Proposed Style Guideline

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Proposed Style Guidelines

This page lists StyleGuidelines that are not yet official. Eventually they should then make it to the OfficialStyleGuidelines page, at the discretion of the StyleCouncil. See the page about the specific guideline for its current status. If you want to propose a new guideline, please read HowToProposeNewGuidelines.

This page contains two lists: one human edited list and one automatically generated list. There is also some related information on UnresolvedStyleIssues, but that page is not well maintained.

Tentative Summary of Proposed and Discussed Style Guidelines

  • PartsOfATitle:
  • We prefer to have an AudioBook guideline, this is currently under discussion.
  • How to represent albums that were released in more than one country.
  • How to record artist roles when there's more than one way (artist, album, track) to do so.
  • Soundtracks are currently being handled based merely on a mailing list conversation a year or so back. This is a first attempt to actually build a complete set of guidelines to codify this.

List of All Proposed Style Guidelines


This list is generated from BackLinks to the CategoryProposedStyle.

Some Leftovers From the Old Page

Attention.png The following might still be up to date, but it is not well maintained. If you update this, then please take the time to put it on a page of its own. Also do not add stuff here!

Proposal: NoAudioBookGuideline

TarragonAllen wrote on 2004-08-28:

As the database is set up primarily as a music resource audio books and other related spoken word releases do not map very well into the current data-set. As such, audio books and other related spoken word releases are allowed in the database but there will be no official standards for how they are entered, sorted or categorised, nor will there be any official style guidelines for them. If people wish to create their own style guidelines for audio books and other related spoken word releases they are free to do so, but there will be NoAudioBookGuideline.

  • WolfSong and g0llum are going to write an AudioBookStyle, which should be applied to AudioBooks for some consistency of the Track Titles. (The most important characteristic of such a guideline is to ensure that the tracks are sorted in the right sequence, if a user chooses to rename the tracks without the track number -> encode Chapter and Sub-chapters into the trackname) --g0llum

Proposal: ExtraTitleInformation


  • Extra title information should always be in English, except for volume identifiers which are considered part of the title and should be consistent with the language used in the title.
  • Expand all abbreviations within extra title information unless they are part of a title, ie: RMX or MX can sometimes be considered part of a remix title and so should not be blanketly expanded. Featuring is the only accepted abbreviation (as "feat."), all similar abbreviations should be expanded.

As discussed on the mailing list. --MichelleW