SUGGESTION: Why not give the Last.fm community more power to do general site maintenance?

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Hello Everyone

I am a long time user of last.fm and current subscriber. I believe I have some fairly simple suggestions that could vastly improve the user experience for the site. I don't believe I am alone in thinking that the amount of general maintenance on this site by staff is basically not comparable to how it used to be years ago. Track/artist merges, correctly displaying albums, etc all take an excruciatingly long time (literal years) or just don't happen at all anymore.

At least for subscribers the lack of updates regarding incorrect track titles and artist name mergers is not as much of an issue anymore thanks to the scrobble editing feature.

Regardless, my suggestion is simple: give some of this power to the community, or at least to subscribers.

Much like the system to vote on a top image for artists, why not use this system for more aspects of the site?

Examples:
-Propose a correction to track/album/artist name, which would open a vote.
-Vote on the 'primary album/release' for a track. You know where it says 'From the album' on a track page? But lots of tracks just have no album, or an incorrect release like a compilation as the top release? I really like the 'Obsessions' feature, but I'm not too fond of having a wall of blank, featureless albums on that page.
-Similarly, perhaps a feature to add releases that tracks are featured on? This would work well with the above example as a 'top release' could be determined by a vote system.
-Also I'm not exactly sure how new releases/artists get added? There are releases that have been getting scrobbled for years and still straight up don't exist on the site. Perhaps some way to add to the site in this way as well?

Essentially my idea is just to incorporate the community more in the general site maintenance that is very lacking these days. It's very frustrating to me to make a track from 2010 my current obsession only to see that it still somehow has no releases AT ALL attached to it.

Community maintained and driven sites have been proven to be functional, look at something like rateyourmusic.

Anyway, thank you for reading my suggestion. Cheers.
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Kaz2121

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Conan Smith

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Haha keep dreaming love
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Kaz2121

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Dreaming is more likely to be productive than just being a cynical complainer, but that's just my opinion :)
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Conan Smith

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How am I complainer? I am just saying your whole idea is a pipe dream which will never get considered let alone implemented
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Patrick

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I'm for this! You have my vote!
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Kaz2121

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The main idea I'm suggesting is literally to apply a system that already exists to more sections of the site (the voting system that exists for album art and artist pictures currently) - it's not really that drastic. Anything else would be a bonus. This is a system that once implemented would actively reduce the amount of work required for the last.fm staff, not increase it.

If the last.fm team are not capable of implementing features that will actually make the site run more autonomously and reduce their own workloads then this site will just fall further and further behind in terms of correct and up to date data. Seems like a death sentence to me.

Also I'm calling you a complainer because what are you actually contributing? 'Waaaah last.fm won't implement anything new. Waaah there's no point suggesting anything.' That sounds like complaining to me.

This idea may not get implemented but there really isn't any harm in at least trying and putting it out there. Could you explain to me what exactly you are trying to achieve by just whining that a suggestion won't be implemented? I can't really think of a single benefit that could come of that - perhaps you can enlighten me in your clearly superior wisdom?
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Your ideas are good, but some things on the list can't probably be done since they can't correct or merge anything because of their fucked up catalogue. The scrobble editing feature it's just a way to calm down users since it's been YEARS they said they would fix the catalog and the only thing we got until now was some new ugly layouts nobody asked for lmao.
About the new releases, they use musicbrainz for that. You can create an account and edit the new releases there and you'll see on the website in a few days. But the thing I noticed is: if you submit an old album, sometimes they won't appear on LastFM for some reason...
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Not surprised that they use external sources for data considering how cheap this site is run. Seems like there is a lot of really dated and dysfunctional back end nonsense that needs correcting, though with the amount of work required to overhaul such things it seems unlikely to ever happen with the current state of things.

Also yeah I had a look. Some of the older releases that still don't exist on last.fm are logged on musicbrainz and probably have been for years but still don't show up on the site.

It's definitely frustrating that things are never corrected which is why it seems to me that some kind of system - even if it does require a lot of time and work to implement initially - that allows the community to maintain this stuff would be the best course to take for last.fm's long term longevity and survival.