In preparation for some larger changes that are coming shortly, we now provide your fans with easier ways to get in touch with both us and you. Over in your sidebar, there’s a new section, “contact/help.” The first link (“for help with downloads…”) sends an email to us here at Bandcamp. It works just like the old help link in the footer, only it’s more prominent. The second link (“for all other inquiries…”) opens a standard contact form. By default, your address is not exposed — instead, the fan submits the form and we forward their message along to the address you’ve specified on your profile page. However, for the elite few who appreciate that a) forms are kinda ridiculous, b) stuff like “email me at tobias at bluemangroup dot com” only insults the intelligence of the script kiddies while doing little or nothing to protect your address, and c) it’s all OK anyway because spam filters more or less work, we provide the option of giving your fans a simple email link instead. And yep, you can make it a different address than you use for official Bandcamp correspondence. You set all of this up on your profile page, like so:
In related news, artists with a lot of material up on Bandcamp may notice that we now limit the discography to display the three most recent releases, followed by a “show all” link. This is to prevent the contact section from getting pushed too far down the page, where your fans might not notice it. We remember the visitor’s collapsed/expanded preference, so this change should just tidy up your site’s default state, without much impact on how fans interact with it. Browsing large discographies via the sidebar still isn’t ideal, so we have some further improvements in store there as well.
Finally, track durations are now listed on album pages (a little touch we’ve been meaning to get around to for ages), and the text color can be controlled via a new option in the design dialog, “secondary text color” (which also applies to several other interface elements — play around with it, then immediately change it back to its highly-pleasing default).