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Welcome to the new look SDE site!

New features and functionality

SDE Editor, Paul Sinclair

Over a year in the planning, we have refreshed and rebuilt the website to enhance the SDE experience for you. A fresh look and feel, new functionality and some personalisation have been developed to assist with the all-important three ‘D’s: Discover more great physical music, Discuss releases amongst like-minded fans and Decide what you will spend your hard-earned cash on (or not!).

For example, you will now have the ability to ‘rate a release’. Look out for this facility on selected posts. Logged-in users can give star ratings to products and then drill down to specifics like content, presentation and value for money. All the ratings feed into one overall ‘SDE reader rating’ which will be displayed on the top of the post, so there’s nowhere to hide for labels churning out disappointing product! Likewise, it’s a way to highlight our appreciation for superb and well thought out box sets and reissues.

More on how to sign-up as SDE member, below

Find content more easily

There will now be regular polls within SDE posts and a new content module, called ‘SDE Release Life Cycle‘. This will connect related posts together to allow you to easily move ‘through’ the life of a product (e.g. rumours, announcement, unboxing video, interview, review etc.). The goal here is to make it much easier to find relevant and related content. Check out how this works by viewing the first McCartney III post and looking at the panel on the right-hand column.

Individual posts will have more links to other content and a new area called ’Explore’ allows you to dig deep into SDE’s 10-year content archive via specific artists or certain eras. Explore topics will change to regularly (feel free to put in a request!)

Comments have now been completely overhauled. It’s now much easier to discuss and debate with other passionate music fans and you can finally ‘like’ other people’s comments and ‘pin’ and/or share them. Discussions will be properly nested so there should be no confusion over who is talking to whom!

SDE membership

The flagship new feature which will unlock much of this new functionality and enhance the day-to-day SDE browsing experience is SDE membership. This won’t cost anything and it is a simple three-minute process to sign up.

Think of it as your own personal ‘keycard’ giving you access to enhanced discussion, interaction and product feedback on SDE .

Being an SDE member allows you to leave comments, without having to sign in with username/email credentials each and every time. Everyone will have a fixed display name (username) which you can choose when registering. This will promote transparency and trust amongst the SDE community. We will all know – or get to know – who we are talking to. You can increase your standing by leaving thoughtful and constructive comments and see them ‘liked’ by others. Regulars will see their ‘mySDE’ profile status change over time from ‘SDE Reader’ to ‘SDE Fanatic’ to ‘SDE Legend’ (longstanding contributors will be assigned an appropriate status and won’t start from ‘zero’).

But signing up as an SDE member gives you more. Through the ‘mySDE’ profile panel you can control communications, indicate what you like and don’t like, so any SDE news or deal alerts will be tailored to your requirements. Hate vinyl? Simply click the ‘only CD’ preference and you’ll never be contacted about a 13LP vinyl box set again! You can also build your profile; add an image (show us ya face, why don’t you?), fill in some details in the bio and enjoy centralised access to all your recent comments activity.

Preferences in the mySDE profile area allow you to tailor SDE news and deal alerts

There are many other new elements to the site, including improved release calendar, cleaner deals posts, new look ‘Out This Week’, the ability to share posts very easily and more. Ten years after the original website went live, I hope the new SDE is a solid foundation for the future and I welcome your feedback and ideas for further enhancements over time.

So please, do sign up, log in and create your mySDE account – and then leave some feedback in the comments below. I’d love to know what you think and I really look forward to delivering all the latest box set and reissue news from this new, improved SDE.

Cheers!
Paul

Paul Sinclair
SDE Editor

SuperDeluxeEdition.com helps fans around the world discover physical music and discuss releases. To keep the site free, SDE participates in various affiliate programs, including Amazon and earns from qualifying purchases.

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SDE Resident

Thanks for clarifying Paul. I had a comment ‘disappear’ about an hour ago but it was a simple ‘Looks good and Congratulations’ post plus I do really like the spinning logo (on mouse over) – hope I don’t wear it out.

SDE Resident

Thanks, Paul. That makes sense. Maybe it would be better if, like before, we don’t see them until they are approved. I find that the appearing/disappearing element makes the page “jump around”, so it seems less stable than before. Hope that makes sense. Don’t want to seem picky. It’s an excellent upgrade that’s massively appreciated.

dan75
SDE Resident

some people (maybe not regulars) end up posting the same comment twice because they think something has ‘gone wrong’

All the more reason for a “Your comment is awaiting moderation” notice! :)



The Golden Age Of The Phonograph
SDE Legend

Its looking good Paul, keep those deals acoming.

