After many dreams, Google searching and Reddit lurking I found this forum. This community helped me get customs running on my PS3 which was a dream from the day Rock Band came out. I am forever grateful, as a real drum set and time to learn and play is just not an option for me. That said, I had some observations:
The database of songs could be a little easier to use I feel. Right now, there's no way to get directly to a download from the list (that I can tell). I always at least have to go to another page (at least one depending on where I click) to click download.
The the pages to download from are not consistent. Some appear to be hosted by C3 and others by any number of places. Is there not a standard in place to ensure links aren't replaced by something malicious, or so that a bulk download can be accomplished?
The first icon represents where it came from, I'm guessing. but it's addressed better under "Author". Also this column is really interesting because of how much information it could display. With all the combinations possible, it makes me wonder if this icon is needed, or if it could be inferred by the other icons beside it. I guess that might mean having a semi-transparent out harmonica icon.
Why have the source column? It's addressed in other ways.
The info column uses the "pointer" with it's CSS which makes you believe it's a link when really it's a "peek" on hover and "expands" when clicked. It's not very intuitive, and a best practice would be to put the column expand in the column name area.
Also the ? in the info column has a box fade in, but hovering over the column contents is an instant appear. Just an inconsistency with animations.
The legend under the ? for the info column is nice, but some of those would be better put on the actual icon when I hover over it, or the icon could be represented more clearly as to convey the same information without needing a description. Really, it does it already. The only problem is the fact that they are black shapes on a deep color background, the contrast does not make it immediately apparent what is being conveyed. Why not use the existing Rock Band icons (from the latest release) and keep no parts as semi-transparent.
I think difficulties could be represented by four dots. E/M/H/X could just be those exact letters. If they're black then it's there if it's semi-transparent, it's not.
Also, why is there a small icon on the first icon but the same icon is on the far right?
As for multi-track, well I'm sure that's important to some people, but why not make it it's own column that can be turned off? Speaking of, why not have that ability period?
The rating is nice but not being able to vote on it from this screen would be nice.
What does the eyeball represent? If it's how many views... why? Downloads would be a neat metric, but I'd rather view the rating than how many times people downloaded it. That's is not an accurate representation of the quality of the song.
Last updated should just have the date. Putting the date it was updated above when it was released is just confusing.
If Xbox songs can be converted to PS3, why isn't there a PS3 download option for all of these? Is this something that needs to be done by the user who uploaded the song? If so, why? Can I upload the converted file to an existing song so that future users can save a multi-step process in getting songs on their PS3?
Why not do the "Author" column like you're currently doing with the "Harmonix" tag? Maybe add a RB1,RB2,RB3,RB4,RBR,RBB next to it. Put the users name in that yellow/orange color and make it grey if it's a user submission.
Does not work well on mobile for song browsing. Would be neat if I could add them to a "setlist" in my account so when I get home I could download all of them at the same time. But that would require a centralized location/management of the existing songs. I would image that would be easier, as files could be backed-up like I'm sure the site is routinely.
This is not a barrage of criticism. These are just ideas I had on ways to improve the database with some pie-in-the-sky ideas. I obviously have no idea how many people run this site or how they pay to run the site. Thank you again to Shroud for our PM's back and forth and their initial updating of the instructions in a clear and concise manner. I only wish it was easier to find, like a dedicated page on the site rather than another sticky'd thread buried somewhere.
Why not just do it like you're currently doing with the "Harmonix" tag? Maybe add a RB1,RB2,RB3,RB4,RBR,RBB next to it. Put the users name in that yellow/orange color and make it grey if it's a user submission.