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Apr 10, 2022 5:06 PM

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Edimon2907 said:
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I don't know if this has been asked/answered already so apologies for that!

Do we need to complete at least one anime from the School Club Showcase during April or do previously completed count?

I've already restacked the stack...I think lols.


For better or for worse those completed in the past do count and you'll get a medal in May

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Apr 10, 2022 5:13 PM

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Suggestion -- On the sorting feature for the interest stacks tab on Profiles -- it would be nice to be able to sort by progress % completion

Also, not sure if this is a bug or intended, but when searching through interest stacks, i toggle on "show spoilers" but every time I click next page, the spoilers are off again, and i have to flip it back on for every page.
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I'd really like the ability to comment on Interest Stacks. I already created a few and I'd like to know what people think about them or any suggestions they have without them having to DM me.

Also seems like the only search options are the latest stacks. So once your stack is a few hours old it gets buried and not easily discoverable.
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Apr 11, 2022 1:39 PM

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it would be real nice to add anime/manga to interest stacks from the anime/manga page or our list itself.
Apr 11, 2022 5:53 PM
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This is a nice update, and I might use it some time in the future.
Apr 11, 2022 7:56 PM

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Thanks for adding the new feature. I have created some interest stacks myself.
I'm so glad to see that some people have already taken up the challenge.

It's fun to see the interest stacks others have created, too.



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Seems MAL is really outdated. Anime-planet and Anilist had this first but whatever. Thanks anyways.



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Apr 12, 2022 12:49 AM

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I see that the badges are going to be added to people's profiles en masse next month, but didn't see an answer to this yet:

Will these challenge badges be visible on profiles of users who are not paying members?
Apr 12, 2022 6:57 AM

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Cool idea for a feature I have to say, seems like it will be a good way to find new shows since you can use interest stacks from people with a high affinity instead of recommendations which are more mass over class


I had a look at the feature and some questions:

(1)About the challenges, what dictates what gets added to a challenge? When I hear school clubs I think about Haruhi before Yuru Camp for example.

(2)Are you supposed to set an ongoing manga as completed for the sake of the challenge?

(3)Will the badges disappear if you opt out of an old challenge, or will you delete the stacks when new ones appear? I can already see the page getting filled up quickly between 2 monthly challenges and other interest stacks you follow. If I only need to read one manga for a badge Im probably not going to read all 20+ and the stack will forever sit on my page as ongoing.

I ask this because it leads me to the next question about interest stacks in general:

(4) Will we be able to edit our interest stack page, like pin some to the top or set an entire stack as "on hold"? If we follow multiple stacks its going to fill up soon.


Starslayer_ said:
I'd really like the ability to comment on Interest Stacks. I already created a few and I'd like to know what people think about them or any suggestions they have without them having to DM me.
I sure hope so too, its always annoying when you have an article you cant comment on and maybe that could change with these stacks.

Natsuki_SanJuan said:
Seems MAL is really outdated. Anime-planet and Anilist had this first but whatever. Thanks anyways.

What use is complaining about beeing outdated on a newly added feature? Shouldnt you be happy its getting "modernized"?
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Apr 12, 2022 7:26 AM

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Comander-07 said:
Cool idea for a feature I have to say, seems like it will be a good way to find new shows since you can use interest stacks from people with a high affinity instead of recommendations which are more mass over class

Starslayer_ said:
I'd really like the ability to comment on Interest Stacks. I already created a few and I'd like to know what people think about them or any suggestions they have without them having to DM me.
I sure hope so too, its always annoying when you have an article you cant comment on and maybe that could change with these stacks.

Natsuki_SanJuan said:
Seems MAL is really outdated. Anime-planet and Anilist had this first but whatever. Thanks anyways.

What use is complaining about beeing outdated on a newly added feature? Shouldnt you be happy its getting "modernized"?
Maybe mal mods could do the stacking feature before if they have time, right? MAL is a "big" AniManga database but why other sites had that feature before MAL? Just a question so no need to get angry or something.



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Apr 12, 2022 7:29 AM

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Natsuki_SanJuan said:
Comander-07 said:
Maybe mal mods could do the stacking feature before if they have time, right? MAL is a "big" AniManga database but why other sites had that feature before MAL? Just a question so no need to get angry or something.

I get you, it just seems like a "Too little too late" comment without any constructivity. MAL beeing simple is the reason why I like it, the more options and buttons and pages you get the more distracting it is.
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Apr 12, 2022 10:27 AM
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dgw said:
Will these challenge badges be visible on profiles of users who are not paying members?
Of course! We've been giving badges out for other events and MAL Supporter or not has no influence.

