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Fred Slota

Smarter identification of "Regular Issue"

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So, I was walking through my collection, trying to identify holes I want to fill, doing this with the "View | Items to Show" set to Owned Items + Regular Issues" when I get to the Title "Angel (Boom!)", which I have spotty ownership of.  I am presented with the following list bold I own):

0, 2, 5/A, 5/B, 5/C, 5/D, 5/E, 6/A, 6/B, 6/C, 6/D, 7/A, ...

 

No variations of issue #1, #3, #4?

 

1) Okay, 0 and 2 had straight "Regular" variations.  That makes sense.  Nothing else is shown, no bloody A, B, C or D, no multiple printings, they all get ignored.

2) 5 and 6, had no straight "Regular" variations; they only had lettered variations.  Apparently this situation is recognized as consisting of multiple regular issues, so some issues that in case 1 would be ignored are instead now considered "Regular".

3) So, what's up with 1, 3 and 4?  As in case 2, they had no "Regular" variations.  However, in addition to having several lettered variations, they also each had a reprint "2nd" variation.  Apparently, having no straight "Regular", but having a reprint "2nd", prevents the lettered variations from being considered "Regular".

 

I think that the rules for deciding what is a regular issue needs a little modification.  I propose that, in the absence of a regular issue, regardless of if there are reprints, that lettered variations be considered "Regular".

 

There might be more circumstances to consider.

 

 

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We might also want to allow a little user fine-tuning of what is included as "regular".  Maybe someone wants to see lettered variants even when a regular issue exists...

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In the case you're referring to, there is no regular issue, so all the variants are considered as needing to be shown.

There's no ability to handle cases where. "1/A, 1/B, and 1/C were each 33% common covers, but 1/D was the super-limited convention special". If there was no issue that was just #1, it's considered that that issue number has no "primary issue" and the filter to "show regular + owned issues" is forced to show any issue that's either (a) in stock, (b) is a primary issue, or (c) all variants in cases where that issue # has no primary issue.

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