User talk:Rosab618


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Hello, Rosab618, and welcome to the ISFDB Wiki! I hope you like the place and decide to stay. Here are some pages that you might find helpful:

Note: Image uploading isn't entirely automated. You're uploading the files to the wiki which will then have to be linked to the database by editing the publication record.

Please be careful in editing publications that have been primary verified by other editors. See Help:How to verify data#Making changes to verified pubs. But if you have a copy of an unverified publication, verifying it can be quite helpful. See Help:How to verify data for detailed information.

I hope you enjoy editing here! Please sign your name on talk pages using four tildes (~~~~); this will insert your name and the date. If you need help, check out the community portal, or ask me on my talk page. Again, welcome! Stonecreek 12:18, 27 March 2019 (EDT)

The Magnificent Mummy Maker

Thank you very much for this new item! Since the word count seems to be less than 40,000 we categorize the fiction as SHORTFICTION (and the publication for only one piece of fiction or one poem as CHAPBOOK), so I transformed the titles accordingly (see the help on types of publication. Thank you again, Stonecreek 12:26, 27 March 2019 (EDT)

I've put your submission on hold as the fiction seems to be not of novel length. If you heve proof of another length, please state so (it's possible to count only the word on a representative page and thus come to an estimate for the word count). Thanks, Stonecreek 04:13, 28 March 2019 (EDT)
With no answer, I'll reject your submission.
It may be looking odd, but there are many, many titles that were advertised & published as NOVELs, but ain't so by our standard (which is based on some major award categories and the SFWA categorization in particular). Thanks, Stonecreek 05:53, 30 March 2019 (EDT)

Image Uploading

Cover image uploading is a two step process. Once you have uploaded a cover to the wiki, you need to click on the image (so you get just the image), copy that URL, and then edit the publication to add the URL to the publication. So for:

Thanks. -- JLaTondre (talk) 21:04, 25 April 2019 (EDT)

Thanks for your help. I think I've done it right this time.˜˜˜˜
Why can't I sign my name? The tildes aren't working for me. Any advice?
Yes, you have updated the pubs correctly. I approved the edits.
The tildes you typed above are not ASCII tildes. They are at the top of the line vs in the middle (˜ vs ~). You can use the signature button (second to last in toolbar at top of edit box).
I moved your post from my talk page to here. It is easier to keep conversations grouped and I have watchlisted this page. Thanks. -- JLaTondre (talk) 07:23, 27 April 2019 (EDT)


Hi. Sorry, but I had to reject your submission for Yeah! because we don't include comic books into the database, even if they are science fiction comics. See the ISFDB Policy for more details about what is eligible for inclusion into the ISFDB. Don't hesitate to ask on the Help desk page if you're not sure how to proceed or if an item is eligible for inclusion. Thanks, Jens Hitspacebar 07:46, 28 April 2019 (EDT)

Okay, thanks, Jens! I understand! Rosab618 23:28, 6 May 2019 (EDT)

Question: if comic books aren’t allowed, why are the Sandman books included? They’re collections of comic books just like Yeah. Rosab618 02:55, 14 May 2019 (EDT)
Please don't cross post and keep the discussion about the same topic on the page where it started, which is this page in this case.
As for your question: As a speculative fiction database, the ISFDB includes only written texts like novels and short stories, as well as essays, reviews, interviews about such speculative fiction. However, there are exceptions, which are explained in the ISFDB:Policy, to which I had already linked above. The relevant term to look up there is "threshold". I quote from there:
  • "Included: Works (both fiction and non-fiction) which are not related to speculative fiction, but were produced by authors who have otherwise published works either of or about speculative fiction over a certain threshold"
  • "Excluded: Works that are not related to speculative fiction by authors who have not published works either of or about speculative fiction over a certain threshold."
In short, this means that if an author has published a substantial amount of speculative fiction, the author's other works which are not speculative fiction or about speculative fiction may be entered. The "threshold" mentioned in the policy can be hard to determine in some cases, but prolific authors like Neil Gaiman are certainly above it and therefore his Sandman books are allowed here. Iain M. Banks, who has written a solid body of non-genre novels, is another example. Put the other way around: if a comic author had published dozens of comic books but only one speculative fiction novel ever, only the one and only novel would be eligible for inclusion here, but no comics, because this author would not be above the "threshold". The authors of your comic book submission haven't written speculative fiction, therefore the rejection. Jens Hitspacebar 14:03, 14 May 2019 (EDT)

Canceled submission

Is there a way to resubmit a new publication that I canceled? —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Rosab618 (talkcontribs) .

You should start new discussion threads about new questions on the Help_desk and not here on your talk page, because it's likely that the question remains unanswered if posted here. Always use the "+" button on top of a wiki page to start a new topic and not the "edit" link, because it will indicate that a user has started a new topic and makes it easier for others to see that there's a new topic.
Also, as stated in the " Welcome!" message on top of this page, please don't forget to sign you post with four tildes ("~"), which will add your username and the timestamp to your post.
As for you question: the software doesn't support it, but you can copy&paste the data from the cancelled submission into a new submission. You can find your cancelled submissions (and the ones rejected by moderators) on the My Rejected Edits page. Just click on the submission number in the "Submission" column there and copy the data from there into a new submission form. Jens Hitspacebar 07:05, 26 May 2019 (EDT)

Cover Image Uploading

Cover images should be uploaded using the "Upload new cover scan" option on the publication. If you are adding a new publication, you should wait for the publication to be added and then upload it using the link. The link will properly name the image as well as apply the correct templates. I have left Image:39EC45FB-4CD2-4AA2-B4F4-2896B7AE8EFB.jpeg where it is, but have applied the proper template. In the future, please use the upload link. Thanks. -- JLaTondre (talk) 19:51, 28 May 2019 (EDT)

Thanks for the info, JLaTondre. I'm learning everything the hard way, it seems. --Rosab618 13:11, 29 May 2019 (EDT)

Buddy Holly Is Alive and Well on Ganymede (and others)

Hi. I've put your submission on hold, as you have given no explanation for the modified date on a PVed record : can you indicate where the month comes from in the notes ? I'll wait for your answer before I release your submission. Thanks, Linguist 05:09, 28 June 2019 (EDT).

