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.
- Follow Artist Intent.
- If 1 is not applicable, use Consistent Original Data.
- If both 1 and 2 are not applicable, follow the StyleGuidelines.
The following guidelines are available:
- Official Style Guidelines
- Capitalization Standard
- Classical Style Guide
- Proposed Style Guidelines
- This is a place for new style guidelines to be proposed and discussed.
Other Guidelines and Help
- Series Style Guidelines
- These are guidelines that apply to a specific series of releases only, but not to all entities in general.
- If you have a question regarding an Odd Release you might want to look for it in Additional Metadata. If you find it there your question might already been answered. If you do not find it, you can ask on the Users Mailing List. When your problem has been solved, please list your solution there to help others that come after you.
- You might also want to look at How Editing Works and the Editing Guidelines as well as How To Vote.
- The Misencoding FAQ deals with data where something went wrong with the Character Encodings and what to do about it.
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.