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October 2012 site update: Custom charts

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#1 | Posted: 10/10/2012 10:21 | Post subject: October 2012 site update: Custom charts Reply with quote
Custom charts (previously known as 'fun charts')
The ability to add a custom chart has now been added to the site, and is currently being tested by a small pilot user group. Custom charts allow you to add any type of album chart that you like, of up to 100 entries, but unlike the other types of chart, these charts do not count towards the overall rankings. To be consistent with the rest of the site, entries in these charts need to be official releases, full length, and the original release.

Compilation albums
A common query received at BEA is for the ability to exclude compilation albums, or tracks appearing on compilation albums, from the top-rated chart. For example, songs which were not released in a particular decade might still appear in the top-rated chart for that decade simply because they could appear on a compilation album (e.g. a box-set, 'retrospective' etc) which might have been released much later than the original track.

A filter has been added to the top-rated album & song charts to enable you to include or exclude compilations from those charts. If you spot any albums that are currently not flagged correctly, you can update them via the admin page for each relevant album. The data needs updating retrospectively for all of the existing albums on the site, so please be patient as the data will not be correct from the outset.

Rank score calculation for current year & decade charts
Charts updated early in the current year or decade will likely be missing some albums which were not available to choose from at the time the chart was created and therefore entries in these charts will have less competition for places than a chart created towards the end of the relevant time period. Therefore, the elapsed number of days within the current year (or decade) that had passed when the chart was last updated will now be taken into consideration when calculating the points for each entry in the current year or decade chart.

In simple terms, charts updated later on in a year or decade will now be worth slightly more points than a chart created early on. This change only affects the current year chart for 2012 & the decade chart for the 2010s. Retrospective charts are not affected. (Original thread)

Year and decade chart history
In the same way that you can currently view the overall chart at a point in time, the same functionality has now been incorporated into year and decade pages. For example, if you want to see how the decade chart for the 2000s looked on 31st December 2000 compared to how it is today, this is the tool to find out. (Original thread)

Other fixes and improvements:
  • Times are now displayed (across the whole site) taking into account your local timezone. You can adjust your timezone from your profile page.
  • Albums not appearing in any charts are now displayed across the site (instead of being hidden from view)
  • Before a chart is saved, BEA will now check for some rare conditions which previously caused some charts to not save correctly.
  • Fixed a bug where if you clicked to view a comment under your viewing threshold, the comment would not be displayed. (Original thread)
  • Fixed an issue on the forums with the duplicate subject check sometimes not allowing to be overridden.
  • Incorporated a top album/song feed from Amazon in place of iTunes for those people that prefer shopping there. (Original thread)
  • Included in the album of the day is now a link for people who want to buy the highlighted album.

Lots more minor fixes and improvements.

Support us
If you'd like to support BEA, you can do so in any of the following ways:

  • Link to BEA from other websites. Talk about us on other websites, create a buzz and get people to check us out (but be careful not to do this in a spammy way!)
  • Buy your music via BEA. If you discover a new album or track, with help from BEA, use the iTunes, Amazon and eBay buttons on this site to buy it from your favourite store. BEA gets a small commission (pennies), and it helps to pay our hosting fees.
  • Subscribe to our newsletter. Keep up to date with the latest site news by subscribing to our FREE newsletter.
  • Use our chart widget. Share your chart on Facebook (or any other website)! You can find our chart widget on the resources page.
  • 'Like' us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter. Liking us on Facebook is a great way to promote BEA! If some of your friends see that you 'like' us, they might check us out too!

Enjoy the site and more soon...

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