Are you cool with forks making Spotify playlists out of every rolling thread without permission?

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I'm not. Is there an ILX policy on this? If it's something that is going to happen anyway, I'm uncomfortable posting on bobbins threads.

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Yes 181
Not 28


bicyclescope (mattresslessness), Thursday, 4 February 2016 00:49 (five years ago) link

what why

• (sleepingbag), Thursday, 4 February 2016 00:49 (five years ago) link

this should be fun.

ulysses, Thursday, 4 February 2016 00:50 (five years ago) link

i'm cool with it, interested in why one might not be tho

ZESTY O'PRIDE (imago), Thursday, 4 February 2016 00:51 (five years ago) link

I love them and find them a hugely useful aid, so I'm a 'yes' here.

tangenttangent, Thursday, 4 February 2016 00:51 (five years ago) link

Permission from whom? If recommendations are proprietary, why would they be posted on a public message board like this?

dc, Thursday, 4 February 2016 01:00 (five years ago) link

Why does it make you uncomfortable? He doesn't use your name or any content of posting aside from artists and song titles to make something that everyone can access and listen to if they're interested in the genre. As far as I'm aware there's no possibility of public trackback to you or any possibility of bringing ~outsiders~ to your thread. Am I wrong about that? And if the playlists are publicly accessible (not sure about spotify's public/private statuses or the searchability of playlists as I don't use it), would it be better for you if forks removed 'ilx' from the titles? Tbh I haven't clocked if ilx is even in the names of the playlists but I assume so.

emil.y, Thursday, 4 February 2016 01:01 (five years ago) link

i'd prefer that he emailed me flacs

mookieproof, Thursday, 4 February 2016 01:03 (five years ago) link

it did strike me as a little weird insofar as it ports ilx stuff out into the wider world - not that stuff here isn't findable, but it's in its own arena. I'm not really on those threads much except for the metal one and I don't really care that much, but it did seem to me like the sort of thing a person might say "I had this idea, everybody cool with that?" before doing it.

tremendous crime wave and killing wave (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Thursday, 4 February 2016 01:04 (five years ago) link

People need permission to make playlists?

skip, Thursday, 4 February 2016 01:04 (five years ago) link

what a disaster for rolling threads

karla jay vespers, Thursday, 4 February 2016 01:06 (five years ago) link

oh noes -the music might be heard by someone, legally.
of course it's fine. those playlists are indispensable.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Thursday, 4 February 2016 01:08 (five years ago) link

but honestly when I look at his original thread and all those ppl I like goin "fuckin' awesome! thank you!" then I think I don't give a shit about any "kinda weird" feeling I might have, it's making a bunch of people I like really happy so I'm for it

tremendous crime wave and killing wave (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Thursday, 4 February 2016 01:09 (five years ago) link

by the way, if anyone wants to see the terrible terrible thing I'm doing, stop by as all are welcome:
Listening to ILX Listen: 2016

from the perspective of a gay man, i will post them now (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 4 February 2016 01:14 (five years ago) link

I hate Spotify, I hate the Spotify playlists (and fwiw I generally dislike the rolling threads). I'm voting 'no.'

I feel excluded from the threads that have Spotify playlists because of my opposition to streaming services that rip off artists, and I certainly don't like the idea of checking my conscience at the door and becoming part of what I see is the problem just to participate in a thread. Sorry if that sounds sanctimonious, it's just how I feel about it.

That said, I predict a landslide for the pro-Spotify people, and may not even check back in with this thread because there's no shortage of more important things to get bummed out about in an election year.

Jimmywine Dyspeptic, Thursday, 4 February 2016 01:14 (five years ago) link

for some context as to the history of this grade c beef

spotify blows, will spend 2016 giving money to artists i care about
― trigger warning: your mom (mattresslessness), Thursday, January 21, 2016 9:27 PM

in exchange for something that won't disappear overnight in a merger.
― trigger warning: your mom (mattresslessness), Thursday, January 21, 2016 9:30 PM

i'm gonna do both but i'm crazy like that
― lute bro (brimstead), Thursday, January 21, 2016 9:33 PM

me too! also as noted above:
Spotify is hardly the be-all-end-all of music indices ... but it has the added benefit of being very easy to search and manage, free and/or cheap, available in multiple countries and it just happens to be the service I lean on for at least 75% of my listening. It is also a service that makes subscription to playlists (and auto-updating/downloading tracks to a mobile playlist) easy. I'm under no illusions that Spotify may well not exist in five years but something similar will almost certainly fill the vacuum.
― ulysses, Thursday, January 21, 2016 9:44 PM

