anything nearly this aggressive in nearly 2 years there.

Apr 3, 2018, 5:17 am

>63 AceOnRoam: Oh, it can be, but that level seems to vary from group to group. I think the most heated discussions are part and parcel of the Pro and Con group, where the Book Talk and Talk about Library Thing groups are a bit more general and laid back.

Apr 3, 2018, 6:14 am

>63 AceOnRoam: >64 MyriadBooks:
All the challenge groups are, by and large, non-controversial and friendly and places like The Green Dragon are oases of civility (actively driven to be so, even though their members are just as passionate and oft-times political on other appropriate threads).

It's hard to see immediately, but many of the users bouncing off each other in threads have been doing so for over a decade. I think, in many cases the dialogue and debate have driven better features where we've debated (erm, OK, fought over aspects of them ... I still remember 'Collections'). I've had the biggest, most heated ideas-driven disagreements with members who have become some of my favourites.

My advice on LT is to find your space. It may be different on different days. I know I can always stop by the challenge groups or The Green Dragon if I want some gentle interaction but I truly appreciate the other groups where debate can be heated because often that stretches me to think outside my own ring fence. The 'Attack ideas not people' rule is a good one, even if sometimes it's not adhered to.

Apr 3, 2018, 10:56 am

>65 klarusu: Oh, Collections! The good ol' days of PiratePad collaboration ;) God love Tim and Chris H (conceptdawg) for letting us all play in that sandbox.

>63 AceOnRoam: I echo MyriadBooks and klarusu -- LT is a much broader platform and while there is room for debate in many groups, many others are much more focused on particular topics and tend not to stray too far from them. General groups and threads about the site and developments like acquiring Litsy are open to all and draw from all corners of the land, so we get a bit of a mix of intent, tone, opinion, and so forth. I know to stay far from the pro and con group, because "debate" isn't something I've enjoyed since high school and I have plenty to contend with in my local community, don't need to seek it out online! But the 75 books challenge group is very engaging and encouraging, and I do love my topical groups like Hogwarts Express and The Green Dragon even though I don't participate as much as I once did (ironically, before I worked for LT :-P ).

Jun 22, 2018, 7:53 pm

Ok, so I see these posts float past with lists of things to answer.
1. This
2. That
3. Etc...

Apparently, the "thing" to do is NOT to reply and comment with your answers. One is meant to share the photo and add in your own answers there.

I see no easy way to share the photo. How does one go about doing that?

Thank you.

Let me just add as a suggestion - can there be an easy "share" or "forward" button to press? This may be a suggestion I've made somewhere already.

Jun 22, 2018, 10:46 pm

>67 LibraryCin: To do this, you'll need take a screenshot of the questions, which will save a photo in your image gallery. Then when you create your own post, you will be able to grab that photo from the image gallery.

If it's a set of questions where people cross out things or circle them (e.g., the "this or that" meme), you'll want to to go to the profile of the person who first created the questions to get a clean copy to work from.

You can also just create a post as usual and type in your answers, without adding the photo. Or you can add a completely different photo!

In both cases, but especially in the text-only case, it's advisable to include the hashtag being used (e.g., #thisorthat) and/or tag the person who first shared the questions so that other people can find it.

Incidentally, there *is* a share button of sorts: the right-hand arrow on a Litsy post will give you that post's web address (like an Instagram or Facebook post), which you can then paste into another post like any other web address.

I hope this helps!

Jun 23, 2018, 3:22 pm

>68 rabbitprincess: I don't know how to take a screen shot with my tablet. It does seem like a lot of steps. I stick by my suggestion of making it easy to share! :-)

Hmmm, I've tried clicking that right hand arrow before, hoping that might be what it is, but I don't think anything happened! Nothing obvious that I knew what to do with, anyway!

Thank you for the alternate options, as well! How do you find out who was the original person who posted it?

Edited: Jun 23, 2018, 9:22 pm

>69 LibraryCin: The person's name will often be included in the image with the questions, or they will be tagged in another user's post.

On an iPad or iPhone, when I press and hold the right-hand arrow, it gives me a little menu that includes the option to "Copy". Then when I paste the link into a new post, it pastes the following:

rabbitprincess's post on Litsy
(post's web address)

If you're using the Android app, I'll hook you up with another CanLitten who uses it too; she might be able to help more. The iOS app and the Android app behave a bit differently from each other.

Jun 23, 2018, 10:21 pm

>70 rabbitprincess: Thank you! Yes, I use an android. I could probably google it, too!

