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Brickset is a great collection manager, but is incomplete with respect to its handling of parts. This forces anyone who has interests beyond simply the collecting of sets to have to use at least one other collection manager, such as, for instance, Basebrick. In order to become a one-stop collection manager (which would alleviate a great deal of headaches in terms of trying to keep multiple different managers updated and in synch with one another), there are several things that would need to be done:
1. Support "loose parts" as distinct collectable entities.
2. (Very important) Do not rely solely on TLG's parts inventories of sets. They are incomplete, even if they do appear in a more timely manner than those on Bricklink. Basebrick pulls its inventories from Bricklink. They tend therefore to lag, but when they finally appear there, they are far more complete than what appears on this site.
3. Support "loose parts" in the advanced collection manager. Here are some issues to think about:
How can you keep track of the fact that you have x amount of an element in condition a, purchased for $n, and y amount of the same element in condition b purchased for $m?
How can you allocate a subset of your parts to a specific MOC, or to one of your children? Being able to have named (potentially overlapping) subsets (i.e. a tagging feature) would help in this regard.
Suppose you like to keep the parts for sets together, rather than just dumping everything you have together into one undifferentiated collection, but you raid the parts from your sets in order to MOC. You need a way to know that a given MOC used n copies of element p from set s, so that when you tear it down, you know where to return the parts to. Conversely, you need to be able to look at the inventory for set s and see that at the moment it is missing a number of parts, and that they are presently in these specific MOCs. So tagging parts with metadata needs to not be restricted to "loose" parts only, but to any part anywhere in your collection.
Bringing these kinds of functionalities (in addition to the related ones I have suggested in the Advanced Query Builder thread) would help widen the audience for this site to include more MOCcers, for whom it would become more useful.
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