Leafmarks is shutting down
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I don't know how many from LM will come here vs. Goodreads, but I have pointed people in the direction of this group if they are also former Shelfarians.
LT does not do nested threads. If you want to point to the post to which you are replying, use the forward arrow + the post number (no space between them)
It sounds easy enough.....
and it was easy. What was your Shelfari name?
Hopefully one of the LT staff will weigh in on the free or not for former shelfarians question. It's easy for people who aren't members of the group to follow along with threads.
It's been so long since I've been on Shelfari that I don't remember!
I stopped by to say "hi" and help you refugees out if I could.
Welcome to any Leafmarkers - do ask if you have any questions about LT life!
I had a feeling it was coming. When I moved to LM the updates were very slow in coming and then they just stopped. While the Admin would answer some direct emails her involvement as site admin on the boards was really sporadic. It just didn't seem she had the time for the site. I am going to give this another go on here, I didn't care for it when I tried it after the shelfari announcement but maybe it will grow on me and I am keeping the GR account going as that probably is the safest bet for these type of sites.
>3 TheDenizen: We'll be happy to gift you an account. I believe it should still take affect once you import your books from a Shelfari export. If the upgrade doesn't happen automatically, drop me a line (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I'll get you squared away.
You can check your account membership status over on Settings. Next to "Account type" it will read either "free" (if no upgrade yet), or "lifetime" (lifetime membership status acquired).
I was already so depressed this morning about it being the last day for shelfari and now this! Bummer!
There are some cool features here. I am really just scratching the surface but will be delving in more now that Leafmarks and Shelfari are both going belly up.
Another nice thing here is the way the chocolate bar stays in place as one scrolls down the page... I did get tired of having to press 'Home' on my keyboard to get back to the top of Leafmarks pages.
Also, love your username! :)
Luckily, after some use, I began to like LT much more than LM which is not how it started out. Initially, I preferred LM. I actually had a LT account years ago, but closed it because I didn't like it. Maybe it seemed too complicated, so I stuck with Shelfari which I loved. I still have a lot to learn here, but I think LT is feature-rich, so I'm anxious to learn more. Maybe a few updates will add a few features we're missing - like nesting.
>14 dustydigger: I know how you feel. I feel so bad for everyone who put in so much work after the Shelfari thing. Other than importing, I didn't do much anywhere. Just too gun-shy I guess.
Well, LT has been here a long time, and I don't think they'd let the big A-zon take over, so we should be safe for a while. Hopefully, a long, long while. Actually, I'm kinda relieved that I don't have to keep up with LM and LT. I don't do much on GR anyway. :)
I know none of you know me, so just in case you're curious:
Doomed Leafmarks: https://www.leafmarks.com/AnitasDesk
Doomed Shelfari: http://www.shelfari.com/anitasdesk
Have you noticed that you can jump directly to the new posts in a discussion directly from your home page? Just click the xx unread /xx link under unread/messages instead of the Topics listing.
LOL! "Chocolate Bar" is the tongue-in-cheek name someone (not me!) gave to the header bar across the top of the screen. It's chocolate brown but tastes like dusty glass if you lick it.
LOL! And I go more for the dark stuff... :-)
I can expand to various different levels of which posts I want to see from the left menu.
Oh, I see. That's a neat way to do it.
I keep a 'Talk' section on my home page and filter it to 'Your Groups'. Since that auto-sorts to the most recent posts, it keeps me abreast of what is happening in the groups where I am a member. A quick click on the link I mentioned above and I am reading those recent posts straight away.
I also found that configuring my home page to display as double-column is a nice way to fit more stuff without having to scroll the page very much.
This is the strength of LT - that we can each customize the experience to suit our own specific needs. As much as I miss Shelfari, there were a lot of warts there that I had just gotten used to over time. Here, more often than not, I am finding ways to sandpaper away those warts! ;)
....hmmm. This is the problem with no nesting,when there is a big gap between the two linked posts it means a third person wanting to join in has to scroll back to check the original post. It is definitely an incentive NOT to bother answering earlier posts,which should keep the chatter down in my group.We regularly have threads 200 or more posts long,and the nesting makes it easier for more irregular visitors to comment on threads they had missed,but no nesting will certainly discourage that. Oh well,we will get used to it. Poor refugees need to be adaptable.
Nesting vs non each have their pros & cons, but overall, imho, nesting tends to get really messy when there's more than a couple replies, so I prefer it this way.
My best option will be to just make a private group for myself,and put all my lists there. I not only have lists for challenges here,but also on Worlds Without End(a SF site) Plus things like a list of childrens classics,BBC Big Read winners,plus a list of all my library books,and my tracker of books read each month.Dont want to clutter up my groups so the private group seems best.
But it would have been so nice to see my lists with covers on display! :0)
Here's my 75 Book Challenge one:
If you put single brackets around a book title, a link to that book's page is created automatically when you post: War and Peace.
If you put double brackets around an author's name, a link to that author's page is created: Jane Austen.
Instructions are always to the right of the posting window.
How do I reference a previous post that I want to reply to (so I get that little blue link to the original post)...
