I began my voyage through the archives a few weeks ago, and liking to keep things organized, I imported all the m4a’s into iTunes as podcast files.This is what happened.
Two things of note. On the left, you can see that the files imported under a variety of podcast names(“Drabblecast”, “The Drabblecast”, “Matt’s Album”, “Norm”, etc). I think I ended up with 8 extra playlists in addition to the regular feed. I'm guessing these are relics of the early days that made their way into the fan archive files.
On the right, you can see a sample of how scrambled up the episodes are. It seems to be a mixture of typos, missing data, and numbering (using 1 instead of 001) that’s disorganizing everything. I got it mostly sorted out with a couple hour’s work, thanks in large part to ASID’s awesome episode list in the story discussion. I’m no iTunes ninja, so I’ve still got two Drabblecast playlists in addition to the main feed due to some data inconsistencies I haven’t yet figured out how to fix. Still, it’s all much neater than it was initially.
None of this is really a big deal; it certainly hasn't kept me from enjoying the archives! But I wanted to suggest a cleanup sometime in the future to make the archives easier to import and organize for newbies. Sort of like the art reclamation project, but with data. I for one would love to see all the old episodes’ data standardized and brought up to par with the more recent episodes. Older episodes, for example are missing descriptions/summaries that the newer ones have. Things like artist/composer names are not consistent. Cleaning this up would make everything more searchable and neat-looking all around.
Since I'm already working on it for my personal library, I’d even be happy to volunteer for such a project if I could get a little guidance from the tech-savvy folk. Perhaps I could just re-upload all my files after I’ve finished correcting/filling in the data or such?
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