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What are your favorite communities on plug.dj?

Communities are the key to making plug.dj a unique and fun place to share music. Sharing and discovering music together is a special experience many of us cherish on plug.dj.

We want to hear about communities that are special to you! We will periodically feature nominated communities here on the blog.

Users may nominate multiple communities. Communities may be nominated multiple times by multiple users!

Prepare the following information for your nomination:

  • Community name
  • Community URL (e.g. https://plug.dj/support)
  • Music theme description, if applicable
  • Genres, if applicable
  • How many users are in the community on a typical day?
  • Why this community is special to you?
  • Why you think we should feature this community?

We look forward to hearing about your favorite communities!

Your fellow community member,
Brand Ambassador margotron

Let me tell you a Secret…

I think people rarely talk about movies here, so let me bring a personal favorite Foreign language movie to you.

Movie Name: Secret
This is a Chinese movie. Directed by and starring  Jay Chou.

One of the best parts was this Piano battle part, and if you liked that, you should watch the rest of this movie. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-FdX1D5hVg

Full Movie I found on YouTube:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nirubQHNx3Q

This movie’s storyline is good and interesting, and is related to music, love, family & time travel. Why is it so special & interesting? Tell us about how it made you feel after you watching it!

Hope you enjoy the movie and had a wonderful Easter weekend.

Your Brand Ambassador,
Yenn

 

Songs To Get You Ready For Spring…

Spring break serves as an important reminder that winter will not, in fact, last forever—even if, as yet another cold front takes over much of the planet; it really, really feels like it will. If you’re headed somewhere warm, you’ll get some much-needed sun after months of vitamin D deficiency, and if you’re just hanging in your favorite plug.dj room for some quality chill time, you’ll certainly be ready to jam out to some upbeat tunes to get you ready for the warm weather that’s coming.

Regardless of your plans, no vacation is complete without the proper soundtrack to set the mood and get you pumped for the week ahead. From Bruno Mars to Drizzy Drake, here’s the perfect soundtrack to get you ready for spring.

Bruno Mars: 24K Magic – YouTube

First up, is the title track and lead single from Bruno’s latest synthesizes a bevy of influences into one of his most irresistible concoctions to date. This will get any party going this spring and/or help you to clean your entire place without stopping.


Rae Sremmurd: “Black Beatles” – YouTube

No matter how hard you try, there’s no escaping Rae Sremmurd’s “Black Beatles.” The hip-hop duo dominated the world with this hit, and it’ll likely take over your vacation as well. It’s highly likely that someone will try to get one last Mannequin Challenge in, not realizing that 2016 is long gone, but that’s okay. Be a good sport; hold still for close to 30 seconds before being allowed to resume your dancing, then rest assured knowing that you can point yourself out in the viral video clip to your grandchildren someday.


Jon Bellion: “All Time Low” – YouTube

While the entire album is worth a listen, it’s one song, “All Time Low,” that you’ll become obsessed with. Without exaggeration, this selection will smack you in the face with the heavyweight obviousness of a Tyson uppercut, but others jab away at you, slowly working you over until you’ve completely surrendered. “All Time Low” is one of those songs – oh, and there’s also an incredible live acoustic version. You need to hear this. 


Clean Bandit  “Rockabye ft. Sean Paul & Anne-Marie” – YouTube

As your week of freedom draws to a close, don’t fret — before you know it, summer will be here and you’ll have a solid three months to plan your next adventure or Game of Thrones viewing nights. Until then, make the most of the time you have left and rockabye baby with this goodie.


Drake – “Hotline Bling” – YouTube

No song is more appropriate for rounding out the end of spring break than Drake’s “Hotline Bling.” Not only do those cool, island instrumentals give off those #TakeMeBack vibes, but for those who returned to real life hoping to hear from that special someone you met, only to be met with radio silence, Drizzy knows all too well what you’re going through. After all, they don’t call him Sad Drake for nothing. Try not to lose hope — maybe that hotline will eventually bling.

Written by BA Ramel

User Experience Survey Results!

In February 2017, Brand Ambassador VᴬᴵᴺGᴸᴼᴿᴵᴼᵁS asked our users to complete a short survey on their plug.dj experiences and music listening and sharing habits as a part of her BA trial project. Over 1000 people responded and the results were quite fascinating! We want to thank everyone who participated and share this info-graphic displaying the results of the survey.

Tell us what you think in the comments below!
(signing in with email should work!)

Site Extensions: Third Party Developer Interview

plugCubed

Represented by TheDark1337

How did you discover plug.dj?

Discovered it via a Facebook post from Muzzy in November 2012 advertising his room to party.

