Discogs Users’ Music Reviews Are Key To Music Discovery

by Diognes_The_Fox

Reviews are one of the unspoken keys to success for music discovery on Discogs. Other people are more likely to check out a release if you’ve taken the time to share your thoughts and write about it.

The reviews feature allows you to post reviews or comments on the releases, artists and labels you love and spread the word so more users can discover them – or warn them off if you’re less than impressed. You can find the review section at the bottom of any release, artist, or label page.

Be sure to check the box “My comment is a review” before posting. You can also receive a notification when someone comments on your review by checking “Notify me”.

There are a few points you should be aware of when writing reviews:

The first thing to keep in mind is that your review should stay on the subject of the music itself. Commenting on the current price of the release or attempting to gain support for a reissue isn’t really suitable in the context of a review and will be removed via community reporting.

Ensure you’ve got a decent amount of information about the release in your review. Useful reviews should be more than a few words or a single sentence. Take some time to flesh out ideas to guarantee that the review will be interesting, informative and useful to other users and have staying power. Accuracy is key.

Above all, it should be your voice. Copyrighted material such as lyrics, liner notes or reviews taken from other sources are problematic and will be removed. This is your time to shine in the community and let your voice be heard about the records, CDs, tapes, or whatever it is that fills your world.

Take a moment to consult the guidelines for more information, or start writing a review on your favorite releases now!

7 comments about “Discogs Users’ Music Reviews Are Key To Music Discovery
  • reverberationmusic 2 years ago
    4 out of 5 doctors recommend this.
  • massenmedium 2 years ago
    Does anyone else's copy of this blog post skip in paragraph 2?
  • el_duro 2 years ago
    [i]Copyrighted material such as lyrics, liner notes or reviews taken from other sources are problematic and will be removed.[/i]

    I have repeatedly reported various reviews from a user who contributes their cut-and-pasted reviews from a webzine and always adding a link to that site [Do not include URLs or email addresses in your reviews]. Not one review has been removed as yet, AFAICS.
  • el_duro 2 years ago
    ^[i]Cut-and-pasted reviews from other sites will not be accepted, even if the original source is credited. Reviews should add some unique value to Discogs[/i].
  • Diognes_The_Fox 2 years ago
    reverberationmusic Fifth doctor was lying. ;)

    massenmedium Sometimes I type too fast, sometimes.

    el_duro Please start a support request so we can take a look!
  • reverberationmusic 2 years ago
    I expect to see loads of sunglasses for sale at some point (happens to dead facebook groups way too often). I'm too busy on this site listing stuff to review too much but I occasionally do on my all time favorites mainly.
  • groovatronics 2 years ago
    Hey Discogs, I recently came up with an idea you might want to consider for future development. I feel like the review-aspect of the website is fantastic, but can be few-and-far-between. Now, take a look at a place like Amazon, and you'll find users who take reviewing items (especially music) very seriously. It's a veritable GO-TO source for well thought out opinions on a given album, and is pretty consistent across genres and time-periods.
    How do we make Discogs carry a similar reputation for quality reviews?
    Well, one idea could be to separate actual REVIEWS from technical comments ("my copy is missing the bonus 7" — "was this pressed in an edition of 300, or 3000?" — etc.) They are both important, but I feel like good reviews sometimes get lost amidst people's nerd-out conversations about pressing details and such. They get de-valued in a way. If we separated them visually, it might encourage more organized reviewing from users. Would love to see a feature like this in the future. Thanks for listening, cheers.