Friends feature + browsing the queue by friends

I’ve just turned on a simple friends function. You can use this to keep track of your favorite members/friends/sellers, etc.

All user profiles now have a “Add Friend” link to the right of the username. And you can manage your friends list with the “Friends” link in the upper right navigation menu.

There are also two new ways to browse submissions: by “Friends’ Submissions” and “Friends’ Comments/Votes”. Those are both in My Discogs and in the submission browsing dropdown menu.

I will probably add some additional features to the friends list later on like “new items for sale from my friends” but right now this is mainly to give you more efficient ways to browse the queue.

Please post if you have any questions!

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93 Comments
  • md
    Sep 12,2006 at 1:36 pm

    [quote=Never_Again]If you read through it carefully, you would notice a pretty big gaping hole in that proposal, exposed in my links.[/quote]
    nik filled the hole in already for you.

    http://www.discogs.com/forums/topic?topic_id=108854#1448826

    Say hi to Wihtney.

  • Sep 12,2006 at 8:06 am

    [quote=Never_Again]There are four – count them: one, two, three, four (I’m not counting mine)- replies in the ANV thread in two weeks, a discussion critical to how the database data is managed and displayed; and ninety-funking-six in this non-entity in a mere three days.

    Isn’t Discogs community great? Power to the people! [/quote]
    What to respond, when I think that suggestion is great!?
    Should I just post something like “cool thing!” in there!?
    gee…

    And, now, Nik’s back and maybe we can finally do something about it? :)

  • Sep 11,2006 at 11:20 am

    [quote=md]I can understand that you might be curious, though.[/quote]
    I know that curiosity kills the cat, but I am also curious! :D

  • Sep 11,2006 at 7:39 am

    [quote=k.felgerman]Whatever! We need to know on whose playlist we are!
    [/quote]
    I meant friendlist of course…

  • md
    Sep 11,2006 at 7:29 am

    Why? You didn’t know a week ago. I used to keep a list of links in the favourites section of my browser to the pendings of a number of users. This function is just a one-hit link to the pendings of all those people. It makes no difference to them whether I do it via my browser or this new function – it matters only to the person using the function.

    I can understand that you might be curious, though.

  • Sep 11,2006 at 7:23 am

    [quote=k.felgerman]Whatever! We need to know on whose playlist we are![/quote]
    I agree. One should have the right to know which persons or moderators have an eye on oneself.

  • Sep 11,2006 at 5:59 am

    [quote=md]But it’s not a friends function (despite it’s original name), it’s a moderation tool. Think of it as a user watchlist.[/quote]
    Whatever! We [u]need[/u] to know on whose playlist we are!

  • Sep 11,2006 at 4:27 am

    Ah ok, then it’s not needed. Swinging from community option to moderating tool :P

  • md
    Sep 11,2006 at 12:31 am

    But it’s not a friends function (despite it’s original name), it’s a moderation tool. Think of it as a user watchlist.

  • Sep 11,2006 at 12:25 am

    [quote=k.felgerman]Though, I’d like to know on whose friend list I am…[/quote]

    Same here! Being friends usually is a 2-way thing you know.

  • Sep 10,2006 at 9:46 pm

    [quote=k.felgerman]Though, I’d like to know on whose friend list I am…[/quote]

    [quote=md]For example, Goad, can you tell whether I have you on my list or not?[/quote]

    I have added both of yous…Did you get any notice?

  • Sep 10,2006 at 4:14 pm

    [quote=AEK]Shite feature, we don’t want this place becoming myspace. Soon there will be icons for ‘who’s online’ and instant messaging.[/quote]

    :D Speak for yourself; I’d love it if discogs added features like that — it could be like an alternativem yspace for music nerds…..

  • Sep 10,2006 at 10:41 am

    Though, I’d like to know on whose friend list I am…

  • Sep 9,2006 at 2:04 am

    [quote=Iron_Fist]there’s a Friend button where you’ll see your list[/quote]
    Ah, I [i]was[/i] being a retard! ;)
    Doh!
    Thanks

  • md
    Sep 9,2006 at 1:54 am

    For example, Goad, can you tell whether I have you on my list or not?

