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  • As existing data on my PVed publications seems to be routinely entered, reformatted, altered or degraded by users and moderators without notification and without a single copy of the books involved, the result is usually just bibliographical bullshit.
  • Thus I just disawow any data that is supposedly PVed by me, the more so because I have not and will not enter or correct any information that may be changed at a moderator's whim.
  • For this reason, it's useless to ask me anything about my PVed publications. Just continue to deface the data as before and don't bother me.

Bises. C1

Mise au point

As I seem to be the vilain of the show, a few hard facts may be in order. I am quite an old hand at such projects and I have frequently encountered a tendency in such outfits as yours to generate a caste of contributors that are usually not constricted by their (self or community imposed) rules (Wikipedia being a quite telling example). To gauge your frame of mind, I've started by simply PVing some titles that I own and seeing what happened then.

So, to take the first 100 changes to my verified publications (I stopped my analysis of the data at this point because I then voiced my concerns in the message above), I can say that :

24% of the changes are for publications that are also PVed by the changer (mostly Linguist)
76% of the changes are based only on secondary sources or simple whims

78% of the changes were self moderated (32% by DirkPBroer, 34% By Linguist)

A whooping 6% were communicated on my talk page (with some insults mixed in as can be seen below)

20% had something in the "Note to Moderator", sometimes a text as clear and informative as "notes updates", sometimes more detailed data (generally by Zapp)

As the two previous category overlaps, it means that about 4 out of 5 changes were made without any sort of notification and that 19 out of 20 changes were made without discussion or even some pretence of communication.

So I'll ask two questions :

1) What's the use of being a PV in a bibliographical sense as 95% of the changes are done without concertation and in their vast majority are self-moderated (no questions asked)?

2) AFAIC, why should I loose my time entering correct data that may be changed without consulting me? Normally, I stand by my data (and usually assume my mistakes) but how can I stand for this change made by an ingorant person? or the entering of a pseudonym instead of the canonical name from a secondary source -a breach of your own rules-

IMHO such lack of communication and such hubris create bad feelings and have already driven away some potential contributors. Concerning me, I rest my case and will continue to PV publications for my own purposes but will not add new ones (too bad) and correct data.


Hello, C1, 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:

Note: Image uploading isn't entirely automated. You're uploading the files to the wiki which will then have to be linked to the database by editing the publication record.

Please be careful in editing publications that have been primary verified by other editors. See Help:How to verify data#Making changes to verified pubs. But if you have a copy of an unverified publication, verifying it can be quite helpful. See Help:How to verify data for detailed information.

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!.--Dirk P Broer 18:39, 12 February 2019 (EST)

Três Mundos e um Médico

Hi, I just added content to Três Mundos e um Médico, and then I discovered your verification. Perhaps you can add the page numbers?--Dirk P Broer 18:41, 12 February 2019 (EST)

Formats of verified books


You have 34 verified books which have their format set to "unknown". As the verification means that you have the book, can you please update the format? Thanks! Annie 20:38, 23 July 2019 (EDT)

No. C1 06:57, 24 July 2019 (EDT)
Can I ask why? If you do not have access to the books, they should not have been verified. If you have been working from rebound copies, the notes should say so. The whole point of the verification system is that someone had had their eyes on the books. Annie 12:17, 24 July 2019 (EDT)
I want to remind You of the list here, too. --Zapp 06:16, 3 October 2019 (EDT)
See the matter with Dirk, he's THE specialist on these. C1 06:49, 1 December 2019 (EST)

Os Dorsai Perdidos

Hi, I have expanded the info for your verified record of Os Dorsai Perdidos.--Dirk P Broer 05:41, 26 July 2019 (EDT)

Escales 2000

Hi, I've imported content for your verified copy of Escales 2000. I've also added the number of pages, the ISBN and the cover artist.--Dirk P Broer 08:22, 11 September 2019 (EDT)

Le Wendigo

Hi, I've imported content for your verified copy of Le Wendigo. I've also entered the number of pages and the external identifiers as they were not entered by you. A question: Why do you verify, and what do you think that it means? Your verified copies are high on our maintenance list for missing information, and all you can do is foul-mouthing in the yellow epistle above.--Dirk P Broer 05:01, 12 September 2019 (EDT)

