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What is the source for the changes you want to make to [ this record]? [[User:Mhhutchins|Mhhutchins]] 17:51, 1 May 2013 (UTC)
What is the source for the changes you want to make to [ this record]? [[User:Mhhutchins|Mhhutchins]] 17:51, 1 May 2013 (UTC)
:Firsthand verification using the issue itself. [[User:Sundog|Sundog]] 21:06, 1 May 2013 (UTC)

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Hello, Sundog, 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! --MartyD 12:39, 3 February 2013 (UTC)

Operation Fantast #15

Hi, and welcome. I accepted your submission of Operation Fantast #15 (nice job with your first entry) and made a couple of small, post-acceptance tweaks:

  • The Price field can contain only one price. Others have to be relegated to the notes. So I moved the "7/6" out and put in a note about that. Please review the wording and adjust if appropriate, as I only took a guess.
  • I put into an "Operation Fantast" title series (you couldn't do this until the submission was accepted), so it now has its own grid.
  • Doing so is counterintuitive, but if you put the issue number AFTER the comma -- "Operation Fantast, #15 March 1955" -- instead of BEFORE the comma -- "Operation Fantast #15, March 1955 -- then the issue number appears in the grid, along with the month. So I moved the comma.

I also made a fanzine page for it in the Wiki and added an entry to the master fanzine pages list. Please consider fleshing the page out.

Thanks. Again, welcome, and thank you for contributing. --MartyD 13:02, 3 February 2013 (UTC)

Thanks for the help and for the welcome. All best,

Sundog 04:02, 4 March 2013 (UTC)

Operation Fantast #4

I accepted the submission adding this record to the database, but there are a few problems.

  • Is the editor credited as "Editor" without a name?
  • Is the piece on page 3 a review of the novel by Peake, or an essay/appreciation of the novel?
  • You've dated the two reviews as the date of the books under review. They should be dated the date of the review's first publication. So assuming this is their first publication they should have the same date as the publication: 1950-03-00.

Please respond to these questions and I'll help you fix the record. Thanks. Mhhutchins 20:02, 1 March 2013 (UTC)

You also failed to give a source for the data in this record. If you have a copy do a primary verification of the record (instructions linked in the Welcome section above). If you do not have a copy, you must give the source in the record's "Note" field.

Also, I have changed the name of the author of The Homunculus to David H. Keller, M.D., which is the form of his name the book is credited to.

My research has discovered this online reprint of the fanzine. Based on that I've made these changes to the record:

  • Editor has been changed to "Capt. K. F. Slater"
  • Author of the Peake review has been changed from "David H. Keller" to "David H. Keller, M.D."
  • Added a content record for "More or Less?" by Joyce & Ken Slater
  • Added an exclamation point to the title of the article "It Makes You Think!"
  • Added an article on page 16: "Magazine Notes"

Mhhutchins 20:07, 1 March 2013 (UTC)

All your edits are correct, including the source. Thanks for the help.

Operation Fantast #5

I've accepted this submission into the database. Please use the instructions I gave you above to bring the record up to ISFDB standards (noting the source, etc.) You'll have to change the author credit to the piece titled "Conventional" which is credited to one author named "Joyce and Ken Slater". You'll have to credit it to "Joyce Slater", click the "Add Author" button, and enter "Ken Slater" in the next field. (Databases are stupid that way: they accept data exactly as it's entered and aren't smart enough to figure out this is two persons instead of one.) A question: is the author of "Longevity" credited as "David H. Keller" or "David H. Keller, M.D."? All data for titles and author credits must be entered exactly as it appears in the publication. Thanks. Mhhutchins 02:31, 3 March 2013 (UTC)

According to this table of contents for the fanzine, there are several pieces which you've missed, including the cover artist. Are you working from an actual copy of the fanzine? Mhhutchins 02:35, 3 March 2013 (UTC)

