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An editor, formerly called a [[Moderator|moderator]], is the main type of user who contributes changes, called [[Edit|edits]] into the MusicBrainz [[Database]]. In the [[Database Schema/Editors|database schema]], editors are still internally called moderators through the names of the tables holding the data on editors.
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An editor (previously called moderator) is user who contributes to MusicBrainz by entering [[Edit|edits]] into the [[MusicBrainz Database|database]]. All editors are expected to follow the MusicBrainz [[Code Of Conduct|Code of Conduct]].
  
A registered user who has been given additional privileges (after a vote) is called an [[Auto-Editor|auto-editor]] (see that page for the extent of those privileges).
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Some editors have special privileges which are discussed below. A list of these editors is available on the [http://test.musicbrainz.org/privileged server].
  
To keep track of the [[Edit|edit]]s an editor performs, other users/editors can [[Editor Subscription|subscribe to editors]]. All edits by editors one has subscribed to can then be reviewed at the [http://musicbrainz.org/edit/subscribed_editors subscribed editors] page. Those edits, however, are not listed in the daily digest mail you receive for your [[Artist Subscription|subscribed artists]] (see also [[Label Subscription|label subscriptions]]).
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==Auto-editors==
  
Certain editors (users) are affiliated with other organizations. A prominent example of these are the [[BBC Teams Editing MusicBrainz]] (see that page for their usernames). As part of the ongoing collaboration Between MusicBrainz and the BBC, in which BBC is for example using the [[Live Data Feed|live data feed]] to improve the music pages on their websites, employees of the [[BBC]] are tasked with improving the MusicBrainz [[Database|database]]. They are mainly adding [[:Category:URL|URL relationships]] to improve the linking between different sources of music [[Metadata|metadata]]. Especially in the beginning of this arrangement, other editors were encouraged to [[Editor Subscription|keep track of their edits]] to the database. This was to account for the fact that 'BBC editors' have to conform both to their employer's wishes and to the [[MusicBrainz Documentation|MusicBrainz standards and guidelines]], and the obvious mismatches that could occur between these two.
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Auto-editors are trusted users who have been given "auto-editor" privileges. These privileges allow them to make select edits that are automatically approved without going through the normal [[How Voting Works|voting process]], as well as the ability to instantly approve other users' edits.
  
[[Bot]]s are programs that are able to do automated [[Edit|edit]]ing of the [[database]]. An example of this is the [[ModBot]], which is strongly involved in the daily flow of [[Edit|edit]]s. See [[ModBot]] for its duties; most users/editors will come into contact with it through their regular editing.
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===Obligations of an auto-editor===
  
[[Image:Alert.png]] All Editors, [[Auto-Editor]]s and [[Bot]]s are expected to follow the MusicBrainz [[Code Of Conduct|CodeOfConduct]].
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:"''With great power comes great responsibility''" - Uncle Ben (of Spider Man fame)
  
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While auto-editors can be thought of as having more "power" than other users, they should always align themselves to the [[Code Of Conduct|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|style guidelines]].
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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.
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===Becoming an auto-editor===
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In order to become an auto-editor, you must first be nominated by an existing auto-editor and then have your nomination put to a vote. See [[Auto-Editor Election|auto-editor election]] for more information.
  
 
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Revision as of 14:14, 7 October 2011

An editor (previously called moderator) is user who contributes to MusicBrainz by entering edits into the database. All editors are expected to follow the MusicBrainz Code of Conduct.

Some editors have special privileges which are discussed below. A list of these editors is available on the server.

Auto-editors

Auto-editors are trusted users who have been given "auto-editor" privileges. These privileges allow them to make select edits that are automatically approved without going through the normal voting process, as well as the ability to instantly approve other users' edits.

Obligations of an auto-editor

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

While auto-editors can be thought of as having more "power" than other users, they 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

In order to become an auto-editor, you must first be nominated by an existing auto-editor and then have your nomination put to a vote. See auto-editor election for more information.