Enable & disable playlist entry form fields
In the Advanced configurations page, administrator users may enable or disable fields of the playlist entry form. Disabling fields can simplify the form for users if they are not relevant to your station.
Spinitron only requires use of Artist name, Disk name and Song name. But it can store various data about artists, disks, songs and record labels in your music database and tie these into your playlists. You're free to use these optional fields or not.
Most stations use the default configuration: all fields enabled, Composer and/or Label name optional and the simple time control and let DJs decide how much or little data to enter. But some stations prefer to establish policy on data entry and maintenance, in which case Spinitron allows some degrees of policy enforcement:
- Disable fields — You may disable those fields that your station's DJs should not use. Disabled field inputs disappear from the playlist entry form.
- Composer field — Enable this and Spinitron adds a composer field to your database and to the playlist entry form. Composer is an attribute of a song, not a disk. This also enables composer in various other locations such as search, browse and on the public site.
- Mandatory fields — If station policy so demands, composer and/or label fields may be made mandatory, i.e. the user must type something those fields or the entry will not be accepted.
- Duration/End-time logging — may be turned on and off. For CPB stations webcasting and reporting through NPR Digital Services, Duration/End-time logging must be enabled during the reporting periods.
Before making a change, take the time to understand what the field is useful for, how it affects Spinitron features and what might be the consequences of disabling it.