As promised, we want to whet your collective appetite for what the site’s tagging system and band pages will potentially look like (as you know, things are subject to change, but as of now, the owner’s on pace to start rolling this out sometime in Q3!).
Click the images to enlarge.
There is a high probability that the band pages will be re-designed, but this won’t take place until the tagging system is implemented since this will be a unique (and much-welcomed) upgrade to the site.
To give it to you hard and fast (that’s what she said), I’ll briefly (emphasis on briefly) walk you through what the tagging process will look like once it’s implemented.
I was going to use Opeth as an example, but I’m so sick of people trying to change their genres to Folk / Black Metal / Power Metal, so I’ll use another Sputnik darling instead.
1. First things first: here’s what the tagging system will look like (friendly reminder: click the images to enlarge them):
You’ll note that the red tags are basically what the site currently lists as the “Primary / Secondary / Tertiary” genres.
Once the tagging system is implemented, there will be a flurry of activity to get artists the most accurate genre listings. This will be awesome.
Because of basic statistics principles, we’re not worried about bands being mislabeled, because the community as a whole will ensure accuracy over the random outliers who insist that Mastodon is Pop Rock.
There are also other safeguards in place to prevent against tag abuse (note: it won’t be as extreme as the “You can’t rate a 4.4+ album a ‘1’” algorithm, but it follows “the spirit” of that rule, in a way) so no worries.
2. Custom tags will be allowed… but within reason.
The owner did not differentiate between “progressive metal” and “progressive rock” in his genre pool, but if you guys want to propose these changes, we have the luxury of allowing tags.
Unfortunately (at least, at this time), you can’t tag bands with things like “Wishlist” or “Favorite bands” or “Bands I want to do lines with” or “Band is teh ghey, LOL ANAL RAPE UR FACE” because these are not necessarily helpful to everybody.
When you click on the black “tag” button, you will see this:
3. As mentioned previously, the top 3 genre tags will be displayed on the main page.
This “genres pool” is in a drop-down list that looks like this:
4. Once we approve tags (e.g. IDM isn’t listed in the pool of genres, but we’d be happy to add it if it’s popular enough), they will be added to the pool.
This looks like this:
5. YOUR EYES DO NOT DECEIVE YOU. DOOM METAL IS OFFICIALLY A GENRE ON THE SITE NOW.
Trust me, we’ve all been clamoring for it for, what, eight years now?
And now you can tag Sunn O))) as drone now! Hopefully you move faster than 20bpm when it comes to your celebrations.
Q1. When is this getting rolled out?
A1: I have no idea, but it won’t be implemented until the owner’s at least 90% satisfied.
Q2: How many “new” genres (e.g. HOLY SHIT DOOM METAL AND SHOEGAZE ARE ON THERE) are in the genre pool?
A2: Not sure yet, as the pool is still being updated as we continue to explore genres to add. If you have any suggestions for us (e.g. sludge metal, stoner rock, etc.), let us know! Remember that you can propose genres via the tagging system — they just need to be approved first (sorry, people who want to tag Adele under “Chicks I’d Love to Bone”).
Q3a: Is [this genre] in the pool?!?!?!?
A3: Well, I suppose that’d be the fastest way to find out if it is or not.
Q3b: What about the pie charts?!
A3b: “Haven’t decided yet on pie charts, top rated album charts, new releases, or the other big ticket items. Tough decisions.” -The Boss (not Springsteen)
Q4: Are the band pages being remodeled?
A4: Yes, but this won’t happen until the other items on the owner’s to-do list are addressed.
Q5: What other projects is he working on, exactly?
A5: The New Releases, News, and genre pages will be revamped, as well as the always-on-the-list “Fix Bugs” item will be considered.
Speaking of genre pages, here’s a mock-up of what they’d look like:
By a basis of comparison, here’s what the Doom Metal page looks like:
Anyway, I didn’t plan on writing a very thorough overview, but I wanted to give you all a heads-up that this might show up this month/July/August, and not 2016.
If you have any questions, we’d be happy to answer them. You might need to give me a few hours, though… I have some festivities on the docket that require my undivided attention!