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=Welcome to the MusicBrainz Wiki!=
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'''Welcome to the MusicBrainz Wiki!'''
  
The [[MusicBrainz Wiki|MusicBrainzWiki]] is a dynamic and growing information resource to help you understand [[MusicBrainz]], learn how to use it and contribute to it more effectively, and to help shape the direction it takes into the future.  It complements the other [[MusicBrainz Forum|MusicBrainzForum]]<code><nowiki></nowiki></code>s, being used for collaboration on detailed and specific discussions about MusicBrainz and documentation of the MusicBrainz community, conventions, interfaces, and internals.  
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The [[MusicBrainz Wiki]] is a dynamic and growing information resource to help you [[About|understand]] [http://musicbrainz.org MusicBrainz], learn how to use and contribute to it more effectively, and to help shape the direction it takes into the future.
  
This page is a summary outline of thematic clusters for these documentation efforts and discussions:
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== Introduction to MusicBrainz ==
* Introductory Material to [[MusicBrainz]]
 
* [[Frequently Asked Questions|FrequentlyAskedQuestions]]
 
* [[MusicBrainz Guideline|MusicBrainzGuideline]]s
 
* [[Additional Metadata|AdditionalMetadata]] and information
 
* [[MusicBrainz Development|MusicBrainzDevelopment]]
 
* [[MusicBrainz Documentation|MusicBrainzDocumentation]]
 
* About this [[MusicBrainz Wiki|MusicBrainzWiki]]
 
  
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New users can find [[MusicBrainz|an introduction to MusicBrainz]] in this Wiki, as well as an explanation of the [[Picard Tagger]] and [[How To Contribute|how to contribute]].
  
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== Frequently Asked Questions ==
  
==Introduction to MusicBrainz==
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These [[Frequently Asked Questions|FAQs]] are maintained by the MusicBrainz community. Chances are, that if you have a question on how to use MusicBrainz, you will find the answer here.
  
New users can find [[MusicBrainz|an introduction to MusicBrainz]] in this Wiki, as well as [[Moderation Philosophy|ModerationPhilosophy]], an explanation of the [[MusicBrainz Tagger|MusicBrainzTagger]], [[How MusicBrainz Works|HowMusicBrainzWorks]], [[How To Contribute To MusicBrainz|HowToContributeToMusicBrainz]], and [[MusicBrainz Press|MusicBrainzPress]] information.  
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If you cannot find an answer in the FAQ, then have a look (and search) in the MetaBrainz [[Communication#Forums|forums]] and ask there (if somebody else hasn't already asked the same question).
  
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==MusicBrainz Guidelines==
==Frequently Asked Questions==
 
  
The [[Frequently Asked Questions|FrequentlyAskedQuestions]] might provide answers to questions that are not answered in the [http://www.musicbrainz.org/faq.html general FAQ] on the main site.  These [[Frequently Asked Questions|FrequentlyAskedQuestions]] in the Wiki are maintained by the MusicBrainz community and are more up to date than the official pages.  
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This wiki contains important guidelines that help determine how data is added to, and modified on, the database.
  
If you cannot find an answer in FAQ, search this third-party [http://www.nabble.com/MusicBrainz-f2885.html discussion archive] (hosted by [http://www.nabble.com Nabble]) which combines messages from Musicbrainz's user, developer, and announcement lists. You can search, browse, or post your questions there. The search is fast and the UI is clean.  
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* The [[Style|style guidelines]] have information on how the data in MusicBrainz should be formatted and organized.
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* The editing tips provide information on [[How Editing Works|how editing works]] and suggestions on the most effective ways to add new data and correct data that has errors or doesn't follow the style guidelines.  
  
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The [http://musicbrainz.1054305.n4.nabble.com/MusicBrainz-Users-f1079154.html MusicBrainz-Users] mailing list archive also holds many discussions and informal agreements on formatting entries.
==MusicBrainz Guidelines==
 
  
This Wiki contains all important [[MusicBrainz Guideline|MusicBrainzGuideline]]s, which address issues for new and expert users on how to add to and improve the [[MusicBrainz]] database.
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==Community Projects==
* The [[Style Guideline|StyleGuideline]]<code><nowiki></nowiki></code>s have information on how the data in [[MusicBrainz]] should be formatted and organized, including [[Official Style Guideline|OfficialStyleGuideline]]<code><nowiki></nowiki></code>s, [[Capitalization Standard|CapitalizationStandard]] and [[Classical Style Guide|ClassicalStyleGuide]].
 
* The [[Editing Guideline|EditingGuideline]]<code><nowiki></nowiki></code>s provide [[Information On Editing|InformationOnEditing]] and suggestions on the most effective ways to add new data and correct data that has errors or doesn't follow the [[Style Guideline|StyleGuideline]]<code><nowiki></nowiki></code>s.
 
  
The [[Mailing List|MailingList]] [http://lists.musicbrainz.org/pipermail/musicbrainz-users archives] also hold many discussions and informal agreements on formatting entries.
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The users who take care of the MusicBrainz database have started various small [[Community Project|community projects]] around specialized areas. This helps people to coordinate their editing efforts and to find like minded editors who have knowledge in similar areas.  
  
