De-dupe and standardize data
I would prefer a focus on completely de-duping and standardizing the existing data before adding any new features.
Starting “The Big Clean” now!
This is a really big project and is going to consist of a bunch of small projects to make sure things stay cleaner and more standardized in the future.
And a lot of it will be behind the scenes so don’t be surprised if you aren’t seeing much happening.
dan curhan commented
It's not just concerts with duplicity - search "middle east" under Venues. There are THREE PAGES of results, all for what appear to be the same venue: The Middle East in Cambridge, MA, which has both an upstairs stage and a downstairs stage so should return, at most, two results.
I love the service and the website format and all, but the data is all over the place!
Greg Fasolino commented
I think the #1 priority should be merging all duplicates. Too many concerts have multiple entries for the exact same event. Even worse, we have some members who think their entries are "theirs" and belong to them uniquely. Each concert that occurred needs to have just one merged entry to avoid this kind of stuff.
Greg Fasolino commented
Love this website, the idea is fantastic, but it needs much more standardization, merging of duplicate entries, etc. Is there a way to make it so people cannot add in duplicates? (Setlist.fm does this automatically).
Matt Suda commented
The search has not been working lately. Using basic keywords as suggested on the search page comes back with no results found with only suggestions to import from SongKick. This has resulted in many duplicated concert listings lately.
Update: After contacting support this was fixed
Mark F. King commented
Consolidating multiple entries of the same concert would tidy things up. Once you figure out how exactly you are going to do this I would like to help with it. Let me know. Thanks.
Only two days since I'm scanning the data base and yes, there are many duplicates. I hope the hosts of this web place want it be tidied up. I think, it is about 20% maybe more of the concert numbers should be down.
There are a lot of duplicate entries for concerts or festivals and it makes it difficult to search through the database. If there was a button to suggest combining entires, or if we were able to manually do it that would be amazing. A way so the people won't lose access to that archived concert but everyone will be combined under one. For festivals in particular it's frustrating, because some either are lacking of majority of the artists attending, or the other minor information like location is missing. So if it was all combined under one it would be much cleaner and easier plus since we can pick which artists we actually saw there shouldn't be that much of an issue. AND! if someone opens up a concert archive and they can't recall most of the information other people would be able to add to that archive rather than having 10 different entries with none of them having complete information. (Also maybe being able to add a header photo to a concert page, like the tour poster)
Is there anyway you can stop people putting multiple venues, places, bands etc. Because they spell differently or use commas or different grammar. It’s annoying to find multiple concerts purely because entries have been misspelt
Troy C. commented
Completely agree with this. There are many concerts with 3+ entries because of slight naming differences. It also makes it tough to search by tour or venue
Davey Gravy commented
I wholeheartedly agree with this enhancement. There are too many duplicates and the data could use a clean sweep.
Jayson Hanks commented
Agreed, but i would add that you shouldnt use abbreviations such as St. paul, but instead Saint Paul, or Saint Louis, MO
Ability to merge a concert so that there aren't loads of different posts for the same concert
Love this site so far! Great job overall with plenty of room to grow. Here are a few ideas from a design/UX standpoint.
1. Generate a universal list for band names, venues etc so that when you enter new concert details the dropdown menu suggestions aren't the same band in 3 different spellings. For example, a band like St. Paul and the Broken Bones has a second instance as St. Paul & the Broken Bones. The only difference is the ampersand instead of the longform "and". It shows up like 2 different bands.
Thanks for reading. I really do think this is a great website overall! Keep it going.