What is plugCubed and what are some of the main functions of it?

plugCubed adds a whole new dimension to plug.dj with the ability to customize a room, autowoot, autojoin, inline images, AFK response, a ton of moderation tools such as ability to see deleted chat, online user IDs, chat logging, afk timers, song unavailable notifications, song in history, and song limit plus a ton more.

What inspired you to develop an extension for plug.dj?

I was not the original author of this script. Technically, it was Colgate & TAT also known as Chikachi, that created it way back in 2012.

What do you enjoy about developing an extension?

Honestly, learning all the fun new features of javaScript and learning better ways to program is what keeps me going. Plus the knowledge that my code is being used by a ton of people to better their experience on plug is a huge motivation boost.

What more can plug.dj do to support third party developers in the future?

I wouldn’t know how to answer how plug can support it better to be honest, maybe more transparency with what is updated and API docs.

What new features can we expect to see in the future for plugCubed?

Currently I am working on a brand new control panel (the original menu will stay of course) . New features will include: autocomplete for emoji. Tooltips for all emoji custom or not. Adding in all the other emojis (Tasty, FrankerFFZ, BetterTTV, Twitch Subscriber)

RCS

Represented by xBytez

How did you discover plug.dj?

I got introduced to plug.dj by a friend who I’ve known for a long time. He came across it via Monstercat. We joined Tastycat together and we stayed there for a bit. I joined plug.dj on the 29th of July 2013. Been hooked since day one.

What is RCS and what are some of the main functions of it?

RCS? A must-have extension for plug.dj. I cannot use plug.dj without it anymore. Our slogan/tagline says exactly what RCS is. The fastest, most sophisticated extension for plug.dj.

It’s hard to talk about main functions, we have so many features around, which is why some call us the powerhouse of plug.dj. One of the RCS-specific features that I personally love a lot is SmartVote and the many moderation features we provide.

What inspired you to develop an extension for plug.dj?

We used to be very plugCubed based but it was slacking. After the update (note how I started to work on RCS not long after the 2014 update?) plugCubed just didn’t function as I liked anymore.
The idea came up and we wanted to change the game, we wanted to work on our own thing but still available for everyone to use. We tried our best and we tried to listen to our users and get their feedback and rely on their support.

What do you enjoy about developing an extension?

Making something useful. We have quite the userbase for RCS right now and I love it. I love working on something that ends up being used, something that gets people excited and something that’ll truly enhance people’s experience on the website.
To make things easier, more fun, prettier, what not.

What more can plug.dj do to support third party developers in the future?

Since I am working for plug.dj as a full stack developer, I kind of already support myself where needed. I don’t think this is a question I can answer. If I need something, I’ll add it in.

RCS has become one of the most popular extensions used on plug.dj, what can we expect from RCS in the near future?

Good question! We do have some things on our roadmap but that’s not quite done/planned. We honestly just throwing ideas around as of now and working on small things here and there as we fit. There’s not really something huge that we have planned/not announced. We just keep doing what we do, and that is hoping to truly enhance your plug.dj experience.

MikuPlugin

Represented by RubyChan

How did you discover plug.dj?

I don’t know exactly anymore how I discovered Plug.dj but I can remember that it was a long time ago and that I joined in to see what it was like but never really got into it, that was the old version with a tiny chat on the top right.
But since I didn’t really get into it, I stopped using it, but then later on when I was talking a lot with friends and tried to watch some videos together I looked up on Google for websites to watch videos together and found Plug.dj again, and figured out that I used this site some time ago and my account details still worked. I was happy that I could use it again, and since I was slowly getting into Nightcore, I thought “maybe there is a nightcore room in here” so I looked it up and found Nightcore-331 in which I stood in and enjoyed my time in.

What is MikuPlugin and what are some of the main functions of it?

MikuPlugin is a plugin like all the others, it has the main features it should have like seeing who grabbed, wooted or mehed a song, custom afk messages, custom mentions, history check, max. mehs for pinging the user, etc.

What inspired you to develop an extension for plug.dj?

I got inspired to develop an extension for Plug.dj because I like being able to create certain things that I can use myself as well as share it with others, I just felt like I wanted to have my own plugin that could do the same kind of things like the others and maybe even more.

What do you enjoy about developing an extension?

Well, I enjoy developing an extension because I like to be able to create my own things, and learning new things that I could use later.

What more can plug.dj do to support third party developers in the future?

I have no clue what Plug.DJ can do more to support extension creators, maybe adding a custom role for “verified” third party developers (“verified” meaning that they had filled in a certain form with their plugin etc, and being checked by the PlugDJ staff and giving them also access to better and faster support with BA’s/Admins.

Whilst on plug.dj what has been the most effective way to showcase your extension?