  • md
    Sep 9,2006 at 1:53 am

    [quote=Goad]………………Is there any way that the people in my list will know that I have them on my list? I won’t appear in their list or anything like that? Just so I have this down..[/quote]
    No, it becomes somewhat pointless otherwise as a moderating tool (which is its purpose) esp if it remains called a “friends” function, which is not what it is for.

  • Sep 8,2006 at 9:31 pm

    I was kind of hoping it would be an option, just like everything else in the “my discogs” preferences. I think that would cover everyone’s preferences.

  • Sep 8,2006 at 8:15 pm

    ………………Is there any way that the people in my list will know that I have them on my list? I won’t appear in their list or anything like that? Just so I have this down..

  • Sep 8,2006 at 7:45 pm

    [quote=onelittle]But, am I missing a trick here – are my friends and those who’ve befriended me private to me too? I’d like to see a for my eyes only list in My Discogs… (or is it already there and I’m being a retard?)[/quote]

    On top of the page just between [b]Watchlist[/b] & [b]Marketplace[/b] there’s a [b]Friend[/b] button where you’ll see your list.

  • Sep 8,2006 at 7:00 pm

    ^^D’ohh !

  • Sep 8,2006 at 7:00 pm

    [quote=md]Iron_Fist, try this link:

    http://www.discogs.com/search?type=pending&q=genre%3Ahip-hop+AND+country%3Afrance&btn=Search%5B/quote%5D

    OK thanks [u=md]. I’ll do it this way, in the wait of a possible feature…

  • Sep 8,2006 at 5:49 pm

    Great that it’s now private to other users, cheers teo.

    But, am I missing a trick here – are my friends and those who’ve befriended me private to [i]me[/i] too? I’d like to see a for my eyes only list in My Discogs… (or is it already there and I’m being a retard?)

  • md
    Sep 8,2006 at 5:10 pm

    It’s already private now Hypno, and the befriended by section is gone. Before you posted, actually.

    Cheers teo, now it’s a good feature.

  • Sep 8,2006 at 5:02 pm

    RE:
    [b]———————————————————————————————————–[/b]

    [b]teo wrote:[/b]

    Okay, thanks for the feedback. I’ve made the friends list private for all. And I’ll think about changing the name. Maybe “contacts”? I like the watchlist idea as well.

    [b]———————————————————————————————————–[/b]

    Hello,
    the private option at friends list, essential & useful. will be better also to remove the “befriended by” section.

    thanks,
    Hypno

  • Sep 8,2006 at 4:59 pm

    [quote=teo][/quote]

    The private option at friends list, essential & useful. will be better also to remove the “befriended by” section.

    thanks,
    Hypno

  • Sep 8,2006 at 4:40 pm

    Does that mean that only I know who’s my “friend”? The people in my list won’t know I have them on my “friend” list?

  • teo
    Sep 8,2006 at 3:50 pm

    Okay, thanks for the feedback. I’ve made the friends list private for all. And I’ll think about changing the name. Maybe “contacts”? I like the watchlist idea as well.

  • Sep 8,2006 at 3:21 pm

    100% private for me too. I can think of half a dozen ways a non-private friendlist could be exploited or abused.

  • md
    Sep 8,2006 at 2:56 pm
  • Sep 8,2006 at 2:54 pm

    [quote=teo]Would it be better if the friends list was made 100% private?[/quote]

    Yes please, make the whole thing private.

    Also as said before, when will modding by format and country be implemented.

  • Sep 8,2006 at 2:32 pm

    ^^ I dunno if this is the correct place to post this…

  • Sep 8,2006 at 2:31 pm

    [u=teo] it would also be interesting to mod by country. I’m a hip hop moderator and we aren’t many moderators that specialise in french hip hop (France). I or we could mod pretty fast if you could add this feature.

  • Sep 8,2006 at 10:40 am

    The fact the this ‘friends’ feature is public suggests to me that it’s a commercial move. Why not make it private by default if it’s for purposes of site functionality. If it’s not, then…

  • Sep 8,2006 at 9:20 am

    ^That seems sensible.

