Tuesday, January 15, 2008

JamBase Updates

We pushed live a few updates, enhancements and fixes this evening. Most notably, the expansion of the main navigation to include Contests, Festival & Forums. No longer do you have to click "more" to actually see "more".

We've got a lot 'more' to come, stay tuned...

Saturday, August 25, 2007

The New JamBase

After almost a year of discussion, design, development, testing, launching, and re-testing, we finally pushed the new JamBase out the door last night.

Whenever we do a big redesign, it tends to get a bit nostalgic around the office.

There was the time we went from this to this, and of course the time we went to this and met this guy.

Then of course we went with this for a few years until arriving at where we're at today.

What's most exciting is where we can go from here. We have a new foundation, a clean slate and already some great ideas on what to do next.

Thanks to everyone who has already written in with their comments, we look forward to continuing to make improvements for your enjoyment :)


Wednesday, July 25, 2007

JamBase iPhone

For those of you who have leaped into the world of iPhone, check out our little adapted interface app designed specially for you:


(we tried to take a screen shot but only have 1 iPhone in the house...)

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

What's up with the new JamBase?

Thanks for asking!

We got a ton of great feedback from our beta test a few weeks ago and are working on fixing some remaining bugs and ensuring that the site will be stable enough to handle the traffic. As it turns out, there's a lot of you!

You can still check out and play with the new site at http://new.jambase.com

Please continue to test away and send us any issues, errors, suggestions or praise ;)

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Our NEW Site

Happy Thursday Everybody -

We're in the midst of final testing and bug fixing of our new site this week.

It actually got some public exposure on Tuesday night/Wednesday morning before we realized there were a few more things left to deal with before it was ready for prime time (that and our server started crawling).

Please feel free to visit the new site at http://new.jambase.com, help test us out and be a good Beta Breaker and report any issues you come across.

We're very excited about our new look, and hope you'll enjoy all it has to offer!


Friday, May 18, 2007

Tap Tap Tap ... is this thing on?

Things have been a little too quiet in JamBase Blog-land lately so here I am chiming in with an update.

We're been keeping busy working on great new features, launching FestivalBases (Wakarusa, 10Klf & Summercamp) and putting the final touches on our next version of the website.

If you're interested in helping us test out the new JamBase, drop an email to new at jambase.com and we'll let you know how you can help. You just have to promise to tell us what you think. ;)

Have a nice weekend...

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

A Comment About Comments

At JamBase, we're all about allowing people to speak their mind. What is the live music experience without opinions, discussions, theories and general debate? This is why one year and ten months ago we enabled "comments" for the stories that are published on our site (which are also often submitted by fans). Be it a Featured Article, Interview, Show Review or Newswire, we wanted to give you a place to give 'feedback'.

Most of the time these comments supplement the stories with a general pulse of the community reaction and gives everyone a chance to chime in with their take. Every now and then certain individuals (who will remain nameless) get involved at a slighter higher volume, velocity and demeanor which tend to hijack the conversation and forces people to reply to their comment, usually with a higher degree of negativity than the original comment until the whole thing spirals into a match-up of wits, jokes and insults that depart completely from the original topic.

Occasionally we've had to go in and remove certain obscene or completely unacceptable comments, and on a very rare occasion resigned ourselves to removing the comments option from a story entirely. We hate doing this, as it undermines everything we've tried to build here at JamBase, especially around the participation of our community.

Today we're excited to roll out a new enhancement that allows you to vote on any comment.

If you like the comment, give it a thumb's up. If you don't like it, give it a thumb's down. If enough people vote the comment down it will be hidden from everyone. You can still "Show" hidden comments and vote on them yourself.

We're not silly enough to really think that this will completely solve the problem. What we hope this feature will do is give people a bit of incentive to be more thoughtful with their comments, as well as give fans a way to voice their discontent (and content!) with a commenter without resorting to negatively commenting themselves.

If all those reasons fail, we hope you'll agree that it's still a pretty cool feature!

Happy Commenting!


p.s. Thanks to Digg, Yahoo!, Netscape and all the ajax developers out there who have come before us for the inspiration.