Short Titles: Why do certain books have them while certain others don't?

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SineNomine | Forum Activity | Posted: Tue, Sep 15 2020 5:52 AM

I'm trying to figure out when and why Faithlife assigns short titles to some volumes and not to others.

To my mind, works like "Transformation in Christ: On the Christian Attitude" have a structurally obvious short title: "Transformation in Christ" that Faithlife did not put in. Meanwhile, "The Reformation: Roots and Ramifications" has a factory-standard "The Reformation" short title.

Other works, if someone is at all familiar with them, also have obvious short titles not given by Faithlife: "A Book of Contemplation the Which Is Called the Cloud of Unknowing, in the Which a Soul Is Oned with God" is "The Cloud of Unknowing". Meanwhile, "The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah" gets "Edersheim: Life and Times".

Some journals, like Themelios and First Things, have short titles. Others, like Semeia and Letter & Spirit, do not.

(Yes, I know I can add or edit short titles, and I do. This thread is not about that.)

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Sep 20 2020 2:35 AM

bump 7

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depdad | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Sep 20 2020 12:54 PM

bump 7?

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Sep 20 2020 1:14 PM

bumping your message to the top in hopes that it will be answered the second time around. the 7 is simply to avoid having the spam detective handcuff me and throw me in the dungeon for repeating myself.

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depdad | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Sep 20 2020 1:52 PM

Thank you :)

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Bob Pritchett | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Sep 20 2020 3:15 PM

Some of this is done by hand, and there may be inconsistency (or older resources produced before we did this). We typically create the short titles for books with awkward titles and well-known popular 'short handles', but that's a subjective and sometimes personal distinction.

There are also "Titles: Subtitles" and algorithmic shortening to abbreviation, used in some cases.

As we do maintenance and revise books this is one of the things we look at.

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SineNomine | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Sep 20 2020 3:30 PM

Bob Pritchett:

Some of this is done by hand, and there may be inconsistency (or older resources produced before we did this). We typically create the short titles for books with awkward titles and well-known popular 'short handles', but that's a subjective and sometimes personal distinction.

There are also "Titles: Subtitles" and algorithmic shortening to abbreviation, used in some cases.

As we do maintenance and revise books this is one of the things we look at.

Thanks for explaining, Bob!

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