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[Update May 24] Interest Stacks: New feature for custom theme lists and challenges

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Apr 6, 2022 7:47 PM
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Last week, we released the new site-wide themes in preparation for today's brand-new feature release: Interest Stacks!


Restack a Challenge Stack

and complete 1 anime/manga (*) before
Tue May 31, 23:59 PDT
to receive a profile badge (or both!)

 


The -bu badge is for the School Club Showcase stack and the flower pot badge is for the Florist/Gardener stack.
(*) If you have already completed all anime/manga in the challenge, you will still receive the badge if you restack the stack!


What Are Interest Stacks?

Interest Stacks are a new feature which allow members to:
  • Find new anime/manga based on common interests or themes.
  • Challenge themselves to watch/read all items within a specific theme.
  • Attempt official challenges from MyAnimeList to receive badges.
  • Write articles about recurring themes or concepts in anime/manga and share them with others.

Member stacks must be between 5-50 anime/manga items and must follow the Interest Stack Guidelines.
Please see below for a brief tutorial on how to use Interest Stacks.

Official MyAnimeList Stacks (found here) can support 50+ items and will be used to fill the gap between site-wide themes and niche interests:
  • Anime programming blocks (noitaminA)
  • Specific award winners (Tokyo Anime Award)
  • Collections (World Masterpiece Theatre)
  • Highly requested themes with too few anime/manga for site-wide theme tags (steampunk, college)
  • Less popular themes with too many anime/manga (50+) for individual members to maintain (body swap, baseball, male lead in shoujo, etc.)
If you would like to request a new official stack to be maintained by moderators, or specific anime/manga to be added to existing stacks, please use these threads: Anime | Manga


The following features are planned and will be added soon:
✔️ Mobile version of all Interest Stack related pages
✔️ Integration with Anime/Manga DB pages like reviews or recommendations
🔜 Character stacks
🔜 BBCode/Markup on descriptions


Update: April 28
Stacks are now integrated with the Anime/Manga DB pages! And a few other changes/fixes have also been pushed at the same time.

Mobile web version is expected to release in the next ~2 weeks or so. In light of this and the number of people who seemed unaware of the badge during the Easter event, we've decided to push back the Challenge Stacks until the end of May. So you have another month left to work on them! We'll try to give out the badges to people who have already finished the challenge around the original end date before then, too.

Update: May 24
Mobile version is now live! Please let us know of any issues you may encounter.

Please note: Badges will be given out after the challenge deadline has passed.
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Apr 6, 2022 7:47 PM
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How to Use Interest Stacks

At the top of each stack page, there is information about your list and actions you can take with the stack.




#1 - Number of items in your list (Watching, Completed, etc.) / Total items in the stack
#2 - Your average score for the items in your list and scored
#3 - The "Restack" button and ellipsis menu for other minor actions (e.g. report the stack)
#4 - Buttons to change your view between Tile view, Seasonal view, and List view. *

(*) Note that article stacks (a description is written for each item) will default to List view. If the stack does not include any descriptions, then it will default to tile view.


Restacked stacks and your created stacks appear in your profile.




#1 - From your profile page, you can get to your restacks using the links underneath your profile picture. The count that appears here is both your created and restacked stacks.
#2 - See your progress on each stack from your profile page, or your friends' progress on their stacks from their profiles.
#3 - You can also go to your restacks from any page using the list icon in the top right corner of the website. (You can get to your Anime List from here, too!)
#4 - Quickly get to your created stacks from the top right corner and/or in your profile account dropdown.
#5 - Sort your stacks and restacks with various different sort options, and toggle spoilers on/off.


(Work in progress.)
KinetaApr 6, 2022 9:19 PM
Apr 6, 2022 8:02 PM
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This was one update I was really REALLY excited for! I'm so incredibly happy right now, and I can't wait to see how everyone will be using this new feature. Sending love to everyone who worked on this and made it possible <3 <3 <3
Apr 6, 2022 8:06 PM
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This is great, I already made an elitist starter pack stack.
Apr 6, 2022 8:14 PM
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Oh wow, so are these like those custom lists I see people making on Goodreads or something?? Could be helpful for those who want recs...