Regarding the fact that the discussions here aren't "nested," this one is easy for me. I'm well-accustomed to this sort of layout. I've been a member of an amateur astronomy forum with this layout for fifteen years!
I've made some mistakes in the set up. Is there any way to delete unwanted topics. I don't really want to delete the group and start again, but it's not very pretty.
No, you cannot delete topics. It's really not a big deal, they will fall off the page once the group gets moving, and won't be bumped up the list meanwhile.
Now I have a question. How come so many of you folks from these two sites do private groups? It's quite a rare thing around here, heh.
The number of chatters here is pretty small, the main exception being the large annual groups like Club Read the the 75ers. It's very unlikely you'll hit those kind of numbers here, and most of those who join, will generally post, as they're the sort who hang out in Talk a fair bit.
It's great to see Leafmarkers coming over with their own groups. I love bookish folks who are invested enough to move their bookish chatter en masse somewhere else in times of crisis ;-). I totally get you all want to adjust first but look forward to the groups opening up sometime so we can dip in.
I know some of the groups here like the large challenge groups and the annual ones might seem daunting in size at first but they're very friendly places when you dive in so please don't be put off. The Green Dragon is another very friendly spot to 'meet' folks here.
Hope you all stay with us.
The star thing is close to the bottom of the 1st post.
Thank you for this very useful link! I not only starred it, I also placed a direct link in the Notes widget on my home page.
I wasn't a fan of how Leafmarks had it set up. There were multiple layers of nesting (which wouldn't have bothered me, but the rest of it didn't work well). There were bugs with the system that never got fixed. It could have been better, but LM didn't have the manpower to do the fixing.
- Go to the book page.
- under "Your book information" (the second section), you'll see "Collections"
- Click on the little folder with the arrow
- From there you can choose whichever collections you want to add it to (including multiple shelves at once!!! i.e. Read and Currently Reading)
Wait.... I think I might be forgetting something that I set up for myself early on. Someone else (with the first influx of shelfarians asked me about this a while back).
Do you have "currently reading" as an option? If not, there's a way to add it. I believe you click "edit collections" under that same folder/drop down menu. Yes, from there, you can add a new collection and call it whatever you want. Currently reading or anything else you want to add.
Also, please mark the films as such in the title field, and do NOT use the author of the book the film was based on as the first author of the film. (Director is a better choice.) The film should always be in a different work from the book, and this helps keep them straight.
Thanks for that hint! I'm still learning the ins-and-outs of the site.
Let us know the outcome. I haven't transferred my books yet.
How can I import my books from Leafmarks? Her directions are a little fuzzy.
The first link showed me LT rather than LM. Could you check and resend?
- Thanks for the laughs. A few of those posts really made me giggle.
- Thanks for the information. Like others, I'm still learning and working my way around, so hints and little tidbits are much appreciated.
- I went to the funeral home. People were there, but the smell of the body was a little overwhelming.
In the end,only Cindy and I were left in our group,and we went on till the very end.
Will I do that for Leafmarks? Not so sure,but probably,as admin will do so as long as someone else is there.. Captain last to leave and all that lol.At least the owner Jacquie made the ending of LM sharp and short,only one month. And we had been there only four months,so the attachment wasnt as deep. But all this moving stuff and editing,and learning new ways is very wearing on old brains,not to say drastically reducing valuable reading time.
I didn't invest a lot into LeafMarks because I was already gun-shy after Shelfari, so LM shutting down wasn't that big of a deal to me. I liked LM best at first (including goodreads which I've belonged to since 2011), but as I used LibraryThing more, I began to prefer being here. So glad this site was my favorite- after Shelfari, of course.
- For one, it hasn't gone crazy with those really huge images. I really hate that. To me, it's just too much.
- It feels more grounded. Professional-ish. Thorough. Committed maybe? I don't really know how to describe what I mean here. There's just a 'feel' to it.
- It seems to be full of easter eggs (hidden gems). It's like finding a hidden stash in one of my video games. I learn something new almost every time I visit. It's feature-rich, but you have to discover or be told about many of them. That's not so great for beginners, though.
- It's very detailed- the book info, for example.
- I also love that we can use some code in posts, comments, and on our profile. (Yep, I was in the mood for a bulleted list. LOL!)
Will I do that for Leafmarks? Not so sure,
I'm not sure, either. I initially thought I wouldn't, but I find myself still checking in, so I suspect I probably will, after all.
I like the way Anita put it about "easter eggs"! Have you all found the "Folly" link in the left menu from your home page? I think the "LibraryThing Roulette" is kind of fun!
>140 .Monkey.: So glad to hear that!
Thanks for the laugh .... if you want to load another shelf, feel free to come over and re-grout MY bathroom ... or clean my garage ...
I know that you are not a fan of Goodreads, but I think group discussions can work a bit better there than here. You can use folders on Goodreads to separate discussion for each book, for example.
Is it the same as Shelfari with nested discussions - of course not. But I think it would work better than LT's format where there is no way to create folders for grouping discussion threads together.
Just my opinion.
Another GREAT feature.
Especially if you are posting a picture or a link and want to make sure it's showing up properly and is an appropriate size.