Jun 24, 2018, 8:31 am

>71 LibraryCin: OK, I'll tag both of you in a post :) She should be able to help you figure out whether the sharing functionality works the same way in the Android app. Google should be able to help with how to take a screenshot, which is really the most complicated part.

Jun 24, 2018, 12:25 pm

>67 LibraryCin: Maybe it's just me, but I'm starting to unfollow people who do more of those than post about books they're reading or things from books they're reading. I've also unfollowed four authors for too much promotion lately. So my followers list is greater than my following...

Jun 24, 2018, 2:04 pm

>72 rabbitprincess: Thank you!

>73 gilroy: Hmmm, I kind of like doing those things, but definitely something to think about. So far, the only things I've been posting are reviews (with no photos!), so I feel like I'm not appealing to follow! I don't use a smart phone at all, but decided to try Litsy with my tablet. I knew it might be a long-shot for me to enjoy it, knowing I so rarely take photos (on my tablet, anyway; I tend to take plenty of photos with my digital cameras). I'm just "behind the times", I suppose. But, I keep trying... LOL! At least trying to ways to make it more appealing without feeling like it's too much effort, anyway!

Jun 24, 2018, 3:40 pm

>74 LibraryCin: one of my bigger issues with the game posts is they frequently contain common security questions one would answer to retrieve a password. That's a big red flag for me.

Jun 24, 2018, 4:17 pm

>75 gilroy: Oh, yeah! Good point. Guess I should watch for that. Thanks!

Jun 24, 2018, 10:42 pm

>73 gilroy: I've been checking out people prior to following them. So far I have opted not to follow two authors who were mostly promoting their own books. I hope for a filter sometime in the future to be able to filter out those game/list type posts. They don't appeal to me either.

Jun 25, 2018, 11:55 am

>75 gilroy: Oh man, I hadn't even thought of that! Good thinking.

>77 SqueakyChu: We've gotten a few requests for "muting" specific tags, which is something we may do in the future. That would be one way to get to follow someone, without their games posts cluttering up your feed. A lot of the games tend to have the same tags from week to week, I notice.

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I’m curious as to how much reproducing of a book’s contents can be done on Litsy without copyright infringement. I know I can post a picture of the book cover. How about all those quotes which I photograph and reproduce? What about pictures, drawings, or diagrams from those books? May I also photograph and reproduce those on Litsy (basically a book review site, to my thinking) without fear of copyright infringement?

Jun 26, 2018, 10:18 am

>79 SqueakyChu: I think those snippet quotes and illustrations fall well within the terms of fair use. I agree with you about considering Litsy basically a book review site.

Edited: Jun 26, 2018, 2:07 pm

>79 SqueakyChu: I just attended a panel about Fair Use and Rights Management (Scott Hervey from Weintraub Tobin) and when quotes, music snippets, etc. are being used in reviews or other "reaction pieces" you are in the clear. You cannot, however, reproduce the entirety of a work. I often feel uneasy when I see people post entire poems (e.g. e.g. Rupi Kaur,) or entire comic sequences (e.g. Sarah Anderson comics) and avoid it myself ("When in doubt, leave it out!")

Also, one key thing I learned from the panel discussion is that "Fair Use" is not a protection or a right. It's a legal defense with contextual metrics that must be met if you are served a takedown notice. There's a lot of misperception as to what "Fair Use" means mostly from what people have been able to get away with in the past (which is not the same as precedent) and wishful thinking.

Jun 26, 2018, 2:19 pm

>77 SqueakyChu: Yeah, I've had to aggressively purge my own list of people who I follow and now I have more followers than people I follow as well. It took me about an hour to pare down my list from about 600 to under 200. I unfollowed authors who were heavy on self-promotion, and those who, when I checked their feeds, posted more memes and fluff than reviews. It was brutal but my feed is much healthier now. And of course, I am very mindful of what I post now as well!

Jun 26, 2018, 2:33 pm

>81 Tanya-dogearedcopy: That’s interesting, thanks for that. 👍

Jun 26, 2018, 3:03 pm

>82 Tanya-dogearedcopy: Wow. 600... I just pared mine down from 50 to 42...
No, the irony of the number did not miss me. :)

Jun 26, 2018, 3:10 pm

>84 gilroy: 42 😂😂😂 Douglas Adams would be proud!

Jun 26, 2018, 4:59 pm

>80 MyriadBooks: >81 Tanya-dogearedcopy:

Thank you very much. I always leave comments on Litsy about anything I photograph so I guess that would pretty much constitute "fair use" of a work.

Jun 27, 2018, 12:34 pm

There is one more item about Fair Use that I forgot to mention: Showing the entirety of a recipe from a cookbook, newspaper, or magazine, even if you are commenting on it, is a "no-no" without the express written consent of the publisher (not the chef or cook.)

