Tim Webb

sentiment_very_satisfied It's Tim!
Joined: Monday, August 22, 2011
Last Seen: Friday, August 18, 2017
Posts: 375
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On August 18, 2017 - @dreamsyphon said:
On another note, when this feature is implemented, it would be cool if you could somehow add a column or entry on the front-page similar to the Recent Comments section that would let users know that a new preset pack has been added and approved and for which synth. Kind of like a "Recent User Preset Packs" news ticker. It would just be cool to know what is new and available without having to dig through the different app pages. Maybe you already have something like this planned, just a suggestion

This is a great idea! I'm going to think about how to implement it, but yeah, this should happen!

On August 18, 2017 - @dreamsyphon said:
Love your site Tim. It's one of my main "daily visit" sites. Keep up the great work. I'm a longtime lurker, but I'm trying to become more active. Very excited for the new preset sharing feature.

I wasn't sure where else to post this, but I want to let you know that even though I have your site whitelisted on my adblocker, I still see a lot of the "Instead of blocking ads, become a patron!" messages. Is that normal or is there something else I need to do? Thanks

Thank you very much! If you're seeing that message that means something is still blocking AdSense. I'm not sure what more you could do if you have the domain whitelisted. Thanks for trying though!
Psst...
Friday, August 18, 2017 by sentiment_very_satisfied Tim Webb
I'll just leave this here as a monument. I've been working on this for months, and it is finally done.

At 10:19pm the day before launch. Deadlines are important, even when you're self-employed!
Nice! I'm glad to hear that is actually useful in the field.
I can see how you'd feel that way, but on this end it looks more exciting. Part of my morning routine is looking at the update notes for every app I've ever reported on. The backend of the site shows me this in a convenient manner to quickly put together an article on updates.

There are a lot of updates that are merely incremental SDK maintenance like Audiobus, and AudioCopy. But there are still a fair number of new features being added. It's just that there are so many apps out there now that the majority of the updates will be maintenance.

So 5 years ago you might have had 20-50 apps that got an occasional update and those were exciting new features. Now you have 100-500 apps that are still getting the occasional new feature, but those feel drowned out by the maintenance updates to the hundreds of other apps.
On August 16, 2017 - @stub said:
One possible hoop could be comments on threads dating back X months. Another is a demo audio track that other readers can thumbs up. X number of thumbs up and the presets go public.
After a lot of thinking I've decided to do something along these lines. I'm going to be a little vague on some of the details, but basically anyone who is a regular here (and has had an account for a while) will be able to upload. All developers and active patrons will also be able to upload.

For newer users the process is slightly more complicated, but anyone who has been here long enough and active in the community will automatically be allowed to upload. For everyone else the message they get tells them to email me and I'll consider them on a case-by-case basis.

Thanks a lot everyone for the input! I feel better about this now! There will still be a reporting function if someone uploads something objectionable or copyrighted.
On August 16, 2017 - @lala said:
ssl would be a good idea,
At least you know what server you are talking to...

The site already supports SSL, optionally. Just hit it from HTTPS instead of HTTP and your connection will be SSL encrypted.

https://discchord.com
On August 16, 2017 - @jimhanks said:
I think the hybrid system sounds reasonable. Sensible precautions like throwing out obviously bad file types (exe, bat, cmd) and maybe a size filter are about all you can do. I'm trying to think how an "Open in app" link could possibly brick an iOS device. Never say never, but it doesn't seem like a likely attack vector.
As someone who has to jailbreak all of his iDevices, I know how insecure they are! It's all security through obscurity. I'd be more surprised if there wasn't an "Open in app" exploit. But that's probably reserved for clandestine agencies, rather than botnets or any of the other shenanigans I worry about here.

This really is just an intellectual exercise in paranoia. I don't think any would launch a sophisticated attack on readers here using a 0-day exploit like that. But they could...
On August 14, 2017 - @Nonny Moose said:
(the IAPs for 'coins' probably answer my question orthogonally but still...)

Indeed... I think this is only the second time I've ever reported on the app. It's nice that they are at least taking steps towards being useful to musicians.
@Doug: How do you not have an account on the site yet? ;)
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@stub: If you can read this, question marks are now allowed in forum titles!

Let me know if you notice any other weirdness. The forums are the least tested part of the new site.

Toz Bourne suggested that a topic for the forum would be a clear explanation on how the iTunes links work here. This is a good suggestion, because I've often received emails from people who want to support the site, but aren't sure how the iTunes links actually do their thing. I've probably gotten over a hundred emails like:
"New app XXXXXX is out! Can you put up a link to it, so that you get the affiliate credit?"
I'm extremely grateful to hear people have that kind of thought for me. Even when my finances weren't struggling, I super appreciated the idea that someone would delay their purchase; to wait until they could share the revenue with me. Fortunately you don't have to wait!

By clicking any of the iTunes links here, from the device you're going to purchase on the App Store, you're setting a little identifier on iTunes.

Here is an example, this link goes to Animoog:
https://itunes.apple.com/app/id471638724?mt=8&uo;;=8&at;=11l4Kv
The &at;= signifies that my affiliate code is 11l4Kv. This code is automatically added to all links that go to iTunes from here.For the next few hours, any purchases you make will be credited to the last affiliate identifier you clicked on.

The exact way that this works has changed a few times in the past, and I'm not 100% sure how they're handling it now, but the rule of thumb is: Just click on any of my links and when that takes you to iTunes, search for the new app you want.

This also works on other things besides apps. For the next few hours if you purchase songs, TV shows, or anything else on iTunes... I'll get a cut! And my cut does not take any money from you, or the developer. My commission comes out of the 30% that Apple already takes from publishers. I'm not allowed to say how much the percentage I get is, but it's more than 5% and less than 10%.

So thank you very much to everyone that makes it a point of supporting the site by using my links! It all adds up, and is a big help to my overall income.

There is one exception to all of this though, and that's advertisers. Advertisers often have their own affiliate codes, and campaign codes, in their links. If you click on the Howl ad for instance you'll get to this link:
https://itunes.apple.com/app/apple-store/id1067562312?pt=561151&ct;;=Discchord&mt;=8
This lets developers track which ad campaigns are driving sales. Since advertiser revenue is still my primary source of income, please use ads to purchase apps you want instead of my links; so that they know their ads are working!
I resisted it for years, partly because I didn't want to moderate one, and mostly because I assumed no one was going to use it. Prove me wrong!
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