Communication/Mailing Lists

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The MusicBrainz mailing lists are one of the most important communication methods of the project.

To read and/or write to the lists using email, you first need to subscribe to the mailing list you're interested in. Follow the subscribe links for the relevant mailing lists to subscribe, unsubscribe, read the archives or find the email address to use when posting.

Alternatively, if you prefer forum-like interfaces, see the section below about Nabble.

All users of the mailing lists are expected to follow the Code Of Conduct.

Main Mailing Lists

The main mailing lists are the most active of the mailing lists and are where most discussion takes place.

Users' Mailing List

The users' mailing list is for general discussion about MusicBrainz for all users, including questions about the exact interpretation of the style guidelines. If you're unsure which list to post to, use this one. An alternative to the users' mailing list is the forums.

Style Mailing List

The style mailing list is used for discussion about general style issues and the style guidelines, including proposals for new guidelines and changes to existing ones. This list isn't intended for questions about how to apply the style guidelines to specific cases, the users mailing list or the forums are better places to ask such questions.

Developers' Mailing List

The developers' mailing list is a technical list is used for discussion about the development of MusicBrainz and use of the MusicBrainz programming libraries.

Other Mailing Lists

These other mailing lists are generally very low traffic, unless otherwise stated. These are used for more specific topics than the above lists.

Auto-Editors Mailing List

This list allows auto-editors to discuss things separately from the users mailing list. This list is read-only for non-auto-editors. Subscription to this list is mandatory for all auto-editors. The status of the auto-editor elections are also posted to this list.

Internationalization Mailing List

This list is used to discuss multilingual aspects of MusicBrainz, such as internationalization.

Data-Feed Mailing List

This is a read-only list for announcements relating to the MusicBrainz live data feed. Changes and possible disruptions to the live data feed will be announced here.

Bugs Mailing List

This list is a read-only automated notification of changes in our bug tracking system. This list is quite high traffic as an email is sent to this list whenever someone enters or changes a bug.

Commits Mailing List

This list is a read-only automated notification of code commits. This list is quite high traffic as an email is sent to this list whenever someone checks in code into Git, Subversion or the main Bazaar repository for Picard.

Italian Mailing List

The Italian mailing list is used for discussion about Italian artists and releases, usually in Italian.

Announcements Mailing List

This mailing list used to make announcements to the MusicBrainz community, including updates to MusicBrainz software, changes to the MusicBrainz server, and special service announcements (eg. scheduled downtime). The blog has largely replaced this list.

Playlist Mailing List

The playlist mailing list is used for discussion about creating a new playlist format that is open and portable. This list is not directly related to MusicBrainz, it is only hosted here.

Alternate Access via Nabble

If you prefer forum-like interfaces, you may prefer to access the mailing lists via Nabble. As well as reading the mailing lists, Nabble also allows you to post new threads, reply to existing threads and search the current posts, and any posts you make are automatically sent to the corresponding mailing list.

Alternate Access via Gmane

There is also a read-only interface at Gmane for most of the lists. Gmane provides several ways to access the lists including a threaded web interface, an RSS feed for feed readers or an NNTP interface for newsreaders.