In more detail...
I think that a lot of this stuff should be pretty easy. The "most wanted" type stuff is a very simple database query of people's wantslists. The lists will be sortable by every column and I had already thought that it would be cool to incorporate a serach into the MyRDB page for wnats & collection. I think it will be fine to search other people's collections as well. Do you think it would be worth having an option to make your collection private if you wanted to?
I dont' know if we'd allow the upload of personal pictures of your records/collection. I'm not really sure if that would be good use of the server space that we have. The graph ideas are interesting. I'm not toltally sure on how possible they are but I know it can be done. It's something that we might introduce over time but I doubt will be a feature early on.
You are able to add more than one copy of a release into your collection so it will be easy to show when you have doubles. I doubt we'd have a trading scheme here. If people want to trade they can use the site as a means to do that but it would be on an unofficial basis. We've discussed introducing areas of the forum to trading/sales before but agreed that it would just get spammed all the time. I don't think we should actually get involved in the actual trading sitde of things as we wouldn't want to be held, or thought, responsible for someone getting ripped off!
I don't see why it would be a big deal to introduce a grading for your vinyl, it should only be one extra field in the database. Thijs? Equally, it would be possible to include the promo/sleeve options but, again, I think this might be the sort of thing that is added further down the line. I had had discussions with xo before about how we could introduce multiple release formats (promo/coloured vinyl/normal release copy/repress) for records with the same number so that all could be accessed from the same cat no listing (with different scans & info for each one) and that's something that I think would be great to impement at some point, this might go some way to providing a solution for that idea.
The one main thing that i think hasn't been mentioned is the ability to download your collection as an Excel file, this needs to be in place, I think.
thijs, on Oct 14 2005, 08:02 AM, said:
we have had discussions about this in the past. still not quite sure what to do with it, since it will no doubt be feeding a lot of (useless) discussions as well. it's not off the list though.
Like Thijs says, this has been discussed before and I think after much consideration we agreed that we would not introduce ratings for tracks. We wanted to keep the site "opinion free" and just list facts.
I'm not sure if it'll stay this way and can see that, as the My Collection feature takes off, there might be more demand for this type of thing
geist, on Oct 13 2005, 09:09 PM, said:
it might be even cooler if there could be ratings given for each record on two scores: one is (when ascertainable) an objective rarity score, which would be figured out by something like how many known copies of a record were pressed with how old it is/how often it pops up on ebay. The other score would be a collector's rarity score, which would reflect how in demand a record is amongst collectors relative to how often it seems to show up for sale. Of course, the variables and missing data for something like this are extremely daunting, but even a loose indication of something like this would be interesting.
These are great ideas but, unfortunately, I can't see a lot of them workiing. I don't think we have a field for how many copies of a record exists (or maybe we do hidden somewhere) but the amount of releases we have compared to the number that we know the numbers that were pressed is vastly different. Any kind of sums based on these figures will only be available for a minority of releases in the database. It would be impossible to include any ebay data in the system unless someone sits there an catalogues everything that is listed on there. I know me & Thijs certainly don't have time for this and I doubt anyone else will, either. There's way too much human input needed for that one to work.