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Edited: May 19, 2008, 9:15am

I think it would be nice to be able to sort the library by the entry number as assigned in the book. This would help me to go back and enter the annotations, as well as being a good way to check for missing entries. However, this doesn't currently work because some of the numbers being with a * or a ?, which changes the sorting order. Would there be any objection if we moved this punctuation to after the entry number and padded any entry numbers that aren't 4 digits?

Alternately, does anyone know what the *s and ?s even mean? Could we get rid of them entirely?

May 19, 2008, 10:23am

Padding to four digits, I don't think, would be a problem. *s mean the entry is of the physical copy that once belonged to BF. ?s are for titles known to have been owned by BF, but no further bibliographic information is known. Books with neither *s or ?s are for books where the exact edition is known, but the physical copy of BF's is now lost.

We need to retain this information, but I see how this complicates sorting by entry number, etc. It would also be cool (and useful) to pull up a list of known editions, but missing copies, etc. Perhaps moving that info to a tag, instead of using punctuation, would work. At least until LT gives us Collections ;)

May 19, 2008, 2:20pm

Thanks for the explanation of the symbols. I'm fine with doing it as a tag, except that it'll probably be the biggest tag in the tag cloud, and I don't know if we want all of that popish plot stuff to be overwhelmed by a 200-point asterisk. :)

Also, we should probably add the explanation of the symbols to Ben's profile page, since people who don't have the book won't know what the symbols mean, otherwise.