Here's my two cents: I think the forum works as is, no need for changes here. We have several very active members who aren't shy about sharing praises and criticisms, as it should be here.
However, I've often thought it would be nice to have some way of responding to recordings that are especially moving to me. I was listening to something (can't remember right now) that Chris has on the main site (what doesn't he have on the main site, but that's another thread
), and I wanted to say how great I thought that particular recording was, but was too lazy to go to forum and send a PM. And Chris and I have a cyber-relationship (yes, that's right, we occasionally bump modems
), what if it was someone I don't know at all?
In addition, here in the forum, don't you feel we have a tendency to focus a bit on the missteps? And rightly so, most of us are amateurs that really want to play the best possible, but it'd be nice to hear some applause ... just as it's gratifying when you play for family and friends in your own living room, and they applaud at conclusion of piece. Much better than yawning silence, for sure!
A token applause (by clicking a button) is useless and does nothing for a performer's motivation.
Would clicking a button be any different than slapping one's hands together?
and i would be very sad if pianosociety lost this caracteristic to become something like youtube...
I think we'd all agree that youtube's highschool popularity contest buttons are meaningless.
I'm uneasy about public ratings, because then it would seem like contributions are in competition.
I think we already have a level of competition here at site. And all competition is not bad, it does make one strive to do and perform better. Besides, I would imagine most of us posters check the download statistics page on occasion to see if anyone's listening to us out there. Or am I the only emotionally needy one around here?? (don't answer that, Chris
) At the moment, however, that's the only way to gauge if anyone is listening to your works or not. (that I know of, anyway)
It may not be trivial to implement that, and our programming resources are limited - any web-savvy volunteers, please step forward
I would if I could! And anyway, (just to kiss up to the admins) we already appreciate what you guys do for the site ... I think these are just well-meaning suggestions on how to improve a much-loved resource.