01. Awesome pleasing songs. Not only does this make Turntable more fun, but it gives DJs feedback on how to adjust their next song to fit what people are liking (or not liking).
02. Leave the booth when you leave your computer. It’s pretty obvious when someone sets up a playlists and leaves the room. Their songs play, and they don’t give any feedback to songs before and after them. This isn’t fun for anyone.
03. Check “Room Info” for dupes before you play a song. Especially if you’re new to a room. You don’t want to queue up a song that was played 10 minutes ago. Get familiar with the room’s recent songs before you inject your own.
04. Thank your DJs/listeners before you leave the room. Say “Thank You” before simply closing your browser. If you’re a listener, thank your DJs for keeping you entertained.
05. Stay on theme. If the room has a theme, stay on theme. This is pretty common sense, but if you go in to a room, be mindful of the theme they have going on. Nothing can kill the energy faster than a newbie jumping on the decks and playing something way out of left-field.
06. Fill out your profile. Turntable is cool, but it’s hard to connect to people beyond the site unless you fill out your complete profile. Hit the “Settings” drop down and click “Edit Profile.” There’s a place for Twitter, Facebook, etc, and we can stop saying “Who is EquatorMan??”
THOU SHALT NOT:
07. Lame songs haphazardly or critize another DJs song pick. For some people, the music they pick is a pretty personal thing. Dissing someone’s song selection is like dissing someone’s clothes, and it’s just not nice. If you must, then go ahead and click “Lame.” It does have a valid purpose of keeping a room in check, but don’t verbally put someone down because they play a song that you don’t like or are not happy with.
08. Be a deck hog. Particularly if there are a lot of people in the room, don’t hog the decks all day. Let the room know you’re going to step down for a bit so that others have an opportunity to join in on the fun.
09. Lash out if nobody likes your song. Different strokes for different folks, right? Just adjust accordingly. Don’t take it personally and lash out. It creates negative energy in the room. Not to mention people in the crowd may be momentarily away from their computer.
10. Play long songs. Unless the song is amazing, it’s bad form to start a 12-minute song that everyone has to suffer through whether they like it or not. Stay succinct and accessible so that you don’t frustrate or alienate your audience and fellow DJs.
So there you are. Some etiquette guidelines for http://turntable.fm. See you in there!