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Plug.DJ Tutorial [Outdated]
11-29-2013, 07:54 PM (This post was last modified: 10-24-2014 07:42 PM by Geolu_Henge.)
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Plug.DJ Tutorial [Outdated]
Plug.DJ Tutorial

Plug.DJ is a website that offers a place to get together with your friends, or meet new friends, while listening to some music. In essence it is a chat room with a jukebox.

For the first timers it can be confusing to understand what everything is and what it does. This tutorial is designed to walk the path any new user of Plug.DJ will take. By the end of it, you will have a greater understanding of the basic operation of Plug.DJ, as well as some of the more detailed functions. To do this, the tutorial will be broken down into sections, each dealing with a particular area of Plug.DJ in a more concise presentation.

The sections are as follows:
  • 1. First Steps - This section will cover;
    • Creating an account and logging in to Plug.DJ,
    • Joining a Community,
    • Getting to know your avatar,
    • Interacting with other users avatars.
  • 2. Chat - This section will cover;
    • How to use the chat interface,
    • How the fan system works,
    • How the @mention system works,
    • How Ignore works,
    • How to recognise the user ranks in chat.
  • 3. Video & Information Panels - This section will cover;
    • Interactions with the video player area,
    • The main menu and settings,
    • The room info panel,
    • What the userlist shows,
    • How the waitlist works.
  • 4. Playlists, Part 1 - This section will cover;
    • How to make and manage playlists,
    • How to add music videos to playlists.
  • 5. Playlists, Part 2 - This section will cover;
    • How to import YouTube and Soundcloud playlists,
    • How to edit music video information.
  • 6. Voting & DJ'ing - This section will cover;
    • How to vote on tracks,
    • How to play your playlists.
  • 7. Creating a Community - This section will cover;
    • How to create a room,
    • How to add and manage staff,
    • Managing the community.


Also, take a look at this fantastic tutorial video made by Derben16. A massive thank you to him for doing it.


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11-29-2013, 08:26 PM (This post was last modified: 01-16-2014 04:53 PM by Geolu_Henge.)
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Plug.DJ Tutorial Section 1
1. First Steps

Welcome to the first section of the tutorial. Here we will help you get started by creating an account and logging into Plug.DJ. This section will then go on to introduce you to your own and others avatars.

The very first step is to go to the website. When the page loads up, you will be presented with the log in screen (Fig. 1).

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As you can see, Plug.DJ allows users to create accounts and log in via their Facebook, Twitter or Google profiles.
Along the bottom of the page are some useful links;
  • The About page and Blog, with more information about what Plug.DJ is and latest news and events.
  • The API, for plug-in developers.
  • Plug.DJ's Twitter and Facebook profiles.
  • The Terms of Service, a must read before any account is created.
  • The Privacy Policy, another must read before any accounts are created.
  • Logout, for when you want to sign out of Plug.DJ for whatever reason. It is worth noting now that Plug.DJ keeps you automatically signed in. So when you close the webpage and come back later, you don't have to go through logging in again.

Once you have linked your Facebook, Twitter or Google profile with Plug.DJ, you will be presented a screen where you can choose your starting avatar and your username (Fig. 2). Usernames may only contain A-Z, 0-9, -_, and cannot have spaces.

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After signing in, you will be presented the Main Lobby screen (Fig. 3).

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In this screen you can browse through all the public communities that have been created on Plug.DJ. They are arranged with the busiest at the top, descending eventually to the empty ones at the bottom. As shown in the picture, our community room “Approaching Nirvana” has 4 users in it.
Along with the number of current users, the Lobby displays:
  • the title of each community,
  • who the Host user is (the person that created the room),
  • the currently playing music,
  • and for regular users it even shows when their friends are in the room (more on friends and fans in Section 2. Chat).

Also in this screen is your user details, in the top left. It shows a thumbnail of your current avatar, your username, the date you joined, your total points and fans. These details are covered later in this section, and further in Section 2. Down the left side, under your account details, are the same links as found across the bottom of the log in page (About, Blog, API, Terms, Privacy, Logout). “Support” links to a collection of help articles about Plug.DJ and how to use the site. Down the right side is the news feed.
At the top of the room list is the search bar, in the centre. Use this to find a room by its title or host. Next to the search bar is the “Create Community” button, this will be covered in Section 6. Creating a Community. For now we will enter a pre-existing room. To do this just click on any room in the list.

