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Changelog

12 February 2021 - retrace, retexture

site changes

  • added per-album wallpapers
    • many albums have these, e.g. Homestuck Vol. 5; check "data changes" section for full list
    • archive and restore the original presentation of album releases while still keeping a unified design across the whole wiki
    • much thanks to Niklink for help collecting and editing these, as well as originally suggesting this feature in December; as well as to the rest of the Discord community for suggestions and feedback!
  • added per-album commentary pages
  • added distinct news entry pages
    • much like "All Commentary", a solitary news page would quickly become unwieldy for most browsers!
    • news index now shows headings and short passages instead
  • added footer to all pages of the site
    • contains feedback and donate links for now; this is totally customizable (see below!)
  • added Psycholonials row to homepage
    • will be updated as new chapters are released, in independent updates from the main coming March/April releases
    • no information for tracks currently unreleased, but we'll revisit this when all chapters and the full soundtrack have been released
  • many, many internal changes
    • almost all content across the wiki is now totally dynamic; e.g, wiki name and color scheme are stored in a data file
    • static pages like Changelog and Donate are no longer hard-coded and can be added or removed without editing the wiki code
    • homepage rows can also be customized; while there's only one type of row available currently (albums from list or group and optionally action links), the foundations are there to add more in the future
    • most site features, e.g. Flashes & Games, Listings, and News, can now be selectively enabled and disabled
    • a variety of changes to the internal text transformer, making longform text in data files (e.g. commentary, lyrics, static pages) much easier to read and write
    • code and data repositories have been separated (media as well, but it's not pushed online anywhere yet); CLI tool for actually building the site has been updated accordingly
    • all these changes are in service of making running your own wiki off the same codebase accessible and powerful; there's still much to be done before it's totally ready, though

albums

listings

  • as detailed in "site change" section, removed the "All Commentary" listing, replacing it with individual per-album commentary pages
  • there is a new and refined Commentary index though!

data changes

bug fixes

12 January 2021 - traversing fandom

site changes

  • added wallpaper and refined site layout
    • the current wallpaper is pulled from More from Homestuck and might be changed or expanded upon in future updates
    • a margin has been applied to the whole site layout, centering content to better visually balance it
    • "skip to content" and "skip to sidebar" buttons have been added, and show up when navigating using the tab key
  • tweaked the homepage with updated links, e.g. to new Discord and Donate pages, and updated wording across existing info pages

albums

groups

  • new feature! groups are collections of fan albums, organized under a dedicated page for an external group or project.
  • groups exist in three categories: HSMusic, Fan-musician groups, and Projects beyond Homestuck
    • HSMusic: overall structure for the wiki, containing Official and Fandom, into which nearly all albums are categorized
    • Fan-musician groups: collaborative groups of fan-musicians releasing music under a single name, e.g. Casual Sunday and Unofficial MSPA Fans
    • Projects beyond Homestuck: groups centered around a particular work, usually inspired by Homestuck, e.g. UNDERTALE & DELTARUNE and Oceanfalls
  • groups each have two "tabs" or views: Info and Gallery
    • Info: this displays the full description for a group, and then a chronological list of albums (and their years of release)
    • Gallery: replacing the previously dedicated pages for official and fandom albums, this displays a list of albums organized with their latest first, and has a short info line summarizing stats about the group
  • miniature group "infoboxes" are displayed on the right side of album and track pages
    • this design (alongside much of this update's layout changes) is inspired by the site layout of Bandcamp
    • contains a short catchline introducing the group, links to visit the external homes of the group (e.g. its own Bandcamp or project links), and chronology links to navigate the previous and next albums within the group
    • displayed at the bottom of the page in compact layout (e.g. when on a mobile device)

artist pages

  • every artist who has contributed track or album cover art, e.g. Elanor Pam, now has a gallery page; these are much the same as tag gallery pages but for artists

track pages

  • YouTube links for individual tracks no longer attach their playlist, because this was deemed Mostly Just Impractical in discussion

listings

data changes

12 December 2020 - launch of hsmusic.wiki

site changes

  • redesigned the homepage from the ground up to be a better landing page for the wiki!
    • three groupings for the wiki index: New Releases, Fandom, Official, showing just a few so it's easy to navigate, with new buttons to view a complete grid listing
    • moved the "Explore the site!" links over to the newly wiki-wide header, placing albums front and center while leaving navigation links readily accessible
    • added a sidebar to the homepage, listing recent news entries parallel with albums
  • improved navigation all around the site, making the wiki as a whole more consistent
    • cover art displayed in grid items is smaller across the site, fitting more items on a screen at once and emphasizing the name more than before
    • on the new Official and Fandom album indexes, the number of tracks and length of the album is displayed as well
  • added lazy loading for images, so landing pages shouldn't take up nearly as much data, and will load quicker (especially noticeable for the Flashes & Games index!)
  • adjusted the styling for grouped listings (previously used only for Unreleased Tracks) as they become more common (see data changes section)
  • made links which require JavaScript only show up if JS is actually enabled

