MusicBrainz Principles

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The MusicBrainz principles form some basic rules that should be followed in order to keep the community and the service running smoothly and effectively and create an environment in which people feel well. They were manifested in an IRC discussion during the Great Dispute - mainly to not let such a disaster happen again.

The principles are (without any priority):

  • Encourage the Volunteers
Create an environment that encourages volunteers (developers and others).
  • Make Issues Public
Transparency in communications (public) and process (documented).
  • Seek Mediators
Seek mediators for conflicts, ideally, even before they occur.
  • Distribute Responsibility
Distribute responsibility, by asking for help, and growing teams.
  • Put the Community First
Needs of the community as a whole come before the demands of any individual.