I’ve found that for niche genres/combinations, the easy/medium/hard modes give quite unpredictable changes. Sometimes hard is more varied, sometimes less, and it’s not necessarily ‘harder’. Probably because of how the small pool of users editing that stuff has added tags. I don’t think this is a problem, I’m expecting those quirks, but interesting to note!
australia, grindcore on medium mode
australia, grindcore on hard mode
(hard has more repetition, slightly ‘harder’ imo)
new zealand, grindcore on medium mode
new zealand, grindcore on hard mode
(hard has less repetition, slightly less ‘hard’ imo)
Another thought: I don’t know if it will be too heavy on the servers to do this, but when a search fails to generate a playlist, rather than fail, it could re-attempt the playlist at the next ‘difficulty’ setting (as these are more likely to succeed), with a message to accompany, e.g: We weren’t able to generate a playlist on Easy mode, but have successfully generated a Medium mode playlist.
Alternatively, maybe a shortcut like in the User Feedback Panel like:
- tag ‘new zealand, grindcore’ generated too few recordings for easy mode. Click here to generate a medium mode playlist
Interesting Taylor Swift appearance on this playlist prompt : P
A few other outliers when I generate similar playlists, or regenerate the same one.
Re-running this a few times it seems the first track is always an outlier, and then another one is interspersed in the next ten or so. Are we trying to offer something different on purpose, for the first track?
When I generate with ‘recs:aerozol + genre’ instead of ‘user:aerozol + genre’ it no longer has an outlier at #1, but still has tracks spread about that definitely don’t have the included prompt tag attached/are wildly different (I like the variety, myself, but if someone asked me for a playlsit of all my fav grindcore, I would have to do some editing)
Overall: this tool just gets cooler
I’m starting to get overwhelmed with fun options tbh, and haven’t dug very deep… looking forward to monkey whipping up a GUI!