    I have, to my amusement, been “befriended” by some Canadian goatrance dude I’ve never met or talked to, virtually or irl. How flattering!

  • Sep 8,2006 at 8:56 am

    [quote=teo]Would it be better if the friends list was made 100% private?[/quote]

    Can it be an option, like showing your wantslist or collection?

  • md
    Sep 8,2006 at 8:25 am

    Yeah, I think that if it had been set as fully private and not been given the “friends” description from the start, the issue of Yes/No-ing other people’s choices wouldn’t exist – cos you wouldn’t know if you’d been added or not.

    As curious as one might be there’s really no reason to know who has you on their list if the purpose of it is checking pendings.

    Set the function to 100% private both ways, rename it to User Watchlist, and the problem seems to go away. This is just a one-stop way of adding user pending pages to your browser favourites. I have quite a few in mine so an all in one hit is really useful.

  • Sep 8,2006 at 8:20 am

    [quote=mayday]If somebody clicks “add friend”, then I think there ought to be a little link on the friends page to accept/reject this, in a similar way that when you are invited to a forum, you can accept or reject the invitation. [/quote]

    also, what the point of having 2 friend lists anyway? They are likely to be a simialar list for most people ie duplicates.

  • Sep 8,2006 at 8:19 am

    Max, I was really meaning that I find it peculiar that anyone can add you as a “friend” (and therefore appear on your befriended link), but you have no control over it.

    If somebody clicks “add friend”, then I think there ought to be a little link on the friends page to accept/reject this, in a similar way that when you are invited to a forum, you can accept or reject the invitation.

    Well anyway, it seems as if a modding tool has been made public too soon. Bit pointless atm.

  • Sep 8,2006 at 7:45 am

    Another vote for private lists here too. It won’t help the ‘I want my submission moderated’ rants in the forums otherwise.

    Also if i’m an electronic mod i don’t particularly want to see my friends’ rock & pop submissions.

  • md
    Sep 8,2006 at 7:43 am

    [quote=mayday]doesn’t work for be-friended friends……[/quote]
    Ah right. Well, it shouldn’t work either! If I have a websubber in my list so I can be alerted to new submissions, they shouldn’t be able to remove themselves. If the lists were private, it wouldn’t be an issue cos nobody would know whose lists they’re on anyway. And it makes the term “befriended” even less savoury. How about “watched like a hawk by”.

  • Sep 8,2006 at 7:43 am

    well, for someone who might want to see who ‘befirended’ him, maybe this list can be put on main “My Discogs” page, that is only previewable by user that is logged… ??

  • Sep 8,2006 at 7:43 am

    Hmm 100% private is a bit drastic I think. Optional would be fine.

  • Sep 8,2006 at 7:42 am

    yes, an option to make it private would be good.

  • Sep 8,2006 at 7:37 am

    [quote=DwarfeD]How to remove people from your friends?[/quote]

    [quote=md]Check the radio button next to their name, and press Remove.[/quote]

    doesn’t work for be-friended friends……

  • Sep 8,2006 at 7:22 am

    please make it private and rename “Add Friend” to “Add to Watchlist”.

    i’d like to see the User watchlist integrated into the main watchlist function (Submissions by User).

  • md
    Sep 8,2006 at 7:18 am

    [quote=DwarfeD]How to remove people from your friends?[/quote]
    Check the radio button next to their name, and press Remove.

  • md
    Sep 8,2006 at 7:14 am

    [quote=teo]Would it be better if the friends list was made 100% private?[/quote]
    IMO yes. Because

    1) if the purpose is to use with the queue then it shouldn’t really matter who is checking who – this is a fundamental part of the way Discogs works and users currently have no idea who is checking their submissions anyway, unless a comment/vote is left.

    2) unless the observation lists are kept private, it will be misunderstood by users who will compile lists of users (e.g. users who are also artists) they like to be shown off in a myspace way.

    I also think the name of the function should be changed because, from a moderators’ point of view at least, many users added to lists will be anything but friends, and in many cases abusive, malignant or persistently dodgy submitters.