Meeting Yourself & Others

This is the room view of Plug.DJ. Most rooms will look like this, with a small number of exceptions. There is a lot of information presented here, so let's take it one part at a time.

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The logical place to start is by looking at your avatar. That's you in the middle there, that white bear with the little moustache and creepy eyes that follow you all around the room. The avatar represents you in Plug.DJ and is visible to everyone that joins the room. Your own avatar will always be at the front and centre of the room for you to find easily.
On first joining, all new users can choose from 5 avatars as previously seen, and get to chose their username immediately. Older members that havent changed their usernames yet have boring alpha-numeric ids assigned as seen in the red highlighted area in Fig. 4. The same information is displayed when you mouse over yourself. Now obviously this is a unique username, but it's not really personal is it. Let's see how you change it.

You begin by clicking on the highlighted area of Fig. 4.
The User Profile opens as a pop up in the middle of the screen. The top option is where you can type in your desired username. Below the right end of the text box is an availability indicator. From the start it shows Available (Fig. 5a), because no one else will have your unique alpha-numeric id. However, if your chosen username is already in use by another member of Plug.DJ, you will be told as such (Fig. 5b).

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Also found in the user profile is your status (Fig. 5c). Choose from Available, AFK (Away From Keyboard), Working, Gaming. This status will be displayed to others when they mouse over your avatar.
Finally, you can also select the language you want the page to be displayed in (Fig. 5d).

Plug.DJ allows users to express themselves not only by their username, but by their choice of avatar. There are quite a few options to choose from as seen below (Fig. 6). To access this list, click on the blue button in the very bottom right corner.

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To start, users only have access to the first tier of avatars. In order to select an avatar of the second tier and above, users must gain the relevant points. How to gain points will be explained in Section 2.

Now that you know the basics of your avatar, lets meet another user.

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When you hover your mouse cursor over other avatars in the room (Fig. 7a) you will see an information box, much like when you hover over yourself. The top section displays a small thumbnail picture of their current avatar, details their username, room rank if applicable (more on these in Section 2), status, and the date they joined Plug.DJ. The lower section details their points total, and number of fans. Clicking on the avatar opens a list of options (Fig. 7b). To the left is Fan, @mention on the right, and Ignore in the middle. These are covered in detail in Section 2.

So lets recap on what you have learned so far;
You should now have an account with Plug.DJ and be able to log in and join rooms. You will also know where to find yourself, what you can do with your avatar, and the basics of interacting with others in Plug.DJ.

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11-29-2013, 08:30 PM (This post was last modified: 01-10-2014 04:20 AM by Geolu_Henge.)
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Plug.DJ Tutorial Section 2
2. Chat

In this section we will discuss the chat box, highlighted in red in the image below (Fig. 8). This is where you interact with the other people on Plug.DJ that are in the same room as you. If you have ever used any kind of instant messenger service, chat room, or even text on your phone, then you already know the basics of how to use this chat box. It's as simple as clicking on where it says to, typing a message, hitting enter and by the magic of the internet everyone in the room sees what your saying.

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The chat box isn't just for chatting though, it can also be a source of information. The first of which is already shown above, when you initially load up the room. It's the current version number of Plug.DJ. This number will change from time to time because Plug.DJ is not a finished product, it is always being developed and improved. Sometimes this causes issues, as any regular Plug.DJ user can tell you.
Across the very top of the chat box are three tabs. The first is chat itself, the second is the people tab and the last is the waitlist tab. The people and waitlist tabs are explained in Section 3.

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Clicking on a username in chat will display information about that user, and the interactions that are available (Fig. 9a – Yourself, 9b - Others). Other information that may be presented via the chat box is the Fan system and the @mention system.

