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Trophies and other upcoming site changes

Postby lothario » Mon Oct 25, 2010 11:44 pm

I just came up with the ultimate trophy system (I think). It is a sort of continuation of the current one, just more specialized.

There will be about 20 trophies, each a unique one with it's own icon. There is only one of each in existence, so only one person can have one at a time. F.ex. there exists a trophy for drums and Laurie wins it. That means it is his until the next competition, where he has to defend it, if he don't want to lose it. The cool thing about this, is that it doesn't have to be just competition related trophies. Some of the ideas I have include:

(I should note that for the upcoming site update, I plan to expand the review section, so all tracks can be reviewed all the time)

- Track with most reviews
- User with most reviews
- User with best reviews
- Most active user in a month
- Best topic creator in a month (number of replies to a topic)
- Most active track rater
- Best uploader
- Most downloaded track
- Most visits
- Best birthday
- Sharpshooter voter (Voting the same as the result ends up)
etc.

The idea is, that trophies constantly will switch hands, and (hopefully) create some competition and content on the site, even when there is no music competitions.
It's easy to maintain, and you don't end up with so many trophies that a single one means nothing to you. In the future, you have to fight for trophies.

Maybe some of them can even have special secret powers....

And then, when you have repeatedly defended the trophy succesfully, you get a t-shirt or a hat or something, that says 'I AM THE BEST AT HAVING A BIRTHDAY, LOLOLOLO' or maybe something else.

Oh, other things that are on the way, in some form:

- Seamless integration between forum and artist pages. (Uploaded tracks to the forum goes on the artist page)
- No more featured artists, but a best of section.
- Track of the month (which is the only track on the front page)
- Simpler interfaces.
- Centralized track and review system (all tracks uploaded to the forum and entered into competitions will use the same system. Even old competition tracks will be merged. This means all tracks can be reviewed.)
- Simpler forum
- Multiple entries in competitions (optional)
- Anonymous competitions (optional)
- Auto-register on forum when joining competition (no need to make it harder to join)
- Auto-entering competitions with forum-tracks (not sure about this one yet...Mo's idea I think)
- A karma system to control the 'best of' and 'track of the month' pages (a lot of variables will go into this, so it's going to work under the hood.)
- Music Playground official album releases (online, not physical)
- More focus on podcasts and easier submission.
- Very simple competition system. (from Aquilas idea) join, vote, win.
- Maybe a donate button, so I can offer some cooler stuff as prizes. But I'm not sure yet.

Other ideas that are floating around right now is to say goodbye to Coal and Glory. I was thinking something like Prospect and Wildcard, but I'm not sure yet how to implement it right. Prospect is actually just another word for coal (better imo), and wildcard should be given to leaping artists....dunno yet.
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Re: Trophies and other upcoming site changes

Postby Laurie » Mon Oct 25, 2010 11:59 pm

Nice, can't think of any flaws to this really. Except... how do you win the birthday trophy? :D

Not sure about the auto-enter tracks from forum to competition thing, either. Might accidentally enter something which is terrible, and then others could have a lower perception of your output.
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Re: Trophies and other upcoming site changes

Postby Mo » Tue Oct 26, 2010 1:54 pm

All of these things sound just awesome, just AWESOME! LOLOLOLOLO HAT!

Can't wait.

About the auto-enter track into competition thing, an easy way to solve the uncertainty around this idea is to just have a tick box next to the upload button saying "Tick here to auto-enter the current competition". Then you have a choice. Sorted. Maybe.

Anyway, all this sounds great, really. Although probably not at the top of the list of priorities, I'd like to see just how other networking sites will be implemented, like soundcloud. Like (I think) Laurie said, Soundcloud would be a surefire way to get more people on board the MP train.
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Re: Trophies and other upcoming site changes

Postby lothario » Tue Oct 26, 2010 2:48 pm

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Re: Trophies and other upcoming site changes

Postby Roadkill » Tue Oct 26, 2010 3:39 pm

lothario wrote:Maybe some of them can even have special secret powers....


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Re: Trophies and other upcoming site changes

Postby Aquila » Tue Oct 26, 2010 8:23 pm

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Re: Trophies and other upcoming site changes

Postby Laurie » Tue Oct 26, 2010 8:36 pm

lothario wrote:Are there more?


