[ModLib] Dust Jacket Date Range Project -- Why So Little Participation?

Ron Holl modlib at windstream.net
Wed Jan 7 18:46:45 EST 2009

Perhaps it would help if there was a table(s) on the website showing each title, and the known DJ end points.  Question marks, or some such marker, indicate end points that are known to be likely/possibly incorrect; this fact is also noted by a gap in years.  For example,

Tale of Two Cities

1935 - 1939
1940 - 1953?
1958? - 1970

Then, if someone has that plain text jacket in a 1954 dj, they use the form submission on that page to indicate so.  Ideally it would update the database immediately; although you may want some verification first.  A thumbnail of the jacket is next to the dates, with a hyperlink on the thumbnail to a larger image.

This way folks could see where the greatest need is, while still being able to check any title that has no question marks for an inaccuracy if they have the time/energy/enthusiasm.


---- Scot Kamins <scot.kamins at gmail.com> wrote: 
> Folks,
> I'm wondering why there is so little participation in the Dust Jacket  
> Date Range Project. Are people confused about how to take part,? Is it  
> that no one has a few minutes to check out the dates of a copy or two  
> in their collections? Is it something else?
> If you tell us why >YOU PERSONALLY< are not participating, we can  
> adjust things to make it easier.
> REMEMBER: you don't have to look at every title of every author in  
> your collection if you don't have the time or interest. But if you  
> would just check out a couple of copies, it would really help the  
> project along!
> I really think this project can be quite valuable. It can let us know  
> what dust jacket styles may be missing from the database. It can also  
> help determine  the real final printing dates for certain titles. I  
> would urge your participation.
> The vast majority of information at the ModernLib website was  
> accumulated through the info contributions of plain old individual  
> collectors like you. Without your contributions, ModernLib remains  
> static --and that doesn't really help the collecting community, of  
> which YOU are a member.

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