"Adopt An Author" Program

Joel Setzekorn joelsetz at earthlink.net
Tue Oct 25 21:28:05 EDT 2005

sounds like shades of fahrenheit 451 (the book people).

actually, if you divide the 435 authors by the number of potential 'author  
adoptors', it should become 'adopt a bunch of authors'.

here is the bunch i'd support, only because i know them best and have an  
admiration for them:


that's less than 5% of the authors.   if there are more than 20 adoptors,  
i could certainly give up some and if there are fewer than 20 adoptors, i  
could certainly find more.    my wife is into poetry, so she may be able  
to do some also.

any deadlines on this (like maybe the end of the year)?    would there be  
any sense in adopting catagories of authors?   mine are mostly  

joel setzekorn

On Tue, 25 Oct 2005 13:55:22 -0700, Scot Kamins <kamins at dogeared.com>  

> Folks,
> Dogeared database pages have become a lot more information-rich than  
> they once were. For any given page you'll find one or more of the  
> following seven categories:
> DJ image: At least one -- usually more -- DJ image per title
> Bio icon: Link to a biography about the author
> Info Icon: Information about a title as it relates to the Modern Library
> Content Icons: Link to complete content of a title in electronic form
> ToC Icons: Table of contents for anthologies, short stories, essay  
> collections,
>       with or without links to full content for one or more entries
> Metacontent icon: link to information about the contents of a title
> DJ Blurb Icon: Blurbs from the panels and flaps of dust jackets
> With around 435 authors and around 800 separate titles, and with  
> Internet sources appearing and disappearing with breakneck speed,  
> keeping the database complete, accurate, and with all links live is  
> quite the job!  In fact, it's too big a job for one guy (i.e. me) to  
> handle well.
> So I'm proposing an "Adopt An Author" Program. You - or a school-aged  
> family member needing to develop Internet searching/research skills -  
> pick one author in the Dogeared ML lineup. The job of the author's  
> Guardian is to keep the links/images on that page healthy. The  
> Guardian's name appears at the bottom of hir author's page just above  
> the ML Home icon, in a form something like "Author Guardian: John  
> Krygier" perhaps with a link to the "Adopt A Guardian" page describing  
> the program and encouraging others to join.
> Here's a first pass at a list of complete Guardian duties:
> For images: If an image on the Author's page isn't that great, the  
> Guardian locates a better one and alerts me to its location. Or the  
> Guardian might be on the lookout for missing DJs for that author.
> For links: The Guardian makes sure that the current links are active and  
> of good quality. If the link is busted, the Author alerts me and tries  
> to find a good working link. Or if in the mind of the Guardian the link  
> goes to information/content of an inferior quality, s/he tries to find  
> better links. And if links are absent (no bio, no metacontent, and so  
> on) the Guardian tries to find links.
> For DJ blurbs: The Guardian types up DJ blurbs and sends them to me.  
> This, of course, assumes that the Guardian has a dust jacketed copy of  
> the title in question. If s/he doesn't, s/he doesn't -- and that part of  
> the Guardian's duties are deferred until s/he gets a copy, if ever.
> For ToCs: The Guardian types up Tables of Contents as appropriate and  
> sends them to me. (A jacketless copy will do for this, although matching  
> the date will likely be important since content sometimes changed with  
> edition.)
> For authors with lots of titles (Faulkner springs to mind), Guardianship  
> might be shared.
> Of course, everyone is still free to send piecemeal additions to  
> Dogeared at any time -- a single DJ, a ToC, a link to missing or better  
> metadata, and so on.
> Comments? Suggestions? Concerns?
> -- Scot Kamins
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