So what is the Fan system? Fans are not just for boasting about, they serve a useful function. When you click "Fan" on another user (the Flag icon in the bottom left of the box that shows when you click them) you will receive a notification to the left of chat (Fig. 10a) while they will receive the notification in chat (Fig. 10b). From that point on, whenever you join a room that they are in, they will receive a notification that you have joined. The same goes for you, if they join a room you are already in (Fig. 10c).
Fans are two level interactions. You can be a fan of someone, but they don't automatically become your fan (just like real life). If they do decide to click on your avatar and "Become A Fan", the notifications you both see will no longer say "Your fan has just joined" but will instead say "Your Friend has just joined" (Fig. 10d).
The other benefit of being fans or friends is the visibility of where they are in Plug.DJ. If you look back at Fig. 3, we see that the room details how many friends of yours are logged in (if any), and when you mouse over the number you see a list of the usernames. This can be useful if you log in and don't have a particular room in mind, but just want to see where your friends are and hang out with them.

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The @mention system is akin to a poke, nudge, ping and such features in other digital social media. It is used by typing @ followed by the username of the person you want the message to go to. See Fig. 10d above for how it looks to you, and Fig. 10c above for how it looks to the recipient. This isn't a private message, it will still be seen by everyone in the room. It just highlights the username and plays a sound (depending on the recipients chat settings). This is useful for getting their attention more easily in busy chats.

In direct contrast to @mention, the Ignore feature can be used to hide all posts by a user. Selecting Ignore when clicking on a users avatar, in chat or userlist, will hide all future posts from them Fig. 10e. Other users can still see what they post, just not you. This can be undone by clicking the icon again and Unignoring the user Fig. 10f. Ignored users are listed in the Ignore List as detailed later in section 3.

This leads us into the chat notification settings. They are controlled by clicking on the icons along the top of the chat box (Fig. 11).

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Starting from the left, the first icon turns on and off the sound notification that plays when someone @mentions you. The second icon toggles Emoji on and off. The third icon has three settings that alter how timestamps are displayed next to the messages in chat, the options being off, 12 hour format, and 24 hour format. The fourth icon changes chat to display only the messages that have been @mentioned to you, click it again to return to normal chat view.

The icon at the far right of the settings is used to pop-out chat into a new window (Fig. 12). Most useful for reducing the space Plug.DJ takes up on your screen, if your busy working on a project (like writing a tutorial). You can see track info, vote on each track and add it to your playlist if you really like it (more on playlists in Section 3), as well as volume control from the pop-out chat.

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The chat has further settings that are hidden, but can be displayed by typing /help into chat (Fig. 12). This will display for just you, so don't worry about everyone else having chat stamped with a great list of stuff.
  • /em and /me both do the same thing. They post your message to chat in italics. You will find that room staff usually do this to share information more clearly to everyone.
  • /clear does as it says, it wipes the chat from that point backwards for you. Useful for slower connections or machines, to help make Plug.DJ run smoother.
  • /cap # not shown in the help list, this will restrict the amount of visible avatars for your screen, from 1 (yourself) to 200 (the maximum that is shown anyway). This is another useful feature for those on a slower connection or machine. It can also be controlled through the Main Menu>Settings as explained in Section 3.
  • /ignore and /unignore @username can be used to operate the ignore feature directly in chat.

There are more commands but they are reserved for use by higher ranks of users.
As you can see in Fig. 12 the available ranks in each room are as follows;
  • Normal User – Grey username (orange to yourself).
  • Resident DJ – Purple username (even to yourself if you become one) and a purple disc icon.
    Resident DJ's have no powers in the room besides being allowed to bypass the locked waitlist. They are more an honorary rank for regulars, or perhaps a room moderator on probation before full promotion. That depends on each room as to what the rank is for.
  • Bouncer – Purple username and a one purple chevron.
    Bouncers are the first rank of user that can influence others directly. They have the ability to delete chat messages by any user below their rank. They can also force a user to skip the track that is currently playing. Finally, they can ban a user from the room.
  • Manager – Purple username and two purple chevrons.
    Managers are the same as bouncers, but also have the options to un-ban users and promote users to Resident DJ or Bouncer (and demote them too). They also have the ability to lock/unlock the waitlist (more on this feature in Section 5).
  • Co-Host – Purple username with three purple chevrons.
    Co-Hosts are equal with the room Host and can do anything that is related to running and managing a room (Section 6)
  • Host – Purple username and three purple chevrons.
    Hosts are the users that created the room you are in. They have full control over the room.

