MLZ: a fond farewell to the “New” tag

Some users may have noticed that items added to MLZ from the Web automatically acquire a New tag. This was implemented by a change registered on 20 February 2013, a little over a year ago.

The tag is meant to make it easier to find library items that have not yet been curated. With a little more reflection, I would have realized that there are better ways of doing that. To serve its intended purpose, the New tag must be deleted on each newly added item, as it is curated. When it is not deleted, the tag loses its intended meaning throughout the user’s database. This is not a good thing.

Further, I have recently learned that the New tag is causing a bit of a nuisance for the maintainers of Zotero’s archive of page translators. Translators prepared with MLZ will work fine in official Zotero; but for translator tests to pass in official Zotero, the gratuitous New tag added by MLZ must be removed from the output record.

Since the tag isn’t particularly necessary, and is now known to be causing headaches, I’m removing it from MLZ. Existing New tags will remain; but the tag will not be added automatically to new items.

If you have been relying on the tag to maintain your library, I think you’ll find that sorting items by Date Added is a simpler and more efficient of spotting items that may need attention. If the removal of this feature in an inconvenience in other ways, give me a shout, and we’ll see what we can work out.

Frank Bennett

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