From discussions with dancers navigating the music4dance site and observing people’s usage of the site I realize that I still haven’t made it easy to understand the nuances of a couple of important features. I’m trying to default to simplifying the site wherever possible. But enough people are using both of these features that I don’t feel good about getting rid of either of them. So I made some changes in terminology and behavior and I’m interested to know if this makes more sense.
Here are the two features at issue:
- The concept of voting on the danceability of a song to a particular dance style. For instance – I love dancing Cha Cha to “Let’s Get Loud” by Jennifer Lopez, so I’ll vote on that.
- The concept of adding songs to a favorites or blocked list. Up until this change I labelled the favorites/blocked list as like/dislike, which I now believe is part of the source of confusion.
It’s important to the music4dance community that people vote on the danceability of a song to dance styles – this is what helps build and refine the catalog that is the core of the site and the main reason that people visit it.
It’s also useful to be able to add songs to a favorites list so that you can filter on that for future searches. And frankly, blocking a song that you are just sick of is kind of nice as well.
The two concepts are almost completely separate in how they would be used. But they are too easily confused. I hope that moving from the like/dislike nomenclature to favorites/blocked list will make things less confusing.
Since I feel the voting concept is more useful to the community, I’ve also done some things to make that more discoverable. The most recent of these is that when you click on the heart (add to favorites) button in the main song lists, rather than just toggling through favorites/blocked/neutral, it will bring up a modal that will let you explicitly choose one of those options as well as quickly vote on any of the dance styles already associated with the song.
I’ve also added a voting button to dance info modal that is available by clicking on the dance voting results button.
As I noted at the beginning, this is something that I’ve been struggling with for some time (check out this post from 2016) and hope I’ve improved it a bit. But I’m sure there are other things I can do to make this better, so please send me any of your ideas and let me know if you think the latest change works better (or worse) for you.
And, as always, I’m open to feedback about the feature discussed here as well as the site overall.
Music4dance could use your help: Please take a look the contribute page: This lists a bunch of ways to contribute from purchasing premium memberships to voting on songs to sharing with your friends and a bunch of things in between.