If you find yourself banned from a room for any reason, you will be put back to the main lobby screen with a message;

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There are more ranks on Plug.DJ that you may see occasionally. These are ranks that are used by the Plug.DJ staff themselves;
  • Ambassador – Green username and green microphone icon. Ambassadors are users that actively promote the Plug.DJ experience and are usually long serving members of various rooms.
  • Admin – Sky blue username and the Plug.DJ logo icon. Admin's are the staff of Plug.DJ. They deal with website issues, room issues etc. Among their ranks is the founder of Plug.DJ himself.

Please respect ranked users as they perform useful functions in maintaining a fun place to hang out. Of course, you should be respecting all users anyway.

That about wraps it up for this section.
You should now be able to use chat and recognise the different users you are likely to come across.

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11-29-2013, 08:32 PM (This post was last modified: 01-10-2014 04:26 AM by Geolu_Henge.)
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Plug.DJ Tutorial Section 3
3. Video Player & Information Panels

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In this section we will discuss the video player and the information panels.

Video Player

The video player sits centrally at the top of every Plug.DJ room. When moused over, up to three options become visible.
  • To the top left is the refresh button, which is visible on YouTube and Soundcloud videos. Clicking on it will refresh the connection to the data stream of that video, without having to reload the whole Plug.DJ room.
  • To the right of refresh will be the HD on/off button if you are viewing a YouTube video. This has the same effect as selecting a higher quality setting on YouTube itself.
  • Bottom right will be the YouTube logo (again, only if you are viewing a YouTube video), clicking on it will open the video in YouTube (opens a new tab).


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The top bar above the video displays data for the currently playing track (Artist/Title), with the user that is playing it underneath. To the right of the video player is the notification area where pop-up messages will inform you of various things. Above the notification area, in the top bar, is the volume control and mute. Above this is the remaining time on the current video.

Information Panel

Information panels are available from the top bar. Starting in the top left corner of the screen, there is the Plug.DJ icon. This is a button that drops down the main menu as shown in Fig. 16a. Top of this menu is the communities button, which opens out a panel across the whole left half of the screen. It displays the same lobby that you saw earlier when you first logged in to Plug.DJ and works the same way too, allowing you to hop from your current room to any other (Fig. 16b).

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The second option is settings (Fig. 16c). In this sub-menu you can turn on and off various features to reduce CPU load on your PC. You can also turn on and off the video player and tooltips. The bottom section allows the switching on and off of various pop-up notifications.

The rest of the main menu are the same links that were described back in section 1. Links to the support, about and blog pages, the API documentation, the terms and privacy statements, and the logout option.
Moving along the top bar, next we find the room name and the host. Clicking on this section drops down the room info panel (Fig. 17), which includes the community description and the welcome message (automatically displays in chat to each user when they join). At the bottom is the current status of the DJ cycle (Enabled/Disabled) and the waitlist (locked/unlocked).

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Moving across to the right side of the screen, we reach the three tabs previously mentioned in section 2. The first is chat (as already discussed), the second is the people tab and the third is the waitlist tab.

The people tab icon displays how many people are in the room. Clicking it presents several lists that hide the chat. The default is the userlist (Fig. 18a), a list of every user currently in the room, with higher ranks listed at the top, and each tier of users sorted alphabetically. This makes it easier to find room staff if you need to contact them, as each username can be clicked on to display the same interaction as when clicking on their username in chat or their avatars.

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Clicking on the second icon within the people tab changes the view to the staff list (Fig. 18b). Here you will be shown the users that are the host and co-hosts, managers, bouncers, and resident DJ. Each rank is separated into their own section, descending from the highest at the top. The list shows all staff, regardless of them being online at the time.

The third icon is the Ignore list (Fig. 18c). This shows all the users you are currently ignoring, and offers the Unignore option. Clicking Unignore presents a confirmation window in the middle of the screen.