Definitely seems like a cool feature that I'll use later, thanks MAL Team!!
Apr 6, 2022 8:15 PM
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Ohh, nice update!
I could be helpful for people searching for manga and anime like their favorites.
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Apr 6, 2022 8:18 PM
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Oh wow, I might hang out there in the next hours.
Apr 6, 2022 8:19 PM
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Interesting. It's very different but I like it and It'll be fun getting to learn it



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Great & Interesting Updates
Apr 6, 2022 8:22 PM
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So excited for this feature! I'm going to challenge myself to get all the official MAL stacks badges! :D
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Apr 6, 2022 8:27 PM

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This is actually a really awesome addition. Going to have a lot of fun with this, thank you guys!
Apr 6, 2022 8:33 PM
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I'm excited about this because it'll be a great place for things that aren't common enough to be themes, or would benefit greatly from proper curation. Just make sure to read the guidelines, the poor review mods don't need any more work :')
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Huh kinda like part of a suggestion I made before
https://myanimelist.net/forum/?topicid=1742198

I like it but it also feels a bit redundant to recommendations because in some aspects they have overlap while this goes beyond it How are these two to coexist?

@Kineta
It's confusing the link to the page to make Interest Stacks and the link to the page to access the community's Interest Stacks are both labelled "Interest Stacks". I thought it was a redundancy in links at first or a bug. Maybe it should be "My Interest Stacks" or "My Stacks" instead?
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hmmmm how interesting. Gonna play around with this for a bit; thx for the update
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Thank you mods for the awesome update! :D
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those Anime Challenges are a feature now huh, lets see if more anime fans gets addicted with achievements like those on video games
Apr 6, 2022 10:03 PM
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Apr 6, 2022 10:05 PM
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Custom Collection feature, neat. Could use some elaboration and will definitely need to be adjusted over time, though. But here's to hoping that MAL will patch their features in a timely manner. Maybe.

Not sure how well that 50 anime limit is gonna last, I could think of tons of personal categories that well over 50 anime could fall into that wouldn't count as a genre or theme.

I do have a question about this month's challenge. If one of the anime on the list is currently listed by me as dropped, if I finish it this month will I still get the badge? Does previous episodes seen matter? Also, will MAL be doing these monthly Interest Stack challenges every month?

Edit: Also, is there a way to see who restacked your stacks? You can see who retweets you on Twitter so I couldn't imagine why we wouldn't be able to see that.
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Finally, something to motivate myself.

Apr 6, 2022 10:27 PM

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this is a great update!!
Apr 6, 2022 10:37 PM
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YOOOO FINALLY!!!! THIS IS LIKE THE LISTS PEOPLE MAKE ON GOODREADS
Apr 6, 2022 11:13 PM

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I tried it and personally think 50 at max is too little for me because I want to add more.
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There a reason why an Unlisted stack can't go past 50? If only people coming to your page can see it why does it matter how many are on it?
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I classify myself as an above moderate anime advocate with more than likey different tastes than yours.

I've scrolled through many MAL favorite lists and the amount of plebeian nonsense i've seen is astounding to me. Honestly bringing anime mainstream i feel ultimately will be its downfall but i'm not dumb enough to think it wasn't beneficial in some ways as well.

MALs "top anime list" i feel is a joke and if you feel different i'm not gonna stop you, just don't shove the "holy" FMA:B down my throat and were good.
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bigdud24 said:

I do have a question about this month's challenge. If one of the anime on the list is currently listed by me as dropped, if I finish it this month will I still get the badge? Does previous episodes seen matter?

Yes, as long as you have completed an anime in the challenge, you will get the badge :)

Also, will MAL be doing these monthly Interest Stack challenges every month?

That's the plan!

Also, is there a way to see who restacked your stacks? You can see who retweets you on Twitter so I couldn't imagine why we wouldn't be able to see that.

Currently, no. This is just the first phase, so that's something we could keep in mind for the future.
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I added the manga challenge one and then completed one of the manga inside. Did I do something wrong to not have the badge yet, or are they going to be handed out at a later date?
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It sounds really fun!
Apr 7, 2022 12:06 AM
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Smurf said:
I added the manga challenge one and then completed one of the manga inside. Did I do something wrong to not have the badge yet, or are they going to be handed out at a later date?

