Discogs Spotlight: A Resource For Discovery And Awareness

Discogs Users may have noticed something new on their Dashboard lately. It’s a new visual feature we’re calling the Discogs Spotlight.

Discogs Spotlight is our featured visual communication unit that resides on the Discogs Users dashboard designed to give our Users a resource for discovery and awareness. Discogs Users will now have the opportunity to discover information from Discogs and Discogs Partners regarding exciting reissues and new releases from our Label Partners, new products launches like Discogs Exclusives, Payments and Shipping Policies for Discogs Sellers, and our popular reporting like our Most Expensive Top 30 Items Sold and Year-End Reporting, just to name a few plans.

Overall, Discogs Spotlight is a chance for us to enrich the Discogs User experience with engaging, relevant, and unique communications that add value and knowledge to the Discogs experience. And true to form, we’ll continue to iterate with Discogs Spotlight, ensuring we’re bringing Users the best visual communication tool as humanly possible.

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Jeffrey Smith
Jeffrey Smith is the Director of Communications and Partnerships at Discogs. Prior to joining Discogs in 2017, Jeffrey founded the boutique music PR firm Crash Avenue in 2004.
  • Dec 6,2018 at 22:29

    [u=dharmachine], are you joking? Do you think this is funny?
    Do you really want to make us believe that you had not been aware of the forum thread before [u=velove] posted the link here??
    If that is true, you folks at Discogs have a serious problem in your internal processes. Another staff member has been fully aware of the negative feedback in the thread but has then apparently decided to ignore it and not pass it on to you or other staff? Just unbelievable how you deal with your most valuable resource: the users contributing to this database!

    And yes: remove it. Or at least make it removable. Anyone who wants to get notified of stuff like this can subscribe to your Partners Offers newsletter.

  • Dec 6,2018 at 14:47

    Make it optional, nobody wants this feature. Listen to your community. Staff is aware of the topic in the forum, don’t ignore the community.

  • Dec 5,2018 at 20:52

    Nobody likes this Discogs Spotlight.
    It is an advertising module. It says so in the source code.
    Discogs promises no advertising once logged-in.

    See this forum thread: https://www.discogs.com/forum/thread/780591

    • Dec 6,2018 at 01:03

      @ultimathulerecords yes, the creative you’re seeing is delivered by a module managed through our ad manager, but that, in and of itself, doesn’t define it as an advertisement. You’ll not be seeing Mazda or Marriott Rewards advertisements in that space… that’s not what it was designed to do or to deliver. What you’re seeing there today is our Most Expensive Items Sold for October and our Best Of 2008 content from the blog. Technically, you could argue it’s advertising those opportunities to discover what’s selling in the Marketplace or the highlighting of releases from 2008. Overall, we’re hoping it’s still surfacing opportunities for discovery more than anything else. And yes, when partners have something that the Community might be interested in that’s musically contextual, we hope that’s more interesting than not.

  • Dec 5,2018 at 15:51

    div id=advertisement-module
    class=discogs-spotlight hide_mobile
    div class=spotlight-header
    span class=dashboard_title Discogs Spotlight


    • Dec 6,2018 at 01:04

      @suppenteller – see my response to @ultimathulerecords. I hope that provides an answer for you.

  • Dec 5,2018 at 15:44

    okay, your webprogrammers are more honest, from the webpage-code:

    Discogs Spotlight


  • Dec 5,2018 at 15:23

    the “discogs partners” and “label partners”, ah okay, well, why don’t you call it advertisers? would be more honest

    • Dec 6,2018 at 01:14

      @suppenteller – for most Community members we’re hoping these relationships with labels will help surface reissues and new releases that you otherwise might no be aware of. Granted, that is the most “advertise-y” thing about Spotlight, but do know that the Spotlight space is a multipurpose visual space… we’re hoping by providing a new tool for discovery the overall impact is positive for everyone. If it gets a new reissue in a Community member’s collection, is that a bad thing? I mentioned this previously as well… you’re not going to see Marriott Rewards display advertising in the Spotlight. Ever.

  • Dec 5,2018 at 11:32

    Please make it completely removable from anywhere on Discogs.
    And when making it removable, please take care that it is completely removed without any remaining relict or any trace to Google.

  • Dec 5,2018 at 05:30


  • Dec 5,2018 at 00:18

    “Discogs Spotlight is our featured visual communication unit… Users will now have the opportunity to discover…exciting reissues and new releases from our Label Partners…” Let us call a spade a spade – this is advertising nobody seems to want.

    • Dec 6,2018 at 01:18

      @alienboy – not entirely true. As I’ve mentioned in some other replies, the opportunities to discover new releases or reissues from label partners is just one aspect of the Spotlight unit.

  • Dec 4,2018 at 21:58

    how Discogs proposes to “enrich the Discogs User experience” when there is such opposition to it is baffling
    Ad blockers remove it, but thats hardly the point.

    • Dec 6,2018 at 01:21

      @pornflakes – curious to know if your ad blocker is removing it or not? If so, and another user is finding value in it, is it still obtrusive or is it just the thought of something new and potentially obtrusive that’s the issue?

  • Dec 4,2018 at 21:35

    The community obviously loves this feature.

    NOT! https://www.discogs.com/forum/thread/780591 189 comments so far. all negative, all complaining. all being ignored by discogs staff.

    • Dec 6,2018 at 01:22

      @velove – I’ll head over there immediately and start digging in. Luckily, I have some bourbon I’ve been meaning to crack open… ready for the replies!

  • Dec 4,2018 at 21:27

    If only it was a mail it would go directly to SPAM.

  • Dec 4,2018 at 21:11

    Get over yourself this is just a bloody google ads module.
    Also, make it optional.

    • Dec 6,2018 at 01:23

      @_jules – I’ve addressed the module in a comment above… I hope that clears things up for you.

  • Dec 4,2018 at 20:42

    For the love of God make it optional.

    • Dec 6,2018 at 01:24

      We’re looking into this currently @anagrama. With the unit as it is, it’s not collapsable or optional. Most ad blockers seem to block it though, you should see some success there if you really want it out of sight.

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