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ID:38 Date: Monday 30 Nov 2009 09:11 Subject: Gigall Friendly Ratings Explained

A number of bands have asked me to explain, in more detail, what the gigall friendly ratings is and how can a band increase their rating score.
So let me explain....
First of all, the gigall friendly rating is not a measurement of how good a band is!
It is simply a way of indicating how effectively a band utilises gigall and how much useful information a band includes within their profile. It might help if I firstly say that gigall was never set up to be a band directory but instead a gig directory. So a band with no gigs (or very few gigs) would be never have a rating as high as a band that has many gigs regardless of how good they are. However, gigall will mark down bands that do not provide certain information about their gigs, such as the postcode of the venue.
I will explain why a postcode is so important at the end of this article.

How is the gigall rating worked out?
Firstly our system counts your future publc gigs...
If Gig Total equals 1 then Gigall Rating is set to 1
If Gig Total equals 2 or 3 then Gigall Rating is set to 2
If Gig Total equals 4, 5 or 6 then Gigall Rating is set to 3
If Gig Total equals 7, 8 or 9 then Gigall Rating is set to 4
If Gig Total equals 10, 11, 12, 13 or 14 then Gigall Rating is set to 5
If Gig Total equals 15, 16, 17, 18 or 19 then Gigall Rating is set to 6
If Gig Total equals 20, 21, 22, 23 or 24 then Gigall Rating is set to 7
If Gig Total equals 25 or more then Gigall Rating is set to 8

Next the rating system counts how many gigs is missing vital information such as the postcode. For every gig that is missing these details a point is taken away.

Next gigall counts your uploaded MP3's (if you are are a Full Member)...
If your MP3 total equals 1, 2 or 3 you will recieve one extra point.
If your MP3 total equals 4, 5, 6, 7 or 8 you will recieve two extra points.

Why is entering the postcode of the venue so important?
Gigall endevours to store information about any pub that has ever had live music at their premises. After a gig date has passed we store the information about that venue in another database table, which is searchable by Full Member bands. Apart from the venue name, the most useful data about that venue is the postcode. From a postcode you can find the full address and visitors can use the postcode within google maps to find the venue.