Before calling me names, you should better study your own rules, it will avoid being ridiculous just like when you credit a cover to a pseudonym from a secondary source or when you changed portuguese Escudos to US Dollars. C1 06:48, 1 December 2019 (EST)

L'Ange de l'abîme

Hi, I completed the bibliographic details for your verified copy of L'Ange de l'abîme that you can't seem to be bothered with. It featured on this maintenance report, where your name is the most frequent.--Dirk P Broer 09:15, 12 September 2019 (EDT)

La forêt sombre

Replaced cover scan by a better one (why use Amazon since you are PV1 ?), and added missing artist's name to your verified. Normally, the data is on the back cover of these publications Linguist 05:12, 17 September 2019 (EDT).

O vale da criação

I added the artist Manuel Dias to this pub from Bibliowiki of Fantastic Literature in Portuguese. --Zapp 05:40, 19 September 2019 (EDT)

Interior art for Die Triffids / Die Expedition der "Space Beagle"

Hi. I accepted a submission adding INTERIORART records to your verified Die Triffids / Die Expedition der "Space Beagle". Please check that you see the same in your copy. I also left a note for the editor about notifying primary verifiers of such changes. Thanks. --MartyD 11:15, 5 October 2019 (EDT)

Strange Horizons: The Spectrum of Science Fiction

I'll be entering the contents for your verified Strange Horizons. Also a note, most of the essays were published earlier in a briefer version (from page iv). No indication how much briefer these versions were, so I'll variant them to the originals. Thanks, --Willem 15:00, 8 October 2019 (EDT)

Opération Wolf

You verified this pub as Your own. Can You confirm the publication DL = September 1982 as seen at nooSFere website? --Zapp 07:26, 15 November 2019 (EST)

As indicated on top of this page, I have decided that I have no time to loose in entering or giving data that may be unilateraly and without notice changed by some people that seem above rules and politness. Note that conversely you've always been correct in sourcing and describing the changes you made.C1 07:45, 15 November 2019 (EST)
You know that when that happens, you can bring it to the community, right? :) You are verifying a lot of books and it is a loss that you are not working with us when some questions arise. I understand what you are saying but ignoring everyone because of one (or a few editors) is unfortunate. :) Annie 12:33, 15 November 2019 (EST)
Alas, it's not a few, in a system like yours, it's quite usual to see the creation of a caste of "super-users" that end by enforcing their foreign typographic ways (Stonecreek here), their formats (Linguist here) or are just bright enough to copy pure bullshit from unreliable secondary sources (DirkPBroer here). You can add plain libel to this like here. I've let you the benefit of doubt but after nearly a hundred changes (unexplained or just plain wrong) without any communication, I've decided not to participate in such an organization that treat its contributors of lowly status as simple clerks. I don't want my name and reputation associated with such inexact data. All this just confirm the very bad reputation of rudeness and unreliability that you have in the small circle of french bibliographers. You even manage to drive away a person like Thierry (Titi IIRC who is probably the best specialist on Bob Morane that I know) by having Stonecreek explaining to him the diverse Marabout editions of Bob Morane without having never seen one such book. You're slowly transforming into a kind of Wikipedia-type outfit where any person with a bit of power misuse it to suit his/her own liking. It's quite funny (sad really) to see the present discussion about dating the artwork when you see the poor state of this page thanks to one moderator.C1 14:18, 15 November 2019 (EST)
We are not perfect. But things won't get better if the people who care move away. I may step on toes now and again but I am trying to be as fair as I can - and if I am not, I am listening. Or trying to. :) Hey, just tell me if you disagree or if I do something stupid. Most moderators would listen - just go to them and explain your concerns or bring them to the community forum. If you decide to leave, I will be sad to see that happen. If you decide to stay, maybe that can be a driver to improve the way we handle communication. And sometimes it comes down to really discussing policies vs reality and where we compromise. It is a community project - there will always be personalities involved.
PS: And Foss's page will be cleaned up before the end of the year. Unless you are on the side of "don't split based on language" - because then you won't like the result. :) Annie 14:36, 15 November 2019 (EST)