oh and hey, it's forks. I got tired of having eight gazillion thread bookmarks so in honor of primarily holing up in this little corner of ILX and to slim down and focus on just listening, I'm trying on a new login. The reference, if it's not obvious, is to the arduousness of the quest ahead as we ride into the Sirens' path.
― ulysses, Thursday, January 21, 2016 9:47 PM

have fun in your video game
― trigger warning: your mom (mattresslessness), Thursday, January 21, 2016 9:49 PM

interesting to me that in making an attempt to be less engaged on ilx, i am now the subject of a poll! probably my own fault somehow.

anyway, more recently from one of our many rolling genre threads, the following straw that broke a fragile camel's back:

Don't wanna reopen a can of worms here but I really wish we could leave Spotify out of this. 95% of the artists (and labels) here are exactly the sort than need all the help they can get, and while I realize most of us are the type who 'audition' albums on Youtube, Spotify, etc and then do our best to support the artist either by purchasing records or attending shows, I still feel a Spotify playlist sets a really bad example.
― Jimmywine Dyspeptic, Wednesday, February 3, 2016 11:34 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

the larger economic and ethical consumer questions of music streaming are very personal, so i respect your opinion. if it's not something you want to interact with, that's cool, no one's forcing you.
― ulysses, Thursday, February 4, 2016 12:33 AM

fuck you dude! how about showing you respect that opinion instead of paying lip service to it and doing what you want anyway.
― bicyclescope (mattresslessness), Thursday, February 4, 2016 12:38 AM

... then, ten minutes later, this thread.

from the perspective of a gay man, i will post them now (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 4 February 2016 01:21 (five years ago) link

Spotify is hardly the be-all-end-all of music indices ... but it has the added benefit of being very easy to search and manage, free and/or cheap, available in multiple countries and it just happens to be the service I lean on for at least 75% of my listening. It is also a service that makes subscription to playlists (and auto-updating/downloading tracks to a mobile playlist) easy. I'm under no illusions that Spotify may well not exist in five years but something similar will almost certainly fill the vacuum.
― ulysses, Thursday, January 21, 2016 9:44 PM

I think this entire argument is unfortunately indicative of a much larger problem: in weighing the pros and cons, you don't once consider the 'content creators' and Spotify's effect on their livelihood (or, if you don't give a shit about their ability to clothe, feed themselves, their ability to continue creating the art you enjoy enough to get "free and/or cheap.").

Jimmywine Dyspeptic, Thursday, 4 February 2016 01:32 (five years ago) link

you should just take all the songs, mix them, upload them to soundcloud and post them on DJs post your mixes for download instead

mookieproof, Thursday, 4 February 2016 01:34 (five years ago) link

i mean... the rolling threads are basically wall-to-wall youtube embeds right? like people have already provided a one-stop shop for listening to the music they recommend... i'm not sure i get why that same lineup being transposed to some other format is suddenly weird and makes you not want to post things. is it that it divorces the songs from who picked them and makes the whole thing more anonymous/less visibly a collective effort? i don't really hang out on rolling threads tbh but i gather that those who do kinda "know" each other's tastes, "oh man, that is such a 'lex' song" or whatever... and i could see where making it easy to get the music but not the people/conversation might rub someone the wrong way...?

so... given the youtube thing - --- while i would believe that spotify is more problematic or evil than youtube, it's not like without the forks playlists, the music would only be heard in some kind of unmediated free-love manner. also all those embeds tend to make it impossible to load the threads or conveniently listen to the music IME. like you really have to perch at the computer, daintily click play on a single youtube embed, sit there and listen to it and consider your response (or if you liked the song, painstakingly save it to your itunes wishlist [is that a thing?] or more likely, your own spotify playlist) before scrolling down to click play on the next single youtube embed.... seems like just getting them into your regular listening regime makes a fuck of a lot more sense. also for those who make EOY ballots or just generally want to stay current with things, seems like a massive massive resource. i'm kind of a curmudgeon and generally just wait for the EOY results to catch up on what i should have been adding to my playlists all year but maybe this will change.

