DONATE AND HELP IN OUR SITE OVERHAUL/UPDATE

Discuss DVDs and Blu-rays released by Criterion and the films on them. If it's got a spine number, it's in here. Threads may contain spoilers.
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Re: DONATE AND HELP IN OUR SITE OVERHAUL/UPDATE

#101 Post by cdnchris » Thu Jan 09, 2020 12:33 pm

swo17 wrote:Wait, if I navigate to Amazon from this forum before making purchases there, the forum gets a cut? I wasn't aware, I'll have to start doing that!
If you navigate through links in posts it should (the forum software is supposed to add affiliate information when someone posts a link to Amazon, though I think it's spotty). There are also banners/buttons on other parts of the site, though have been meaning to add them again to the forum footer again.

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#102 Post by cdnchris » Thu Jan 09, 2020 12:34 pm

DarkImbecile wrote:So, uh... what exactly do I have to do if I click through this ad in order for the site to make some money?

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Date a farmer, obviously.

And sorry, I'm trying to filter some of these (and make them less obtrusive).

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#103 Post by DarkImbecile » Thu Jan 09, 2020 1:10 pm

My page view data must be making me look even more desperate than usual these days...

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#104 Post by cdnchris » Thu Jan 09, 2020 1:16 pm

I'm super curious about your browsing history now...

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#105 Post by DarkImbecile » Thu Jan 09, 2020 1:20 pm

Here you go:

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#106 Post by Drucker » Thu Jan 09, 2020 1:42 pm

Part of what is happening here is that at this time of year, many premium/regular brands have not yet launched new campaigns for the calendar year. So the ads you see across the internet in early January tend to be more bottom-feeder, cheaper stuff than usual. It's still influenced by targeting/browsing history, but more so than other times of year, the cheaper weirder ads have an easier time getting through and beating other ads in auctions, because they are competing with less.

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#107 Post by TMDaines » Sat Jan 18, 2020 7:00 am

Now I’ve got my excuse lined up for when I get some “dodgy” ads in the future.

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#108 Post by cdnchris » Wed Feb 26, 2020 2:25 pm

I brought up features that will be added to the new site in the Karel Zeman thread, but figured I'd post here to the more appropriate thread.

I'm trying to make it easier for people to search details on specific releases and titles across multiple labels, while also keeping historical records as best I can. One thing I've overhauled is how technical specs and supplements are managed so that they can be more easily indexed and searched. One advantage this has allowed is that I can easily compare specifications between individual titles (and sets) to see what one release has and another doesn't. Here's an example:

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I'm trying to clean things up visually, and also allow multiple comparisons: though it appears the Criterion has more exclusive content, this comparison doesn't take into account that Second Run's other Zeman releases has some of the features found on the Criterion set.

Because of how supplements are indexed I can also index participants in the supplements. So if you want to find commentaries by Tony Rayns they'll be listed here. You want to see stuff Michael Brooke has contributed to, no problem!

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This is obviously not everything he has contributed to, but I am still entering data.

The new site can also keep track of films, from shorts to features, show what releases they're on, and not just if it is the main feature on a disc: the site will also list what releases a film is on, even if it's just a supplement on the disc. If you want to find DVDs/Blu-rays/whatever that feature Werner Herzog Eats His Show, they will be listed here.

It will also index television programs (as best it can). So if you want to see what releases have episodes from The Dick Cavett Show, they'll be listed here.

There's other stuff that will be added but these are some of the key things.

I want to keep track of restorations but this is a difficult one and something I hope to add in the future. I'm also still entering data and trying to get a significant amount to start. Not everything will be up when this is all launched (I'm hoping in the next few months) but it will be an on-going thing. Also, don't be surprised if there are a lot of corrections after this is all launched, and things will not be complete.

At first the focus will be on specialty labels. Some studio releases will appear, but probably only if there is a matching third-party release (since Arrow release The Apartment, a comparison to the MGM will be available). In all honesty, I will more than likely not put too much effort into entering data for those titles.

At any rate, I just wanted to let everyone know that, yes, I have been working on this, it's been taking longer than I thought, but I'm very close now.

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#109 Post by tenia » Wed Feb 26, 2020 3:33 pm

Tbh, this is exactly the kind of things I love to find, because in the specialised labels globalised world, comparisons like these are just sooooo time-saving.

I'm not sure what obstacles you might have with the restorations bits, but if you need outside help, don't hesitate to shout out here. I'll be glad to help (at least while I'm still unemployed and have lots of free time right now).

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