The final tab in the top right corner is the waitlist (Fig. 19). This is where all users are queued when they want to DJ. Users join the list at the bottom, and move towards the top as each takes their turn on the DJ booth. With DJ cycle enabled, each DJ will return to this waitlist after they have their turn. The icon in the tab itself will change to show the total number of users in the waitlist. If you are in the waitlist, it will show your position and the total users in the waitlist for quick glance reference when you are not looking at the full waitlist.

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Summary:
You should now understand what your seeing when you look at the top half of the Plug.DJ room, everything from the chat, through the video player, and the information panel.

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11-29-2013, 08:35 PM (This post was last modified: 11-29-2013 09:12 PM by Geolu_Henge.)
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Plug.DJ Tutorial Section 4
4. Playlists – Part 1

In this section we will teach you how to create playlists and add music to them in order to play to the room.

To DJ in Plug.DJ you need to click on the blue button to the left of the booth, the one that says "Click To DJ". As a new user with no playlists, the booth and waitlist are locked to you, as shown below (Fig. 20).

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So to begin, you need to make your first playlist. A playlist is a collection of music tracks and videos. You need at least one but can have many more if you decide to. Click on the bar across the bottom of the screen, as highlighted in red in Fig. 21.

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Perhaps worth quickly mentioning before we get into the playlist creation, is the social media buttons to the right of the bottom bar (Fig. 22). The left is for Facebook and the right for Twitter. Both have the same options available; Share video and invite friends. Share video lets you send a post to the chosen social media platform with a link to the video itself. Invite friends does the same, but instead has a link to the room you are currently in. The pop-up boxes also have the like and follow options for the Plug.DJ Facebook and Twitter accounts.

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When you click on the rest of the bottom bar, it slides up to show the playlist management panel, as well as allowing you to still see the chat (Fig. 23). For first time users, it displays some basic help about playlists.

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Across the top you will find a purple icon with the downward arrow, this is for closing down the playlist manager when you are done with it. Next to that is a search bar, more on this as we progress. Down the left of the panel is where your playlists will be listed, at the moment there are none except DJ History. To see the tracks in a playlist, click on the playlist in the left column, and then the larger panel to the right will show them.

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History lists the last 50 tracks that were played. It shows a thumbnail of the video image, then the track title/artist. Below the title is how many woots, grabs and mehs it got, and how many people were in the room at the end of the track. To the right is who played it, and how long ago. It is worth checking the history when you are near to DJ'ing as you don't want to be playing a track that was played not so long ago. The easiest way to do that is use the search filter in the top right, and enter the title of the track you intend to play. If it was played recently it will find it in the history.

Creating a new playlist, or your first one, is as simple as clicking where it says "Create" in the bottom left. This opens a dialogue box so you can name your new playlist. Type in whatever you want, “My First Playlist” if you like.

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Your first playlist is now shown in the left column. As seen in the larger section of the window (Fig. 26), you don't have any music in that playlist yet. Because it is your only one, it is by default your active playlist, as indicated by the purple tick and “Active”.

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To add content to a playlist, you need to search for it using YouTube or Soundcloud. Looking at the top of the window there is a search bar, followed by the YouTube icon. This is the currently selected option from a drop down that includes YouTube, Soundcloud, and your own playlists.
Type in your search parameters and click on one of the three buttons. First off we will show you YouTube (Fig. 27). When you find something you want to add to your playlist, you can click on the + at the end of it's row and select which playlist from the drop down (Note: This also works with the history list). Later on, if your search results come up with something you already have in a playlist, the results page will show you that too (Fig. 28).

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You can also add items to playlists by left clicking and then drag and dropping them on to a playlist itself, or to the left column to create a new playlist (Fig. 29). The purple box with the 1 in it is attached to the mouse cursor and is being dragged from the Soundcloud search results.

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Plug.DJ Tutorial Section 5
5. Playlists – Part 2

Another way of adding tracks to your Plug.DJ playlists is to create a playlist on YouTube or Soundcloud themselves (if you have an account with either). The Import button in the bottom left is used for this, and displays four options, one for YouTube and three for Soundcloud.

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The YouTube import option needs the channel or user name that you want to search for. Enter the details, spelling it correctly and when you click import you will be shown a list of their public playlists (Fig. 31).

