Difference between revisions of "Merge Rather Than Delete"

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Deleting albums has two kinds of bad effects on the database:  
 
Deleting albums has two kinds of bad effects on the database:  
* The [[UUID]]s that have been referenced anywhere (tagged files, links to [[MusicBrainz]] from other sites) will become invalid when the item is deleted. When merging it, however, the old UUIDs will forward to the new item.  
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* The [[UUID]]s that have been referenced anywhere (tagged files, links to [[MusicBrainz]] from other sites) will become invalid when the item is deleted. When merging it, however, the old UUIDs will forward to the new item. '''Note:''' Not yet implemented, see [http://test.musicbrainz.org/trac/ticket/912 Trac ticket 912]
 
* Even if there's no useful data ([[Disc ID|DiscID]]s, [[TRM]]s, [[Releases]]) attached to the album, it's possible that someone may [[Add TR Ms|AddTRMs]], AddDiscID or [[Edit Album Releases|EditAlbumReleases]] before your [[Remove Album|RemoveAlbum]] edit is approved.  If so, the recently added data will be lost.  
 
* Even if there's no useful data ([[Disc ID|DiscID]]s, [[TRM]]s, [[Releases]]) attached to the album, it's possible that someone may [[Add TR Ms|AddTRMs]], AddDiscID or [[Edit Album Releases|EditAlbumReleases]] before your [[Remove Album|RemoveAlbum]] edit is approved.  If so, the recently added data will be lost.  
  
 
This MergeRatherThanDelete guideline also applies to artists, but since [[Remove Artist|RemoveArtist]] is not possible for an artist with any albums or [[Non-Album Tracks|NonAlbumTracks]] it's more of a system-enforced rule than a guideline.  An analogous guideline is to [[Merge Misspelled Artists|MergeMisspelledArtists]].  
 
This MergeRatherThanDelete guideline also applies to artists, but since [[Remove Artist|RemoveArtist]] is not possible for an artist with any albums or [[Non-Album Tracks|NonAlbumTracks]] it's more of a system-enforced rule than a guideline.  An analogous guideline is to [[Merge Misspelled Artists|MergeMisspelledArtists]].  
 
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[[Category:To Be Reviewed]] [[Category:Editing]] [[Category:Style]]

Revision as of 09:19, 20 February 2006

Merge Rather than Delete Duplicate Albums

It's usually best to MergeAlbums to deal with DuplicateAlbums instead of doing a RemoveAlbum.

Deleting albums has two kinds of bad effects on the database:

  • The UUIDs that have been referenced anywhere (tagged files, links to MusicBrainz from other sites) will become invalid when the item is deleted. When merging it, however, the old UUIDs will forward to the new item. Note: Not yet implemented, see Trac ticket 912
  • Even if there's no useful data (DiscIDs, TRMs, Releases) attached to the album, it's possible that someone may AddTRMs, AddDiscID or EditAlbumReleases before your RemoveAlbum edit is approved. If so, the recently added data will be lost.

This MergeRatherThanDelete guideline also applies to artists, but since RemoveArtist is not possible for an artist with any albums or NonAlbumTracks it's more of a system-enforced rule than a guideline. An analogous guideline is to MergeMisspelledArtists.