typed most of that before forks's explanatory post. hrm. i guess it makes a LITTLE more sense to me now. like i don't want to dismiss people having misgivings or ambivalent feelings even though the wording of some of their reactions is kinda offputting to me. hmm.

the thirteenth floorior (Doctor Casino), Thursday, 4 February 2016 01:35 (five years ago) link

I'm against it, fuck Spotify and fuck sending them business

Οὖτις, Thursday, 4 February 2016 01:36 (five years ago) link

ah, february, the month of internet arguing

maura, Thursday, 4 February 2016 01:39 (five years ago) link

I mean the cheap counterargument is, those artists should not be on Spotify then! - - - but obviously it is not at all that simple. Still, it kinda feels like telling everyone else on ILM who uses Spotify at all (the ones listening to forks's playlists or not) that they're bad for using it. Which I would accept as your opinion, but maybe I don't get why forks's rolling thread playlists are inherently worse than there being playlists for the EOY poll results, or other ballot polls, or like, or playlists people make of their individual ballots for things, or really any playlists ILMers share here, all of which have been going on for a number of years at this point. They would all involve the same kind of thing, right? And if you do believe that ILMers are particularly inclined to buy music after streaming it, then at least some of that exposure is turning into sales for those artists (though even as I type that I recognize all kinds of potential holes there).

the thirteenth floorior (Doctor Casino), Thursday, 4 February 2016 01:40 (five years ago) link

I also think it's creepy that we have our own Spotify sales rep now, dude should be banned

Οὖτις, Thursday, 4 February 2016 01:41 (five years ago) link

Huh? Do you mean Glenn?

the thirteenth floorior (Doctor Casino), Thursday, 4 February 2016 01:42 (five years ago) link

This is a perfectly reasonable objection to have, ppl need to not take things so personally (says a person who takes things too personally)

lute bro (brimstead), Thursday, 4 February 2016 01:42 (five years ago) link

xxp yah fuck that

lute bro (brimstead), Thursday, 4 February 2016 01:43 (five years ago) link

oh my god i've spent the last ten years of my life on a forum full of wackos

• (sleepingbag), Thursday, 4 February 2016 01:43 (five years ago) link

JWD, as you're not coming off as, let's say, dyspeptic as mattress, I'm happy to talk this through a bit more with you if you'd like.

As I understand it, your concern is that taking part in a thread where one of the people who read the thread is publically cataloguing music recommendations (admittedly, using a service that you find ethically questionable) is tantamount to condoning the service in question? That POV is confusing to me.

I have no ownership, vested interest or control over how ILX or Spotify works outside of the fact that I use both as communication, entertainment and learning tools. I'm a private, unpaid individual putting these playlists together using resources that are freely available online. They're first and foremost for my own listening usage but it seemed a waste to put so much obsessive effort into something that would likely be useful and helpful to a larger number of people, so organizing them into a codex seemed like a more reasonable (if completely cockamamie) way to focus my energy. Again, Spotify is not "sponsoring" the thread... or me! If YouTube had better portability, I'd prefer to use that service instead tbh; they have a much more comprehensive catalogue as it's user-generated.

Just to play devil's advocate though: are you okay with posting on a thread where people post YouTube videos? Do you think that the shoddy payrate-per-view to the artist provided by Alphabet is not comparable to Spotify's pay model?

from the perspective of a gay man, i will post them now (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 4 February 2016 01:44 (five years ago) link

Feel weird about posting pix all over ILX that are hosted by Imgur, since that's the same site all the Reddit weirdos use.

pplains, Thursday, 4 February 2016 01:47 (five years ago) link

Yes I mean dedicated Spotify employee Glenn MacDonald. Can't imagine pal here would be cool with any other company having a rep shilling users.

Οὖτις, Thursday, 4 February 2016 01:48 (five years ago) link

Ppl

Οὖτις, Thursday, 4 February 2016 01:48 (five years ago) link

Glenn has been posting to ILM since before I have though! Like at least a decade. I can see why people get frustrated with the line he toes on the Spotify thread specifically but banning him from the whole rest of the site seems idk, excessive?

the thirteenth floorior (Doctor Casino), Thursday, 4 February 2016 01:50 (five years ago) link

meanwhile Οὖτις has been posting here for less than a year (unless s/he changed display names)

maura, Thursday, 4 February 2016 01:52 (five years ago) link

permission? From who exactly?

calstars, Thursday, 4 February 2016 01:52 (five years ago) link

Oh, okay, it's just about moral objections to spotify. Part of the reason why I don't use it is b/c I do prefer to give my money direct via bandcamps/purchases at shows, but yeah, sorry, having a moral objection to a platform that so many people use isn't anywhere near enough to warrant a policy banning forks from creating his playlists.

