We’ve just turned on our Master Release function. For those not familiar with it, this will allow us to group multiple versions of a release into one “Master Release”. This makes for better display on the artist and label pages, and also gives us a summarized view of all versions of a release. When viewing a Master Release page you can see all reviews, ratings, collection, wantlist, and for sale information for all versions of that release. Handy!
Initially, only voters will be able to create and edit Master Releases. This will allow us to test the guidelines, the code, and the general impact of the new function on the site and users. This should limit any initial problems, and allow voters to get a feel for it prior to all users having access to the function. Master Releases can be voted on, with just one choice of “Incorrect”. The voting and history section is in the usual place.
The initial guidelines for this are up at http://www.discogs.com/help/submission-guidelines-master-release.html#Guidelines Since this is a brand new function, we may well come across examples that don’t fit the guidelines, and will need discussion and guideline updates. Please post any problems here.
To create a Master Release, go to the artist page you want to update, then click “Create Master Release” in the Page Options box. That will open a panel at the bottom of the screen. You then tick the releases which belong to the new Master Release, select the “Key Release” with the radio button, and click Create. Editing a Master Release from an artist page is similar, but you must first click Edit on the one you want to change.
There is also a “Raw Mode” edit form on the Master Release page. This allows you to manually specify all contained releases, the key release, and notes. There is a full outline of creating and editing Master Releases at http://www.discogs.com/help/submission-guidelines-master-release.html#Creating
Please post if you have any questions!