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Discogs - Correcting / Filling In Missing Entries
« on: June 24, 2020, 10:43:22 PM »
discogs.com has been a huge benefit to us all, I'm sure.  Still, there is a lot of work to be done in the realm of library music.  Missing entries are plentiful, and there has been more than one time where incorrect entries have sent me down a dead-end road or wasted my time somehow.

I continue to take the time to correct entries when I can.  If we could use this thread to point out glaring fixes that are needed, maybe those with spare time can pick away at the to-do list.

I was also curious if this community had any tips, tricks, stories or cautionary tales on the matter.




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Re: Discogs - Correcting / Filling In Missing Entries
« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2020, 03:45:56 AM »
If I had any recommendation it'd be to be wary of adding pages for missing entries that have cropped up on places like eBay.

I once did a mass entry fill from someone who had multiple Conroys and Impresses for sale over a year ago, but apparently it came in violation of a rubbish rule about "web subs," even though I added the photos clearly verifying their existence and info. Since then my account has remained in their contributor improvement program, and I haven't been able to add or edit any entries since, even if I can verify what it is I wanted to add.

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Re: Discogs - Correcting / Filling In Missing Entries
« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2020, 05:25:06 AM »
Since then my account has remained in their contributor improvement program, and I haven't been able to add or edit any entries since, even if I can verify what it is I wanted to add.

95% of the people that run discogs in my opinion (from experience) are sad and repressed individuals that have a god complex. Nothing you ever do is "correct" in their eyes. The way around their bullshit "contributor improvement program" block is to just make an alternate discogs account using another email. I have a few myself I made over the years just for this reason. Works like a charm.

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Re: Discogs - Correcting / Filling In Missing Entries
« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2020, 06:52:36 AM »
Interesting - I had never heard of "websub" and had to educate myself.

Websub = submitting something you do not have in front of you based on information gathered from the internet.

I can see the sense of it in theory.  It's hard enough to keep Discogs good without people adding to the noise and submitting entries that were never released, fakes, etc.  But they should have re-tooled this idea to take out the unfairness inherent in the policy.  It shouldn't be on the submitter to have to fight so hard to get their day in court.  If the release can be confirmed, it is not wrong.

Maybe they've improved the process over the years.  Might be worth a try to fire off a note to admin.

And I know what you mean about mods at these library of knowledge type of sites.  You're just trying to help by pitching in, and they treat you like you're trying to get away with something.

"If my help's not appreciated, lots of luck, gentlemen."


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Re: Discogs - Correcting / Filling In Missing Entries
« Reply #4 on: June 25, 2020, 08:09:14 AM »
Yeah, the overall scarcity of library music releases and the requirement to actually have the record in front of you when you make the entry makes it difficult.

Then you have to take in account the rampant pseudonyms in the business and the ANV (Artist Name Variations) formatting which inserts the asterisk linking to the actual artist page vs. credited artist.

Itís also hard to find ebay listings where they have sufficiently high resolution cameras, the photo is in focus, and they have decent pictures of the front and back of the sleeve and both labels.

Perhaps the most important thing thatís really hard to get unless you have the physical release is the dead wax etchings which reveal a lot about the pressing plant, engineer, date etc.

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Re: Discogs - Correcting / Filling In Missing Entries
« Reply #5 on: June 25, 2020, 07:48:51 PM »
A couple years ago I was going to add some info to Discogs and I was shocked by the hoops one has to jump through to do this. So I've never bothered to try again.

I'm mystified by the unbelievable volume of information at Discogs, given how they don't seem to make contributions easy.

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Re: Discogs - Correcting / Filling In Missing Entries
« Reply #6 on: June 26, 2020, 06:55:53 AM »
I'm a Discogs user, contributor and moderator since 2004.
If you need any votes on your submissions, let me know.

The most common mistake I see on Library release entries is that people are too lazy to add the jingle versions. I know that it takes time to enter a CD with 50 - 100 tracks, but each track has to be entered, even if it's a jingle version.

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Re: Discogs - Correcting / Filling In Missing Entries
« Reply #7 on: June 26, 2020, 08:27:16 AM »
If anyone wants to clarify something it's worth a shout out here as one of us may have the item in their hand and can properly verify.