|Issue 65:||Add a "Smart number guess"|
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Lets say you're scraping an X-Men comic. Right now, if you try to scrape a book called "X-Men 123", you'll get a lot of series to chose from. The interesting thing is that only one of those series will have more than, or exactly, 123 issues. I'd like to see an option (with option to activate/deactivate from the first screen, for example) that would only list series which had item count greater than or equal to the issue number you're trying to scrape. I know there are a couple of situations this would not work, like deadpool 898, or DC's 1 million issues, but those are just corner cases where you can simply disable this. Also, if the resulting series list only had one item, automatically select that one as the right series. Thanks for the great work on this script.
Mar 10, 2010
I could see the same method extend to include Year, by excluding any series where the year is greater than the year of the issue at hand, if it is already set in Comicrack.
Mar 10, 2010
I think I could add the benefits of this suggestion without needing to add a configuration option (which I am always hesitant to do, since it makes the script more complicated for new users....though one day when I do issue 54 I made lighten up about that a bit.) Perhaps I will change the initial sort order of the Series form so that it automatically sorts "likely" candidates to the top of the list--maybe even highlights them--based on the criteria you have outlined. That way, the "right" series is easier to spot. In your X-men example, it would be the first item in the list, already selected--but at the same time, the edge cases still work properly without any need to rescrape.
Mar 28, 2010
Im shamelessly bumping this one. I just scraped a new item of Batman. Its number 697. CVS found 283(!) matches, and of all those, only ONE has more than 697 issues. Please give me a switch i can togle so that it hides all matches with not enough published issues, and if the resulting set is only one, use that one as the right one without asking me. I realize this can shot me in the foot every now and then, but if its an option, im pretty sure i can leave with it :-). Thank you for your time.
Mar 29, 2010
*leave=live bad typo, sorry
Apr 6, 2010
I've implemented this in 1.0.21. The initial sort order of the series form table is a lot smarter now--series' that have a name that closely matches the book that you are scraping will initially appear near the top of the table, and series that don't have enough issues to match the book that you're currently scraping will get pushed to the bottom. The end result is that the comic you are looking for will very often be the first, second, or third row in the list, even if the list has a lot of other entries. (Or at least that's how it's supposed to work. If anyone finds some examples where this fails, I'd like to hear about it--i.e. tell me the filename of comic being scraped.) Also, you can still change the series form table to sort on a specific column simply by clicking on that column's header.
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