Missão nas Estrelas

I added an image URL to this pub. Hope it's correct. --Zapp 13:47, 29 December 2019 (EST)

French Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror and Pulp Fiction

It's probably pointless to ask you anything, but just in case you ever decide to start contributing to this site, I cloned this publication for the tp edition because your verification is present. I don't think a hardcover was ever published (no reference anywhere but on Locus1, not mentioned in my pub and the same ISBN). I left a note at title level, and think the hc edition should be deleted. --Willem 08:03, 20 January 2020 (EST)

Dô, cœur de soleil

Hi, the cover artist of Dô, cœur de soleil is indeed Jim Burns, the art is shown and credited in Heavy Metal, March 1980. Horzel 18:10, 21 February 2020 (EST)

L'ultimatum des treize jours

Cover artist of this is Terry Oakes, the art is credited in Echoes of Terror. Horzel 04:50, 28 February 2020 (EST)

Les jours de la montagne bleue

Cover artist of this is George Smith, the art is credited in Echoes of Terror. Horzel 05:38, 28 February 2020 (EST)

À luz das estrelas

Hi, i added contents to À Luz das Estrelas. Data from bibliowiki. Though don´t know if the data is complete, because the original has two more stories. Can you check? Thanks!--Wolland 20:51, 21 April 2020 (EDT)

Chak de Palar

Cover art for this is Robin Hiddon. It's this artwork only mirrored. --Mavmaramis 07:35, 10 May 2020 (EDT)

Le secret des secrets

Cover art for this confirmed as Roy Virgo by artist himself on Facebook. --Mavmaramis 17:51, 24 May 2020 (EDT)

L'épaisse fourrure des quadricornes

Cover art for this confirmed as Roy Virgo by artist himself on Facebook. --Mavmaramis 17:58, 24 May 2020 (EDT)

A Grande Operação

Some edits (PORBASE and bibliowiki added, title normalized, coleccaoargonauta note link moved to web page, bc seen on coleccaoargonauta scan) added to this pv pub. --Zapp 13:43, 25 July 2020 (EDT)
And the missing contents, too. --Zapp 06:18, 27 July 2020 (EDT)

À luz das estrelas

Some supplements and image added to this pub. --Zapp 05:12, 2 August 2020 (EDT)
And also to Irmão assassino. --Zapp 08:20, 2 August 2020 (EDT)
And to A máquina de governar. --Zapp 14:29, 7 August 2020 (EDT)
And Entre planetas. --Zapp 16:10, 12 August 2020 (EDT)
And Três mundos e um médico. --Zapp 14:02, 13 August 2020 (EDT)
And Eclipse total. --Zapp 11:35, 16 August 2020 (EDT)
And Passaporte para o eterno. --Zapp 02:53, 26 August 2020 (EDT)
And O vale da criação. --Zapp 09:04, 28 August 2020 (EDT)
And O colosso anarquista. --Zapp 15:51, 30 August 2020 (EDT)
And Regresso aos céus. --Zapp 15:21, 1 September 2020 (EDT)
And Os permutadores de mundos. --Zapp 12:10, 7 September 2020 (EDT)
And Para além do futuro. --Zapp 18:08, 11 September 2020 (EDT)

American Science Fiction: Four Classic Novels 1968-1969

Thank you for verifying this book: I have submitted the following from my copy: correction of Canadian pricing, info about the bound-in ribbon, the jacket designer (from back flap of dust jacket), and details on the illustration (from back flap of just jacket). Mike 15:37, 12 October 2020 (EDT)

Cover artist

Cover artist of Pitié pour les ombres: et autres contes fantastiques Henri Lievens is found here. --Zapp 07:53, 29 September 2021 (EDT)

Year's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy 2017

Hi. You are listed as a verifier on the "Year's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy 2017" by Rich Horton. I just submitted 1 corrected and 2 additions to the TOC, per the paper copy I have from the library. 1) "Everybody From Themis..." has been corrected to page 503 from 303. I assume "303" was a typo. 2) I added the "About the Authors" and "Publication History" to the TOC. Here is a link

Thanks for entering it into the ISFDB. Dave888 12:41, 10 November 2021 (EST)