The end of the year is getting close and the total volume of contributions is beginning to slow down, in line with patterns seen in previous years. The huge spike in Artist and Label page edits from September and October has begun to slow as well, although there is still a lot of activity from a group of contributors working their way through Artists labeled as ‘Invalid’.
We’re still working hard to translate all the Database Guidelines into every language supported by Discogs – French, Italian, German, Japanese and Spanish. It’s no small feat, so a big thank you goes out to all the Contributors who helped translate the Database Glossary and the first ~5,000 words of the Submission Guidelines into Spanish over the past 3 weeks. It happened much faster than anticipated so we’re still evaluating how it went and working out how we can improve the process for future translations.
Top Contributors In November
From The Database Forum
- Is it OK to add circled letters or numbers as price codes into the baoi section?
- “Do Not Use” Artists clean up thread – a group of contributors have been moving Releases from invalid Artist pages over to their valid counterparts. It’s not easy but this is important for keeping the Database clean and well organised.
- Capitalization Rules – the Discogs Standard Capitalization Rules state that “The standard Discogs rule for artist and label names, joiners, release and track titles, format free text field, index track titles, credits, and headings, is the First Letter Of Each Word Is Capitalized.” This might break conventions is almost every natural language, but it helps keep the Database consistent, which is a necessary trade-off when trying to catalog such a varied mass of things as “all the music in the world”.
- Are these cassettes unique releases or the same due to acceptable manufacturing – different cassette shells = different Releases. Some might call it “insane”, but that’s what makes Discogs insanely good. No other Database of music can match the level of effort these contributors go to to catalog the world of music.
- How to clean up (if needed) publishing entries for WARP RECORDS? – when a company has been around as long as Warp has, they invariably end up using variations on a theme to stamp their name on Releases. This makes it a little harder to catalog them as the same company might appear as one of several variations on any one Release. Nothing the Database Community can’t handle though.
- Is Brian Eno’s Ambient Series a series?
- Are archival files on archive.org eligible for inclusion in discogs? – are they Releases?
- ROM File and Cart Releases – do original, stand-alone music albums released and distributed on a ROM cartridge or file belong in the Database?
- Cat Power “Dear Sir” tracklist conundrum – all versions of Cat Power’s ‘Dear Sir’ have an uncredited track, and there is consensus that this track is called “Great Expectations” (since alternate recordings of the song appear on other Releases named as such), but why was the track never credited on the many subsequent reissues/represses of the album if it was just an unintentional mistake?
New To The Database
There were no additions to the Guidelines in November.