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11.10.11 Things I Dislike About Sputnik

Things I Dislike About Sputnik

Alright, i've come to love this site but a lot of shit needs to change. Jeremy has made steps in rthe right direction but there are a few things that have been neglected which makes this website rcome off as amateurish to me. All complaints and grievances within the sputnik community shall rbe debated here.
1Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds
Tender Prey

Genres - Considering the wealth and diversity of different musical styles, the selection of genres we can lump artists into on this website is less than adequate. I would be a happy man if I didn't have to resort to lumping ambient and noise artists under electronica (which should be electronic, but that's a different grievance a certain high profile user on here will back me up on), and industrial, respectively. These overarching genres needing an update is important, but other websites have implemented a tagging system which is really the best way to get specific about those albums in artist discographies that just don't fit under what they are generally known for. I really wish this problem were looked at more deeply, as it stands this isn't a very good site to browse for new music other than scanning the front page for music reviews.
2Brighter Death Now

Artist Pages - I feel the front page looks great, but as you dig around a number of crippling flaws are revealed. First up is the buggy inconsistency that is involved with artist images. So many times I have logged on to an artist page, to see a ridiculously deformed and stretched image that is a complete eyesore. Other times the image is blown up to about 4 times the standard size, and makes the page look like shit. The only way to ensure a successful upload is to use a 200 x 200 .jpg, but cropping images just never felt right. Artist descriptions are often full of spacing errors, and look similarly bad. These pages are kinda static, too. I reckon a shoutbox on artist pages would be kind of cool, and help promote the social aspect side of the website whilst drawing attention to the flaws of these pages as users keep returning to them.
323 Skidoo
Seven Songs

Database - The main argument against significant changes being made to the database are that it has never been a focus on this website. Well, I have never understood why it can't be, just enough that it isn't downright terrible. A year or two back I made a bit of a push on the forums just so we could organise albums into LP's, EP's, live albums, compilations etc. which was faced with fierce opposition at times. But it pulled through, and I felt a small victory I really do think was for the better. Unfortunately, this was one of several problems that exist to this day. Just look at the various artist and soundtrack pages for evidence things are organised haphazardly, and poorly. Artists that share the same name cause problems on websites that generally do it right, like last.fm and RYM. I think the database aspect of the site has improved, but it could be so much better.

List Bugs - We shouldn't be afraid to edit lists at the sacrifice of album art not displaying, right? Also an "artist not found" message without deleting the list and allowing you to search and re-edit might be a nice catch when submitting entries incorrect spelling. This is no biggie I guess, but there is a reason RYM actually feels like a good place to post lists on and here feels like... idk. Needs looking at in any case.
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