Today’s question: Members who have your books. Do you ever look at this feature? Do you use it to make LT friends, or compare notes? There are three tabs- weighted, raw, and recent. “Weighted,” which means “weighted by book obscurity and library size” is probably the least self-explanatory of the three, whereas “raw” and “recent” are more so. Do you get any kind of use out of this feature?

I do look at this feature, but I don’t think I use it to the extent that it could be used. One of my biggest problems with it is that the default display is the “weighted” display. I’ve found that some of my “weighted” matches don’t really match me all that well. There’s a lot of “I cataloged less than 200 books and left, never to return” users on my weighted list. Part of this is, I think, due to the fact that I’m still building my “grown up” library, and there are many books I’ve cataloged that are left from my younger days, that I never would purchase, never mind read, now. And users with those same books seem to be on the weighted tab. I think I might like the “raw” tab best; these users tend to have the same books that I’m reading and adding to my library now. When using these tabs, I tend to look for names I recognize from the talk pages, and the raw tab seems to fit that bill the best. I’m actually not too sure about the recent tab. I haven’t really explored it all that much. For me, I don’t really care when people added a book we have in common, it’s more that we do in fact have a certain number of books in common. And if a new user has a high rate of similarity to me, they’ll appear in the other tabs. So the recent tab is a bit redundant for me, though I can understand that other people might find it more useful than I.

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