Kauwgompie
SDE Legend

Paul, it must be hard to moderate all comments. That must take a chunk of time out of your day. One thing that I hope will be fixed is that some comments simply got “lost” and then never were published so you had to write them again (or chalk it up for a loss). That was a bit discouraging sometimes although I always figured it was because you are overwhelmed with the amount of comments you had to moderate in addition to the regular work on the site. When my first comment here “disappeared”, I was afraid of that. Glad it’s all working fine. The comment section is one of the best parts of this site so I’m glad to see it enhanced. Loving the new functionality, job well done!!

Glenn
SDE Fanatic

I like the idea of letting things flow sans moderation and seeing how it goes. Sometimes comments are time-sensitive like deal alerts or limited releases (e.g. Bowie’s BLA releases or signed items) that everyone would want to see as soon as possible. I have also posted here and not had my comments published and then had to re-post (e.g. some input re the recent Dead or Alive Invincible box set where I spent a couple of hours comparing its contents to the Boom Box release and thankfully had a copy of the information to re-post). I participate in other music site forums that also require accounts and rarely see spam. In those cases the moderators remove it. I think that provides a better experience overall and would relieve you of the moderation burden.

SDE Resident

Hi Paul,
Like the refreshing look of the updated web site..
Look forward to more stuff coming.
Hopefully, a piece about forthcoming RSD Drops.
Already done my list for the two drops.
Shame that it appears that the Sabbath (though my best mate) calls that specific area a tribute act, pic discs for HAH and MR seem to only be available in USA. It seems only that MOR is going to be available here.
A forger request for bricks and mortar stores, please include perhaps a rotating selection; e.g. Badlands in Cheltenham.
There could be a periodical review / mention of our favourites.
Carl

SDE Reader

HIYA, Paul Like the new design & allowing SDE members a bit more options in leaving comments eg Italics or being able to attach an image to this comment. Font & size are excellent on my both my Andriod phone & windows PC :)

  • A section for the RSD releases please ~ we all enjoy a good moan / discussion.
SDE Reader

Hey Paul! Great new look, even getting better with all the small improvements you already did after the launch.

One issue I just found out (maybe it was already mentioned by somebody else, but I don’t want to read through all the comments): Even though in his own profile one can pick the preferred format like “only CD”, in the member info there are always all three options visible – like the person wasn’t able to make his decision.

Keep up the great work, I visit this site literally every day!

jeff yam
SDE Reader

The update looks great :)

SDE Fanatic

Oh, I see you have added Tears for Fears as a topic! Very good!

SDE Fanatic

So I’m the late adopter here ;) I hope I’m allowed to try out some of the formatting options…

Don’t click
I think I dislike like it! :D

We’ll see how I adjust to all this. (Being co-admin of another WordPress site, the mechanisms aren’t all that unusual to me. But SDE is just very ingrained in my visual memory. It can be hard to override that. I’ve already “zoomed out” because the font is too large for my taste.)

Edit: So I’m trying out the editing function now. Seems to work well.

Edit 2: I’m a fanatic! Gah!

Last edited 6 days ago by JulesRules
SDE Resident

For those struggling with adding a photo to profile…after you do the save bit, at the bottom of your profile page there is an “apply changes” button… and voila !

John mc cann
SDE Resident

Did that weeks ago,, nothing

rickjapan
SDE Resident

Hi Paul
Glad that consensus on the site upgrade seems to be generally positive, I think you’ve done a beyond sterling job!
I have one very minor point that could be just me, but if I leave the site while still logged in and then come back to it, it looks like I’m not logged in, so I click on the login button and it tells me I’m already logged in, and I go back to the site at which point it shows me as being logged in. I haven’t lost anything, but it seems like wasted clicks. Am I the only one with this? (M1 Macbook Pro, Big Sur, Firefox browser) It doesn’t seem to automatically log me out if I’m recognized as logged in, but why does it not show that from the start?
Also, purely out of interest, what are the ranks of the SDE denizens, would love to see the full list! Spoken as a lowly resident lol

SDE Resident

Hi Paul.
Just created the account & was using Chrome as the browser & when I went to activate the account it tried to tell me the site is unsafe – thought you ought to know you are being actively blocked by Chrome, as I have to manually override to enter the site, when I am told that what I am doing is ‘unsafe’ and prone to being hacked.
Personally I am not concerned but thought you should know.

steve
SDE Resident

Chrome is fine for me, not seen any issues.