The most effective way to showcase MikuPlugin for me was just trying to make things, and showing my friends what I made and how it worked, allowing them to use it as well, and use it in the main room I was in and giving it more features in there its features based on what the room needed. That’s why MikuPlugin has a Max Mehs (1/10th of room features which is a feature that lets the user know when 1/10th of the users in the room have downvoted the current playing video.

ExtPlug

Represented by ReAnna

How did you discover plug.dj?

I first heard of plug.dj in 2013 from a friend, but only occasionally used it at that point. I really got into it in early 2014 when I found a k-pop community, then called “Girl Generation Fanclub” which later became WE ♥ KPOP.

The WE ♥ KPOP community has since moved on from plug.dj, but I still do some plug.dj-related things 🙂

What is ExtPlug and what are some of the main functions of it?

ExtPlug is an “extension framework”. It provides developers with tools to more easily create customizations called “Plugins” for plug.dj. Users can install and remove plugins using the ExtPlug control panel.

One of the tools provided by ExtPlug is “plug-modules” (https://github.com/extplug/plug-modules), which gives plugins access to almost all of plug.dj’s client-side internals. This means that plugins can integrate extremely well with plug.dj. One example that I’m really happy with is the user-profiles plugin (https://github.com/extplug/user-profiles#readme), which allows you to view profile pages of other users inside plug.dj, without opening a separate tab. These profile pages use plug.dj’s own UI elements, so they look and feel as if they are really a part of plug.dj.

In hindsight I should perhaps have picked a different name because “ExtPlug” is really hard to pronounce.

What inspired you to develop an extension for plug.dj?

I used to have all kinds of small custom scripts on plug.dj—one for full-size video (which is now a default plug.dj feature), one for autowoot, etc. At some point I decided I wanted to be able to control all these scripts through the plug.dj user interface directly, and started writing what would become ExtPlug.

What do you enjoy about developing an extension?

It’s really neat to make a thing that works. I also really enjoy figuring out how the internals of the plug.dj website work, which can be a bit tricky sometimes because the code is very obfuscated.

The coolest thing is when people other than myself actually use it. Weirdly, I really like getting bug reports because it means people are actually running a thing I worked on.

What more can plug.dj do to support third party developers in the future?

The #coding channel on the Discord is already a really good place for developers to connect and learn. It’s easily accessible and reasonably friendly. Outside of opening up the front-end source code, which probably isn’t going to happen, that’s the most important thing to have.

How do you plan on improving ExtPlug in the near future?

So far it’s been quite tricky to search for and use plugins–you’d have to know to find them on Github and copy URLs from there into plug.dj. ExtPlug as a whole has been mostly geared towards developers so far. There will be a new version out in the next couple of weeks, that adds a plugin search engine right inside the plug.dj UI. That’ll make ExtPlug a lot easier to use for everyone.

After finishing the new version I’ll focus on making a simple website to showcase some of ExtPlug’s features, and writing more documentation that’ll hopefully help other developers get started with ExtPlug too.

Interviews conducted by Brand Ambassador, Clannad

Dear Music: An Open Letter

Dear Music,

As I sit scrolling from room to room on plug.dj, I wonder do you realize how much you’ve done for me or how you’ve impacted my life? I can’t thank you enough for the relationship we have.

I know we’ve been friends since childhood and sometimes I feel like I don’t appreciate you enough. You’ve helped me through the ups and downs, and you always seem to know what to say. You are beautiful in all your different forms and genres, and what better way to give thanks for everything you’ve done for me than on this plug.dj Brand Ambassador journey.

I’d like to think that our relationship all started in elementary school when my kindergarten class would learn nifty little songs in order to remember basic knowledge. Without you, I wouldn’t have really appreciated the “ABCs” without the Jackson 5, or the days of the week through the song “Saturday Love” by Cherrelle, and lastly the importance of the months of a year like “September” by Earth, Wind & Fire as easily as I did. It seems like such a small detail, but it’s the little occurrences like that:  you show up and helped me out, even as a young man.

 

Music… You are there for me regardless of what’s going on in my life. Which is how I discovered plug.dj? Well… Not just yet… I had heard for what I had thought was the last ‘no’ in my quest to become an R&B/Soul artist. On a flight back home, I was surfing through the internet for new ways to stream music and came across turntable.fm. To my surprise this site was just what the soul doctor ordered. I was welcomed with open arms in a room called “Soulful Strut” and man did my music experience change. The song selections, the people, and the milestone parties gave me a musical outlet to enjoy you again.  I knew I could count on you to be there for me at any hour of the day or night and you and Soulful Strut comforted me during hard times, calmed me down during stressful times, enlivened the celebratory times, brightenedy days, and so much more. You’ve seen me through every stage and phase of my life. You’ve grown with me. You’re part of every significant memory I have. I was revived and it was all because of you.

