Friday, June 15, 2007

A selection of down-pile photos

A small slice of the many photographs submitted for our "down" book-pile contest (see announcement). Many more can be seen at:

I love all the variants. Despair, love, criticism, encouragement, piles, jumbles, structures, balls of yarn, cats, babies. You people are amazing. When I talk about LibraryThing I like to say that it's 10% software and 90% the community that's grown up around it. I just realized another reason that's good—you people don't go down.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are some really great photos there. One thing that strikes me is the number of lovely hardback books people own. And so well cared for. Can you sense the envy of a mostly-paperback owner here? :P

Great to have LT back, too!!

6/15/2007 6:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

> balls of yarn

even two ;-)

6/15/2007 7:43 AM  
Blogger Dystopos said...

So the trick to generating good book pile submissions is to take away LibraryThing for a while...

6/15/2007 11:02 AM  
Blogger Tim said...

I think we're going to make the bookpile contest a monthly thing, which means...

6/15/2007 11:16 AM  
Blogger Ash said...



6/15/2007 12:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm amusing myself to death with the notion that someone re-discovered they had a toddler in the house during LT's downtime. LibraryThing may want to schedule these outages every quarter...for the sake of the children.

6/15/2007 12:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Uh, oh. Hope all the ducks are in a row. There's a mention in the Christian Science Monitor! Expect lots of traffic.

6/15/2007 12:57 PM  
Blogger Linkmeister said...

I struggled for a couple of hours trying to figure out's layers in an attempt to show the Durant's Civilization series being flushed down a toilet, but I couldn't get it done. That would have been my entry.

6/15/2007 1:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't understand why my entry continues to NOT show up in the gallery. I unchecked the box so it my photo would show up in the public searches, but still nothing.

6/15/2007 6:27 PM  
Blogger Tim said...

I don't understand why Flickr has this long embargo. I mean, if someone is checking it--in India or some other outsource place?--it isn't really cheaper to check it three days later than to check it three hours later. I mean, the flow of pictures must be fairly predictable by now, so you could staff to the right level all the time. Or am I totally not getting this?

6/15/2007 6:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

leebot, do you have it tagged LTdown? Public searches on flickr never seem to turn up my stuff, but clicking through a tag will bring up my identically-tagged stuff.

I think my favorite is the one where the spines are facing the wrong direction so you can't see any of the titles...clever!

Glad you're back up and running, Tim - thanks for the hard work!

6/15/2007 8:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Leebot --

I second the suggestion of checking your tags. One of mine showed up as the first photo.

6/15/2007 10:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, I tagged it LTdown right away.

Here's the link, maybe someone can figure it out?


6/15/2007 11:13 PM  
Blogger Heina said...

I think that the monthly contest ought to have fun and random little themes to it.

6/16/2007 1:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Leebot, I think you have to upload 5 photos to your flickr account before the flickr staff 'opens' it - which then can take up to two days (there was a note when signing up but I don't remember the exact wording).

Tim: has a wrong thumbnail picture.

6/16/2007 4:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think monthly bookpile contests would be fun. Maybe that way I can work up to enough photos (apparently 5) so that flikr will allow mine to show up. I, too, tagged my photo with LTdown, but it never showed up when I searched on that tag. However, I thoroughly enjoyed seeing all the other submissions.

Thanks for the sleepless nights you folks spent getting LT up & running again.

6/16/2007 1:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think that they are really cool pics but what I would like to know is whats up with the cat?

6/16/2007 7:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Would love to see this as a monthly contest. And I second the arlweaver in thanking you for the sleepless nights! I think I've doubled my library since you came back online.

6/17/2007 12:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So Tim, is there a winner(s)? Or are we just going with the "everyone's a winner and thanks for playing" approach?

It's been almost a week since it was announced and having an LTDown bookpile contest continue four days after it comes back up seems just plain wrong...

6/17/2007 9:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

anonymous said:
"whats up with the cat?"

If you click on it you'll see that the whole picture has a bookpile in it - the thumbnails are not of the whole image (grrr).

6/17/2007 11:12 PM  
Blogger Tim said...

Not sure why no winner. Probably Abby's waiting for all the posted images to actually materialize for public use. (That whole thing irritates the heck out of us.)

6/18/2007 7:32 AM  
Blogger Abby said...

Ok, give me a few hours - I'll post the winner this afternoon.

6/18/2007 12:28 PM  
Blogger Tim said...

Sorry. I've got to make a business decision against that. The job notice is critical for us—we NEED to get someone good. Keeping it on top until tomorrow morning will help, and is a small price to pay.

So, I hereby stop Abby from finishing up the results until tomorrow! (I'm sure she'll be relieved. Huge job.)

6/18/2007 4:47 PM  
Blogger Heina said...

Mine still isn't working. I have a paid Lifetime membership. I'm using certain tags to keep track of my research. Pleeeease fix it? ):

6/19/2007 11:20 AM  
Blogger Kate Nepveu said...

There's something about this post that means it keeps showing up as updated on Bloglines, which is very annoying. (Is it maybe pulling new posts from Flickr whenever new posts with that tag are added?) I don't suppose there's anything y'all can do to fix it?

6/24/2007 10:04 AM  
Blogger Mortaine said...

That's kind of weird. My ball of yarn shows up twice in the thumbnails, but if you click through, one of them goes to someone else's (very interesting) bookpile.

Odd. Fun, but odd.

6/28/2007 12:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't you think you should credit the artist who came up with this idea in 1993? Or some of the other sites that have copied it in the meantime? Seems only fair:

The Sorted Books Project

7/01/2007 12:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So when are we going to find out the winner?

7/02/2007 3:56 PM  
Blogger Stacey Shubitz said...

If you have some picture book reviews, would you mind submitting them to my Picture Book Carnival?


7/10/2007 7:26 PM  

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