Tim Joseph
SDE Resident

Congratulations on the new design, Paul. I wish you 10 more years of success :)

However, is it just me that’s finding that the comments are now a long way from the main part of the article, with all the news articles repeated in between? There is a lot more scrolling now. I would have preferred the comments attached to what they’re commenting on!

But otherwise, great!!

Sami
SDE Resident

Thanks for the wonderful pages. I think I’ve been following, finding discounts and lurking the superdeluxeedition-website from almost the time when it started out, it must have been right from the start all those years ago. Your website has given me plenty of news about new upcoming music, but also interesting boxsets and archival releases, so visiting this site regularly has meant that I have spent my earned money. So far, for what I have tested the new site, it seems really working nicely and I like the new enhanced and improved functions (especially as we now have accounts here), there was nothing that particular wrong with the old site, but this new feels great like new home. At the same time as you have new revamped pages, Im moving to new home. Just moved the last few packages and my complete collection of boxsets, albums (cd + lp) and such are all in the new home. Over 3000 items and so it took little time to get them all to the destination. Anyways, I hope you have nice day there.

Sami
SDE Resident

Thanks. By the way, I think I have posted comments on this and another email, but once I today tried to register this email and asked to change my current password, I got this immediately on the screen: “There are no users registered with this email address.” So, does this mean I started now from scratch here?

Sami
SDE Resident

Nope, I meant that I had used these same email-addresses for many years as posted comments, ordered newsletter and such, then as I registered to the new site it didn’t find any associate email. Is that normal behavior?

Sami
SDE Resident

Yep, so it seems.

Arcamnuts
SDE Legend

Hi Paul. My only comment on the new site is related to the visual aspects. Each page now seems very strung out/stretched down the page whereas before it was quite compact which I preferred. Even getting to the various format/price details requires what seems like more scrolling than is necessary. Consequently I find myself not reading that many of the comments because of this.
Smaller font and less space between each line would improve matters and make it more compact on the page – it feels as though it has been set up for old people who have got poor eyesight!

SDE Reader

Re “Old people with poor eyesight”: Paul, do you have any idea what the average age of your readers/contributors is? Guess not since we don’t have to register our date of birth when we sign up. That might be something interesting for a future poll.

John mc cann
SDE Resident

I’ll be 53 on June 22 hope that helps

SuperAZ
SDE Reader

Great site, many thanks. Doesn’t seem to be an easy link from shop back to main site. Just FYI. cheers again, good work fellas

SDE Fanatic

Bit late with my praise, but congrats on the new site and the sexy fancy new improved comments! To know l am a SDE fanatic is equally a joy and a little disturbing. My wife always tells me l’m addicted to this site, and now l have a ‘fanatic’ label to prove she’s right! No chance of me denying it now!!

Anyway, look forward to all future developments at SDE. Cheers Paul.

Klaus
SDE Legend

Hi Gareth, you might want to tell your significant other that atop of the SDE-pyramid there are “SDE Legends” AND members of the “SDE Hall Of Fame”. That might buy (no pun intended) you some time… ;-))

SDE Reader

Love what you do Paul and you’ve just made it better. Thank you!

Duane
SDE Reader

Paul,
Thank you for a continued great site. It’s awesome, I appreciate it everyday.

Barneymam
SDE Resident

Hi Paul. When clicking on the “comments” can it pleeeease not do the mad scrolling thing it currently does? I have labyrnthitis and at the moment, this scrolling. jeez , i have to look away from the screen til it stops for fear of being sick and dizzy. Thanks.

Mister Stick
SDE Resident

What a difference. Fantastic redesign, Paul.

If there is ever a chance for additional features, it would be great to see a place here where visitors could list the albums they would like to see “deluxed” or what artists they feel are due a retrospective of some kind, with some kind of ranking for those suggestions.

I also love to see comments where readers pimp their recent favorites… “What Lester Listens To.”

But hey, I know the main course just hit the table. Probably shouldn’t be asking for dessert just yet.

SDE Resident

I’d love to see an option to put the Euro sign as an permanent option somewhere so I don’t need to change it all the time.

SDE Reader

Congratulations on the new redesign of your page, Paul.
Great to see an improvement which I‘m sure will last for the next years. And by the way, thanks for the inspiration for so many years for keeping music as an important part of my life.

Ryk.
SDE Resident

Hi Paul,

Again, I love the look and functionality of the new site. Good work! A couple of small quirks that I have encountered I emailed you about in a reply to your “New SDE Website is coming” email are below, however I have discovered some other info so thought I would also post them here (and to see if other readers also have these issues).