Same thing for this one. Linguist 05:30, 28 June 2019 (EDT).
And this oneLinguist 05:32, 28 June 2019 (EDT).
Hi, Linguist. Sorry about that. I got the months from Locus. I’ve made notes to the moderator to this effect.--Rosab618 20:44, 28 June 2019 (EDT)
No worries. You haven't quite followed the usual procedure, so I had to reject your two new submissions, after approving your earlier ones and updating the notes with the explanation you gave to the moderator. The results are here and here. Since you used Locus to do this, you can show it in the “Secondary Verifications" box : click on "Verify This Pub" in the "Editing Tools" list, then click in front of "Locus1" in the "Verified" column.
What should have happened is this :
  • You should have answered (as you did) on your page, and waited for my response (I know, it takes time because of time zones, but that's the way it is…) :o).
  • I would have said OK, and approved your submissions.
  • You would have then updated them, by adding the reference to Locus in the notes (which should have been done the first time).
  • I (or someone else) would have approved the new update.
May I also remind you that it is customary to post a notice on the pages of the concerned PVers (in this case, Dsorgen; BLongley is no longer with us) about the data you added or the modifications you made. Please do so ASAP. It is even better, when dealing with an important update (such as a change or modification of date), to confer with the PVer first.
You haven't done anything about The Worst Band in the Universe. I'll reject it, so you can make a new submission (date + reference to Locus in the notes) and check Locus1 in the Secondary Verifications" box. Hope all this makes sense… Linguist 05:19, 29 June 2019 (EDT).



When you are using Goodreads as a source, don't forget to add the ID (just the number part of it) in the External IDs field. I updated this one. The link on the left uses the ISBN which may be enough for a lot of books but if the ISBN is ever reused or something else get connected differently in GR, we can lose the record. So let's save the number in the field. :) Thanks! Annie 18:10, 24 July 2019 (EDT)

Will do, Annie. Thank you for the tip. --Rosab618 01:47, 25 July 2019 (EDT)

Fright Time #2

Hi, You missed to put in the format size of Yor verified pub. It should be pb or tp. Thank You. --Zapp 08:14, 29 August 2019 (EDT)

Sorry, Zapp. There must have been a mistake. I didn't mean to verify that book.--Rosab618 21:06, 4 September 2019 (EDT)

Ok. --Zapp 06:07, 6 September 2019 (EDT)

Introduction: Dark Seasons Past

Is this really a fiction piece or did you just forget to change it to essay? And is the title spelled like that exactly? if not, we use the "Introduction (Dark Seasons Past)" format for differentiation. Thanks! Annie 13:03, 11 September 2019 (EDT)

Oops. It is an essay. Sorry! It is spelled exactly like that, though.--Rosab618 19:15, 11 September 2019 (EDT)
Then we record it like that :) Annie 19:25, 11 September 2019 (EDT)

Kiss The Sky: Fiction & Poetry Starring Jimi Hendrix

Are you sure that this is speculative fiction? I will be more than happy to approve it if we determine it is but wanted to check - reading the descriptions only does not make me think it is. Thanks for checking! Annie 18:13, 13 September 2019 (EDT)

I think it can be called speculative fiction. There are several interviews with the deceased rocker, encounters with his ghost, and tales of traveling through time to warn him.--Rosab618 18:55, 13 September 2019 (EDT)
Yeah... sounds like it - probably borderline but as it is fiction, borderline usually is in. I approved it and also fixed the "The" in the title - should be "the". Thanks for the confirmation! :) Annie 19:30, 13 September 2019 (EDT)
It should be "the," but the book has it as "The." It's fine for it to remain as it is now, though.--Rosab618 16:08, 2 October 2019 (EDT)

Kiss the Sky: Fiction & Poetry Starring Jimi Hendrix

Sorry, I put some notes to Your PV pub here and added an image URL before I discovered Your verification. The data are found at Amazon's Look inside. Hope You are not angry about and can accept them, too. --Zapp 13:46, 16 September 2019 (EDT)

Of course I'm not angry! Thank you for adding the cover image. I think it's a little more information than necessary, that's all.--Rosab618 16:07, 2 October 2019 (EDT)


Thanks for adding the sources to the stories. One thing though - when you are referring to a book, add some identifying information - see what I did here for example. This makes the identification of the initial source a lot easier than having just the name of the book with no other details (and if someone ever changes the date for some reason (mistake or not), we will also loose that). Thanks in advance! :) Annie 15:54, 2 October 2019 (EDT)

Will do, Annie. Sorry and thank you.--Rosab618 16:05, 2 October 2019 (EDT)
No worries. :) I am locating the books and updating as I am approving the ones now in the queue. Just always think of the next guy opening the title - can they find the referenced easily? If not, add more details.
PS: What is the source here? Annie 16:10, 2 October 2019 (EDT)
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