Much has happened recently! We're back, and it's time for a few announcements and reminders. Below: learn about our new forum, new features, contest winners, a contest reminder and updated information about The What.CD Online Store! Check it out, and please enjoy.

Features:

Concerts, Events & Meets - Our Latest Community Forum:

What.CD users have always seemed interested in organizing meets and attending concerts. To help facilitate this process we're unveiling the Concerts, Events & Meets forum! This forum will center on the organization of [Concert], [Event], [Meet], [Region] and [Network] threads intended to help Whatters connect. We'll be a bit stricter about thread title standards in this forum, so be sure to read the forum guidelines closely. We hope you enjoy!

Upcoming Concerts - Additional Artist Information:

In conjunction with our Concerts, Events & Meets forum, we're rolling out the new Upcoming Concerts listing in the info section on every artist page. Whenever a relevant event is created in last.fm's events database, it'll show up on the appropriate artist page(s) in this section. From here, thread creation in our new forum can be streamlined: clicking [Go to Thread] beside the relevant concert listing will auto-populate as many fields as is possible, format the title properly and allow users to write additional information in the OP. If a thread has already been created, clicking [Go to Thread] will redirect to the preexisting thread.

Multiple Format Uploader - A New Tool:

We're pleased to announce the multiple format uploader! This addition to the uploading page allows you to upload multiple formats of a release at the same time. This feature will be especially useful when uploading the "Perfect 3" mp3 formats (320, V0, V2) (see better.php). Using this tool, you can upload a maximum of 5 additional torrents at a time with an option to add a torrent-specific release description to each. The optional release descriptions should contain information like encoder settings or details of the ripping process (but not the ripping log). Supported Browsers: Firefox, Chrome. Other browsers should work, but may look funny.

The Album Voting System - Added Functionality:

As promised, we've begun rolling out new features centered on our growing body of album votes. Now, whenever a popular torrent group is viewed, you'll see a "What.CD Favorites" section in the right column. This section will list that torrent group's ranking within the year of release, within the decade of release and within the overall charts.

Contests:

The Tracker of Terror Contest - Costume Doom:
Our Tracker of Terror Contest has come to a close with the determination of the winners for our final stage - Costume Doom. Congrats to our winners, and thanks to everyone who participated! The Halloween costume winners are:
•1st Place: Mystery merchandise prize (large). Custom title. Guest pick.
•2nd Place: Mystery merchandise prize (medium). Custom title. Guest pick.
•3rd Place: Mystery merchandise prize (small). Guest pick.

The What.CD Facelift Contest - Login Page Redesign:

We'd also like to remind you all that The What.CD Facelift Contest is ongoing, and the submission period will end on December 21st, 2012 at 12:00 AM (Site Time). In this contest, we're asking users to give our login page a makeover in the form of a new logo or - optionally - a total redesign. We hope to receive a great many entries, so please participate if you're interested. Check the thread for more contest details, and design your way into What.CD history.

The What.CD Online Store:

What was theretofore the largest update to The What.CD Online Store (FAQ) since its inception was announced during our birthday of what's in stock and when it's going out. A warning: many of our items are being discontinued on December 14th, 2012. This effectively makes all of our current apparel limited edition! We've also re-added what's left of some of our old Rippy Sticker and Rippy Koozie stock (details below), but these items are in short supply. A reminder: all profits from The What.CD Online Store are reinvested into the store itself or are otherwise put toward the ever-increasing costs of maintaining What.CD. No staff member is paid for the work they do.