Friends, Romans, Forum members... Lend me your ears!!
I just noticed that the Listening Room has close to 34,000 posts! Bravo!
This section is the most important part of our forum. It showcases the hard work and the talent and the creativity of so many of you - and so many find help, support, and encouragement toward making better music.
I thought it might be a good time to think about where you want the Listening Room to go… what improvements we can make.
For instance, recently, we added the capability to host your MP3's on our MP3 Upload Page. (Many thanks to Tony for setting it up!) I believe this is going to make this place even busier.
With more traffic and more MP3's posted, I am hoping to create incentives that will result in much more listening and comment, as well.
At present, there seem to be a handful of our members that do the lion's share of listening and comment. And I've received quite a few messages about people who continually post to get comment on their own work - but rarely listen to and comment on the work of others… a situation I would like to see improved. This is a community, and if you wish to receive feedback on your work, then, too, you owe it to your colleagues to do likewise for them. It's not fair to seek people's time and goodwill but not return in kind.
Tell me: What would motivate you to listen and comment even more?
With so many new voices, we also need to be considerate in our postings. I've received notes lately about members who post several pieces a day; and cases where the same piece was reposted two, three or four times - or bumping their own posts to get back on page one. We need to give all our members a more equal chance to be heard.
Do you think we should limit people to posting one new Listening Room thread per day? Should we prohibit reposting of the old material? Should we require people to agree to comment on other members' music for every song they post?
In the past some have said they wanted subcategories for JABB, Strad and other demos. As we release more libraries it may be a good time to revisit this idea, too.
What ideas do you have to make the Listening Room a better place? I'm all ears!
Thanks for your consideration