The rules that restrict entering the ‘Featuring’ or ‘Presenting’ artists from being entered into the main artist field will be removed. These rules were made some time ago on the understanding that the featured or presenting artist was a secondary role. It is now apparent that this is not always true, and in fact, in the majority of cases, it is a equal role.
Further enhancements to the database MAY take place in the future to enable some type of subjective division of these roles, but at this point in time it is felt it is more important to streamline the rules, and also allow releases to reflect the real life main artists as billed on the front cover artwork.[b]New Rules regarding ‘Featuring’ and ‘Presents’:[/b]
‘Featuring’ and ‘Presents’ (or variations and abbreviations thereof) should be used the same way as other joins in the main artist fields, to reflect how the artists are presented on the release artwork.
In the credits section, the correct role must be used to credit the artist if available, for example “Vocals”. Adding Featuring or Presents inside the brackets is not required, but it is acceptable if it reflects the text on the release.
If no specific credit is apparent on the release, an artist with a preceding ‘Featuring’ joiner must be credited with ‘Featuring’ in the credits section, with specific tracks indicated if relevant. An artist with a following ‘Presents’ joiner must be credited with ‘Presenter’ in the credits section, with specific tracks indicated if relevant.
The Featuring and Presents joins can be entered as they appear on the release, for example shortened to Feat. or Pres. The usual capitalization rules apply.
The ‘Featuring’ credit can still be used as any other credit, either where this term is used on a release, or when the artist is known to have contributed to the music but the specific role is not known.[b]The Join field and Artist Collabarations[/b]
The join field is used for the words such as “vs.”, “Meets”, “And”, “&”, “w/”, “With” that link two or more artist names together. Abbreviations are accepted if they appear that way on the release. Lower case joins are accepted only for the abbreviations “vs.” and “w/”.
Artists which commonly collaborate together should be listed as one artist. Examples: “Ed Rush & Optical”, “Dom & Roland” (it’s really one person), “Giovanni & Mosler” and “Olga+Jozef”.
Artist collaborations which are one-off recordings should be listed as separate artists. If this one-off collaboration becomes an ongoing recording team then they can be updated to one artist entry later.
Do NOT attempt to split artists who regularly collaborate (Definition of regular: Any artist that has more than 2 collaborations (different releases), excluding remix EPs)[b]Updates:[/b]
We will rely on manual updates to amend the entries where these roles should be a main artist credit. Reference to the original release [b]must[/b] always be made in order to do the correct update. The featuring credit appearing in the credit section must not be taken as a cue to automatically add the artist to the main artist section.[b]Rules that will be removed:[/b] [quote]”Featuring” should always be listed in the credits field (see below) and not in a join field. This is to provide a consis when it is a full collaboration between two unique artists. IE; Final Fantasy presents Tom Stevens” (from http://help.discogs.com/wiki/SubmissionGuidelinesGeneralRule )
[/quote] [quote=Old_splitting_guideline] *** Splitting Guidelines
1 Don’t split artists you don’t know about
2 Don’t split one release and leave behind 20 compilation appearances
3 Clean up beforehand, remove redundant links, images and profiles.
4 Split one artist at a time until you have reached your submission limit, and then move on to another one.
5 Do NOT attempt to split fake collaboration. A fake collaboration can be a (often bootleg) remix of a famous artist by a wannabee famous artist. Example: Par-T-One vs. INXS.
6 Do NOT attempt to split artists who regularly collaborate (Definition of regular: Any artist that has more than 2 collaborations (different releases), excluding remix EPs)[/quote]