They will be handed out later :)
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tingy said:
Smurf said:
I added the manga challenge one and then completed one of the manga inside. Did I do something wrong to not have the badge yet, or are they going to be handed out at a later date?

They will be handed out later :)


Cool, thanks for the reply. Really cool way to guide people towards some new anime/manga.
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Feels like a big middle finger to the AWC and AWCC Club to be honest.

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Thank you admins and staff for another interesting update!! Looking forward to making own stacks.
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Could it be moved from the community tab to be under forums? Gonna be annoying to always click on it after spending years getting used to forums being the first item.
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This is really cool! Apart from its actual use, I am already imagining how this feature will be utilized in Easter Hunt and other events. XD
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Looking great, good job devs, looks user friendly and useful for grouping titles. This can also be used to make watch orders
Apr 7, 2022 1:34 AM
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Yay!! I gonna make stacks!!
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Mirai said:
Could it be moved from the community tab to be under forums? Gonna be annoying to always click on it after spending years getting used to forums being the first item.

That bugs me too but may just be to get it noticed but a better way of doing that is making a temporary label that says (new!) instead. Who is making the layout decisions anyway?
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looks fun, can give users good recommendations.
Apr 7, 2022 2:27 AM

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I think it's a very nice addition. But I'l still going to stick with AWCC for my challenges.

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Apr 7, 2022 2:38 AM
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Yeah, I can see making stacks being a big time eater for me and I'm not even complaining. I'm already thinking of stacks I can compile (or have already been compiling for years). One of them would probably have to be a character stack though, so I'll wait for that! Also, I'll give the challenges a try.

Some of these stack names already have me cracking up.

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Apr 7, 2022 2:42 AM

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Really cool feature! I may try adding some stacks myself after I finish my exams (school is hard).
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Legends_of_anime said:
I think it's a very nice addition. But I'l still going to stick with AWCC for my challenges.

I'll be doing both, seeing how these are actually quite easy to do in general and also quite easy to integrate with AWCc's challenges. I can pick an anime from the stack for say, my monthly etc. :D

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tingy said:
bigdud24 said:

I do have a question about this month's challenge. If one of the anime on the list is currently listed by me as dropped, if I finish it this month will I still get the badge? Does previous episodes seen matter?

Yes, as long as you have completed an anime in the challenge, you will get the badge :)


I don't 100% get this. Does that mean it's irrelevant whether the anime/manga was completed this month and that you'll get the badge as long as there's any one item from the stack on your completed list?

Apr 7, 2022 3:47 AM
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I'm going to make a normie stack
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This just seems like the "Recommendations" tab but in bulk. And sure enough, I'm already seeing the usual unnecessary fill - "these anime all have a song by this person," and "these anime are all from the same studio," as though we don't already have staff and company pages for that.

Like always, not a bad feature, but plagued by the community misusing it.
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Apr 7, 2022 4:08 AM
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I find the options under both stacks a bit lacking, as someone else pointed out: some ain't finished yet and some ain't even available in English completely.

I can see these being useful for when you're really into one specific thing (or happen to be one of them hyperfocus types) and want to see more of that. Similar to recommendations but about topics instead of having similar stories/characters.

I think this could also be useful for AWC recommendation items if you don't want something from your challenge that you've planned to be recommended to you, just add it to a stack and say to not rec from your stack
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It looks fun! I will definitely try to complete the challenges.
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Sounds like fun. Unfortunately, I am too dumb to understand this right now.
Apr 7, 2022 5:26 AM

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This will be somewhat really useful to me as I use the lists section in letterboxd all the time and this is somewhat like that with a few more features to it. I plan to make quite a few stacks as time goes on.

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@Tingy Do i still get the badge if i already have multiple completed anime in the stack?
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This is a pretty nice feature! finally MAL does something good.

Only thing that slightly bugs me is that for the official MyAnimeList stacks you aren't able to sort/separate Anime & Manga from each other. Right now everything is just all clumped (is that a word?) together.
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How do I request to add a title to any of the stacks created by MAL? For example Kagami no Mae de Aimashou and Ousama to Shounen wa Himitsu wo Motteiru is not listed under Body Swap Manga, how do I request MAL to add these since creating a duplicate would be pointless.
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