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Feel free to contact or join these groups, or even to found a new one!
==Additional Metadata and Information==
 
  
The [[MusicBrainz]] database can only hold some types of information; this Wiki can be used for [[Additional Metadata|AdditionalMetadata]] that is helpful when editing or voting, such as information on [[Identically Named Artists|IdenticallyNamedArtists]], and lists of artists & albums that are [[Not Duplicate Artists|NotDuplicateArtists]] and [[Not Duplicate Albums|NotDuplicateAlbums]].  There is also information on [[International Artists|InternationalArtists]].
 
 
Now that the database supports [[Artist Annotation|ArtistAnnotation]]s and [[Album Annotation|AlbumAnnotation]]s, some of this information can and should be moved to the database; for example, the [[Artist Discography|ArtistDiscography]] information.
 
 
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==MusicBrainz Development==
 
==MusicBrainz Development==
  
[[MusicBrainz]] is being developed in small evolutionary steps and this Wiki provides an important resource for this process. The section [[MusicBrainz Development|MusicBrainzDevelopment]] lists work depending on its status:
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MusicBrainz is actively being [[Development|developed]] by its community, and offers a number of different [[Products|products]].  
* [[New Feature Suggestions|NewFeatureSuggestions]] are just that suggestions. This is the place to add cool feature ideas (or even better, discuss them on the [[Mailing List|MailingList]]).
 
* [[Future Work|FutureWork]] are features we have agreed to implement, but nobody is working on it yet.
 
* [[Current Work|CurrentWork]] is work that somebody is working on now, possibly on one of the [[Test Server|TestServer]]s.
 
* [[Finished Work|FinishedWork]] is well, finished.
 
* [[Dormant Work|DormantWork]] is um, not finished because of different reasons.
 
 
 
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==MusicBrainz Documentation==
 
 
 
The [[MusicBrainz Documentation|MusicBrainzDocumentation]] is a major current project on the Wiki. We have started [[Restructuring The Documentation|RestructuringTheDocumentation]]; i.e. to move the [[MusicBrainz Documentation|MusicBrainzDocumentation]] from the main pages into the Wiki. The docs on the main pages are often quite dated, so we will try to update and intertwingle them here. This will finally lead to [[WikiDocs]], a homepage that is completely based on the [[MusicBrainz Wiki|MusicBrainzWiki]]
 
 
 
''The intertwingling is quite awful currently. It should be something like this:'' (--[[User:DonRedman|DonRedman]])
 
* [[Restructuring The Documentation|RestructuringTheDocumentation]] -- about the ''project'', can also help with backlinks if you say "We are [[Restructuring The Documentation|RestructuringTheDocumentation]] here" on doc pages. 
 
* [[MusicBrainz Documentation|MusicBrainzDocumentation]] -- an index of everything there is. No matter what the current status is.
 
* Category Documentation Official -- should replace '[[Original Version|OriginalVersion]]' which is a terribly [[Bad WikiName|BadWikiName]]
 
* [[Official Documentation|OfficialDocumentation]] -- currently does what [[Restructuring The Documentation|RestructuringTheDocumentation]] should do. The full [[Wiki Name|WikiName]] of this page should be [[Official MusicBrainz Documentation|OfficialMusicBrainzDocumentation]] BTW.
 
 
 
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==About This Wiki==
 
 
 
See [[MusicBrainz Wiki|MusicBrainzWiki]] for more information on this wiki.
 
* [[Status Of This Wiki|StatusOfThisWiki]] should give you an idea which parts are stable and which are in progress.
 
* [[Moin Moin Wiki Syntax|MoinMoinWikiSyntax]] is about the technical details of editing wiki pages. 
 
* [[Good Wiki Style|GoodWikiStyle]] (especially [[Good WikiName|GoodWikiName]] and [[Bad WikiName|BadWikiName]]) are more about how to behave well in this wiki.
 
* The [[WikiDocs]] concept outlines the future plans for this wiki.
 
* Finally you can test anything in the [[Sand Box|SandBox]] or the [[Sandbox]] (don't ask me why we have two of them!).
 
  
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Feel free to check out our [[Server|server]] and [[Database|database]], and the [[MusicBrainz License|license]] they're provided under.
  
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Latest revision as of 21:47, 27 March 2017

Welcome to the MusicBrainz Wiki!

The MusicBrainz Wiki is a dynamic and growing information resource to help you understand MusicBrainz, learn how to use and contribute to it more effectively, and to help shape the direction it takes into the future.

Introduction to MusicBrainz

New users can find an introduction to MusicBrainz in this Wiki, as well as an explanation of the Picard Tagger and how to contribute.

Frequently Asked Questions

These FAQs are maintained by the MusicBrainz community. Chances are, that if you have a question on how to use MusicBrainz, you will find the answer here.

If you cannot find an answer in the FAQ, then have a look (and search) in the MetaBrainz forums and ask there (if somebody else hasn't already asked the same question).

MusicBrainz Guidelines

This wiki contains important guidelines that help determine how data is added to, and modified on, the database.

  • The style guidelines have information on how the data in MusicBrainz should be formatted and organized.
  • The editing tips provide information on how editing works and suggestions on the most effective ways to add new data and correct data that has errors or doesn't follow the style guidelines.

The MusicBrainz-Users mailing list archive also holds many discussions and informal agreements on formatting entries.

Community Projects

The users who take care of the MusicBrainz database have started various small community projects around specialized areas. This helps people to coordinate their editing efforts and to find like minded editors who have knowledge in similar areas.

Feel free to contact or join these groups, or even to found a new one!

MusicBrainz Development

MusicBrainz is actively being developed by its community, and offers a number of different products.

Feel free to check out our server and database, and the license they're provided under.