Artist Name Variation (was AKA version 2)

There is a full proposal for this updated function up at http://help.discogs.com/wiki/NewFeatureANV Providing there are no show-stopping problems, this function will be rolled out in the next few weeks. Please post if there are any issues or questions!

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Upcoming Downtime – Saturday, 19 Aug 2006

I am going to be shutting down the database for a few hours in order to perform some maintenance. The downtime will begin Sat Aug 19 at 7pm Pacific DT (2am GMT, 20 Aug) and should last for a few hours. I’ll post a note here after the maintenance is completed.

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Submission comments on Release form

Now when you’re editing a draft or pending release you can view the submission comments and voting history. This is shown at the bottom of the release form page in the “Submission Comments:” section.

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Captcha now enabled on ‘Contact User’ form

Due to an instance of automated spam, we have enabled a [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Captcha]captcha[/url] on the ‘Contact User’ form that lets Discogs users contact each other. Although slightly inconvenient for regular honest users, it should stop most all spam including instances of mass spam. We have recently put the same verification on the ticket system, again to […]

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Release Diff links added on submissions

Now when you edit a pending submission it will add a “diff” link after the “Submission edited” message. Clicking that will show a highlighted overview of what was changed. This should be helpful to moderators as well as contributors. example: http://www.discogs.com/subs/view/1925597

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Now everyone can browse the queues

Now all users have access to the moderator interface. You’ll be able to browse and comment on all submissions. The links are located in [url=/my]My Discogs[/url] under the “Browse Submissions” section. Please post if you have any questions. thanks

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New roles added in the credit list

I have added the following roles / credits to the ever expanding credit list at http://help.discogs.com/wiki/SubmissionGuidelinesCreditList =================================== Concertina Shenai – Indian reed instrument Bandoneon – a free-reed instrument particularly popular in Argentina Autoharp – a zither-like musical string instrument having a series of chord bars attached to dampers which, when depressed, mute all the strings […]

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Artist/Label rollovers now enabled

I’ve just turned on a new feature which shows a small popup box with artist/label info when you hover over an artist or label link. These popups are enabled on release form previews, submission views (/changereq?id=X), and the moderator interface. This will give you a brief overview of an artist or label without having to […]

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New search engine online

I’ve just completed the upgrade of the Discogs search engine. The most important improvement is that it now handles unicode characters correctly. For example, you can search for [url=http://www.discogs.com/search?type=all&q=Bj%C3%B6rk&btn=Search]Björk[/url] without errors. And searches for [url=http://www.discogs.com/search?type=all&q=bjork&btn=Search]bjork[/url] will also find Björk. Catalog number searches are also improved (using the “Catalog#” dropdown). For example, a release with catalog […]

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Projects for next month / image guideline update

[b]Image guidelines improved.[/b] The [url=http://help.discogs.com/wiki/SubmissionGuidelinesImages]image guidelines[/url] now include visual examples and explanation, provided by [u=DJ_Purity_Control] I have started three new tickets. They should all be done sometime next month. Please check then through for any potential problems: http://help.discogs.com/ticket/1709 [b]Roll overs on artist links[/b] By rolling over an artist link, a box will appear giving short […]

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