Possibility of restoring deleted scrobbles

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Hello!

Firstly, i'm over the moon with the new scrobble edit feature, i've been using it to rectify historically incorrectly scrobbled tracks from my past Spotify days (remastered in title etc.) and it works perfectly for what i've been needing to do.

Over the last year I had been going through my profile and individually deleting every scrobble i've noticed that was incorrectly scrobbled, as there was no edit feature, and i've estimated that i've probably deleted somewhere between 25,000 and 50,000 scrobbles (i was on around 155,000 total scrobbles before i started cleaning up and to date i'm on around 133,000 almost a year later). It's been something of a tedious journey that's become almost an obsessive habit and i'd love for it to end to be fair.

My question is, will there ever be an option to re-instate historically deleted scrobbles now that we can edit incorrect scrobbles?

Thanks for reading :)
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Elliot Robinson

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I would be interested in knowing this, too!
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mclarge

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So glad i'm not alone on this! I've spent so many hours deleting incorrectly tagged scrobbles that I'd be more than happy to go through them all again and fix them.
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Same. It's just a pity I didn't know this was coming / have more patience, lol
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mclarge

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My exact same feelings Elliot! When it first came out I was thrilled and scavenging through my profile to see if there was anything i could update, then a day later i had that sinking feeling of "What have I done? If only I knew about this earlier!" as if I was some sort of scientist that had unleashed some sort of plague upon my last.fm profile lol. 

Who knows, maybe they'll add such a feature in the future :)
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Hi,
I'm also in your situation (deleting loads of scrobbles, for having incorrect song title, or artist name etc.); probably not as many as yours, but anyway they are surely more than 10000 at my side as well.
Frankly, I wouldn't consider, though, restoring all of them, but a bunch of 50 or so probably yes, I'd recall them if possible.
Considering the tedious work of stepping into the whole library to check individually every song, I'm not sure I'd do this again, after a restore, in order to edit those bad scrobbles. I only could imagine how your work would go if you'd start to check all those 50000 recovered scrobbles :-)

Anyway, I would warmly support this option, again (it was available at some point in time, like 5-6 years ago).
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Hi Cornel,

Thank's for replying to the thread and "me too-ing", it's a relief to know i'm not the only one who's been doing this! :)

There's no way i'd ever go through all 50000 (most of the scrobbles I deleted in were done in batches, i.e whole artist or whole album removal), but some sort of option to see what we've deleted that could be reinstated if we wished would be great. 

For example, I noticed after the site layout change that my previously autocorrected scrobbles changed back to their incorrect form, before the site change i had 3000+ "Dinosaur Jr." scrobbles, and after the site change i had 2500 "Dinsoaur Jr." and 500 "Dinosaur Jr" scrobbles. It's the same band but different streaming services missed the "." off the artist name and the site change made them two seperately scrobbable artists, so i deleted all of the 500 incorrect "Dinosaur Jr" scrobbles, I'd now be able to quickly fix all of these scrobbles in about a half hour by using the edit feature, pasting the missing "." onto the end of the artist field and saving. I'm sure the mass delete of all 500+ of these artist scrobbles would appear in a log somewhere and would be relatively easy to notice in comparison to individual scrobbles i've deleted.

Just feels like now we have the edit feature it's a bit of a gut punch for trying to keep my own scrobbles clean, but c'est la vie. We never had the edit feature before so maybe one day it'd be an option one day :)
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I'm voting up this thread hoping that it will gather more attention. I also had to delete hundreds of scrobbles due to bad tagging caused by Spotify. It would be great to restore them thanks to this new feature they installed several weeks ago and revise all those bad spellings once and for all.
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Thanks Patrick! Ive found it also far easier to accidently delete scrobbles now as its one click below the edit button and doesn’t give the same warnings. I’d imagine it would take a lot of work to restore scrobbles, but if that would could be done by us the users, it’d be a great addition.
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Not a problem. I can understand your frustration.
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What this boils down to is whether Last FM keeps a comprehensive historical log of our libraries or whether they just keep a current version. If it's the former then restoration may be possible, but if it's the latter than this conversation will be sadly fruitless, lol
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I think that the changes in the database were not that spectacular so that this option could not be available anymore.
It worked in the past (5 years or so before), and it may very well work again in the future, when the part that implies front-end app is brought back.
Provided there's a strong will from their part to re-implement it :-)

On a very technical level, I expect that the deleted scrobbles are copied in a separate database/table with necessary links to the original; eventually they are simply marked with a "check" that is deleted, and un-deleting means only to un-check this :-)