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Sputnik pie chart and genre tagging system...

better 2 years late than never, i guess. list is stuffs you probs already know, and stuffs u probs don't know. trigger warning: i switch from 1st, 2nd, and 3rd person POVs constantly and for absolutely no reason...
1The Beatles
Abbey Road

A band can can only have up to 3 'active' genres. These 3 genres are determined simply as the 3 tags with the most votes on a band. 'Active' genres will have an effect of your pie chart. ex: rating a beatles album means that the tags "rock" and "pop" are added on to you pie chart by some measure.

While a band can have up to 3 tags, sometimes only 2 will be active. This measure was done because some bands simply don't need 3 tags to be accurately described (some don't even need more than 1! but that's neither here nor there). In order for the 3rd tag to be 'active' and be displayed on a band page: it must have at least 15% of the total votes. ex: say a band has 100 total votes; the 3rd highest rated tag must have at least 15 votes, regardless if 2+ other genres tie at 4th place, having 14 votes each. If there is no 3rd genre that satisfies the "15% rule", then no 3rd genre will be displayed.
3Big Star

While that constraint applies to a 3rd tag, there's nothing restricting the 2nd active tag. ex: say kanye has 1000 votes for hip-hop, and then 1 vote in black metal (hypothetical). Then on his band page, hip-hop and black metal are his active and present genres.
Death, Endless Nothing and the Black Knife of...

All this talk of the 3rd tag... yet that 3rd tag actually has no effect on pie charts... lol it's there purely for descriptive AND categorical purposes.
5Off Minor
Some Blood

However, bands will still be filed under that 3rd tag when "searching" for it. ex: say you were searching for top rated "math rock" bands/albums, you would still find off minor, despite math rock being it's 3rd tag.
6Off Minor

Ironically, should you look at your pie chart, "3rd tag genres" will be found when you hover over you top genres. ex: say I have an Off Minor album 5'd, I also have 'math rock' on my pie chart. if you hover over the 'math rock' slice on my pie chart, you can find off minor over it, despite the band having no influence on my pie chart.
7Bobby Shmurda
Shmurda She Wrote

Probably should've mentioned it earlier but: your pie chart will display your top 8 rated genres (up from 6 in the previous version). And any genres afterward are neglected by your pie chart (in order to make the 100% appear to be accurate; it rarely is).
8Kanye West

To reiterate: the first 2 active tags have equal effect on your pie chart (3rd tag has no effect). Again, say kanye has 1000 votes in hip hop, and 1 vote in black metal. When rating a kanye album; it will apply hip hop and black metal equally. Hip hop is not given any more "points" than black metal.
9Glass Animals
How To Be A Human Being

In order for an album to have an effect on your pie chart, you must rate it at least a 3.0/5 (down from 3.5).

In the previous system, any album you rate 3.5 or higher were applied equally. (imagine a single point being given per every album of a genre).
11Yuzo Koshiro
Bare Knuckle OST

However, now higher scores yield a stronger effect, 5's are "most important", in a way. (roughly speaking, 3 should give 1 "point", 3.5 - 2... 5.0 - 5 points. this is an assumption and an estimate. i don't know the actual values at all.)
12Chief Keef
Back From The Dead 2

The site will accrue the points you have from rating things and pick out your 8 top genres. From there, a pie chart is derived. This pie chart will assume that these 8 top genres are the only things you've rated/have any relevant points in, in order to complete 100%.
13The Electric Eels
God Says Fuck You

I think this was changed but some strange things would happen should a band have numerous tags tie in their number of votes. The order would shuffle seemingly randomly - even if you just refreshed the page.
14John Fahey
The Transfiguration of Blind Joe Death

previously: should numerous genres tie in the 3rd tag, the page will also shuffle these as well, while keeping the first two constant. I think this is also changed; I don't believe this happens anymore. Some tags seem to have higher priority than others, but i can't be too sure i guess.
15Jason Isbell
Something More Than Free

s/o to boney for reminding me: only bands with an album you've rated 4.5/5 or higher will be displayed on a slice of a pie chart. this is why sometimes a slice will show up on your chart, but no bands will appear when hovering over it.
16Hound Dog Taylor
Hound Dog Taylor and the Houserockers

As implied by me and by numerous people in the comments: the pie chart and genre tagging system are dependent on the band profile rather than by an album by album basis.
17The Only Ones
The Only Ones

The pie chart must show exactly 8 slices, no more or less. This is why sometimes you can see very low % numbers like 1-4 (possibly even 0%!) : because this user's top rated 8 genres, some have such low scores that they appear this way.
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