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 Author: piotrmil View Messages Posted By piotrmil
 Posted: Jan 10, 2019 07:51
 Subject: Another, perhaps a stupid question - MID
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piotrmil (5)

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What does "MID" mean?

It looks like someone asked it before, but that ask has been deleted: https://bricklink.com/messageThread.asp?ID=195189
and of course google doesn't have a copy. Your glossary here doesn't
have that either.

Maybe it's a common English acronym, but I'm not English-speaking, so
what does that mean?
 Author: StormChaser View Messages Posted By StormChaser
 Posted: Jan 10, 2019 07:54
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In Help, piotrmil writes:
  What does "MID" mean?

Match ID (Identification)

It is a term used in set inventories to indicate a matching system between two
similar items in an inventory.
 Author: piotrmil View Messages Posted By piotrmil
 Posted: Jan 10, 2019 08:13
 Subject: Re: Another, perhaps a stupid question - MID
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In Help, StormChaser writes:
  In Help, piotrmil writes:
  What does "MID" mean?

Match ID (Identification)

It is a term used in set inventories to indicate a matching system between two
similar items in an inventory.


I... Don't really follow. Look at this set: https://www.bricklink.com/v2/catalog/catalogitem.page?S=7939-1#T=I
and part 92340. There is number "5" and some colour next to it. Does it mean
there are... what? Five more of these in this set? Because there's clearly
not.
 Author: StormChaser View Messages Posted By StormChaser
 Posted: Jan 10, 2019 08:25
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In Help, piotrmil writes:
  I... Don't really follow.

That's okay, I don't either. At least not any more than I can help.
Do keep in mind, though, that all of us to some degree follow whether we want
to or not. It is the way of the world.

  Look at this set: https://www.bricklink.com/v2/catalog/catalogitem.page?S=7939-1#T=I
and part 92340. There is number "5" and some colour next to it. Does it mean
there are... what? Five more of these in this set? Because there's clearly
not.

Scroll to the bottom of the inventory and you'll see another number 5 (the
color is meaningless). That number 5 is for a different version of the same
part, which is called a part variant. The number 5 is a MID which shows that
this set could have come either with the part in the Regular Items section or
the part variant shown in the Alternate Items section.

The same goes for all 24 MIDs in that inventory, although MIDs can be used to
show other kinds of relationships in inventories. Probably the closest you'll
come to any kind of official explanation is this page:

https://www.bricklink.com/help.asp?helpID=1562
 Author: SylvainLS View Messages Posted By SylvainLS
 Posted: Jan 10, 2019 08:26
 Subject: Re: Another, perhaps a stupid question - MID
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In Help, piotrmil writes:
  In Help, StormChaser writes:
  In Help, piotrmil writes:
  What does "MID" mean?

Match ID (Identification)

It is a term used in set inventories to indicate a matching system between two
similar items in an inventory.


I... Don't really follow. Look at this set: https://www.bricklink.com/v2/catalog/catalogitem.page?S=7939-1#T=I
and part 92340. There is number "5" and some colour next to it. Does it mean
there are... what? Five more of these in this set? Because there's clearly
not.

If you look in the section “Alternate Items” at the end of the inventory, you’ll
see the line for part 92088 has the same number and colour.
That means when you buy a new sealed set, you can find a 92340 or a 92088, depending
on when (or where) the set has been produced.

92088 is an “Alternate” to 92340.

(Sometimes, sets come with a mix of “Alternates.” For instance, in this set,
you can get (8 x DBG 30241), or (7 x 30241 and 1 x 30241b), or (6 x 30241 and
2 x 30241b), …, or (8 x 30241b).)
 Author: Teup View Messages Posted By Teup
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In Help, StormChaser writes:
  In Help, piotrmil writes:
  What does "MID" mean?

Match ID (Identification)

It is a term used in set inventories to indicate a matching system between two
similar items in an inventory.

The contrast between how hard you worked for Bricklink and how extremely user-unfriendly
and offputting the catalog contribution system is just makes me cringe. Lazy
perhaps, but I confess I myself have been deterred from contributing more than
I did just because of all those (partly redundant) boxes with abbreviations and
numbers, and the errors it caused.

I mean, sure, it probably works OK, if you're used to it. But I hope the
interface gets a serious upgrade... would save alot of time and motivate alot
more users to contribute.