History:Series Number Style

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Applies to release titles and track titles that are part of a series.

When an item is one of a series which are labeled as parts, volumes, etc., separate the number from the title by a comma and a space like so:

"Release Title, Volume 2"
"Track Title, Part 2"

Note that the AbbreviationStyle says that you must not use abbreviations in titles with the only exception that ArtistIntent overrules the StyleGuidelines. In this case you need to provide evidentiary information about why it is an exceptional case in your EditNote!


"UK Space Techno, Volume 5"

"Café del Mar, Volumen Cinco"

Rationale and Details

The rationale behind SeriesNumberStyle was so that we can create some consistency through groups of series. In some aspects this guideline is a StrongGuideline, in others it is a weak guideline, e.g., a Style Guideline:

In most cases SeriesNumberStyle is the only applicable rule, since it is rare and hard to prove that there is any real ArtistIntent with series numbers. Also many series have a title scheme that is ConsistentOriginalData (there are exceptions!), but still things like ", Vol. X" or "(Volume X)" are changed to ", Volume X".

Thus the AbbreviationStyle always overrides the second rule of the StylePrinciples. In the same manner parantheses must be always replaced with a comma.

SeriesNumberStyle is, however, weak and follows the StylePrinciples in the following cases (as long as they are used consistently in the original data, or at least in the majority of cases). These things are usually not changed by SeriesNumberStyle:

  • Number schemes other than "1, 2, 3, ..."; e.g. "I, II, III, ...", "One, Two, Three, ...", "1st, 2nd, 3rd" or the use of foreign language numbers.
  • Volume labeling schemes other than "Volume"; e.g. "Series", "Edition", etc.
  • If the ReleaseTitle ends with a different punctuation mark; e.g. an exclamation mark The Best Sixties Album in the World... Ever! Volume 4 (disc 2) . In that case just use the punctuation mark that is specified by the title.
  • Combinations of the above; e.g. "Fetenhits: The Real Classics, the 2nd", or The Emo Diaries which use Chapter as volume delimiter, and English words as volume numbers.
  • and similar cases (still to be added after discussion).