genre search needs fixing

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Immediate fix is required:

1. Ergonomy/economy:
- current site: 1 click on home page (Pop/Rock), scroll down, 1 click on the genre I'm looking for (Alternative Metal), scroll down and I have FULL lists of Top Artists, Albums and Songs visible at a single glance, 1 extra click and I have a list of each category with more than 30 entries visible with no scrolling - 3 clicks and 2 short scrolls take me to where I want to go and give me clear and comprehensive overview

- new site: 1 click on main page (Explore), 1 click in the pull-down menu (See all genres), 1 click on image menu (Pop/Rock), scroll down to sub-genres list, 1 click to expand the list (Heavy Metal), 1 click on the genre I'm looking for (Alternative Metal) and I can see images of significant music (equivalent of current Top Albums), 1 click on Artists icon, 1 click on List icon and I can finally see the list, which requires a lot of extra scrolling to see it all as the List view allows to see only 9 entries per screen - 7 clicks, 1 short and 1 veeeery long scroll to get to the info I'm looking for - it takes significantly longer (9 actions against 5) time and what do we get?

2. Information value:
- old site concludes the search with detailed, clearly tiered lists that correctly reflect significance of individual artists/albums in the given genre all at a single glance

- new site concludes the search with random list (complete with photos that are distracting and take valuable space while adding no extra value) that includes artists not even mentioned - and for a good reason - on the old list (like Nickelback and Evanesence); the order makes no sense and is completely misleading - seems like many of the artists were included due to their current commercial potential, not their actual historical significance and best representation of the genre's main features

New site seems targeted at the younger casual users who favor form over content and watching over reading. I always believed that purpose of encyclopedia (such as allmusic.com) is to educate through objective, in-depth content, not to dazzle and thrill with flashy surface which covers the content that is not the most valuable, but most suitable to advertising. It's nicer to look at, but is it more informative? No.
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Piotr Adamusik

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Posted 7 years ago

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Zac Johnson, Official Rep

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We're still working on these sections. Thanks for your input.
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Piotr Adamusik

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So, did you work it out? So far I don't see any improvement in the genre search section (or any other section that was ruined by the new design; oh, sorry, you added the discography link at the top of page). It's still a chore to find the information I'm looking for and the final lists are totally random, not tiered and worst of all inaccurate which renders them useless.

As I suspected, all this feedback was for nothing, just to pretend we have an influence on the new look of our beloved site. Final version is as poorly designed and user unfriendly as the beta.

R.I.P., AllMusic. I'll be missing you.
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Zac Johnson, Official Rep

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Take care Piotr.
Thanks for your input.
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I noticed that your new version of the website does not list ranking of artists in music categories such as "post-rock" or "punk". I have been a long time fan of allmusic for a decade and always loved the ease of researching various categories of music and related artists. I love the look of the new site but would like to see the historonic component that accompanied the music sections of the older site. I noticed the albums listed in different categories were focusing primarily on recent releases at the expense of historically signification records. Creating a listing in ranking of significant artists and related records may improve the navigation for those who use allmusic as a means to find new artists and records.

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
New website interactive desgin suggestion.