Many of you probably already know about the database update that I’ve been working on, but there’s a number of other things I’ve been working on, almost in parallel. Internally, we’ve given this a certain codename, but I may as well just wrap it all together and tell everyone what we’ve been calling it, and that is…
Normally around this time, historically, we’ve pushed an entirely new site design and other stuff into the public realm for all to enjoy. This time however, we’re sticking with what we have because we enjoy this particular theme and layout; we just want to improve upon it. That’s where this update comes in.
Codenamed “GSR 5.1”, this update will bring a few new things to the website, as well as changing and improving other elements. Let’s run down the list.
The database is being updated with a new library implementation system. Actually, the new library has already been created, but what remains is to seamlessly integrate that into the existing system. Technically speaking, the identifiers for songs in the database have all changed with the new system, and we want to convert the existing ratings, comments, and log history identifiers to match. We actually did this once before when we went from GSR2 to GSR5.0, but the difference is that instead of converting 3,000-ish songs to match with a library of 40,000-ish songs, we’re converting 40,000-ish songs to match 40,000-ish other songs. The scale is larger, and things are more complex this time around, so it is taking some time to get things straightened out.
The database upgrade will also include greater support for features that have been mentioned before, but have still not been implemented yet. These are things like Song Favorites and Song Recommendations. These are still not quite near the top of the to-do list, but they are on the list.
Part of what makes the second solution more feasible is due to how ads are served on the sidebar via Google Adsense. Adsense doesn’t really support content loading the way that this site does, so we might push towards better support to that end as well.
I’ve already had people ask me, "Lunar, where did the country flags go? I liked seeing my country’s flag on the front page and I already miss it :’( ". Well, I’m here to reassure everyone who’s wondering, they will return with the implementation of this update. I’ve had this design for the site homepage sitting in a notebook for months now, and I can’t wait to make it and get it out there. Seriously, it’ll make the homepage way more engaging than just reading the last news article or post.
You’ve read the posts on the site, rated songs, listened to the Lives, and maybe even been lucky enough to get a postcard designed especially to try and get the sounds of Gensokyo into your ear (I’m talking about the handouts). What comes after that? Well, that falls into the ideas which are for implementation beyond this update. We have things lined up to have new things such as posters and T-shirts available to our listeners in the coming months, maybe even sooner. I’ve talked a lot about T-shirts with the staff over the past few days, and we’ve got some ideas on how to get them out to people. We just need to know how much interest there is on that front, but before you start commenting about it, I’ll be posting a separate article/poll to get a better idea of how many people would realistically want to nab one for themselves. Also, there’s this awesome photo of the Finland group that helped promote at Tracon8 where they’re all wearing Gensokyo Radio T-shirts which were printed just for those three, and it’s pretty awesome. Wait, I said that already.
Finally, there’s this thing called Anime Weekend Atlanta coming up this weekend, and it’s going to be huge! We’ve got a group of people from Touhou Music Reviews who are helping us at AWA with a record-smashing 500 handouts. The odds may actually be reversed here, in that if you’re a Touhou fan and you’re there, and you don’t get one, well… actually, I shouldn’t underestimate the Touhou fan base. I did that once. If you’re going to be there, be on the lookout for Rosana’s and Ramnik’s artwork, and don’t forget to have fun!
Thanks for listening! ~