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Public service announcement: new song threads
11 November 2014
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Hi. I'm doing some experimentation with linking this site's articles with forum threads, to help people get around a bit better.

Where a forum thread already exists for a song/album, I'll pair them up. But for certain songs I'll be creating brand-new discussions. So if you see new threads with song titles, an excerpt from one of my articles but not much more, just treat it as the start of a new discussion.

It'll look a bit messy in the short term but should get better once the conversations get going.

The plan is, once the songs are all sorted, to look at doing albums too. It's just an experiment at the moment, so feedback is welcome.

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11 November 2014
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So you are gonna make a thread for every song article?

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11 November 2014
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The majority of them, yes. Sometimes there's a pre-existing thread I can link to, but if not I'll create a new one. The intention is to have a definitive thread for each song, which will then hopefully reduce the multiple topics we've had in the past.

There won't be a linked thread from some articles, mainly the Anthology recordings that were later solo releases (eg All Things Must Pass ). For boring complicated reasons it wouldn't really work well in this system.

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11 November 2014
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What order are you putting the songs in?

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11 November 2014
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I'm not sure I follow you. I'm working through the songs alphabetically, but this forum just displays the most recently updated threads. So I'm not really putting them in any order here. Once people start commenting on older threads or start new ones, the new song threads I'm creating will drop off the front page.

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4 December 2014
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OK! All the song articles now have associated forum threads.

Sorry for overrunning the 'latest updates' list with these threads - it's a short-term thing that will be very useful in the long run.

Where possible I made older threads the 'official' ones for songs. Sometimes I chose not to if they were a bit arcane or veered off-topic early on. In some cases I combined several threads into one, and also deleted a lot of chatter and joking that didn't really relate to the subject. They were all old threads so nothing important will have got lost.

I also took the opportunity to remove some of the nonsense that got posted here back in the day. I'm really glad Mr Big is no longer threadcrapping all over the forum, and that the quality of conversation has risen overall.

Thanks too for people adding their thoughts to the new song threads. It's great to see some of them take life, so please continue. Some lesser-known songs (eg BBC session recordings) may never get a comment, but that's OK - at least the space is there.

At the start of this process I mentioned that I might do the same for albums. This is a bit trickier because we have sub-forums for each album. Unfortunately I can't link directly to a sub-forum - they have to be individual threads - so I think I'll not bother with albums.

I might start doing solo songs at some point, but they can wait for the time being.

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4 December 2014
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I have wondered why does each album get a sub thread?

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4 December 2014
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The album sub-forums are to allow for threads discussing different aspects of an album to be grouped together.

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5 December 2014
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In addition to what RN said, before I set up the sub-forums we were getting a lot of "Rank your favourite songs on X album!" threads, or "Would X have sounded better if Y had happened?" That sort of thing. Because there were so many, and they were all put the Albums section, it made it hard for people to navigate to something they might be interested in.

Having the sub-forums meant there was less duplication, and that people could quickly find a subject they wanted to discuss. It doesn't make sense to have the same for songs because there aren't normally enough different discussions around each one to warrant it.

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