These two pages aren't used so much, but if you want to consider them:

Twitter - http://twitter.com/musicplaygrnd
Last.FM - http://www.last.fm/group/Music+Playground

Perhaps the RSS feed for the news section of the site so people know about new competitions through their reader could also be added to the links on the front page(?)
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List of trophies

Postby lothario » Fri Oct 29, 2010 9:46 am

These are currently the trophies I have planned. Let me know what you think of the names, the selection, and if you have other suggestions.

Competition Trophies
Trophies that can only be won by joining competitions.

The Champion
Awarded to:
The winner of a competition
Special Abilities
In the next competition the holder of this trophy gets 2 additional voting slots.
(F.ex. if everybody else can vote for top 5, the winner of the previous comp can vote top 7, thus giving out additional points)
The holder of this trophy can also [confidential]

The Bombardier
Awarded to:
The winner of the drums category

The Tactician
Awarded to:
The winner of the arrangement category

The Idealist
Awarded to:
The winner of the originality category

The Engineer
Awarded to:
The winner of the sound design category

The Communicator
Awarded to:
The winner of the performance category

The Architect
Awarded to:
The winner of the production category

The Pure
Awarded to:
The winner of the prospect award
Special Abilities
The holder of this trophy gets an additional upload slot in the next competition.

The Veteran
Awarded to:
The artist with most participations and contributions.
Note
This trophy is not active, until an artist has 3 participations.

Additionally, I think that each time you keep a trophy, the trophy gets upgraded. So the first time you win it, it's a bronze f.ex., then you win it in the next competition again, and it get's silver and if you manage to win it 3 times in a row, it turns to gold. But this isn't final yet, I need to think it a bit more through.

You may notice, that there is no trophies for 2nd and 3rd place. While I do want them to have some recognition, I also want the trophies to be unique. So I'm thinking that after a competition, the top 3 is featured on the front-page for a week or two (next to the track of the month).

Monthly Trophies
Monthly trophies are awarded on the 1st of each month, and are based on the activities from the last month.

The Hit
Awarded to:
The track with highest karma score
Note
I will explain what I mean by karma later, but simply put it's a number calculated from ratings, reviews and downloads.

The Hit
Awarded to:
The track with highest karma score
Special Abilities
Featured on the front page (as the only track)
Note
I will explain what I mean by karma later, but simply put it's a number calculated from ratings, reviews and downloads.

The Commentator
Awarded to:
User with the highest number of replies in the forum.

The Debater
Awarded to:
User with the averagely longest replies
Note
A minimum of 10 posts is required.

The Innovator
Awarded to:
User with the highest topic response, i.e. most replies on his/her topics.

The Contributor
Awarded to:
User with highest karma score
Special Abilities
The holder of this trophy gets an additional rating slot on track and review ratings. (F.ex. if you normally could rate a review 1-5, The Contributor can rate it 1-6.)

The Hitmaker
Awarded to:
The user, that has won The Hit trophy most
Special Abilities
The holder of this trophy gets an additional rating slot on track ratings.
Note
Isn't active until 3 The Hit trophies have been achieved

Runtime Trophies
These trophies are awarded as soon as you beat the current holder.

The Reporter
Awarded to:
The user, that has written most reviews

The Writer
Awarded to:
The user, that has written the best rated reviews
Note
A minimum of 10 reviews and 3 ratings per review is required

The Journalist
Awarded to:
The user, that has written the averagely longest reviews
Note
A minimum of 10 reviews is required

The Factory
Awarded to:
The user, that has uploaded most tracks.
Note
There will be a special section for full tracks. Only tracks uploaded to this forum counts towards this trophy.

The Best
Awarded to:
The all-time best rated track.
Special Abilities
Featured track on the 'Best of' page
Note
A minimum of 10 ratings is required

The Active Listener
Awarded to:
The user that has rated the most tracks.
Note
A minimum of 10 ratings is required

The Magician
Awarded to:
The user with the all-time best rated tracks.
Note
A minimum of 5 tracks and 3 ratings per track is required




There will be an unobtrusive event-bar near the top of the page, that will give you site updates, such as when a trophy changes hand, when a user rise a rank, when a user has a birthday, when a track is uploaded and maybe other things.

On the 1st of every month, registered users will automatically be taken to a page showing the monthly trophies and their winners.
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