Changes to Release URLs

We’ve just begin changing Discogs Release URLs into a new format:

old format: www.discogs.com/release/123

new format: www.discogs.com/Artist-Title/release/123

Most of the site has been converted to use this new format, except for the search engine and some marketplace pages. Those will be converted over the next few days.

[b]This change will not break any existing links on or outside of Discogs. Release URLs in the old format will continue working forever.[/b]

We are making this change for several reasons:

1) To improve our search engine rankings and become more competitive with other music sites.
2) To improve usability. When a user posts a release url on a forum or blog, people can now know something about the content before clicking the link.
3) It’s part of our upcoming implementation of Master Release.

Again, This change will not break any existing links on or outside of Discogs. And Release URLs in the old format will continue working forever.

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35 Comments
  • Feb 9,2009 at 19:27

    Any answers? (especially the bug)

  • Jan 22,2009 at 09:50

    So we have TWO “release” site codes:

    [r = 123]
    gives just TITLE: [r=123]

    or

    [r 123]
    gives both ARTIST + TITLE: [r123]

    Both codes should be listed on each release page so users get to know them both better, and can understand the difference via trial and error. Especially as when using codes in some places on the site (like artist/label profiles when you want to reference a release) one wants just the release title without the artist name.
    Any chance please?

    _________________________

    [quote=sharpnel.m1d-rips-]This new “feature” definitely causes some severe problems. For example:
    http://www.discogs.com/Various-Hardco…se/1270929
    I updated the main artist to that a few days ago, but the internal URL will forever stay as “various”.
    While that may not seem a big deal, something like http://www.discogs.com/Groovetune-Sti…se/1601032 is. (He accidentally put the wrong main artist)
    Will there be a way to request internal URL changes, or is this feature going to cause innocent mistakes to permanently ruin submission URLs?[/quote]
    Agree, this looks a bit silly. Why can’t the text in the URL not update at the same time? It’s ignored anyway by the browser, all previous uses of the text version of the URL, eg. in forums, will be ignored and the release page will still open up regardless.
    So it shouldn’t be a problem to update them, should it not… ?

    eg. this:
    [url=http://www.discogs.com/Various-Hardcore-Babys-Revenge/release/1270929]http://www.discogs.com/Various-Hardcore-Babys-Revenge/release/1270929[/url]
    shows equally the same as this:
    [url=http://www.discogs.com/DJ-Yousuke-Hardcore-Babys-Revenge/release/1270929]http://www.discogs.com/DJ-Yousuke-Hardcore-Babys-Revenge/release/1270929[/url]
    (or infact any text version:
    [url=http://www.discogs.com/FUCK-YOU!!!!/release/1270929]http://www.discogs.com/FUCK-YOU!!!!/release/1270929[/url])
    ——–

    [b]^BUG^: when I quoted the text from “sharpnel.m1d-rips-” above, the URL’s he listed have the “/release/” part of the URL missing from my quote box, so do not open when clicked. Fix needed.[/b]

  • Jan 21,2009 at 08:10

    Funny thing I just noticed:
    in the next few minutes you submit a *new* release, it automatically appears – with the brand new URL – in Google…!!! :-o
    (note: if you search with some quite restrictive keyword, e.g. the cat#)

  • Jan 14,2009 at 05:08

    [quote=teo]And now there’s a new forum code [r…] (no equal sign) which will print the artist and title.[/quote]
    Doesn’t work properly for artist names with a join eg. r126151 displays as:

    [r126151]

  • Jan 13,2009 at 17:14

    This is kinda cool :D:D
    Good work!

  • Jan 13,2009 at 08:57

    seems like it’s OK for the URL being changed after an UPDATE to the main artists or the release title, e.g.: [r1454420]
    Release title edit => http://www.discogs.com/history?release=1454420&diff=6

  • Jan 11,2009 at 15:18

    Yes, it is.

