As of today, we are allowing all unique releases to be entered into Discogs. This means variations of the same release are now allowed (as long as we can tell them apart). This will allow us to expand the usefulness of the database for collectors, and increase the detail of the available versions for everyone.[b]The logistics of splitting releases[/b]
As a lot of items in Discogs are entries for more than one version of a release (for example, the retail version and the promo version), this change may affect the items in your collection, possibly with the result that you end up with the wrong ‘version’ of a release in your collection. In order to limit this, the following rules for splitting a release into it’s unique versions should be used:[quote]* If a release is currently for a retail release and also a white label / promo, the existing release should be kept for the retail version, and the white label / promo should be made as a new submission.
If a release contains multiple versions (for example, different coloured vinyl versions), the most common version should remain as the existing release, and the less common versions should be split off into new releases.
You MUST have the version in your possession whilst splitting, do not use the existing release notes as proof of the different versions. If there are multiple different versions of a release, and you only have one of them, only submit the one you have.
The existing release should be updated after a new version is accepted to the database to make it clear it does not represent the newly added version.[/quote]
Discogs allows the entering of all versions of a release, such as white labels, reissues, different artwork, format variations, coloured vinyl, different country pressings etc.
In order for these to be accepted, you must provide enough information to distinguish the different versions of a release. It may be important to provide as much information as possible for major label releases, such as barcodes, matrix numbers, publishing/copyright dates, and any other identifiable marks. This is possible in the release notes field for the moment.
If the difference is subtle, you must explain the difference in the release notes, or with images, or by any other effective means, in order that future users can tell their versions apart by referring to the entry in Discogs.
Items can be submitted before the release date, but you must always have the physical copy in your possession when submitting.
Items such as cut outs (where a normal release has a section of the sleeve cut, denoting a price cut item), items that have otherwise been marked or altered after release, and individually numbered items on otherwise identical copies will not be allowed as unique releases.[/quote] [b]Extra format added[/b]: Reissue[b]Guidelines for mods[/b]: [quote]Unique releases – Ask yourself if there is enough information that other users will be able to tell the releases apart, and tell which version they have.
As an example; Simply adding ‘Reissue’ to the format is not enough (if the other aspects of the release are the same), and the submission should be treated as a duplicate and N voted in such a case. Remember to explain to the submitter the reason for the rejection, and point out they can resubmit it if they can explain the difference. Note that one distinguishing feature is enough to accept it as a Unique Release, for example, slight variations in the artwork (if images are available and / or if it is explained in the release notes), different Cat#’s etc.[/quote]
The new guidelines can be seen at http://www.discogs.com/help/submission-guidelines-general-rules.html – note this is the new help section, which we are running concurrently with the old help section. The old help section will be turned off soon, in the meantime, only the new one will be updated from now on.