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Click on any one and the contents will be displayed for you to look through (Fig. 32). You can then add individual tracks to playlists, or you can choose to import the whole playlist with the smaller import button. Importing the whole playlist creates a new playlist (Fig. 33).

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Let's now look at the Soundcloud import procedure. You can choose any of the three, but first you will need to link your Soundcloud account to Plug.DJ (Fig. 34).

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Once linking is complete, you are then shown the desired lists. In Fig. 35 we used the Favorites list.

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As previously shown, individual tracks can be added to playlists one by one, or the whole list can be imported as a new playlist.

Now you have your playlists, you will need to know how to manage them. When you have more than one, as shown below (Fig. 36), you will want to switch between them occasionally. To do so, you select the playlist on the left side that you want to become active, and then click "Activate" in the upper right of the main window. The button should change to say "Active". You will then start playing these tracks, top one first.

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Next to the activate button are a few more features. The pencil is described in a bit. The next icon is the shuffle option. This mixes up the tracks in your playlist and plays them in the new order. The bin is if you want to delete the whole playlist in a single click. Lastly, there is the filter search bar in the very top right of the panel. Use this to find a specific track when you start building up large playlists. Each playlist can hold 200 tracks.

On each track you have four more options. Again there is the pencil, explained below, and the bin for deleting that track. The upward arrow can be used to send that track to the top of the playlist if you want to play it next. Tracks can also be dragged and dropped within the playlist or to other playlists to change the order. The magnifying glass will take the track information (artist, title etc.) and search YouTube and Soundcloud for related content.
If you decide you want to rename the playlist, click on the pencil button next to the activate button. A small dialogue box opens and lets you type in the new name. The same goes for if you want to edit the information on a single track. Click the pencil button on the row of the track itself (Fig. 37).

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Plug.DJ displays the track information with the artist first, then the title. So if your video title from YouTube or Soundcloud has it the other way round, you can change it here. The icon to the right, between the artist and title text boxes, will do this for you in a single click. When your done editing, click on save.

Summary.
You should now know how to create and manage your playlists. All that is left to learn is how to play them to the others in the Plug.DJ room.

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11-29-2013, 08:39 PM (This post was last modified: 01-10-2014 04:32 AM by Geolu_Henge.)
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Plug.DJ Tutorial Section 6
6. Voting & DJ'ing

In this section you will learn how to vote on other users music and how to play the music in your playlists.

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When users play music in Plug.DJ, you can show your like or dislike of it using the vote system. Woot shows you like (Fig. 39a), Meh shows you dislike (Fig. 39d). Voting is encouraged because it helps the DJ get a feel for how well their track is being received by everyone in the room. If it's not going too well, the amount of mehs will be higher than the amount of woots. If they are a certain amount higher, the DJ will find themselves automatically skipped and off of the DJ booth.

If you are enjoying a track however, and you click on woot, you will notice that your avatar will begin dancing. This isn't the only good thing to come from wooting though. Each user gains 1 point when they woot a track and the DJ receives points equal to the amount of woots at the end of the track. That is how you earn those points to unlock the new avatar tiers, just listen to music you like and vote for it. Better yet, get up there and play music that the others will like and earn points much faster.
If you particularly love a track, you can "Grab" it (Fig. 39b & 39c) and add it to one of your own playlists for later use. The woots and grabs can also be seen in the userlist (Fig. 39e) to find out who did what. Mehs do not show though.

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Now on to actually playing your own tracks. The first thing you need to know is whether the waitlist is locked or unlocked. This can be found in the room info as described earlier. If it is locked, you will not be able to join the waitlist. As previously described, the waitlist is a queue for everyone that wants to play their music. Users are added at the bottom and move towards the top as each track finishes. The waitlist can be viewed by clicking on the tab in the top right corner of the screen.
To get up on the booth and play your own playlists, click on the "Join Wait List" button to the left of it.
When you are on the booth and playing your track, you have access to a new option when clicking on yourself. The skip function (Fig. 40). Clicking it will skip the track and send you back to the dance floor (or back to the waitlist if DJ cycle is enabled).
When you are finished with being a DJ, just click on the "Leave Wait List" button to the left of the booth. This will return you to the dance floor.

