History:Series Number Style

From MusicBrainz Wiki
Revision as of 12:51, 11 September 2005 by DonRedman (talk) (plural ``s (Imported from MoinMoin))

Style for Numbers of Series

Applies to AlbumTitles and TrackTitles 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.

"AlbumTitle, Volume 2"

"TrackTitle, 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 ModerationNote!


"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 WeakGuideline:

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 Album title ends with a different punctuation mark; e.g. an exclamation mark http://musicbrainz.org/showalbum.html?albumid=117303. 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).


Please discuss specific cases