Hello, EDeG, and welcome to the ISFDB Wiki! I hope you like the place and decide to stay. Here are some pages that you might find helpful:
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I hope you enjoy editing here! Please sign your name on talk pages using four tildes (~~~~); this will insert your name and the date. If you need help, check out the community portal, or ask me on my talk page. Again, welcome! --Bluesman 23:03, 13 February 2010 (UTC)
When entering Interior Art in the contents, please, if the piece has no title or caption, use the title of the publication. If we used "untitled", no matter how correct or logical, there would end up being hundreds (or thousands) of pieces of interior art with the same title. What goes in the field is what the database uses as the title. What this affects is the searchability, from the artist's page, of individual works. Imagine opening up Alicia Bridges bibliographical page and finding 63 works, 42 of which are "untitled". Cheers! Again, welcome, and thanks for editing. ~Bill, --Bluesman 14:54, 14 February 2010 (UTC)
- EDeG 02:37, 17 February 2010 (UTC)Ed DeGeorge- Bill the Bluesman, do I edit the "my talk" page to sign my name on talk pages?
- Hope the e-mail helps. If you've opened this to reply you can see how the colons make the indents. Above are the tabs I mentioned and the second-last one is the signature. bold gets done so; italic like so.... and so on! Piece of cake. All the links in the welcome message will take you to various help pages for learning the editing 'niceties'. ~Bill, --Bluesman 05:05, 17 February 2010 (UTC)
Damned in Dixie
Approved [this] and added an image from Amazon. They have the publication date as Jan '07, and while they are usually not all that accurate with their dating, this one makes me ask if the date submitted was a typo? Put in as 2007-10 instead of 2007-01? ~Bill, --Bluesman 20:42, 20 February 2010 (UTC)
- I would question that, too, Bill. The date on the title page reads October, 2007. For grins, I checked my records and my story was accepted on 1/3/2007 and I know there was a lengthy proofreading period that I participated in. Either Amazon made the transposition or the editor/publisher might have released the info early in all the excitement. Thanks for grabbing the cover art. I'll have to figure out how to make those links one of these days. Am I correct in understanding that I cannot simply upload a scanned image from my own hard drive? Is this to maintain the art comes from a reliable source or is there simply no place to store graphics? Another matter, I like to be as complete as possible, but many of the small press books I reference do not list a cover price. Naturally, some sellers discount prices, so I am reluctant to enter prices when they can vary. Even the publishers will vary their sale prices based on circumstances. Any suggestions? Should I leave the price field empty?--EDeG 23:27, 20 February 2010 (UTC)
- I'm sure you've noticed the "Upload image/new image" link that is in every record's page. There is no problem using images from your hard drive. It's preferable, in one way, as any image thus uploaded becomes a permanent part of the database, and won't disappear at some point. Any image hosted by an off-site could disappear at any time. There are preferred size limitations, 600 pixels for any dimension but more importantly to keep the file size below 150 KB. At the moment there is no issue with storage capacity. The bigger issue is not to keep images of high enough quality that someone could use one for printing purposes. The odd time, most notably on hardcovers that have wrap-around art, the physical size and/or the file size exceeds the suggested limits, but those are fairly rare. The link I mentioned is almost fool-proof and it fills in the fields for you, other than the image itself. Used to be all that had to be entered manually. It's one process that the [Help] is quite good at explaining. There are a limited number of external [sites] that have given explicit permission to link to images they have. No permission, no image. The way around that would be to download an image to your hard drive and then upload it to the database. All image uploads have to go through a Moderator anyway, so an image that is from somewhere we don't have permission would get noticed. That does not apply to situations where an image is being replaced as that is a direct upload that is not Moderated. The only thing that the upload process, for a new image or one to replace one that used to be hosted by an external site, does not do is link directly to the pub record. Once the upload is complete you still have to copy/paste the image's URL into the field of the publication record. Just a single step. If an image already hosted by the database is being replaced, then the link is automatic. Better images are always welcome.
- Prices: if there isn't one on the book it's fine to leave the field empty. A note to that effect is quite acceptable. Hope this helps! ~Bill, --Bluesman 03:18, 21 February 2010 (UTC)
Crypt of Cthulhu publisher?
Hi. A question about the publisher for your recent Crypt of Cthulhu submissions (#12 and #18). You gave Robert M. Price as the publisher, but another recent submittor has been using Cryptic Publications, which matches the information on the archive site (for the two issues cited here, see vol. 2 and vol. 3). What do you think? Thanks, --MartyD 01:06, 22 July 2011 (UTC)
Crypt of Cthulhu feature contents
We have another editor who as also just started working on Crypt of Cthulhu. Take a look at the "Contents" subsection of this note and then at the fixed-up #29 and #31. You'll see Grimsayre has been making some series for each of the various features. You could do the same with yours (I modified Editorial Shards in the two you submitted, but did not do anything else). You also might want to coordinate your efforts and come to an agreement about magazine vs. fanzine. --MartyD 01:49, 22 July 2011 (UTC)
I am very sorry...
...that I had to reject your submission for Dark Things II: Cat Crimes: Tales of Feline Mayhem and Murder but it is one of the major items for ISFDB to NOT include NONGENRE shortfictions. It's now possible for major genre writers to have their novels (ergo their long work) included if they are NONGENRE (see H. G. Wells for an example). If COLLECTIONs, ANTHOLOGYs or MAGAZINEs are submitted, all NONGENRE should be excluded (they may be referred to in the notes) - otherwise we'd end up as database for all kinds of fiction.
Now, your submit had more than half of its items as NONGENRE - which would have lead to a real workload of deleting the individual titles. So, again, sorry for this. Stonecreek 18:58, 24 August 2012 (UTC)