Crowd Sourcing Search Results

Why Crowd Source?

Tonight’s maintenance includes the first phase of something we’re really excited about: crowd sourcing search results. Most of you have probably experienced the frustration of finding someone singing a cover version of a song or a poor quality live version filmed from a cellphone instead of the track you were looking for. If all youtube videos had some sort of metadata that identified it as a cover or a live version (or even if people titled things similarly), we could do this ourselves. Unfortunately, that’s not the case; so we need your help!

Phase 1: Flagging Tracks

You’ll find a flag icon to the right of the preview link in search results. If you feel a track should be removed from our results, simply click the flag, choose one of the applicable reasons why the track is bad and click OK.

Phase 2: Independent Review of Flagged Tracks

While the process of flagging bad tracks is going on, we’ll be working on phase 2 of this solution - allowing users to independently verify that a flagged track is indeed bad. The independent review of flagged tracks is necessary to ensure that we only remove bad tracks and not those that are flagged inaccurately or accidentally. Since this process will be a little more tricky than simply flagging tracks, it will likely be gradually rolled out so that we can tweak things along the way.
Stay tuned for that!

As always, there are some small bug fixes included here and there in this code push as well. Thanks for blipping!


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evablue  on November 18th, 2010

Wahooooo! Whoop Whoop! :)

krisp  on November 18th, 2010


kirkill  on November 18th, 2010

However, you maintenance has broken my ability upload and blip from dropbox. I’m going over to Pandora…

Sylak  on November 19th, 2010

It would be nice to flag a track as “live”.

GR8FL  on November 19th, 2010

Don’t understand how the flag of “cover” is useful. A cover should be acceptable providing it is tagged that way.

philnok  on November 19th, 2010

@gr8fl, I agree… there are numerous ‘coversthatdontsuck’, and therefore shouldn’t be flagged. However, I think they just used that as an example in community-based filtering system being implemented.

@kirkill, Pandora? Really?? That’s like saying “I’m tired of peeling these oranges; I’m gonna start eating bread.” ;) haha

musicalcure  on November 21st, 2010

why am I seeing a lot of tracks today with NO flags? They disappeared in one search and not another? a glich? also “cover” option wasn’t working for me til today, now it seems to be. If it’s fixed, TY. I labelled them poor audio instead.

Covers? Yes, there are many covers, even a few amateur ones that “don’t suck” but I suppose if it’s marked cover, but not poor audio/video, it will stay on blip, right?

anita furtado  on November 24th, 2010


tbell  on December 1st, 2010

speaking of cellphones — are there any plans to develop a blip app for iphone? it would be cool to be able to keep up with blip while on the move.

SnailKid  on December 1st, 2010

Actually, stumbling upon covers by artists I’m unfamiliar with has always been one of the joys to me of using Blip. I’ve discovered many unsung artists this way. I’d hate to see it become impossible or much more difficult to chance upon outstanding covers by unknown artists just because it’s inconvenient for some users to have to actually spend another half-minute looking for what they want. Where would we be without covers? Remember the Stones, the Beatles.

P.s. — I’m all for community-flagging of live recordings of truly wretched quality, but aside from the most egregious recordings, you have to be very careful with this kind of highly subjective flagging. Without proper human oversight (algorithms will fail here), content of great value could be removed by a few knee-jerk clickers. And you could impair what makes blip special — access to *all* the free musical content on the web, wheat & chaff alike, high-def standards AND undiscovered bedroom-recording magic.

kilowatthour  on December 4th, 2010

it seems to me now that i can ONLY find covers of songs i want to post. so… i am frustrated. i used to love, but i can feel it fading away.

MarkvanLoon  on December 23rd, 2010

I think it’s a good idea! I love live tracks, and now I can seach on it too, if I understand correctly?

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Brun0Beck  on December 27th, 2010

nice new feature!
It would be better if, instead of removing the flagged, just taking those down at the preview list. Reducing it’s relevance.
But taking care of this matter is the most important thing. Thank you, and GZ!!!

Let me ask a thing that I wish to see, since from the beginning of my blips:
Just like a miniblog, I want to TAG my blips.
If i want to have more than one playlist, i have to create another profile. And logging out and in is so boring.
If we blippers could just create some groups (it can be Tag, Playlists, Albuns or whatever.)
You guys rule the ways. If it will be private or public. If shown or not at the profile, or at the blip itself like the favorites.
That’s what I had to share. Sorry for this stranger english, and we love to blip! Keep it awesome.

DJ Ben  on December 27th, 2010

Long overdue the function being able to flag unwanted crapness - as long as it isn’t abused and is monitored correctly it should be good I suppose. Phase two the independent review is critical to this being a valuable function. you haven’t let us down thus far!

@kilowatthour isn’t fading away its called evolving - a must if it is going to survive.

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F4MU5  on February 17th, 2012

its rare that tracks flagged are actually bad, some people are just bored some days i guess. well at least that is what i experienced from my own site

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wow, good post. i think Crowd Sourcing is SE’s job, lol.

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