  • AEK
    Sep 8,2006 at 7:11 am

    Yep, one vote here for 100% private…

  • teo
    Sep 8,2006 at 7:07 am

    Don’t worry, this isn’t becoming myspace. As I said in the first post here, this is to help with browsing the queue. Would it be better if the friends list was made 100% private? That was how I originally indended it but thought some people may want to know if they are on others’ lists.

    [quote=dj_purity_control]And yet, still no “mod by format”.[/quote]
    There are upcoming changes to the format system, so I won’t do mod-by-format until the changes are finalized. For now you can sorta do this with the search engine. Set the dropdown to “Pending Releases” and search for “format:cd5” for example.

  • Sep 8,2006 at 7:03 am

    ^ email them?

  • Sep 8,2006 at 6:59 am

    How to remove people from your friends?

  • Sep 8,2006 at 6:46 am

    can i decline those who i don’t like?

  • md
    Sep 8,2006 at 6:46 am

    It would all be fine if this “friend” setting all became 100% private, so that not even people you have added to your list were aware of it. The function is useful, the nomenclature and implementation is questionable as it is currently.

    Let’s not freak out though, hopefully tweaks will be applied, you know how these things work on Discogs. Feature appears, folks freak out, changes are made.

  • Sep 8,2006 at 6:39 am

    [quote=dj_purity_control]I used to be able to tell people in the queues, usually trying to update artist profiles with ten paragraphs of promotional text written by their agent, that “This isn’t Myspace, after all”.

    I fear this is no longer the case.[/quote]

    At last, someone who understands my concerns. This is a music database with some community functions, don’t let it become the other way around.

  • md
    Sep 8,2006 at 5:07 am

    Yeah, I see, and I agree it’d be a useful addition to “pendings in my contributions/collection/friendsenemieswebsubbers” links.

  • Sep 8,2006 at 4:56 am

    [quote=md]So do you mean you would like one link that took you directly to a queue of ALL the pendings on ALL your Favourites (or ALL your Watchlist, would make more sense)? Cos I didn’t infer that from what you said. I interpreted it as a link for pendings by each Favourite in the list, which is kind of what the watchlist is. [/quote]

    That’s the idea. On the watchlist the submissions currently still remain showing even if voted on. If the favourite labels/artist function were in these would not appear once voted on.

  • Sep 8,2006 at 4:50 am

    as for modding, you all know where the beginning of the Q is. I suggest you mods start there ;o)

  • Sep 8,2006 at 4:48 am

    [quote=md]Not sure this would work. I’m confused as to what the main purpose of this function would be, but going on what’s there now I’m assuming the primary reason for this “friend” function is to keep an eye on pending submissions/comments in the queue from certain users, many of whom would not be “friends”. For persistent websubmitters / troublesome submitters etc. it would make the feature a bit redundant if they could just block people from the feature. [/quote]

    Well, I do see this as being more useful for mods! Not much use for non mods!!

    And yes I agree there’s no need to really have a list of friends public. We all know who they are!

  • Sep 8,2006 at 4:46 am

    are we gettin a “shit” list as well, just to be offical, like?

  • md
    Sep 8,2006 at 4:35 am

    [quote=AEK]And STILL no red and green dots for advanced users when browsing other peoples collections.[/quote]
    Why is that an important issue?

  • md
    Sep 8,2006 at 4:35 am

    [u=teo], could you outline how this feature is intended to progress? If it’s purely for monitoring submissions, then what are the advantages of displaying who’s observing who? It should be known to the individual only. Additionally, if there are further developments planned, the “pending observation” aspect of it should be separated off, as it should bear no relevance to “friend”ship etc. and in fact shouldn’t even be called a Friends function.

    And if it is to be used for monitoring submissions, there should not be any way for users to block this function, as it would become entirely pointless. Why would you not want your pendings looked at?