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(1)About the challenges, what dictates what gets added to a challenge? When I hear school clubs I think about Haruhi before Yuru Camp for example.
The goal of the School Club Showcase stack was to have an article-like stack which highlighted different clubs which could be in a real high school. It wasn't meant to be an exhaustive list. We wanted challenges related to spring for the April feature launch.

(2)Are you supposed to set an ongoing manga as completed for the sake of the challenge?
No, you can set it to Reading and it will still count.

(3)Will the badges disappear if you opt out of an old challenge, or will you delete the stacks when new ones appear? I can already see the page getting filled up quickly between 2 monthly challenges and other interest stacks you follow. If I only need to read one manga for a badge Im probably not going to read all 20+ and the stack will forever sit on my page as ongoing.
Since we need to manually give out the badge this time (the code for it being assigned automatically), you need to still have the challenge restacked at the end of the month when we give out the badge. After that, you're free to unstack them if you don't plan to read/watch the others in the list.

The idea is that in the future we will have time-limited challenges (like this one) and unlimited challenges (like, say, watch all the Tokyo Anime Award anime) which will give badges. For this time, we just wanted a simple option to get everyone trying out the feature :3

Also, we don't plan to hold challenges monthly. The "April 2022" wording is just the time-length of the challenge this time. Right now, we're considering a summer challenge that would last for a longer time period (e.g. 2-3 months) and require a bit more effort. Nothing is decided yet, though.

(4) Will we be able to edit our interest stack page, like pin some to the top or set an entire stack as "on hold"? If we follow multiple stacks its going to fill up soon.
There are two additional tabs planned for this page (In Progress and Finished) and two additional sorts planned (List Progress, Mean Score). Pinning a stack to the top of your Interest Stacks list might also be nice. In general, I've also been considering a better way to highlight content on your profile page would be nice: for example, displaying 1-3 reviews you want visitors to check out, or 1-3 interest stacks, etc. (All optional, of course.) I've also been wondering if we will need a "won't watch/blacklist" option for this feature... to allow you to complete a stack containing 1 or 2 anime/manga which you hate.

Starslayer_ said:
I'd really like the ability to comment on Interest Stacks. I already created a few and I'd like to know what people think about them or any suggestions they have without them having to DM me.
I sure hope so too, its always annoying when you have an article you cant comment on and maybe that could change with these stacks.
Comments are a consideration (not finalized yet), as is the ability to recommend an item for the stack to the author (which would really help us with the official MAL stacks, too).

Truthfully, there are so many things which can be added to this feature and expanded, the main issue is prioritizing them rather than thinking up new ideas :'D Right now, our main focus is accessibility: adding stacks to mobile, getting them integrated with the anime/manga pages, getting the personalized recommendations going, etc. After that, we'll need to re-evaluate which features are highest priority for the next phase.
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Apr 12, 2022 2:19 PM

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Kineta said:
dgw said:
Will these challenge badges be visible on profiles of users who are not paying members?
Of course! We've been giving badges out for other events and MAL Supporter or not has no influence.

Guess I've missed them! Was wondering because at the moment, profile settings have an option to show profile badge that's disabled if you are not a subscriber:
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dgw said:
Kineta said:
Of course! We've been giving badges out for other events and MAL Supporter or not has no influence.

Guess I've missed them! Was wondering because at the moment, profile settings have an option to show profile badge that's disabled if you are not a subscriber
Ah sorry, it's confusing that it's using the same name. Your image means the little "MAL Supporter" icon and title that appears below the profile picture.




If you look at my profile, above the friends section on the left side, you'll see some little badges like in the stacks. This is what we mean :)
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Kineta said:
dgw said:

Guess I've missed them! Was wondering because at the moment, profile settings have an option to show profile badge that's disabled if you are not a subscriber
Ah sorry, it's confusing that it's using the same name. Your image means the little "MAL Supporter" icon and title that appears below the profile picture.