tags

  • new feature! tags are used for two things: categorizing track art by character, and displaying content warnings.
  • added a tag list beneath most track and album arts describing characters in the image and linking to their gallery pages
  • added tag gallery pages under the Listings section, showing a grid of all the track and album covers which are tagged with that character
  • added content warnings for common triggers (alcohol, body horror, etc), blurring out the image and showing warning tags until it is clicked and revealed

listings

track pages

  • made the index of the current track show next to the track name in the navbar
  • made the start and end indexes of each group show next to group names in the sidebar
  • divided the sidebar into groups for a bunch of albums (see data changes section)

bug fixes

  • fixed a bug where chronology links (e.g "413th track by Toby Fox") for track artists weren't being displayed anymore
  • fixed a bug where artists with zero contributions (e.g. only commentary) would display as "( c.)" instead of "(0 c.)" in artist listings
  • fixed a bug where flash names would always have the dot at the end of the name removed, instead of only when punctuation follows
  • fixed some bugs with release date code where the Artists - by Latest listing would not count unique dates of cover art contributions (e.g. in anthology projects where fanart is added after the release of the album), and where the cover art release date displayed on album pages was ambiguous (previously it displayed the date of track art for the whole album; now it displays - or, if it is the same as album release, does not display - the date of cover art for the album itself)
  • fixed a bug on artist pages where tracks that are featured in more than one flash would display flashes past the first feature as "1", "2", "3", etc, instead of the actual flash names
  • fixed a bug on artist pages where co-artists of tracks (but not track art) weren't being displayed anymore
  • fixed a bug where the random official album link in the Random Pages listing would instead open a random track across the whole site
  • made all the links on the Random Pages listing behave more like regular links (ctrl-click works for example)

data changes

10 October 2020 - autumnal polish haul

new features

  • artist links will now have icons to jump directly to their personal websites most places they're linked

flash pages

  • moved the "tracks featured in" section above the "contributors" section, since the contributor list gets quite long in some cases
  • plus a variety of additions, see data changes section

data changes

24 July 2020 - recompose, refine

new features

data changes

miscellaneous

  • reworked the way pages are generated to fix random buttons not working
  • changed the date format from "YYYY-MM-DD" (e.g. 2009-04-13) to "day, month name, year" (13 April 2009), as i meant to last update
  • changed the "and more to be added soon" text at the bottom of the fandom album list to "and more to be added at your request", and linked it to the feedback page
  • made track links on the changelog page color-coded
  • made album links everywhere color-coded, too
  • tweaked some margin styling so grouped lists should look better all around the site

later-in-day patch

12 June 2020 - happy birthday karkat

homepage

flash pages

  • flash pages now have links at which they can be listened, besides just on homestuck.com! most importantly: links to HD recordings, so they can be watched at good resolution on any device

track pages

  • previously, all tracks required a URL to be added to the wiki; now, for tracks which don't have any links to be listened at online (but are still referenced by other tracks), they have been added alongside a message saying there aren't any listening links
  • as such, another full pass through NSND has been completed, and many tracks which weren't present on the wiki before have been added to the newly reorganized Unreleased Tracks album!

listings

  • the All Commentary listing page has been tweaked so that links in commentary will follow the color of the album the commentary is from
  • the listing index shows its list in the main content area now too, for when the sidebar is collapsed (see below!)

miscellaneous

  • a new navigation header added to every album, track, flash, and listing page, making the site considerably more usable on any device
  • the header has links to the previous and next (or random) track/flash, and chronology links have been moved into the header too, so you don't need to scroll to the bottom of the page to access them
  • on top of redoing the sidebar-header layout, changes to styling (collapsing the sidebar when the screen isn't very wide, for example) have made the site usable on mobile devices now!
  • also, some changes to the way pages are generated, to make the site usable from hit command-line web browser Lynx

