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November 2013 site update


 
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#1 | Posted: 11/15/2013 13:15 | Post subject: November 2013 site update Reply with quote
New look
Perhaps the most visible change in this site update is the new look site header & navigation bar. All of the previous options in the navigation bar can be found from your profile page. Many thanks to Puncture Repair for designing the new logo.

Changes to rank score algorithm
Overall charts with less than ten entries no longer contribute points towards the overall rankings. In addition, if an overall or decade chart only contains albums from a single year, or if an overall chart contains albums by just one artist, they will no longer count towards the rankings either (this is intended to stop people using overall charts as artist discographies, or trying to game the site to improve the ranking of their favourite artist. It'll also help stop people using their overall or decade charts as year charts which can seriously distort the overall chart given the lower weighting that a year chart normally has).

Banned members now have all their charts and ratings disabled automatically. Their ratings no longer contribute to the item averages & their charts are awarded a zero rank score (suggested by Jabapac).

Chart sorting
You can now sort any chart by average rating, year of release, title or artist (idea suggested a few times e.g. http://www.besteveralbums.com/phpBB2/vi...php?t=5978 & http://www.besteveralbums.com/phpBB2/vi...hp?t=6276)

Other changes
  • Increased the length of the overall chart to 10,000 entries, and the year & decade charts to 1,000 entries (this also applies to CSV exports).
  • The maximum length of member year charts has been increased to 100 entries. Original thread (from lethalnezzle).
  • The top 1,000 bands are now shown on the band stats page (instead of the top 200)
  • Users now need to be Level 2 before they can vote in polls (people have been spotted creating duplicate accounts just to submit multiple votes in polls).
  • Increased the 'points per chart entry' to 2 per album (to help new users gain a better foothold on the BEA membership ladder without having to resort to black-hat tactics such as spam ratings etc) -
  • Fixed allowing blank comments to be added on admin pages.
  • Fixed a bug where the number of chart comments included comments from users that didn't have a chart with feedback enabled.
  • Added IP address logging for all activity across the site to help weed out duplicate accounts (and to identify banned members attempting to re-register).
  • You can now search for charts on the search page by entering a chart title, user name or source, & you can also now do this directly from the site search textbox.
  • You can now use the 'insert BEA link' functionality on the forums to link to member charts (as well as albums, bands & tracks).
  • Users can now delete their own accounts from their profile screen without needing to ask a moderator.
  • A warning message is no longer shown on year, decade & custom charts if more than x% of the albums in your chart are by the same band (it is now only displayed for 'greatest album' charts)
  • Long words contained in chart notes, or in object comments, no longer break the site layout.
  • You can now delete your charts from the user charts page (this saves drilling into each chart if you are doing a mass delete).
  • Added an option to the ratings page to allow users to delete all of their ratings.
  • You can now sort custom charts on the user charts page by a variety of different metrics.
  • Fixed an issue where file-size detection of images failed when updating album art (for remote URLs)
  • Added a 'Capitalise track listing' button to the admin album page
  • Fixed -1 ratings sometimes showing for the album of the day (where items hadn't received any ratings).
  • Fixed subtotals in chart composition for year/decade charts if chart smaller than 1,000 entries -
  • Now show how many comments a song has within the track listing (saves user having to click through to track page to check if there are comments).
  • Fixed an issue publishing alerts to Twitter (API change)
  • Fixed an issue saving albums or bands with multi-byte characters in their titles
  • Fixed a bug in the forum [url] bbcode where trailing white spaces could cause blank forum posts to be displayed
  • Fixed an issue with the list of similar charts not updating
  • Fixed an issue on the decade stats pages where some years were not listed if there were no albums for that year in the BEA database (e.g. 1940s). In addition, the 1930s are no longer listed.
  • Fixed chart compositions becoming temporarily out of date when an album or band is updated with a new year of release or country.
  • Moved BEA to a new database server and made perf improvements to web hosting
  • Member chart rank points are now checked by default on the customise chart page (if member charts are included)
  • Fixed an issue with the custom chart CSV export containing an incorrect sort order
  • Fixed an issue on the custom page chart where if you chose different chart average rating thresholds, you still got the same results
  • Fixed an issue on the search page where a search for e.g. crosby stills nash brought up no results (because commas were not being ignored)
  • Reverted back the minimum number of ratings to appear in a top-rated chart to 10 (from 20).
  • You are now able to solely search within topic titles on the forums.
  • ...Lots more smaller 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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