I also have a feeling that this thread was started in order to create a clusterfuck, which will no doubt happen.

emil.y, Thursday, 4 February 2016 01:55 (five years ago) link

We got one guy who wants a clusterfuck and a few people who have their own concerns and axes to grind. It seems clusterfuck avoidable.

you don't once consider the 'content creators' and Spotify's effect on their livelihood (or, if you don't give a shit about their ability to clothe, feed themselves, their ability to continue creating the art you enjoy enough to get "free and/or cheap.").
― Jimmywine Dyspeptic, Thursday, February 4, 2016

as it happens, i work in the live performance industry and am acutely aware of the economics involved in being a professional musician or anyone who works tangential to that world. I've also been discussing artist rights issues vs. listener rights issues for at least the past fourteen years.... often on ILX!

I have my misgivings about spotify's financial model but the biggest culprits are almost certainly the major labels who allowed spotify into the ring only if they colluded in perpetuating an outdated business model to keep a dying industry afloat for another decade or two. Here's the thing though: I've come to terms with using spotify for my own personal use and that's my call. You clearly have not and that's your call. But there is a difference between not eating meat and telling other people who are at the party that they shouldn't eat meat. I'm totally okay with this not being something you want to use and (as brimstead said while I was posting this) it's a perfectly reasonable objection to have. I would maybe question why you feel the need to leave the party because I'm having a hamburger but it's fair for you to do so!

from the perspective of a gay man, i will post them now (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 4 February 2016 01:58 (five years ago) link

Οὖτις is a very well-established poster under a new alias, fwiw.

the thirteenth floorior (Doctor Casino), Thursday, 4 February 2016 01:59 (five years ago) link

(that's to maura if that wasn't clear)

the thirteenth floorior (Doctor Casino), Thursday, 4 February 2016 01:59 (five years ago) link

glenn has been posting here I think before _I_ got here. he's fairly integral to the board and he's somebody who has also wasted numberless hours arranging our collective dumb thoughts into spreadsheets. It seems a dick move to negatively name check him here for no particular reason.

from the perspective of a gay man, i will post them now (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 4 February 2016 02:00 (five years ago) link

Not even that new, it's been like 1.5 years.

how's life, Thursday, 4 February 2016 02:00 (five years ago) link

xp My opposition is to the larger boogieman of Spotify itself, not to its application to / on ILX*. Your own explanation is reasonable and I don't take any more issue with it than I do with my otherwise progressive, farmer's market-shopping friend who likes to eat at McDonalds once in a while.

(* I tend to think, perhaps romantically, that the record nerds and deep diggers of ILX would have many of the same issues with Spotify that I do: that it not only hurts artists ((which is too big an argument for this thread and one I wouldn't mind agreeing to disagree about for now)) but also compromises the listening experience, making the very act of listening superficial and cheap. It's just not a way I interface with music. I realize this is just my own experience, and I'm certainly not trying to speak for anyone else.

I'm not wild about Youtube, either, but the Youtube links seem to come in song-sized embeds, and don't offer the entire discography of an artist at the click of a mouse.

The reason I specifically objected in the post-Takoma thread is that that thread in particular is full of people who are being directly affected by streaming; not a lot of Kanyes or Adeles being discussed in that thread. And I can see certain of those people--label owners, artists, etc--taking exception to it.

Jimmywine Dyspeptic, Thursday, 4 February 2016 02:01 (five years ago) link

you guys do whatever the hell you want but calling out glenn is really fucked up

call all destroyer, Thursday, 4 February 2016 02:02 (five years ago) link

xp Ha, weird that we used the same meat-eating analogy - I replied before I saw your last post!

Jimmywine Dyspeptic, Thursday, 4 February 2016 02:04 (five years ago) link

can't believe glenn got banned

hunangarage, Thursday, 4 February 2016 02:05 (five years ago) link

glenn banzig

how's life, Thursday, 4 February 2016 02:07 (five years ago) link

I've never seen Glenn on anything but the Spotify thread, if I've missed something I apologize. Still find that thread gross though.

I've been here since 2001 fwiw.

