We believe strongly in a Zistle that is built collaboratively by the community, for the community. As awesome as that sounds, it definitely has its challenges. We know that we need to do a better job of getting card data into our system and also making sure it stays accurate. In the past we’ve added functionality such as importing checklists, drag and drop images, adding images by URL and more to make it easier to add data and images to Zistle but a lot of these features have also made it easier for that data to be inaccurate. Accidents happen and cards are duplicated in the system and errors are created. We want to make it easy to add information but we also want to do everything we can to make sure that the data is accurate and stays that way. That’s why we’re really excited to relaunch our set expert functionality.
We see Set Experts as guardians of the set. They make sure that the information is complete and accurate including the checklists, images, set information and subset attributes. We’ve added some new features to make this easier than ever before including a new set expert layout, the ability to add attributes to an entire subset and clone parallel sets automatically.
The set expert panel has a new layout that breaks out the individual tasks needed for the set to be complete. This includes, updating the set and subset information, completing the database and validating the accuracy of the content.
Exactly as before, Set Experts will need to be approved by Zistle administrators. To volunteer, simply visit a set page in the Zistle library and let us know that you’re interested.
Adding attributes to the subset
Many subsets (parallels, inserts, etc) share some kind of uniform attribute. They may all be rookie cards or they may all be autographed relics, etc. Rather than having to add all of that information card by card, set experts now have the ability to add these attributes for the entire subset on the set expert panel. This will apply that particular attribute for every card in the subset. Including cards that are added after the fact.
Cloning parallel sets
One of the most requested features for the library is the ability to automatically populate subsets. Well now it is here. As a set expert, you can now make any subset the parallel of another which not only populate all cards in the parallel set but it will keep them in sync. This is a really powerful tool and with great power comes great responsibility. For now, we’ve limited this feature to Set Experts. We may eventually open this functionality up to all users but for now, we encourage you to become a set expert if you are interested in helping us populate the database.
As always, we want to thank our community for continuing to contribute to our library and give us awesome suggestions for improving. We’re listening and we appreciate the constructive criticism that we get from our members and the collector community at large.