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The MusicBrainz database consists primarily of "[[MusicBrainz_Entity|entities]]" and--just as important--[[Advanced Relationship|relationships]] ''between'' those entities. For this reason, it's important to know how to enter those relationships correctly. Relationship edits by [[Editor|normal users]] need to be [[Introduction to Voting|voted on]], so you should always [[How to Write Edit Notes|write an edit note]]. Before adding any relationship, please '''read [[Style/Relationships|the guidelines for relationships]]!'''
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The MusicBrainz database consists primarily of "[[MusicBrainz_Entity|entities]]" and--just as important--[[Advanced Relationship|relationships]] ''between'' those entities. Relationships answer all sort of questions, like "Who is a member of Radiohead?" or "Who composed 'Feliz Navidad'?". For this reason, it's important to know how to enter those relationships correctly. Note that relationship edits by [[Editor|normal users]] need to be [[Introduction to Voting|voted on]], so you should always [[How to Write Edit Notes|write an edit note]]. Before adding any relationship, please '''read [[Style/Relationships|the guidelines for relationships]]!'''
  
==Three Ways to Add Relationships==
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==Relating to URLs==
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This is probably the easiest kind of relationship to add. Just press the "Relate to URL" link in the sidebar.
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[[Image:relationship-add-1.jpg]]
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You will get to a page similar to this:
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[[Image:relationship-add-2.jpg]]
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Paste the URL in the "URL" field. In many cases, from Wikipedia to SoundCloud or Facebook, MusicBrainz will automatically select the right relationship type for you! If not, just find the right type (for example "official homepage") in the dropdown. Take a look at the [[Style/Relationships/URLs|URL relationship guidelines]] before entering your first URL edit, and please try to always use full URLs and avoid redirects and URL shorteners like bit.ly.
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==Adding Other Relationships==
  
 
All three methods are available in the sidebar of a entity's page. The first two methods add relationships between entities. The third method adds a relationship between an "entity" and an external [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/URL URL].
 
All three methods are available in the sidebar of a entity's page. The first two methods add relationships between entities. The third method adds a relationship between an "entity" and an external [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/URL URL].
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===The ''"Use in a relationship"'' method===
 
===The ''"Use in a relationship"'' method===
 
To use this method, you will have to navigate to the pages of the two entities you want to relate. Press "Use in a relationship" in the sidebar in both pages and you will be taken to the relationship adding page. Once there, just select the type of relationship you want to create from the dropdown. Make sure the order is correct - if not, press ''Change direction'' - and you're ready to go. Note that when using this for relating artists and releases, you can only create a relationship with the release itself, not with its recordings; for that, use the ''Relate to...'' method!
 
To use this method, you will have to navigate to the pages of the two entities you want to relate. Press "Use in a relationship" in the sidebar in both pages and you will be taken to the relationship adding page. Once there, just select the type of relationship you want to create from the dropdown. Make sure the order is correct - if not, press ''Change direction'' - and you're ready to go. Note that when using this for relating artists and releases, you can only create a relationship with the release itself, not with its recordings; for that, use the ''Relate to...'' method!
 
===Relating to URLs===
 
This is probably the easiest kind of relationship to add. Just press the "Relate to URL" link in the sidebar, paste the URL in the field, select the right category and you're good to go! In some cases, MusicBrainz will even select the right category for you. Familiarize yourself with the pertinent [[Style/Relationships/URLs|URL relationship guidelines]] before doing these edits though, and please try to always use full URLs and avoid URL shorteners like bit.ly.
 
  
 
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Revision as of 02:14, 27 January 2012

The MusicBrainz database consists primarily of "entities" and--just as important--relationships between those entities. Relationships answer all sort of questions, like "Who is a member of Radiohead?" or "Who composed 'Feliz Navidad'?". For this reason, it's important to know how to enter those relationships correctly. Note that relationship edits by normal users need to be voted on, so you should always write an edit note. Before adding any relationship, please read the guidelines for relationships!

Relating to URLs

This is probably the easiest kind of relationship to add. Just press the "Relate to URL" link in the sidebar.

File:relationship-add-1.jpg


You will get to a page similar to this:

File:relationship-add-2.jpg


Paste the URL in the "URL" field. In many cases, from Wikipedia to SoundCloud or Facebook, MusicBrainz will automatically select the right relationship type for you! If not, just find the right type (for example "official homepage") in the dropdown. Take a look at the URL relationship guidelines before entering your first URL edit, and please try to always use full URLs and avoid redirects and URL shorteners like bit.ly.

Adding Other Relationships

All three methods are available in the sidebar of a entity's page. The first two methods add relationships between entities. The third method adds a relationship between an "entity" and an external URL.

The "Relate to..." method

Navigate to the page of the entity you want to create a relationship with, and click the "Relate to..." link in the sidebar. A pop-up will appear. Select the type of entity you want to relate it to, and use the inline search to find the right entity. If the entity you're adding a relationship to is a release, you will be able to choose if you want to create a relationship with the release itself or with the recordings linked to it. Press the "Create relationship" button and you'll be taken to the relationship adding page. Once there, just select the type of relationship you want to create from the dropdown. Make sure the order is correct (if not, press Change direction) and you're ready to go.

The "Use in a relationship" method

To use this method, you will have to navigate to the pages of the two entities you want to relate. Press "Use in a relationship" in the sidebar in both pages and you will be taken to the relationship adding page. Once there, just select the type of relationship you want to create from the dropdown. Make sure the order is correct - if not, press Change direction - and you're ready to go. Note that when using this for relating artists and releases, you can only create a relationship with the release itself, not with its recordings; for that, use the Relate to... method!

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