Jul 22, 2018, 8:10 am

I’ve come here because I have a couple of Litsy questions and apart from the first few and last few posts, I’ve just scrolled straight down, so I confess I don’t know if they’ve been covered. Maybe we need a Litsy group with separate threads for different issues?

I’m still not finding it intuitive to navigate Litsy, but I’m managing for most of the (few) things I do on there.

Is there a way to combine or request combining of books on Litsy? I’ve been posting blurbs on Assassin’s Quest for example, but when I posted a review, it picked up a different (I don’t know) edition? They come up separately when I click on the book name.

Edited: Jul 22, 2018, 2:28 pm

>88 humouress: I can't answer your question about combining, but there is a Litsy group here:

ETA: You're posting in the Litsy group! Feel free to add a new topic/thread for your question if you'd like

Jul 23, 2018, 12:57 am


>89 LibraryCin: Thank you.

Jul 23, 2018, 1:58 pm

>90 humouress: LOL! No worries! I don't come in to these directly from the Group, only from "Talk", so I didn't realize it myself initially (which is why I edited!). :-)

Sep 14, 2018, 10:58 am


Easy way, no. But every few months I put out a new list of known authors. you can check out the #authorsonlitsy or #authorsoflitsy tag I haven't posted it a few months, it might be time to update. But I will say, many of the authors except Chris Bojelen (I spelled that totally wrong) are not very active.

Sep 14, 2018, 11:00 am

Why thank you at saresmoore I do have a list. If I figure out how to post it here I will. First time on LT groups.

Sep 14, 2018, 11:34 am

>92 LibrarianRyan:

If you use > and the number of the post you're referring to (without the space between them), it will help people know which posts you're referencing. Hitting reply will just put your post at the bottom of the thread.

Mar 13, 2019, 9:44 am

How long does a post take to appear on Litsy? I posted a blurb but I couldn’t find it on any of the feeds. So I painstakingly recreated it, only to end up with duplicate posts. The second one (naturally) appeared instantly.

Mar 13, 2019, 12:19 pm

>95 humouress: Can you tell me what you mean by "any of the feeds"? Posts should show up pretty instantly, but if other folks are also posting around the same time, you're less likely to see your own post at the very top of your Home feed. Home feed is entirely chronological, though.

You can see your own feed by going to your profile (tap the person icon in the lower-right corner). Sometimes I notice that I have to tap and drag down to refresh my feed on my profile.

Mar 13, 2019, 5:16 pm

>96 lorannen: I’m sorry, I’m not sure of the terminology; I’m still getting used to navigating around Litsy. I meant it didn’t show when I posted it and then I tried the ‘home’ icon, the ‘person’ icon and even the ‘lightning’ icon.

Mar 13, 2019, 5:23 pm

>97 humouress: No worries—thanks for clarifying! The lightning bolt icon is your notifications—new posts made by you won't show up there unless someone likes or comments on your post. It should definitely have shown up on home and your profile, though. Is your username the same on Litsy as it is on here? Would you mind trying deleting the duplicate post? I want to see if the original sticks around.

Mar 13, 2019, 5:26 pm

>95 humouress: >96 lorannen: I have found that often my new post only shows up under Home for a long time before it comes over to my own feed. I don't know why there is a lag time, but there most often is. Maybe your developers could look at that. I never considered that a problem, but I can see why it would be confusing to a newbie. Eventually all of my new posts migrate over to my own feed.

Edited: Mar 13, 2019, 8:52 pm

>98 lorannen: Yes, my username is the same on Litsy.

Did you specifically want the duplicate deleted and not the original, because there’s a conversation going on it now?

Mar 14, 2019, 1:43 pm

>99 SqueakyChu: Is this true even if you do the tap and drag down action I described above in >96 lorannen:? I do find that I have to manually refresh my feed on my own profile with some frequency.

>100 humouress: Whichever works for you. Mostly I want to see if deleting one removes them both (which would indicate a database hiccup), or if there was simply a lag in the first one displaying.

Mar 14, 2019, 2:00 pm

>101 lorannen: I'll try that next time I add a post. However, THAT is not intuitive. :)

Mar 14, 2019, 2:18 pm

>102 SqueakyChu: Fair point, though it's a good tip to remember across apps! It's a pretty common "refresh" action that a lot of apps use on mobile devices.

Mar 14, 2019, 5:27 pm

>103 lorannen: I haven't used that action, but I'll start doing it now.