2 June 2020 - track art for beyond canon

25 May 2020 - albums, artists, and urls

homepage

  • another four new fandom albums! Sburb OST, Beforus, Strife 2, Perfectly Generic Album
  • the entire homepage has been restructured, placing official albums from the music team for Homestuck^2: Beyond Canon front and center, and generally adding flare to the rest of the page too
  • a <meta> tag has been added to the homepage, so hsmusic's search result that comes up when you look up "homestuck music wiki" is a lot prettier

album pages

  • links to listen to the full album have finally been added to album pages, including bandcamp as well as youtube links (both full album and playlist) wherever available
  • chronology links now contain credits for cover artists, so they'll show up on album pages too

track pages

flash pages

  • chronology links have been added to flash pages too!

artist pages

  • artist pages - both musicians and cover artists - now have links to explore their work outside of homestuck
  • many, many artists whose names are either typo'd or out of date or otherwise duplicate have been updated, making artist pages a considerably more reliable resource than they were before
  • behind the scenes, lots of code changes to make accidentally typo'd or duplicate artist names much more difficult

15 April 2020 - chronology links

  • "chronology links" have been added to the bottom of the sidebar on track pages
  • these let you follow through the history of an artist's contributions without having to navigate back and forth between their own artist page

13 April 2020 - beyond canon

  • the new official album Beyond Canon has been transcribed! pretty minimal commentary and no track art, as yet.
  • pages for the routes of Hiveswap: Friendsim and Pesterquest were added to the Flashes page!
  • the new "flash" pages contain full credits for their authors and asset artists, and these can be explored like any other link

31 March 2020 - typo fixes from foreverFlummoxed

  • per foreverFlummoxed's excellent page-checking, a bunch of typos and missing track art around the site have been fixed!

18 March 2020 - more sburb commentary

  • the Sburb solo album was rereleased by its artist, so Bandcamp links have been copied to its track pages, as have the new commentary released with it

16 March 2020 - Land of Fans and Music (and References and Randomness and Art and Also Some Other Stuff)

homepage

  • four new albums archived (and their booklets transcribed): Land of Fans and Music, Land of Fans and Music 2, Land of Fans and Music 3, and Land of Fans and Music 4
  • (the commentary booklets transcribed here are hilarious and very insightful and there are a bunch of easter eggs - check them out!)
  • another new "album", Unreleased Tracks, containing tracks which were never released but were either referenced in released tracks or included in flash animations
  • the text of the link to the feedback page has been changed from "Feedback" to "Feedback & Suggestions"

listings

  • two new listings: Tracks - by Times Referenced and Random Pages
  • if you're bored and don't know here to start exploring, the Random Pages listing has a bunch of links that will decide for you! (it does require JavaScript, though)

album/track pages

  • these got their share of randomness too, in the form of a new "Random Track" link at the bottom of the sidebar
  • cover art can now have a distinct release date from the album, which is the case for anthology projects that organize art for an album after it has been released

artist pages

  • track credit listings already showed collaborators in contribution lines; now cover art credits do too, e.g. the page for Mika B.

miscellaneous

1 March 2020 - embracing fanon

homepage

  • the homepage is now split into two sections: "Fandom" and "Official"
  • only one fandom album now, Diverging Delicacies, but more to come soon
  • the official album grid listing was changed to sort the newest releases closest to the top of the page, as bandcamp orders releases, to keep consistent with the fandom grid listing (where we want new releases to stand out right away)

track pages

  • the "tracks that referenced" list is now grouped into two sections: official and fandom

flashes

  • a CSS change targeting the homepage inadvertently made the headings on the flash index look very fancy, and i kept this because it looks cool

7 February 2020 - flash pages

homepage

  • link to the new Flashes index page

flash pages

  • an individual page for each flash, and a new grid-style index (like the homepage) to collect them all, grouped by act
  • each flash gets its own unique thumbnail (except A6I4 flashes, please forgive me troll clown jegus)
  • every flash page has a link to play the flash on homestuck.com, its page number, release date, and a list of the tracks featured in it
  • the code to generate sidebar was absolute hell to write
  • jadevris

track pages

  • a track's page will list the flashes in which it's been referenced, e.g. Elevatorstuck

artist pages

  • within the list of tracks an artist has contributed music to, if that track has been featured in any flashes, those will be listed on the track's contribution line

miscellaneous

  • switched a couple artist names around, for consistency with credits in the latest release (Homestuck Vol. 10)
  • added a new Feedback page, with links to contact me; this is also linked from the homepage

14 January 2020 - commentary for Sburb

  • copied commentary for the Sburb album, per descriptions of the YouTube videos

6 December 2019 - commentary for [S] Collide.

  • copied commentary from James Roach on twitter about his contributions to the [S] Collide. album

