[bksvol-discuss] Re: where are priorities are

  • From: "Jake Brownell" <jabrown@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 11 Jan 2007 02:01:21 -0600

Elizabeth,

You want me to host reviews on my site?
The same site that you are concerned that no one knows about?
The site you cannot by your own ommission find a tip on when the URL was in my message?

While I certainly understand your concerns it seems ironic you want me to code more that probably isn't going to get used. I guess I am a little frustrated because members of the lists are not taking advantage of the site when they know about it. I realize that having information on my site is not ideal, but believe me when I say that I want it to be on BookShare as much as everybody else. My goal is to try and get a collection of knowledge together, an attempt at trying to make up for areas where the main site is lacking. When volunteers who actually know about the site though do not take time to even reference/explore it even a little, well that does annoy me some and make me wonder why I am actively working on 5,000+ lines of code for it.

I don't think book reviews are going to attract visitors there. In addition I feel no need to duplicate work BookShare has already done. It would not only require me to write code to support it, but then someone would have to supposedly eventually transfer them to the BookShare system through the same process they're going through now.

I personally see little point in the feature. It has been so little used that I would not object to the feature being removed altogether, as you yourself mention, it takes away from other important duties.

If I want to read a book review I can go to any number of sites to do so. These other sites include Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Googling for a book review is also possible. I'm more likely to get many more results than BookShare can ever think of having. Tip: If the ISBN is on the BookShare page you can copy it, pull up Amazon, select the Book option and paste the ISBN into the search box. This generally eliminates the intermediate step of search results.

If anyone wants to write a lot of reviews and centrally host them I'd suggest starting a blog. I am trying one out myself.

Jake, who probably has just been caught at a bad moment.
----- Original Message ----- From: "Elizabeth and Burton" <thoth93@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Wednesday, January 10, 2007 5:08 PM
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: where are priorities are


I still think it would be less stressful to post those to Jake's site for now if that is possible Jake thus freeing up bookshare staff to divide duties as they see fit on essentials. They are certainly fun to write so I share your desire to collect reviews somewhere. I also note there seems to be various forms of stress on bookshare from the sound of it. (grin)
E.

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