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Should Freelance Traveller include ISBNs and links in reviews?
Poll ended at Thu May 19, 2011 11:11 pm
Yes, include ISBNs. 7%  7%  [ 2 ]
No, don't include the ISBN; it's distracting. 7%  7%  [ 2 ]
I don't really care either way about ISBNs. 23%  23%  [ 7 ]
Yes, include a link to the publisher's site, if possible. 23%  23%  [ 7 ]
Yes, include a link to the product at the publisher's site, if possible. 20%  20%  [ 6 ]
Yes, include a link to the product at Amazon.com, if possible. 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Yes, include a link to DriveThruRPG (DTRPG), if possible. 10%  10%  [ 3 ]
No, don't include links to the publisher, DTRPG, or Amazon.com. 3%  3%  [ 1 ]
I don't really care either way about linking to the product or the publisher. 7%  7%  [ 2 ]
My opinion isn't covered here; I'll discuss it in the comments. 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 19, 2011 11:11 pm 
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When we print a review, we include the publisher's URL, if available, in the information box at the top of the review. That, and the title, are the only identifying information we include. It's been suggested that we include the ISBN of the product when we review it. Should we?

Also, we've treated the magazine as though it were a print publication - links are not clickable, for example, and we don't embed audio, video, or code such as javascript into our pages. It's been pointed out - quite correctly - that we are not a print publication, even though our choice of layout facilitates printing, and thus we should not avoid such things as making links clickable.

What do you think? Should we allow our links to be clickable? Should we include ISBNs in our review infoboxes? Where, if anywhere, should we link to?


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 20, 2011 5:35 am 
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Personally, I have never used an ISBN to find any RPGs in my life.

And yes, it's an online publication. To not take advantage of all the features that being a website grants (e.g. clickable links, scripts etc) is just... luddite, IMO. Personally I think there's little point in laying it out like a print magazine (never mind bothering with A4 and Letter size formats) at all.

And if you're reviewing an online product available from DTRPG, at the very least link to that. Then people can click the link and buy it if they want. Add other links to taste.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 20, 2011 1:32 pm 
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I don't care either which way about ISBNs. They might be important if I try to order it from a bookstore but I doubt I would.
Include a link to the publisher, and possibly a link to the product on the publisher's site.
And I don't care one way or the other for a link to Amazon or DTRPG; I VERY rarely order online unless the product is free.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 20, 2011 3:46 pm 
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I used an ISBN once to order an rpg book from a bookshop. It made it much quicker to find on their database, but to be honest, I just googled the ISBN myself. Since it's an online mag anyone who wants to know the ISBN should be able to find it quickly. No objection too them being there so no real passion either way.

Links should be active I think.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 21, 2011 9:11 am 
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ISBN - no need. It'll be on the link (see below) anyway.

Separate links to publisher and to product on publisher's website, if possible. I prefer to go to publishers to buy their stuff if they're reliable, because DTRPG and Amazon take quite a chunk of the profits.

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NOTE: Some posts have been removed from this thread, and some (including my own) have been edited to stay on topic.

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(looks around trying to figure out what happened... shrug)

I would like to see links to the publisher and their website and a link to the product. Whether that product link is through DTRPG or some other site, I don't care, as long as there is a link to someplace that I can order/buy the book.

ISBNs - Don't really care either way. These seem to be some legal thing that I don't fully understand (or care to understand).

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ISBNs - Don't really care either way. These seem to be some legal thing that I don't fully understand (or care to understand).


If I understand it right, they're a method of cataloging books so you can look them up, as a way of telling one book from another.

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Oh, I know what they are, I just don't see how knowing it helps me in most cases.

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