If you look at my profile, above the friends section on the left side, you'll see some little badges like in the stacks. This is what we mean :)

Great, that'll be an easy fix whenever y'all revise the settings text/locale again. Maybe call that option "Supporter badge"? With the current name, I was trying to turn it on to see if I already had other badges, haha.
Apr 12, 2022 5:43 PM

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A quick suggestion: I think an edit button on the stack itself for the creator of the stack would be helpful. At the moment, I have to go "My Interest Stacks" to edit a stack.
Apr 12, 2022 6:00 PM

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still figuring it out, but seems like a cool idea; can't wait for the character stacks to be added
Apr 12, 2022 6:36 PM

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Not sure if there's a better place to put this but guys, please be kind when it comes to these. I know that making top 10 lists public instead of unlisted is against the guidelines but it's really disheartening hearing from friends that they got profile comments calling them a dumbass for forgetting to click the option. This is from friends who rarely use the site, and it's just gonna push people away. This feature is still really new (I literally didn't even notice it til yesterday bc i primarily use mobile) so please give people some space to learn
Apr 13, 2022 9:52 AM

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Is there a way to edit your own already published stacks or are they locked as is when published?
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Apr 13, 2022 11:43 AM

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Will it ever be possible to create a list with more than 50+ entries? I was thinking of making one but it wouldn't fit all the titles I'd like to include in it. I know others already asked about it ITT but the question seems to have been left unanswered.
Apr 13, 2022 11:39 PM

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Hello, I would love for you to answer any questions:
1) do you have entry limits (either anime or manga)?
2) Can you make people (Seiyuus and actors/actresses) and characters (anime and manga)?

This is new for me since I usually make a personalized list on another page (it is not allowed to name them) but they are called Anime-planet, here it allows you to create personalized lists for the moment there are no limitations, thanks!
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A quick suggestion: I think an edit button on the stack itself for the creator of the stack would be helpful. At the moment, I have to go "My Interest Stacks" to edit a stack.
Thank you! This is in our fix list~

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Not sure if there's a better place to put this but guys, please be kind when it comes to these. I know that making top 10 lists public instead of unlisted is against the guidelines but it's really disheartening hearing from friends that they got profile comments calling them a dumbass for forgetting to click the option. This is from friends who rarely use the site, and it's just gonna push people away. This feature is still really new (I literally didn't even notice it til yesterday bc i primarily use mobile) so please give people some space to learn
I'm sad to hear that's happening. The logic should be updated in the future so that new ones don't immediately appear on the top, but that there is a delay. This should hopefully help this from occurring in the future :( For now, we're trying to moderate them as quickly as possible.

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Is there a way to edit your own already published stacks or are they locked as is when published?
Go to your Interest Stack page on your profile. Click "My Interest Stacks". Alternatively, in the account dropdown with your profile picture on the top right, click Interest Stacks.

Uksi said:
Will it ever be possible to create a list with more than 50+ entries?
Undecided at this moment.

@EnderVsqz626 Characters will be coming in a future phase. People are still undecided at this moment.
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This is great & Interesting Updates. thx :)
Apr 16, 2022 3:33 PM

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Hi @Kineta Today my first Interest Stacks is created, but I am a little disappointed since it has a limit of 50 Characters.

I see that limit very short, since I want to create one for the Challenges that I have done (of course I have not been in this world of Challenges for a long time) but in the same way I wanted to create one of 58 animes and I am disappointed that they only allow 50. Do you think that limit goes up?
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EnderVsqz626 said:
[…] I am disappointed that they only allow 50. Do you think that limit goes up?


Narrator: A few days earlier…

Kineta said:
Uksi said:
Will it ever be possible to create a list with more than 50+ entries?
Undecided at this moment.
Apr 17, 2022 7:33 AM

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Looks like a lot of people are making public stacks without reading the guidelines.
As it is right now it will require a lot of moderation.
Apr 17, 2022 12:57 PM
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Oh wow just realized you only need one entry completed to get the badge. Thanks for creating this, its a nice addition. If only easter egg one also got this pity idea too for the badge requirement, i can't be this dilemma xd
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how many stacks is the limit btw? and what do I do to add the mal ones to my own?
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Apr 18, 2022 5:39 AM

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One issue however at this point is that finding interesting lists is basically impossible unless you randomly encounter one on somebody's profile or by searching for specific words. Maybe being able to add predefined tags to your "stack" to make browsing easier would help.
having an option to deactivate a stack showing your scores when you make it
adding a view counter the author can see
adding a comment box

Basically what I wanted to say plus maybe see which users restacked a stack and restacking something for yourself that wouldn't be visible for other users
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Oh wow! you only need one entry to completed the challenge and get the badge, Also This was the one update I was REALLY excited for!!! A cool feature that I'll use and going to have a lot of fun with it, thanks MAL Team! <3
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I'm sure the answer is probably obvious and I'm just being my usual not-very-forum-savvy self, but...
What does "restacking" actually do? You click the restack button next to the ellipses and something happens, I'm sure. That much I think I understand, but... Is there a benefit or purpose to restacking, other than for the challenges with the badges?
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Kii_Ibarra said:
I'm sure the answer is probably obvious and I'm just being my usual not-very-forum-savvy self, but...
What does "restacking" actually do? You click the restack button next to the ellipses and something happens, I'm sure. That much I think I understand, but... Is there a benefit or purpose to restacking, other than for the challenges with the badges?

