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Contacting Aliens: An Illustrated Guide to David Brin's Uplift Universe

I'm reaching out to the primary verifiers of the title because I believe it should be re-categorized from "Nonfiction" to "Collection" and I need to gain a consensus. You're marked as a verifier of the 2002 trade paperback edition of Contacting Aliens: An Illustrated Guide to David Brin's Uplift Universe. I think that "Collection" is a better descriptor for the work as it is written in the style of an in-universe guidebook and the contents are all short, encyclopedic entries about fictional alien species and cultures. (Side note, I'm not sure if I am setting up a new topic on your page correctly - my apologies if I've done so incorrectly.) Leporidae (talk) 12:11, 13 February 2023 (EST)Leporidae

My verification was a transient verification (meaning I only had the book temporary). I don't recall enough about it to weigh in - I'm fine either way. Nonfiction vs fiction for "in universe" writing is a borderline case where valid arguments can usually be made either way. I don't have a strong opinion on it. Though, if you are going to change it to collection, the individual contents should be entered. And yes, you created a new section correctly. The "Add topic" button at the top of the screen will work on any talk page. Thanks. -- JLaTondre (talk) 17:13, 13 February 2023 (EST)
Thanks for the quick response. I own a copy of the book, so I would be able to tackle adding the individual contents as needed. Leporidae (talk) 10:54, 14 February 2023 (EST)Leporidae

The Epic of Gilgamesh

Hello JLaTondre!

Way back in 2020 you wanted to fix how The Epic of Gilgamesh is presented in the database, and I'd like to return to this discussion, because I think that is extremely wrong to present this work as a "Novel". I have sent to Anniemod how I would like to change it: what do you think? Thanks, ErickSoares3 (talk) 06:11, 4 March 2023 (EST)

I have not read the book so I do not have opinion on that change. Thanks. -- JLaTondre (talk) 08:09, 4 March 2023 (EST)

Dragon's Eye; I was looking for St. Patrick's Day-related stuff and came across Conly's work in this book; I think it should be a poem. Also, most of the stories don't have lengths; Baen's site has first 3 stories readable, 2nd and 3rd stories' text was entered on and both are 9,000+ words, novelettes, but I can't say for sure about the rest. I've made an edit just adding uploaded-in-2021 link and LCCN ID. --Username (talk) 08:47, 17 March 2023 (EDT)

Edit approved. I changed "Saint Patrick's Last Snake" to a poem. Thanks for pointing that out. As for lengths, feel free to update as you see fit. I'm not one for estimating based on counting words on a page. Unless there is an electronic version to run through a word counter, I don't bother with lengths. -- JLaTondre (talk) 19:18, 17 March 2023 (EDT)

ISFDB File: space for images

Cover image File:PPPNTHSTHS1970.jpg --Pippi VSB 1970, here-- is on my list to pursue upon return to work here. I see you have cleaned up that page in the meantime by a simple delete of "Licensing" heading and its {Cover image data} template. I believe that I followed Help: instruction that didn't mention "Summary" or "Licensing", nor that the template might be duplicated. Is yours an expected final step, before when the upload has been executed properly? Should the "Licensing" heading sometime be used, with its version of the template alongside (splitting the content data) or instead of the "Summary"? Some pages use the template without any heading.

(This was the first image I have added to ISFDB, and may have been the first File: page that I have edited.) --Pwendt|talk 18:42, 2 April 2023 (EDT)

When using the "Upload new cover scan" from a publication page, the software will automatically add a licensing template with all the fields completed. You only need to manually select a licensing template when you are uploading directly to the wiki (for example, when adding author photographs). If you manually select a license template, it will add the template, but you will need to then edit to fill in the fields. Since you manually selected a licensing template when using the "Upload new cover scan" option, it added the automatic filled in license template and also the incomplete license template (which had to be deleted). So when using "Upload new cover scan", do not select a license template. When not using "Upload new cover scan", select a license template and then added the correct parameters. Hope that was a clear enough explanation. -- JLaTondre (talk) 08:29, 5 April 2023 (EDT)

Dracula TP; This should be a HC, I think, based on flaps and other similarly priced Walker books in 2010 on ISFDB being HC. --Username (talk) 17:04, 23 May 2023 (EDT)

