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bellenseb
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« Reply #15 on: February 01, 2012, 05:23:29 PM »

How about an option to view the whole list by order added/modified? Even if the updates come in big nightly chunks, it would make it easy to scan the new adds by day.

Hey all -

yeah, I know Dan from ShowlistAustin from when I lived in Austin, and I talked to him about ShowlistDC before I set it up (the way we've coded our sites is completely different from each other, too, interestingly enough).

Anyway - no, there's no RSS feed for what shows have changed, because I power the site with an offline database and refresh the files every night.  I'm thinking about adding a page for "shows that are new or changed over the past 7 days", but given that I'm adding/changing/etc. over 100 shows a day, that list is still pretty long.  It's certainly a subset of the main concert listing page (which has ~1,800 shows), but it's a very large subset nonetheless.

Anyway, if you've got any other idea/suggestions, feel free to let me know.
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« Reply #16 on: February 02, 2012, 12:46:15 PM »

How about an option to view the whole list by order added/modified? Even if the updates come in big nightly chunks, it would make it easy to scan the new adds by day.

hmm, that's an interesting idea!  Will play around with that; thanks.
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Darth Ed
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« Reply #17 on: February 02, 2012, 03:48:51 PM »

Hey all -

yeah, I know Dan from ShowlistAustin from when I lived in Austin, and I talked to him about ShowlistDC before I set it up (the way we've coded our sites is completely different from each other, too, interestingly enough).

Anyway - no, there's no RSS feed for what shows have changed, because I power the site with an offline database and refresh the files every night.  I'm thinking about adding a page for "shows that are new or changed over the past 7 days", but given that I'm adding/changing/etc. over 100 shows a day, that list is still pretty long.  It's certainly a subset of the main concert listing page (which has ~1,800 shows), but it's a very large subset nonetheless.

Anyway, if you've got any other idea/suggestions, feel free to let me know.
Frankly, an RSS feed is strongly needed. If you can't do it with your current database, I suggest you recreate your database with a timestamp column so that you can generate RSS. Please!
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showlistdc
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« Reply #18 on: February 02, 2012, 05:21:27 PM »

Frankly, an RSS feed is strongly needed. If you can't do it with your current database, I suggest you recreate your database with a timestamp column so that you can generate RSS. Please!

Fair. Brainstorming, though: if I added a page/history of "recent updates", with a rolling history, couldn't you follow that page with RSSpect or another automatic site?
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Darth Ed
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« Reply #19 on: February 02, 2012, 06:07:53 PM »

I use Page2RSS for that sort of thing, but it's kind of clunky. It works well for some sites and not so well for others. Native RSS is always preferable. But, yeah, that's something I'd end up doing if you don't add a RSS feed.
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« Reply #20 on: February 02, 2012, 06:13:47 PM »

I use Page2RSS for that sort of thing, but it's kind of clunky. It works well for some sites and not so well for others. Native RSS is always preferable. But, yeah, that's something I'd end up doing if you don't add a RSS feed.

Cool. I obviously want to make the site as useful as possible for folks, but ultimately it's just a hobby I do in my spare time, so overhauling the entire way I set it up might require a bigger time commitment than I have.  That said, I will look into it and see if there's an easy(ish) way for me to do something.

And thanks for the feedback; it's helpful to know how people use (or would want to use) the site.
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Darth Ed
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« Reply #21 on: February 03, 2012, 02:07:39 AM »

... ultimately it's just a hobby I do in my spare time, so overhauling the entire way I set it up might require a bigger time commitment than I have.

Understood. Thank you for your efforts. Cheers!
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« Reply #22 on: June 08, 2012, 10:17:42 AM »

Hey - OK, I'm trying something new.  Here's a page that lists all the changes/additions I've made to SLDC over the past 7 days:
http://showlistdc.com/recent.php

My tentative plan would be to update this once a week, on Fridays.  I thought I'd at least try it once and see what feedback I got to see if it would be at all useful for folks.

And, of course, I'll take this as another chance to mention my daily blog; today's post includes a weekend/week-ahead planner with a roundup of previews/interviews written about the shows coming up.
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Yada
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« Reply #23 on: June 08, 2012, 11:11:41 AM »

You have some competition.

http://dcdecibel.com/

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showlistdc
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« Reply #24 on: June 08, 2012, 11:25:19 AM »

Yup, those guys and I have definitely been in touch, and their site looks good-- they just started it a few months ago.

Their site is definitely different than mine, though.  Mine strives to be comprehensive; they pick and choose what they list based on their own tastes.  The WashPost did a profile on them, where they said:
"We generally decide on whether to put the smaller, local acts on based on their Web presence, Senerth said.

It's a great site if your tastes line up with theirs.  If you want to keep up with smaller bands, house shows, etc., then you have to look elsewhere.  But it's definitely a good resource to add to the area, for sure.
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« Reply #25 on: June 08, 2012, 11:38:41 AM »

Hey - OK, I'm trying something new.  Here's a page that lists all the changes/additions I've made to SLDC over the past 7 days:
http://showlistdc.com/recent.php
Thanks, that is a great feature!
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azaghal1981
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« Reply #26 on: June 08, 2012, 11:54:04 AM »

Love the attention paid to house shows as I mentioned earlier.


P.S. I think we met briefly at the Chickfactor thing.
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« Reply #27 on: June 08, 2012, 12:06:19 PM »

P.S. I think we met briefly at the Chickfactor thing.

Oh yeah?  Probably so-- I met a lot of people that weekend.  Hope to chat at a show again soon.
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« Reply #28 on: June 22, 2012, 10:51:52 AM »

As part of today's Music Notes and Weekend Planner, I've updated the list of all of the shows I've updated in the last week:
http://showlistdc.com/recent.php

Is it helpful if I post this here every week as a reminder?  I don't want to advertise SLDC gratuitiously, but if people like the weekly link nudge here, I'm happy to do it.
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azaghal1981
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« Reply #29 on: June 22, 2012, 11:12:31 AM »

I doubt anybody would mind given that the general consensus is that you provide a great service.
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