My personal comment history under my mySDE shows only 20 comments, made during the past 5 months. If I click on the link it shows I have posted 166 comments over my time here on SDE. Am I only able to view the latest 20, or is there a problem?

On the old site, some comments I made never showed up under the post – even after waiting a couple of days for approval. I now see some of those comments (only those made during the past 5 months) showing in my personal comment history (see next issue).

Under the most recent “Out This Week” post https://superdeluxeedition.com/news/out-this-week-on-9-april-2021/ I had replied to Murray Robbins comment (along with a few other members). That reply shows in my own personal comment history but it does not show in the comments on that post on the new site (it was displayed on the old site). Some replies to Murray’s comment from other readers that showed on the old site also do not show on the new one. Curiously, the post currently states there are 16 comments, yet only count 12 are visible (and these are not awaiting moderation as the missing 4 were visible on the old site). Another problem?

AndyB
SDE Fanatic

Nice job on the new website. I don’t like change, so this will take a little getting used to. When I first saw the new version of things, I went, “What the f is going on??” But now? I think I like it. It’s only rock n roll, you know.

AndyB
SDE Fanatic

So, I’m a bit baffled. Had to do a search with Firefox to find my comments. Not a big deal, but can you make this happen within the site?

Simon S
SDE Reader

Paul

I have tried to join using the email I use for newsletters and the email I always use for comments. I tried just a few hours after you went live. The site tells me though that this email address is already used. I doubt that someone else has that same email address. I have only been able to send this comment by joining with my wife’s email address which is not good long term.

Please are you able to assist? By the way love the new site.

Simon S
SDE Reader

Hi Paul

Thanks for the reply. Unfortunately it still won’t work. I am sure I am doing it right. I had no trouble joining using my wife’s email address. Any thoughts?

I visit your site every day and really do want to participate.

Simon
SDE Resident

Thanks Paul. Now working.
Really appreciate you taking the time and effort to sort this out. Thanks again.

Will M
SDE Reader

The refreshed Site looks great. Personally reviewing every comment must really take a lot of your time, but is probably made it anti troll and stopped the petty comments and squabbling that blight other sites.
Looking forward to another ten years of you costing / saving my money.

SDE Reader

Visited the new look sir for the first time today – looks great Paul! I look forward to exploring and getting to find my way round the new features.

Not yet sure how previous contributions get linked to the new profile I’ve created (maybe by email address?) but I’ll have a look round for the answer.

Great job!

SDE Fanatic

Like the new site, its brill

SDE Resident

Hopefully this logging in will prevent a lot of the needlessly negative comments that appear here.

SDE Fanatic

No.

SDE Fanatic

(This was a joke, by the way. The emoji didn’t “take”.)

SDE Reader

I wondered why I hadn’t been receiving my usual daily email update from SDE so thought I’d come on over and see if there had been any new posts, only to find the entire site had been overhauled! It looks fantastic and I am looking very forward to checking out the new functions! I also hope that, now I’ve signed up, I’ll continue to get my daily email update!

Jalna61
SDE Resident

Congratulations on the new site design! Looks great and way cleaner!

Travis
SDE Reader

Great site Paul, I have followed you for years and you have pointed me to some great deals. Are we OK to contact you with suggestions of up and coming releases?

SDE Reader

Dear Paul Sinclair

I just hit the “like” button on our own comment to see who liked it but ended up liking our own comment by mistake. Will this issue be fixed so you will be able to see who liked your comment instead of liking it yourself?

Swiftie

SDE Reader

Okay, thanks

It was me who liked yours btw :)

SDE Resident

Maybe one process suggestion… Personally I don’t need an email every time a comment of mine is approved. Is there a way to turn this off? I’m wondering though if a reply is made to one of my comments will that trigger a notification? This would be welcome.

John mc cann
SDE Resident

Hey Dave,,love your superman haircut!

SDE Fanatic

Not sure if this wasn’t already set up when you asked, but next to “Post comment” there is a bell that you can click…

Salamander
SDE Reader

A very good overhaul of the site! It will take some time getting used to, however. I miss the price comparisons and the deals in the various online stores.

Salamander
SDE Reader

I see UK deals only. Can I still toggle to other stores? Will you still monitor the German stores?

SDE Resident

Anyone else having issues loading an image to profile?

John mc cann
SDE Resident

Won’t work for me either,tried everything

SDE Fanatic

Hi John,

I just figured out how to upload a photo. Try reducing the image resolution when uploading. See if that works?

