Most of what you mention is the result of a number of factors, but largely my fault
I’ll lay it out:
We were only going to add one or two pre-decided features this YIM, but @lucifer and @mr_monkey are amazing and ended up having time to do a bit extra - though we missed some testing deadlines/goals. @UltimateRiff (if I remember correctly) had requested both a ‘summary’ tile, as well as the inclusion of genres somewhere. These seemed like really good additions, so I made a mockup, and it made it out with the go-live!
Before go-live we (quickly) tested the function. Every image had electronic, pop, and rock in the top five, regardless of the users listening habits. I had predicted this, because of the MB genre stats, and already recommended we filter these out, but the result was even more extreme than I expected. MB genre stats:
hip hop: 288,809
(MB presentation from the 2023 summit, slide 11)
The thinking behind filtering these out is that the secondary tags would probably still be related to these top tags, but be more interesting, and at least a bit more relevant to the user (based on the few preview pics I saw).
It turns out they often still just aren’t correct, whether this would be improved by adding those ones we filtered out back in I’m not sure. Potentially. We will have to revisit this next year. I suspect genres may simply not be in a state to be included on a ‘user summary’, and needs to be put into its own tile (so users can decide to only share them if they feel it is relevant), or have something more relevant picked out (not just top genres, something like ‘you had a spike in your listens to [genre] this year’, or something else that we find to give consistently relevant results).
I’m a very invested MB editor so for me one upside is that a few people are feeling encouraged to add or fix tags across MB, as a result. But obviously that doesn’t help us this year.
re. the text being behind the picture, that is entirely on me, I made the snap call to have the image on top (hiding the genres even more than now!), going for style over substance. That obviously doesn’t reflect the needs of our users. @mr_monkey pushed out some fixes after we received feedback, adding the ‘overlay’ effect, so it’s a bit more readable.
More learnings for next year - you can suggest and follow improvements on this ticket for YIM 2024, if you like:
I have added this feedback there as well.