3 December 2019 - commentary & lyrics

24 November 2019 - so many new pages

homepage / "About & Credits"

  • moved the intro message to a new About & Credits page
  • structured the site credits list more nicely there
  • added a new "Explore the site!" box on the homepage, linking to the about page as well as the new listings index

listings

  • completely new pages for exploring the wiki in completely new ways; they serve as an alternative to writing a dynamic search engine, because github doesn't let us write a custom backend and client-side javascript sucks
  • all linked from listings index, accessible through the sidebar
  • there are nine of these but if you doubt i'm going to list them all, you're wrong
  • Albums - by Name: every album, sorted alphabetically
  • Albums - by Date: every album, sorted chronologically (at the time this was no different than the homepage grid listing's sort, but today it contains fandom albums interweaved with official ones)
  • Albums - by Tracks: every album, sorted by number of tracks
  • Artists - by Name: every artist, sorted by name (this also shows the number of contributions each artist has made next to their name)
  • Artists - by Commentary: every artist, sorted by number of commentary entries
  • Artists - by Contributions: every artist, sorted by number of contributions (times credited as a contributor, to music or art, on any track or album)
  • Tracks - by Name: every track, sorted alphabetically
  • Tracks - by Album: every track, grouped by album
  • Tracks - by Date: every track, grouped by release date

19 November 2019 - grouped artist listings

  • artist page credit listings have been sigificantly restructured (before, after)
  • contributions are now grouped by album (or more specifically, by release date, which is noteworthy in the case of Homestuck Vol. 1-4, which was originally released over a period of four distinct dates, plus one for the final compiled album release)
  • because it's easy to see where tracks are referenced now, dim contribution lines (showing tracks which reference a track by the specific artist, but were not otherwise contributed to by them) have been removed
  • the lists aren't numbered anymore because, with this grouping, it was sort of ambiguous whether that referred to a track's position in the album or if it was a continuous counter of the artist's contributions (it was the latter); both such counters can now be displayed by holding still the cursor over a contribution line for a moment
  • removed a few referenced-track contributions i'd missed switching to the new format (distinct reference lists) earlier

18 November 2019 - high-res cover art

  • copied cover art from this archive, which was originally compiled by clicking each cover art off the bandcamp to get a higher-resolution cover art (it is intentionally still less than the resolution gotten in purchased album downloads, for particularly high-res art)
  • commentary for Hiveswap Act 1 OST

16 November 2019 - track references & commentary

homepage

  • got rid of the twitter link on my name and added two links in its place - my twitter and reddit accounts - as well as a note that suggestions and feedback are welcome

track pages

  • track references show up in a dedicated list now
  • forward-facing reference links: track pages list not just the tracks they reference, but the tracks which reference them
  • reference data is from NSND (credited on the homepage)
  • "listen on" links show up before the contributor list instead of after; reference list after contributor list
  • at the very bottom, a new section for artist commentary, largely copied from this pastebin

artist pages

  • added a message describing dim contribution lines: "Dim tracks are tracks that this artist contributed only a based-upon song to."
  • for tracks with multiple contributors, those are listed as well, e.g. "(with Michael Guy Bowman)"
  • note that this doesn't include "contributors" who only provided a referenced track, since those are now stored in a list separate from the contributors list
  • a new section for commentary
  • a "jump to" paragraph at the top, to quickly scroll to any of the track/art/commentary sections

15 November 2019 - initial release

initial release of the website

  • published on github with code under the GPL; hosted on hsmusic.github.io
  • advertised exclusively on reddit
  • (and maybe twitter but my account has long been deleted)

homepage

album pages

  • album name, release date, track listing, cover art & art credits
  • solo albums also show their artist

track pages

  • track name, release date, artists (musicians), cover art & art credits
  • links to listen to the track too (and code to convert URLs into human-readable site names, e.g. "YouTube" or "Bandcamp" or "(External)")
  • rudimentary leitmotif reference credits in the form of "Contributors" list
  • contributors list also contains credited collaborators on the track, e.g. producers, vocalists

artist pages

  • name, track and art credits
  • artist pages look quite different from today but serve the same purpose of listing their contributions
  • here's an example
  • credits are all in one numbered list; most are just the name of the track contributed to and the album it's from
  • for tracks where an artist made a specific contribution, that's mentioned too, e.g. "Sburban Countdown (arrangement)"
  • if a musician's contribution is simply a track which was referenced, the line for that contribution is slightly dim (it still contributes to the counter)