'About me' limits - question to the last.fm staff

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I have a straightforward question to the last.fm staff - do you plan on bringing back customization options to the 'About me' panel (such as BBcode) and removing the limit of 200 characters? The issue had been raised more than once and yet I didn't notice any official reply. It would be nice if you could refer to user's doubts, so that we could know what to expect.

Many people, including me, find the lack of this feature crucial, making last.fm profiles simply boring and the service itself not as much fun to use as it used to be.

I realize that money and time invested in the re-design prevent you from reverting last.fm to the previous version but if you truly hope for users to accept such huge changes, you should consider their opinion and at least bring most desired features back.
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Jakub Jas

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Seederman

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Crucial is the right word for it.
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Rafael Andreotti

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I've seen a BUNCH of threads regarding this issue, however we still have no word from the staff.
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Jakub Jas

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And so the trend seems to continue...
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ohgod

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What's the point of giving us these 'support' threads, if they won't give us any answers? Highly unprofessional... 
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Agreed. This feature is extremely important for a lot of people. It made Last.fm a much more social experience than just a place to record stats.

Would love to hear a response from the team regarding this, though I have a bad feeling they we haven't had a response yet because it's not planned - and saying no to this request would cause another backlash.
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garynotrashcoug

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I also have a feeling that that is the case. Unless they simply can't give a realistic answer until they get other services up and running?
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Jakub Jas

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I don't expect to hear 'when', I'd be completely satisfied with 'it will come back' or any answer at all ;)
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But why introduce this limit? so that our nice pics and badges and stuff don't get in the way of all the ads that hang in there?
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tapenoon

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pretty much? personally I don't think it's coming back.
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Hydro Lin Kuei

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Keep the damn ads if you want, but let us have our cool sidebars back!
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Stephanie Gwinn

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I want my milestones back.
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adam11i13

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They deleted option of adding pictures, Bbcode and widgets because it's taking up too much space for ads. Thank you last.fm! What a ''brilliant'' idea!.

Like i said in another topic - at least they should give us a option to add a custom image at the top of the profile..
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ads are what keep last.fm financially 'solvent' - where does everyone think the money comes from to keep the site running and to pay the staff salaries? unless every single user was a paid user, ads are required to ensure last.fm stays alive. it's been bleeding money for years, so whining about ads is irrelevant and moot. 
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But not at the expense of "About Me", right? Let us have both. I do understand that ads are important!
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the about me section is back, who knows the extent of the customization they will allow. the core functionality of actually recording scrobbles and accurate chart information is more important.
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I don't think the About Me section should be nixed at the expense of ads, nor do ads necessarily need to go (since they're the only thing paying the bills at this point). I've said before and I'll say again, they can easily be integrated. What better reason would you have for perusing someone's profile other than to read their About Me? Perfect opportunity for ad placement! Seriously Last.fm, if people know that all they're going to see is ads, why would they even bother browsing a page.
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If you look in your settings you'll see that the info you had in your sidebar is there in a box below the 200 character "about me" section. That indicates to me that at some point it will return. Right now there are an avalanche of bugs that need sorting. I guess it's about prioritising the most important issues.
A daily proper update from the team would be great though.
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I believe that this option is available until you update 'About Me' - I didn't and I still have 'To help you get started, here's your old stuff...'.

I don't think it suggests the comeback of customizable sidebar, actually I'm worried it's the exact opposite. Still, it's been 3 days since I posted this question and the staff doesn't seem to care at all...
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If you look in your settings you'll see that the info you had in your sidebar is there in a box below the 200 character "about me" section. That indicates to me that at some point it will return.
It's too bad it only seems
It only happens in my dreams
Only in dreams
In beautiful dreams.
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@Jakub Jas
i've updated mine. "to help you get started" is still there.
I guess they'll remove it later, they have to fix scrobbling and stats first.
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And still we wait for an answer on this one........ Is the "old stuff to get you started" just collecting dust?
An answer as to whether a decent sidebar allowance will return or not would be good before we all get enveloped in cobwebs .....
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Suzy

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Very poetic SillyMusicLover..... The dreaming thing ...
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Hello, during spare times i'm developing a browser extension to bring back some cool features of previous last.fm.

So for the moment I add "Musical compatibility" and "About me" (But for the about me I need a server to save datas :/ ) when you are opening a profil page in your browser. Maybe if I have time, I will work on Artist Page, ... .

I Have a little preview : https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/39375802/lfmenpreview.png

If some of you are interested to help me, send me private msg (http://www.last.fm/fr/user/IKommu)

Sorry for my bad english :s

Regards,
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I'm so upset. I understand that some users have gone too far with pictures, bbcodes etc. at their profiles so I kind of understand that last.fm doesn't want to allow pictures, links and stuff like that in profiles BUT the limitation of 200 characters really pisses me off.

Every week I edited my profile info and added my weekly top artist to a list (17x Artist A, 15x Artist B, 8x Artist C and D etc.). It was one of the main reasons I used the last.fm website.
Not sure if that would even be possible with the new website without the "about me" limit cause the possibilty to see top artists sorted by week is also gone at the moment, not sure if it's planned to be back in the near future?

Well, I don't know... I won't delete my last.fm account cause there's this little hope everything will be good at the end... but right now I have absolutely no reason to visit this website besides checking the forums seeing users complaining about the new website. ;)

I registered (with another username) on September 7, 2005... 10 year anniversary soon. I feel nostalgic.
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And ... what about leaving ALL LastFm ? But this is ALL from all over the world and not just some persons ... And waiting to see if they finally do something well. But I have doubts about the world ! It would be the perfect way to put their noses (LastFm owners and staff) in that horrible new thing which doesn't deserve LastFm name !

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