John mc cann
SDE Resident

Thanks mate,but tried everything! It’s just the bottom of the range Nokia IV got,,I presume it’s a phone issue,cheers John ,have a great Sunday

John mc cann
SDE Resident

Did that several times paul.

tintin
SDE Reader

Really like the new site and thanks for your help in my account activation.

Will the RSS news feed continue on as it doesn’t seem to be updating with the new site?

pietroflavio
SDE Reader

Seems it’s ok

John mc cann
SDE Resident

Is anyone else having a problem adding a pic or is it just me?
Took advice about resolution ect,still no luck? Please advice

SDE Resident

One tiny bit of constructive criticism: every time i go to SDE. I have to click a cookie accept button and then a rather large never miss a release pop up. I understand that this is geared towards new visitors, but for me as a regular visitor it is a (granted, tiny) nuisance. Is there any way for me to circumvent this? Apart from that all is A Okay.

andrew R
SDE Resident

One day in, am more and more impressed with redesign of site .
Like the fact that when clicking on
Comments it auto scrolls to latest .
Bravo Paul

Alastair
SDE Resident

Groovy redesign. Look forward to using the site.
One point: is there still a facility to leave a post about a forthcoming release which you haven’t covered in a post? I’m thinking of the Get In Touch tab on the old site. I haven’t found an equivalent yet, but I may not have looked carefully enough.

Alastair
SDE Resident

Great, thanks. I WAS going to post about the news from Joni Mitchell Archives, but you’ve beaten me to it!

SDE Resident

Hi again, Paul. Another thought on why it would be hugely helpful to set up reply notifications. With popular threads such as this one, the comments start moving off the end of the page display and you need to click “Load More Comments” multiple times to see the earliest batches of responses. That makes it almost impossible to locate specific posts in the conversation, which previously you could just do a generic browser “find”/search on. Hope this makes sense. Ideally you would be notified each time someone replies to you AND you’d be able to “subscribe” to specific posts in case someone has asked the question you wanted to ask and you want to see the answer if/when it arrives.

WayneUK
SDE Resident

Looks good. Had trouble signing on, so just started again as a new member. But am impressed with the new look.

Alanb
SDE Reader

Took around 2 minutes to learn about the new site and how to navigate around.Looks good and up to date looking forward to some good deals in the near future

SDE Resident

Well account registration issues aside, the site seems great! Looking forward to continued great content and enhanced interaction with the SDE community.

SDE Reader

Thank you so very much dear Paul Sinclair.

Everything looks, feels and works excellent.

SDE Fanatic

As if I don’t spend enough time on SDE every day, it looks as if I’ll be here even more. So much going on.
Must have taken a lot of work to get to this stage, so well done Paul.

Pete IOW
SDE Resident

Hi Paul
Being a more senior member it took me a while to get sorted but I think that I am finding my way around. We all like change, not, but I think that it is an excellent site that just got better.

SDE Fanatic

You’ve regenerated! Very nice and intuitive. Congrats and here’s to the next decade!

Dibyaroop
SDE Resident

Also I would be curious to know the classification of members….if someone hasn’t asked already….Thanks again :)

Giles
SDE Reader

Paul

Great site, intuitive layout and really fluid functionality, the nice widgets don’t slow things down or distract. I am in the process of setting up a website for a society, so I know how much must have gone into this. Can I ask what CMS etc. you are using because it has really impressively carried over all your old content !
Looking forward to continuing to visit very day as I have for some years now and will enjoy interacting more !

SDE Reader

Paul uses WordPress as a platform for this site

Dibyaroop
SDE Resident

Hello There…..new look…..will take my eyes to adjust but i’m sure this will be a roaring success as it has been earlier…..great new feeling….Cheers!!!

Marc@80s
SDE Reader

Love the new SDE site..very intuitive & informative as always. Looking forward to grabbing plenty of more bargains & improving my strike rate with taking the right option; buy straight away or wait #surely the price will drop.

Would love an area to vote for most wanted SDE……obviously TFF Seeds would have been off the scale until last years fabulous release.

SDE Resident

Sinclair – I think the idea of polls is a great one – single most wanted title reissue, band whose catalog needs a reissue, etc.

btw does the “@” thing trigger anything to a reader?

Glenn
SDE Fanatic

Agree a “Wanted” section would be great. There have been some great threads over the years based on your annual release previews. Would hope the industry is watching those and this could be a way to potentially influence future releases.

SDE Resident

I like the slight tilting of the SDE logo when you click it :-) #detailsmatter