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=Forums for MusicBrainz Collaboration=
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There are many different forums for collaboration (discussion, development, editing, etc.) in the [[MusicBrainz]] community.
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=MusicBrainz Forums=
* This [[Wiki Home|Wiki]] itself, of course, is one.  It has a mix of discussion and documentation ranging from the introductory to the esoteric.
 
* The [http://www.musicbrainz.org MusicBrainz main pages] have breaking news of interest to all users, and help and documentation targeted at beginning users.  These also link to the most important pages, the ones for searching and editing the [[MusicBrainz]] database, which in turn contains...
 
* [[Edit Note|EditNote]]s (and [[Artist Annotation|ArtistAnnotation]]s and [[Release Annotation|ReleaseAnnotation]]s) associated with changes to (and entries in) the database; these are well-suited for very specific discussions and documentation.
 
* There are several [[Mailing List|MailingList]]s for discussion of MusicBrainz issues; these are ideal for active discussions (and controversies!) with a wider audience.
 
* There are also web based [http://forums.musicbrainz.org/ forums], especialy useful for asking quick questions about MusicBrainz and getting help.
 
<ul><li style="list-style-type:none">[[Image:Alert.png]] ''These forums are new. We are not sure which topics will finally be on the [[Web Forum|WebForum]]<code><nowiki></nowiki></code>s and which on the [[Mailing List|MailingList]]<code><nowiki></nowiki></code>s. Go and experiment!''
 
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* The [[Brainz Blog|BrainzBlog]] ([http://blog.musicbrainz.org Community Weblog]) has frequent updates from MusicBrainz developers on their progress in implementing new features and projects. While it has a comment feature for feedback, substantive discussion should be on the [[Mailing List|MailingList]]s or in this Wiki.
 
* The [[Bug Tracker|Trac bug tracker]] is used to track problems and well-defined and self-contained ideas for enhancement that have been generally accepted, so that the work can be assigned to one of the developers and the resolution status can be tracked.
 
* The [[IRC]] channel is a very informal forum for Q&A or brainstorming, with immediate interactive discussions. Being a very frisky place, people there also developed their own [[MusicBrainz Slang|MusicBrainzSlang]].
 
* Every once and a while there is a [[MusicBrainz Summit|MusicBrainzSummit]], where people meet in the real world.
 
  
Please pay attention to our [[Code Of Conduct|CodeOfConduct]] and try to follow it when working together with others on [[MusicBrainz]].  
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Due to popular demand, forums were added to the panel of [[MusicBrainz]] communication means in 2006, initially as to satisfy the needs of people who don't feel at ease with mailing-lists.  
  
This Wiki is best suited for two overlapping uses.  The primary one is for intermediate and advanced documentation of the [[MusicBrainz]] community, conventions, interfaces, and internals. While there's a fair amount of this on the main pages, over time most of this should be moved to the Wiki, where it can be maintained and extended by the community as a whole. The Wiki is especially well suited for documenting community issues and conventions like the style and editing guidelines, which change over time as a result of the community's interactions, and don't necessarily require development efforts.  
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You can [http://forums.musicbrainz.org access the forums here].  
  
The second use is for detailed and specific discussions. General ideas or opinions are best discussed on the [[Mailing List|MailingList]], but once it gets to the point where there are detailed proposals (and counter-proposals) it makes sense to move discussion to the Wiki, where others can comment in-line and link to related topics, as well as summarize and re-organize the discussion.  Additional discussion may still take place on the [[Mailing List|MailingList]] or [[IRC]] and if there is general acceptance of the suggestion, it may be a good idea to create a feature request on the [[Bug Tracker|BugTracker]].  
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Actually, our forums cover the following topics, broken in two sections:
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* Support
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** [http://forums.musicbrainz.org/viewforum.php?id=1 Website Support]
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** [http://forums.musicbrainz.org/viewforum.php?id=2 Tagger Support]
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* Discussion
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** [http://forums.musicbrainz.org/viewforum.php?id=6 Feedback and Ideas]
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** [http://forums.musicbrainz.org/viewforum.php?id=5 Style Discussion]
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** [http://forums.musicbrainz.org/viewforum.php?id=4 General Discussion]
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Pretty much, its use duplicates the [[Users Mailing List|UsersMailingList]] (in a more declined way), and to some extent the wiki.
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It was suggested in the past that we rationalize these as to keep things more clear (and possibly discontinue what's redundant), but in the end it reached some sort of natural balance: a number of users seem to appreciate the forums, essentially for routine questions (indeed partly superseding the [[Users Mailing List|UsersMailingList]]), while more involved people keep using the Wiki and specialized [[Mailing List|MailingList]]<code><nowiki></nowiki></code>s for advanced discussions.
  
 
[[Category:To Be Reviewed]] [[Category:Communication Forum]]
 
[[Category:To Be Reviewed]] [[Category:Communication Forum]]

Revision as of 02:23, 27 February 2008

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MusicBrainz Forums

Due to popular demand, forums were added to the panel of MusicBrainz communication means in 2006, initially as to satisfy the needs of people who don't feel at ease with mailing-lists.

You can access the forums here.

Actually, our forums cover the following topics, broken in two sections:

Pretty much, its use duplicates the UsersMailingList (in a more declined way), and to some extent the wiki.

It was suggested in the past that we rationalize these as to keep things more clear (and possibly discontinue what's redundant), but in the end it reached some sort of natural balance: a number of users seem to appreciate the forums, essentially for routine questions (indeed partly superseding the UsersMailingList), while more involved people keep using the Wiki and specialized MailingLists for advanced discussions.