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Changes to the request list

johnny [staff]
Posts: 899
Hey! The Dude and KissyBoy have added some new functionalities to the request list (and they made it look nicer).

What's new now is that anyone can tag themselves in a request, by which they will inform others that they are working on this request. This way we can see who's working on what, so that 2 people don't tab the same songs.

When you tag yourself on a request you can specify the approximate amount of time that the tabbing will take you. If you do not submit the tab after the time specified the tag will simply be removed automatically.

Hope you like this new feature, please comment!
LoudLon [moderator]
Posts: 1489
Cool feature. I'm sure I've stepped on a couple toes covering requests someone else was already working on, so this comes in handy. Thanks, Dude and KissyBoy.

Though to be honest, lately I've been debating whether or not I'm going to bother with requests unless they're from a regular, active user. Too many times I've covered newbie user requests only for said newb' to never rate it or even bother to offer a simple thanks. I'm not a glory hog or anything, but if you're going to make a request, at least offer some token of appreciation when someone covers it, y'know?
Sidsquishus
Posts: 1499
What Lon said! If you request a song and someone tabs it (or finds a tab) for you, please thank them! It takes some work! And rate the tabs, too!

Staff: One of the songs on the request list - Jon Astley, Jane's Getting Serious - has been completed and submitted. Shouldn't be on the list any longer.

Thanks Dude and Kissyboy. I like the changes!

The little box that appears when someone says they are working on a song will be interesting…it will show how few people figure out tabs in comparison to the number of people requesting tabs. I forget how many ‘members’ there are (and yes, many are no longer active) but I'll bet there's nearly a thousand members (potentially making requests) for every person that tabs a request. FYI, folks, this is why so many requests don't get tabbed - too many requests and too few tabbers.
johnny [staff]
Posts: 899
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Too many times I've covered newbie user requests only for said newb' to never rate it or even bother to offer a simple thanks. I'm not a glory hog or anything, but if you're going to make a request, at least offer some token of appreciation when someone covers it, y'know?

Maybe we could include some sort of disclaimer to requesters after they've made a request that they're more likely to get their requests tabbed if they actively participate in the forums and such.
TheDude [staff]
Posts: 285
ideally, we'd have a name next to almost every request on the list. unfortunately, that's just not realistic. a lot of people are just looking to play a tune, show up, make a request, and never come back. can't really blame them, but it doesn't do us any good.

to the few guys here that are tabbing: you're doing some really great work.

we're thinking about implementing a new system that will perhaps attract more people with tabbing skills and motivate them to participate, but that idea is still in the “talking about it over beers” phase.

how awesome would it be if we had a hundred or so active tabbers? with those kind of numbers, the entire request list would get munched up in a few months.
Sidsquishus
Posts: 1499
Part of what I use to get at Lon's issue of ‘newb’ and subsequently absentee requesters is the thing Johnny recently implemented: the info about when a member was last active on the site.

In considering a tab request, I run through (in basically this order): do I like the song/would I want to play it; if yes, how long ago was it requested and is the requester still active; if yes, is it something that I can tab in the time I have available or do I have the time for a long, measure-by-measure effort. If anyone of these is answered by a no, the song does not get on my list of projects.

I do want to help people learn to play and enjoy the bass, but there's only so much one person can do.
IamMark
Posts: 863
What we really need to do is harness all youz-guyz's programming and development skills to create a mp3 to bass tab converter.

I like the program, RiffStation, for its ability to isolate chords and keys, and allow you to slow the music down to work songs out. But there's nothing on the market that isolates bass frequencies and charts them like riffstation does for guitar.

I know you guys are smart enough to do this.
LoudLon [moderator]
Posts: 1489
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In considering a tab request...do I like the song/would I want to play it...

This is a big deciding factor for me as well. I'll cover a newbie request if it happens to be a song I like myself, or if it's something that's already on my to-do list.
KissyBoy [staff]
Posts: 42
The people who post here and the people who upload tabs are what makes this site tick! You have our undying gratitude. But I can see how absentee requesters are a bit annoying. Maybe it would be cool if we made it so that when a request is fulfilled, the person who made the request gets a little message reminding them to say thanks.
Sidsquishus
Posts: 1499
KissyBoy - my understanding is that requesters do get an email, if their request (on the requested tabs page) is used as the link for submitting. I've never seen one of these emails so I don't know the verbage…couldn't hurt if there was a reminder to say thanks in there. I really don't care one way or the other. That said, if I tab a song for someone and they never bother to rate it or say thanks, I probably won't put much effort into tabbing another song for them.
LoudLon [moderator]
Posts: 1489
On top of that I always PM the requester letting them know I've submitted their tab. Doesn't make a difference.

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