FanFare Watercooler July 10, 2015 9:22 AM   Subscribe

We just added a new way to find which shows, movies, and podcasts people are discussing most called FanFare Watercooler.

With the volume of posts at FanFare it can be difficult to know where exactly people are congregating. We put together a simple page that shows which TV, Movies, and Podcasts have had the most interest in the last seven days. You'll see the show art for the top three in each category and a list of any others below. Click the poster or the show name to see that show's page and a list of recent posts. You can also click 'Recent Episode' to go to the most recent active thread for that show.

FanFare Watercooler is linked in the tabs on the front page of FanFare. We hope this helps people discover some conversations they might not have known were happening. This is still a work in progress so please let us know what's working and what isn't.
posted by pb to Feature Requests at 9:22 AM (29 comments total) 14 users marked this as a favorite

Oooh, neat, thanks!
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 9:27 AM on July 10, 2015


This is great!
posted by insectosaurus at 9:32 AM on July 10, 2015


This is pretty cool, thanks.
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 9:34 AM on July 10, 2015


Very cool -- one odd thing is that the latest episode of True Detective is showing up under "Classic TV" but I think that's because the episode was mistakenly marked as belonging to season 1.
posted by camcgee at 9:57 AM on July 10, 2015


This is the post showing up for me under True Detective in Classic TV. It's from Season 1, so it's not listed under current TV.
posted by pb (staff) at 9:59 AM on July 10, 2015


Oop, nope, camcgee had it right; that's definitely S2, was just mistagged.
posted by cortex (staff) at 10:01 AM on July 10, 2015


ah, ok.
posted by pb (staff) at 10:02 AM on July 10, 2015


Awesome! I love this!
posted by easter queen at 10:04 AM on July 10, 2015


Mad Max is gonna be on there forever, isn't it.
posted by Etrigan at 10:42 AM on July 10, 2015


I find FanFare weirdly intimidating as there's just so much there. This is a nice way to navigate popular threads. Thanks!
posted by billiebee at 10:46 AM on July 10, 2015


Is this why profiles are currently unavailable?
posted by boo_radley at 12:04 PM on July 10, 2015


Nope, unrelated server woes.
posted by pb (staff) at 12:04 PM on July 10, 2015


Mad Max is gonna be on there forever, isn't it.

Heh, maybe! Game of Thrones is similarly full of post-mortem vim. We've poked at this a few times to try and find a good balance with activity metrics that aren't too fiddly or baroque; pb's done a good job of trying alternate weightings and stuff, and all in all it seems like it's giving pretty reasonably zeitgeisty results, though the specific problem of the big cultural phenomena sticking around seems like it's because it is the zeitgeist even if those things seem "old" by day-by-day standards.
posted by cortex (staff) at 12:11 PM on July 10, 2015


Maybe "older" TV instead of "classic" TV, if something from last year can be listed in that ceatgory?
posted by smackfu at 12:50 PM on July 10, 2015


I like it! Great work everyone.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 2:13 PM on July 10, 2015


OMG, YES! I browse mostly on my phone and had given up Fanfare because I could never find anything. Thanks!!
posted by Space Kitty at 3:20 PM on July 10, 2015


Game of Thrones is similarly full of post-mortem vim.

To be fair, GoT does involve ice zombies and Harryhausen style skeletons alongside mysterious fire-powered resurrections. And it is based on a series of books that just seem to get longer without necessarily getting anywhere.

No such thing as Valar Cloture there.

Love the new feature!
posted by nubs at 6:22 PM on July 10, 2015


I keep reading it as Fanfare Watercolor.... I need that damn cataract surgery, I tell you.
posted by pjern at 9:52 AM on July 11, 2015


Fanfare Watercolor is the title for my upcoming Watercolour Challenge rewatch, including all 210 original daytime episodes (but NOT the 2005 celebrity version, which I do not consider canon, as it does not include a reading from a local poet).
posted by rollick at 2:52 PM on July 11, 2015 [2 favorites]


Oh my god, is that a real thing? It is a real thing, the internet tells me. Watercolour Challenge! I need this in my life.
posted by LobsterMitten (staff) at 5:59 PM on July 11, 2015


rollick: Fanfare Watercolor is the title for my upcoming Watercolour Challenge rewatch

"The challenge is to find Britain's best amateur painter and along the way to explore the landscapes of Britain" And a reading from a local poet? SO BRITISH!
posted by filthy light thief at 9:50 AM on July 13, 2015


While we are here, can we get an iOS home page icon for FanFare? Current Status :(
posted by Rock Steady at 2:54 PM on July 13, 2015


Aw! We'll see about that.
posted by cortex (staff) at 2:56 PM on July 13, 2015 [1 favorite]


Fanfare is the saddest subsite...
posted by Atreides at 7:39 AM on July 14, 2015


Sad because an icon was missing? It's fixed now—happy subsite!
posted by pb (staff) at 8:19 AM on July 14, 2015 [1 favorite]


Hurray!
posted by Atreides at 9:07 AM on July 14, 2015


:)
posted by Rock Steady at 10:18 AM on July 14, 2015


One problem I ran into with creating and retroactively tagging the Holiday Movie Club is that there's no good indication or way to get from a movie or tv show discussion page back into the club page. For example: The post for Fast Five has no indication, other than in the tags, that is it a part of the Fast & Furious club, nor is there a way to get into the club page from the movie post.

For the 2014 Holiday Movie club, I usually built it into the post, which is good practice, but people need to know to do that.
posted by the man of twists and turns at 7:39 PM on August 4, 2015


Adding some sort of Club Info or club controls to a thread that is part of a club is something we're thinking about. For now, I think it'd be great to link to the club page in the post description but it's not a requirement. People can enjoy a thread without even knowing it's part of a club, and folks who are members of a particular club will see posts from that club show up My FanFare. They might not even need to visit the club page once they've signed up.

But I do think it'd be nice to link to the club page somewhere so new folks can discover it and join if they want.
posted by pb (staff) at 8:56 PM on August 4, 2015


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