We’re starting up the September Pledge INitiative (S.P.IN.) again, and this time the goal is to preserve one hundred, twenty-thousand recordings (120,000)! This is a tall order, but we can do it! I wrote these tips to help you get started as seamlessly and smoothly as possible. Follow these instructions and you’ll be well on your way in no time flat, and in with a chance to win a Discogs prize pack!
Contributing can be both quick and easy once you get the hang of some of the basic principals involved. The submission form is designed to wide range of potential information that can be found on your record, CD, tape or other fine publicly distributed medium. Fortunately though, many of these do not need to be used to make a correct submission to basic accepted standards.
One of the most common types of submissions you may find will involve having a different version of something that’s already in the database. You can use that existing submission as a template for you version using a feature called Copy To Draft, which I made this instructional post for. (Important reading! Now with video!)
If what you have isn’t similar to something in the database, that’s fine too! When working with the subform, I like to think about it in layers. The first layer is the minimum required fields for a new submission. By using that list, it should give you a good solid starting place for putting yourself in a place where you can really make a positive impact.
With a little experience or if you feel brave, you can work more with the optional fields, however, you may wish to find a community member to help review your progress to ensure that you’ve ironed out any intricacies. There is a great diversity of different types of music and challenges that come with contributing them. Our forums are a great resource to connect you with experienced contributors who can help you on your way.
Images, while optional, go a great way to improve the overall data value of your sub. They help provide valuable information for voters so they can confirm information entered in was done so correctly. As a seller, they provide the buyer with important information that increases confidence which results in sales. Other contributors may also be able to update information on the submission based on information found in the images that can help make your submission more visible. If you have a smart phone, you may wish to check out this recent blog post which makes the process quite easy.
Nothing on hand to contribute? Also not a problem! There are many amazing resources where you can get your hands on some material to work with at low-to-no cost. A great place to start, is your local library, which often has CD’s that can be borrowed. You may have luck asking friends and family members if they have any old records, CD’s, tapes or what-have-you that you can borrow. Record store dollar bins, thrift stores, flea markets and Craigslist are also great resources. Just remember, though, you must have the item in your possession in order to make a submission to the database.
Check out our dedicated S.P.IN. page for a realtime view of how we’re doing, the leader board and more information!