  • AEK
    Sep 8,2006 at 4:34 am

    And [b]STILL[/b] no red and green dots for advanced users when browsing other peoples collections. [u=teo] – Your priorities are all wrong…

  • Sep 8,2006 at 4:26 am

    [quote=AEK]Shite feature, we don’t want this place becoming myspace. Soon there will be icons for ‘who’s online’ and instant messaging. If this feature is going to stay, there has to be a tick-box under My prefs to disable it from being displayed on your profile (for those who just don’t want to use the feature, why should they have “Friends 0” showing up) – As with md, I’d rather it wasn’t shown in anyones profiles.

    And as mayday said, there should be a option to approve yes/no/block each ‘friend’ request.[/quote]

    agree 100%

  • AEK
    Sep 8,2006 at 4:26 am

    @[u=KidJ]…. or fuckbuddies? :P

  • AEK
    Sep 8,2006 at 4:26 am

    Shite feature, we don’t want this place becoming myspace. Soon there will be icons for ‘who’s online’ and instant messaging. If this feature is going to stay, there [b]has[/b] to be a tick-box under My prefs to disable it from being displayed on your profile (for those who just don’t want to use the feature, why should they have “Friends 0” showing up) – As with [u=md], I’d rather it wasn’t shown in anyones profiles.

    And as [u=mayday] said, there should be a option to approve yes/no/block each ‘friend’ request.

  • Sep 8,2006 at 4:16 am

    great. can we also add an “Enemies” section then? or “Lovers”?

  • md
    Sep 8,2006 at 4:14 am

    [quote=mayday]Interesting idea, but I think there should be an option to approve yes/no/block each ‘friend’ request. To stop being befriended by loons
    also, the option to delete/block.[/quote]
    Not sure this would work. I’m confused as to what the main purpose of this function would be, but going on what’s there now I’m assuming the primary reason for this “friend” function is to keep an eye on pending submissions/comments in the queue from certain users, many of whom would not be “friends”. For persistent websubmitters / troublesome submitters etc. it would make the feature a bit redundant if they could just block people from the feature.

    I’d prefer it just to be invisible on profile pages, I see no point in a “friends” function, it’s more of a “user observation” function.

    Unless it’s gonna change somehow?

  • Sep 8,2006 at 3:52 am

    Interesting idea, but I think there should be an option to approve yes/no/block each ‘friend’ request. To stop being befriended by loons
    also, the option to delete/block.

  • md
    Sep 8,2006 at 3:31 am

    So do you mean you would like one link that took you directly to a queue of ALL the pendings on ALL your Favourites (or ALL your Watchlist, would make more sense)? Cos I didn’t infer that from what you said. I interpreted it as a link for pendings by each Favourite in the list, which is kind of what the watchlist is.

  • Sep 8,2006 at 3:29 am

    that should read “You [i]can’t[/i] see…”

  • Sep 8,2006 at 3:28 am

    You see all pending updates/submissions at a glance on your watchlist though can you?

  • md
    Sep 8,2006 at 3:24 am

    [quote=moseslawson]Eh? I’m not sure i understand. If it were to show pending subs etc next to your favourite artists/labels etc on your ‘my discogs’ page it would be great. Though at the moment only advanced users have the favourite artists/labels i think.[/quote]
    We have the watchlist already, I think that’s probably enough isn’t it? Just add all your favourites to your watchlist if you haven’t already.

  • Sep 8,2006 at 3:03 am

    [quote=k.felgerman]Ok…

    teo & nik are my friends.

    Can I mod now?[/quote]

    rofl

  • Sep 8,2006 at 3:02 am

    [quote=little_alien] moseslawson
    It would be nice as little_alien says to have the artist & label function too.

    That was a sarcastic remark. Myspace is bad.[/quote]

    Eh? I’m not sure i understand. If it were to show pending subs etc next to your favourite artists/labels etc on your ‘my discogs’ page it would be great. Though at the moment only advanced users have the favourite artists/labels i think.

  • Sep 8,2006 at 2:59 am

    Ok…

    [u=teo] & [u=nik] are my friends.

    Can I mod now?

  • Sep 8,2006 at 2:57 am

    awesome, thank you Teo! now for an instant message service on the website? ;)

  • Sep 8,2006 at 2:46 am

    Very nice & handy feature. Thanks Teo! :D

  • Sep 8,2006 at 2:22 am
  • Sep 8,2006 at 2:10 am

    [quote=teo]browse submissions: by “Friends’ Submissions”[/quote]
    Very nice feature indeed, thanks.

