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 Author: Taccer View Messages Posted By Taccer
 Posted: Nov 29, 2019 11:15
 Subject: Linking parts that use the same mold
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Taccer (11)

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Hi there,

Is there an intention to better integrate, or at least link, pieces that are
physically the same shape, but are split into different records (eg, monochrome
and marbled variants)? An example I've found is 53562 (and 53562pb01, etc).

Users unfamiliar with the history of the part, or how Bricklink's catalogue
works, might not realise that there are are other variants of this exact same
part, as they aren't even mentioned on the monochrome version (in the case
of 53562 such piece didn't debut until four years after its multi-toned version).

Apologies if this has been brought up before (I'm not a regular poster),
it just seems odd that the catalogue links to similar molds (eg, 32174) but not
variations of the exact same mold. I would be prepared to do some work on this.
 Author: SylvainLS View Messages Posted By SylvainLS
 Posted: Nov 29, 2019 11:57
 Subject: Re: Linking parts that use the same mold
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SylvainLS (32)

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In Catalog, Taccer writes:
  Hi there,

Is there an intention to better integrate, or at least link, pieces that are
physically the same shape, but are split into different records (eg, monochrome
and marbled variants)? An example I've found is 53562 (and 53562pb01, etc).

Users unfamiliar with the history of the part, or how Bricklink's catalogue
works, might not realise that there are are other variants of this exact same
part, as they aren't even mentioned on the monochrome version (in the case
of 53562 such piece didn't debut until four years after its multi-toned version).

Apologies if this has been brought up before (I'm not a regular poster),
it just seems odd that the catalogue links to similar molds (eg, 32174) but not
variations of the exact same mold. I would be prepared to do some work on this.

You mean adding a note like this?
“This part also exists in (non-)decorated versions” with a list (or a link to
a search page for the billion different decors )

I’d vote yes if it were a suggestion.
 Author: hpoort View Messages Posted By hpoort
 Posted: Nov 29, 2019 12:02
 Subject: Re: Linking parts that use the same mold
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hpoort (383)

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In Catalog, Taccer writes:
  Hi there,

Is there an intention to better integrate, or at least link, pieces that are
physically the same shape, but are split into different records (eg, monochrome
and marbled variants)? An example I've found is 53562 (and 53562pb01, etc).

Users unfamiliar with the history of the part, or how Bricklink's catalogue
works, might not realise that there are are other variants of this exact same
part, as they aren't even mentioned on the monochrome version (in the case
of 53562 such piece didn't debut until four years after its multi-toned version).

Apologies if this has been brought up before (I'm not a regular poster),
it just seems odd that the catalogue links to similar molds (eg, 32174) but not
variations of the exact same mold. I would be prepared to do some work on this.

Indeed, users of the Bricklink platform have to know that you always have
to search for 53562* instead of only 53562 if you are interested in the patterned
varieties, and the other way around, that you have to trim the p* part from the
part number to get the plain variety.

This knowledge is in the heads of all frequent users, and in the numbering system,
but not in the underlying database. An automated linking feature to these alternatives
might be a useful addition to the catalog pages (https://www.bricklink.com/v2/catalog/catalogitem.page?P=53562#T=P,
in or just below the ‹div id="_idItemDescriptionContainer"› element) and easy
to implement as a simple SQL-select statement on this page will do. You might
send a suggestion to the helpdesk and hope they will someday implement this useful
addition.