Make albums/discography easier to find

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I can see the benefit of having discographies on the main page. But I think that they also need to have their own separate tab along with songs, credits, etc. As it is, albums are somewhat hidden, and there needs to be a more intuitive way of immediately accessing them. I only sort of accidentally found them the first time by scrolling down.

And once you've navigated to, say, songs, you've lost all obvious avenues of finding albums entirely. Even if you remember that they're on the overview page, you still have to go there and THEN scroll down, every time. Give 'em their own tab -- whether it's a separate page or even just an anchor button that takes you to the appropriate area of the overview page -- and you've solved the problem, right there.

I endorse this change!
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Hi Marc,
We've gotten some feedback from folks indicating that they preferred the discography on it's own tab and lots of feedback saying they like it on the main tab. We've also been discussing a "jump link" or "anchor button" as you suggested. I think we'll be able to come up with a solution that works for everybody.

Thanks for the feedback. We appreciate it.
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I'm liking the new layout, but one really out of place thing is band discographies. The removal of mouseover for details is a plus, but the albums don't have their own tab anymore and can only be reached by scrolling/paging through the band's entire history. It makes bands' front pages much too large and cumbersome to scroll up and down if you want to jump from discography to one of the actual tabs without losing your place, especially if you're also reading the history itself (try The Who's page). It also makes the discography just plain difficult to find until you notice that the scroll bar is so long. Really feels like it should be up there with the rest. It doesn't feel clean now.

Don't know if others did it this way, but when I wanted to explore artists in-depth I'd head straight to the discography tab and open 'em chronologically. I infinitely prefer clicks to scrolls.

Thanks for taking time to read!

Edit: Searched and found an earlier same suggestion marked as not planned - https://getsatisfaction.com/allmusic/.... I'll leave this up though to state my reasoning and add my support to the idea - I respectfully disagree with the counter-argument presented there and beg a reconsideration.

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Keep the discography tab!.
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Please bring the discography tab back and keep the list concise and image free (at least as an option to hide them and being shown when you roll over the individual entry) as before.

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bring the discography tab back.
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I see that the artist's discography is now below the bio. It's not intuitive enough - there should be a link at the top to navigate to it.

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need "discography" link.
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Folks,
Based on your feedback, we've added a "Jump Link" to allow users to get to the discography directly on the Artist page.

See this post for more info: https://getsatisfaction.com/allmusic/...

At the top of each artist page (under the artist name) you should see red text that says "JUMP TO DISCOGRAPHY" which will take you directly to the Discography section. This functions in the same way that a tab would: Taking you right to the discography information and being accessible from any tab on the artist's page.

Our hope is that this can give the "thanks for the overview!!" folks the ability to scroll down and see the album list below the bio, and also give the "discography tab forever!!" users the ability to accomplish the same thing that a tab would.
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Sorry Zac. I still don't like this. There needs to be a Discography *tab*. How hard is it to see and relate to? Why does the Discography need to be on an "overview"? The "Jump to Discography" "Jump Link" is just not obvious enough and in a poor location. A tab works better, keeps everything *at the top* of a listing, and makes it far easier to switch between sections. Once you use the "jump link" you *still* have to scroll up to get to the other tabs. It's very inconvenient and slows down overall use/performance. Change the "Overview" tab back to "Biography" as it should be and add a "Discography" tab. This would also allow for the removal of the fairly lame "read more" and subsequent "collapse" controls.
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Hi Howie,
Sorry you don't like our solution.

We're still working on improvements to the design but I'm not sure that creating a specific discography tab is on the list.
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OK... then rename "Overview" to "Biography" and put *it* on a separate tab keeping the discography as the "main" view. OR put the Biography section *below* the discography and use a "jump to biography" link. How many times is someone going to read a biography as opposed to look at a discography? I'd venture that discography is used *far* more than any other tab/section on an artise so put it where it belongs - up front. I know that 95% of my visits are researching *discography* or *songs* with only a handful to actually read a biography on an artist. Basically what you are now using feels like a kludge.
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I don't care what you think I should be looking at. I want to search what I want. Provide links to biographies, discographies, etc. I've had this site on my favs for years. I hate that you changed it. I've now spent like 20 minutes of my time and still haven't gotten to what I came here for.
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Hi Mike,
Currently you should be able to view an artist's discography either by scrolling down the artist page until you reach the discography, or by clicking the Jump to Discography link in the upper left of the artist page.

If that isn't to your satisfaction, stay tuned for the site redesign we're rolling out sometime next month, which will feature changes like the Discography tab at the top of the artist page, and the ability to view releases in whatever combination of types you're interested in (any combination of Albums, Compilations, Singles & EPs, and DVDs & Videos, or All).

Thanks!