I am currently working on the next update, including a lot of things that have been proposed here.
When designing and developing new functions, I always try to foresee user reaction as good as that is possible, and maybe some of you are willing & able to advise me on some ideas - one of them being "the way you like".
Let me explain question & my ideas really quick, then it's your turn to give some feedback if you like.
Right now, we have the "Thumbs up"-button to like tracks. As we have noticed and discussed many times, these "likes" are a very vague statement, because they may represent quite a lot of different intentions, p.e.:
[i]- I actually really like listening to this track because that's my kind of music
- I am having fun practising to this track
- I like the uploader and would like to leave a signal that I've checked his recent track
- I can tell the uploader has improved his or her playing or recording ability; that doesn't really mean the track is great, but I give a thumb of encouragement
- the track is in some way funny, has a great title or some special intention to it which I like (p.e. Songs about wikiloops or recent life events...)
I guess the list could be extended, but these are some ideas to start with.
To be able to present visitors the kind of tracks they are likely to enjoy, it would make my life a lot easier if it was possible to distinguish these like-types - if I could seperate the "social likes" from the "great backing for playing along"-likes and the "awesome track, put it on the radio"-likes,
that would indeed be a lot more accurate than what I can do now.
We could offer alternative ways of "thumbing" a track, either by adding a few more options next to the thumbs up button, or by offering thumb-specification by displaying choices after a user has given the "standard" like (this is what Facebook recently added, too, btw)
Since I will have to translate all labeling and explanation about this feature, and since interface space is not unlimited, I have been thinking that it would take good icons to make this easy and intuitive to understand.
Right now, I feel the "show extra optional like variations after user gave thumb" solution might be best, to keep the number of offered buttons reasonable (mind we'll have to add the "watch" button, too).
This whole feature is totally useless if people do not start to give these extra-ratings... so the buttons need to have something motivating about them.
A button displaying the text "click here to indicate you believe this is an excellent practise track which you would like to recommend to other [choose instrument] players" would solve my needs, but no one would use that :)
Please let me know which sub-thumb buttons you feel would be cool,
ideally the suggestions should include an icon-suggestion and a one-or-two-word summary, like this:
[bouncing smiley] = "Fun!"
[diamond] = "a gem!"
[students hat] = "learned something here!"
does that sound any good so far?
or does that sound like one of those too-tacky things the average wikilonian is wary of?
let me know, and a great wikiend to you :)