Mar 15, 2019, 11:48 am

Tap and drag down actually works! How was I supposed to know to do that (short of your telling me)? :D

Mar 15, 2019, 1:49 pm

>105 SqueakyChu:
Many apps require a refresh before changes you just made show up. (Proper computers can devote more resources to keeping everything up to date; and on mobile devices battery life/drain also plays a role.)

Mar 15, 2019, 7:15 pm

>101 lorannen: Turns out that the conversation was on the second post, so I’ve deleted the first. I won’t be happy if the second disappears too, but they are two distinct posts.

Thank you for the tip on refreshing apps; I’ll have to try and remember that one.

Mar 28, 2019, 3:19 am

I've been unable to link my librarything and litsy account. It just takes me to https://litsy_linkaccounts.php/ and I get a page that says it can't find that site in firefox and chrome says This site can’t be reached litsy_linkaccounts.php’s server IP address could not be found. Try running Windows Network Diagnostics. DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN

I have found no way to link them using the apps.

Edited: May 16, 2019, 10:15 am

>108 timidmagick: I think you have to alert lorannen for linking accounts now.

May 16, 2019, 10:15 am

If we spot a bug on the web based Litsy, do we just email litsy @ lt .com or do we post a bug here or what?

May 16, 2019, 10:48 am

>108 timidmagick: Sorry, I missed this when you initially posted it. Linking accounts is temporarily disabled while we work out some bugs there.

>110 gilroy: Good question. For now, email is best, but posting here in the Litsy group is okay, too.

May 16, 2019, 12:00 pm

>111 lorannen: Okay, so here's what I spotted:

Going to a book page on the Litsy Website lists all books with any ratings at 100%
Going to the same book page in the app shows the actual percentages of what a book holds.

My best example: Dread Nation -- Website says 100% pick, but app says 88%

Edited: May 16, 2019, 12:53 pm

Hey, I spotted a thing: content created by a member, who then leaves Litsy, is deleted in some but not all areas?

Specifically, a comment that had been left on one of my posts was deleted from my post when the member closed their account, but the comment remains visible in my Activity/Conversations notifications.

(The member's home page also looks weird, IMO. All their posts were removed and all personal details are gone, which I would expect as normal, but the complete lists of books Read and To Read remain.)

May 16, 2019, 3:51 pm

>112 gilroy: Thanks, I'll look into it! This one should be an easy enough fix, I think.

>113 MyriadBooks: So, I don't think there's a bug in comments from deleted users sticking around. I believe that's expected behavior. The stacks, on the other hand, is a different story. Could you please give me an example of a specific user? If you'd rather email it to me at, that's fine, too.

Note for all: In the future, since this thread is for questions about using Litsy, please create a new post for a bug/issue instead. T

May 17, 2019, 8:46 am

>114 lorannen: Thanks so much, Loranne. I've emailed you.

Oct 2, 2019, 10:15 pm

I don't know if questions are still being answered, but would anyone know why I'm seeing posts from people I don't follow in my feed? Also, why hashtags I've muted are still showing up in my feed?

Oct 3, 2019, 5:20 am

>116 Sace: I was told the hashtag muting only works on the webpage at present, not on the app. That was a few weeks ago, not sure if anything's changed since then.

Oct 3, 2019, 6:37 am

>117 gilroy: oh I didn't know that. Thanks! I did figure out why people I'm not following were showing up though.

Oct 4, 2019, 11:16 am

>118 Sace: Do tell; I’m not very good with social media and I’m still trying to find my way around Litsy.

Oct 11, 2019, 7:19 pm

>119 humouress: it had to do with one of the accounts I was following, but I can't remember which one it was now...

May 21, 2020, 1:26 pm

Is there a way to link Litsy and LibraryThing accounts? I've found some posts but none of the links seem to work/go anywhere

Nov 16, 2020, 2:01 am

>121 Sace: Apparently there is but it's not working at the moment.

Nov 16, 2020, 2:04 am

Question: I've just edited my Litsy profile and ticked the box for 'Are you an EU citizen/ resident' - which I will be for another couple of months or so until Brexit takes effect. I can't unclick it though. The question I want to ask is - why do you (Litsy/ LT) want to know?

Nov 16, 2020, 3:41 am

>123 humouress: GDPR as far as I remember from when the question was introduced. They need to abide by GDPR for us in the EU.

Edited: Jul 13, 2021, 5:41 pm

Is there a way to see a list of the books I’ve read and how I rated them (without having to trawl through all my posts)?

{ETA: I’ve found it; it’s under the ‘books read’ icon under Litfluence.}

How is Litfluence calculated? I see the numbers but I don’t understand how they relate to each other.

