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Old February 28 2014, 06:42 AM   #196
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Re: Tabulated review threads sorted by average score

Yeah, I don't think it would be a problem. There are a lot of books to get through, and a weekly schedule as opposed to a biweekly one will move a lot faster.
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Old February 28 2014, 07:27 PM   #197
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Re: Tabulated review threads sorted by average score

So one thread a week (most likely on the weekends) it is.

Updated schedule:

Week 9/2014: TOS: The Pandora Principle *Carolyn Clowes (most likely later today or tomorrow)

Week 10/2014: TNG: Resistance * J.M: Dillard

Week 11/2014: DS9: Avatar, Book One * S.D. Perry

Week 12/2014: VOY: String Theory, Book Two: Fusion * Kirsten Beyer

Week 13/2014: ENT: What Price Honor? * David Stern

Week 14/2014: I.K.S. Gorkon: Honor Bound * Keith R.A. DeCandido

Week 15/2014: Titan: The Red King * Andy Mangels & Michael A. Martin

Week 16/2014: New Frontier: House of Cards * Peter David

Week 17/2014: TOS: Federation * Judith & Garfield Reeves-Stevens

Week 18/2014: TNG: Ship of the Line * Diane Carey

Week 19/2014: DS9: Avatar, Book Two * S.D. Perry

Week 20/2014: VOY: String Theory: Evolution * Heather Jarman

Week 21/2014: ENT: Surak's Soul * J.M. Dillard

Week 22/2014: I.K.S Gorkon: Enemy Territory * Keith R.A. DeCandido

Week 23/2014: Titan: Orion's Hound's * Christopher L. Bennett

Week 24/2014: S.C.E.: Fatal Error * Keith R.A. DeCandido
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Old February 28 2014, 11:03 PM   #198
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I think another reason to keep the polls simple is that it makes it a bit easier to parse the bar graph in the table at a glance. I'd like it if the ranking table would incite folks to become curious about the explanation behind a certain ratings profile and click through to the thread to find out, and the five bins make it easy to see if a book is e.g. controversial by having spikes at the front and back of the profile. Sure, you could derive the same viz from more granular data, but a granular poll doesn't force people to make their mind up as much so I think it'd act to even out/dilute the distribution. So I think five options also contribute to making the results more interesting actually.

I think this sets the ranking table apart from just a generic voting site; it's intimately coupled with a discussion forum and you can dig deeper into actual discourse about a book in a way that comment systems on voting or shopping sites usually don't allow. None of us have our book talk at Amazon.
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Old March 1 2014, 04:35 AM   #199
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I think this sets the ranking table apart from just a generic voting site; it's intimately coupled with a discussion forum and you can dig deeper into actual discourse about a book in a way that comment systems on voting or shopping sites usually don't allow. None of us have our book talk at Amazon.
Agreed - it's the comments I take more value in, the voting is just a starting point.

Also, I can say for certain that there's no way we're recreating all the polls Learn to love the five point system, it's here to stay
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Old March 2 2014, 11:31 AM   #200
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I always forget to add this to my schedule posts:

If you want to "nominate" some novels for the Classic Review Threads feel free to do so here.

As you can see I already included Ship of the Line, as Czalem suggested.
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Old March 2 2014, 10:15 PM   #201
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Sho have you considered adding any kind of a publication date column? That way if you want to just see what the latest novel got, but aren't sure which book it is you can set it to be on top.
It could also get confusing with so many old books now popping up amidst the new stuff, if you're only interested in one category or the other.
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Old March 2 2014, 10:21 PM   #202
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Sho have you considered adding any kind of a publication date column? That way if you want to just see what the latest novel got, but aren't sure which book it is you can set it to be on top.
I'd think that would be difficult, since that would require drawing on information that isn't actually present in this forum's review threads, and I don't think the site is set up to do that.
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Old March 2 2014, 10:22 PM   #203
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Hmm no, haven't considered that yet - originally I was limited to the data that can be found in the threads themselves, which doesn't include the publication date. But now that I'm mapping the books to Goodreads entries (which seems to have proven pretty reliable) I could get the publication dates from Goodreads perhaps, if their data set is reasonably complete for that. A cursory examination suggests it may be.
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Old March 2 2014, 10:22 PM   #204
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Oh, I didn't realize it did so much of that automatically. (Edited after reading Sho's post)
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Old March 2 2014, 10:26 PM   #205
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Yeah, all of it runs fully automatically - the only hand-curated part is a blacklist of duplicate threads with two entries so far (and even that could possibly have been solved procedurally by preferring the thread with more votes or so).
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Old March 2 2014, 10:32 PM   #206
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I really am sorry about that.
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Old March 2 2014, 11:39 PM   #207
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Alright, we got a "Published" column now. It's still fairly untested first-cut code plus I'm pretty tired, but it seems to work for now.
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Old March 2 2014, 11:56 PM   #208
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Alright, we got a "Published" column now. It's still fairly untested first-cut code plus I'm pretty tired, but it seems to work for now.
Fantastic. So cool.
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Old March 4 2014, 11:31 AM   #209
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I always forget to add this to my schedule posts:

If you want to "nominate" some novels for the Classic Review Threads feel free to do so here.

As you can see I already included Ship of the Line, as Czalem suggested.
Cheers! As this is my current 'reread' book in between reading new books I will be able to contribute in that poll as I will be able to remember details about the book.
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Old March 4 2014, 10:23 PM   #210
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Alright, we got a "Published" column now. It's still fairly untested first-cut code plus I'm pretty tired, but it seems to work for now.
Nice.
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