earlier today I registered one where the author's first name was incorrect (not even close) and I just happened to notice it. I assume every registered copy will have the wrong first name forevermore because it's more important to be consistent than to be right.
I can't really believe that. After summer 2010, BC has always respected what you enter as titles and authors. Only capitalization is still not respected, so that sometimes authors will yell at you (ALL UPPERCASE), try to hide as non-names (all lowercase) or even try a weird mix (all mEssed cASE)
Well, as I said, apart from the capitalization and categories resp. ISBN BC should respect what you entered. Unless, of course, you take the data mess that comes from Amazon for something you aren't allowed to change, because, Amazon is the pope or something like that. Free yourself from Amazons error dictate! Just edit away the errors by using your own fingers and keyboard before hitting "Register".
Actually, I think that BC should finally free us all from the Amazon data waste dump, and just search among the BC database for titles. This would mean that we wouldn't get the same crap all over and over again but after entering correct data once, could simply choose the correct entry again. It would as a side effect get people to actually use a preexisting database entry more often than currently where everyone who doesn't take Amazon as a God That Must Not Be Questioned edits the data into an own variant. This would finally result in a smaller and faster database, which is what all the normalization mess originally was about when it was introduced. Amazon was a good idea when BC was small, so, like maybe until ten years ago. Nowadays using the Amazon database is more a source for errors and frustration than any kind of help.
But as usual - why am I even suggesting something. Experience of many years of bookcrossing shows that nothing will change anyway, and if something changes it's swapping one known bug for two new ones which may be more difficult to circumvent than the old one.
Love it or leave it? Well, I still love bookcrossing, so leaving is not an option until now. I fail to love the team, though, and I fail to love the community. Among other reasons, this is because I seem to stand mostly alone with my failure to love the team for the "great work" they do.