Editor Discussion Guideline Update October 2006 9 Updating An Artist



Discogs Submission Guidelines - Updating an Artist''

Artists can not be added on their own, an artist entry is automatically
added when a release is accepted into the database.

Real Name

This field is for
the display of artists’ real names.
Please use only real names
here, not aliases. For groups, the role of each member can be described
in profile.


The Profile field is used to give a
(brief) description of the artist. History, changes to group line-ups,
musical styles etc. belong here.

It should be written in clear English and
be as grammatically correct as possible, avoiding
the duplication of information that is in an artist’s release
. Also remember that the longer the profile, the less
people will want to read it.

Normally, 3-5 lines of profile text is
fine. Long, detailed biographies should be avoided, particularly when
that information is available via official web sites, fan sites

Artists' contact info can also be submitted here as there is no
dedicated place for it on artist pages. Please format this so it is
clearly displayed.

The following are not accepted:

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color:black">Copy/pasted info from the internet, or any other
copyrighted or credited material


\<span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;

color:black">Promotional wordings, or anything that could be perceived
as hype


\<span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;

color:black">Profiles written in the first or second person


\<span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;

color:black">Lists of labels, releases, aliases or groups (these can
all go into the database via release submissions and Alias/In Groups


\<span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;

color:black">Links that point towards external web sites

Always be sure to use Moderator Notes to
clearly explain what you are changing and WHY you are changing it.
Remember that changes that may seem obvious to you might not be as
obvious to other Discogs users.


For the submission of artist URLs. Only
add full URLs with the http:// prefix to this field. Do not add any
auxiliary text.

The following URLs are not


\<span style="font-size:10.0pt;

font-family:Arial;color:black"> Review pages


\<span style="font-size:10.0pt;

font-family:Arial;color:black">Label pages that do not include artist
profiles (include the direct link to the artist profile when


\<span style="font-size:10.0pt;

font-family:Arial;color:black">Email addresses


\<span style="font-size:10.0pt;

font-family:Arial;color:black">Poor quality fan pages


This field is used to link different
aliases of an artist. Use this field only if the artist (meaning a group
of members or an individual) is exactly the same, not if a part of
"Artist One" is a part of "Artist Two".

On Discogs, when adding and deleting
aliases you only need to do one update: add alias "Artist Two" to
"Artist One" and "Artist One" will automatically be listed as an alias
of "Artist Two".

Multiple aliases will automatically be
linked to each other in the same update. However
if multiple updates are being performed simultaneously on several
aliases of an artist (e.g. to add in profiles, real names etc) then it
is important to remember that all relevant aliases must be included in
all of the updates to prevent one update removing alias links added in
another, or vice-versa.

In Groups

This field is used to list the groups the
artist is (or was) a member of. There is no way to add a member to a
group from the group's page. You must go to each member's page and add
them to the group.

Only one
alias of an artist is
to be configured
as a group member. If a member has several
aliases then you must add any groups to
their real name alias if a Discogs entry exists for their real name. If
a real name alias does not exist in Discogs, use the alias by which they
are most commonly known.

Do not list collaborations/groups as
members of other groups if individual artist entries exist.

It is possible to mark an association
between two artists inactive or defunct by placing X after the
group name in the submission form. This will cause the names involved in
the inactive association to be crossed out in the respective Members/In
Groups sections on the artist pages. If the member
has died but was active in the group at time of death, this function
should not be used.
A group membership should only be marked as
defunct if the member left the group while it was still active. This
means that if a group breaks up, or a project is retired, all artists
who were members at the time of break-up or name retirement should
remain listed as active members.


You can add a
personal Comment to Artist pages.
You can also request the
removal of a Comment if it does not comply with the Comment Submission


Please follow the Image


You can merge two artists. Submit the
update to the artist entry that should remain. Click the "Merge" button
and enter the duplicate artist's name on the
submission form.
On the next step, check the artists by clicking
the links. Remember that only duplicate artists should be merged.
You must clearly explain in the Moderator
what you are trying to achieve. Any comments will be merged
with the updated artist, but the images and profile from the merged
artist will be deleted, so any relevant
information appearing on the duplicate artist profile and missing on the
remaining arist profile should be added to the remaining artist’s
profile before merging them.


You can rename a wrongly named artist.
Click the "Rename" button and enter the correct name. It is not possible
to use an already attributed name, so where a
different artist is already allocated the same name, (2) should be
added after the new artist name (or (3), (4) etc.). Be sure to
add detailed Moderator Notes and remember that the artist’s name should
reflect what is printed on their releases.
Abbreviations and case
follow the usual