Οὖτις, Thursday, 4 February 2016 02:10 (five years ago) link

xp lol, was waiting for it and i got it

if your perspective of the issue is "romantic", by which i take you to mean idealistically principled, what does it matter if it's Adele or the indiest boy in indy folk who is losing some unspecifiable percentage of a penny because someone chose to listen on one service over another?

from the perspective of a gay man, i will post them now (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 4 February 2016 02:11 (five years ago) link

here is one of many cool things glenn done did:
Mapping All Music

from the perspective of a gay man, i will post them now (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 4 February 2016 02:12 (five years ago) link

Misgivings about Spotify/YouTube/life aside, everything forks is saying is perfectly reasonable. What's not reasonable is keeping a clusterfuck/witch-hunt poll like this open for three weeks.

dc, Thursday, 4 February 2016 02:12 (five years ago) link

On the other hands Forks dude, I subscribed to all those playlists last year and with the exception of the afrobeats one I didn't bother to listen to any of them at all. Like a huge data dump is the worst possible way of consuming music, whether it's a 400-track playlists or an endless string of Youtube links. And it does sort of grate when the only time you ever post to them is to say "hey, the playlist's updated!" On the other hand no one's able to stop Forks, or anyone else, from making them so who gives a shit really.

FWIW I still think ILM got worse when it coalesced around rolling threads. If you look at New Answers sometimes then 90% of the new music being discussed is in them, unless it's Beyonce or Kanye or whoever. It obviously allows a deeper dive into genres, but it's amazing how rarely people break out of these little sub-communities now. When you get to the end of year poll results you really realise how balkanised ILM has become. The over-excitable thread about an individual song or album is almost a thing of the past, and that's what enabled a song like, say, Desloc Piccalo's 'Drums' to be heard more widely.

Matt DC, Saturday, 4 February 2017 10:07 (four years ago) link

weirdly they participated in them for years but then when spotify playlists come around they stopped

its almost as if it has nothing to do w/ me

Listen to my homeboy Fantano (D-40), Saturday, 4 February 2017 10:08 (four years ago) link

" On the other hand no one's able to stop Forks, or anyone else, from making them so who gives a shit really."

which is exactly why it's worth complaining abt

i mean what would you do if you couldn't publicly blame me for arguments i end up in

Listen to my homeboy Fantano (D-40), Saturday, 4 February 2017 10:09 (four years ago) link

I'm pretty dubious that these things are connected fwiw. Certainly compared to the ILM membership skewing older and older, with all the lifestyle changes that implies. (It's also skewing maler, but that's another discussion).

Matt DC, Saturday, 4 February 2017 10:10 (four years ago) link

I'm also idly wondering if ILM in general would be improved by a blanket ban on YouTube and Spotify links. I just looked at all the rolling threads and there are some exceptions, but some of them are literally people just posting links. The removal of the need to describe a piece of music or even make an argument as to why it's good has done a lot to suppress discussion here in general.

Admittedly some of the most vocally anti-playlist people still actually bother here.

Matt DC, Saturday, 4 February 2017 10:33 (four years ago) link

#NoBanNoWall

Dinsdale, Saturday, 4 February 2017 10:57 (four years ago) link

Matt DC's last two posts 100% otm imo

Wimmels, Saturday, 4 February 2017 13:32 (four years ago) link

The amount of discussion on ILM - even the amount of just posting comment-free links! - has completely fallen off a cliff over the past year (ignoring those ghastly Rate Your Music nostalgia-wank polls). Rolling threads are virtually the only thing keeping it half alive given that most single-song threads die after 2 answers anyway.

lex pretend, Saturday, 4 February 2017 14:46 (four years ago) link

the actual ironic thing about these bloody Spotify data dumps is that no one's particularly invested in keeping any rolling thread an exhaustive document of what's going on in that genre anyway, so tons of music will never make it onto your precious playlists. gosh you might have to go looking for it yourself and engaging with the genre outside ILM!

lex pretend, Saturday, 4 February 2017 14:49 (four years ago) link

gosh!

ogmor, Saturday, 4 February 2017 15:06 (four years ago) link

pretty sure smartphones and youtube links have wayyyyy more to do w any putative changes in music discussion here than forks's playlists, but of course those and othrr factors have been discussed with great thought and participation on other threads not created to flame a specific poster...

if you don't like the playlists don't listen to them? i can assure you that they are not why i avoid rolling threads, a practice i had established long before forks started doing this. I guess that makes me a leech. hot tip tho, y'all should stop doing EOY polls I'd you want to keep sideline-sitters like myself from cream-skimming the best stuff to come out of the rolling threads...

stein beck ii: the wrath of grapes (Doctor Casino), Saturday, 4 February 2017 15:11 (four years ago) link

There have always been people who have used ILM primarily as a recommendation engine, and it's kind of interesting/unsurprising that the people who take the dimmest view of that are also the ones whose jobs/lives allow them to basically sit there listening to music all day if they want to. Most people don't have that luxury.

