Website update - 17th May

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Hello everyone,

We just released the following:

Current Obsession released
All users can now set their Current Obsession. Read more about Current Obsessions when we released it as a subscriber preview.

Retina icons
All icons now also have retina versions

Event line-up improvements
We've fixed how large event line-ups behave. We now show a stripped down set of artists on the event page and have a dedicated subpage for browsing the full line-up. We've also fixed the counts in the header. See https://www.last.fm/festival/4267842+The+Great+Escape+Festival

Cancelled events
We now clearly mark cancelled events

Attendees you know
Quickly see the attendees you know at the top of event pages

Capsfixer tool deployed

yOU wiLl seE LEsS of thiS vERY soOn. It'll take a little while for the changes to filter through but we now have a way to fix these bad tags.

Library link conventions
We've standardised on how you navigate the library compared to the rest of the site. Artist, track, and album names link to the catalogue page; numbers in charts link through to the library page

Bugfixes
  • Fix for misaligned lists in Safari
  • Removed that dotted underline in header stats

Cheers,
Team Last.fm
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James Scott, Web dev lead

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SillyMusicLover

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Deleting scrobbles now is yet more complicated. Thank you.
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Tom Stephen

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Really good update, I'd give 8.5/10 for sure, all changes are very good and needed or at least nice (obsession is nice addition and step to personalisation our pages)

The only bad thing is this mentioned by SillyMusicLover - deleting scrobbles is again worse. :/ I wish it will be repaired in some way someday, in this way as it is today it's just.. uncomfortable.
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pablo honey

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Nice! But i REALLY wanna know wheeeeeeeen will be possible to delete an entire artist or track from library? this is one of the most important functions, and we are waiting for this a loooong time.
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Rick

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THANK YOU, NOW DELETING SCROBBLES IS SO DIFFICULT  
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Elliot Robinson

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How is it "so difficult"? There are just more alternative functions listed, now.

Maybe you're just being sarcastic...
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Rick

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...or maybe they could include an option to delete an entire album 
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Elliot Robinson

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I agree that would be a good feature but that's a separate point to your previous post about the supposed difficulty.
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Cornel Diaconu

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It IS a bit more difficult, Elliot .... I used quite intense even the previous delete option (the one hidden under the drop-down menu). And now, with this newer position as the lowest option in the menu, I tend to click on the first option and ... of course it's not what I intend :-)
Well, we'll adapt soon to the new format, of course.
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Paul Celan

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I like the current obsession feature. It could be improved by making albums available as well though.
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Ofelia

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are you guys planning to change the library view from that awful list to the easy and useful grid library view? it was so easy to navigate through all your artist with that view, now with the list, for us users who have +1000 artist it's almost imposible
i don't really mind if the list is still there, but at least we should have a choice to change the library view
i feel like i'm forgetting about tons of artists that i don't usually listen because of this library :( 
this is the only change i've been waiting since the new last.fm was launched :( 
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Artur Ost

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ToTaLlY AGreE!
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GLOWRAGEIronMan

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The updates are getting better and better, which is awesome!
Thanks for the continued work on the site.

Hopefully fixing auto-correct and giving us a proper 'About Me' section
comes sooner rather than later.
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No Nrg

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Yes to auto-correct!
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Do you intend to go back to viewing the library as it used to? It is currently very difficult and unorganized to see the artists we hear, as well as bad pictures of the main, I hope to come back soon!
Resultado de imagem para lastfm old library
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Another solid update. Still waiting for groups and a decent About Me section, but the last few updates have vastly increased the site's usability. I might actually even start caring about "followers" again now that there's the "event attendees you know" feature.

The site still has a long way to go, but it's definitely improved substantially in the past few months.
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Since it looks like we're going the "fix capitalisation by algorithm" route, I should note that correct English guidelines indicate that verbs should always be capitalised even if they're short (including forms of "to be"), and parts of verb phrases should also always be capitalised. This can produce difficulties for algorithms, since it means words like "on" should be capitalised at some points and not at others.

Another note is that the last word in English titles is always capitalised, regardless of what part of speech it is. Thus, the Nine Inch Nails title should be "Copy of A", whereas it would be "Copy of a Copy". Similarly, the Cynic song title should be "I'm but a Wave To".

Additionally, languages other than English have different guidelines for capitalisation. Spanish, Italian, and Latin, for example, capitalise only the first words of titles and proper nouns. German capitalises only the first word and nouns. French has really complicated guidelines (MusicBrainz has a pretty thorough overview; the tl;dr is that the first word is capitalised, as is the first noun if the first word is a definite article, and the first adjective if it precedes the first noun; there can also be two-part titles divided by "o", in which the second half of the title will follow similar rules). It annoys me to see foreign titles capitalised incorrectly; most languages follow guidelines like the Spanish ones. It should be noted that even bands recording in those languages don't always follow their own languages' guidelines, probably because it's just assumed that English title convention extends to other languages.

Finally, some bands deliberately use non-standard capitalisation for their song titles. A lot of Japanese bands that record in English use all-caps titles, for example. This looks terrible to me, because it feels as though someone is shouting at me, and I always disregard these and use standard capitalisation in my library, but apparently some people get really, really angry if you don't capitalise the titles exactly the way the bands do. If the algorithm ends up changing these, you're going to get a lot of people complaining (though frankly, I'll be pleased).

Most people probably don't care about this, but seeing incorrect capitalisation angers my inner grammar Nazi, so I'd like to see this implemented as correctly as possible. I can live with it for awhile if the verb phrase thing isn't done correctly (because it depends on algorithms being able to parse whether a word is part of a verb phrase), but the "forms of to be" and "foreign languages" thing will quite irk me if done incorrectly.

It might ultimately end up being simpler just to copy MusicBrainz' capitalisation for song titles.
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A lot of Japanese bands that record in English use all-caps titles, for example. This looks terrible to me, because it feels as though someone is shouting at me, and I always disregard these and use standard capitalisation in my library, but apparently some people get really, really angry if you don't capitalise the titles exactly the way the bands do. If the algorithm ends up changing these, you're going to get a lot of people complaining (though frankly, I'll be pleased).
I couldn't agree more with this part of your reply - same applies to Korean music. There seems to be this weird, absolutely literal interpretation of song and album titles from these countries, rather than recognising creative design flairs that exist as part of the artwork.

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