ANV F.A.Q. version 1.0
Q – Is John Smith an ANV of John Smith (3) – i.e. do we add in an ANV just so that the release page displays without the suffixed number applied to differentiate artists with the same names in Discogs?
A – No. A site wide update MAY be done for this, but at a later date once everything else has settled down. In the meantime, please do not allow the ANV function to be used for this.
Q – If John Smith and John Smith (2) both use the ANV John Smith Jr., must a suffix be applied to one of the ANVs to show John Smith Jr. (2)?
A – No, this is not necessary as the 2 instances of John Smith Jr. create 2 different URLs based on the main Discogs artist entries. Searches and artist indexes will be adapted to show the main artist that an ANV is connected to.
Q – Does ANV replace Aliases?
A – No, aliases remain as a way of identifying different names used by an artist. ANV is to be used for variations upon the same name.
Q – Should an ANV be used for a one-off alias that is not a variation upon an existing artist name?
A – No, an Alias is appropriate here.
Q – Are ANV’s to be used for misspellings, punctuation, typos etc?
A – ANV’s can be entered to reflect what is on the release. Variations in punctuation, spelling etc are allowed, providing they exist on the release. Variations in accents are allowed. However, using Cyrillic and other such Unicode fonts to reflect graphic design decisions such as reverse letters should not be done.
Q – What else needs to be done when ANV is being used?
A – As with all submissions, users should provide full moderator notes justifying why they have added the information in a certain way. Moderators will seek confirmation of the validity of an ANV via Moderator Comments, so please provide this information up front to ensure your submissions are processed as quickly as possible.