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R.E.C.S.

I've been observing some of the ways users rec' music to other users and I wanted to rshare a few tips in the form of a nifty little acronym. These tips are by no means rabsolutes, just my personal opinion regarding the way to go about suggesting new rmusic to others. This is how I prefer getting recs, and I try to follow these guidelines rmyself when attempting to help other users expand their music library. Let me know rwhat you guys think.
1Moneen
The Red Tree


RELEVANCE - Why do you think this particular user will enjoy this? Explain why you are suggesting
this specific album or artist. If you are rec'ing this based on an album in a user's list, draw parallels
between that band and the one you are mentioning. Use specific examples; what is it about these
two bands/albums that makes them similar? You may find that the similarities you are basing your
recommendation on is not what the other user looks for in music. For example, you may rec' a
band because the guitar work is similar to another band the user likes when really it's the vocals
the user appreciates.
2The Antlers
Hospice


ELIMINATION - Keep it simple. It' hard to narrow music rec's down to just a few choice albums,
but chances are if you post an excessive list of rec's, the other user will not trust your judgement
as much as they would had you given them two or three or even just one suggestion. If you're
giving more than four rec's in one post, the likelihood of the user checking them out is significantly
lower than it would be had our list been shorter, especially if another user has given a simpler list.
3Brand New
The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me


CONNECTIONS - What is it about the music that you like? If you happen to be rec'ing an album
that you yourself are fond of, give a brief explanation as to why you like it. If the album speaks to
you in a unique way or has significant meaning to you, the user may feel more compelled to give it
a listen. It makes it more interesting. Note that this information is not always necessary, but can
be effective if shared in a concise manner.
4Dear and the Headlights
Small Steps Heavy Hooves


SHOUTBOX - When a user's list is bombarded with a ton of rec's, they may end up forgetting or
ignoring a lot of them. Taking the time to go to a user's shoutbox and make the message more
personal could result in them being returning the favor and taking the time to check out your rec'.
Using the Shoutbox will also increase the likelihood of you hearing this user's feedback on a given
band/album. The Shoutbox method makes the user on the receiving end more confident that you
are giving a solid rec' and that you took some time to think it through and personalize it rather
than spouting off the first five albums that came to your head.
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