  • Jan 11,2009 at 08:35

    So what you are saying is that discogs will still always use the release number as the main reference to the release and the /some-other-name/release/1169392 is just cosmetic, and can be anything purely for search engines? So Discogs continues as normal with each release still located as /release/123

  • mjb
    Jan 9,2009 at 15:09

    A minor inconvenience/side effect is when viewing artist and label pages, all the release links are now unvisited, as if my browser’s history had been wiped out. Guess there’s no way around that.

  • Jan 9,2009 at 11:49

    This new “feature” definitely causes some severe problems. For example:
    http://www.discogs.com/Various-Hardcore-Babys-Revenge/release/1270929
    I updated the main artist to that a few days ago, but the internal URL will forever stay as “various”.
    While that may not seem a big deal, something like http://www.discogs.com/Groovetune-Still-In-The-Blue/release/1601032 is. (He accidentally put the wrong main artist)
    Will there be a way to request internal URL changes, or is this feature going to cause innocent mistakes to permanently ruin submission URLs?

  • Jan 9,2009 at 01:10

    10 / 10 !

    Wow, I’m impressed. Seriously. I can imagine that this will help discogs presence via SEO (Search Engine Optimization — for those that don’t know) on google and beyond, which hopefully will help more people to get to know the site and use/buy/sell/contribute to it.

    . . . Encore encore encore …!

  • Jan 8,2009 at 06:27

    As long as the original links still work, I’m happy.

  • nik
    Jan 8,2009 at 03:37

    [quote=SchusterBach]Someone make a new release like http://www.discogs.com/Various-Ibiza-…se/1169392 http://www.discogs.com/release/1169392 After 3 months for some reason the title must be change to “Ibiza Annual 2006” The new link will now be http://www.discogs.com/Various-Ibiza-…e/1169392. But now will there be link to the both inside and outside discogs to the release.
    Will that be problem in the further ? I think so [/quote]

    [quote=simfonik]Changes to release data wont affect linking.

    http://www.discogs.com/Various-Ibiza-…se/1169392

    If changed to:

    http://www.discogs.com/some-other-name/release/1169392

    Will still link to the same page. [/quote]

    [quote=SchusterBach]So now the artist and title in the link don’t match the information on the release ;-(

    On the information in the URL are not longer helping anybody, so why not just http://www.discogs.com/release/1169392 ?[/quote]

    The artist / title will always match the link in Discogs (forum codes, search).

    The only time it won’t match is if someone makes a link externally (or ‘by hand’). There is nothing we can do about that, but the link will still work fine. I think that’s acceptable. For most cases, the artist / title won’t change (or will only change a little bit), and the function will still fulfill it’s intentions for a large part of the time.

  • Jan 7,2009 at 14:17

    [quote=teo]Also, if you click anywhere on the release shortcut in Page Options it will highlight the whole thing. Then you can quickly press Ctrl-C to copy it.[/quote]
    Or Command-C…

  • Jan 7,2009 at 13:27

    So now the artist and title in the link don’t match the information on the release ;-(

    On the information in the URL are not longer helping anybody, so why not just http://www.discogs.com/release/1169392 ??

  • Jan 7,2009 at 12:15

    So does http://www.discogs.com/BLABLABLA/release/1169392

    That’s interesting.

  • Jan 7,2009 at 09:44

    Changes to release data wont affect linking.

    http://www.discogs.com/Various-Ibiza-Annual-2006/release/1169392

    If changed to:

    http://www.discogs.com/some-other-name/release/1169392

    Will still link to the same page.

  • Jan 7,2009 at 09:37

    Okay, for fare I can understand, the new ”link” is a string with the artist and the title (Artist + title)
    Someone make a new release like http://www.discogs.com/Various-Ibiza-Annual-2007/release/1169392 http://www.discogs.com/release/1169392 After 3 months for some reason the title must be change to “Ibiza Annual 2006” The new link will now be http://www.discogs.com/Various-Ibiza-Annual-2006/release/1169392. But now will there be link to the both inside and outside discogs to the release.
    Will that be problem in the further ? I think so

  • teo
    Jan 7,2009 at 09:28

    I’ve restored the old functionality to the release forum code, [r=…]. This will print just the title. And now there’s a new forum code [r…] (no equal sign) which will print the artist and title. This is now the main release linking code and is listed in the release Page Options.

