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Welcome to Discchord v3.0!

Holy shit, that was way more work than I expected. I knew I was in for a ride when I set out to create my own custom CMS, but I had no idea it would be this arduous. But it's done! It's all here and working now!

What's new in discchord v3.0:

Here are some of the features you'll find added to the site.

User Accounts

There have been surprisingly few attempts to abuse the anonymous commenting system, but you can now reserve your username by registering it. Anonymous posters are still welcomed to participate, but site will prevent them from using a name that someone has registered here.

There are a couple of other benefits for registering. The biggest is the ability to participate in app voting on the new Music App Guide. Additionally you will not receive a notice if someone @mentions: you in a comment or forum post.

Forums

That's right, forums! After resisting the suggestion for 5 years, the site now has forums! Both registered and unregistered users may post in there. There will be no moderator team, but there are some rules.

  1. No spam.
  2. Don't be an asshole.
  3. Don't embarrass me by posting hate-speech on my site.

Breaking these rules leads into another new feature on the site: a new ban system! Previously if I banned someone they were shut out of the whole site, but now I can just ban people from commenting.

There are no moderators here, so I'll be relying on you guys to let me know if someone is getting out of hand. Registered users will see a report icon on every comment, where you will be able to flag a comment if it is breaking any of these rules.

Fortunately spam should be minimal. A series of bot nets have already come by trying to spam the hell out of everything. None of them got past my anti-spam measures! Me: 1, Internet: 0.

Music App Buyer's Guide

There are a hell of a lot of music apps out there. I've reported on 1,676 apps in the last 5 years. That's a lot less than the total number of apps on iTunes, but still way too many to list in a useful manner. Trying to help people find the apps they're looking for is a serious challenge. Readers here know their shit and know their apps. You can be a great help for newcomers!

Register for an account and head over the Music App Guide. There you can give your favorite apps a thumbs up, or apps that you hate a thumbs down. You can also leave comments about the individual apps. When enough people vote on an app it gets assigned a Discchord Reader Rating (DRR), similar to the way Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic work.

To make things even easier for newcomers, all apps in the Music App Guide are being categorized. If someone shows up looking for a synth, they can search for Synths and it will automatically sort by Discchord Reader Rating. Now someone can find the top 5 apps, as voted on by you, in every category. Easy!

Thanks!

Thank you very much to everyone who helped beta test the new site last week. Dookone, el-bo, policarpo, moddogi, Toz Bourne, ceharris77, and TBIRD all helped me find critical bugs; that should be fixed thanks to them. I now feel confident in finally releasing my baby out into the world!

Reader Comments 21

I saw someone having problems trying to login with Facebook. I'm not sure what the problem is because it works fine for me. I've added new logging for that procedure, so if the problem happens again I should see what's going on. Please try again!
Congrats on the redesign. Looks dope homie.
October 10, 2016  | person_outline HotRock SupaJoint
Very good job Tim, you are a god - and this is not bigotry ;0)
October 10, 2016  | person_outline HG
Works great in Chrome. My employer makes us use Internet Explorer (version 11.0.9600.18449CO or Update Versions: 11.0.35) and it doesn't work on that. I don't know what custom settings they have on the configuration.
Thanks HG, and HotRock!

@very_electric_guitar: Oh wow, you're right... Shit I was testing with Chrome, Safari, Firefox, and Edge. With Edge covered I didn't even worry about IE.

The problem is quite series. It isn't loading huge chunks of JavaScript and their associated stylesheets. Pretty much every icon is broken because of that. It's unfortunately not a problem I can easily fix.

But I did get the RSS working today! I'm surprised by how many people still use the old RSS. I had forgotten all about it until this morning. I spent the afternoon on making it kick ass; complete with working iTunes links and specialized styling for images to appear nicely.

http://feeds.feedburner.com/discchord
Well done Tim. All that hard work paid off. The new site looks great!
October 10, 2016  | person_outline Bob
Impressed. It looks a lot like the old site which is good.
October 10, 2016  | person Erik
my daily visits to this website will be even more enjoyable, congrats to you and thanks you for your essential job !
October 10, 2016  | person Cyril
@Bob & @Cyril: Thank you very much!

@Erik: Yeah, I wanted to stick to the old site design for consistency, so I tried to stay as close to it as possible while "modernizing" the whole thing.
I really like it Tim, congratulation!
October 11, 2016  | person half d
One very small question: is there a way to see if you are logged in on the home page?
October 11, 2016  | person CougarFool
Look very promising! :-)
October 11, 2016  | person_outline Emil
my favourites pointed to WWW.discchord.com so I thought the site update ended in desaster.
also, the reader comments seem to be laggy as the counter shows 13 already while only 11 are readable
October 11, 2016  | person_outline h157
On October 11, 2016 - @h157 said:
my favourites pointed to WWW.discchord.com so I thought the site update ended in desaster.
also, the reader comments seem to be laggy as the counter shows 13 already while only 11 are readable

I was afraid of that. My new hosting is weird, but in a good way. The only downside is their DNS has bizarre rules. If you're familiar with DNS: I'm limited to either going with a CNAME for www. and redirects for the naked domain, OR just a naked domain without redirects on A Records. Most of my external links point to the naked domain so I went that route.

When the comment number count is off that means there are hidden comments. There are a LOT of spam attempts happening, but none have made it through my anti-spam measures yet! Instead they're hidden and awaiting my attention. I could code around this and make the comment number only reflect visible comments, but it isn't "performant." Or pretty. This could slow things down a lot in the forums where there are 35 counts that would need to be recalculated.
On October 11, 2016 - @CougarFool said:
One very small question: is there a way to see if you are logged in on the home page?

Yes, if you look on the menu you'll see Profile and below that Logout when you're logged in.
Awesome. Nice job!
October 11, 2016  | person Yak Nepper
Nicely done and thanks for all your efforts! You are a big reason why so many of us are into IOS music in the first place.
October 11, 2016  | favorite_border RJB
@RJB: And thank you for your support! I'm glad to see that the auto-Patron code is working correctly!

I had tested that, but this is the first real-world example of it in action!
Look in' good Tim!
October 12, 2016  | person Sniffy
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