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Adding a new check-box option against sets - "used to own"
I've just had an idea that I think is worth sharing!
I wouldn't normally say something like that, but this seems quite simple, elegant, and attractive!
What would people think of a third check box option to go with "I own" and "I want this set" against sets:
"I used to own"
It would address a small issue where reviews you've written are no longer visible if you get rid of a set and uncheck it as owned (or at least that used to happen a year or so ago).
But more than that it would add instant nostalgia to the site, especially when most AFOLs have gone through a dark ages and may well have a very different style of collection now, and would be able to see/tell/share their story through their collection.
It was just a little thought that popped into my head, and the more I thought the more it seemed like a really simple but really worthwhile idea.
I know I'd love to mark down all the pirate, castle and space sets I used to own, and I'd like to be able to be honest about some of the sets I've got rid of but still have my reviews visible, with reviewing being kind of a big part of what I think of as my input to Brickset.
What does everyone else think? Would you like it? Why? Is it as simple a thing as I think in terms of the database, programming, etc?
(I'm off on holiday tomorrow morning for almost a week now too, I wonder where this might have gone when I get back.)
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I can't think it would be much more clutter, the check boxes are quite clean and unobtrusive, it would just mean one more down the side of each set screen and one more option on the My Sets tab, wouldn't it?
Glad to know it wouldn't be difficult to add, I'd be so excited to actually have contributed something substantial to the site too, Brickset is the only Lego related site I'm part of. But then I won't be surprised to come back and find it's a nice-idea-but-no either. :)
[x] I used to own
[x] The kids own
[x] I don't want
Maybe the main two appear for everyone but others, like these, could be optional.
> I didn't realise they disappeared when sets were disposed of until I read the original posting.
Neither did I, actually! I'll see what that is and fix it.
[x] I want and I could probably wangle it if the wife gets some new shoes.
[x] Bought at half price thinking it was a bargain but now wondering why the heck I bothered buying 5 of them.
I could see using the Used to own box, but the others seem unnessisary to me. Admittedly I don't have kids, but I think when/if I do I will consider any Lego in their collections to be lost to the sands of time - or more likely the hoover.
Like so - please excuse the hasty 1 o'clock in the morning photoshop job:
I owned it as a kid, but lost most of the pieces a long time ago.
Then the next comment could be the pieces....
got eaten... and swallowed by the baby,
the dog ran off with the pieces,
my spouse tossed them after seeing how much LEGO I had bought,
they got tossed in the wrong trash can by my ignorant ________ and went out with the regular Friday trash pick up,
they disappeared when our shed burned down due to the kids playing with matches,
the neighbors' unholy kid stole them while we were at church trying to be holy,
my parents gave them to my younger cousins who destroyed them...glad I saved the instructions,
my ________ put all of the old LEGO pieces in our church spring fling charity sale while I was out of town on business,
they were so filthy from us playing with them on the dirty floor with that my mother tossed them while we were at grandma's house,...
What we have is simple and universal.
Open it up to anything and yes, it would get silly.
But adding that one option that would be useful to most seemed a reasonable and sensible suggestion to me. Sorry if even that seems preposterous to you. ;)
However I've just checked again, unmarked a couple of sets, and the reviews are still there.
It definitely was an issue, seems it's not any more. I wonder if you fixed it in with something else in an update somewhere along the way.
I'll go update my collection properly now! :)
I think it's because it's not terribly well integrated (or it might be, again, correct me if I'm wrong) - ie, if I ticked to say I only owned the minifigs or instructions on the set would it then change the bricks I own if I exported it to Rebrickable? Could I sort by "sets I only own the instructions for"? And so on.
And awareness, yeah. I can't imagine a lot of people click on the tiny "ACM" text, which doesn't really explain what it is. I think I would use it a lot more if you say, enabled ACM in your settings somewhere, and then you just always saw all the extra columns in the sets list, and could sort by them, see at a glance which have minifigs, instructions, etc.
But I think having it appear underneath a set, especially if you have detailed info could make the screen look really cluttered if you have a long list of sets. But if you clicked on a set picture would be good if that info appeared under the set.
I wouldn't use the 'used to own' check box but that's just because I'd find it too depressing to be reminded of the now highly valuable sets I've since sold off or even worse, given away. But I understand why others would find it useful.
