MusicBrainz Slang

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Slang used by the users in MusicBrainz

Note: this vocabulary is mostly used in the IRC channel as this is the place where brainerz talk most laxly. Additionally to the terms described here it is common to make a lot of references to HHTTG and AYBABTU. And: to use the words "bush", "SCO", "windoze", "microsoft" and "gracenote" often to make MBChatLogger automatically reply to that.


Definition: Lots of Abstain-votes on an edit. Analogue: Y-bomb for Yes-votes and N-bomb for No-votes.

Alternate Definition: a bomb full of the biological agent "adenine" which can cause a huge energy burst in all cells

Example: none known yet as it's a completely impractical bomb

Origin: <not yet clarified>

Origin of Alt. Definition: dseomn


Definition: Acronym for ArtistPageRedesign, working title for the redesign of the artist/discography pages.

Origin: Probably Keschte as he called it ArtistPageRedesign. ;)


Definition: Don't feel offended if someone calls you asshat. It just means they like you. :)

  • It certainly does not, asshat. --SenRepus

Origin: SenRepus


Definition: Used to describe incorrect edits, albums, ...

Example: "This album is completely bogus!"

Origin: mo


Definition: something which is broken or not working

Example: "ruaok: yes, if we bork the upgrade, we have 15 minutes to figure out what's wrong. :-)"

Origin: Ruaok


Definition: Most important thingy for the brainerz. Like a currency. Everyone wants it! Even the MB-group leader election on was decided on the chocolate issue.

Origin: Nikki


Definition: Meaning "Exactly!", "You got it!", "Good point!".

Origin: Ruaok


Definition: Something which is odd or not quite right. Also an alternative for bogus.

Origin: Nikki


Definition: Something that is wrong, stupid or borked. see win below

Origin: it was muz or fauxfaux, I don't remember

grudge no-vote/no-voting

Definition: action to systematically NO vote someone else's edits for reasons entirely unrelated to the edits themselves, meant as some sort of punishment or revenge. Note this of course is considered extremely bad behavior :-) and no one serious about the database would ever engage into that.

Origin: dmppanda, to qualify some specially displeasing newcomer (or was TeleGUISE the first to use the term?)


Definition: Highly adorable creatures. Also used as a universal verb. The moose could be seen as the unofficial MusicBrainz mascot (see pictures below).


Origin: Muz


Definition: High amount of No-votes on an edit. Analogue: Y-bomb for Yes-votes and A-bomb for Abstain-votes.

Alternate Definition: Highly useless bomb made with high pressure nitrogen.

Example: "Drop the N-bomb please! [link to edit]" (in Chat)

Origin: SenRepus

Origin of Alt. Definition: dseomn

NAT (plural: NATs)

Definition: Acronym for "non-album track(s)"

Origin: mo


Definition: Norwegian for "night".

Example: "natta all"

Origin: mo


Definition: Acronym for NextGenerationSchema, the proposed new database schema.

Alternate Definition: "magic thing that solves everything someday in the future"

Origin: <unknown>


Definition: The anti-moose. In fact, much better than moose in every way. More win. Cuter. Winner. Stronger. Winnerer.

Origin: FauxFaux


ponis == pony + penis ..don't ask.

Origin: also FauxFaux


Definition: to be win at something

Origin: FauxFaux again, also muz.


Definition: A phonetic way of saying PUID. mo hates it though, because he's a wonky Norwegian.

Origin: Muz

shake your head like inhouseuk

Definition: a statement of disbelief or bafflement, as performed in the manner of inhouseuk.

Example: *inhouseuk shakes his head

  • mo shakes his head like inhouse

Origin: inhouseuk! Ruaok


Definition: You know... thingy!

Origin: Nikki


Definition: Form of greeting that came up because MB being an international project and the people contributing live in different time-zones so a daytime used as greetings does not apply for everyone.

Origin: Nikki


Definition: Abstaining massively on edits / voting abstain when you could have decided easily for yes or no.

Origin: Keschte


Definition: Name of the library used for tagging audio files ("Pimp my tunes" -> "Pimp my ride").

Origin: Ruaok

typing like mo

Definition: to bork your spelling or grammar up, similarly to how mo does all the time


  • "ruaok: the idea that MB will ONLY have facutal metadata is going to change.
    • ruaok: its not longer factual.
    * ruaok types like mo.

Origin: Ruaok

Waga waga klepto!

Definition: Noone knows...

Example: * Quits: ruaok ("Waga waga klepto!")

Origin: Ruaok

Wiki Zen

Definition: WikiZens are the people regulary using this Wiki. When you are one with the WikiWikiWeb... you have achieved WikiZen.

Origin: WikiZen and WikiZens are terms coined on TheOriginalWiki. Probably imported by DonRedman, who gained his WikiZen by browsing this and other wikis (UseMod, MeatBall, etc.) .

to wikidocsel

Definition: To wikidocsel a WikiPage means to make it a WikiDocsPage by adding it to the WikiDocsTransclusionTable (aka WikiWebService).

Origin: Keschte


Definition: the opposite of fail, something that is awesome

Origin: muz and faux (these guys are for the win)


Definition: Lots of Yes-votes on an edit. Analogue: N-bomb for No-votes and A-bomb for Abstain-votes.

Alternate Definition: a bomb full of silvery, ductile metal which is moderately reactive and is capable of O(n) destruction where n is the amount of Y

Example: "y-bomb [link to edit] pls" (in Chat)

Origin: <not yet clarified>

Origin of Alt. Definition: dseomn


Definition Arms in the air, happy man, hugs, etcetra.

Example: "that was completely fail \o/"

Variations: /o\ arms down, _o/ waving, \o\ /o/ wave, dance.

Origin: warp