I agree, that's why I have a clear distinction between WIP and plans. I have many plans, but I don't see those songs as "claimed". If somebody wants to chart them, they're more than welcome. Just let me know and I'll remove it from my list.
Wasn't aimed at you, my friend. Sorry if that was the implication. I know we're in your WIP thread 'n' all. Sorry!
I do see value in those long "plans" list though. It helps find people to collaborate with. This way I can tell if someone is interested in an artist/genre and contact him to collaborate.
If there's anything I think we're missing, is a good interface to find collaborators. Like a second database, but of WIP songs with their status. So if you want to start a song, you can easily look it to and see what work has been done and by whom. And if you're looking for collaboration, you can look up similar songs/artists and see who's been interested in charting them.
Abso-god-damn-lutely. A system like that would be fantastic. I'm always sending out feelers to authors for collaborations, usually with success (oh hi, Whizzer and DenVaktare), but sometimes you just don't know who likes what until well after the fact. For example, I didn't know DenVaktare was a Fratellis fan until he posted a song by them in the database. Well, shit. Had I known that, I'm sure we'd have been working together long ago!
As another example, I really want to get Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner and Desperadoes Under the Eaves, both by Warren Zevon, made, but I am unsure who to approach about it, so they aren't in my WIP thread yet. It might end up as another in my countless projects involving "drums by Whizzer" and "guitar by DenVaktare" (fingers crossed, boys!), but I hate having to bother them when there might be others out there who genuinely love those songs as much as me. Plus, the main problem is those pro keys are absolutely required. And I'm not sure who I'd approach about that... but Prez has taught me that YouTube usually has something to steal