Gamification/reward for contributing cover art etc.

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I regularly feel like i'm the only person uploading album covers for the genre of music I listen to.

I think it would help a ton of users somehow get a 'reward' for doing this, even if it's meaningless.
Something like a counter of 'Cover images uploaded' on their profile would probably get more people to contribute. You could even go further and add some gamification, like a 'point' for each cover-art posted, each thumbs-up you get etc. (though with this gamification care should be taken to avoid easy abuse, like spam uploading images to one album).
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Make the "points" dependable on user votes but only the downvotes to prevent people from uploading whatever just to garner those points. Because there are people on last.fm who fake scrobble (and mess up the charts) just to see a high scrobble count on their profile. So I'm sure this point system would get abused as well if other members can't counter bad uploads with downvotes.
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I also upload a huge amount of high-res artwork to Last.fm. There are other users who do the same, but there's just so much music out there. The idea of a badge/ trophy system to reward contribution has been discussed before and I think it would be a good (and fun) way of getting users to help out and improve the site. 

I think the best solution would be to use an automated system (like how the current catalogue imports new releases every week). iTunes has a truly massive database of artwork and it would be amazing if Last.fm could make use of that. However, this would be a huge resource cost in terms of storage. 

Interesting fact: 49% of the albums I Scrobbled last year were missing artwork! 
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I think there's an even higher percentage for me, hah!
And yeah, as good as that automatic importing would be, i'm pretty sure they couldn't do that for various copyright reasons.
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Jan makes some very pertinent points above about how this sort of thing could be open to abuse. Any kind of badge or ranking will always bring out those people who are needlessly competitive - just look at the innocuous Top Listeners feature.

While badges and milestones are a nice idea, I just don't think I would award them for contributions and certainly not image uploads, since this will potentially put a greater demand on the storage resources. As it is, some albums have a ridiculous number of duplicate images uploaded for the artwork, partly caused by vote-fights over the "right" edition being on top.

Personally, I'd be inclined to leave the contributions down to people who do it because they see the intrinsic worth of improving the overall quality of Last FM rather than because they may get a cool badge for doing so.
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Entirely true, this is why I also suggested an optional simple 'counter' on your profile. Sure, you'll get a small minority that will spam but you can report and move on. Especially with images, the original/best version will ''''win'''''' by getting thumbs-up anyway.

I don't think useful/fun features should not be included just because a small minority can abuse them in a way that doesn't impact others on the website.
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Elliot Robinson

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the original/best version will ''''win'''''' by getting thumbs-up anyway.
I'm not sure what site you've been using but this doesn't always happen. Also, there is no "winning" because the image vote never ends so people can either drag friends/followers in for help or create sock puppet accounts to game the system.

useful/fun features
Personally, I don't think badges for arbitrary actions like uploading artwork is either useful or fun. *shrug*

One possible exception would be (to shamelessly nick an idea from Steam) offer a "Pillar of the Community" badge, where a user has to do several activities to improve the site, e.g. upload artwork, add an artist image, edit a wiki, vote on a song title, leave a shout on a user's profile, etc etc.

Generally, I would be inclined to only offer badges for listening activities like scrobble totals, number of artists listened to, most listened-to genre, etc, personal things that summarise your listening habits for any visitors to your page.

Just my opinion, anyway.
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As it is, some albums have a ridiculous number of duplicate images uploaded for the artwork, partly caused by vote-fights over the "right" edition being on top.

That is one of the enormous problems that we are currently facing. I would love having the option that will allow us to once when we upload an album art to Last.FM lock the upload button infinitely. In this way, we will prevent spam and image flooding. It's a pain to see how people are arguing about what album art should be shown on the front page. The perfect example of this is the self-titled album by Metallica. Another idea of mine is to install a filter that will check how many duplicates of Artist images exists, if more than two pictures exist, then filter either needs to replace it with a high-quality image or to exclude it.
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I'm not sure a lock button should be a power within the grasp of users but certainly Last FM staff could disable uploads and votes for certain pages that keep getting wrongly changed by some users.
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Editing wiki pages and adding missing informations is working for free, so some kind of reward would be nice. But apart from the potential of cheating the system, there is also the psychologic aspect: Giving external rewards disables intrinsic motivation. You stop doing it for the cause (making your library look pretty or listening to music because you love it) and start working for the badges. If you start paying someone for doing what he likes, chances are he won't be as motivated as before to give his best. And scrobbles based on achievement hunting instead of musical taste are not very favourable for the stats.
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What we also need is a preview button for Wikipedia pages at last.FM to preview an Article that we updated to see where the mistakes are before we publish it. I had to update a Wikipedia Article two times because of a mistake I made while using the BBCoding technique. I don't understand why Moderators removed that button while launching BETA in 2015. It was essential as Elliot Robinson would say.
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