Proposal:Remove banned characters

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Status: This page describes an active style guideline proposal and is not official.

Proposal number: RFC-294
Champion: Hawke
Current status: Unknown
Initial Discussion

This proposal updates Miscellaneous Guideline to the following:

Use of special characters

The use of certain special characters is preferred over generic equivalents. Generic characters should be used only in cases of Artist Intent. Otherwise, editors should replace generic characters with their more specific equivalents.

While there are several ways to enter these characters—including various key combinations and copy/paste—it may be difficult in your configuration. In such cases, use the generic equivalents. Later edits can update to the preferred form.

A true apostrophe (’) is preferred in place of a typewriter apostrophe (').
Quotation marks
Use the mark that appears on the release, instead of " or '. Common variations include:
double quotes
“ and ”
single quotes
‘ and ’
« » and ‹ › (note difference from < and >)
low quotes
„ and ‚ (note difference from comma: ,)
ditto mark
Use single prime (′), double-prime (″), or other prime symbols as appropriate. Single prime indicates minutes and feet; double-prime indicates seconds and inches. Greater prime symbols are rarely used, but do exist.
Use the ellipsis character (…) instead of three periods (...)

Relation to Classical Style Guide

Since the Classical Style Guide has its own rules about punctuation in titles, please follow that guideline where it applies.

"Top something" Playlists

Bootleg torrents that are compilations based on playlists of charts authorities (like Billboard's) should not be stored in MusicBrainz as releases. These playlists are often copyrighted by their issuers.