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Summary.
Well that's everything from joining Plug.DJ, right through to playing your chosen music in a room. You should be able to change your username, understand what the points and fans are all about, chat with your fellow "Pluggers", make and edit playlists, and join the waitlist to DJ in any room. If your ever stuck about how to do something, check back with this tutorial or just ask someone in the chat. For the most part the people in the Approaching Nirvana room are a friendly and helpful bunch.

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11-29-2013, 08:43 PM (This post was last modified: 01-10-2014 04:34 AM by Geolu_Henge.)
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Plug.DJ Tutorial Section 7
7. Creating a Community

In this section you will learn how to create your own Plug.DJ room, and how rooms are managed/moderated.

If you will recall the main lobby screen from section 1 (Fig. 3), we mentioned the "Create Community" button. The same button is available in the main menu>communities panel too. This is the starting point for making your own room in Plug.DJ. You will be presented with a dialogue screen (Fig. 41) where you can enter the name of your room, and then select from public and private. A private room will not show up on the lobby screen list of rooms, and people can only join if you give them the URL address. A public room will show up in the lobby room lists and anyone can join. Currently, rooms can not be changed once created, so choose carefully.

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Once you click "Create Community", you will be taken to your newly made room. You are now the host rank and have full control over things. The first point to draw your attention to is in the room info (Fig. 42a). It looks slightly different from usual, giving you the options to edit the community name, description, welcome message, enable/disable DJ cycle and lock/unlock the waitlist.

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The next feature to learn is the expanded options when you click on other users (Fig. 42b). As host you can;
  • Add To/Remove From Waitlist, useful if you are operating the room with it locked. This is the bottom left icon.
  • Ban, for dealing with troublemakers (three options ranging from one hour, one day, to a permanent ban that prevents that user from joining your room ever again), this is the bottom right icon. Users can be unbanned as explained later.

In the middle is the option to set staff permissions. This is how, as the room host, you can add people you trust to the staff. Click it and you are shown the following window (Fig. 43) with the different ranks you can bestow upon a trusted user.

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As you can see from the images above (Fig. 44a, b, c & d), each rank explains the benefits it grants it's owner.

Delete chat messages is carried out by clicking the orange delete icon that appears on each message in chat (Fig. 45a). Only messages of equal or lower rank can be deleted, so bouncers will not be able to delete managers, co-hosts and hosts messages for example. Once a message is deleted it is removed from chat as if it had never happened and the message can not be recovered (Fig. 45b).

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Skipping tracks can be actioned by clicking on the avatar at the booth and on the username in the chat or userlist. If skipping yourself, as seen earlier, it actions immediately. However, for skipping another user you are presented with a list of reasons to select from (Fig. 46).

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Bouncers and above can manage the waitlist by clicking on the up arrow next to a user, to send them directly to the top of the list (Fig. 47a). They can also click the X next to each user to remove them from the waitlist. Users can be moved around the waitlist by dragging and dropping them (Fig. 47b).

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Last of all, when banning people a list of reasons, and ban timescales are displayed (Fig. 48). After a reason and time are chosen and the offender banned, chat is notified (Fig. 49a). The details are also made visible in the ban list, which is accessed by the third icon under the people tab (Fig. 49b).

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Users can be unbanned by clicking where indicated in the ban list, but only by manager and above.

Creating and managing a room is technically as simple as that, but it is worth creating some simple rules to govern how you expect users to behave and if necessary to guide the type of music that is expected to be played. The Approaching Nirvana Plug.DJ room has a few basic rules that have been expanded as the room developed.

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11-29-2013, 08:45 PM (This post was last modified: 11-29-2013 09:14 PM by Geolu_Henge.)
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Plug.DJ Tutorial Final Summary
Final Summary
Thank you for taking the time to read this tutorial. Hopefully it has helped you with the basics, and some more advanced features of Plug.DJ. Understanding how things work really makes the difference in whether you enjoy yourself or not. So go and enjoy yourself now.
If you feel there is anything that this tutorial missed out or didn't explain well enough, let us know below with a reply post.

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11-30-2013, 03:19 AM
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RE: Plug.DJ Tutorial
Woah, nice job Geo!

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