I'm not sure who these posters are who apparently only ever engage with genres through ILM playlists through. Like I'm curious as to who you actually think that is?

Matt DC, Saturday, 4 February 2017 15:15 (four years ago) link

forks, don't change the game for these hoes

Neanderthal, Saturday, 4 February 2017 15:33 (four years ago) link

The over-excitable thread about an individual song or album is almost a thing of the past, and that's what enabled a song like, say, Desloc Piccalo's 'Drums' to be heard more widely.

― Matt DC, Saturday, February 4, 2017 5:07 AM (seven hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

a year ago people were freaking out about the existence of an excitable thread about kaitlyn aurelia smith

a self-reinforcing downward spiral of male-centric indie (katherine), Saturday, 4 February 2017 17:19 (four years ago) link

(I don't give a single shit about someone making a playlist about my ORIGINAL DISCUSSION DO NOT STEAL and find it ridiculous that anyone else does, but the reason I post to rolling threads is that almost every time I have opened a thread for an artist or album I love, I'm lucky if one person responds. Single-artist/song threads only work if there's a pre-existing fanbase, which should be obvious.)

a self-reinforcing downward spiral of male-centric indie (katherine), Saturday, 4 February 2017 17:21 (four years ago) link

i think rolling threads have a place but it feels like there are more of them every year & people are getting sorted into smaller and smaller buckets. i understand why e.g. the metal and bobbins ones need to exist but some of the more specific ones less so

ciderpress, Saturday, 4 February 2017 17:49 (four years ago) link

i've found in recent years that the 'Favorite Tracks + Albums 20XX' thread is the most valuable rolling thread to me since it covers the whole spectrum

ciderpress, Saturday, 4 February 2017 18:08 (four years ago) link

I'm not sure who these posters are who apparently only ever engage with genres through ILM playlists through. Like I'm curious as to who you actually think that is?

― Matt DC, Saturday, 4 February 2017 15:15 (two hours ago) Permalink

*looks at poll results*

Listen to my homeboy Fantano (D-40), Saturday, 4 February 2017 18:17 (four years ago) link

I don't see how you can compare someone posting an audio link in a thread with someone skimming all the audio links from a thread but that's just me... rolling rap thread has been full of youtubes and audio links from day one

Listen to my homeboy Fantano (D-40), Saturday, 4 February 2017 18:18 (four years ago) link

what year is this

Neanderthal, Saturday, 4 February 2017 18:29 (four years ago) link

1933

aaaaaaaauuuuuuuuu (melting robot) (WilliamC), Saturday, 4 February 2017 18:32 (four years ago) link

YouTube links tend to expire quickly though, that's the whole problem. Theoretically making it easier to hear all the stuff in those threads should actually increase participation so I think there's something else going on here that's distinct from whether or not anyone's making playlists.

I think more generally the group of posters who are really interested in hearing and discussing new music (vs posting lists or making New Jersey facsimiles or 'albums where the first song is the worst' type threads) has been shrinking for some time. And that affects both the rolling threads and the kind of threads that Katherine mentions.

And that pool of posters is spread more and more thinly as tastes diversify. For better or worse there's a much wider range of music covered here in a lot less depth.

Like these was a time where people would post a new thread every time a mix CD came out from a popular DJ and it would get earnestly discussed (or facetiously discussed). Now there's a rolling mixes thread which is mostly a set of links with "nice mix here" written next to it.

I do think the increasing age of the average poster is a big factor, as is the fact that people are less likely to be posting from their computers (and are therefore going to be posting much shorter messages). Short of actively promoting the board to a load of younger people I don't know what the answer is.

