Using Music on your ProBoard May 1, 2011 20:09:59 GMT -8
Post by EelKat on May 1, 2011 20:09:59 GMT -8
While the idea of having a music player on a site can be considered a great idea, especially if it increases a person’s muse or writing ability, there are some drawbacks to the idea. Sometimes, when the person creating the play list isn’t familiar with site that they’re getting the player from, they’re more likely to put the player on the default settings, which can sometimes include auto play. This simple error can cause issues with not only members but potential members and guests as well. Not only does the music interfere with any music the guest or member might be listening to, it also can turn them away if it’s something they don’t like. For example, Jane Doe might visit a Harry Potter forum and hear Metallica, which isn’t something she likes so instead of joining, she closes out of the site. And so in this case, the member is turned away from the other aspects the site might hold, and the site loses out on another member. It’s a lose/lose situation for both in this case.
Having music players on a site, however, can have some good aspects. If used properly on a roleplaying site, it can help the roleplayer‘s ability to connect with their character if they‘re allowed to give input as to what music would be on the player. If it‘s set to not automatically play every time the page is loaded, then it‘s more likely that no one can get upset by it, and the staff team won‘t have to deal with the increased irritation of members and potential members. Either way though, music players can help and/or destroy a site.
What are your opinions on this subject?
I have never personally used one on any of my forums, none of them fit with that sort of thing.
However, I do like the idea of them, and think it is a great thing to add if appropriate for your site.
BUT: I really, really, really, REALLY HATE it when I open a web site and music comes blaring into my headphones! It's especially annoying when it happens why I'm listening to music already and my computer crashes because it gets confused over playing both at the same time. I do not like music players that are set to autoplay. It'll cause me to close the site and never go back, rather than scroll up and down the page trying to find a way to turn off the music.
Also sticking the thing in your header right at the top of the page is rather annoying. When I open a site the first thing I expect to see is a banner and the nava links, not some big music player! It belongs in the footer underneath and at the bottom of the forum, out of the way, out of sight, and out of mind....the music should be part of the background not the main theme of the site - unless of course you are a musician and the whole point of the site IS your music, than I expect the music player to be at the top, but that's the only time I would expect to see it there.
If I see the music player, and I WANT to listen to it, I'll turn it on in my own sweet time.
But yeaah, as long as the settings are not on autoplay, I don't mind sites having music added.