Changes coming to The Session
I’ve been working on a revamp/redesign/relaunch/re-whatever of The Session. Here’s a run-down of some of the (long-overdue) changes that are coming…
There’s always been a "first come, first served" problem with tune submissions. Whichever setting gets submitted for a tune gets converted into sheet music. Well, that’s going to change. Tunes will have multiple settings. If you have already submitted alternate settings in the comments to tunes, don’t worry; those will automatically be converted into alternate settings when the site relaunches.
I’m ditching the midi files. Does anyone actually listen to them?
The front page of the tunes section will place less emphasis on newly-added tunes and more emphasis on where activity is taking place. For example, it’ll be much easier to find and browse through popular tunes.
It will be possible to find sessions near you (if your browser supports the Geolocation feature). This should be particularly handy on mobile devices.
Just like sessions, you’ll be able to find events near you. Also, that change that was introduced recently that allows anyone to edit the details of a session will also apply to events.
Likewise, anyone will be able to edit the track listings of recordings, not just the person who originally submitted the recording.
If there’s a link to a YouTube video in a comment, you’ll have the option to watch the video right there without leaving the page you’re on.
You’ll be able to preview comments before you post them. This should help catch any typos. Also, you’ll have a window of opportunity for a while after you’ve posted a comment during which you’ll be able to edit it.
You’ll be able to list your location. That way, you can get informed automatically when sessions or events are added near you (this information will appear on the front page when you’re logged in).
One feature I definitely want to introduce (but it might not happen in the initial relaunch) is the idea of "trips". Say you’re going somewhere for a few days and you’d like to know about sessions or events in that place; once you’ve entered the details of the trip, you’ll get a list of what’s going on in the area, and other members who live in that area can be notified of your trip.
Messages between members will be accessible through the website so if emails from The Session have been getting trapped in your spam filters, that won’t be a problem any more (you’ll only be able to read messages sent to you, of course).
Another feature that probably won’t be ready by the time of the relaunch is the ability to sort tunes in your tunebook into sets.
The design of the site will be much more mobile-friendly. There’s the localised searching I mentioned already, but I’ll also be making the design work on screens of all sizes.
I’ve been posting some snapshots of the design as it develops:
I wish I had a definite launch date for the redesign but I have to snatch time to work on it when and where I can. I hope it will happen sometime in the next two months.
Thank you all for your perseverance with the current clunky old site — it really is very out of date. I hope you’re going to like the changes that are coming. But rest assured that some things won’t be changing: The Session will remain quite simple, straightforward, and fast to load.