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Hi folks!  

Just in case you didn't know, Battlin' Pete Bickford has been running a livestream on the ComicBase YouTube channel each Wednesday at 4pm Central US Time.  You can use this thread to make topic suggestions, request demos, or post questions for Pete to answer!  

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A reminder to everybody to bring your "beverage of choice" to this Wednesday's ComicBase livestream session and to share what you're enjoying in the chat!

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Hi folks!  During today's Livestream, Pete suggested that we set up a dedicated thread here in the forum for people to post their syntax etc. for the Advanced Searches that they do.  I set up the thread over in the "Tech Support" section of the boards and pinned it, so it should be easy to find.  Or you can just click here and go straight to the thread!

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Hello Pete,

Thank you for taking the time from your busy schedule to post your weekly Comicbase Livestream show on Youtube. I look forward to watching it every Wednesday.

As mentioned in your recent livestream video, I have a suggestion for your show that I wanted to share:

My brother and I follow several comic book collectors on Youtube who share their comic book collections with their viewers. We find these videos quite entertaining, especially from collectors that have been collecting for a many years and who show off some of their recent hauls as well as some of their older hard to find books. Since you mentioned you have a large collection and that you have been collecting for many years, would you consider dedicating some time during your weekly livestream show to show off some of your favorite books? I think this would increase your viewership by bringing in viewers from outside of the ComicBase community. In addition, these new viewers may end up subscribing to your Youtube channel and more importantly, may end up becoming new customer's as well. 

Regards,

Edison Brito

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It would be interesting (to me at least) to have a better understanding of how database corrections are processed when they are submitted through CB via the "Submit New or Corrected Data" feature. Filling in an empty field seems pretty straightforward, but what if the correction is deleting duplicate or extraneous information? If someone thinks they have found a new title, is it appropriate to create an entry in CB first and submit it that way, or would that be better for the message board? How much headache do I cause when I upload a correction, immediately realize that I left something out or spelled something incorrectly, and then upload a corrected correction? What happens when I am trying to submit a corrected or larger cover image without any other data changes, and the CB software doesn't ask me for my cover? Did I just submit a "correction" that matches the master database 100%, and does that cause any confusion? Even if not, what is the best way then to get that cover-only correction to the team?

I think having a better idea of how the corrections are processed or compared against the master database could help users decide whether it's best to submit something through CB, take it to the message board, or send a direct e-mail, and do so with the minimum amount of confusion for the CB team having to figure out the intent of the user while wading through multiple and duplicate submissions.

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6 hours ago, Lance Fittro said:

Filling in an empty field seems pretty straightforward, but what if the correction is deleting duplicate or extraneous information?

For deletions, the best bet would be to either email support or post on these boards.  The correction submission function from your database doesn't really handle deletions... and deletions often require some sort of explanation anyway, so best to do that via email or public board posting.     

 

6 hours ago, Lance Fittro said:

If someone thinks they have found a new title, is it appropriate to create an entry in CB first and submit it that way, or would that be better for the message board?

Generally speaking, go ahead and create the entry in CB and submit.  

But, if you are entering something that is complicated for some reason, then posting to the boards can generate some helpful discussion.  

Also, if you can't find a fairly common title, it might be best to post on the boards for assistance before you create an entry.  Hypothetical example: you can't find the 1970's Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man series... posting on the boards will result in somebody pointing out that the title is already in the database as Spectacular Spider-Man, The.  

6 hours ago, Lance Fittro said:

What happens when I am trying to submit a corrected or larger cover image without any other data changes, and the CB software doesn't ask me for my cover?

Usually the reason behind that occurrence is that the existing cover file is larger than the cover file that you want to upload.  The fix is to email the cover to support.  

Good rule of thumb:  if the thing that needs correcting is complex and/or nuanced, please post on the boards!  Even though these boards aren't necessarily a high traffic location on the interwebs, there is a pretty good pool of expertise here (from both HC and from CB users) that things often get sorted out pretty quickly.  😁

 

 

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