While I have no doubt that some people would use the second list. I don't see it being enough in my opinion for the mods to make the change. Esp. as so few people use the ACM which to an extend does what you want.
Don't get me wrong, Brickset is an excellent resource, and has all the features it needs, this is kind of a wishlist/brainstorm as far as I'm concerned. :-)
- add some 'unnamed' fields to the table that holds ownership data
- provide a means for people to activate as many as they want to give them meaningful display names
- show them beneath the current I own/want, labelled appropriately
- add them to the 'my collection' drop down list on the set listings
Not a five minute job but it should be possible.
But what I miss is an more easy way to see the ACM text. Since this looks like going to grow. Maybe the better option is to create another tab with ACM information. Everyone that have activated ACM see it but if not it is not showing? Option could be editing in this tab also. If possible?
Today i have to click the model and Click the ACM field if i want to read it.
If im not mistaken.
[x] Previously owned
When you own a lot of sets, actually owning it make little difference anyway since there's so much stuff, its not possible to display or enjoy it all, or even know where all of it is. Personally, I consider a set I 'used to own' as something I've experienced and enjoyed, which is what the check box would mean for me. Whether I actually own it any more is pretty much irrelevant in many ways.
I tend to use the 'owned by me' in this way already - for me it means 'currently or previously owned by me'. This does make 'my collection' pretty unusable for seeing what I currently own - but I have an excel sheet for that anyway.
As suggested above, I've
- added some 'unnamed' fields to the table that holds ownership data
- provided a means for people to activate as many as they want to give them meaningful display names
- show them beneath the current I own/want, labelled appropriately
- added them to the 'my collection' drop down list on the set listings
Four additional flags are available. You can activate them here (linked to from your profile page)
LMK how you get on.
I've gone through and made a couple of lists, "used to own" and "childhood sets" to keep track of how my collection's changed as well as what I used to have. It worked just fine getting the check boxes up and checking them.
I can't see where to go to view the collection though, they're not showing in my collection. Should I have checked them as owned as well with these as flags modifying it?
I love it, I can't quite believe an idea I had has made it into something of how Brickset works, I hope it does work well and people appreciate and use it enough to make it worth it. :)
I've added: kid owns, kid wants, it is usually quite clear who owns what but this way I can prove I am not spending to much money compared to my son ;)
In that light, and I am probably being greedy here, but is there a way you can also see this in your collection summary? Or would that make the table to long? (maybe you can check an extra box if you want it shown or not?)
Also, maybe for the future,
- Show them in the CSV export lists
- Ability to change colours, and those of owned/wanted
- Means of clearing a specific flag down if you want to repurpose it
I'm glad to hear it's working OK so far, though, thank you.
@Zips, the error was fixed at 11:30ish, I see you were causing errors before that time so any tests you did before then will have failed.
Would it make sense to add a macro next to each level to "zero" out all data for that item? Otherwise, if we wanted to change it, we'd have to manually undo all of the checks we put in there.
Also any chance of getting the auxiliary lists to interact with Rebrickable and possibly be configurable? I would love to have a parted out list that I could use on here and have it synchronize with a set list on there for the same purpose. Actually multiple parts lists can cause issues as it is last time I checked.
Edit: And also maybe an option to let them be displayed at the same time as certain lists. Maybe just make a way to have the list be able to display whichever you select at the time and allow it to change the url so you can link it.
@Bosstone100, I will add a clear facility in due course
@zurno, I want to avoid that if possible. One reason being that it would inflate the size of the database table considerably. It has 12 million rows and is already 1.5Gb in size, about half of the total size of the database. Adding 4 more integers would more than double it which has knock on effects like increasing the time taken to backup, download the backup and so on. I'll have a think about Rebrickable integration.
Hmm, just realized that it would probably end up with losing any ACM data for those two sets when changing the amount in owned from 3 to 1.
What about an option to make the custom ones act like the owned sets lists does and be included in the ACM? Guess this isn't an easy request.
So, it starts to get complex and messy quickly!
And if you had a list of sets you didn't want, say if you were trying to own all of a certain theme but only sets that meet a personal standard, so long as you could see the totals separately you could finally get an accurate figure on %owned.