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An editor[1] is user who contributes to MusicBrainz by entering edits into the database. All editors are expected to follow the MusicBrainz Code of Conduct.

Beginner editor

Beginners can enter edits and leave edit notes to communicate with other editors. Every new MusicBrainz account starts with the Beginner editor status.


Editors can vote on other users' edits.

Moving from beginner editor to editor

Accounts must be more than 2 weeks old, have a verified email address, and more than 10 accepted edits (edits that have gone through the voting process and been accepted, rather than having automatically applied) to leave the "Beginner" category and be allowed to vote on edits.

Special editor types

These editor types have special privileges, and require at least partially non-automated processes to be applied. There is a list of editors with special privileges.


Auto-editors can make edits that are automatically approved without going through the voting process, and have the ability to approve other users' edits. Some, destructive, edit types cannot be approved.

Obligations of an auto-editor

"With great power comes great responsibility" - Uncle Ben (of Spider Man fame)

Auto-editors should always align themselves to the Code of Conduct. Furthermore, they should be able to look beyond their nose and take an objective point of view regarding the data they edit. Being familiar with the various editing aspects of the site is important, as well as having a clear grasp of the style guidelines.

Additionally, while it is good to be an expert in certain areas of the database (e.g. certain musical genres or specific artists), every auto-editor should be comfortable enough with the basic editing fundamentals that they are able to edit outside their realm of expertise.

Becoming an auto-editor

To become an auto-editor, you must be nominated by an existing auto-editor and then have your nomination put to a vote.

See auto-editor election for more information.

Relationship editor

Relationship editors are users who have the ability to modify relationship types and attributes on the server.

In general, these changes are decided and implemented through the style process. If you feel that a relationship should be added or changed, please follow said process.

Transclusion editor

Transclusion editors are users who have the permission to change the version of the transcluded WikiDocs documents, and thus update the documentation shown in the MusicBrainz /doc area.

Location editor

Location editors are users who have the ability to edit and add areas.

  1. previously called moderator