Clicking the "restack" button adds that Interest Stack to your profile's "Interest Stacks" section. Mine has tabs for "All", "Challenges", and "Created".

If a Stack is part of a challenge, obviously it appears in that tab. Otherwise it looks like restacked Stacks only show up under "All" (unless I haven't waited long enough for some cache to expire).
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Clicking the "restack" button adds that Interest Stack to your profile's "Interest Stacks" section. Mine has tabs for "All", "Challenges", and "Created".

If a Stack is part of a challenge, obviously it appears in that tab. Otherwise it looks like restacked Stacks only show up under "All" (unless I haven't waited long enough for some cache to expire).
Ah, I think I see, sorta. Perhaps I'll figure it out more when I try it, then!

Thanks so much for the explanation! :)
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Hi, just a quick question. My anime watchlist is currently set as private, is that okay or will it interfere with me getting the badge?
Apr 20, 2022 8:59 AM
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How do I find insteresting ones? I looked through a bunch of pages but didn't find anything interesting.
Apr 21, 2022 1:05 AM

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So how can I add/create/edit a Stack (Absolute Beginner at this)?

For the Beginning, "Genius Girls", "CGDCT"*, "Uniforms/Military Otakus" etc. would be among the things I'd like to see…

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UPDATE: I guess I'm already doing it right so far… ;-)
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https://myanimelist.net/stacks/8

I have already watched one, but it will only count 1 after I restocked? The only exception is when you have already seen all?

So if I forget to restock, watch something first then restock, I will be still in need of 1 new anime?

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Apr 21, 2022 2:47 PM

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Great update lads, but I think watashi submitted this idea some time ago: https://myanimelist.net/forum/?topicid=1847245&show=0#post1
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wow this is a great thing, nice to see Okabe shoot up the top 10

also did not think Ichigo would have that many bot favorites lmao
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Have you ever thought about adding this feature "Sort episodes (in eps discussion thread) according to their average rating" ?
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Edimon2907 said:
Ekhan175 said:
I don't know if this has been asked/answered already so apologies for that!

Do we need to complete at least one anime from the School Club Showcase during April or do previously completed count?

I've already restacked the stack...I think lols.


For better or for worse those completed in the past do count and you'll get a medal in May

BUT
if i complete anime that I have on 'on hold' list, do i still get the badge?
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it says challenge your friends, is there a specific way to label a stack as a challenge and set a time limit cause I can't find that option

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OMG. I just saw that this functionality exists. This is awesome. I'll pick a manga now.
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Glad it got extended, I wanted some more time to watch a couple of the club animes' first episodes. Do you think MAL would be able to calculate like, which anime/manga most people chose to complete to get the badge?
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A weird flaw I found is that if you go to an anime's interest stack page and sort by "Recently Added", it sorts from oldest to newest rather than newest to oldest.
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Saw some stuff about the stacks just recently! Neat!

And for the badge... 24 for animes to go, 24 days for soo....
Anime a day, keeps the doctor away? Right? Right guys!?
─── ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ───

"No matter how devastated you may be by your own weaknesses or uselessness...
Set your heart ablaze. Grit your teeth and look straight ahead.
Even if you stop and crouch down, the time won't wait for you...
or snuggle you, or grieve along with you."

─── ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ───
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And for the badge... 24 for animes to go, 24 days for soo....
Anime a day, keeps the doctor away? Right? Right guys!?

Pretty sure you only need to watch 1 for the badge, unless I'm blind lol.
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OmarAlsoBilly said:
Fox-Paw said:
And for the badge... 24 for animes to go, 24 days for soo....
Anime a day, keeps the doctor away? Right? Right guys!?

Pretty sure you only need to watch 1 for the badge, unless I'm blind lol.


Now that you mention it, yeah. You're right ^.^
─── ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ───

"No matter how devastated you may be by your own weaknesses or uselessness...
Set your heart ablaze. Grit your teeth and look straight ahead.
Even if you stop and crouch down, the time won't wait for you...
or snuggle you, or grieve along with you."

─── ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ───
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