Thank you to everyone for your patience regarding the lack of access to Leaderboards following Crownnote's launch at the beginning of the year. We understand that Leaderboards are and have been a popular feature for users to revisit their chart data, and while the functionality was fully built before the relaunch, the launch revealed that it was too resource-intensive for users to reliably access leaderboard data.
After reworking the Leaderboards feature, we're excited to announce that user Leaderboards have returned and are faster than ever! Links to each user's Leaderboards are available from their profile pages, including date-specific Leaderboards. Note that the URLs have changed slightly, using the following format:
In the link above, USER ID gets replaced with a numeric user ID from Crownnote's membership list, while DATES can be formatted in one of three ways:
- A single, four-digit year, e.g. 2021
- A range of two four-digit years, separated by two hyphens, e.g. 2020--2021
- A range of two dates in YYYYMMDD format, separated by two hyphens, e.g. 20210401--20210630
On user profile pages (example), those parameters are filled in automatically, so you don't need to find your user ID. In a future update, filters on the Leaderboard page will allow you to specify usernames and dates so you can pull leaderboard information on demand. Leaderboards' point totals and rankings will update in real time as you create new charts, so don't forget to keep your chart up to date so that your Leaderboards are a true reflection of your top songs.
We're still making some performance-related updates to the For You and site-wide Leaderboards, so look for those to roll out soon. Additionally, watch for an update soon that will allow you to download CSVs of your Leaderboards, so that you can access your chart data in spreadsheet format.
If you run into any issues or data discrepancies while accessing Leaderboards, please reach out via the Contact form.
Other recent updates
The most major updates since the site relaunch in January have been quieter behind-the-scenes updates, primarily to improve site speed and various features. Please refer to the previous news post upon the relaunch of the site for an overview of new features that arrived then, including the new Chart Card Creator and export tools for Last.fm and Spotify listening data.
Now that Leaderboards are once again in place, we'll briefly keep our attention there for the previously-mentioned Leaderboard feature updates; then, we'll be focusing on some overdue requests and new features that are on the roadmap. While not a complete list, those include:
- The ability to clean up data on your charts, to replace incorrect versions of some songs and merge duplicates
- An improved For You page, with a custom Leaderboard of top songs from the charts of users you follow, as well as other records and stats
- Tighter Spotify integrations, to allow for audio previews and playlist creation based on charts and/or Leaderboards
- Embeddable charts, and other ways you'll be able to take your chart data from Crownnote with you to other sites
- Album charts (we haven't forgotten these!)
How you can support Crownnote
We've had several questions recently about how Crownnote users can help support the site and its development. At this time, we are not considering any options for donations or paid features (though we greatly appreciate your offers!), in order to ensure equal access to features, and to set fair expectations of what is possible: despite using the word "we," Crownnote is fully developed by one person in his spare time.
That said, the site's hosting costs have jumped by about 15% since the relaunch, so we are looking at ways to offset that cost. One option we are considering, and likely to implement, is the addition of a few Google banner ads on the site. These will be as minimally obtrusive as possible, and will likely be less frequently visible to logged-in users versus those who aren't logged into an account while visiting the site. We're looking into other opportunities as well, and welcome any feedback you might have from your perspective as a user and fan of Crownnote.
As always, thank you for your support and continued use of Crownnote! It's music fans like you who keep the site active and push new features to be developed, so please continue to share the site with fellow friends and fans, and reach out with any questions, requests, or feedback.