Thanks again for the help. I'm not working from an actual copy in this instance. I'd like to enter a number of fanzines from originals, but I'm just starting and wanted to practice a bit first.
I'm a little unclear about how to enter artists/illustrations. Do I click add artist? How do I associate the artist with a particular part of the publication?
I've made the other changes you suggest, and I'll be sure to credit authors exactly as the publication does. Thanks again,
Sundog 03:59, 4 March 2013 (UTC)
For newcomers, we suggest that you only work from publications in hand. It makes it easier for us to question your submissions, and to guide you in creating the publication record. To add illustrations to a publication record, you use the same method to add SHORTFICTION or ESSAY. Under the Content section of the entry form, click on "Add Title", and a new set of fields will open which represent one new content record. The title of an illustration is the title of the work which it illustrates. If a piece illustrates the story (or article) titled "Nightfall", then the Title of the piece is "Nightfall". The Date of the piece is the same as the date of the publication, so 99% of the time the date field should be left blank. Under the Entry Type there is a drop-down menu. Click on it and choose "INTERIORART". In the Author1 field enter the name of the artist, exactly as it is credited in the publication. If the piece was a collaboration between two artists, click on the "Add Author" button and enter the name of the second artist. If there are additional contents (stories, essays, illustrations, etc.) click on the next "Add Title" button. Mhhutchins 04:55, 4 March 2013 (UTC)

Thanks for the recommendation. From now on, I'll stick to publications I have in hand. Thanks also for the advice (and patience). I understand the procedure for illustrations now.

Sundog 15:37, 4 March 2013 (UTC)

Super Science Stories, November 1941

I accepted the submission to update this record. Thanks for the new data. About the page count: for magazines, the ISFDB standard is to count every page, including the covers. If you do this, does your copy match the record's page count? Also, I've removed the authors of the letters from the "Missives and Missiles" essay (whose title I disambiguated), leaving only "The Editors" as the author of that piece. I then created a content record for each of the letters in the form "Letter (Name of Magazine, Issue Date)" which is the ISFDB standard. You will have to change the page number of each letter. After that, you can do a primary verification of the record if everything matches your copy. Click on the "VErify This Pub" link under the Editing Tools menu. On the next page, click the middle button on the "Primary" (first) line. Then submit. (This part doesn't require moderation. It is all user-generated.) Thanks for contributing.

Almost forgot, I added a disambiguating number to the second of the interior art records for "Red Gem of Mercury". We only do this for the second and later pieces which illustrate the same story by the same artist. (This keeps someone from inadvertently merging the two identical records.) Thanks. Mhhutchins 23:58, 4 March 2013 (UTC)

I changed the page number for the second letter to "7." Otherwise, all is correct. The page count is 148 with the back cover. I'll verify after the change to the page number is accepted. Thanks again for the help. Sundog 16:53, 8 March 2013 (UTC)
Remember to add a colon (:) to each successive response to a wiki topic. This indents it, separates it from the previous response, and makes it easier to follow the discussion. Thanks. Mhhutchins 18:28, 8 March 2013 (UTC)
Thanks again for helping me out. I hope you won't mind my asking a couple of other questions. If I have a question about a record I'm working on, do I always contact the moderator who originally responded to it? I ask because I revised Operation Fantast #17 (identified as #15 on my talk page). The changes were accepted, but I'm unsure who accepted them. I have a couple of questions: first, in "15 Review: Best SF" should Crispin somehow be identified as editor? Second, I have volume and number information (2.5). Should that go somewhere? In the note? I can verify this publication, but I'd like to resolve these issues first to make sure the record is accurate. Thanks. Sundog 13:59, 11 March 2013 (UTC)
If you're not certain who specifically to ask for help, it's best to go to the Help Desk. You might want to bookmark this link or go to the Community Portal (linked on every wiki page) which then has links to the Help Desk and Moderator Noticeboard. To answer your question here, "Best SF" is given as "by" Crispin, because we consider editors to be the author of a book typed as an ANTHOLOGY (it just wouldn't do to credit every author of every single story in the publication!). And yes, an issue's volume numbering can be (and only should be) given in the Note field. There are exceptions: if the issue numbering is given prominently on the cover of the publication, it's OK to give that number as part of the title field, just as you've done for the issues of Operation Fantast. BTW, your "signature" (the four tildes) should follow a single space immediately after the post and not on a separate line. Thanks. Mhhutchins 19:17, 11 March 2013 (UTC)
Thanks again! Sundog 21:31, 18 March 2013 (UTC)

Delap's, April 1975

What is the source for the changes you want to make to this record? Mhhutchins 17:51, 1 May 2013 (UTC)

Firsthand verification using the issue itself. Sundog 21:06, 1 May 2013 (UTC)
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