History:Style Guideline

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MusicBrainz has a lot of relational data. But you still have to type plain text in all the database fields. In order for the database to be in a good consistent shape, the Style Council has agreed on a certain style according to which such text should be entered.

Note that the Style Principles of MusicBrainz state:

  1. Follow Artist Intent.
  2. If 1 is not applicable, use Consistent Original Data.
  3. If both 1 and 2 are not applicable, follow the StyleGuidelines.

Principal Guidelines

The following guidelines are available:

Other Guidelines and Help

Changing Guidelines

The style guidelines form a very balanced set of rules. Changing them is a slow and careful process. Since 2005-12 a new process for style changes is emerging. See these email threads, How To Change Style Guidelines, and also the older guide on How To Propose New Guidelines for details.

The Migration Guideline requires that major changes to the style guidelines be tested by Beta Editing on the Test Server, to figure out if it entails any major Soft Structure changes.