Add a way to be able to tag author names and a syntax for adding books by authors with those tags to a collection

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Rosie Perera | Forum Activity | Posted: Wed, Nov 25 2009 11:11 PM

Add a way to be able to tag author names, as well as providing some syntax for adding "all books by authors with a given tag" to a collection.

For example, suppose I want to make a collection of all books by authors associated with Princeton Theological Seminary (Archibald Alexander, Charles Hodge, A.A. Hodge, B.B. Warfield, etc.). I would tag each of these authors with a tag -- say "PtonSem" -- and then I could make a collection with authtag:PtonSem, and it would automatically contain all books by all those tagged authors. It would also automatically update if I bought any more books by any of those authors. Of course if I subesquently bought any books by a Princeton author I had previously not owned in my collection, I'd need to tag that author too, but that would be a relatively rare occurrence.

This would be a shorthand way of doing something that could already be done using author:x OR author:y OR author:z, but it would be slicker and would also allow you to easily create multiple collections from the same list of authors (e.g., all books by by people who have taught at Regent College or just commentaries by people who have taught at Regent College, or whatever) without having to redo the OR set for each of them, or edit multiple collection rules if you find out about another author who meets that criterion you'd set up.

I can envison author tags being used for various common groupings of authors (the Oxford Movement, the Inklings), people associated with a certain theological standpoint (Reformed, Dispensationalist, etc.) or institution, etc.

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Nov 26 2009 12:58 AM

I must be missing something; you can nest collections now.

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Rosie Perera | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Nov 26 2009 2:20 AM

MJ. Smith:

I must be missing something; you can nest collections now.

 

Cool! But I must be missing something. How?

The Collections tab says "Drop resources or collections to add here." I'd never noticed the "or collections" bit before. But I can't figure out how to drop collections there. You can only have one Collections tab open at a time, and what shows in the pane at the bottom of it is only resources, not other collections. So how can you see a list of your existing collections while a new collection is being created in order to drag one of the former to the latter?

Whoa! Wait a minute. I just discovered that you can drag items off the Open menu in the Collections tab into that spot. Totally non-intuitive! I never in a million years would have thought to try that if you hadn't told me that you can nest collections. Will people discover that on their own? I couldn't find it (or anything about nested Collections) in the Help file either. Is there an easier or more obvious way you were thinking of?

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