    Two ideas for expanding this feature:
    1) Browse by “Friends’ Contributions” & “Friends’ Collection”
    Probably this could be added quickly, though it has to consider the privacy settings of each Friend.

    2) Defining groups of “Friends”
    This could really help when moderating, if you could have separate lists for submitters who
    – are known to make web-submissions
    – make very few errors on their submission
    – have a similar interest or collection

    The new feature “Browse My Contributions” has a little shortcoming for users who have 2 or more accounts on Discogs, like one for regular use and one account only for sales.

    If 1) and 2) could be combined, you could add your other account(s) to a group of friends, and could thereby monitor all items you have actually available or contributed at some time.

  • Sep 8,2006 at 1:33 am

    Perhaps format the friends list like this:

    – A Friend | pending / collection / wantlist
    – Next Friend | pending / collection / wantlist

  • Sep 8,2006 at 1:29 am

    [quote=md]I know who my friends are, I don’t need a list of them for myself and others to check. [/quote]

    absolutely!

  • md
    Sep 8,2006 at 1:27 am

    [quote=little_alien]Are you ashamed of your friends?[/quote]
    I like the feature, but it’s not because I want people to know who my friends are. I know who my friends are, I don’t need a list of them for myself and others to check.

    In fact some of the people I will be listing, I’ve not even met.

    [quote=corne_mo]I’m gonna add all well-known websubmitters as friends. That way it’s easy modding….. N N N N N ;-)[/quote]
    This is closer to the mark. I want this feature so that I can keep an eye on the pendings of some people, either because I like to vote on their pendings or because they really need to be monitored for bad submitting (hardly the definition of “friend”). I don’t really see why anyone else should be privy to that information, so yes, [u=teo] please add an option to remove that from profile pages.

    In fact, given the functionality of the feature (not at all like the self-aggrandising and boasting “I’m mates with Madonna” friends lists on myspace) I see no reason for it to be displayed at all.

  • Sep 8,2006 at 1:24 am

    lol @ [u=corne_mo]

  • Sep 8,2006 at 1:13 am

    I’m gonna add all well-known websubmitters as friends. That way it’s easy modding….. N N N N N ;-)

  • Sep 8,2006 at 1:04 am

    [quote=Detroit-303]A checkbox in “preferences” (My Discogs) like “Allow others to browse my friends” would be helpful.[/quote]

    Are you ashamed of your friends?

  • Sep 8,2006 at 1:03 am

    [quote=moseslawson]It would be nice as little_alien says to have the artist & label function too.[/quote]

    That was a sarcastic remark. Myspace is bad.

  • Sep 8,2006 at 12:56 am

    [quote=Detroit-303]A checkbox in “preferences” (My Discogs) like “Allow others to browse my friends” would be helpful.[/quote]
    => yes, please, thanks

  • Sep 8,2006 at 12:24 am

    This is an interesting idea. I suspect it will add a bit functionality to Discogs and potentially a lot of drama.

    Is the friend feature like Flickr, where you can add anyone you wish as a friend, and they independently choose to add you or not? Or is it like MySpace where they must add you in return? last.fm used to be the former, and now is the latter, and the switch caused quite a bit of confusion.

    I suspect the independent method works better in the Discogs paradigm.

  • Sep 8,2006 at 12:13 am

    It would be nice as little_alien says to have the artist & label function too.

  • Sep 8,2006 at 12:11 am

    Let’s make discogs a myspace clone :P

  • Sep 7,2006 at 11:39 pm

    A checkbox in “preferences” (My Discogs) like “Allow others to browse my friends” would be helpful.

  • Sep 7,2006 at 9:31 pm

    He the user you put in your list gets a Befriended By link on his profile. Is that going to be a new credit role too? :P

  • Sep 7,2006 at 9:27 pm

    Who wants to be my friend?

    Handy feature! I was thinking yesterday, wouldn’t it be handy if I could not only browse my watched stuff by Label and Artist but also by “watched” user.

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