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Users of [[MusicBrainz]] and the members of the [[Style Council|StyleCouncil]] put some great efforts in working out detailed [[Style Guideline|StyleGuideline]]s, which state how data should be formatted. Since we stress these guidelines, people often get the impression that there is a rule that says: "Always follow the style guidelines". 
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{{Official style}}
  
'''But this is not true.''' Instead you should stick to this principle.  
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Users of MusicBrainz and the members of the [[Style Council]] put some great efforts in working out detailed [[Style Guideline|style guidelines]], which state how data should be formatted.  
  
 
==The Style Principles==
 
==The Style Principles==
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If you ask yourself in what style something should be entered into MusicBrainz, the following principles apply:
  
If you ask yourself in what style something should be entered into [[MusicBrainz]], the following rules apply in this order (strongest on top):
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* '''Follow [[/Artist intent|Artist intent]].'''  
# '''Follow [[Artist Intent]].'''  
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* If no definite proof can be found for the correct spelling/punctuation, the '''most common version''' should be used.
# If 1 is not applicable, '''follow [[Strong Guideline]]s.'''
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* '''Follow the [[Style|style guidelines]].'''
# If neither 1 nor 2 are applicable, '''use [[Consistent Original Data]].'''
 
# If none of 1, 2 nor 3 are applicable, '''follow the [[Style Guideline]]s.'''  
 
  
 
===Alternative phrasing===
 
===Alternative phrasing===
  
 
This can also be explained from the bottom upwards:  
 
This can also be explained from the bottom upwards:  
* (4) Usually you stick to the [[Style Guideline]]s. 
 
* (3) If, however, something is consistently labelled in a different style on official sources, then this classifies as [[Consistent Original Data]] and overrules the [[Style Guideline]]s. Note that you need to provide some evidence for [[Consistent Original Data]] (ideally in the [[Edit Note|EditNote]]), or your edits will most likely be voted down.
 
* (2) There are, however, some [[Strong Guideline]]s, which overrule even such consistent official style. An example is the [[Abbreviation Style]], which states that most abbreviations are to be spelled out.
 
* (1) Finally there is the notion of [[Artist Intent]]. If you can show that the artist ''intended'' something to be stylized a special way, then you should enter it like that into the database. Since it is somewhat difficult to find out what the artist intended and there might be controversial views, it is a good practice to discuss this in [[Edit Note]]s or on the [[Users Mailing List]].
 
  
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* Usually you stick to the [[Style|style guidelines]].
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* If you are still unsure how to enter something because it is labelled inconsistently on official sources, use the most common version.
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* Finally there is the notion of [[/Artist intent|Artist intent]]. If you can show that the artist ''intended'' something to be stylized a special way, then you should enter it like that into the database.
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Latest revision as of 13:02, 2 October 2011

Status: This is an official style guideline.

Users of MusicBrainz and the members of the Style Council put some great efforts in working out detailed style guidelines, which state how data should be formatted.

The Style Principles

If you ask yourself in what style something should be entered into MusicBrainz, the following principles apply:

  • Follow Artist intent.
  • If no definite proof can be found for the correct spelling/punctuation, the most common version should be used.
  • Follow the style guidelines.

Alternative phrasing

This can also be explained from the bottom upwards:

  • Usually you stick to the style guidelines.
  • If you are still unsure how to enter something because it is labelled inconsistently on official sources, use the most common version.
  • Finally there is the notion of Artist intent. If you can show that the artist intended something to be stylized a special way, then you should enter it like that into the database.


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