Use This Trick To Use An Existing Entry As A Template For Faster Contribution


Copy To Draft has been around for quite some time and is one of the most used features of the database. It’s pretty straight-forward: It takes the submission in question, makes a copy of it, and adds that copy to your drafts folder. Once you’ve hit the submit button and your release is in the database, it will appear on it’s own on the artist page. This is fine! From there, you’ll need to add it to the master release. This is commonly confused with merging releases. Releases are only merged together when it’s found that one is a duplicate of the other and does not meet the unique submission guidelines. Let’s begin!

Copy To Draft

    1. Once you’ve found a similar version to the one you want to submit, click on Edit Release on the upper right corner of the release page.


    1. This is the release history page. Here you can edit the release, leave comments for other contributors if errors need to be fixed, voting and more. On the right side of the gray bar, there will be a list of links. Click the one labelled Copy To Draft.


    1. This will create a copy of the draft and bring you to your Drafts folder. Click the Edit/Submit button for the draft you wish to edit. This will be the top-most draft in your folder.


    1. You may now edit the submission to best match the version in your possession. Make sure to remove all matrix, credits, and other information that is not present on your exact copy. Those should not be transferred between versions if they are not also present on your copy. Ensuring that this is done will help keep the database accurate and prevent the spread of incorrectly entered information. It is also important to do this as the version that was entered in the database initially may also have information that needs to be corrected.


    1. Once you have changed the template to your exact version, hit the Preview / Submit button, review and fix any warnings or errors on top, and then hit the submit button! At that time, your item will be active in the database. Chances are, you’ll need to link it up with it’s other versions. If there’s an existing master release, you’ll need to add your version to it. If not, you’ll need to create a master release, which I will explain in the next section


Creating A Master Release

    1. To create a master release, click on the main artist. If the main artist is Various, No Artist, or Unknown Artist, use an artist page that’s credited on both releases. If there are no credits present, you may need to use the master release creation form. If a master release already exists, you will need to edit the existing master release. Once you’re on the artist page, click the Create Master Release button on the left side of the artist page.


    1. This will bring up a gray bar on the bottom of the artist page and show checkboxes next to applicable items. Click the checkboxes next to the items you want to add to your new master release.


    1. Once you’ve selected those versions, confirm that the correct Key release for the master release is selected. This will be represented by a radio button next to the chosen release on the gray bar. The key release should be the release that best represents all releases in the master release. Please see this guideline for more information about choosing the best possible key release. Once this is confirmed, click the Create button on the right side and your master release will be created!


Merging Releases?

Merging two releases together and adding releases to master releases are commonly mixed up. You’d only want to merge a release together if a duplicate version is created. For more information about the merging process, please see this help document.

Now’s the time! Get out there and submit to the Discogs DB and help us break 9 Million releases by the end of September!

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