Today we rolled out a new Help Wanted page, which features collaborations filtered by Talents Needed. The new page is the official landing page (default page) accessed from the Collaborations link in the main site toolbar and sidebar. This means that it has been given top positioning within the site, and replaces the previous Featured Collaborations page (which was manually updated and often outdated). The goal of the page is to better showcase new and in-progress collaborations, and to effectively address an age-old Kompoz problem: finding collaborations to work on.
The Help Wanted page lists musical instruments (talents) on the left, along with a counter showing the number of collaborations that are seeking help (tracks) of those types. If you're logged in and have talents listed on your profile, the page shows those talents at the top, making it easy for you to find collaborations that are seeking your talents. Clicking on a talent will display a list of collaborations to the right.
To have your collaboration listed on the page, simply edit the Talents Needed for your collaboration. When you add a needed talent to your collaboration, the system will timestamp it, and add your collaboration to the list. Users can sort the list based on the timestamp, or the default which factors in the timestamp and also other factors that define how engaged or active the collaboration owner is.
Now, with this new feature, the system will automatically expire listings after 30 days. This is a big change for Kompoz! Previously, collaborations with talents listed a year ago would have equal weight in search results with projects having more recently listed talents-needed. This made it difficult to find collaborations with recent requests for a specific track type. The system will now expire requests for older listings, but it will first send out up to three email reminders to the collaboration owner, notifying the owner that the listing is about to expire, and that it can be re-listed. Re-listing is easy, and will bump the collaboration back up to the top of the sort list. Expired listings will simply be excluded from search results.
Sample reminder email.
As noted above, listings have a 30 day period. Kompoz members on the free plan can re-list a talent after 27 days. Plus and Premier members can re-list after 14 days. And Pro members can re-list after 10 days. We may change those numbers as we see how the system performs. Again, re-listing a talent will bump your collaboration back up towards the top of the Help Wanted page for that specific talent.
On the collaboration page, we'll also show a summary of the talents needed, along with the time and date it was posted, and the number of tracks already submitted of that type (if any). This gives everyone a clear picture of the status of the project, and the engagement of the collaboration owner. It's important to keep your collaboration current, accept or archive uploads, and communicate with your collaborators. These recent changes are one step towards helping with those goals.
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