I assume a ‘book add’ is if I add a book to Litsy that wasn’t in it before.

Is there a way to see all the books in a series or see all the books an author has written? Clicking on their name doesn’t work the same way as clicking on a book does, which brings up all the posts entered under that book.

Jul 11, 2021, 1:28 am

Is there a way to manually lust a book on Litsy that I cannot pull up on the book list?

Edited: Jul 11, 2021, 9:40 am

>126 SqueakyChu: Yes. At the bottom of the search page, on web anyway, there's a link to add a book manually to Litsy.

Before I add a book manually, I always try both the initial search (the search that happens when you first click Search) and "Search harder" (which appears if Litsy can't find anything on the first search), and a couple of variant searches (searching by author, leaving articles off the beginning of a title, searching by part of the title + author name) to make absolutely sure that it isn't in the database.

Edited: Jul 11, 2021, 11:49 am

>127 rabbitprincess: I guess that was the problem. I was trying to do this on my iphone.

I checked out the web page and found what you explained above.

Since I couldn't find that yesterday, I added my book under "Untitled/Unknown" as I've seen others use these kinds of headings when other headings didn't work. Next time I'll use the search function on the web that you pointed out to me.

This also answers the question as to why I sometimes find duplicates of the same book on LItsy.

Thank you so much!

Jul 11, 2021, 12:04 pm

>128 SqueakyChu: No prob! I use this function a lot for Big Finish audio dramas, which for some reason aren't always in the database.

Jul 13, 2021, 3:17 pm

>129 rabbitprincess: I added a book, but now I want to go back to edit my entry. How do I do that?

Jul 13, 2021, 5:26 pm

>130 SqueakyChu: I haven't found a way to edit a book once I've added it to the database, sorry! :(

Jul 13, 2021, 7:48 pm

Oct 15, 2021, 4:49 pm

Is linking Litsy and LibraryThing accounts still disabled?

Oct 21, 2021, 12:17 pm

>133 bibliothecarivs:
I second that question. Could you please work on that? It would be so cool if the accounts could be linked again...

Dec 1, 2021, 12:35 pm

I've tried to add the same book twice now and nothing is happening. The book does not have an ISBN, only an ASIN. Is that the problem? (new Litsy user here).

Dec 1, 2021, 6:18 pm

>135 stevesbookstuff:
What source are you adding it from? ASIN is used by amazon, so make sure you've got one of the amazon options selected.

Dec 2, 2021, 9:31 am

>135 stevesbookstuff:

What's the ASIN?

Some ASINs are also ISBNs. Some are not. But I need more details to troubleshoot.

Dec 2, 2021, 1:10 pm

>136 Petroglyph: Litsy doesn't have sources, just a form to add a book to the database.

Dec 2, 2021, 1:38 pm

>138 gilroy:

Litsy adds mostly from Ingram. It does not use Amazon.

Dec 3, 2021, 9:00 am

The ASIN is B093LD2738. This is a self-published book available only through Amazon as a Kindle book.

Dec 3, 2021, 9:02 am

>137 timspalding: The ASIN is B093LD2738. This is a self-published book available only through Amazon as a Kindle book.

Dec 3, 2021, 11:29 am

>139 timspalding: Well, yes, that means it isn't worried about library sources or something other than what is already in place.

Jan 27, 2022, 7:45 am


I've just signed up to Litsy, and I'm enjoying it immensely. The tone of the place is so different to other social media places - of which I'm tried most. The friendliness and lack of toxicity is a breath of fresh air. Maybe it's because people are just there because of a shared love of reading, and the key focus is sharing that love (as opposed to getting into heated debates - for which there's not much room, thankfully).

I've a few suggestions for improvements, but I'll keep these for the appropriate thread. One thing I will say here is that it would be nice to be able to edit/correct book info, which is especially important for authors (such as myself), and some clarity regarding whether ebooks can be added. On a related matter, I note that a number of comments cite authorial self-promotion as a peeve. I think it might help if there were some guidelines for authors - not rules, as such, but kindly suggestions, an FAQ or something. It's really an author's dream to be able to share their love of books with other readers, I think - an author is a reader first and foremost, after all - so if there was simply something that suggested good practice and how to get the most out of Litsy, then I think authors would be very glad of it. I would!

But yes, I shall be spending a good amount of time there, I think, and leave my other social media languish.


Oct 5, 2023, 4:49 pm

I'm curious as to how things like Litfluence are calculated.

And also percentage of picks. I notice that Soulless, for example, shows a 100% pick rating (for want of a better description) although not everyone has rated it and I and at least one other person gave it a so-so at least ten months ago, so it should have kicked in by now.