In Search of…
Let’s be honest: Rifflet, like every music site before it, is worthless until you find something you like.
Teaser: To try out the new Rifflet Creative Commons search here.
The original Drupal search was nice, until it stopped working, and the Google custom search was a big step forward, but there’s still no way to find the Creative Commons (CC) license attached to a particular song without clicking on all of them individually. When your entire site hinges upon adaptation and remixing, Creative Commons is kind of important.
Why did it take so long? Shouldn’t it be easy to search for one stinkin’ property with the most powerful open source content management system on the planet? (Sorry WordPress, with which I’m writing this very post.) Sadly, the answer is no. To simplify the problem, Drupal records the CC license attached to each song, but it doesn’t allow that information to be accessed by the search function (the Views module, if you’re a Drupal-er). With a ton of help from a great book and the larger Drupal community, I was able to write a quick module that makes the CC license searchable. It doesn’t sound like much (and it isn’t), but it took a crapload of time for a guy who is functionally illiterate in PHP.
My hope it to have it available as a real, live module available from drupal.org, but I want to make sure everything is kosher before I try to release it. If nothing else, I want to give a tiny bit back to the open-source community that has given all of us so much.