As I browse the music4dance catalog and find a song I like, it’s nice to be able to see who added it and use that as a way to find other songs that I might like. To this end, I’ve added a new section to the song details page called Changes that lists the changes people (and the bots/scrapers that I’ve written) have made to the song.
For instance, I like dancing East Coast Swing to Demi Lovato‘s Confident. If I look that up in the music4dance catalog (I can just search for that on the catalog page) – I can go to the song details by clicking on the title of the song and then look for the new Changes section in the lower right.
This shows me that ZacharyPachol, BatesBallooom and JonathanWolfgram have all voted for this song to be danced as an East Coast Swing. So I can, for instance, click on ZacharyPachol and get to a list of all songs that he has voted on. I can then click on “Change Search” to filter the list down to East Coast Swing songs that ZacharyPachol has voted on. Or I can just click on any East Coast Swing tag in the original search and choose to filter the list that way.
Even as I write this, I see that there are several ways I might want to improve this feature. But I have a limited amount of time and so many ideas, so please let me know if you find the feature useful and if you would like improvements. Also, I’m very interested in getting more direct participation in rating songs (the site is currently built much more on automation than direct user participation) – so let me know what would make rating songs interesting to you.
P.S. There are about ten other things I’d like to say about this, but I’m trying to keep this short so I can get out more posts. But I can’t resist noting that you can also see that this song was used on Dancing with the Stars to dance Paso Doble and Ballroom Tango – a good example of how one can use a song for a performance piece that you might not want to dance (that dance style to) socially.