    Also, if you click anywhere on the release shortcut in Page Options it will highlight the whole thing. Then you can quickly press Ctrl-C to copy it.

  • Jan 7,2009 at 08:56

    Cool, good to see work progressing towards the M.R. feature/function thing. :-)

  • Jan 7,2009 at 08:40

    Good idea to improve link readability in this such “SEO” way… :)

  • Jan 7,2009 at 02:03

    [quote=teo]3) It’s part of our upcoming implementation of Master Release. [/quote]

    I heard about a recent temperature drop in purgatory…

  • Jan 6,2009 at 22:55

    ok; thanks!

  • teo
    Jan 6,2009 at 21:43

    Ok, sorry, that side effect with the [r=…] linking was not intentional. I’ll put in a fix for it tomorrow.

  • Jan 6,2009 at 17:02

    Indeed, I didn’t spot that… weird stuff…

  • Jan 6,2009 at 16:01

    [quote=AbsoluteBodyControl]Apparently, it gets trimmed… which is OK for the URL I guess, but not for what’s displayed as result, that shouldn’t be trimmed…[/quote]
    And trimmed to different lengths, even!

  • Jan 6,2009 at 15:54

    [r=1113433]

    Apparently, it gets trimmed… which is OK for the URL I guess, but not for what’s displayed as result, that shouldn’t be trimmed…

  • Jan 6,2009 at 15:48

    And [url=http://www.discogs.com/release/1113433]this[/url] would be a long url…

  • Jan 6,2009 at 15:38

    [quote=teo]3) It’s part of our upcoming implementation of Master Release. [/quote]
    Oh, this I [u]have[/u] to see.

    [quote=teo]new format: http://www.discogs.com/Artist-Title/release/123 [/quote]
    The existing http://www.discogs.com/release/123 format would have to remain in place in the very possible event that artist-title values of a release get corrected, right?

    The ANV asterisk, spaces, punctuation, (most) non-latin characters and even the “artist (2)” numbering are handled in a very SEO manner. Fine.

    But is a URL like http://www.discogs.com/%E8%AC%9D%E8%8A%B1%E7%BE%A9%E5%93%B2-%E6%9D%B1%E6%98%A0%E6%98%A0%E7%94%BB%E5%B0%91%E6%9E%97%E5%AF%BA%E6%9C%A8%E4%BA%BA%E6%8C%99%E3%82%AA%E3%83%AA%E3%82%B8%E3%83%8A%E3%83%AB%E3%82%B5%E3%82%A6%E3%83%B3%E3%83%89%E3%83%88%E3%83%A9%E3%83%83%E3%82%AF/release/965879 even legal?

  • Jan 6,2009 at 15:34

    Anyone noticed the shortcut on the release page just below the ‘Copy to Draft’ button?

    Thats a nice touch :)

  • Jan 6,2009 at 15:04

    The side-effect is horrible.
    (1) it is broken, for starters, cf.
    http://www.discogs.com/groups/topic/74799?page=32#2258005
    (2) it changes the behaviour of a previously well-defined function. The content of both forum posts & artist/label profiles changes as a result.

  • Jan 6,2009 at 14:50

    yes, this looks good. thx

  • Jan 6,2009 at 14:42

    I like it, including the sideeffect on the r= link. Awesome enhancements these days. Keep it up. :)

  • Jan 6,2009 at 14:28

    I like it.

  • Jan 6,2009 at 13:53

    Is this purely cosmetic as the URL is concerned? Seems that /foobar/release/123 works fine too.

    This work seems to have included a side effect on the [r=…] links. Rather than displaying just the title, it shows “Artist – Title” — this has made many forum pages a mess, where things were once organized. I suggest making some new tag for “Artist – Title”, rather than overriding the existing one.

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