I will have to dig that one out. It may take a couple days. I remember it as a soft cover, but I will double check. -- JLaTondre (talk) 17:39, 24 May 2023 (EDT)
It is tp. The flaps are not from a dust jacket. Instead, the publisher extended the paper cover wider than the book and folded it over. I added a pub note explaining this. Thanks. -- JLaTondre (talk) 16:57, 2 June 2023 (EDT)

Fantasy 2002; See this message in case you agree those things need changing/adding because active PV rarely responds. --Username (talk) 09:28, 29 May 2023 (EDT)

The PV has updated the record. -- JLaTondre (talk) 16:58, 2 June 2023 (EDT)

VSftAS;; It says Metro Books on copyright page with a $6.98 price in back cover barcode. ISFDB has 5 books by Metro Books and 2 by MetroBooks. --Username (talk) 13:03, 29 May 2023 (EDT)

Cloned a record for the fourth printing, updated the publisher for the first printing, and added notes. -- JLaTondre (talk) 19:00, 2 June 2023 (EDT)

Highwaymen; While adding link I also fixed title, it's & Rogues. --Username (talk) 14:19, 4 August 2023 (EDT)

Approved. Thanks for finding. -- JLaTondre (talk) 20:13, 5 August 2023 (EDT)

(The) Weight of Light

You're the PV of Weight of Light. The HTML version doesn't have "The" before the rest of the title. However, all the other versions do have "The" at the beginning. Should we create a variant for the webpage (HTML) version, or just add a note indicating that difference? I have the epub, Apple books, PDF, and print versions of this book, and all of those have "The" in the title. ···日本穣 · 投稿 · Talk to Nihonjoe 19:39, 17 August 2023 (EDT)

I added the "The" as I have the MOBI edition also and then merged the title record with the tp edition. I removed "Interior art credit per HTML version" as looking at the MOBI version, the artists are credited in it also. Regarding note or variant, I could go either way. I guess I would lean toward the note, but not a strong opinion. Do you have a preference. -- JLaTondre (talk) 20:18, 18 August 2023 (EDT)
I'd also lean toward the note, since that's the only difference I can see. ···日本穣 · 投稿 · Talk to Nihonjoe 21:41, 21 August 2023 (EDT)
Hi, there's the one essay "Designing in Sunlight" by multiple authors in both of the verified copies, but one lists Joshua Loughman, the other Loshua Loughman (I'd think the first is correct, but please do check it). Christian Stonecreek (talk) 02:16, 23 August 2023 (EDT)
Also, the essay by Samantha Janko is titled differently in the two entries. Christian Stonecreek (talk) 04:34, 23 August 2023 (EDT)
I double checked the ebook and the record matches the publication. -- JLaTondre (talk) 17:31, 23 August 2023 (EDT)

Dalby Tiger;; Price really is £9.95. Notes are in your style so if you want to add price and where it came from that's OK because I'm off most editing until October otherwise I'd do it myself. EDIT: I think the last word in note should be edition, not addition. There's also a British book by Tiger Books on ISFDB; related to this Tiger, maybe? --Username (talk) 13:41, 17 September 2023 (EDT)

I added a note about the price, thanks. "Addition" is correct. The sticker is a latter addition to the book; not that the book is a latter edition. I clarified the wording so hopefully that is clearer. It is possible Tiger Books and Tiger Books International are the same. You may want to ask Mavmaramis to double check his book. -- JLaTondre (talk) 14:12, 17 September 2023 (EDT)
OK. What's the rule for adding the price to the record's "price" field outside of just the note? Because it's not there. Should I add it myself? --Username (talk) 17:08, 17 September 2023 (EDT)
Fixed it. I missed it wasn't entered. -- JLaTondre (talk) 18:00, 17 September 2023 (EDT)

Held Submission

Hi JLaTondre

You may have missed my response to your question. The same editor has submitted a duplicate prompting a further question. You can go ahead and approve the first submission. I've asked the other editor to reject the second as a duplicate. Thanks. --Ron ~ RtraceTalk 15:53, 20 September 2023 (EDT)

Approved. Thanks for pinging me. -- JLaTondre (talk) 17:38, 20 September 2023 (EDT)