Matt DC, Saturday, 4 February 2017 18:37 (four years ago) link

^^^ nice mix here

tales of a scorched-earth nothing (Doctor Casino), Saturday, 4 February 2017 18:40 (four years ago) link

more like

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2W1Wi2U9sQ

F♯ A♯ (∞), Saturday, 4 February 2017 18:42 (four years ago) link

i support this threadjacking 100%!

Neanderthal, Saturday, 4 February 2017 18:43 (four years ago) link

specifically 3'04" if ure asking

F♯ A♯ (∞), Saturday, 4 February 2017 18:43 (four years ago) link

all included in the threads playlist tho just in case

F♯ A♯ (∞), Saturday, 4 February 2017 18:45 (four years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izQB2-Kmiic

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Mbxe33BYW8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sKU78O7T_fw

seriously though, again, there are whole threads devoted to the meta discussion of theories about whether, how, and why ILM posting style/discourse has changed over time. it's an interesting topic, i have things i'd add, but i think it'd be nice to use one of those rather than one that was started as an ad hominem against one poster. possible starting points:

Any reason why ILM is so quiet these days?
Longtime ILXors - how has this board changed over time?

tales of a scorched-earth nothing (Doctor Casino), Saturday, 4 February 2017 18:45 (four years ago) link

I for one cannot imagine why younger people would not want to post here

a self-reinforcing downward spiral of male-centric indie (katherine), Saturday, 4 February 2017 18:59 (four years ago) link

not enough Brony love

Neanderthal, Saturday, 4 February 2017 19:03 (four years ago) link

lol katherine

though she denies it to the press, (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Saturday, 4 February 2017 19:51 (four years ago) link

where do young people discuss music these days?

soref, Saturday, 4 February 2017 19:57 (four years ago) link

on the toilet

Neanderthal, Saturday, 4 February 2017 19:58 (four years ago) link

Twitter

Spottie, Saturday, 4 February 2017 20:56 (four years ago) link

snapchats of moleskines

Sufjan Grafton, Saturday, 4 February 2017 21:12 (four years ago) link

and drone filmed facebook live post

Sufjan Grafton, Saturday, 4 February 2017 21:13 (four years ago) link

and rustic batard

Sufjan Grafton, Saturday, 4 February 2017 21:17 (four years ago) link

I kind of like that the youtubes disappear, that a record wafts in on the breeze and after a while off it goes again. There are too many records, most of them are bad, and the few good ones lead to serene feelings not speaking. a doff of the cap is its sentence on the page

saer, Saturday, 4 February 2017 22:19 (four years ago) link

so basically, the problem is simultaneously that Spotify playlists will forever draw people away from the thread, but also that YouTube links are impermanent

a self-reinforcing downward spiral of male-centric indie (katherine), Saturday, 4 February 2017 23:22 (four years ago) link

personally, I

1) get overwhelmed by bombardments of Youtube clips

2) don't use / like Spotify

and

3) prefer the more in-depth discussions found on dedicated album / artist / label threads

Wimmels, Saturday, 4 February 2017 23:31 (four years ago) link

ghastly Rate Your Music nostalgia-wank polls

he he

niels, Monday, 6 February 2017 17:04 (four years ago) link

another thread where the decline of the entire internet is discussed can be found here The Golden age of Internet comes to a close?

niels, Monday, 6 February 2017 17:12 (four years ago) link

Pssh, 284 posts and no mention of forks's playlists. FAKE NEWS.

tales of a scorched-earth nothing (Doctor Casino), Monday, 6 February 2017 17:40 (four years ago) link

i just want to say for the record that tho i'm sympathetic to people who want forks to knock it off with the playlists it's ultimately not something that bothers me personally at all

but i do think it's lame and annoying that forks bumps rolling threads to note only that the playlist has been updated. it does begin to feel like somebody programmed a computer to eat the threads.

if forks has a different way to alert playlist subscribers that the playlist is updated then i think it's fine, and my apologies if this has already been addressed in this thread i didn't read

J0rdan S., Wednesday, 8 February 2017 04:38 (four years ago) link

The reason why he tells you about it is probably that he's not a robot but an actual human bring putting in unpaid work for the benefit of the community so it would be nice if said community notices it, you know. A bumped thread hurts no one.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Wednesday, 8 February 2017 07:33 (four years ago) link

Spotify playlists on ILM: don't ask, don't tell.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Wednesday, 8 February 2017 07:50 (four years ago) link

^gets it

i believe that (s)he is sincere (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 8 February 2017 09:03 (four years ago) link


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