But something happened. As much as people all loved turntable.fm, they decided to shut it down to fully concentrate on the “Live” experience. The decision to do that was tough on its faithful listeners like me but the night of the final party a member of Soulful Strut gave us the name of a website that wanted to throw our next party…

 

In comes plug.dj

One of the many things I love about you is how you bring people together. plug.dj did just that… a bit snappier, there were more avatars and fun things to do with your character, and definitely a more global audience. Some of my happiest memories are being with friends and family in Soulful Strut, SOULZONE and YouTunes while chatting, singing and dancing together… or shall I say “WOOT” together. There have been plenty of times where you have made the experience on plug.dj what it is. AWESOME!

R.I.P. plug.dj (2012-2015)

But something happened again… After two years, making it to level 17 and becoming the host of Soulful Strut, plug.dj was forced to close their doors. This couldn’t be happening. I wasn’t ready for this. I was so vested into building this website that I vowed not to move on. I went from room to room campaigning for others to be a “Gold Subscriber.” We were successful in holding the doors open for some time but to no avail it was over. Where else would I get to experience you in the ways that I have for so many years????

plug.dj is back! (2016-present)

And then it happened… No, no, this time it was good thing! July 25, 2016 The Facebook post read, “Official Update: plug.dj is now owned by Rowl.” I’m still picking up confetti off the floor to this day. The great thing about this post was to hear how the company was going to place tremendous focus on community and the user experience. I was all-in and made the decision to try and become a Brand Ambassador. plug.dj had been good to me from day one and I felt what better way than to pay it forward. You see what you made me do, music!

 

As I begin to take this BA journey, one of the things I’ve learned from administration and my mentor margotron is to search through many more of plug.dj’s communities. I’ve discovered that you are even more beautiful in all your different forms and genres, and what better way to give thanks for everything that you’ve done for me than to say thank you, music. 

I like to think you’re the closest thing people have to magic. The fact that every person in the world is able to connect on streaming sites like plug.dj is because of you… and for that, I thank you again.

Lastly, my dear friend, I’m grateful for all you have given this world. I may not have found all the right words to express how much you mean to me, but as I “Hang Out” in the Urban Suite I’m asking you… No, not you music but the person reading this right now… I’m asking you to reply in the comments of this blog post regarding “your” experience with music and how you were introduced to plug.dj. It can be as long or as short as you would like. REMEMBER: IT’S YOUR EXPERIENCE!!!

Always,
Ramel,
A plug junkie on BA trial

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Love is in the air, and guess what – it’s filled with the sound of music!

Whether you’ve got a special someone for this Valentine’s Day, or you’re celebrating Singles’ Awareness Day like me, you’re not alone. Our love for music, no matter the genre, is something that we all have in common. In the highs and lows of life – through the good times and the bad – music is the soundtrack to our life, and it’s best enjoyed together. It’s a uniting force, and in fact music is a form of communication that transcends borders and languages, to be enjoyed by all.

Personally, I love music because music is so diverse that there’s a perfect song for every person, every mood, and every moment. Sometimes an instrumental will be the perfect song to accompany how I’m feeling, and other times I’ll find a song with the perfect lyrics that convey what I’m not otherwise able to say. And of course, music is there for you, at all times – but that’s just how I feel about why I love music and what it does for me.

We asked, you answered; here’s what some of our fellow plug.dj users had to say:

Music speaks the words we can’t express and it shows our emotions when talking won’t help; it connects us together and grants us a greater understanding of one another. The plug.dj community is brought together by a love of music and shares in this wonderful and unique form of art, and I’m grateful for that.”  — TheBanHammer, Nightcore-331 co-host

I’ve got my own fun. I think music is all mood-related, and music is something we all need – when I’m listening to it, I can ‘escape’. It’s relieving. Sometimes, I have moments where I can have a feeling of detachment, and that makes it hard to focus on other people. Music acts as a common ground that helps me to relate to others more easily.”  Dreken, plug.dj user since Nov 2013

I love how music allows us engage with like-minded people from around the world. Whether it’s discussion about music, going to concerts, or listening to songs together – not many things can create bonds for life like music can. That’s what I find very special, and one of the many reasons why I love plug.dj. Kaphox, Popheads community owner

There you have it! Whether the love in your life is romantic or platonic, we all share a love of music as plug.dj users. Let us know in the comments below what yours plans are for today, and make sure to take advantage of all the v-day themed events being hosted on the site – have a great Valentine’s Day from all of us at plug.dj!

Cheers,
Gin,
plug.dj Brand Ambassador